Mawani, Cruise Saudi to develop new berths and terminal for cruise ships

The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has signed an agreement with Cruise Saudi and Globe Group to build one 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 country’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.

Last year, Mawani concluded a build, operate and transfer deal for the first and second container terminals in the King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam with Saudi Global Ports (SGP), one of PSA International’s subsidiaries.

The $1.87 billion deal made SGP the sole container terminal operator of the deep-water hinterland port.

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“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,” Omar bin Talal Hariri, ‏President of MAWANI, commented.

“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.”

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. A series of training programs for Saudi professionals was also announced within various maritime industries in collaboration with MSC Cruises.​