The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has signed an agreement with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry to set up an integrated logistics park at a total cost of US$266 million, in the Al Khumrah area of Saudi Arabia, towards the south of Jeddah.
In a statement, Mawani said that the key facility will consist of three zones that will contain shared warehouses, medium-sized storage yards, and single warehouses, as well as large storage yards and on-demand warehouses. Furthermore, the logistics park will have dedicated administrative, commercial, and residential use areas, as well as a one-stop services centre.
Mawani added that the various zones will fulfil the needs and requirements of importers and exporters with regards to multipurpose cargo, chilled and frozen goods, food commodities, and fragile goods. The highest standards of safety and efficiency will be maintained, it continued.
Designed for optimum asset utilisation, the park will have a total area of three million square metres and will increase the Authority’s asset utilisation and revenues. It will increase re-exports and throughput volumes at Jeddah Islamic Port.
"The park offers move-in-ready warehouses, storage yards, re-export zones, custom storage, logistics amenities, commercial units, residential units, and staff accommodation in addition to state-of-the-art infrastructure like roads and green spaces as well as a host of other essential services," a company spokesman said.
Advancing the National Strategy
He added that the logistics development will further bolster Mawani’s role as a key player in the national transportation ecosystem and boost its drive to position the kingdom as a global logistics destination.
"This in line with the ambitions of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), alongside realising the outcomes of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) that aim to transform Al Khumrah into a world-leading platform for logistics and supply chain activities,” he stated, adding that it has been designed for optimum asset utilisation.
The park is predicted to create more than 10,000 direct and indirect job opportunities in the logistics sector, and will strengthen Jeddah Islamic Port’s position as a major maritime hub that delivers top-tier services and increased throughput capacity, the spokesman concluded.