Saudia Cargo launches expansion projects for Riyadh and Jeddah airports

Saudia Cargo launches its new terminal projects for King Abdul Aziz International Airport and King Khalid International airport, under the patronage of Minister of Transport Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi. (supplied)
Updated 11 September 2018
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Saudia Cargo launches expansion projects for Riyadh and Jeddah airports

  • Shipping company aims to double capacity in next two years, and is about to join SkyTeam, the global airlines alliance
  • On August 25, 2018, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia Cargo’s parent company, operated 711 flights, the highest number in one day since the launch of the airline

JEDDAH: Saudia Cargo on Monday officially launched expansion projects for its facilities at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Khalid International airport in Riyadh. The projects, under the patronage of Minister of Transport Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi, are an important part of the Saudi shipping company’s transformation initiative, Strategy 2020, which aims to double cargo capacity and enhance the business’s capability to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The launch ceremony, in Jeddah, was attended by President of the General Authority for Civil Aviation Captain Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi, and Governor of the General Customs Authority Ahmed Al-Haqbani, along with other officials, clients and guests.

Fawaz Al-Fawaz, the chairman of Saudia Cargo, said the projects aim to achieve a qualitative leap in the level of logistics services provided by the business. He added that the company has developed a clear strategy to face any challenges by developing its infrastructure and work environment, and strengthening cooperation with partners and agents to increase the company's share of global shipping traffic.

He said that as a result of these efforts, in 2017 revenues increased by 10.9 percent and cargo transported by 12.6 percent in comparison with the previous year. Moreover, the tonnage growth hit a record high of 72 percent, while the number of stations increased to 63 internationally and 25 internally, in addition to the many stations served by road freight.

Omar Bin Talal Hariri, the CEO of Saudia Cargo, said that the company aims to increase capacity at King Khalid International Airport to 530,000 tons a year, and the size of its facility there to 75,000 square meters.

The capacity at King Abdul Aziz I|international Airport will increase to 820,000 tons in a 131,000-square-meter facility. The expansions will be supported by a number of development programs and advanced logistics solutions.

As part of its attempts to expand shipping services through alliances, Hariri added that Saudia Cargo will this year join SkyTeam, the global airlines alliance.

This will unlock broad new areas for the company to develop its business and services and expand its network of stations around the world, he added. It will also increase transit traffic, connecting the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa.

The company will also work on restructuring its network of flights to suit the nature of the markets it serves and the needs of valued customers, and enhancing cooperation with parent company Saudi Arabian Airlines to take advantage of the capacity available on domestic and international flights.

Saleh Al-Jasser, the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, said that “this step coincides with the peak of operations to transport pilgrims who are currently returning home to more than one hundred domestic and international stations. Saturday, August 25 recorded the highest number of flights in one day since the establishment of Saudi Arabian Airlines, when it reached 711 flights.”


Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

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Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

  • Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week
  • The Grazia Middle East Style Awards will this year take place in Riyadh

RIYADH: Emerging Saudi fashion designers will get a chance to showcase their work alongside internationally renowned peers — including Yahya Couture, Yuliya Yanina and Lama Askari — during the second edition of Saudi Fashion Week, which runs from October 21 to 25, 2018.

The dates were revealed by the event’s founder, Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, who made a statement with her choice of outfit for the official announcement: a black abaya with a traditional Saudi hand embroidered, red design.

The princess, who is honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in Saudi Arabia, said she always dreamed of being part of the fashion industry and is working hard to help the dreams ofothers come true as well, by supporting local designers,providing them with a platform on which to showcase their creativity, and supplying them with the tools they need to succeed.

“This fashion week is sponsored by the GCA and we want to highlight our Saudi culture,” she said when asked how the second edition will differ from the inaugural event in April 2018. “Every designer is unique and designs in a different way. Our culture is not only about wearing an abaya; it’s what makes you comfortable as a person.

“We have more local names coming out and a program to support emerging designers. This is a platform with which we support Saudi designers, in their country, which they represent.”

However, it also embraces the wider international fashion industry, as well.

“it’s an exchange of cultures. It’s a platform for Saudi and other countries,” said Princess Noura. “When we speak about fashion, it’s a mirror that reflects our culture and modernity.”

To help launch the careers of Saudis who are just starting out in the fashion industry, a “Top emerging Saudi designers” program has been developed, and the country’s fashion community has chosen six designers to participate, some of whom are recentcollege graduates. It will offer them support and give them real-world experience of the fashion industry.

Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week, with three runway shows each day, beginning at 8pm. In addition, a fashion festival featuring pop-up stores will run throughout the event. The Grazia Middle East Style Awards, which is usually held in Dubai, will this year take place in Riyadh on the final day of Saudi Fashion Week.

“I want every designer in Saudi Arabia to not be afraid and to come out and show what they are made of. Be Brave,” added Princess Noura.