Attken opens first ‘Do It Best’ store in Saudi Arabia

The Attken Do It Best store on Prince Mohammed bin Fahad Road in Dammam displays over 40,000 different high-quality products at competitive prices.
Updated 11 November 2016
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Attken opens first ‘Do It Best’ store in Saudi Arabia

DAMMAM: Attken International, a Saudi-based company, has celebrated recently the opening of its first store of “Attken Do It Best” on Prince Mohammed bin Fahad Road in Dammam.
The new store displays over 40,000 different high-quality products at competitive prices, from housewares, electrical and home appliances, lawn and garden appliances, outdoor furniture, lighting, hardware, paint supplies, bed and bath, hand and power tools, building materials, indoor furniture, sporting gear and accessories, automotive products, plumbing tools, storage and organization products, clothing and apparel, and toys.
During the official opening ceremony, a number of senior officials including representatives from Attken International, retailers and social personalities were present to commemorate the landmark development of “Attken Do It Best” in Saudi Arabia.
On the opening of the new “Attken Do It Center” store, Mishaal Al-Bawardi, executive director of “Attken Do It Best” said that the opening comes in-line with the company's overall strategy to expand its operations across all cities in kingdom and bring in innovative solutions to each and every household in the kingdom and helping the local communities lead an easier life.
He added “Attken Do It Best store serves residences and businesses in Dammam and the store is known for a great selection of home improvement and hardware merchandise and a level of service that exceeds any hardware or home improvement store in the region.”
He also pointed out that the store will offer more than 40,000 products across multiple categories, as well as home improvement advice.
As part of the grand opening, the store has announced special discounts and great offers to its customers to last until Nov. 20.


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
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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.