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Dubai/Region: Changing shipping patterns hint at impact of political dispute

Dubai suffered a fall in container traffic last year, with throughput at the emirate’s ports – the most important shipping hub in the Gulf region – dropping by 5.3% in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the 2017 Review of Maritime Transport, published in late October by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). In 2016, Dubai handled 14.8m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), down from 15.6m in 2015.

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