Gulf Air hosts annual ‘ghabga’ in Riyadh

From left, Dr. Mobarak bin Obaid Al-Harbi, president of the Institute of Research and Consulting Services at PSAU; Dr. Mohammad bin Fouad Zamakhshary, chairman of AHS; and Daoud Shinwari, general manager of GE Healthcare Saudi Arabia; at the signing ceremony.
Updated 28 May 2019

Gulf Air hosts annual ‘ghabga’ in Riyadh

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air recently hosted its annual Ramadan gathering for members of the media in Riyadh.

The “ghabga” was attended by Shaikh Hmood bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, ambassador of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia, and media representatives from various Saudi publications. 

A detailed presentation about the airline’s latest developments was delivered by Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al-Alawi. A raffle draw was held, in which guests won airline tickets as prizes.

“Ghabga” is a Ramadan custom in many parts of the Arab world. It is a get-together usually with family, friends and neighbors, taking place from around 10:30 p.m. to midnight or even later and there is always food. Many companies and corporate houses host “ghabga” evenings for their employees and invitees to socialize.

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.