Bahri reaffirms commitment to Saudi railway sector

Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser with Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, at The Railway Forum in Riyadh organized by the Saudi Railways Company.
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Updated 09 February 2020

Bahri reaffirms commitment to Saudi railway sector

Bahri, a Saudi provider of logistics and transportation services, recently participated in The Railway Forum in Riyadh, organized by the Saudi Railways Company (SAR) in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, from Jan. 28 to 29. Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, inaugurated the two-day event, held under the patronage of King Salman, in the presence of key ministers and dignitaries.

Bahri’s participation in the forum came as part of its ongoing initiatives aimed at contributing to the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to transform the Kingdom into a unique regional and global logistics hub and international transportation gateway to three continents, namely Asia, Europe, and Africa. Bahri Logistics, one of five business units of Bahri, showcased its extensive portfolio of technology-driven logistics and rail freight solutions at the forum. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, delivered a keynote address as part of a panel titled “Logistics Railway Benefits” at the forum. The industry veteran highlighted the significance of developing an integrated transportation network and a sustainable logistics system to enable the Kingdom to seize future opportunities in both domestic and international trade and commerce. He also shed light on Bahri’s role in building a robust logistics and transportation sector in Saudi Arabia.

Aldubaikhi commended the Saudi government’s numerous achievements toward realizing its vision to become a leading logistics and transportation hub, including the establishment of a strong railway infrastructure connecting the center, north and east of the country and simplified customs clearance procedures, among others. 

“Saudi Arabia’s railway sector has been experiencing rapid growth in the past few years on the back of increased investment in infrastructure and a steady rise in passenger and freight volumes. The country’s keen focus on capitalizing on its strategic geographic advantage to emerge as a global hub of logistics and transportation as envisaged in Saudi Vision 2030 will catalyze the further development of the sector and promises many exciting investment and commercial opportunities for local and foreign investors. With its unmatched total logistics capabilities and strong partnership with SAR, Bahri is competitively positioned to seize these opportunities and remain at the forefront of the Kingdom’s ambitious transformation,” Aldubaikhi said. 

Bahri has partnered with SAR to provide global logistics support, including customs clearance and consultancy services.

 The total logistics solutions provider has been offering transportation and shipping services for all types of cargo as well as an electronic system to track all shipments from the country of origin to the final destination since 2017.

One of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, Bahri Logistics owns and operates a fleet of six state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels on a regular liner schedule, with each having a capacity of 26,000 DWT and designed to carry different types of cargos in a single voyage.

Four Seasons inspires travelers to value time

Updated 25 February 2020

Four Seasons inspires travelers to value time

In a year where we have been given one extra day (Feb. 29), Four Seasons set out to discover what is most meaningful to travelers, looking at both the value of time off and how we choose to spend that time. 

According to a new global study commissioned by Four Seasons, almost everyone surveyed, across geographies and age groups, valued more vacation time over more money if given the choice. The study of adults from the GCC, US, UK and China revealed that more than half of millennials (54 percent), Gen X (53 percent) and Boomers (56 percent) would opt for more vacation days over more compensation. Only Gen Z — many of whom have the luxury of more time yet seek financial independence — value a raise (62 percent) over more days off.

Christian Clerc, president, global operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said: “Today’s travelers are seeking purpose through authentic experiences, returning home with a different understanding of the world around them. As a luxury hospitality company, we are at the forefront of this shifting consumer desire, and it inspires how we curate the guest experience, ensuring travelers leave Four Seasons with a sense of deep connection to the community and the destination’s culture.” 

The survey found that younger travelers — millennials and Gen Z — are bigger risk-takers compared to boomers; however, nearly all (95 percent) respondents agreed that a vacation is when they would be most likely to step outside of their comfort zone. In fact, more than a third of travelers have done something while on holiday that they did not know they could, like trying a new sport or learning a new skill to challenge themselves mentally and physically. This is particularly true for respondents in China, where two-thirds (66 percent) of Chinese adults surveyed said their travel style is better described as “getting out of their comfort zone” versus other markets (45 percent).

The most popular travel takeaway? Universally, the most common new interest across age groups and regions is cooking or eating new foods (56 percent), reinforcing the importance of unique and authentic dining experiences, something that Four Seasons claims to offer.

This leap year, Four Seasons is inviting guests to take a pause with their “Take Your Time: Daily Discoveries,” a curated collection of Four Seasons experiences that require no more than 1 day, 1 hour or even 1 minute:

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Hoi An, Vietnam: A Goodnight Kiss

The body resonates with healing vibrations during the spa’s nightly ritual. Set your intention in writing, and then release a wishing candle onto the lotus pond as you say goodnight to the earth.

Baku, Azerbaijan: Taste of Tradition

You will never forget your first bite of the fresh-baked local tandir bread from the hotel’s clay oven or at a café in the historic Old City.

1 Hour

Budapest, Hungary: Take Tea at the Palace 

Sit back and taste lavish cakes and savory delights served on hand-painted Herend porcelain as live piano melodies fill the air in the hotel’s historic Peacock Passage.

Desroches Island, Seychelles: Walking With Giants

Cycle over to the island’s tortoise sanctuary to meet with an island conservation officer and say hello to baby Aldabra giant tortoises. George, a 120-year-old Aldabra, will be waiting for you too, ready to munch on his favorite snack — apples.

1 Day

Bali, Indonesia: High-flying Surf

Where are the best waves? TropicSurf pro Blake McKinnon shares his secrets as you ride a private helicopter to the otherwise difficult-to-reach surf off the coast of neighboring East Java. No crowds, just waves.

Megève, France: Helicopter Gourmands

Hop aboard the helicopter for a culinary expedition to nearby Thônes. Shop for the region’s famed Reblochon and Chevrotin cheeses, and then savor an artfully prepared meal by the fire in the historic Ferme des Vonezins chalet.