Our journey began in 1956 when Dashti Construction Co. (W.L.L) was established by Mr. Esmail Dashti, excelling in Construction and Stevedoring operations within Kuwait.
In the 1970’s, the Company began its successful expansion into Transportation and Stevedoring operations when it became the sole Stevedoring contractor in Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait. In 1982, the Stevedoring and Transportation operations were spun-off as Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Company (K.S.C) Closed. Through hard work KGL continued its expansion regionally into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (K.S.A) in 1985, where it started its Stevedoring operations in Jubail, Yanbuh and Jeddah Ports. At the same time, the company continued to gain a reputation for excellence in transporting cargo, including that of mega EPS projects.
In the 1980’s, the Company steadily expanded its business services and began providing waste collection operations for the Kuwaiti Municipality, enabling KGL to become one of the largest and most efficient service providers within this sector. Despite the fast-paced expansion within these years, when Kuwait was invaded by Iraq in the early 1990’s, KGL’s business — like many others — suffered in the midst of the regional turmoil.
Following the Liberation of Kuwait, the company rebuilt its Stevedoring, Transportation, Waste Management, and Waste Collection operations.
In 1996, KGL became the main operator of Shuaiba Container Terminal Port in Kuwait. KGL expanded further by diversifying its line of services by launching the Car Rental division in 1997, targeting its services to the Governmental sector. In 2000, KGL participated in the first privatization project in Saudi Arabia, where it won a 25 year concession to operate the Jeddah Islamic North Container Terminal as part of a Consortium. That same year, KGL shares were listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
In 2004, regional and global demands increased substantially for fully integrated Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management services. This provided an opportunity for KGL to achieve sustainable growth and greater profitability by leveraging its core competencies in Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain services. The Kuwait & Gulf Link Holding Company (KGL) was established. By 2007, the lines of business were spun-off into separate business units in order to enhance the services and efficiency of each sector, as well as to create economies of scale for the group of companies.
Mission & Vision
KGL seeks to become the leading Supply Chain Management (SCM) provider in the Middle East, North Africa, and emerging markets by capitalizing on our portfolio of strong operating companies in the diverse industries of SCM.
Mr. Esmail Ali Dashti
On November 30th, 2018 we were saddened by the passing of our founding father Mr. Esmail Ali Dashti after a long life of prosperity and giving in business, politics and philanthropy. Mr. Dashti began his career in the general trading and contracting business and during the 60s, 70s & 80s he expanded his endeavors to include land transport, warehousing, stevedoring and port management, the cornerstone upon which he established Kuwait & Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL), leaving behind a legacy of more than 62 years of hard work and perseverance.
Mr. Dashti’s involvement in politics dates back to Kuwait’s independence and in 1975 he was elected to the National Assembly. While in politics, he contributed in the proclamation of numerous laws and regulations. His most notable stance was evident after the liberation of Kuwait; calling on his fellow citizens to combine efforts to remove the effects of aggression, focus on rebuilding the nation and to renounce all political and social differences. We pray to God Almighty that the late Mr. Esmail Dashti be blessed with his mercy and may his soul rest in peace.