Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, has officially inaugurated Al Mirfa Port in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi Ports recently completed extensive redevelopment work at Al Mirfa Port, upgrading its infrastructure and facilities to better serve the community.
The extensive redevelopment work is part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to diversifying the Emirate’s economy by supporting and serving local communities.
The infrastructural upgrade, newly established facilities and improved standards of services have now positioned Al Mirfa Port to become the first port dedicated to supporting the fishing industry and community in the Emirate.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “The development of the western region’s ports is a strategic priority and in line with our leadership’s directives of enhancing the region’s economic resources. And on this occasion, we express our appreciation to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his unwavering support towards the successful redevelopment of Al Mirfa Port.
“Our goal is to implement the master development plan which includes Al Mirfa Port, Mugharrag Port, Delma Port and Sir Bani Yas and we are confident that with the support of Abu Dhabi Ports’ partners, these vital projects will play a key role in the development of the region and support the Emirate’s economic diversification efforts.”
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Abu Dhabi Ports is closely working with its strategic partners, namely Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, the Western Region Municipality, the Department of Transport and several other government entities to execute the master plan under the rules and regulations set by the Urban Planning Council.
The redevelopment of Al Mirfa Port included rock revetment to protect the port berths, and the construction of a breakwater to guard the port’s basin from the force of strong water currents.
Floating pontoons were also established, creating new berths to accommodate 140 fishing boats and leisure ferries.
Upgrading the facilities meant providing a new multi-purpose administration building, a modern restaurant, a shaded car park, as well as a dedicated fish market with a large number of retail units.
In order to encourage direct investments and help diversify the port’s services, two plots have been allocated to attract maintenance companies as well as vessel spare-part suppliers.
A third plot has also been set aside for small businesses, including an ice making plant that will cater to the fishermen and overall community’s needs.
Fact File: Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports’ core objective is to facilitate the diversification of the economy by stimulating trade and development. This is done by delivering high quality maritime services, supporting partners’ infrastructure projects and setting up new companies and joint ventures in the ports and logistics sectors.