Envoys get insider’s guide to Saudi Arabia’s busiest port

The diplomats during their visit at the Jeddah Islamic Port on Tuesday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 28 November 2018

Envoys get insider’s guide to Saudi Arabia’s busiest port

  • Envoys were briefed on the port’s significance in the region
  • The diplomats’ visit began with a tour of the X-ray cargo screening Station at the port.

JEDDAH: Diplomats from about 40 countries were given a first-hand view of Jeddah Islamic Port’s most important features and recent developments during a visit organized by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

The visitors included consuls, deputy consuls and commercial attaches from consulates in Jeddah City. 

Envoys were briefed on the port’s significance in the region and its operational capabilities in regional and international maritime transport.

Jeddah Islamic Port is one of the most important economic facilities in Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea region. More than 65 percent of commercial ocean cargo in the Kingdom passes through the port. It is located in the middle of an international shipping route linking East and West, and is the largest and busiest port in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Kingdom has spent billions of dollars developing the port as a fully automated terminal with first-class facilities and equipment designed to meet the highest international standards. The investment supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals to increase efficiencies using “innovative” technology solutions.

The diplomats’ visit began with a tour of the X-ray cargo screening Station at the port.

Mohammed Al-Ghamidi, the X-ray terminal operating system director, introduced the visitors to the role of the station in detecting illegal materials smuggled through containers, such as drugs and explosives. 

 “About 2,500 to 3,000 containers pass through the inspection process each day at Jeddah Port,” Al-Ghamidi said. 

The delegation also visited the Red Sea Gateway Terminal, which has an annual capacity of 2 TEU. 

Hamdi Nadhrah, head of business development and marketing at the terminal, said: “The Red Sea Gateway Terminal is the first BOT (build-operate-transfer) project in the Kingdom and began in 2007. The private sector built the whole terminal and the channel at a cost of SR2.5 billion ($666 million).

“The terminal started fully operating in 2009 and completed its expansion plan by the end of 2017. Now we have a capacity of 2.5 million containers per year.”

Nadhrah emphasized the diverse environment of the company.

“We’re proud of having more than 20 nationalities working here. We look at ourselves as a multinational company with a lot of expertise. In addition, we were the first company to hire Saudi women in Jeddah Islamic Port.”

Rashid Al-Oraimi, Oman’s consul-general, told Arab News: “It was a successful and well-organized visit. We were introduced to important commercial landmarks in the city. 

“There is considerable trade cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Oman, especially since both countries are members of the same system that strongly link them, the Gulf Cooperation Council,” he said. In 2017, about 94,500 tons of goods were exchanged between Saudi Arabia and Oman through Jeddah Islamic Port.

MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.