Hutchison Ports Assumes Operation of Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain
10 November 2017
The Government of Umm Al Quwain and Hutchison Ports are pleased to announce that the Hong Kong based port operator has been awarded a concession to operate Ahmed Bin Rashid Port in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ), a key entry-exit point for container, general, Ro-Ro and bulk cargo in the northern United Arab Emirates.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, the Hong Kong-based port operator will run the facility under the name of Hutchison Ports UAQ.
Commenting on the latest addition to Hutchison Ports’ 51-port global network, Andy Tsoi, Managing Director of Middle East and Africa, stated, “The UAE economy is growing strongly and there is great demand for terminal facilities in the northern part of the Emirates. Our target is to improve the service level of the port to facilitate the emirate’s import and export trade. We look forward to contributing to the growth of the local economy.”
Mr. Sultan Saeed Al Ali, Executive Director, Umm al Quwain Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation commented, “The port in Umm Al Quwain has a long, rich history. With the presence of Hutchison Ports, we expect the terminal to be better positioned to serve the local community. This will help support our existing businesses while also helping to attract future investment into the emirate.”
Hutchison Ports UAQ is a four-berth facility with an 845-metre-long quay and a 23-hectare yard. With excellent road connections to the northern UAE and in close proximity to regional trade lanes, the facility is poised for significant growth.
No financial details were disclosed.
Mr. Sultan Saeed Al Ali (front left), Executive Director of the Umm Al Quwain Ports, Customs and Freezone Corporation, and Andy Tsoi, Hutchison Ports Managing Director of Middle East and Africa, prepare to sign the agreement in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla (back centre), Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, and Eric Ip (back right), Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports
About Hutchison Ports
Hutchison Ports is the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 50 ports spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.
In 2016, Hutchison Ports handled a combined throughput of 81.4 million TEU.