Middle eastern ports list, Middle East ports handle nearly 20% of the world’s sea cargo thanks to a strategic geographic location and healthy investments made in port infrastructure.
1: Jebel Ali
Today, the jewel in the crown of Middle Eastern ports, by far, is Jebel Ali. At 9th place in the global rankings, Jebel Ali continues to remain the busiest port in the region by a very large margin.
Its 2017 container volume of 15.44 million TEU is greater than the combined throughput of all 4 ports in our Top 5 List.
According to DP World reports, work is to begin late this year on a US$1.6 billion fourth terminal that will take the port’s capacity up to 22.1 million TEU in the near future.
2: Jeddah Islamic Port
Jeddah Islamic Port is the largest port in Saudi Arabia and second on our list with 3.957 million TEU handled in 2017..
Saudi Arabia has the largest and fastest growing consumer goods market in the region.
3: Khor Fakkan
Although its volumes have come down by 6% in 2017, at 3.8 million TEU, Khor Fakkan Port was still the third busiest port in the Middle East in 2017.
According to news, this year a new highway that will connect Sharjah’s Saja’a Industrial Investment Park (SIIP) with Port Khalid, Hamriyah Port, and Khorfakkan Port through Emirates Road.
This road along with a rapidly developing hinterland of Sharjah should provide a boost to the port’s throughput volumes in the coming years.
The Port of Salalah in Oman has seen a significant boost in performance in 2017 with volumes increasing by nearly 20% y-o-y to reach 3.325 million TEU.
The first six months of 2018 also saw an increase of 10% over the same period last year with 1.763 million TEU handled.
5: Port Said
Middle eastern ports list, Egypt’s Port Said saw container volumes come down by nearly 450,000 TEU in 2017. However, the port has retained the fifth spot amongst the regional Top 5 with a throughput of just over 3 million TEU.
In order to encourage container transport from Port Said port to hub port (East Port Said) the Suez Canal authority is offering Egyptian vessels a 30% reduction in crossing dues up to the end of 2018.
The Egyptian government is also building three tunnels under the Suez Canal that will provide better connectivity between Port Said and rest of its hinterland.