Alawwal supports Kingdom’s special needs community   

Dr. Ammar Bogis, seated, is the founder and chairman of the Al-Eradah Society.
Updated 27 May 2019
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Alawwal supports Kingdom’s special needs community   

Alawwal bank has donated SR500,000 ($133,310) to the Al-Eradah Society for Talented Special Needs Individuals. The donation was made as part of the bank’s program of giving back to the communities it serves. 
Alawwal bank’s donation is expected to help the charity achieve a number of its goals. As well as providing job opportunities for those living with special needs, the funds will also help increase awareness of special needs and encourage inclusiveness by expanding the society’s branches across the Kingdom.
Dr. Ammar Bogis, founder and chairman, Al-Eradah Society, said: “Everyone should have the opportunity to follow their dreams, whatever their ability. We just need to do more to give disabled people hope and positive encouragement to achieve their goals. Having Alawwal bank recognize and support our efforts has been essential to extending our support across the Kingdom.”
Alawwal bank has previously provided financial support to help the charity for a range of activities, including the supply of medical equipment, treatment and prosthetics, in addition to supporting projects providing rehabilitation and training services to special needs individuals.
Soren Nikolajsen, managing director of Alawwal bank, said: “We’re delighted to help a cause that empowers people of all abilities to follow their dreams. Dr. Ammar Bogis and the Al-Eradah Society should be an inspiration to us all. We are very proud to help them continue bringing life-changing opportunities to so many Kingdom-wide.”
The Al-Eradah Society for Talented Special Needs Individuals was started in 2014 by Dr. Bogis and founded as an association under the guidance of King Salman in 2016, with the aim of fueling the creativity of talented special needs individuals in the Kingdom. Dr. Bogis suffered from a rare disease that caused him to be born paralyzed and only have control over the movement of his eyes and tongue. Despite this, Dr. Bogis became a journalist, writer and lecturer on determination and awareness of special needs.


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.