From Local to Regional to Global Port Operator

At DP World, we have a heritage to be proud of, growing from a local port operator, to one with a regional and then global presence.

From our beginnings in 1972 at Port Rashid in Dubai (UAE), we now have a team of over 32,000 people working at more than 65 terminals around the world, including a number of new developments. Since 2006, we have continued to expand our portfolio through acquisitions or the winning of new concessions. We remain confident about the long-term outlook for our industry and we will continue to invest to meet the future capacity requirements of our customers.


Local port operator

We evolved from serving local trade in Dubai (UAE) starting with the development of Port Rashid in 1972, followed in March 1979, with the opening of Jebel Ali port. In 1991, the operations of Port Rashid and Jebel Ali port were combined to create the Dubai Ports Authority.


Regional port operator

In 1999, Dubai Ports International FZE was formed to manage and operate container terminals and other facilities outside the UAE, winning concessions in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Doraleh (Djibouti) in 2000, Visakhapatnam (India) in 2002, Constanta (Romania) in 2003 and Cochin (India) in 2004.


Global port operator

In 2005, we acquired CSX World Terminals, a leading global container terminal operator. In 2006, the acquisition of The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) further increased our global network and market position in Asia, India, Australia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. DP World was listed on NASDAQ Dubai in 2007.