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A Tale of Two Ports

Maersk ships in at London Gateway
Maersk ships in at London Gateway by Nick Strugnell, via Flickr. CC BY 2.0 licence.

London Gateway in Essex is the newest and most advanced container port in the UK. Jebel Ali in Dubai is home to the biggest and busiest port in the Middle East. Separated by thousands of kilometres, what do they share in common and what sets them apart?

In this activity you and your students will:

  • Learn about the founding, development and present day operations of the ports of London Gateway and Jebel Ali.
  • Compare and contrast the two ports.
  • Speculate what the future holds for each port.


Learn how regional and global pressures shape how cities and nearby communities develop.

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This activity is part of a set of resources about the oceans of the world, developed in partnership with DP World, a leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics.

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