Saudi Ports Authority: A history of continuous support from the state

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Updated 24 September 2018
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Saudi Ports Authority: A history of continuous support from the state

JEDDAH: Maritime ports in Saudi Arabia had been receiving great attention since their inception under the Kingdom’s founder King Abdelaziz, to form one of the nation’s most important economic and commercial streams, as well as playing a major role in boosting its regional and international trade.
The ports also contribute to the national economy by playing a main role in development plans. The Kingdom’s wise leadership has provided them with all the necessary capabilities, services and facilities to develop and increase their capacity, thus contributing to strengthening its regional and international stance.
The ports have undergone various stages of construction and development since the foundation of Saudi Arabia up until the General Ports Organization was established in 1976. This was followed by the establishment and inauguration of several ports until 1997, during which the operation of ports was handed to the private sector.
In 2018, the cabinet approved the renaming of the General Organization of Ports in order to become a public body and it was named the Saudi Ports Authority.
The decision, a very important one, contributed to strengthening its services and raising its capacity, and supporting the process of construction and development in the Kingdom, to fulfill Vision 2030.
It allowed ports to perform its supervising, coordinating and legislative role with a lot of flexibility by giving its board of directors clear validations, which contributed to the rapid response and interaction with all developments in the maritime industry.
The Saudi Ports Authority governs the operations of nine ports in the country, six of them for trade and three for industrial uses. Four of them overlook the Arabian Gulf, while the other five overlook the Red Sea.
Trade ports play a key role in facilitating the importation of all goods and services necessary for social, economic and industrial development.
Meanwhile, industrial ports play a key role in supporting and encouraging national industries by expanding production areas and facilitating the export of petrochemical and petroleum products.
The authority has been keen on providing the ports with latest equipment to serve ships and facilitate the goods they load, and has prepared its docks to receive large ships owned by global navigation lines.
It has also implemented a number of development and expansion projects in all ports to increase their capabilities and improve performance, and adopted a package of regulatory and administrative procedures that meet the requirements of the next phase, including: implementation of the port community system in all ports, implementation of KPI’s international, implementing clearing of containers during 24 hours, which led to a reduction in the time of clearing goods in all ports to only three days, issuing the regulation of the maritime agents for obtaining a license to practice the work of the maritime agent within all ports of the Kingdom.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”