How Much Does Shipping a Container to Dubai Cost?

Find out how much it costs to ship a container from the UK to Dubai. Get a quote here to ship your belongings to Dubai in a container, or read on to find out about the various container shipping services that are available and their key benefits when shipping to Dubai.

Short Answer: The average cost for shipping a 20ft container to Dubai is around £2,224.00 while the average costs to ship a 40ft container to Dubai is around £2,857.00. Shared container costs start from £871.00.

Container Shipping Costs from the UK to Dubai

Please find below current container shipping rates from the UK to Dubai. Container shipping costs are based on the size or volume of your move. The bigger the move, the higher the cost. Collection, packing and destination charges will also affect the final price, so please ask us for a quote.

Move Size Service Cost (GBP)
Small Move / Boxes Groupage £325 - £425
Small Flat Shared Container £1,058 - £1,904
1-Bed House Shared Container £2,224 - £2,785
3-Bed House 20ft Container £2,857 - £3,173
4+ Bed House 40ft Container From £6,347

Why Ship to Dubai in a Sole Use Container

Choosing a sole use container to ship your household goods to Dubai has several benefits:

  1. Space: As the name suggests, a sole use container provides you with exclusive use of your own 20ft or 40ft shipping container. This option is ideal if you are shipping a large quantity of goods/belongings. A 20ft container has enough space to fit the contents of an average three-bedroom house. A 40ft container can hold the contents of a four or five-bedroom house move.

  2. Speed: Once your belongings are packed and your container is loaded, your container will be sent straight to the port to be shipped on the next available vessel to Dubai.

  3. Security: All containers are security sealed and tracked, giving you peace of mind that your shipment is safe and secure. As you have sole use of the container, it won't be shared with anyone else. On arrival, your shipment will be cleared by customs and delivered straight to you door.

Why Ship to Dubai in a Shared Container

Shipping your household goods in a shared container, often referred to as a "groupage" service, also has a number of advantages:

  1. Cost-effective: The main advantage of shared container shipping is the reduced cost. Not only are you sharing the container space, but you also share the cost, making it a much more cost-effective solution for smaller shipments or moves that may not require the space of an entire shipping container.

  2. Ideal for Smaller Moves: Shared container services are designed to allow those shipping smaller quantities of goods to take advantage of worldwide container shipping routes. The perfect solution for smaller house moves from the UK to Dubai.

  3. Secure Professional Packing: With 1st Move International, we improve upon the typical shared container shipping method by palletising and safely packing all of your belongings. This maximizes available space and provides the best protection during transit. These pallets can be measured exactly to ensure you only pay for the exact space required.

Main Container Shipping Ports in Dubai

Dubai is home to some of the busiest and most technologically advanced ports in the world, making it a major hub for global trade and shipping.

  • Jebel Ali Port: Jebel Ali Port is the largest and busiest port in the Middle East and the ninth busiest in the world. It is also the world's largest man-made harbour. Operated by DP World, Jebel Ali Port covers an area of 134 square kilometers and has an impressive capacity to handle more than 22.1 million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) per year. Jebel Ali is also the first port in the region to have achieved the ISO 28000 security certification.
  • Port Rashid: Also known as Mina Rashid, this is a smaller but still significant port in Dubai. Managed by DP World, Port Rashid offers passenger services and is equipped to handle over 500,000 TEU per year. Mina Rashid also holds the title of the leading cruise port in the Middle East, serving more than 500,000 cruise passengers annually.
  • Al Hamriya Port: Although Al Hamriya is smaller compared to the other two, it plays a vital role in facilitating trade between Dubai and countries in the Persian Gulf region. Al Hamriya Port is particularly important for bulk and general cargo handling.

Trust Us with Your Move to Dubai

If you are moving to Dubai and require a full or shared container to transport your belongings from the UK, look no further.

Our experienced team with over 25 years of experience is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your move is as seamless as possible. We're committed to providing you with the best service and value for money with our faster shipping and safer packing, regardless of the size or complexity of your move.

To get an estimate for container shipping from the UK to Dubai simply get a free, no-obligation quote and one of our move managers will send a quote and go through the services & options we have available.

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