Saudi Global Ports commences upgrade of container terminals at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam

SGP CEO Edward Tah, front right, and Jacobs Business Development Director Omar Al-Zahrani, front left, signed the agreement in the presence of SGP Chairman Abdullah Al-Zamil. (Supplied)
SGP CEO Edward Tah, front right, and Jacobs Business Development Director Omar Al-Zahrani, front left, signed the agreement in the presence of SGP Chairman Abdullah Al-Zamil. (Supplied)
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Updated 16 July 2021

Saudi Global Ports commences upgrade of container terminals at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam

SGP CEO Edward Tah, front right, and Jacobs Business Development Director Omar Al-Zahrani, front left, signed the agreement in the presence of SGP Chairman Abdullah Al-Zamil. (Supplied)

RIYADH: Saudi Global Ports (SGP) has commenced the first phase of its upgrading and development program at the first and second container terminals of King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam (KAPD).

Jacobs Engineering Group (Jacobs) has been appointed the civil engineering consultant. Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) President Omar Hariri and SGP Chairman Abdulla Zamil were present at the signing ceremony between SGP CEO Edward Tah and Jacobs  Business Development Director Omar Al-Zahrani.

SGP aims to leverage Jacobs' expertise in port design and experience in supervising construction works across Saudi Arabia. The first container terminal which has been in operation for more than 30 years will be upgraded and the second container terminal will be expanded to serve the next generation of mega-vessels.

SGP and Jacobs will focus on incorporating sustainability and minimizing the environmental impact of terminal operations. In addition, smart port designs will be introduced to enhance SGP’s benchmark productivity as well as augmenting upskill jobs for Saudi nationals. These include allocating an area which will be called "The Sandbox" in order to test new technologies in automation and connectivity. In addition, the new processes will be subsequently deployed across SGP upon successful test bedding.

The signing ceremony coincided with Omar Hariri’s tour of SGP facilities as part of his first visit to KAPD after his appointment as president of Mawani.

Under Omar Hariri’s leadership, Mawani plans to pursue ambitious plans to develop port infrastructure. His focus will be on digital transformation designed to enhance integration and connectivity inside and outside the Kingdom in order to compete with the largest and best international ports.

Under Saudi Arabia’s National Strategy for Transport and Logistics unveiled recently by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a strong maritime sector will contribute toward positioning Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub across three continents; that is a key pillar of support for a thriving economy under Vision 2030.

Edward Tah said: “Following the successful consolidation of the First and Second Container Terminals on Oct. 1, 2020, it has been an honor to host his excellency and update him on the significant improvements and synergies delivered by SGP, including showcasing our capabilities and future development plans.

“The appointment of Jacobs has been a key milestone in this development and we are confident that their technical expertise, coupled with PSA’s global experience, will bring about a robust and innovative blueprint to deliver on SGP’s commitment. We are taking progressive steps towards transforming Dammam into a leading international container port equipped with digital and smart capabilities, and continuing to contribute towards Mawani and the Kingdom’s plans for a transformational transport and logistics sector.”

SGP operates the first and second container terminals located at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam. It is an important deep-water hinterland port in the Arabian Gulf serving the major cities in the Eastern and Central Provinces of Saudi Arabia.

Dammam is the closest gateway port to the country’s economic center and capital city, Riyadh, and is linked by an existing railway network plus excellent highways. It is also the largest Gulf port in Saudi Arabia.

SGP is a joint venture company with the Public Investment Fund as the majority shareholder and PSA International as the technical partner.


New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views
Updated 29 July 2021

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

Fakieh Leisure and Entertainment Group (Tarfeeh Fakieh), a provider of leisure and entertainment in Saudi Arabia, has signed an agreement with Jamjoom Production and Distribution to operate a cinema at the Jeddah Walk project. Tarfeeh Fakieh will invest in building the cinema as part of the Jeddah Walk project, with a cost of more than SR300 million ($80 million).

The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Jamil Attar, CEO of Tarfeeh Fakieh, and Waheed Jamjoom, CEO of Jamjoom Production and Distribution, the company that will manage and operate the cinema in cooperation with an international company. 

According to the agreement, Tarfeeh Fakieh will construct a magnificently designed building on the corniche, along the Red Sea, as part of the Jeddah Walk project, to allow visitors to enjoy the latest movies using state-of-the-art audio-visual projectors. The project is part of Tarfeeh Fakieh’s investment contract with the Jeddah municipality. 

Attar said: “Based on Tarfeeh Fakieh’s extensive experience in investing in the tourism and entertainment sectors and encouraged by our wise government’s support for these sectors, we are currently working to redevelop Al-Nawras Island. We aim to turn Al-Nawras into a distinct entertainment and tourism destination that contributes to achieving the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 as well as its realization program, the Quality of Life Program 2020.” 

