Al-Baik 4th local popular brand in Mideast

Updated 23 October 2012

Al-Baik 4th local popular brand in Mideast

Jeddah’s popular fast food chain Al-Baik came as fourth local popular brand in the Middle East version of the 2012 Global Brand Simplicity Index survey. US-based global strategic branding agency Siegel+Gale conducted the survey. In an overall listing of Middle Eastern brands it got 23rd place.
Al-Baik, established in 1974 with a single branch, has grown to 31 branches in Jeddah and Makkah, besides one each in Madinah and Yanbu.
According to the survey, only six local Middle Eastern brands remain in the list. The rest are all major international brands such as Google and Samsung.
Their presence indicates that the survey among Saudi Arabia-based consumers was not broad enough, as local brands are largely underestimated. Giants like supermarket chain Panda and national carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines were not mentioned in the list though their popularity is high in terms of business volume and customer satisfaction. BlackBerry’s position in the Saudi market is weakening due to the influx of Android smartphones and Spinneys is no match to Panda in Saudi Arabia or Carrefour in the UAE.
The top-25 brands in the Gulf Region are:
1. Google, 2. Samsung, 3. McDonald's, 4. Gulf News, 5. BlackBerry, 6. Yahoo, 7. Dell, 8. YouTube, 9. Spinneys, 10. Toshiba, 11. Sony, 12. Skype, 13. Etisalat, 14. Carrefour, 15. IKEA, 16. Dubai Metro, 17. Apple, 18. Sharaf DG, 19. MSN, 20. LG, 21. Home Center, 22. Pizza Hut, 23. Al-Baik, 24. Emirates and 25. KFC.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.