Saudi Ports Authority takes steps to boost export volume

The Kingdom is working on plans to boost its non-oil exports and the strategy adopted by the ports authority is aimed at boosting exports from all sectors. (SPA)
Updated 25 December 2018
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Saudi Ports Authority takes steps to boost export volume

  • Maritime ports in Saudi Arabia had been receiving great attention since their inception under the Kingdom’s founder King Abdul Aziz

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) has decided to reduce its terminal handling charges of import empty containers at Jubail port.
It is part of MAWANI’s efforts to transform the Kingdom into a unique logistics platform in accordance with the Vision 2030.
The authority has also decided to increase port demurrage or storage free days from five to 15 days to enable exporters to receive empty containers directly from Jubail port.
These decisions were made at the first board of directors meeting recently held at the authority’s headquarters.
The Kingdom is working on plans to boost its non-oil exports and the strategy adopted by the ports authority is aimed at boosting exports from all sectors.
MAWANI President Saad Al-Khalb said by taking these measures the authority wishes to contribute to improving and changing the market condition to help boost the Kingdom’s overall export volume.
Maritime ports in Saudi Arabia had been receiving great attention since their inception under the Kingdom’s founder King Abdul Aziz, 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.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.