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Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port

Khalifa Port could intensify competition with Dubai for region's shipping traffic

Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
A picture shows the main gate of the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
A picture shows containers at the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
A picture shows containers at the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
Employees work in the operations room in the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
Emirati women walk in the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
Employees work in the operations room in the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) chief executive officer Tony Douglas speaks to the press during the opening of the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)
Abu Dhabi launches new $7.1bn port
A picture shows the new Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi on September 1, 2012. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations at its new Khalifa Port which cost so far $7.2 billion to take over from its 40-year-old Mina Zayed Port as a container terminal. (AFP/Getty Images)