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.


PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

Updated 22 March 2019
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PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.