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Gulf ports continue rapid expansion

8 April 2012 Last updated at 14:13 BST

The Gulf is a vital link between Europe to the west and China and India to the east, and its ports have a huge role to play in global trade.

The bigger ports, like that in Dubai, act as hubs, while some are more specialised and others help ease congestion as freight traffic continues to grow.

Simon Atkinson reports.