Alshaya Home Furniture key exhibitor at Decofair

Updated 13 November 2015
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Alshaya Home Furniture key exhibitor at Decofair

JEDDAH: Alshaya Home Furniture — with its luxury English bedroom brand And So To Bed of London and Spanish furniture brand Becara Madrid — showcased its elegant and special masterpiece products in the annual Decofair 2015 Design Exhibition in Jeddah.
Many famous home furnishing and design companies in GCC and exhibitors from Europe and the Far East are taking part in the show, which ends on Friday Nov. 13.
Alshaya Home is being represented by the And So To Bed of London brand, headed by Erwin Carpena, brand sales manager for Saudi Arabia — who also manages the Becara Madrid Furniture brand.
The English bedroom brand is famous for its high quality and elegant design.
“Each product stands out with its detailed workmanship,” said Carpena.
“This is the first time we are exhibiting our luxury products at the Decofair exhibition and the reception for our products was really amazing,” he added.
“Customers can find a wide range of our beds and furniture at our main showroom in Al-Haddab Center, Tahlia Street,” said Mohaimen Didato, showroom manager for And So To Bed, Jeddah.
“We also sell mattresses from Vispring UK and we have one of the finest bed linen range that suits the Saudi market taste,” Didato added.
Alshaya Home — And So To Bed of London currently operates in Jeddah, Alkhobar and Riyadh.
And So To Bed of London and Becara Madrid brands are some of the franchises owned by Alshaya Group of Companies.
Alshaya Home has also lined up kitchen, sanitary and ceramic brands from Germany and Italy.


Bahrain to use Huawei in 5G rollout despite US warnings

Updated 26 March 2019
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Bahrain to use Huawei in 5G rollout despite US warnings

  • Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology
  • ‘We have no concern at this stage as long as this technology is meeting our standards’

DUBAI: Bahrain plans to roll out a commercial 5G mobile network by June, partly using Huawei technology despite the United States’ concerns the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment could be used for spying.
Washington has warned countries against using Chinese technology, saying Huawei could be used by Beijing to spy on the West. China and Huawei have strongly rejected the allegations.
VIVA Bahrain, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian state-controlled telecoms firm STC, last month signed an agreement to use Huawei products in its 5G network, one of several Gulf telecoms companies working with the Chinese company.
“We have no concern at this stage as long as this technology is meeting our standards,” Bahrain’s Telecommunications Minister Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed told Reuters on Tuesday when asked about US concerns over Huawei technology.
A senior State Department official said the US routinely urges allies and partners to consider the risks posed by vendors subject to extrajudicial or unchecked compulsion by foreign states.
The US Fifth Fleet uses its base in Bahrain, a Western-allied island state off the Saudi coast, to patrol several important shipping lanes, including near Iran.
Bahrain expects to be one of the first countries to make 5G available nationwide, Mohammed said, although he cautioned it would depend on handset and equipment availability.
Early movers like the United States, China, Japan and South Korea are just starting to roll out their 5G networks, but other regions, such as Europe, are still years away and the first 5G phones are only likely to be released in the second half of this year.
Bahrain’s state-controlled operator Batelco is working with Sweden’s Ericsson on its 5G network, while the country’s third telecoms group Zain Bahrain is yet to announce a technology provider.
No foreign company is restricted by the government from providing equipment for Bahrain’s 5G network, Mohammed said, adding mobile operators choose who they work with.
Australia and New Zealand have stopped operators using Huawei equipment in their networks but the European Union is expected to ignore US calls to ban the Chinese company, instead urging countries to share more data to tackle cybersecurity risks related to 5G networks.
Mohammed said the rollout of the 5G network was an “important milestone” for Bahrain, which is hoping investments in technology will help spur its economy, which was hit hard by a recent drop in oil prices.
“It is something we are proud to have,” he said.