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Abu Dhabi ports undergo revamp to support industry, tourism

Investment plans revealed for Al Mirfa Port, Mugharrag Port, Delma Port and Sir Bani Yas

Abu Dhabi ports undergo revamp to support industry, tourism
(Bloomberg - for illustrative purposes only)

Abu Dhabi Ports has officially inaugurated Al Mirfa Port in the Western Region following an extensive redevelopment which has seen its infrastructure and facilities upgraded.

The revamp is part of the port operator's commitment to diversifying Abu Dhabi's economy with Al Mirfa Port positioned to become the first port dedicated to supporting the local fishing industry.

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.

The floating berths help fishermen to keep their boats in the water instead of pulling them on to shore after each trip. A specially designed floating berth allows the fishermen to unload the catch, and shaded areas inside the port facilitate the auctioning of fish.

Upgrading the facilities also included the provision of a new administration building, a restaurant, a car park, as well as a dedicated fish market with a large number of retail units.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, 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.

"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.”

Abu Dhabi Ports is working with Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, the Western Region Municipality, the Department of Transport and several other government entities to execute the master plan.

In order to encourage direct investments, two plots have also 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.

Abu Dhabi Ports also manages and operates the ports of Delma, Mugharrag and Al Sila, in addition to Al Mifra Port, with an investment plan for each port.

Currently under design, Mugharrag Port will be undergoing comprehensive redevelopment while Delma Port's infrastructure will be upgraded to include a ferry terminal and a marina with 160-boat capacity to encourage water sports and tourism.

Abu Dhabi Port is also working in cooperation with the Tourism Development and Investment Authority (TDIC) to develop the Sir Bani Yas Island's beach front to be ready in the third quarter of 2016.

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