Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Khalaf Al Habtoor said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon. (Supplied)
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Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.


72% increase in goods handling at King Abdullah Port

Updated 20 September 2020

72% increase in goods handling at King Abdullah Port

Amidst the challenges of COVID-19, King Abdullah Port has ensured uninterrupted services, playing an active role in facilitating the smooth flow of the logistics chain for essential commodities. The port’s world-class infrastructure with mega capacity combined with its efficient operation capabilities enabled an increase of 72 percent in handling pharmaceutical and medical supplies during the first eight months of 2020. 

More than adequate refrigerated storage facilities with high efficiency have been installed as pharmaceutical and medical supplies are areas of particular focus at King Abdullah Port. The supplies imported to the Kingdom through the port included medicines, which require specialized cooling mechanisms, and air filters for respiratory devices, among others. The increase in the handling of containers signifies King Abdullah Port’s enhanced efforts and its contribution toward achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

As part of its community-driven endeavors, King Abdullah Port allowed importers to continue benefiting from round-the-clock cargo clearance services without any disruptions, in cooperation with government agencies including Saudi Customs, Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Border Guards and others operating under the regulatory frameworks of the Economic Cities and Special Zones Authority. This contributed to facilitating product clearance procedures easily and effectively. As a result, the port has seen a substantial improvement in the satisfaction level of its customers across various industries as reflected in the growth of cargo handling volume. 

Necessary preventive measures have been taken in cooperation with the Ministry of Health to ensure the health and safety of all port staff and visitors while maintaining a high level of efficiency.

To reduce direct contact and avoid the spread of COVID-19, King Abdullah Port relied on activating e-operations during this period while maintaining the efficiency of the product clearance process. 

The port took appropriate measures to respond to any vessel with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases while ensuring risk-free vessel operations. It mandated shipping agents to send all required information to the ministry 24 hours before the vessel’s arrival to ensure the implementation of all necessary medical examinations and precautionary measures if necessary.

Run by the Ports Development Company and located in King Abdullah Economic City, King Abdullah Port is the first port in the region to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. 

It has been listed as the world’s fastest-growing container ports and one of the 100 largest ports globally after less than four years of operation. Further, 10 of the world’s largest shipping lines work at the port, which currently has a capacity of 6.5 million TEU, offering integrated services to importers and exporters. King Abdullah Port’s development plan is progressing at a steady pace and it is set to consolidate its place among the leading ports worldwide.