Port Zayed is managed by the Abu Dhabi Sea Port Authority, an organization of the UAE government. It contains 21 berths and handles about 900 thousand tons of cargo a year. Over 2,000 vessels move through Port Zayed each year. Cargo includes vehicles and bulk, containerized, and general cargo. Commodities include grain, processed foods, pharmaceuticals, and manufactured and agricultural products.
The Dhow Harbor, located near Port Zayed, was developed for use by oil rig supply vessels, traditional Arab Dhows, launches, and tugboats that handle trade between Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Middle East, East Africa, and India.
Port Zayed was inaugurated officially in 1972, although it was established in 1968. It is located in northeast Abu Dhabi, where it covers an area of 510 hectares. Its 21 berths range from 6-15 meters in depth and are a total 4,375 meters long. Since 1991, more than 50 shipping lines have used Port Zayed regularly, and over 2,000 vessels berth there every year, bringing over four million tons of cargo through the port.
Port Zayed boasts a sophisticated, well-equipped container terminal that was opened in 1981. The terminal covers 41 hectares and has capacity to store 15 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo at once. It is served by four deepwater berths with 15 meters draft and a total of 931 meters long. When the 15-thousand ton cold store opened in 1999, Port Zayed’s ability to hold chilled and frozen products increased dramatically.
The Abu Dhabi Sea Port Authority adopted an ambitious plan for developing Port Zayed and other ports over the 20-year period from 1993 to 2013. Major projects included reconstructing berths, construction new buildings and workshops, and dredging. Developed to handle localized trade, the Dhow Harbor contains 34 berths with a total two thousand meters of quay. Mussafah port was constructed to ease the growing traffic at Port Zayed, and the development plan calls for a new channel and berths there.