March 20, 2016
Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate; and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), operator of the container terminal at Khalifa Port; presented the integrated offerings of Kizad and Khalifa Port at an exclusive business event in Abu Dhabi for Pakistani business persons. The event was organised by Abu Dhabi Ports and ADT, in collaboration with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Pakistan Business Professional Council (PBPC), last week on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
The world-class infrastructure and the outstanding access to markets offered for businesses by Kizad, the integrated trade and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi, were elaborated in the half-day event titled “Opportunities in Abu Dhabi – A Maritime Trade, Industrial and Logistics Hub”. His Excellency Asif Durrani, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE, who is also the chairman of PBPC, delivered the keynote speech at the event, which attracted over 80 prominent Pakistani businessmen from across the UAE.
“The Embassy and the PBPC are happy to be part of this event that will also contribute to the bilateral economic relations between Pakistan and the UAE, while offering new opportunities to our business persons. I am sure Kizad is an ideal location that can attract Pakistani business persons in the UAE and in Pakistan to expand their business,” the ambassador said.
Mana Mohammed Saeed Al Mulla, CEO of Kizad, said: “Abu Dhabi Ports always takes initiatives to work with the businessmen as we both share the common goal of economic development of the UAE and the world at large. The synergy of partnerships and collaborations always bring out wonderful results and we look forward to the same from our engagement with the PBPC,” he said.
“The dynamism of Pakistani businessmen in the UAE and in Pakistan is well-known and their contributions to the historical relations between both nations are commendable. We hope that our business offerings will extend a new platform of opportunities to further fortify the existing relations,” Al Mulla added.
Martijn Van De Linde, CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “Khalifa Port Container Terminal offers the ideal hub location for the Pakistani business community due to our location midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and integration with Kizad. Our outstanding productivity levels and fast truck turnaround times ensure that cargo moves fast through the port, thus reducing costs for our customers.”
An event like this gives us the opportunity to present details of all our services to the businesses and answer their enquiries on specific requirements,” he said.
Currently, Kizad has around 90 national and international investors, and a total of 13 million square metres of land leased that represent a total investment of more than AED 55 billion.
Khalifa Port Container Terminal handled 1.5 million containers in 2015, a 32% annual growth making it the fastest growing port in the Middle East. Currently ADT is working on expanding the capacity of the container terminal to 2.5 million containers.