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Administrative Studies
ADMS 2610
Rebecca Jubis

3. Port Jebel Ali a. Introduction of Port Jebel Ali Port Jebel Ali, a man-made harbour, is the world’s largest port in the Middle East with the 1,006,050 square meters of container yard (Wang, 2008, p.14). It is located at thirty five kilometres southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was completed in 1979 (Matly & Dillon, 2007, p.2). Moreover, it is the largest container port between Rotterdam and Singapore (Wang, 2008, p.4). During the development process of the port, it adopted a slow progress which was called “the city of merchants” (Matly & Dillon, 2007, p.2). And Dubai was considered as “the third most important re-export center in the world trailing Hong Kong and Singapore with imports more than doubling between 1998 and 2004” (Matly & Dillon, 2007, p.2). In addition, Port Jebel Ali “was ranked alongside the Great Wall of China and the Hoover Dam as the only three man-made objects that could be seen from space” (DP World’s UAE Region). b. Historic trade and freight flows at Jebel Ali Port In the late 1970’s, Port Jebel Ali was constructed along with Jebel Ali Village, and was firstly used for the construction workers with a population of 300 people. (Matly & Dillon, 2007) In May 1991, Port Jebel Ali and Free Zone merged with Port Rashid to develop Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) (DP World’s UAE Region). Port Jebel Ali has the world's largest gantry cranes which are able to lift four 20 foot containers or two 40 foot containers at the same time with the capacity of 80 tonnes, which is twice that of traditional cranes (DP World Website ). According to London Metal Exchange (LME), the world’s leading non-ferrous metals market, it approved Port Jebel Ali to deliver grade A copper, standard lead, primary nickel, and high grade zinc in 2001. Port Jebel Ali contains storage tanks for storing oil that is for the purpose of renting. The port also links to Dubai’s expressway system and the Dubai International Airport Cargo Village where the facilities are the advanced technologies and is able to handle cargoes from the ship to the airplane which takes four-hour transportation. In addition, the commercial trucking service of Dubai Ports Authority handles the transportation of container and general cargo among Port Jebel Ali, Port Rashid, and the rest of the United Arab Emirates everyday. c. Type of freight processed at Jebel Ali Port Jebel Ali Port uses containers as the main type of freight. According to Wang, there are 71 berths which are equivalent to 16 container vessel berths in Jebel Ali Port as seen in Figure 1 (Wang, 2008, p.6). These berths are able to offer services such as “container vessels, tankers, LPG, bulk cargos and Ro/Ro vessels” (Wang, 2008, p.5). According to DP World Website, a major federal company doing international business trading from Jebel Ali Port, DP World uses general cargo to do trading in Australasia, the Americas, Africa, Europe and the Far East. The company handles bulk cargo at ports in Africa, Australasia and the Far East. 4. Operations and finances of Port Jebel Ali The operation of Jeb
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