Boris Johnson tours Jebel Ali Port and sees what’s in store for London

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London visited Jebel Ali Port in Dubai and was given a tour by Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, who explained to the Mayor how DP World’s massive London Gateway port and logistics park project, modelled on Jebel Ali, will bring savings to UK supply chains.

Mr Johnson was given a tour and told about the technology-driven operational effeicencies in place at Jebel Ali. It is these technologies that have placed the port among the top ten container ports in the world. The expertise will be mirrored at the world-class infrastructure that DP World is putting in place at London Gateway, which is on target to open for business in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Other visitors included, Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff, Greater London Authority, Dominic Jermey, the UK’s Ambassador in the UAE, and a large number of officials and business leaders. The DP World team included Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, and senior officials.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to show the Mayor of London our flagship facility. Jebel Ali port together with the free zone have both supported and driven the growth of Dubai and the UAE over the past four decades. We have modelled DP World’s London Gateway on Jebel Ali, knowing that a modern deep-water port and logistics park within the important London and South East market will bring direct benefits to the wider UK economy.”

He added: “Strong historic ties bind the UAE and the United Kingdom, and we believe the London Gateway project will further cement our excellent relations.”

Simon Moore, CEO, London Gateway, said: “It was excellent to see London’s Mayor in the UAE and we look forward to London Gateway being a catalyst for further inward investment into the UK. By bringing the world’s largest ships to the capital, which is Europe’s largest economic zone, we will ensure London is once again globally connected to the major trading ports of the world. This will make London, and the wider UK, more competitive for global imports and exports, reducing costs and cutting out millions of unnecessary road miles from global supply chains.”

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