Saudi Arabia
2.1.2 Saudi Arabia Port of King Abdulaziz Port (Dammam Port)

Port Overview

King Abdul Aziz Port, also known as Dammam Port, is a port in the city of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest port in the Arabian Gulf, and the third largest and third busiest port in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, after the Jeddah Islamic Port. King Abdul Aziz Port is a major export centre for the oil industry, and also a key distribution centre for major landlocked cities in the country, particularly the capital cities of provinces, such as Riyadh which is linked to Dammam by a railway line.

The port is part of the Maritime Silk Road that runs from the Chinese coast to the south via the southern tip of India to Mombasa, from there through the Red Sea via the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean, there to the Upper Adriatic region to the northern Italian hub of Trieste with its rail connections to Central Europe, Eastern Europe and the North Sea. 

Port website:

Key port information may also be found at:

Port Location and Contact


Saudi Arabia

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Dammam (18 km)

Port's Complete Name

King Abdul Aziz Port, also known as Dammam Port





Managing Company or Port Authority

Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani)

Management Contact Person

Eng. Walid Faris Al Faris, Director General of King Abdul Aziz Port Dammam

Tel: +966138583199

Fax: +966138571727

PO Box: 28062 Dammam 31437


Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

King Fahd International Airport (Dammam Airport)

List of International Carriers:

Port Picture


Description and Contacts of Key Companies

Saudi Global Ports Co (SGP): On the 13th of April 2020, MAWANI and Saudi Global Ports signed a new 30-year Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement for the Container Terminals in the King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

Seasonal Constraints


Time Frame

Rainy Season


Dammam has dry periods. On average, January is the rainiest with 2 days of rain. The average annual number of rainy days is: 10.

Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments

No constraints to mention.

Handling Figures for 2021

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)

1,769,118 TEU

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2021

Bulk (MT)

10,818,138 MT

Break bulk (MT)

2,822,204 MT

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following link:  

 Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth


6362 m

14 m


4 - 9 and 11 – 13: General cargo. Rail connected.

10: Dedicated bagged fertilizer General cargo.

14 – 22: Ro/Ro ramps at 14 and 22.

31 – 34: General cargo and gray cement.

35: Cold store and Ro/Ro ramp.

36, 37 and 38: Bulk ores. White cement. Gray cement.

39: Clinker and edible oils. Ro/Ro ramp at 36 Explosives terminal. Otherwise, Cement, Clinker, Gypsum and other bulks.

Container Berth


2380 m

16 m

Berths: 23 – 26: Container terminal

Silo Berth


660 m

14 m

Berths 1,2,3 & 30: Grain discharge.

Berthing Tugs

Available- eight harbour tugs ranging from 3000 to 4600 bhp

Water Barges


Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? Privately



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane



All QCs are twin lift capable. Max. SWL is 75tonnes under hook. Total 15 QCs available for both mainline and feeder services. Able to handle up to 23 rows of containers across vessel deck.

Container Gantries


39 Rubber Tire Gantry

SWL of 40 MTS & stacking capacity of 6 + 1

Mobile Cranes






with SWL of 45 MT.

RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)



Prime Movers, SWL- 65 MTS

Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines


800 MT Per Hour







Container Facilities


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)



Refrigerated Container Stations



Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)

King Abdulaziz Port has recorded the highest daily container throughput at Saudi ports by handling a total volume of 18,020 TEU on a single vessel (COSCO Shipping Capricorn) on March 2022

Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)

2500 reefer points 24-hour monitoring facilities to handle chilled and frozen cargoes -18°C capable.

Customs Guidance

For more information on customs in Saudi Arabia, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information. 

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Abdul Aziz Port covers an area of over 19 thousand hectares. In addition to commercial port facilities, King Abdul Aziz Port has a fully equipped 13.5-hectare ship repair complex with two ship repair and maintenance docks and an advanced training centre. King Abdul Aziz Port has a 95-meter (310-foot) tower and special stations that handle containers, bulk cereals, and cold and frozen foods.

Berths 1 through 13 are the central berths in King Abdul Aziz Port, and they cover an area of 41 hectares and contain ten warehouses covering 5.5 hectares. Berths 4 through 13 handle general cargo and are served by rail connections. Berth 10 is dedicated for bagged fertilizer.

Berths 14 through 22 are the eastern berths. Covering an area of almost 50 hectares, the eastern berths have ten warehouses covering nearly six hectares. These berths handle general cargo, and there are roll-on/roll-off ramps at Berths 14 and 22.

The container terminal is served by Berths 23 through 26. There is a roll-on/roll-off ramp at Berth 23.

King Abdul Aziz Port's western berths, Berths 27 through 34, cover an area of 74.5 hectares and contain eight warehouses of 4.7 hectares. Berths 27, 28, and 29 handle roll-on/roll-off and project cargoes. Berth 30 is used for discharge of grain. Berths 31 through 34 are dedicated for general cargo and grey cement. Also part of the western berths in King Abdul Aziz Port, Berth 35 has 2.9 hectares of cold stores and a roll-on/roll-off ramp.

Berths 36, 37, and 38 in King Abdul Aziz Port handle bulk ores, white and grey cement, clinker, and other grains and edible oils. There is a roll-on/roll-off ramp at Berth 36. Berth 39 is home to the King Abdul Aziz Port explosives terminal. It also handles cement, clinker, gypsum, and other bulk products.

Grain and Bulk Handling

The King Abdul Aziz Port Eastern General Cargo Terminal is operated by Dammam's Globe Marine, The Eastern General Cargo Terminal in King Abdul Aziz Port covers about 200 hectares and contains 12.5 hectares of storage area.

El Emar Agricultural Services is Saudi Arabia's biggest importer and distributor of agricultural products. Operating the King Abdul Aziz Port Bulk Grain Terminal, Arabian Agricultural Services (ARASCO) operates a silo system at Berth 37 in King Abdul Aziz Port with capacity for 140 thousand tons of cargo.

Al-Nawa Technical Services operates the King Abdul Aziz Port's Central General Cargo Terminal.

Main Storage Terminal

Berths 1 through 13 are the central berths in King Abdul Aziz Port, and they cover an area of 41 hectares and contain ten warehouses covering 5.5 hectares. Also, the eastern berths have ten warehouses covering nearly six hectares.


Stevedoring and handling services fees can be found via the following link:

Hinterland Information

Containers and bulk cargo are being transported outbound mainly by Road (Inland transportation) to other ports or to final consignee, however part of the cargo is being moved by railway to Dammam & Riyadh.

Port Security


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)


Police Boats


Fire Engines



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