King Abdullah Port welcomes National Industrial Committee delegation

The delegation was welcomed by Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, along with other officials of the port.
Updated 05 February 2018
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King Abdullah Port welcomes National Industrial Committee delegation

King Abdullah Port, the first fully privately owned, developed and operated port in the Kingdom and the Middle East, welcomed a delegation from the National Industrial Committee (NIC) at the Council of Saudi Chambers. The delegation included NIC Chairperson Osama A. Al-Zamil and its members.
The visit comes within the port’s framework of promoting a strategy of cooperation with participants in the country’s industrial system.
The delegation was welcomed by Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, along with other officials of the port. At the end of the visit, each side announced the appointment of a communications officer for activating cooperation between both parties, with the goal to achieve a partnership that can contribute to supporting national industry within King Abdullah Economic City, represented by King Abdullah Port.
Qutub said: “We are honored to welcome the chairperson of the NIC and his accompanying delegation. This visit has been a good opportunity to introduce the delegation to King Abdullah Port and review the prospects of partnership and cooperation between both sides, which provides us with the support to enhance our contribution to local and international logistics industries and better contribute to achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
He added: “King Abdullah Port is the latest mega infrastructure project in the Middle East. Built to state-of-the-art specifications, it was designed and implemented to cater for the Kingdom’s economic and commercial growth for decades to come.”
Qutub also noted that King Abdullah Port “seeks to play a complementary role with all relevant entities, including the industrial sector, represented by the NIC, allowing for the support of the Kingdom’s growth and development journey.”
Al-Zamil said: “We are delighted with our visit to King Abdullah Port and the hospitality given to us. We have seen the massive efforts of the port’s team and we believe there are great cooperation opportunities between us that can positively contribute to the growth of the Kingdom’s industrial sector.”
Vision 2030 has dedicated one of its programs to advancing national industries and logistics services with the goal to develop domestic production and exports in the fields of mining, energy, technology, robotics and others. This includes improving the infrastructure and developing the logistics services necessary for making the Kingdom an industrial and logistics platform between Asia, Africa and Europe.
Earlier this month, King Abdullah Port announced a 21 percent increase in its annual throughput in 2017, becoming the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling.


Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

Sofana Dahlan, founder of Tashkeil; Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat; Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena; Khashoggi Holding Group Vice Chairman Hassan Khashoggi and Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO, My Events International Saudi Arabia, at the event in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 August 2018
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Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners

The 8th Global Leadership Awards (GLA), which took place in Kuala Lumpur recently, for the first time had winners from Saudi Arabia in two different categories and Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Almaeena hosted the Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat, and the two winners of the GLA, Sofana Dahlan and Hassan Khashoggi, along with Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO of My Events International Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah.

Welcoming the guests, Rafeeq said: “When we disclosed the news of GLA Secretariat’s selection of Khaled Almaeena for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in media, expatriates’ welfare and women empowerment in the region, he just had one thing to say. I would also like to see some Saudi young men and women recognized at the GLA.”

Almaeena nominated a number of Saudis who have excelled in various fields, including two Saudis who won the GLA in different categories.

Recipient of the “Leadership Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship” award, Sofana Dahlan is a well-known lawyer, social entrepreneur and among the first three Saudi female lawyers practicing in the Kingdom. She is the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker and the founder of Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes creative entrepreneurs.

Hassan Khashoggi, who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, is vice chairman of the Khashoggi Holding Group, which was established in 2010. It is a leading private holding that invests in products, services and solutions for the energy and power sectors. It also invests in medical sectors, food, aviation and financial services for the real estate sector.

The event was organized by The Leaders International, a high-profile business magazine and is endorsed by American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), a US-based NGO which showcases leadership at large.

Achievements in more than 30 categories are recognized and honored with a unique award. The winners are selected by high-profile judges from all parts of the world. The event seeks to honor leaders for their exemplary contributions to global growth in economic and leadership development.

Since both the winners could not attend the event in Kuala Lumpur, My Events International Saudi Arabia had arranged for the trophies to be handed over to them by Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Ali bin Selamat in Jeddah.

The consul general told the award winners: “We hope that you attain further excellence in your respective fields. I hope this promotion of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will flourish in the future.”

Khashoggi said: “Hopefully, for future GLA events, we will have more awareness of Saudi talent that is hidden in the Kingdom and we will recognize and reward them. Thank you, Dr. Khaled Almaeena and the My Events team for this honor.”

Dahlan said: “This award is a very important bridge between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because it not only recognizes our achievement but also opens a dialogue and creates awareness about what is really happening in Saudi Arabia beyond the news.

“It is very important that through these kinds of awards and events, we are able to bring nations together and change negative perceptions.”

Almaeena congratulated the winners and said: “These are two very fine young people making a change. Where many do their work in the limelight, they are making a change quietly. We have always recognized people from the West and it is time to look toward the East too. There is so much talent here.”