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|Country||Emirate of Abu Dhabi|
|Operated by||Abu Dhabi Terminals|
|Owned by||Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC)|
|Size||510 hectares of which 41 were previously occupied by the container terminal|
|Annual cargo tonnage||900 000 ton|
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Mina Zayed (Arabic: ميناء زايد) (Port Zayed) is a commercial deep-water port owned by the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) that serves Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Established in 1968, Mina Zayed is located in the northeast section of Abu Dhabi city. It was officially inaugurated and became fully operational in 1972, and is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former President of the United Arab Emirates. The transfer of Mina Zayed's container traffic to the newly developed US$7.2 billion Khalifa Port container terminal was completed in December 2012.
Mina Zayed is one of four main ports: Mina Zayed is a gateway for general cargo vessels, RORO (roll-on/rolloff) and is emerging as a destination for international luxury cruise ship tourism; the state-of-the-art Khalifa Port handles all the emirate's container shipping;Musaffah is located in the heart of the industrial city; and the Freeport caters to smaller vessels, tugs, barges, and service crafts. It covers an area of 510 hectares and contains 21 berths with depths ranging from 6 to 15 meters and a total berth length of 4,375 meters.
In light of the increasing importance of container shipping, a well-equipped container terminal was established at Mina Zayed in 1982. Covering an area of 41 hectares, the terminal had a storage capacity of 15,000 TEUs at any given time. Four deep water berths were provided with a total length of 931 meters and 15 meters depth. The berths were equipped with five 40-tonne cranes. As a result, Mina Zayed's throughput in 1998 increased 34 per cent in container volume and 25 per cent in general cargo over 1997. The port's capacity to hold chilled, cool and frozen products was significantly increased when a 15,000 tone cold store became operational in 1999.
Benefiting from its strategic location in the heart of the capital, Mina Zayed was instrumental in bolstering Abu Dhabi’s international trade, being the main gateway for trade in the Emirate and playing a pivotal role in supporting Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, the government’s drive to achieve economic diversification.
As part of this vision, all container shipping in Mina Zayed was eventually moved to the Abu Dhabi Ports Company's (ADPC) newly developed AED 26.5 billion AED (USD 7.2 billion) megaproject Khalifa Port in Taweelah between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Following the 100% TEU traffic transition from Mina Zayed in September 2012, commercial operations at this new flagship state-of-the-art gateway were officially inaugurated on December 12, 2012.
Mina Zayed is now the focus of the ADPC's plans to redevelop the port as a major luxury cruise ship terminal.
In 2010 the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season opened in Mina Zayed. This was the sixth consecutive year that Abu Dhabi has hosted the Red Bull Air Race.
- "Khalifa Port now fully operational", Emirates 24/7. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2013-04-09