Maputo, formerly Lourenço Marques, is the capital and largest city of Mozambique. It is known as the City of Acacias in reference to acacia trees commonly found along its avenues and the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Today it is a port city on the Indian Ocean, with its economy centered around the harbour.

This umbilical relationship between the port and the city paved the way for innumerous initiatives that aim to show the port to its citizens, in all its social and economic importance. The port of Maputo has had an enormous development in the last 10 years and, with it, its responsibility towards the community grew.

MPDC works closely with the Municipality in the city requalification project and initiatives to revilize downtown’s role as a center for tourism, culture and the creative industry.

Galeria, inaugurated in 2019, is a cultural, arts & entertainment venue. It is located on a former port workshop, nested in the Cabotage terminal and surrounded by historic buildings such as National Railways Station, the Maputo Fortress, The Coin Museum and The Fisheries Museum.

The Port’s Passenger Terminal was opened in 2018, and provides a comfortable, “one-stop shop” for all touristic related services, besides being used as a venue for conferences and concerts, completed with the most breathtaking views of the Maputo-Katembe bridge.

For more details on the port-city projects, view our “Community” pilar on the Sustainability section.

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