With so much at stake, it will come as welcome news to hear that Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port has been ranked as the most productive commercial port in the world, according to a report by The Journal of Commerce (JOC). The vast deep water port is the UAE’s main gateway to Africa, India and beyond, facilitating the movement of the vast majority of the Emirates’ trade, both imports and exports. The port is the ninth largest container port in the world and sits alongside the world’s largest man-made harbor.

According to the report, Jebel Ali achieved a remarkable 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10 per cent from 2013. JOC’s productivity rating is created by taking the average of the gross moves made by Ship-To-Shore cranes for every vessel loading or unloading at the port. The gross moves for a single ship are then divided is calculated by dividing the total number of container moves by the number of hours the vessel is docked in port. Jebel Ali took the number one spot ahead of 125,000 ports covered in the report. The news comes at a time when the DP World, the port operating company, stated that the expansion of Terminal 3 was nearing completion, “With its semi-automated Terminal 3 nearing completion Jebel Ali will be able to handle more of the largest container vessels with the same efficiency that placed it at the top of the world,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, the Chairman of DP World.

While Jebel Ali finished 2014 in first place, six Chinese ports ranked in the top ten, along with individual ports in Japan and Korea. Sharjah’s Khor Fakkan Port was ranked at number ten. In the Europe, Middle East and Africa regional section, Jebel Ali, Khor Fakkan and Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port took the first three spots, with Oman’s Salalah Port coming in fourth and Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Port taking seventh place.