ADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heights

Updated 28 May 2014
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ADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heights

British manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) with its local dealer partner Manahil International introduced its latest double-deck model to local stakeholders in transport organizations, infrastructure developers and other specialists on Sunday.
Mohammed Shoukat, British consul general in Jeddah, said it is always nice to present new partnerships between the two kingdoms and launch new products.
In March, ADL signed partnership with Manahil International to introduce an advanced mode of public transportation in Jeddah and the rest of the Kingdom with Midi bus and today it is launching its double-deck bus.
“We are going through the phase of change in Saudi Arabia; public transportation is coming to forefront of the infrastructure projects in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Jeddah. And recently in Dammam we launched the product,” he said.
ADL has already made its mark by taking center stage at the recent MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition in Dubai.
“Double-deck is the bus I would like to see on the roads of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and other cities,” he said.
Gustavo Marqueta Siibert, business development director of Alexander Dennis, told Arab News that the company was happy to launch double-deck buses in the Saudi market; the experience of launching midi bus on the streets of Makkah and Jeddah was excellent.
Nearly all of the 600 buses featured in these new contracts have been ADL Enviro500 double-deck models. They have up to 89 seats and can carry up to 139 passengers.
Abdul Wahab Itani, SVP at Manahil, said the company’s partnership with ADL was an excellent move for the Saudi public transportation solution as ADL specialized in city transport. ADL buses are famous for its manouverability and superb fuel consumption.
Robert Davey, ADL’s international business development director, said double-deck is highly maneuverable and "wins back space" in congested cities.


Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019
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Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.