Marine & Infrastructure

Khalifa Port
Abu Dhabi

Marine & Infrastructure

ARCHIRODON's in-house design ingenuity in conjunction with state-of-the-art precast concrete technologies and carefully coordinated marine operations ensured the expeditious erection of all marine bridges, whereas the successful coordination of all activities by ARCHIRODON, resulted in delivering the project 15 months ahead of schedule.

The Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ), strategically located midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is the first semi-automated container port in the GCC region, and one of the most efficient and technologically advanced in the world, with the ability to serve the largest ships at sea, and flexibility for future expansion. In operation since 2012, Khalifa Port handles general cargo and all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic, with an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo. 

Archirodon, as the Consortium leader, executed one of the world's largest greenfield projects through an EPC contract for the marine structures, dredging and reclamation of the world-scale container and industrial port. 

A 260-ha island platform was constructed from reclaimed seabed material that was dredged to create the 16m-deep harbor basin and the 16.5m-deep and 12km-long approach channel. The outer perimeter of the port island was protected by rock revetments and breakwaters. An 8km-long Environmental Breakwater, longest in Middle East, was constructed to allow the Gulf’s currents to flow freely and thus protect marine environmentally sensitive areas (Ras Ghanada reef) highlighting Archirodon's continuous efforts and commitment towards sustainable development. 

Works also included a separate offshore terminal for Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) comprising 850m-long deep quay wall and associated platform/revetments, connected to land by a 3.5 km combination of trestle bridge – causeway. 

(Khalifa 24m high Quay Wall equivalent to 6 double-decker buses/8-storey building.)

(HSE record: 12,000,000 work hours without LTI)


Abu Dhabi Ports Company


United Arab Emirates



Contract Value

USD 1,600,000,000


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