Dubai-based DP World’s Terminal 3 in Jebel Ali Port will be operational by July, His Excellency Mohammad Al-Muallem, the company’s senior vice president and managing director, said at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Business Award International Conference on 15 April.

The terminal will add 4 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of capacity to the port when it is completed.

The current capacity at Jebel Ali port, which is the busiest in the region, is 15 million TEUs a year. Terminal 1 can handle 10 million TEUs and Terminal 2 can handle 5 million.

A fourth terminal has the potential to add a further 10 million TEUs to the overall long-term port capacity, though no official figure has been announced yet. The contract to design and build the causeway, bridge and quay wall serving the terminal was awarded to BAM International in January.

Al-Muallem said that in line with Dubai’s push to become a smart city, Terminal 3 will feature innovative technology and aim to become a “smart mega hub”.

“The cranes will be operated remotely, and no country in the world does this. These remote cranes will be operated by UAE females, as we are committed to pushing the boundaries going forward.

“We were also the first in 2008 to introduce four containers of 20 feet and I’m proud to say many companies followed suit,” he said.