GSCCO hosts Jubail Value Proposition event

The event drew the participation of more than 100 government stakeholders and maritime industry professionals.
Updated 23 January 2018
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GSCCO hosts Jubail Value Proposition event

Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), part of the Gulftainer group of companies, recently hosted a Jubail Value Proposition event to identify new business opportunities and examine the investment outlook in the rising import and export destination.
Held at the InterContinental Al-Jubail on Jan. 15, the event drew the participation of more than 100 government stakeholders and maritime industry professionals including representatives of major exporters and importers, logistics companies, transporters and shipping lines from across Saudi Arabia. Among the high-profile attendees were Ali Nasser Al-Khater, deputy director general of Jubail Commercial Port (JCP), Abdul Aziz Al-Rayees, representative of Saudi Ports Authority (SEAPA), Omar Mosaid Al-Subaiee, captain at Jubail Coast Guard, and Nasser Al-Dossary, deputy director general of Jubail Customs.
The one-day flagship event featured a series of interactive presentations and discussions that highlighted the value proposition that JCP presents to industrial and commercial entities in the region. Saleem Kadernani, group commercial manager at Gulftainer, delivered a presentation on Jubail’s capabilities and the benefits the port can offer to shipping lines, exporters and importers. Other distinguished speakers included Mohammed Abdul Aziz bin Battal, director of MEA Solids Supply Chain at SABIC, and Ahmed Hassan Gomaa, logistics and customs coordinator at Técnicas Reunidas.
Ranked the Middle East’s fastest-growing port in 2017, JCP serves as an ideal hub not only for industrial exports but also for imports to the dynamic markets of Saudi Arabia’s eastern and central provinces. It is currently a port of call for almost all global shipping lines with direct weekly services and has one of the fastest customs clearance processes in the country.
In his keynote address, Iain Rawlinson, group commercial director of Gulftainer, said: “The Jubail Value Proposition event aligns with our vision of developing world-class port infrastructure that is critical for economic development and trade activity in the region. The Saudi government’s concerted efforts to diversify the economy and its commitment to innovation have catalyzed growth in the country’s ports and logistics sectors. I hope that today’s discussions provide you with innovative insights that encourage new ways of doing business in Jubail so that we can leverage the city’s unique status as a logistical gateway and prominent trade hub for the region.”
Richard James, managing director of GSCCO, said: “Jubail’s strategic geographic location has enabled it to evolve into a pivotal gateway for international trade and industrial activity, enhancing Saudi Arabia’s economic and trade potential. The city is home to our flagship facilities, including the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT), that contribute significantly to the region’s economic activity.”


Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

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Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

SalamAir recently celebrated two years of affordable travel to a growing range of destinations. This landmark occasion sees the airline mark various milestones, including the growth of operations and expansion of fleet and destinations.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “Our success so far has been built on the promise of offering a different proposition to travelers locally and regionally. We have been focused on providing guests with affordable, flexible and rewarding travel options across our expanding network. We have also been focused on optimizing our operations, while looking into the future by investing in one of the most in-demand aircraft, the A320neos, a model that promises to improve our passenger experience and efficiency. With the first one already delivered and flying, we will be adding five more A320neos taking our fleet size to nine, compared to three when we started two years ago.” 

Since its inaugural flight from Salalah to Muscat on Jan. 30, 2017, SalamAir has carried over 1.4 million passengers. The airline enjoyed a steady rise in passenger footfall powered by its expanding route network currently standing at 14 destinations, competitive price offers, as well as the customer-centric loyalty program “More on Air.”

The program rewards guests with a one-way airline ticket in exchange for 10 boarding passes collected within a year. The airline has three “easy fare” options: Light, Friendly and Flexi, as well as a fairly priced menu of extras, such as extra luggage allowance, seat selection and priority check-in options. The airline recently introduced a new meal menu onboard.

CEO Ahmed added: “With the arrival of the new fleet, we will open up new destinations, some of which will be the first time connecting through direct flights to Muscat like Alexandria in Egypt, plus some unique summer destinations. We will connect the rest of the GCC and increase the frequencies in many of our current destinations where we have seen increased demand.” 

SalamAir also offers its guests a selection of promotions, such as the “Tempting Tuesday” weekly deal on all fares.