Transport Minister Considers Deal with Dubai Ports

Iraq's Transport Minister, Shirwan al-Waeli [al-Waili], met with the deputy president of DP World (formerly Dubai Ports Authority) on Monday in Basra, to discuss signing a deal between Iraqi and Dubai ports, according to Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

“Talks between the two sides tackled steps to implement the deal between the two sides,” said Anmar al-Safi, public relations and media director at the State Company for Iraqi Ports.

“During his visit in Basra, the minister inspected the two ports of Khour al-Zubeir and Umm Qasr ,” he added.

The largely Shiite province of Basra, 590 km south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, has five commercial ports and two oil ports: al-Maaqal, established in 1916 by the British forces and handed over to Iraqi authorities in 1937; and Faw, a small port on the al-Faw Peninsula near the Shatt al-Arab and the Persian Gulf.

In the early 1970s, Umm al-Qasr port was built, and in 1974, Khour al-Zubeir and Abu Falous ports were established on the Shatt al-Arab.

(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)

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