King Abdullah Port delegation visits Liverpool Port in UK

The delegation from King Abdullah Port to Liverpool Port in UK included officials from the Economic Cities Authority, Saudi Customs and the Border Guards.
Updated 07 November 2019

King Abdullah Port delegation visits Liverpool Port in UK

A delegation from King Abdullah Port, which also included officials from the Economic Cities Authority, Saudi Customs and the Border Guards, visited Liverpool Port, one of the largest ports in the UK, with a view to learning about the port’s business processes and operating procedures.

The visit to Liverpool Port provided an ideal opportunity for delegation members, which included representatives from the public and private sectors, to learn about the business model of one of the major ports in the UK and the applicable regulations for terminal management, port operations, and customs clearance procedures, as well as safety and security standards and procedures.

Liverpool Port, located on the east side of the River Mersey, is distinguished by its integrated facilities and features container terminals as well as general cargo, break bulk and agricultural bulk terminals. It also has easy highway access and is directly connected to the train and bus services.

In addition to their Liverpool Port visit, the King Abdullah Port delegation held a series of meetings with maritime sector leaders in the UK, where they discussed ways of cooperation between the Saudi maritime sector and its British counterpart, through the exchange of experiences and joint action on global maritime trade.

Over the past years King Abdullah Port has sent delegations of senior officials to various ports around the world, accompanied by representatives of government and private partners of the port, in order to exchange experiences and learn about the latest practices in port management and operations. Visits in previous years included the Port of Istanbul in Turkey, the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the Port of Antwerp in Belgium, followed by the Port of Valencia, which is the largest in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea basin and the fifth busiest seaport in Europe.

Al-Murjan, Mediclinic to develop new Jeddah hospital

Updated 01 June 2020

Al-Murjan, Mediclinic to develop new Jeddah hospital

Al-Murjan Group, a Saudi family business group, has partnered with Mediclinic Middle East, an affiliate of the UK’s Mediclinic International, for the establishment of an internationally accredited private hospital with 200 beds in Jeddah. Mediclinic Middle East will manage the hospital and support Al-Murjan Group with expertise and advisory services in planning, design and construction, while the commissioning of the hospital is expected to open by the second quarter of 2022.

Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz, chairman of Al-Murjan Group, said: “Today, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mediclinic as our strategic partner for the hospital in Jeddah. We believe this will serve as the cornerstone for high-quality health care services in Saudi Arabia, offering state-of-the-art health care facilities, from some of the best practitioners, using best practices and meet international quality standards, and contribute to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“Al-Murjan has committed itself for over 40 years to delivering excellence in all its areas of work and we view this joint venture as a continuation of that commitment. We welcome Mediclinic into Saudi Arabia and look forward to working together to serve the people of the Kingdom.”

“Al-Murjan Mediclinic will provide more than 1,000 job opportunities, and will create new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the health care sector,” said Sultan Khalid bin Mahfouz, vice chairman of Al-Murjan Group.

David Hadley, chief executive officer of Mediclinic Middle East, said: “We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Al-Murjan Group today and Mediclinic’s entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is a growing demand for high quality, internationally recognized standards of health care services in Saudi Arabia. Mediclinic, with more than 35 years’ experience of delivering health care services across Switzerland, Southern Africa and the UAE, is excited by the opportunity to partner with Al-Murjan Group to establish a leading private hospital in Jeddah and further expansion opportunities across Saudi Arabia. We are committed to being an ethical and responsible corporate citizen delivering sustainable, cost-effective, high-quality health care services and outstanding client experiences in all our hospitals and clinics.”

Situated on King Abdul Aziz Road in the northern part of Jeddah, the hospital will address the growing demand for private health care in the Kingdom. The hospital, designed and to be completed in accordance with international standards, will comprise eight floors, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency, and trauma care.

Phase 1 of the hospital, which is 80,000 square meters, will be built on 18,000 square meters, with an investment of more than SR1 billion ($266 million), with the expansion capacity of another 200 beds on adjacent land set aside for this purpose.