Sharjah is home to three of the finest deep water harbours in the United Arab Emirates. The location of the ports of Sharjah offers strategic advantage to ships calling at the ports. Sharjah is unique among the United Arab Emirates ports in that it has ports in both the coasts.
Sharjah Seaports Authority, with the support and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah has always focused on its Maritime needs and invested in facilities ahead of demand. In the recent past the Department has invested in increasing the berths in all its three major ports. The depth at five of the berths in Port Khalid is being increased to 12.0 M, while the cargo storage facilities in Hamriyah port have been extensively developed to increase the open yard storage in excess of 200,000 sq, m. The expansion work has been completed at Khorfakkan port which saw two new berths of 840 M in length commissioned in March 2010 with an alongside depth of 16 M capable of handling the biggest container vessels plying the high seas.
Department of Seaports & Customs, Sharjah, Sharjah Seaports Authority manages the three ports of Sharjah Port Khalid, Port Khorfakkan and Port Hamriyah. The three ports of Sharjah are the leading trade gateway to the UAE and handle all kinds of ships and caroges. The three ports in total have 33 berths, handle in excess of 10 million tons of bulk and general cargo, over 2.5 million TEU's of containerised cargo, around 52000 ro-ro units and over 6500 vessels in a year. Cargo volumes handled have been recording consistently steady growth over the last several years.
Port Khalid a multipurpose port located in the city of Sharjah serves as a vital entry point to the Industrial heart land of UAE.
Hamriyah Port located north of Sharjah and adjacent to the fast growing Hamriyah Free Zone is a deep water port with an alongside depth of 14 M handling general cargo and oil tankers.
Port Khorfakkan a highly efficient container terminal renowned for its productivity is located on the East Coast of UAE which makes it a perfect transshipment hub for the region.