Kempinski Ramadan Tent invites guests

The Ramadan tent portrays Arabic heritage and is a blend of traditional and modern attributes.
Updated 22 May 2018
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Kempinski Ramadan Tent invites guests

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has announced the launch of the “Kempinski Ramadan Tent” to celebrate the holy month with guests.
The venue has witnessed remarkable turnout in the past years.
The Ramadan tent portrays Arabic heritage and is a blend of traditional and modern attributes.
The tent, which is built specifically for Ramadan, is spread across 2,000 square meters and can accommodate up to 800 visitors. At the open buffet, visitors can enjoy a wide range of Saudi, Arabic and international dishes, including a variety of Eastern and Western desserts, and freshly prepared beverages to quench the thirst after a long day of fasting.
Christian Ruge, general manager of the hotel, said: “Based on the overall culture of our brand, and our concept of providing hospitality services to our guests with the quality and luxury required, we have expanded this culture in Saudi Arabia by offering a tent designed with an authentic Arabic style — as we do every year.”
He added: “Guests of the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski consider the Ramadan tent as their own home. When they visit our Ramadan tent with their families or friends, they will feel comfortable, enjoy the cozy atmosphere and savor the most delicious food with live cooking stations.”
This year Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski will offer a children’s pavilion where they can color, have their faces painted, read books, enjoy games, and watch cartoons. Families will be able to enjoy their privacy in separate areas. Guests will also be able to watch the preparation of the dishes.
Sahoor at the hotel will be served daily at the Ottoman restaurant Tuğra on the fourth floor from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The buffet will represent the best of European luxury and authentic Arabian hospitality.
Those wishing to stay at the hotel during Ramadan can avail themselves of the Ramadan package, which has numerous benefits including complimentary iftar at the Kempinski Ramadan Tent.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is located in the financial district of Riyadh. The hotel comprises 23 floors and 349 rooms and suites. The hotel is involved in a range of community service activities, such as joint cooperation agreements with charities, foundations and others. Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.


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.