Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will be officially opening Hamad Port, which is the largest port in the Middle East, tomorrow in Umm Al Houl area. The port has an annual capacity of 7.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU).
The port which will boost Qatar’s economic diversification and competitiveness, import and re-export of goods, will be inaugurated in a ceremony.
The port consists of a general cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.7 million tonnes annually, a terminal for cereals with a capacity of one million tonnes, a terminal to receive vehicles with a capacity of 500,000 vehicles, a terminal for livestock, a terminal for coastguard vessels and a terminal for marine support and backup.
The port is well equipped with latest technology and highest standard of safety and security, which includes a uniquely designed Port Control Tower with a height of 110 metres, a customs inspection area for rapid cargo clearance (5,600 containers per day), a ship inspection platform and multiple maritime facilities.
A free zone has been established adjacent to the port to facilitate Qatar’s major step towards increasing its non-petroleum exports and building manufacturing industries.
The port has been vital in minimising the damage of the blockade by receiving 48,873 containers, 80,275 tonnes of general cargo, 4,922 vehicles and machinery, 74,148 heads of livestock and some 7,897 tonnes of building materials last July.
The first direct service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port in Oman was inaugurated on June 11, 2017 and directly linked to Salalah Port on June 23, with the arrival of the container ship Paul Abrao to the port.