The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has announced that Qatif and Zour Ports have been opened up for private-sector investment. The aim was to develop both sites to support local fishing industry and encourage domestic tourism, as well as to create job opportunities for Saudis.
Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs and Investment, Abdulrahman AlZughaibi, said that the Qatif port, which was established on an area of 187 thousand square meters, encompasses floating platforms, accommodating up to 192 boats and 280 cruisers, two fully equipped fueling facilities, as well as a repair facility. "The port is located within an urban area out near the corniche and the biggest fish market of the Eastern region; making it a perfect destination for tourists," he said, adding that Al-Zour port was built on an area of 102.6 thousand square meters and it also includes floating platforms, accommodating up to 276 cruisers, two fully equipped fueling facilities and repair facilities as well as cold storage facilities and a fishing gear shop. Cruise trips and fishing activities will take place on the port, AlZughaibi added.
AlZughaibi pointed out that tenders are to be submitted through Etimad website https://monafasat.etimad.sa/ , and that the deadline for submission of tender is Thursday, 31/1/2019 (corresponding to 25/5/1440 H) for Al-Zour port, and Sunday, 10/2/2019 (corresponding to 5/6/1440 H) as for Qatif port.