Jebel Ali (Arabic: جبل علي‎) is a port town 35 kilometers (22 mi) south-west of Dubai. The Jebel Ali Port is located there. Al Maktoum International Airport has been constructed just outside the port area. Jebel Ali is connected to Dubai via the UAE Exchange (formerly Jebel Ali), Danube (formerly Jebel Ali Industrial) and Energy stations on the Dubai Metro.[citation needed] Among the infrastructure projects built to support the port and town is the world's largest desalination plant, the Jebel Ali Desalination Plant (Phase 2), providing an ample supply of fresh water.[citation needed]

Jebel Ali
جبل علي
Port Jebel Ali on 1 May 2007
Port Jebel Ali on 1 May 2007
Coordinates: 25°00′41″N 55°03′40″E / 25.01126°N 55.06116°E / 25.01126; 55.06116Coordinates: 25°00′41″N 55°03′40″E / 25.01126°N 55.06116°E / 25.01126; 55.06116
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
 • Total47.1 km2 (18.2 sq mi)
 • Total31,634
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Community number383-394 (Jebel Ali)
500 (Jebel Ali Village)
511-52 (Jebel Ali Free Zone)
599 (Jebel Ali Industrial)


Many Arab historians argue that it was named after Ali, who was the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad while expanding the Islamic Caliphate had stood on one hill and looked towards the sea and perhaps known as well although no such recorded proof has been found. "Jebel" means Mountain in Arabic.[citation needed]

On 23 September 1983, Gulf Air Flight 771 crashed in Jebel Ali killing all 112 people on board. The cause of the crash was a terrorist bomb that had been planted on board the aircraft by the Abu Nidal Organization.[1]

Jebel Ali PortEdit

Jebel Ali has become the port most frequently visited by ships of the United States Navy outside the United States. Due to the depth of the harbour and size of the port facilities, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and several ships of the accompanying battle group can be accommodated pierside. Due to the frequency of these port visits, semi-permanent shore-leave facilities (referred to by US Navy service personnel as "The Sandbox") have been erected adjacent to the carrier berth.[citation needed]

Jebel Ali Free ZoneEdit

In 1985, the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) was created: an industrial area surrounding the port. International companies that relocate there enjoy the special privileges of the free zone. These include exemption from corporate tax for 50 years, no personal income tax, no import or re-export duties, no restriction on currency, and easy labour recruitment.[2][3][4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2P6 A4O-BK Mino Jebel Ali". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ "About Us". Jebel Ali Free Zone. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  3. ^ "JAFZA profit up to Dh1 billion". The National. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  4. ^ "JAFZA (Jebel Ali Free Zone) Business setup". Business Dubai. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Business Setup in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)". Baiju Masoodu. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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