Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced Qatar Navigation ‘Milaha’ added the new shipping service Upper Gulf Express ‘UGX’ to King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam. As per a release, this service will connect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the ports of GCC countries, enhancing the position of KSA ports as a link and gateway to regional and global ports.
This step reflects Mawani’s commitment to enhancing strategic partnerships with regional and global shipping lines, aiming to achieve global leadership. It aligns with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy) goals to solidify the Kingdom’s position as a global logistics hub connecting three continents.
The new UGX service will connect King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam with five regional and global ports, including Sohar in Oman, Jebel Ali in the UAE, Hamad in Qatar, Shuwaikh in Kuwait, and Umm Qasr in Iraq. Regular weekly trips using two ships with a capacity of 1,015 TEUs will facilitate this connectivity.
The service is set to launch on 25 January 2024.
This new service will enhance the advantage of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, making it attractive to exporters, importers, and shipping agents.