Salalah resort all set to welcome Khareef

Wadi Darbat Salalah is a must visit destination during the Khareef season.
Updated 18 June 2018

Salalah resort all set to welcome Khareef

With this year’s monsoon season well underway, the Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, owned by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) and managed by InterContinental Hotels Group, is all set to welcome the annual Khareef season.
This year, the resort was named “Oman’s Leading Resort 2018” by the World Travel Awards.
Manuel Levonian, general manager of the resort, said: “We are optimistic that this Khareef season will be different compared to last year when Cyclone Mekunu hit the Dhofar region. Many people from across the globe are more curious and eager to find out about Salalah. Hence, we anticipate a high demand of accommodations from tourists and our tailor-made packages will address the immediate needs of our guests.”
“As Cyclone Mekunu struck Salalah in the last week of May that brought heavy rains and strong winds, we are blessed that there were no major damages in our resort. This allows us to recover fast from the aftermath and accommodate early inquiries and bookings of our Khareef packages. Due to heavy rainfall, most of the terrains and mountains have started to turn to lush green earlier than expected and the natural beauty has been enhanced by overflowing springs and waterfalls.” he added.
Monsoon is a great time to visit Salalah. Hundreds of GCC nationals and locals from the north of Oman flock to Salalah to escape the soaring summer temperature. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the annual Khareef Festival that features traditional folklore, dancing and fashion shows.  
Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah is a well-recognized resort in the Dhofar region. The resort is set across 45 acres of private tropical gardens with its own stretch of pristine white sandy beach and offers 153 rooms, suites and family villas.

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.