GACA preparing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics center

GACA President Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi speaks during a roundtable meeting with major UK civil aviation companies on Thursday. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2018

GACA preparing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics center

JEDDAH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in cooperation with the Saudi-American Business Council, organized a roundtable meeting with major UK civil aviation companies. 

The meeting discussed the Saudi aviation sector and possible investment opportunities in it. Representatives of relevant departments at GACA met with more than 60 representatives of Saudi and British companies.

GACA President Abdul Hakim Al-Tamimi delivered a speech in which he reviewed investment opportunities in the Saudi aviation sector in light of a rise in air traffic and the number of infrastructure projects being implemented.

A wide variety of investment opportunities regarding airport operation and the provision of advanced consultancy services was discussed.

He stressed GACA’s eagerness to strengthen the Saudi civil aviation industry and harness the required capabilities to keep pace with steady growth in air transport in the Kingdom, so as to attract international companies to invest in airport infrastructure and services. 

GACA is striving to make the Kingdom a global logistics center linking three continents and receiving more than 30 million pilgrims by 2030, Al-Tamimi said.

During the meeting, companies were briefed on the development of the investment environment in the Kingdom, and on investment opportunities in the aviation sector. 


Jazan’s coffee bean production expected to reach 300 tons in 2020

Al-Dayer accounts for 80 percent of Jazan’s coffee production. The number of farmers in the region has exceeded 700. (Photos/Supplied)
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Jazan’s coffee bean production expected to reach 300 tons in 2020

  • Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level

JAZAN: The seventh Coffee Beans Festival starts on Jan. 30, amid expectations that more than 300 tons of coffee beans will be produced and enter the Saudi market by the end of 2020 due to increased production in the Jazan mountains.
“This year’s festival is completely different in terms of activities, with more focus on displaying the local products of Saudi coffee bean farmers,” Dr. Mefarah Al-Malki, director of the festival, told Arab News.
“There are new programs to turn the spotlight on the achievements of Saudi young men and women.”
Award-winning coffee farmer Hussain Hadi Al-Malki, from Al-Dayer governorate, said the Jazan region produced 250 tons of coffee beans last year, but this year production will reach 300 tons.

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• Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level. The higher the altitude, the greater the yield and quality. 

• Coffee bean trees need special care, and take up to five years from the time a seed is planted until production.

He added that Al-Dayer accounts for 80 percent of Jazan’s coffee bean production, and that the number of coffee farmers in the region has exceeded 700.
Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level. The higher the altitude, the greater the yield and quality.
Coffee bean trees need special care, and take up to five years from the time a seed is planted until production.
Hussain said coffee trees should be pruned properly, and their top branches should be cut off so the tree is not taller than 2 meters.
“Planting coffee trees in the Kingdom faces several challenges such as labor, water for irrigation and costs. There are no real capital investments in this field,” he told Arab News.
“Farmers need support from the time they grow coffee beans to the yield stage in order to cover associated expenses and costs.”