The United Arab (UAE) is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. The UAE’s total population was 9.2 million as of 2013. Learn more about how to export from the US to the United Arab Emirates.

The economy of the UAE is the second-largest in the Arab world (after Saudi Arabia), with a GDP of $570 billion in 2014. It has been successful in diversifying its economy, and 71 percent of its total GDP now comes from non-oil sectors.

A massive construction boom, an expanding manufacturing base, and a thriving services sector are helping the UAE diversify its economy. Across the Emirates, there is currently $350 billion worth of active construction projects. If you want access to burgeoning Middle-Eastern markets, export from the US to the United Arab Emirates.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

In shipping a container to the United Arab Emirates, you have two options: a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).

If the volume of your shipment is equal to at least at least six standard pallets, then FCL will be your best option. A 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets, while a 20-foot container takes 10.

If your shipment volume is smaller, but you need to keep your goods isolated, FCL is also a wise choice. If isolation isn’t an issue, you may want to opt for groupage-a shared container (LCL). This requires you to pay only for the space you need. Please contact iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to the United Arab Emirates

  • Khalifa Port
    Located in Taweelah, midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the deep water Khalifa Port is the first semi-automated container port in the region. It has been constructed on a reclaimed island with an offshore area over one square mile, and a basin of nearly 55 feet depth. The port has an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tons of general cargo.

  • Port Rashid
    Port Rashid handles all of the UAE’s foreign trade activity. The port is located near Dubai’s primary commercial zone. It is the most advanced seaport in the world, with the largest docking capacity. It has 102 deep-water berths with loading and unloading services for large container vessels, RORO, and general cargo.

  • Port of Jebel Ali
    This is the world’s largest man-made port, with good warehousing facilities and 63 deep-water berths. It features a container yard covering roughly 250 acres. Jebel Ali handles both passenger traffic and foreign trade operations. More than eight million TEUs per year are handled here, placing it among the world’s10 most important commercial maritime ports.

  • Port of Umm Al Qaiwain
    The Ahmed Bin Rashed Port & Free Zone is located on the West Coast of the United Arab Emirates, in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain (UAQ). The Free Zone complex consists of over 2,700 feet of quay wall with 1,300 feet capable of handling ocean-going vessels, and about 1.2 million square feet of land reserved for light Industrial Development.

  • Port of Ajman
    The Port of Ajman is located on the Gulf coast, approximately five miles NE of Sharjah, on the S side of the entrance to Khawr Ajman. Berths 1 through Berth 5 have a total length of almost 1,800 feet. Nine other berths total approximately 5,400 feet. A RORO berth, nearly 500 feet long, has a depth alongside of 16 feet. Vessels up to 20,000 dwt, with a maximum length of roughly 550 feet and a maximum draft of 25 feet, can normally be accommodated.

Air Freight Transportation to the United Arab Emirates

Air freight imposes some limitations on shipping in terms of volume and weight, but if you need quick shipment, it may be a better choice for you than ocean freight. iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is your best option.