Our Values

Back in 1976, when containerisation was in its infancy, Gulftainer and the Sharjah Port Authority built and operated the first container terminal in the Arab world. The arrival of the vessel, MV Tarek was a significant milestone in transport history. This is how the Gulftainer story began, over 40 years ago.

Throughout Gulftainer’s history, we have continued to improve and develop our home ports to serve Sharjah, Dubai and the other Northern Emirates with our trademark efficiency and productivity, and in recent years we have begun to export these to a growing number of locations. This will be the way we continue our journey in the future, by continuing to invest in and developing our home ports of Port Khalid and Khorfakkan and at the same time, exporting the same values we have been able to create here, to new markets globally.

We are defined by our characteristics:


courageAs a team we are resolute and intrepid, approaching every task large or small with the same determination and spirit. Gulftainer takes on every challenge using its years of experience nurtured within the encouraging environment provided by the Sharjah Port Authority and the Emirate of Sharjah.


cooperationAt Gulftainer we pride ourselves on the value of our partnerships. Working together for common purpose and mutual benefit, we always realise the best results are achieved through partnership.


commitmentThroughout its history, Gulftainer has always taken the long-term view with any project. We never walk away from a challenge or commitment and are committed to all our partnerships. In this way, we continue to grow our own business and add value to every project we undertake.


In all the elements we use to communicate with our partners, whether through our website, our brochures or even face to face, we always ensure we keep things real. We’re straight talkers and pride ourselves on being reliable and trusted by our partners. We never assume anything, approaching every project uniquely and positively using the experience and commitment of every one of our partners.

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