Babyshop launches informative guide

Updated 27 April 2015

Babyshop launches informative guide

A first-of-its kind book, ‘Mom’s Little Secret,’ in the GCC was launched by Babyshop for expecting and new mothers.
The book brings together the opinion of 27 experts and more than 40 articles providing expert advice and tips on the various stages of pregnancy and childcare, right from prenatal till toddlerhood.
The initiative comes on the back of Babyshop’s efforts to provide mothers, particularly first time mothers, with advice from trusted authorities on subjects that are extremely relevant.
The content of the book has been categorized into various sections such as Prenatal, Postnatal, Pediatrics (upto 3 years), Child Safety and Lifestyle.
The content largely revolves around new or expecting mother’s every requirement and to smaller things such as what to pack in a hospital bag; pregnancy do’s and don’ts, breast versus bottle feeding to sensory development; first aid, post-natal depression and the work-life balance.
Contributions from well-known figures in the childcare and parenting community can be found in the book including Eva Taylor, Certified Pre and Postnatal Yoga Instructor at Zen Yoga; George Michialidis, founder of Genesis Perinatal Care Clinic; Andrea Allen, founder of Doting Doulas; Scott Bernstein, gym director at The Little Gym; Sheena Wilson, director of The Wilson Center for Children; Michelle Burton, qualified Life Coach and director at Collaborate Coaching; Wafa B Sulaiman Al-Nassiri, consultant OBGYN, Medcare Hospital Jumeirah; Juliot Vinolia Rajarathinam, clinic dietician and consultant nutritionist, iCare Clinics and Cecile de Scally, trained midwife and founder of Baby Sense Dubai.
The book is available in Arabic & English at all Babyshop stores for free and one can also download it on as well as from iOS and Android stores as an application.

King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.
Updated 21 January 2019

King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The annual throughput of King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36 percent compared to 2017. This maintains its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling. 

Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7,227,859 TEUs. The port’s management stated that the annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8 percent increase in imports and exports compared to 2017.

King Abdullah Port CEO Rayan Qutub said: “King Abdullah Port constitutes a real success story in public-private sector partnerships in light of the increasingly outstanding figures it achieves year after year. The port has become the leading driver in the maritime shipping and logistics services sector in terms of building knowledge, launching initiatives and supporting various activities in this sector.”

He added: “King Abdullah Port aspires to support the Kingdom’s economic development and enhance its competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of logistics services and supporting trade movement between the Kingdom and the rest of the world in line with Vision 2030. The latter would occur through the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistics services to become a landmark on the maritime and logistics services map in the Kingdom and the region.”

Referring back to the 2018 results, Qutub said: “We achieved a record 50 percent increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services. This will increase the Kingdom’s competitive advantage on the logistics services index, and in turn effectively contribute to achieving the logistical objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” 

The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1,847,569 TEUs, which is a 44 percent increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017. 

The port features state-of-the-art facilities including 18-meter water berths, which are the deepest in the world, and the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which employ the latest technology and feature a 65-ton lifting capacity as well as a handling capacity of 25 containers. Such facilities enable the port to serve giant container vessels now and in the future.