Jebel Ali would have remained what it was in 1971 – a little town overhauling a minor oil well on an unbroken segment of forsaken shoreline – were it not for the natural business eye of Dubai’s then Ruler, Sheik Rashid bin Saeed.
The story goes that Sheik Rashid’s counsels were shocked to know about his arrangements to build up a remote ocean port around the modest, urban settlement that was surrounded by desert. It was too a long way from Dubai – around 30kilometres – it had no harbor, and it would remove business from the recently opened, and still under-utilized, Port Rashid, by the mouth of the Creek.
Nowadays Jebel Ali is one of the greatest man-made harbours on the planet, and a great port amongst Singapore and Rotterdam. It rules the Arabian Gulf as a magnet for transportation from all other local ports.
It is the first stop in the Middle East for the greater part of the cargoes that originate from Asia, Europe and the US.
About 50% of Dubai’s fares experience Jebel Ali, which represents a fourth of the emirate’s GDP. Tourists and travellers may land at Dubai or Abu Dhabi airplane terminals, and run to the brilliant shorelines, lavish inns and alluring shopping centers, yet Jebel Ali is the commercial center where the UAE meets the world.
Its five million square meters of region – equal to 700 rugby pitches – incorporate two tremendous terminals – with another being recovered from the ocean toward the north – that have provided the crude materials for the UAE’s dynamic financial development.
It has formed the historical backdrop of the previous years in a more physical sense as well. Situated at the southern end of the emirate of Dubai, not a long way from the outskirt with Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali pulled the two greatest urban communities nearer together. Dubai extended southwards, giving it the stretched urban shoreline so evident on the guide today.
A few specialists in urban advancement even trust the time will come when the two conurbations will interface up in another uber city, which they have named “Abu Dubai”.
Jebel Ali gave the early attractive energy pull in this procedure, which will be fortified when Abu Dhabi’s own particular remote ocean port and mechanical zone, Port Khalifa, is completely operational only 40 km or so south of Jebel Ali.
It was the main case of the “free zone” idea in the nation, and has since been recreated all through the UAE and different parts of the Gulf.