Jamjoom said: “We take pride in our cooperation with Tarfeeh Fakieh, especially as the group has a wealth of experience in the entertainment and tourism sectors and is actively engaged in spreading joy and happiness among Jeddah’s residents and visitors. The Tarfeeh Fakieh investment initiative will contribute to the return of Jamjoom Cinema after more than 50 years. We will also benefit from our legacy in the cinema sector, as we were the first to open a modern and popular cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1969.” 

The new cinema will feature nine screens and have 837 seats besides a variety of restaurants. It will also have an upper terrace to enjoy views of the Red Sea and sunset.

The Jeddah municipality continues to develop the waterfront, and it is cooperating with Tarfeeh Fakieh to redevelop the Al-Nawras Island and transform it into a top recreational area and tourist attraction.

Jeddah Walk is a joint venture development project of restaurants and cafes including a multistory mall on Al-Tahlia Road. With a built-up area of 51,911 square meters, the project extends over two land plots with a total area of 15,375 square meters. The mall has expansive outdoor landscaped terraces offering ample opportunities for open-air dining and lounges.


Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students
Updated 28 July 2021

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students

Raytheon Saudi Arabia, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, welcomed seven undergraduate Saudi students from four major local universities to participate in its summer internship program supporting Vision 2030 Human Capability Development goals. The six-month internship program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain on-the-job training and mentorship until December from one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense companies. 

Five male students and two female students are gaining practical, hands-on experience at Raytheon Saudi Arabia’s headquarters in Riyadh and offices in Jeddah across different functions, including digital technology, human resources, business development, localization, project management, supply chain as well as contracts. The Saudi undergraduates are from King Saud University, King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, Hail University and Umm Al-Qura University. 

“Raytheon Saudi Arabia is committed to creating highly skilled and highly desirable jobs for Saudis in the defense, security, aerospace and technology sectors,” said Dave Hanley, chief executive of Raytheon Saudi Arabia. “The internship program gives students the opportunity to understand how they can best contribute to the Kingdom’s safety and security objectives in their career paths.”

Raytheon Technologies’ businesses have supported the critical defense needs of the Kingdom for more than 55 years. Raytheon Saudi Arabia was formed in 2017 to play a significant role in supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by creating highly skilled jobs for Saudis in the defense, security, and aerospace sectors by partnering with Saudi public and private sector companies and local universities.

“Attracting local talent into the defense and aerospace sector is key to realizing Vision 2030’s Human Capability Development goals,” said Ali Albar, HR director at Raytheon Saudi Arabia. “The six-month training program was designed to immerse students in real-life experiences that will add value to their university knowledge and showcase the various opportunities to pursue upon graduating.”

The company currently employs more than 270 employees in Saudi Arabia including 150 Saudi professionals across its offices in Riyadh and Jeddah.


Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet
Updated 28 July 2021

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet

Horasis, the global visions community, held its annual Horasis India Meeting on July 24, co-hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The event brought together several hundred of the most senior members of the international organization, focusing on how to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and inspire India’s future.

Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed, a prominent Saudi businessman and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, was a featured speaker at this online event, delivering a talk on the vital role of “Strategic Management Strategy for Crisis and Disaster,” under a session themed “Strategic Management for a Pandemized World.”

Al-Rasheed opened the talk by highlighting the importance of leadership awareness. He said that crises do not wait for the leaders to be ready; in most cases, crises happen at the worst time. He emphasized the significance of strategic management in times of crisis and disaster to prepare and empower society to protect itself. Crises and disasters are considered among the foremost obstacles to sustainability.

At the heart of his talk, Al-Rasheed defined strategic management as the continuous planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment that is necessary for an organization to meet its goals and objectives. The strategic management process involves analyzing cross-functional business decisions prior to implementing them, according to his book, titled “Public Government and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States,” published in 2017.

Al-Rasheed said that strategic management in the public sector means developing an explanation of a firm’s performance by understanding the roles of external and internal environments, and positioning and managing within these environments. While in the private sector, it means the interdisciplinary field that studies the behavior of companies and other market parties.

Crisis and disaster management requires a clear strategic vision and priorities as well as strong coordination with all the stakeholders. It requires leadership capable of making critical decisions. Decisions must be balanced between economic, social and safety requirements. Critical decisions cannot be left to the military leaders, doctors or scientists. It is the political leader’s responsibility.

Al-Rasheed concluded his speech by saying that we live in a complex world where disasters are inevitable and that there is no time for false security.

After the panelists delivered their talks, there was a Q and A session. Al-Rasheed was asked, “How do you manage a crisis?” He said that in managing a crisis, you have to look at it from two different perspectives: From a business leader’s perspective, they must consider every crisis as an opportunity to advance their business, as it is their responsibility to the company and stakeholders; and from the public servants’ and political leaders’ perspective, they must realize that no country can manage a crisis on its own, so they must empower society and other stakeholders, and prepare a crisis management center that is able to manage the team.

