April 3, 2024: A momentous accord has been established between The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) and the Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR), with the objective of augmenting the synergy between maritime and rail transportation networks. The agreement was signed at Mawani's headquarters in Riyadh by Mawani President, Omar Hariri and SAR CEO, Dr. Bashar bin Khaled Al-Malik.

This collaborative alliance elevates logistics operations at both industrial and commercial ports within the Kingdom, making a substantial contribution to the goals set forth in the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) while aligning seamlessly with the aspirations of Saudi Vision 2030.

This arrangement is set to elevate the Kingdom's competitive edge and strengthen its trade by delivering secure, sustainable transportation solutions. These efforts aim to minimise carbon emissions and optimise logistical operations efficiency. This project will further cement Saudi Arabia's role as a key global logistics hub, effectively linking three continents.

Mawani is actively pursuing seamless integration with SAR to facilitate the transportation of containers, bulk materials, and general cargo by rail to and from ports. SAR's expansive railway network, connecting vital ports like King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, King Fahd Industrial Port in Jubail, Jubail Commercial Port, and Ras Al-Khair Port, is pivotal in realising this integration.

The collaboration is destined to enhance the service quality provided to exporters and importers by introducing innovative logistics services that enhance the efficiency of rail transport for exports and imports, addressing customers' logistical hurdles with tailored solutions.

The agreement's multifaceted approach encompasses evaluating user satisfaction with rail services and logistical support, identifying areas for enhancement, and collaborating on marketing initiatives to promote rail transportation. These efforts are directed towards the overarching goal of positioning the Kingdom as a pivotal logistics corridor linking the East and the West.