Students from the Institute of Management Technology in Dubai have visited Khalifa Port and Kizad to learn more about the mega project and how it will contribute towards the emirates plans for economic diversity and the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.
The institute is one of the leading business schools in the UAE; it aims to prepare its students to engage in the global context of management in the context of the UAE’s strategic location and networks.
They were particularly keen to visit Khalifa Port as they described it as the hallmark of UAE’s port and logistics infrastructure. They were keen to observe the port in action and to understand some of the operational processes. The visit was particularly timely as Kizad has just recently opened an office in Mumbai, building on the strong business and trading links between the two countries.
Khalifa Port is crucial to the ADPC megaproject which includes Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), whose Area A consists of 51 square kilometres. Khalifa Port offers direct access for all companies setting up in Kizad. The megaproject will create more than 100,000 jobs, contributing 15% of the Emirate’s non-oil GDP by 2030.
Designed with a 16 metres draft and a four kilometres quay wall, Khalifa Port features the latest technology and is capable of accommodating the largest container ships. The initial annual capacity of the port’s first phase is 2.5 million TEU’s of container traffic and 12 million tons of general cargo.
Through phased development the port is designed to grow to a capacity of 15 million TEU’s container traffic and 35 million tons of general cargo by 2030.
The offshore Port has been constructed on a reclaimed Port Island with an offshore area extending over 2.7 square kilometres and the Container Terminal situated more than four kilometres out to sea. This is to help protect the Ras Ghanada coral reef, adjacent to the onshore port areas. ADPC spent AED 880 Million (USD 240 million) building the 8 kilometre-long Environmental Protection Breakwater that helps protects the marine life and coral reef.
Press Release, November 19, 2013