Sharjah’s Department of Seaports and Customs owns and controls the emirate’s three ports (the Port of Hamriyah, Khor Fakkan, and Khalid). The Sharjah Port Authority is a subsidiary of the Department of Seaports and Customs. Sharjah Ports Services is a partnership established in 2002 between the Sharjan Port Authority and the Thoresen Group that is responsible for handling general cargo and marketing Port of Hamriyah operations.
Increasing demand for industrial space has encouraged Sharjah’s government to plan for greater industrialization and diversification by expanding the berth and ship facilities in the Port of Hamriyah free trade zone.
Because the Emirate of Sharjah has coastlines on the inner Persian Gulf and the outer Gulf of Oman, it has a unique position in UAE shipping. The Port of Hamriyah and Port Kalid are located on the inner shores on the Persian Gulf and serve important Arabian markets like Saudia Arabia. Port Khor Fakkan, on the Gulf of Oman, is the Emirate’s gateway to markets in Africa, India, Pakistan, Australia, and Asia.