Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai

From left, Hamad bin Daylan, lead of Dubai Group; Adel Al-Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Emirates; Shin Man Gil, executive director competitions division, AFC; and Saeed Khalifa Al-Mehairi, operations lead, LOC.
Updated 31 December 2018
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Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai

Emirates, the official airline partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, has flown the AFC Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The AFC Asian Cup trophy traveled from Tokyo, making a stop in Hong Kong and continuing on EK 383 before arriving in Dubai.

The AFC Asian Cup is the most prestigious national team event in Asia and one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. It is being held on UAE soil for the first time since 1996. Emirates has been the official airline and partner of the AFC since 2002, and has sponsorship rights to all its tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the AFC Asian Cup, as well as a number of women’s and youth events. 

The airline, which also sponsors some of the world’s biggest sporting events and clubs, aims to connect with people with their love for sports, and in this case, through football during the tournament.

Adel Al-Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer for Emirates, said: “We are delighted with our partnership with the AFC and the upcoming tournament will provide a great opportunity to connect with football fans in our home, the UAE, as well as audiences across Asia who are cheering on their national teams. We are keen to take a major role in connecting cities through our network and bring football fans to the event and experience the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in real-time. We also aim to further support the UAE’s status as a world-class sports hub and a center for international sporting events.”

The AFC Asian Cup trophy has been specially designed by world-renowned silversmiths. The trophy, which was unveiled at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Final Draw in Dubai in May, is inspired by the lotus flower, which symbolizes peace throughout Asia, and the five petals represent the five regional associations under the AFC. Emirates operates an extensive network in Asia, and flies to 16 of the 24 participating countries in the AFC Asian Cup. 

During the tournament, Emirates will receive brand visibility at each match, advertising opportunities across televised matches, in addition to in-game promotions, exclusive “money can’t buy” opportunities for fans, ticketing and hospitality rights. Additionally, Emirates will benefit from digital and social media activation rights on AFC’s platforms, and will also lead the trophy presentation during the final match in February 2019.


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.
Updated 21 January 2019
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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.