Bahri transports medical supplies to meet local demand

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri.
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Updated 30 June 2020

Bahri transports medical supplies to meet local demand

Bahri, a Saudi provider of logistics and transportation services, has been operating cargo flights from China to the Kingdom to transport medical equipment and supplies to the government of Saudi Arabia. This is in line with its ongoing efforts to support the Ministry of Health’s initiatives to contain and combat COVID-19 and as part of its SR10 million ($2.66 million) worth of services donated to the ministry.

The special air cargo transportation is also a result of the joint efforts between Bahri, Saudi Aramco, SABIC, and NUPCO in combating the spread of the virus. 

Bahri provided its logistics services to ship medical equipment and supplies purchased by Saudi Aramco and SABIC to the Kingdom’s airports. Bahri’s services included transporting goods from supplier warehouses and factories and storing them in China, and then completing customs clearance and chartering aircraft to deliver the cargo to the Kingdom.

Bahri operated seven cargo flights in May and June to transport into the Kingdom 25.622 million surgical masks, 326,000 N95 masks, 398,335 face shields, and 92,851 protective goggles, as well as 12.835 million latex medical examination gloves.

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “As a company dedicated to contributing to the development of Saudi Arabia and the prosperity of its society, Bahri is keen to reinforce and support national efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the Kingdom.  “The operation of air cargo flights to transport medical supplies and equipment to the country represents our continuing support to the initiatives of the Ministry of Health. Offering our capabilities and logistical expertise to facilitate the transportation of medical supplies remains our highest priority at present. 

“We are confident that, in cooperation with Saudi Aramco, SABIC, and NUPCO, we will achieve the common national goal of preserving public health, safety, and security in the Kingdom.”

In addition, Bahri shipped more than 7.54 million latex medical examination gloves, 24,233 packs of dry wipes, 587 sets of powered air-purifying respirators, 587 TM-H2 hoods, and 5.348 million surgical masks to the Kingdom. The company will operate additional cargo flights to meet the needs of the local health care sector.

Saudi Payments helps society adapt to COVID-19

Updated 06 July 2020

Saudi Payments helps society adapt to COVID-19

Saudi Payments, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), has successfully highlighted the importance of the concept of electronic payment and popularized its use in society during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saudi Payments, which is also the operator of national payment systems, has standardized and organized online payments, enabling more than 23 million Mada card holders to access e-commerce platforms during curfew.

In line with the precautionary measures to combat COVID-19, SAMA, in cooperation with Saudi Payments and local banks, raised the limit of purchases through bankcards that use NFC technology (Mada Atheer) on point-of-sale (POS) devices from SR100 ($26) to SR300 per purchase, in order to avoid contact with contaminated surfaces.

As a result of these developments, the number of Mada online purchases increased to 20.8 million during the first quarter of this year, while the total number of Mada services for purchases via POS devices increased to 543 million during the same period. Moreover, the first quarter of this year witnessed an increase in the volume of Mada purchases through POS devices by about 67 percent, compared to the same period in 2019. The Mada online purchases witnessed an increase of 406 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2019.

The percentage of purchases through NFC technology constituted 79 percent of all POS purchases performed during the first quarter, with an increase of 263 percent, compared to the same period last year, while May 2020 recorded an increase in the total value of online purchases to reach SR3.7 billion, representing 18.1 million transactions. The total value of Mada POS purchases increased during the same month to reach SR23.4 billion, representing 159.4 million transactions. The total number of Mada cards used to pay online increased in May 2020 to reach 5.4 million.

April 2020 recorded a remarkable increase in the total value of sales via the internet reaching SR3 billion, constituting 12.7 million transactions. The total value of POS Mada purchases decreased as a result of the total curfew imposed during the same month to reach SR16.1 billion, representing 121.8 million transactions. The total number of Mada cards used to pay online during April of 2020 increased to 3.6 million.

The Cabinet in November 2019 approved SAMA’s request to establish the Saudi Payments Company, responsible for operations and the development of infrastructure of national payment systems. The company aims to ensure that all payments and financial transactions processed in the Kingdom are safe and secure.