(MENAFN - Arab News) Jebel Ali Port has handled more than 500,000 vehicles in less than 12 months, DP World said in a statement yesterday.
This translates into almost one vehicle imported, exported or re-exported every minute of the day, 24x7. Achieved in the first 49 weeks of this year, the record exceeds the peak levels of 2008 when the number of vehicles handled through the port for the full year was 479,000.
"DP World is proud that our flagship Jebel Ali Port continues to play its full role as the premier gateway to the GCC region. The record number of vehicles that have passed through the port's facility for roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) vehicle carriers reinforces the growth message for the UAE and the wider region that we are hearing from economic commentators such as the IMF," said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE region.
General Cargo facilities at Jebel Ali include 30 berths and a total storage area of over 1.3 million square meters, comprising 1.2 million square metres of open storage and 100,000 square meters of covered space.
"By handling over half a million vehicles in less than a full calendar year, our Ro-Ro terminal has once again proved its world class capabilities and the importance DP World UAE Region continues to give to general cargo throughput alongside our container handling business," said Tariq Bin Khalifa, director general cargo, DP World, UAE region.