New joint venture to draw in foreign investors to Bahrain

Updated 22 October 2018

New joint venture to draw in foreign investors to Bahrain

Kooheji Golden Gate has partnered with Indian property developers Ajmera Mayfair to form a joint venture called Golden Gate Developers, promising a blend of state-of-the-art living, modern hospitality and world-class business centers. 

Ajmera Mayfair Realty Group have a combined experience of over 100 years in the real estate industry, delivering a total of 40 million square feet of commercial and residential spaces in India and currently having prospects worth more than $4 billion underway. The project is to be developed on Bahrain Bay, which is a hub of prime property in Manama with a beautiful view of the city skyline.

Manoj Ajmera, managing director of Ajmera, said: “Bahrain provides a supportive business environment and a workforce with a strong service ethos, and this project has strengthened our ties with the nation as well as the people of Bahrain.”

Nayan Shah, chairman of Mayfair Housing, said: “According to the Expat Insider Survey findings, Bahrain is now considered the best destination for expats, which broadens the scope for them to consider moving to Bahrain. This is especially an important factor in attracting foreign investment, and trade and business opportunities. It also increases the potential for tourism in the region, as many Indians now consider Bahrain an ideal destination for weddings and holidays.” 

Chairman of Kooheji Golden Gate Ishaq Al-Kooheji said: “Under the leadership and visionary guidance of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the crown prince, deputy supreme commander and first deputy prime minister, Vision 2030 promises further transformation to Bahrain and its economy. The establishment of such projects in partnership with internationally renowned companies creates an attractive environment for local and international investments, strengthening ties between both countries while contributing to the economic progression of Bahrain.” 

The project will be developed over 140,000 square meters. The total anticipated foreign investment in Bahrain is around $212 million. This partnership aims at further cementing bilateral trade and economic ties between India and Bahrain and opens up the doors to more foreign investment into the country. 




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.
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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.