File - An aerial view of Khalifa Port is seen in Abu Dhabi April 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Khalifa Port, built on a man-made island roughly halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, came on stream in 2012 after Zayed Port, which had been serving Abu Dhabi for over 40 years, reached full capacity.Shamisi's projections, however, suggest demand related to Abu Dhabi's construction projects will keep activity at Khalifa growing for a while.It is therefore expected to benefit from expansion plans scheduled for industries located in the adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, which is projected to provide 15 percent of Abu Dhabi's non-oil gross domestic product by 2030 .All container traffic was transferred from Zayed Port, in Abu Dhabi's city center, to the new Khalifa Port when it opened in 2012 .Ninety-two cruise vessels called at the port in 2013 with over 160,000 tourists visiting Abu Dhabi through the port.
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