Saudi Arabias new cargo village will compete against UAE

Saudi Arabia has launched its first cargo village in what it says will attract trade away from neighbor’s including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The 500,000 sqm facility at King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) in Dammam, in Eastern Provence, would offer a direct cargo link to Saudi Arabia.

General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) president Sulaiman Abdullah Al Hamdan said 70 percent of trade that remained in the Gulf was destined for Saudi Arabia, therefore the new cargo village would take away trade from neighbouring facilities.

"We are delighted by the launch of the first cargo village in the Kingdom, and we believe that it will play a vital role in supporting the Saudi economy,” Al Hamdan said, according to Arab News.

“KFIA’s cargo village offers ease of shipping and cargo services while serving as a regional hub for global companies. Most importantly, the cargo village creates new economic and employment opportunities for the Eastern Province.”

Leading international and regional freight companies, including DHL Express, NAQEL, SMSA Express, TNT and UPS, have reportedly already established cargo clearance facilities and offices at the village.

Dubai International Airport Cargo Gateway is the largest such facility in the region, and the eighth largest in the world, handling about 1.8 tonnes per year.

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