Hyundai to unveil two key models for Middle East and Africa

The Sonata is the eighth generation of Hyundai’s long-running mid-size sedan.
Updated 20 May 2019
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Hyundai to unveil two key models for Middle East and Africa

Hyundai will confirm details of two new products available to Middle East and Africa markets, with the region included in plans for a new-generation Sonata sedan and a new SUV model, the Palisade.
The Sonata is the eighth generation of Hyundai’s long-running mid-size sedan, while the Palisade is a new flagship SUV. It will be a mid-size SUV, but longer, wider and taller than the newest Santa Fe, which went on sale last year.
The new models feature bold design and benefit from the latest technical innovations. Features include convenience technology, such as wireless smartphone charging and advanced levels of connectivity, large touch-screen displays, and head-up display to show essential information on the windscreen — immediately in the driver’s view without glancing away from the road.
They also offer a wide range of safety technology, with a selection of advanced driver assistance systems packaged as Hyundai SmartSense.
“The Sonata has a long and successful history in our region, and consistently ranks among the most popular models in its segment, so we have high expectations for this latest model,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “It offers premium design with sporty, coupe-like styling, combined with exceptional quality and outstanding value in the market.
“The Palisade offers the same high standards, while extending our range into new market segments, offering a larger family SUV as a flagship product. This will reach out to new customers for our brand, and also serve the changing needs of loyal Hyundai owners.”
Hyundai previewed the Palisade for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, while the Sonata was presented publicly in March. An official hands-on launch of the Middle East and Africa versions will take place in South Korea, ahead of deliveries to the region during the summer.


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.