Hussein Hatata receives commendation at World Travel Awards in Morocco

Updated 29 December 2015

Hussein Hatata receives commendation at World Travel Awards in Morocco

The crème de la creme of the travel industry gathered at Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco on Dec.12 to honor individuals and companies for their distinctive contribution to international hospitality at the World Travel Awards 2015.
Guests of honor at the event included Moroccan Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad and Maldives Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer.
The awards celebrate the personalities and commercial successes of the travel industry.
At the 2015 ceremony, the World Travel Awards Academy honored Hussein Hatata, VP, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company, whom they considered to be one of the industry’s most influential characters.
Named as the World's Leading Exemplary Hotel Personality, Hatata has been formally recognized for his distinctive contribution to hospitality excellence over the past years.
Hatata is a seasoned hospitality professional with almost four decades of experience. Over the last 10 years, Hatata has been instrumental in developing and activating Al Khozama’s expansion strategy at a domestic and international level.
A holder of a Bachelor’s degree in hotel management, after studying at Lausanne Hotel Management School, Hatata has completed management programs at the US-based Cornell University and the American Hotel & Motel Association’s hotel operations program.
Hatata commented: “It is with great honor that I receive the award bestowed on me by the World Travel Awards Academy. I have long admired the World Travel Awards as an institution and recognize the value and accreditation it brings to the industry. Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with an excellent team and witness the great strides and developments in the hospitality industry.”
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “This special award recognizes Hatata’s contribution as equal to a company. His visionary approach has made it possible for the group to have 10 properties under its hotel management portfolio.”

OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

Updated 17 September 2019

OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company, has joined the group of international companies transporting cargo and delivering maritime shipping services to and from King Abdullah Port. This comes with the company’s official launch of operations in the port located in King Abdullah Economic City and the subsequent arrival of containers to the berths.

The move aims at enhancing the trade movement of imports and exports in the Kingdom.

“The addition of OOCL to the list of leading international shipping companies operating in King Abdullah Port is a testament to the trust of key players in the maritime shipping industry, as the port enjoys a strategic location on one of the most important international maritime shipping lanes as well as integrated infrastructure and logistics services,” a press release said.

The port is located near the Industrial Valley, the Bonded and Re-export Zone, and major Saudi cities such as Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, which together constitute the main commercial center in the Kingdom. King Abdullah Port also enjoys close proximity to Madinat Yanbu’ Al-Sina’iyah, which is witnessing a massive trade movement in the field of petrochemicals, and it is linked to a road network that facilitates the process of transporting goods by land to and from ships to Riyadh, Dammam, and other cities in the Arabian Gulf.

Officially inaugurated last February by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner, a global specialist in data analysis of maritime transport, port capabilities, and the future development of vessels and global maritime routes. The port’s throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. It has been listed as the fastest-growing container port and one of the world’s 100 largest ports after less than four years of operation. Ten of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters. The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace with a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, utilizing its advanced facilities and proximity to the Bonded and Re-export Zone and the logistics park.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.