Project Aim

This research program assesses how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia might better position itself to achieve its objective of being a global logistical hub. It will analyze the current status and future of freight transportation in the Kingdom from global and local perspectives.

Saudi Arabia has stated its intention to become a global logistical hub by developing its transportation infrastructure to increase economic diversification. It is one of the top priorities of the Transport Ministry, as set out in the National Transformation Initiatives and the KSA Logistic Hub plan.

The project will address the following questions:

Key questions

  • What is the current global maritime freight network, and how does land-based freight in the Kingdom tie into the global network and its current efficiency?
  • What are the developments in infrastructure and freight policy required to meet the Kingdom’s goals for economic diversification and global hub positioning?
  • What are the costs, benefits and risks - including domestic and global geopolitical constraints - associated with developments in freight infrastructure and policy in Saudi Arabia?


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