Why Is Fujairah Becoming a Pivotal Shipping Hub ?

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  • The maritime sector of the emirate of Fujairah has witnessed progress.
  • It is one of the main drivers of sustainable development, due to the many projects that helped it achieve significant development.
  • It is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah.

The emirate has a strategic location on the country’s east coast and is a key shipping hub, being an important economic center linking the east and the west, allowing it to capitalize on various investment opportunities.

The Port Sector

Since its full commissioning in 1983, the Port of Fujairah has embarked on a continuous process of improvement, developing its container services and general cargo and dry and wet bulk facilities, enabling it to offer an efficient and comprehensive range of services.

The total length of the port quay is over seven kilometers, and it contains modern equipment, including mobile cranes, all types of cargo cranes, forklifts and trailers. A new service port was also constructed in 2019 dedicated to serving ships and tugboats, which provides refueling, supply, repair, spare parts, inspection and crew change services.

The Fujairah Government is currently engaged in phase one of a project aimed at upgrading the Port of Dibba Al Fujairah and transforming it into a multi-use commercial port, by building two berths 650-metres long and 18-meters deep, and installing loading cranes with a capacity of 4,000 tonnes per hour.

Fujairah Free Zone

The Fujairah Free Zone offers a range of investment opportunities for established companies, who have easy access to all ports in the GCC region, the Red Sea, India and Pakistan via the weekly journeys of container ships.

The services provided by the free zone include cheaper custom tariffs, shorter business establishment times, the ability to apply for licenses in one day, lower establishment costs, and reduced public costs.

Facilitating Trade

The role of the customs sector is to enhance the emirate’s competitiveness in the areas of foreign trade, customs tariffs and revenues, as well as to facilitate the movement of goods and individuals via customs checkpoints. The Fujairah Customs Department uses the latest detection devices and modern program to modernize its work, facilitate customs inspections and complete transactions quickly and accurately.

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Source: Gulfnews

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