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Mohammed Abdulla Swidan Interim President & CEO, Milaha Group

QATAR - Transport

Mohammed Abdulla Swidan

Interim President & CEO, Milaha Group

Bio

Mohammed Abdulla Swidan was entrusted by Milaha’s Board of Directors to carry out the duties of the President and CEO of Milaha group in 2022 and he is the Executive Vice President of Milaha Offshore & Marine since 2018. Prior to his position as EVP, he held various leadership positions as senior commercial manager at Halul Offshore Services Company in 2013 before being promoted to vice president, operations in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in maritime engineering and a master’s degree in ship and port operation management from Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in addition to an MBA in global shipping management from Greenwich-London University.

As the leading maritime and logistics service provider in Qatar, Milaha works to maintain efficient and resilient supply chains while supporting the country’s economic diversification and growth.

As the leading maritime and logistics service provider in Qatar, Milaha works to maintain efficient and resilient supply chains while supporting the country’s economic diversification and growth.

How is Milaha working toward the realization of Qatar National Vision 2030?

At Milaha, we believe that sustainability is an approach that needs to be implemented at different business levels. We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate through multiple initiatives related to health, safety, security, environment, and quality (HSSEQ), employee welfare, equal employment opportunities, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Milaha is working diligently to minimize the impact on the environment associated with its operations and increase the sustainability of the business through the implementation of its environmental management system. This will provide the framework for carbon intensity reduction, management of wastes and emissions, sustainability of resources, and compliance with national and international regulations. Milaha is also committed to protecting and improving the health and safety of all individuals associated to the company by providing a safe, secure, and healthy work environment. The integration of safety principles into everyday business activities and striving to continually ensure that our activities are carried out in a safe and ethical manner is recognized as essential to achieve health and safety excellence. In recognition of its compliance with the best HSSEQ practices, Milaha was awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour for the third consecutive year and the Globe of Honour for the second consecutive year from the British Safety Council. Considering its employees as its most valuable asset, Milaha is fully compliant with labor laws and regulations relevant to the company. We also work on developing internal rules and controls to protect the rights and interests of all our employees. Milaha’s commitment to investing in technology and digitalization included significant upgrades to our platforms, systems, and digital tools to enhance connectivity, mobility, and efficiency.

How would you assess the efforts thus far by the local industry to increase the local content of its oil and gas industry, and how is Milaha engaging in it?

As the leading maritime and logistics service provider, Milaha is keen to constantly maintain efficient and resilient supply chains while supporting Qatar’s economic diversification and sustainability, through contributing to constructive initiatives such as Tawteen, the supply chain localization program for the energy sector led by Qatar Energy with the aim of creating local investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector in Qatar. With this in mind, and as one of our many initiatives, we have partnered with multinational oilfield services firm Schlumberger to expand into the well services industry in Qatar, through developing and equipping well stimulation vessels over the next five years, the first of which was launched in April 2021, demonstrating our commitment to enhancing a highly resilient and competitive, localized supply chain, and our vision to be the partner of choice to our customers. Milaha is also working on expanding its offshore service capabilities by developing new subsea surveys and providing maintenance and installation services.

What other sectors are expected to drive the demand for marine transport and supply chain solutions in Qatar?

The freight and logistics sector in Qatar has been growing steadily over the past five years, with estimated market value of more than USD7.5 billion, and is expected to register an annual growth rate of more than 7% during the 2021-2026 period, supported by the ambitious government plans to develop the economy. The warehousing market is another key contributor to the logistics industry in Qatar, mainly supported by the retail and FMCG sectors, and recently the advanced warehousing facilities have gained a strong boost with the growth of the e-commerce sector globally. With this in mind, Milaha Logistics City emerges as an integrated center for freight logistics, warehousing facilities, and business solutions for start-up entrepreneurs and SMEs. Milaha Logistics City offers diversified solutions that cater to various customers’ needs in the areas of shipping, storage, and re-export. The state-of-the-art bonded warehouse located in Milaha Logistics City offers comprehensive services with zero-duty upfront to support global trade and e-commerce, while enhancing business efficiency and profitability. 

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