The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) is to build a new cruise terminal at Dammam’s King Abdulaziz Port in co-operation with Cruise Saudi and the Globe Group.
In addition, four passenger ship berths will be added at Dammam and Yanbu Commercial Port.
MAWANI said that this move is part of ongoing efforts to boost the Kingdom’s tourist sector by supporting cruises along the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea coasts, in line with the Saudi National Transport and Logistics strategy goals.
The company’s President, HE Omar bin Talal Hariri, said; “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.
“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. We will continue to work together with our partners to develop 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 concluded.
Earlier this year, MAWANI and Cruise Saudi announced the opening of the first cruise termoinal at Jeddah, from which the ‘MSC Bellissima’ sailed on 30th July for regional destinations.
Also announced was a training programme series for Saudi professionals within various maritime sectors in collaboration with MSC.