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Dubai Port Operating Normally After Blast Rocks Trade Hub

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port, the largest in the Middle East, confirmed normal operations have resumed on Thursday after a blast on board a ship rocked the facility around midnight.

Several residents in western parts of the city, including the restaurant and residential district of Dubai Marina, said on social media the explosion rattled their windows and even shook walls of buildings.

Dubai police said the vessel was a small container ship able to hold 130 containers. The fire started in one container carrying flammable materials, authorities said on Thursday. No injuries were reported.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of the ship that was anchored in a station used to unload small ships. Three other stations remained functional, ensuring operations weren’t interrupted, Dubai Media Office said in a tweet.

Jebel Ali is one of the world’s busiest ports. It handled 71 million twenty-foot equivalent containers in 2020, according to its operator, DP World.

It’s also an important location for the U.S. military as it can handle aircraft carriers. Collectively, the ports in the United Arab Emirates host more American naval ships than those of any other country aside from the U.S. Roughly 3,500 U.S. military personnel are stationed in the UAE.

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