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IMG_0752.JPG Dubai vs Gwadar: port cities chart a course for share of world's economy
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  <strong>A strategic port at the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in southern Pakistan is continuing to push its rival megaports in the United Arab Emirate, pitting the lesser-known Gwadar against Dubai in a bid to move goods faster and more cheaply to some of the most populated countries of the world. </strong>
  “Many economic analysts believe that Gwadar is another Dubai emerging on the world’s map," said Tariq al-Shammari, a writer and self-described activist, who wrote about the <a href="https://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/tariq-al-shammari/dubai-and-gwadar-silent-economic-war-in-gulf-of-oman">expansion of the Pakistani port</a> for OpenDemocracy, a UK-based political website. "Gwadar port will become the main sea gate for Central Asia."
  As it becomes easier to send goods through Gwadar, Dubai may see a threat to its regional influence, al-Shammari said.
  <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">"This challenging point, recently, has caused a silent economic war in the Gulf of Oman between two groups of countries; Pakistan, China and Qatar on one side, India and the UAE on the other,” he wrote.</span>
  <strong>How the ports stack up</strong>
  Dubai’s two major commercial ports -- Port Rashid and Port Jebel Ali  -- provide significant revenue to the UAE. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Jebel_Ali">Jebel Ali</a> has the biggest man-made harbor in the world and the biggest Middle East port, and more than 5,000 companies from 120 countries rely on its services.
  Gwadar's deep sea port is strategically located to provide easier access to the Gulf region and the Middle East for China, especially the northwest Xinjiang region, and central Asia countries. The overland distance from Gwadar to Kashgar, in China, is 1,500 miles, while it is another 2,500 miles to move across China to Shanghai. Cargo ships have to move double the distance, again, to reach the Middle East waters.
  The Gwadar corridor will reduce the transport time for goods to Western China by <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/china-watch/business/china-rebuilds-port-in-pakistan/">about 60 or 70 per cent</a>, according to Liu Ying, a research fellow at the Chongyang Institute who studied the economics of the port (<em>The Telegraph</em>).
  <strong>China's influence</strong>
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  The Gwadar port is a key initiative in China's One Belt, One Road project, which seeks to connect China to the countries along the old Silk Road -- and well beyond.
  Gwadar was built with financial and technical assistance from China, which took operational control <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">after the Port of Singapore Authority pulled out of a 40-year port management and development contract signed 10 years ago after it was unable to get the land it needed to develop a free trade zone, </span>
  <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">, the Gwadar port has been unable to become fully operational because of the unsettled issues between Islamabad and the PSA.</span>
  <a href="https://www.thenational.ae/a-great-game-begins-as-china-takes-control-of-gwadar-port-1.381352">The National UAE</a>’s newspaper reported that “the Chinese operational control of the port will also enable the dragon to swim in the Indian Ocean, which is strategically important for China as it expands its influence across the region. To ensure the security of shipments along existing routes, a Chinese naval presence at Gwadar could also patrol the Indian Ocean sea lanes. What upsets Washington and New Delhi is the Chinese naval presence near the Strait of Hormuz and its strategy of building a "string of pearls" presence on the Indian Ocean rim”.
  The infrastructure of Gwadar is developed to sustain heavy developments in near future. A good infrastructure speaks volume about things to come. GDA (Gwadar Development Authority) is working on development of residential and commercial areas with the increase in port activity, a lot of people will move to Gwadar looking for new economic opportunities. This in turn will increase demand of the real estate in Gwadar: Residential Societies, Marine Drive Commercial and Open Land. They will have their own Burj in Gwadar, and even a Greek City! With a glance, you could see projects mirrored to what Dubai owns!
  The New World Economy War between Dubai and Gwadar; is giving the region more oil on its continuous fires, another threat to shake peace in Asia.
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