AD Ports Group and Aqaba Development Corporation sign several agreements for the development of tourism, transport, logistics and digital infrastructure

AQABA, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – AD Ports Group, a leading trade and logistics facilitator, has strengthened its regional footprint by signing a number of four strategic agreements and a Head of Terms Agreement (HoT) with Aqaba Development Corporation which will see AD Ports Group supporting the development of tourism, logistics, transport and digital infrastructure within Aqaba.

The signing ceremony took place in Aqaba, Jordan in the presence of HE Nasser Shraideh, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, representing HE Dr. Bisher Al Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan; HE Ahmed Ali Mohammed Al Baloushi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Kingdom; HE Dr Mohamad Al-Ississ, Minister of Finance; SE Ing. Khairy Amr, Minister of Investment; and HE Dr Nawaf Tall, Minister of State for Government Monitoring and Coordination; and SE Ing. Nayef Ahmad Bakheet, chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, chairman of Aqaba Development Corporation, as well as a number of officials from both sides. The four strategic agreements and one general conditions agreement were signed by Hussein Ali Alsafadi, CEO of Aqaba Development Corporation and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of AD Ports group.

The strategic partnerships relate to the development of Marsa Zayed, a cruise terminal, and the development of an advanced digital port community system, in addition to the Head of Terms agreements to explore the development and modernization of a multipurpose port and the King Hussein International Airport.

Marsa Zayed Land Agreement

The agreement covers the development of an area of ​​1.2 million m² in phase 1 of the development of the 3.2 million area of ​​Marsa Zayed by AD Ports Group, which will include a cruise terminal, tourism projects , leisure, residential and others. The development is planned to position Aqaba as a premier destination for the Red Sea.

Cruise terminal agreement

Under the deal, which builds on an agreement in principle announced earlier this year, AD Ports Group will develop, manage and operate a new cruise terminal in Aqaba, which will serve as a gateway for passengers visiting the Red Sea. .

Maqta Ayla, new joint venture

Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of AD Ports Group, has signed a joint venture agreement with Aqaba Development Corporation establishing “Maqta Ayla” to develop and operate an Advanced Port Community System (PCS). The system will oversee communication between Aqaba Port and terminal operators, as well as Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Aqaba Development Corporation, Jordanian Maritime Commission and others. stakeholders within the port ecosystem. The system is expected to complete around two million digital transactions per year, generate significant time and cost savings for stakeholders and customers, reduce CO2 emissions and streamline services.

HoT on the development and modernization of a multipurpose port

The HoT sees Aqaba Development Corporation and AD Ports Group working together to explore the development and modernization of a multi-purpose port with world-class facilities, including haulage, general cargo, grain and livestock handling.

Development of the King Hussein International Airport Agreement

The agreement will see AD Ports Group collaborate with Aqaba Development Corporation on the development of King Hussein – Aqaba International Airport, to enable increasing volumes of international and domestic tourism, ensuring a smooth journey for passengers moving between the airport and the Aqaba Cruise Terminal, while improving air logistics and expanding the connectivity of the Aqaba air network.

SE Ing. Nayef Ahmad Bakheet, Chief Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Chairman of Aqaba Development Corporation said, “We have found a key partner in AD Ports Group, which has the vision, expertise and background to develop world-class port and cruise and digital infrastructure.

“The agreements and HoT on the development of Marsa Zayed and a cruise terminal, exploring the modernization of a multipurpose port, the development of the King Hussein international airport and the creation of” Maqta Ayla “for digital systems, represent an important addition to our efforts to develop the Aqaba region and enable an increasing number of visitors to come and experience the Golden Triangle of Jordan, with our unique tourism offerings of Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the ancient city of Petra.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said, “This strategic alliance will strengthen the broader efforts of Abu Dhabi’s leaders to boost trade and tourism with our neighbors in the region, and to develop world-class infrastructure to expand global reach.

“Collectively, these megaprojects represent one of the most important integrated transport, logistics and tourism development programs announced in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in recent years.

“By working with our partners at Aqaba Development Corporation, these ambitious projects will significantly expand the facilities available to travelers and businesses by sea, land and air. This in turn will help develop the trade and tourism sectors, while strengthening Aqaba’s status as a major regional hub and supporting the kingdom’s economic development plans.

Hussein Alsafadi, CEO, Aqaba Development Corporation stressed the importance of this collaboration and strategic partnership which will help create investment and employment opportunities, as well as foster Aqaba’s role as a key regional hub in trade, logistics and maritime and air transport.

Abdulla Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities and Free Zones, AD Ports Group said: “We are delighted to partner with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority for the development of an area of ​​1.2 million m² including real estate development projects, tourist residential complexes, hotels, chalets, shopping centers and theme parks. This important project helps to position Aqaba as a major tourist and business destination in the region.

Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Division, AD Ports Group, said, “We are delighted to be able to play our role in the development of the Port of Aqaba and the new cruise terminal, drawing on our expertise in the cruise industry and our experience in providing advanced services throughout. of the supply chain.

“We are confident that this cooperation will prove to be mutually beneficial as it combines the significant growth potential of Aqaba as a cruise destination and regional hub on the Red Sea with the leadership of AD Ports Group in the provision of advanced services and infrastructure for cruise lines and freighters. . ”

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Maqta Gateway, Head of Digital Cluster- AD Ports Group, said: “As a result of these partnership agreements, Aqaba’s cruise, logistics and shipping industries will need access to a wide range of innovative technologies that support optimized services on land, at sea. and in the air. Digitization will introduce significant efficiencies and eliminate supply chain risk, with a fully integrated platform that delivers the best possible customer experience. ”

Ing. Mohammad Al-Sakran, Executive Director, Transport and Logistics, Aqaba Development Corporation, noted, “This strategic partnership will promote Aqaba as a major player in the region’s supply chain. The digital transformation resulting from this partnership will also create a new ecosystem that will strengthen the resilience of the maritime sector in Aqaba ”.

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* Source: AETOWire

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