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.


Regional authorities offer free training at HVACR Expo

Updated 21 January 2019
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Regional authorities offer free training at HVACR Expo

The region’s largest dedicated HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) business event will host specialists from Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) and Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) among other credible entities.
Set to shed light on the latest efficiency guidelines in the HVACR industry, these authorities will feature a free and certified training agenda at the HVACR Expo Saudi from Jan. 28-30 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).
Zayed Mohsen Albagami, deputy director of energy efficiency, SASO, said: “It is important for SASO and for the Kingdom as a whole to support and enhance Saudi Vision 2030 at this time.”
He added: “The role of SASO toward this goal is to help the manufacturer himself adopt a sustainable approach. We implement this through a variety of initiatives, whether it be the issuance of new standards on energy efficiency, raising awareness in the media or finally by holding workshops — as we will do at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019.”
In line with the 2030 initiative, the Saudi government has enacted SASO regulations 2663 and 2874, which improve the efficiency level of all air conditioning equipment. They have also introduced a district cooling framework for new developments exceeding 15,000 tons.
Basem Salameh, conformity specialist at GSO, said: “The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) aims to harmonize standardization activities among the GCC member states to facilitate both international and intra-trade, and to remove technical barriers for economic operators.”
Along with presentations by SASO, GSO and SCE, the workshop agenda at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019 will include training sessions from industry leaders Carrier, Samsung Electronics, Midea RAC, Al-Salem Johnson Controls, and Shaker Group (LG) to name but a few.
Abdul Rouf Pandith, senior mechanical engineer at KEO International Consultants and speaker at the event, said: “By inviting and bringing together government stakeholders, policy and decision-makers, and leaders from the utility sector across the country, HVACR Expo Saudi can mark a new era in the cooling sector.”
Roni El-Haddad, event director of HVACR Expo 2019, said: “We are extremely honored to welcome SASO, GSO and SCE on board at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019. While the Kingdom is coming together to fulfill the objectives laid out by Saudi Vision 2030, the time is now to bring these authorities on-board and to work with them to ensure that HVACR professionals can achieve the highest standards within their field.”
HVACR Expo Saudi will also bring together more than 85 of the industry’s heavyweights to showcase innovative industry solutions and products at the event. Countries represented will include Turkey, China, the US, France, Italy, the UAE, Singapore, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and more.