Al-Khomra to transform KSA into global logistics hub

Al-Khomra Logistics Zone is expected to open up new investment and business opportunities and promote strategic partnerships with the private sector.
Updated 21 October 2019

Al-Khomra to transform KSA into global logistics hub

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the launch of Al-Khomra Logistics Zone, Saudi Arabia’s largest integrated logistics zone, during its participation in the Saudi Logistics Conference, which took place between Oct. 13 and 15th in Riyadh.
The first phase of the project is set to cover a land area of over 2 million square meters, with over 1 million square meters of gross flat area that will be made available to investors under a lease model.
Al-Khomra seeks to provide an advanced infrastructure and added-value services that will actively contribute toward positioning Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub while raising its competitiveness on investment and services fronts as outlined within Saudi Vision 2030.
President of Mawani Saad bin Abdul Aziz Alkhalb described Al-Khomra as a major leap for the logistics sector in Saudi Arabia. He said the new logistics zone is expected to open up new investment and business opportunities and promote strategic partnerships with the private sector that will further contribute toward the development of the maritime trade and enhance the quality of operational and logistics procedures and services.
Alkhalb underlined the significance of Al-Khomra Logistics Zone due to its proximity to international trade routes, its strategic location in Jeddah and proximity to the Jeddah Islamic Port, making it a global logistics platform and a major hub connecting the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
“Al-Khomra is characterized by its highly efficient road network connecting Jeddah Islamic Port, King Abdul Aziz International Airport and the upcoming Saudi Landbridge Project, along other various main roads in the Kingdom,” he added.

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The first phase of the project is set to cover a land area of over 2 million square meters, with over 1 million square meters of gross flat area that will be made available to investors under a lease model.

Al-Khomra’s location along the Red Sea coast, a major passageway for more than 13 percent of global maritime trade, will make it a vital hub on the Silk Road maritime trade route launched within the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s strategic location as a hub connecting Middle East with Europe and Africa, alongside its robust economy, will help transform the Kingdom into a pioneering global logistics hub. These factors offer an attractive package for investors interested in capitalizing on the lands owned by Mawani and building partnerships with the authority to develop full-fledged logistics zones, including the newly announced Al-Khomra Logistics Zone.
Mawani had launched a strategic plan to optimize the massive potential and capacity of Saudi Arabia’s ports, which outperform the local demand by 50 percent, through offering integrated logistics services, advanced bonded and re-export zones and competitive world-class services to the private sector aiming to facilitate global trade exchange.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.