President Macky Sall of Senegal has visited DP World’s flagship facility in Jebel Ali, where he was received by DP World Chairman, His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.

DP World has had operations Dakar since 2008, and has invested in building new capacity at its location, doubling capacity in 2011 to over 600,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) and making DP World Dakar West Africa’s largest and most modern container terminal.

President Sall was briefed on the efficiencies that have made Jebel Ali port a major contributor to the UAE’s expanding economy and how DP World uses it as a model to develop ports and marine terminals across its global portfolio, including DP World Dakar.

The visiting dignitaries were also briefed on the major expansion projects currently underway at Jebel Ali, including the ongoing development of Terminal 3 that will add a further 4 million TEU to the facility, and bring the port’s capacity to 19 million TEU this year.

H.E. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “We are honoured to welcome His Excellency Makky Sall, the President of Senegal, to our flagship facility, Jebel Ali Port, which has expanded over the years to become a gateway to the whole region leveraging its geographic location.

“We believe DP World Dakar is similarly strategically positioned for West Africa, as both a gateway to the region and a major contributor to Senegal’s expanding economy that will continue to support its future long term development.”

The Senegalese head of state was accompanied by H.E. Mankeur Ndiaye, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Diene Farba Sarr, Minister of Investments and Partnership, and held talks with DP World officials including the Vice Chairman, H.E. Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, the senior VP and MEA MD, Suhail Albanna, and the senior VP and UAE MD, Mohammed Al Muallem.

DP World Dakar offers year-round direct access with no tidal restrictions and road network connections that offer swift transit times to cargo bound for Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, and Gambia, as well as an onsite rail terminal that is the historic gateway to Bamako, Mali.

The terminal is now the favoured first-port of call for southbound vessels from Europe, and has created more than 200 jobs for local Senegalese people, who have received specialised training in order to bring operational efficiencies in line with DP World’s global standards.