Khalifa port (port code: AEKHL) is a medium-sized deep-water port in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Strategically located halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it is the first semi-automated container port in the GCC region.
This port features state-of-the-art maritime infrastructure, including twelve of the world’s largest ship-to-shore quay cranes, 42 automated stacking cranes and 20 straddle carriers. With the ability to serve the largest ships at sea, and flexibility for future expansion, the port also currently allows the handling of all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic with an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo.
Owned by Abu Dhabi Ports, the port handles general cargo, container, roll-on and roll-off (RoRo) as well as break-bulk activities. It serves over 25 shipping lines, offers direct links to 70 international destinations, and boasts an intermodal transport network facilitating efficient transportation and logistics across sea, road and air. The port will also be the first in the UAE to be linked to the new Etihad Rail network, which is currently under construction.
Khalifa Port is being developed in stages as industry demand grows. This move will increase its capacity for container volumes to 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo per year.