Japan’s Marubeni confirms new projects in Saudi Arabia

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Updated 13 January 2020

Japan’s Marubeni confirms new projects in Saudi Arabia

  • Company official reaffirms intention to implement several development projects in Saudi Arabia
  • The heavy-equipment manufacturer first established its office in Dammam about 60 years ago

RIYADH: Japanese company Marubeni Corp. has reaffirmed its intention to implement several development projects in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to Arab News, the company’s director of environmental infrastructure Tadashi Matsui said it will help revitalize national trade, industry and infrastructure development in the Kingdom.

Marubeni first established its office in Dammam around 60 years ago and has expanded to Jeddah and Riyadh.

The company began its business in the Kingdom in textile materials and has expanded into other commodity trades such as food, steel and petrochemicals.

Matsui said that Marubeni signed an important social contribution contract in the Kingdom in 2019 for independent water production with the Saudi Water Partnership Co.

Matsui said there were challenges when the company entered the Saudi market — which is culturally and commercially different to Japan — as communication requires more effort and some government measures take more time. 

He said that this is not the case anymore and he praised the successes achieved by Japanese companies working in the Kingdom.

Matsui praised the country’s promising investment opportunities as it realizes Vision 2030.
 


Emirates launches airbridge between Dubai, Lebanon emergency relief 

Updated 14 August 2020

Emirates launches airbridge between Dubai, Lebanon emergency relief 

  • Customers of Emirates will be able to donate cash or pledge their Skywards Miles to the airline for the aid
  • Emirates SkyCargo will also provide 20 percent reduction on air freight transportation charges for approved shipments

DUBAI: UAE national carrier Emirates SkyCargo plans to ramp up its freighter operations to Lebanon with 50 flights to deliver emergency relief in the wake of the Beirut port blast that killed nearly 200 people.
Customers of Emirates will be able to donate cash or pledge their Skywards Miles to the airline for the aid, state news agency WAM reported.
The Emirates Airline Foundation will coordinate shipments of urgent food, medical supplies with NGO partners to ensure donations directly help those affected on the ground.
Emirates SkyCargo will also provide 20 percent reduction on air freight transportation charges for approved shipments, underscoring its commitment to expedite emergency relief efforts to Beirut.
“Today, the world is banding together to stand in solidarity with Lebanon, providing urgent relief and immediate recovery support to those affected by this tragic disaster,” Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said. 
“Emirates supports the UAE’s ongoing humanitarian efforts to support Lebanon and is committed to bolster its global emergency response to ensure that it can support organizations which provide urgent care, shelter, food and medical support to the Lebanese people,” he added. 
Emirates said that it had dispatched several charter flights carrying food, clothing and medical supplies donated by various grassroots organizations in the UAE to Lebanon.