Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in “Al Dhafra Region”, H.E. Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Chief of the General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones, and Board Member of Abu Dhabi Ports, officially inaugurated Delma. Al Mazrouei said “The development of Delma Port comes in line with the Abu Dhabi Plan, which calls for an effective transportation system to serve the community and economy, with an emphasis on the development of sustainable sea transport as per the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.”
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, clarified "Delma Port will play an active role in promoting economic and social growth in the Al Dhafra region, through its use as a multi-purpose port for cargo vessels, ferries and fishing boats. In addition, this port will help support the growth of the tourism sector in Delma, the Islands and the surrounding areas".
On his part, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports stated “The new Delma Port is one of the biggest in Al Dhafra Region, and has been designed to provide an effective sheltered harbour for the maritime community in Delma. It is capable of handling cargo, passenger ferries and ﬁshing vessels, better serving the community of Delma. The Port, which is considered a hub, has been carefully designed as an integrated ecosystem that creates space for vessels and also offers the support services needed to facilitate sustainable transport. We are thrilled to announce that the Delma Port project was delivered in record time, anchoring Abu Dhabi Ports’ position as a leading developer of ports.”
Al Shamisi explained that with a budget of over AED 170 million, the new Delma Port covers a total area of 280,725 m2, with 58,500 m2 of pavement for easy transport. It features an accessible breakwater with platform to integrate the operation of ferry terminal and CICPA facilities. The ferry terminal has 103-m long quay wall with three fixed ramps that serve as berthing areas for ferry vessels. A marina with 160 wet berths and 104 dry berths for fishing and recreational craft was provided to support the local boat population.