Uber Eats gets new general manager in Saudi Arabia

Assad Numan, general manager in Saudi Arabia, Uber Eats.
Updated 03 September 2019

Uber Eats gets new general manager in Saudi Arabia

Uber has announced the appointment of Assad Numan as the new general manager for Uber Eats operations in Saudi Arabia. Following the launch of Uber Eats in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, Numan will be leading the next phase of expansions and developments across the Kingdom. 

Based in Riyadh and overseeing operations across the Kingdom, Numan’s role will focus on further diversifying Uber Eats’ selection of restaurants, while ensuring the company best delivers on the brand promise and offers app users a fast and reliable delivery experience.

Damien Drap, general manager of Uber Eats in the GCC, said: “With his 15 years of experience in operational management, e-commerce and marketing in Saudi Arabia, we are thrilled that Assad is taking charge in one of Uber Eats’ fastest-growing markets within the Middle East and North Africa region. We are confident that he will help grow our footprint, bringing Uber Eats to all corners of the Kingdom.” 

Commenting on his new appointment, Numan said: “Uber Eats is thriving in one of the most competitive markets in the region for food delivery and I’m honored to be tasked with leading the team amid an ever increasing dynamic food scene in the Kingdom. Saudi is a primary market for us, with a thriving food culture, and we are committed to expanding our footprint by providing a reliable service that brings food lovers their favorite meals all across the Kingdom. ” 

Prior to joining Uber Eats, Numan was the country head of marketing and e-commerce business at Samsung Electronics Saudi Arabia, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. 

Uber Eats is available today in three major cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. At the push of a button, Uber Eats offers foodies a variety of dishes spanning cuisines from across the world. In Saudi Arabia, Uber Eats has signed with more than 2,500 restaurants and is looking to expand and grow across all major cities in the Kingdom.

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.