THE HISTORY OF MINA RASHID
From fishermen and pearl divers, to dhow builders and traders, the roots of Dubai are inherently anchored to the sea. By the mid-1960s, the 'City of Merchants' demanded modern infrastructure.
On 20th October 1967, the then ruler and founder of the Emirate, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, signed a multi-million-pound investment that gave Dubai its new commercial port connecting the east and the west. On November 1970, with construction works still underway, Mina Rashid was already well-equipped to receive its first passenger liner - SIRDHANA, the British Royal Mail ship.
In 1972, Mina Rashid officially comes to life, as one of the largest man-made ports. It is named in honour of the ruler and founder of the Emirate, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. In the beginning, Mina Rashid was served by just two gantry cranes, but by 1978, it is expanded to include 35 berths with the capacity to serve more than 25,000 passengers and handle 1,500,000 TEUs (1 TEU ≈ 20 ft. long, 8 ft. tall shipping container).
By the 1980s, Mina Rashid is supplemented by Mina Jebel Ali - a premier gateway with over 90 weekly services connecting more than 140 ports worldwide. Both the ports are then merged in May 1991 to form Dubai Ports Authority (DPA), which will later join the ranks of the top 10 container ports worldwide.
In 2008, Mina Rashid becomes the permanent home of the prized and prestigious Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) – a pinnacle of design, innovation and speed. Throughout her sailing career, the QE2 carried the rich and famous - including the likes of Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Taylor, Buzz Aldrin and David Bowie. Before retiring in Dubai, QE2, the striking hallmark of the Cunard legacy, had completed 1,400 voyages and 25 tours around the world. 2008 was also the year Mina Rashid gets voted the Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port by World Travel Awards – a title the port has managed to retain for 12 consecutive years, till date. Spread across 2,000,000 sqm, Mina Rashid is equipped to handle 5 mega cruise vessels simultaneously.
This is the story of the economic cornerstone of Dubai – a historical port of rich culture, borne out of the vision of a great leader. Today, EMAAR and P&O Marinas take great pride in announcing Dubai’s new opulent coastal destination – Mina Rashid - to celebrate Dubai's great past, glorious present, and the most promising future.