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Leading enabler
of global trade

We make trade easier with our global
presence and local expertise

Our story

To lead the future of world trade

We began life as a local port operator with our first project, the development of Dubai’s Port Rashid, in 1972. Seven years later we opened Jebel Ali Port, the busiest port outside of Asia and a facility that has propelled us on our journey to becoming a leading enabler of global trade.

Our successes around the region in the late 1990s – when we took on operations in Saudi Arabia, India and Romania – set us up to expand into the business we are today, while the evolving demands of international trade spurred us to look even further.

As we went global in the 2000s we found new partners and made strategic investments, all to support the long-term development of our organisation. Now we operate a geographically diverse network of trade enabling businesses that provide access to some of the world’s busiest production centres, as well as its largest consumer markets, in mature and emerging economies.

Our operations include ports and terminals, but also industrial parks, logistics and economic zones, maritime services and marinas. In fact, our business has changed so much from the early days of operating ports and terminals, we can now be an integral part of your supply chain, tailoring innovative solutions that tackle your challenges and manage your costs.

Our History

1999 - 2004
2008 - 2009
2013 - 2015
2016 - 2017

Development of Port Rashid

Historically, Dubai has been known as the ‘City of Merchants’ and the trade has been growing since decades. As trade grew, the need for better port infrastructure gave birth to the vision to build Mina Rashid, which was completed with 11 berths in 1972 with a Royal Mail ship, the Sirdhana, being the first commercial vessel to call.

The infrastructure was further developed to 35 berths. The proximity to the city made this facility an instant success.

Opening of Jebel Ali Port

In 1976, Sheikh Rashid gave instructions for an even more ambitious project with the construction of the world’s largest man-made harbour at Jebel Ali. When completed in 1979, Jebel Ali Port ranked alongside the Great Wall of China and the Hoover Dam as one of only three man-made objects that could be seen from space.

Although complementing Mina Rashid in terms of trade and transhipments, the concept of Jebel Ali Port was geared more towards industrial development and soon attracted major aluminium, gas and cement projects.

Dubai Ports Authority is created

In 1991 Jebel Ali Port merged with Mina Rashid to form Dubai Ports Authority. For the first time the combined ports handled over one million TEU.

Jebel Ali Port’s container traffic soared over 50% and Mina Rashid’s increased a further 10%. This performance established Dubai Ports as the sixteenth busiest container port in the world, a milestone in Jebel Ali Port’s story.

Dubai Ports International FZE (DPI) formed

In 1999, Dubai Ports International FZE was formed to manage and operate container terminals and other facilities outside the UAE, winning concessions in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Doraleh (Djibouti) in 2000, Visakhapatnam (India) in 2002, Constanta (Romania) in 2003 and Cochin (India) in 2004.

DP World is officially established

In 2005, we acquired CSX World Terminals, a leading global container terminal operator. Formally established in September 2005, DP World emerged from the integration of Dubai Ports Authority and DPI Terminals (Dubai Ports International), to become one of the largest global port operators.

The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) acquired

In 2006, we bought The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, increasing our global network and market position in Asia, India, Australia, the Americas, Europe and Africa.

DP World listed on NASDAQ Dubai

DP World is listed for the first time on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX) in the Middle East's largest initial public offering (IPO) valued at 4.96 billion dollars.

It was the first IPO to list exclusively on the DIFX, the region's international exchange, and the offering to a wide range of institutional and retail investors was oversubscribed more than 15 times. It was also the first listing on the DIFX by a UAE company.

100% acquisition of Brazil's Embraport

  • Algeria, Algiers and Djen Djen
  • Brazil, Santos – 2008 as a JV - 2017 full 100% acquisition
  • Netherlands, RWG – 2008 RWG – Rotterdam
  • World Gateway – Joint Venture
  • Spain, Tarragona
  • Peru, Callao

Acquired Prince Rupert Container Terminal in Canada

  • DP World London Gateway port welcomes first vessel
  • Acquired Economic Zones World FZE (EZW)
  • Acquired Prince Rupert Container Terminal in Canada
  • Jebel Ali T3
  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed
  • Cruise Terminal at Mina Rashid

London Gateway Logistics Park, DP World Yarimca opens for business

30 year concession for Port of Berbera (Somaliland)

  • Lease agreement for Rodney Container Terminal in St. John (Canada)
  • 30 year concession for Port of Berbera (Somaliland)
  • 50 year concession for greenfield multi-purpose port project in Posorja (Ecuador)
  • Partnership with CDPQ to create US$ 3.7bn Investment Platform
  • Consolidation stake in Pusan Newport Company Limited with 66.03% ownership
  • London Gateway wins first Asia-Europe service and opens 3rd berth
  • Jebel Ali Port adds 1.5m TEU to T3 and reaches 19.5m TEU total capacity
  • Sokhna free zone, Egypt
  • Limassol cruise terminal

Our Journey Continues...

  • Acquisition of Dubai Maritime City and Drydocks World
  • Consolidated DP World terminal in Santos Brazil with 100% ownership
  • Created Investment platform with NIIF of up to US$ 3bn to invest in ports, transportation and logistics sector in India
  • Acquisition of logistics business in India, Continental Warehousing Corporation, together with NIIF
  • Acquisition of logistics business Cosmos Agencia Maritima in Peru
  • 30 year concession for greenfield multi-purpose port in Banana (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • DP World launched Cargospeed enabled by Virgin Hyperloop One technology
  • DP World acquires Peruvian logistics company Cosmos Agencia Maritima S.A.C. (CAM)