Al-Khozama students shine in Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program grand finale was held in Dammam. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 02 January 2019

Al-Khozama students shine in Youth Leadership Program

The grand finale of the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) of Al-Khozama International School Dammam was held recently.

Participants in the program, which aimed to enhance the communicative and leadership skills of the students, were mentored by the Prudent Family Toastmasters Club.

The event was attended by Razi Sheikh Pareeth, deputy group manager of the BEST Group of Schools, KSA; Jayashree Muralidhar, principal of Al-Khozama International School; Abdul Gafoor Irumban, headmaster; Albin Joseph, chief contest master; Alex Philip, chief judge; toastmasters and parents. 

Twenty-three boys and 21 girls from classes 6-8 underwent rigorous training for a period of nine weeks to hone their skills in communication, presentation and leadership. 

Toastmasters Albin Joseph, Merlin Albin, Narasimha Rao, Taher Saeed, Irfan Iqbal khan, Fatema Taher Saeed and Shabana were instrumental in mentoring the students. 

The contest comprised three sessions — international speech, table topics and speech evaluation. 

The international speech contest was led by Joseph Albin, where contestants spoke on prepared topics. 

The winners of the first three positions in the international speech category were Mirza Zubair Baig, Abdullah Khan Sherwani and Denin Shajji in the boys’ section, and Arunima Sunil, Sudhanthi Murali and Sachi Singh in the girls’ section, respectively. 

The table topics contest was led by Samiya Irfan Khan, in which the candidates spoke on a topic given on the spot. 

The top three winners in the category were Rudra Singh Chauhan, Harshith Harish and Ayaan Surkhi of the boys’ section, and Neeharika Prashanth, Marice Kuriakose Mattamana and Maria Roy of the girls’ section, respectively.

The speech evaluation contest was led by Zainab Taher Saeed. The winners of first, second and third positions in the category were Kaivalya Dawande, Ayser Al-Safi Rabbani and Sulaiman Dawood in the boys’ section, and Anuskha Deka, Amrutha T. Joseph, and Ashlin Joseph in the girls’ section, respectively.

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

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.