Middle Eastern VW clubs set for Wörthersee Treffen

Established around 35 years ago, and attracting the largest gathering of Volkswagen car enthusiasts at one time, the week-long event welcomes over 100,000 visitors from across the globe annually.
Updated 27 May 2019
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Middle Eastern VW clubs set for Wörthersee Treffen

The Wörthersee Treffen motor show — one of the largest car events on the global calendar — is gearing up to take place again this month from May 29 to June 2 at the Austrian resort of Lake Wörthersee.
Established around 35 years ago, and attracting the largest gathering of Volkswagen car enthusiasts at one time, the week-long event welcomes over 100,000 visitors from across the globe annually. This year, the winners from Dub Drive GCC 2019, the Middle East’s annual club gathering, will also represent their clubs at the automotive event.
Members of Volkswagen clubs from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Oman earned their place at Wörthersee Treffen having set themselves apart from the rest at this year’s Dub Drive GCC.
“From the most sought-after clubs to rare and unique cars, the winners represent the heartbeat of the Volkswagen brand in the Middle East,” the carmaker said.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand is present in over 150 markets and produces vehicles at more than 50 locations in 14 countries.


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.