Mathaqi app wins honor at KSA Enterprise Agility Awards 2017

Yousuf Al-Saleem, right, receives the award from Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, governor of the General Authority for SMEs.
Updated 30 May 2017
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Mathaqi app wins honor at KSA Enterprise Agility Awards 2017

Mathaqi app, an online platform for ordering home-cooked meals in Saudi Arabia, recently won an award for tech innovation at the KSA Enterprise Agility Awards 2017. The event was held at the Marriott Hotel in Riyadh.
The awards, which were presented by Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, governor of the General Authority for SMEs, and organized by Entrepreneur MENA, a division of BNC Publishing, celebrate enterprising individuals who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating innovation and outstanding business conduct.
Mathaqi has made a significant contribution to helping productive families market their food products and increase their income. This in effect, solves one of the problems faced by the country related to unemployment, as the platform encourages production among family members.
The award-winning app offers more than 18 different cuisines for lunch and dinner, with details of each dish, along with the chef’s profile, to authenticate its home-cooked quality.
Mathaqi app is available on iOS and Android platforms. Once downloaded, users can register themselves by filling out basic details such as name and contact number. After ordering food from the daily changing menu, customers can also determine the time and place to get their food delivered.
Nouf Alsaleem, founder of Mathaqi, said: “We are really happy for this recognition and we consider this as an encouragement and furthering our objectives to develop the technology innovation within the entrepreneurship ecosystem in KSA.”
“It is an honor to receive the ‘Best Mobile App Innovation’ award from an organization which is a source of inspiration and information for millions and is considered the voice of entrepreneurship around the world. All credit goes to our team, mentors and partners for their role in our success and for helping us achieve this,” she added.
Alsaleem said Mathaqi is a good opportunity for home chefs, who generally do not get noticed for their culinary skills.
“It provides a perfect blend of authentic food with authentic recipes, with a wide variety of cuisines and the expertise of carefully selected home chefs. All chefs are trained in processes of food safety and they prepare food in limited quantities, as they would for their own households,” she added.


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.