Djibouti builds USD 590M state of the art port


The small horn of Africa nation on the northeastern coast has opened the latest mega project- the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP).

Built on 690-hectare, the new port infrastructure is equipped with ultra-modern facilities that can accommodate 100,000 DWT vessels.

The port project was started in 2015, and jointly financed by Djibouti Ports, Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) and China Merchant Holding (CMHC).

The state-of-the-art port equipment was all manufactured by the Chinese firm ZPMC. Vessels have already begun using the facility.

The facility provides a world-class logistics platform for maritime commerce. It will considerably improve the efficiency and conditions of Business in the Horn of Africa and strengthens Djibouti’s position as a key sea route “the new silk road”

“With this new world-class infrastructure, Djibouti confirms its position as a major trading hub for the continent,” says Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority (DPFZA).

The Chairman says Djibouti is proud to show the world its capacity to deliver major infrastructure projects – some of the most technologically advanced on this continent.

The Multipurpose Port is the latest in a series of mega projects in Djibouti. Some of the projects include four new ports, a Liquefied Natural Gas facility, an oil terminal, and two brand new airports.

Together they will dramatically expand Djibouti’s ability to serve as a platform and trade hub for the region.

The mega projects follow the completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a new 752-kilo meter track linking Ethiopia’s capital with the Port of Djibouti.

Djibouti sits at the centre of world trade routes, connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. The port is a gateway to one of the fastest growing regions of the world with 30,000 ships transiting the port each year.

Goods from Asia represent 59 percent, with 21 percent coming from Europe and 16 percent from elsewhere in Africa.