Saudi ports handle 22m tons of cargo in November

The number of vessels in Saudi ports during November 2018 was 944. (SPA)
Updated 07 December 2018
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Saudi ports handle 22m tons of cargo in November

  • There were 70,000 passengers, 61,000 vehicles and 320,000 livestock heads

RIYADH:The total cargo tonnage handled in Saudi ports during November 2018 was 22.67 million tons, an increase of 6.14 percent compared to the same period last year.
The number of handling containers reached 521,000, an increase of 1.21 percent from the same period last year, according to Mawani Saudi Ports Authority.
The number of vessels in Saudi ports during November 2018 was 944. There were 70,000 passengers, 61,000 vehicles and 320,000 livestock heads.
Saudi ports, with their diverse specialties, have an exceptional role in developing the business of regional and international marine commerce and transporting travelers especially visitors of the holy places.


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.