The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has signed an agreement with Cruise Saudi and Globe Group to build a new cruise terminal at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, as well as develop four berths at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam and Yanbu Commercial Port.
The move comes as part of Mawani’s ongoing efforts to empower the kingdom’s tourism sector through support for cruises along the coastlines of the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, in line with the goals of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy.
"We are pleased to support the National Transport and Logistics Strategy with the development of a cruise terminal and deeper berths to accommodate international cruise liners, said Omar bin Talal Hariri, the President of Mawani; after signing the deal with Engineer Fawaz Farooqui, Managing Director of Cruise Saudi; and Maad Abduljawad, the CEO of Globe Group.
This agreement further elevates Saudi Arabia’s position as a leader in the cruise industry and enhances the visitor experience for guests in the kingdom, stated Talal Hariri.
"We will continue to work together with our partners to develop a sustainable, thriving marine transport ecosystem that contributes to the competitiveness of Saudi Arabia’s ports, supports the kingdom’s socio-economic aspirations, and helps to achieve the ambitions of Vision 2030," he added.
Earlier this year, Mawani and Cruise Saudi announced the opening of the first cruise terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, from which the MSC Bellissima set sail on its maiden voyage to destinations across the region in July.
A series of training programs for Saudi professionals was also announced within various maritime industries in collaboration with MSC Cruises, it added.-TradeArabia News Service