DUBAI, King Abdullah Port, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's first fully privately owned, developed and operated port, has joined the list of Gold Sponsors of the premier Seatrade Maritime Middle East, SMME, 2018, in Dubai, in a move that reflects its firm, unwavering support for the growth of the regional maritime industry.

The maritime exhibition and conference, will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 29th - 31st October, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Speaking amid the port's key plan to embark on large scale development projects, Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said, "We are in the business of handling cargo, but business is done by people, not products. Seatrade Maritime Middle East gives us the opportunity to meet with current and future clients and decide the best kinds of strategic relationships we should build and maintain.

SMME is about people working together and it is very important for us to have a strong presence in one of the most important maritime gatherings in the region. We will be meeting with regular clients and potential partners that are interested in the future of logistics in the region and showcase why we are considered a port for tomorrow."

The year 2018 is seen to be a milestone period for King Abdullah Port, with the port already recording a 50.5 percent increase in container handling during the first half of 2018 alone, compared to the same period in 2017.

The opening of King Abdullah Port's long-awaited roll-on/roll-off, RO/RO, terminal will take place this year. The new RO/RO terminal will have a 600,000-vehicle capacity once it opens for business in the fourth quarter of 2018, which is expected to transform the port into one of the leading entry points for cars in KSA.

In turn, Emma Howell, Global Head of Marketing at Seatrade Portfolio, said, "It is my pleasure to welcome King Abdullah Port as a Seatrade Middle East Maritime Gold Sponsor this year. We are excited to be collaborating closely with its team to bring about a successful event that will serve as a global venue where discussions on industry changes and their impact on evolving demands for advanced logistics and maritime services are going to take place."

She added that as a sponsor, King Abdullah Port will play a key role to ensure fruitful sharing of modern-day knowledge and expertise.

Source: Emirates News Agency