King Abdullah Port has concluded its participation in the Global Infrastructure Congress by winning the Recognition Award for most advanced ports. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the conference, which was recently held at the Grant Hyatt Dubai hotel under the patronage of the Emirati Minister of Infrastructure Development Dr. Abdullah B. Al Nuaimi, and in partnership with the Ministry, the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.
Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “The award represents a culmination of the port’s efforts in realizing Vision 2030 as a key player in the maritime shipping and logistics sector.” He extended his thanks and appreciation to Al Nuaimi for “the valuable award, which reflects the status the port has reached after only five years of operation.”
The award came in recognition of the port’s efforts in innovating new, distinguished practices in the port sector, in addition to providing world-class ideas, initiatives and projects that contribute to empowering and delivering sustainable and ready-to-use infrastructure solutions. It was announced that King Abdullah Port had won among more than 100 participants.
King Abdullah Port participated in the Port and Marine Infrastructure Forum which was attended by a crowd of representatives from ministries, port authorities, private sector developers, and industry actors. Qutub delivered a detailed presentation on the port’s latest developments in regards to infrastructure and operations during a session titled “Global Perspectives and Best Practices”.
As of the end of 2017, King Abdullah Port has become the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling, and it was recently ranked the eighth fastest growing port in the world in 2017 according to Alphaliner, the global leader in analyzing maritime transport data, port capabilities and the future of vessels and shipping route development. In a related context, King Abdullah Port moved up to 87th place among the world’s 100 biggest container ports for 2017, after ranking 98th in 2016.
Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. It has been listed as the fastest growing container port in the world and one of the world’s top 100 ports after less than four years of operation. Eight of the largest shipping lines work at the port; offering integrated services to exporters and importers. The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace with a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, benefitting from its advanced facilities and proximity to the bonded and re-export zone and the logistics park, to offer clients logistical support that can enable them to achieve their desired growth.