Our History

  • 1972

    First stage of Port Rashid (UAE) was completed.

  • 1979

    Jebel Ali Port (UAE) opened.

  • 1991

    Port Rashid and Jebel Ali Port merged to form Dubai Ports Authority (DPA).

  • 1999

    Dubai Ports International (DPI) was formed to export DPA’s success internationally.

    DPI won the contract to manage Jeddah Islamic Port (Saudi Arabia).

  • 2000

    DPI won the management 
contract for Djibouti Port, 
expanding into Africa.

  • 2002

    DPI won the contract to operate a new container terminal at Visakhapatnam Port (India).

  • 2003

    DPI entered Europe after 
it won the contract to operate 
a new container terminal at Constanta (Romania).

  • 2004

    DPI acquired CSX World Terminals, expanding from a regional to a global operator. 
The deal completed in early 2005.

  • 2005

    DPI was rebranded under the name of DP World and separated from DPA. Going forward DP World was responsible for all ports related commercial activities.

    Greenfield sites at Yarimca (Turkey), Qingdao (China) and Vallarpadam (India) were added to the DP World portfolio.

    DP World was contracted to provide operations and maintenance logistics for Pusan Newport Company (South Korea).

  • 2006

    DP World acquired P&O and became the third largest port operator in the world.

    DP World invested in Tianjin Port (China) and started construction at Doraleh Container Terminal (Djibouti). It also won the concession to develop a new container terminal at the Port of Callao (Peru).

  • 2007

    The Company was listed on NASDAQ Dubai.

    DP World officially inaugurated Terminal 2 at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai (UAE) and signed an agreement for the development of Rotterdam World Gateway (Netherlands).

  • 2008

    DP World added Tarragona (Spain), Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt) to its portfolio.

    DP World increased its shareholding in Chennai (India) and Karachi (Pakistan).

  • 2009

    DP World opened new terminals at Doraleh (Djibouti), Algiers and Djen-Djen (Algeria) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam).

    DP World entered a partnership to acquire a majority stake in the greenfield development of Embraport, Santos (Brazil).

  • 2010

    DP World started infrastructure work at DP World London Gateway (United Kingdom).

    DP World officially inaugurated DP World Callao (Peru).

  • 2011

    DP World opened its new one million TEU (Phase 1) capacity terminal at Vallarpadam (India).

    DP World expanded its portfolio with two new terminals at Paramaribo (Suriname).

    DP World listed on the London Stock Exchange.

    DP World and Citi Infrastructure Investors formed a strategic partnership to manage and operate five terminals in Australia.