Jeddah corniche project wins award

Updated 16 December 2012
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Jeddah corniche project wins award

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will open the northern corniche development project on Tuesday. Implemented by the Jeddah mayoralty, the project won the Big Project Middle East Award this year.
Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb and Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed will attend the ceremony.
Jeddah is the first city in the Kingdom to receive the Big Project ME award.
The award was presented by Raz Islam, publishing director of CPI, and was accepted by Jeddah Mayor Hani Aburas during a colorful ceremony in Dubai.
The Big Project Middle East Award is the official award given by Big Project Middle East Magazine, which recognizes companies and individuals that have contributed to both the construction and sustainability industries across the GCC. Big Project Middle East is published by CPI, one of the region’s largest publishers.
Commenting on the award, Aburas said: “On behalf of the residents of Jeddah, we are delighted to receive this award with the recent inauguration of this substantial waterfront project whereby 4.5 km were completed out of 13 km of waterfront. This project is very important for the city of Jeddah, since it is a coastal city; the waterfront is now a destination and a landmark for Jeddah residents and visitors.”
The mayor added: “Our team is an innovative, solution-oriented group of experts in the areas of civil engineering who were dedicated to this project’s success.”
Aburas said his organization considered the award as a big honor. “We seek solutions that fit and best serve the needs of Jeddah residents and visitors. Accepting this recognition in Civil Development from Big Project Middle East is a true honor.”


LuLu opens Saudi Arabia's largest store in Riyadh

Updated 40 min 26 sec ago
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LuLu opens Saudi Arabia's largest store in Riyadh

JEDDAH: LuLu Group recently opened its 150th hypermarket in Riyadh. It was inaugurated by Ibrahim Al-Omer, governor of Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA); Ibrahim Al-Suwail, deputy governor of SAGIA; along with Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan, UAE ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu Group chairman; Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Saudi director; and other dignitaries and royal family members.
Located at the newly launched Atyaf Mall in Yarmouk, the hypermarket, the 13th in the country and the Kingdom’s largest, is spread across 220,000-square-feet.
Yusuff Ali M.A. said: “We are absolutely delighted to open our group’s 150th and Saudi Arabia’s 13 hypermarket in Riyadh and I am sure the shoppers here will be pleased by the new retail experience we have created. Through our internationally sourced quality products and enthusiastic staff, LuLu has been the most preferred destination for different nationalities and we will continue to preserve this identity with our new store.”
He added: “We see tremendous growth opportunities in the Kingdom and are glad to be part of the Vision 2030 by further expanding our presence here. We will open another 15 hypermarkets by 2020 at an investment of SR1 billion ($266 million) out of which five will be opened this year itself. This includes three hypermarkets in Riyadh followed by one each in Tabuk and Dammam. This is apart from the SR1 billion we have already invested in the Kingdom till now.”
The group currently employs more than 3,000 Saudi nationals, out of which 1,400 are women, amounting to 40 percent of Saudization.
“Our goal is to give employment to 6,000 Saudi nationals by the end of 2020. We have a very elaborate and effective multi-level training program, through which we not only train them here but also send the local recruits to other regions in the GCC and India for training in various departments. We have also tied up with Saudi vocational institutions and universities in this regard,” the LuLu Group chairman said.