Saudi NEOM’s OXAGON to expand port to challenge Middle East rivals

Targeting a capacity up to 9mln twenty-foot equivalent unit

  
In partnership with DP World, Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) launches first direct shipping line connecting Dubai’s Jebel Ali and Egypt’s Sokhna Ports through Jeddah Islamic Port. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose.

In partnership with DP World, Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) launches first direct shipping line connecting Dubai’s Jebel Ali and Egypt’s Sokhna Ports through Jeddah Islamic Port. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose.

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia will expand a tiny local port near the planned city of NEOM into a trade and manufacturing hub to rival others in the Middle East, according to Bloomberg.

“The port will anchor the industrial city OXAGON,” Vishal Wanchoo, OXAGON's chief executive, said in an interview, adding that it is targeting a capacity up to 9 million twenty-foot equivalent unit.

NEOM’s industrial city, known as OXAGON, is set to be the largest floating industrial complex in the world.

Wanchoo also said an existing port near the city of Duba,in the Red Sea will be transformed to handle a container capacity of 3.5 to 4 million TEUs by 2030.

He added that the 50 square kilometer area is expected to house 80,000 to 90,000 residents and 40 to 50 companies by 2030.

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