On Wednesday, Yemen witnessed the opening of the first sea port on the shores of the Arabian Sea, in Shabwa governorate, southeast of the country.
The Governor of Shabwa Governorate, Muhammad Saleh bin Adiu, announced today the opening of the “Qana” oil and commercial port in the Rudum District, southeast of the city of Ataq, the capital of the oil province.
“On this joyful day, we announce that we have taken advanced and important steps towards operating the port (Qena), to become an oil and commercial sea port that constitutes an important addition to the Shabwa Governorate renaissance project,” Bin Adio said.
The port of Qena is the third in Shabwa, while its opening comes nearly two months after the signing of the QYZ General Trading Company (non-governmental), to implement the first phase of the project.
He added, “This port has had historical significance as one of the most important commercial ports for thousands of years, and it was the most important commercial port in the Arabian Peninsula, due to the natural characteristics and features that God endowed it with that made it gain this importance on the global trade route.”
He added that the beginning of the operation of the port of Qena, will be in its first stage to provide oil derivatives, and put an end to the great suffering that the citizen faced in this governorate.
He pointed out that the port of Qena is one of three ports on the coasts of Shabwa governorate and in an area not exceeding fifty kilometers, where the port of Nashima for the export of crude oil, and the port of Balhaf for the export of liquefied gas, stressing that this is an important feature for the governorate, its operation and the utilization of its services will benefit the whole country, and it will supply The national economy with the revenues that the governorate and the country in general will benefit from, in addition to employing thousands of unemployed people, and stimulating commercial activity.
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In November 2020, the Shabwa governorate authorities signed the construction of the commercial port of Qena in the coastal district of Radhum on the Arabian Sea.
According to the “Saba” agency, the agreement stipulated that the “QYZ” General Trading Company (non-governmental) would implement the first phase of the “Qena” commercial port project, and it included providing floating tanks for oil derivatives, and securing the province’s needs from them, according to the same source.
While the second phase provides for building the berths for oil derivatives, with the establishment of 8 strategic tanks for their storage, with a total capacity of 60,000 tons, in addition to building the commercial activity berths for the port.
For his part, the Advisor to the Governor of Shabwa, Mohsen Al-Hajj, said that the operation of Qena Port represents a qualitative addition to Shabwa Governorate in the field of development and strategic projects.
He added in a special statement to “Arabi 21” that this port is undoubtedly an important project for the governorate and all of Yemen, stressing that it will make Shabwah a great workshop with regard to exporting and importing goods, and it will have benefits at the national level as a whole.
The Advisor to the Governor of Shabwa considered that the port of Qena was an exceptional project in an exceptional circumstance, explaining that what distinguishes it is its strategic location, which does not require human intervention to fix it.
And he added: Given that the wide and open area in which the port is located, which gives the state the possibility to develop it, expand its capacity, and even convert it into a free port.
Shabwa, which is under the authority of the government, is one of the most important Yemeni governorates, being rich in oil, and witnessing stability and security despite the ongoing war conditions in the country.
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