mada, Visa promote safe digital payment practices

Ziad Al-Yousef, managing director of mada.
Updated 27 May 2019
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mada, Visa promote safe digital payment practices

The Saudi Payment Network (mada) and digital payments leader Visa has launched “Stay Secure,” a consumer education campaign that aims to promote safe digital payment (card and mobile) practices among Saudi consumers. The Visa-mada 2019 security campaign addresses consumer concerns and provides relevant tips and advice to help consumers protect themselves against payment-related frauds. This is the second successive year that mada and Visa have partnered on this initiative. Previously running for one week, this year’s campaign will run for one month.
Visa and mada surveyed consumers across the Kingdom regarding security of digital payments. Saudi consumers are increasingly comfortable paying and transacting with cards overall (in-store and online), with 89 percent of respondents finding cards more secure than cash.

Among online shoppers and e-commerce users, card payments remained the predominant mode of payments (66 percent) driven by factors such as security (82 percent), budget management (66 percent), and availability (60 percent). Eighty-two percent of the respondents claimed to have started making more card payments online in the past two years.
Ziad Al-Yousef, managing director of mada, said: “We are excited to partner with Visa on the ‘Stay Secure’ campaign as it gives us a sense of consumers’ security concerns and enables us to address them effectively. Saudi Arabia’s payments landscape is rapidly evolving to offer online shoppers with a range of payments options.”


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.