Asked what advice he would give to the Indian business community and to the rest of the world, Al-Rasheed said: “God gave you power and energy and wealth; while it is important to meet your bottom line, you must also pay Zakat for the common good of humanity and mankind.” 


Talabat to pilot sustainable packaging in UAE

Talabat to pilot sustainable packaging in UAE
Updated 27 July 2021

Talabat to pilot sustainable packaging in UAE

Talabat to pilot sustainable packaging in UAE

Regional online food delivery and q-commerce platform Talabat has launched a sustainable packaging program to reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions across the region, starting with pilot operations in the UAE and Qatar. The launch is part of Delivery Hero’s (Talabat’s parent company) global rollout of the program, across eight markets.

Talabat’s new packaging, which will be available for select restaurant partners and vendors to adopt, is 100 percent plant-based and contains no perfluoroalkoxy-alkanes (PFA), which are commonly known as forever chemicals, and cannot be broken down by nature. The packaging has also been rigorously tested to meet food safety, quality assurance, sustainability, and ethical supply standards.

Research conducted by Delivery Hero underlined that consumers want a more sustainable delivery ecosystem; 92 percent of customers in the UAE would consider ordering from restaurants that offer sustainable packaging, while two-thirds of customers in the UAE would order more from a restaurant that offers sustainable packaging.

Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO of Talabat, said that the organization is committed to creating a sustainable delivery ecosystem.

“Globally, I think everyone can agree that a plastic-free world is imperative. Statistics from the National Geographic and Ellen McArthur Foundation show that currently 91 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled — and 70 percent of plastic ends up in landfills or the natural environment. By 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. That is the enormity of the challenge that as a planet, we are facing. 

“Regionally, our ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable delivery ecosystem by constantly introducing industry-leading standards and innovations, and that every product purchased through our Talabat platform be delivered in sustainable packaging,” said Rodriguez.

“However, this is not a short-term or medium-term fix. Through introducing our sustainable packaging program to the region as a pilot, we are aiming to influence the reduction of food packaging wastage.”

He added: “Also, as part of Delivery Hero, who are introducing this same initiative initially in seven other markets around the globe — Qatar, Austria, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary and Singapore — we are able to produce this packaging at scale, with the aim of deploying 10 million units globally by the end of 2022, which makes it a cost-effective solution to normal packaging for our restaurant partners and vendors.”


IHG to debut Hotel Indigo with four properties in Egypt

IHG to debut Hotel Indigo with four properties in Egypt
Updated 27 July 2021

IHG to debut Hotel Indigo with four properties in Egypt

IHG to debut Hotel Indigo with four properties in Egypt

Global hotel company IHG Hotels and Resorts is expanding its presence in Egypt with four new Hotel Indigo branded properties. As part of a management agreement signed with real estate specialists Mountain View, IHG will introduce the world’s first globally branded boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, to Egypt with Hotel Indigo Mountain View North Coast, Hotel Indigo Mountain View iCity New Cairo, Hotel Indigo Mountain View iCity 6th of October City and Hotel Indigo Mountain View Ain El-Sokhna. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, prime minister of Egypt, and Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, minister of housing and development.

The four new hotels will cater to a broad range of travelers as leisure and business tourism rapidly rebounds across the country. 

Haitham Mattar, managing director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG said: “Egypt is one of the most dynamic tourism markets in the region with a great vision for the future of leisure and business travel. We have a longstanding legacy in the country and are proud to continue to support the development of its hospitality sector through the introduction of our boutique and lifestyle brand, Hotel Indigo.”

Amr Soliman, Mountain View chairman, said: “With their innate understanding of local cultures, high standards of service and impeccable attention to detail, IHG is the ideal partner to build our hospitality offerings and take it to the next level.” 

Set in one of Egypt’s most exclusive cities, the Hotel Indigo Mountain View North Coast will offer views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as high-end retail and dining once doors open in July 2024. The hotel will feature 100 design-led rooms, a spa, health club, pool and 165 square meters of meetings and events space. 

Meanwhile, the 200-key Hotel Indigo Mountain View iCity New Cairo will cater to a business clientele with its location in the Fifth Settlement.  

Hotel Indigo Mountain View iCity 6th of October City, set to open in January 2028, will be an urban escape in the Giza Governorate, 32 km outside the city of Cairo. The hotel will offer 200 rooms. 

A short drive from the buzz of Cairo, Hotel Indigo Mountain View Ain El-Sokhna, offers the best of both worlds with its setting amidst mountains and sandy beaches. A haven for trekking, fishing, diving and skating, the new property will offer hotel guests a tranquil atmosphere in addition to 150 rooms, meeting and events space and F and B options, starting January 2028.