MINI John Cooper Works Countryman unveiled in Kingdom 

Updated 20 December 2012

MINI John Cooper Works Countryman unveiled in Kingdom 

The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, the most powerful MINI in the current portfolio line-up, was officially unveiled to the Saudi customers and media by its official Saudi importer Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM).
The MINI John Cooper Works drive events are taking place in the Kingdom and elsewhere in the Middle East and are proudly supported by Virgin Megastore MENA while Goodyear represents the exclusive tire brand on all MINI John Cooper Works models that will be driven during the events.
More than 40 guests participated in the customer and media events here, in which MINI Driver instructors guided participants through the wide range of driving options available on MINI’s exclusive, sporty sub-brand John Cooper Works, including the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, through a series of dynamic driving activities.
Participants also enjoyed taxi drives in the new MINI John Cooper Works GP, the fastest MINI ever built. The limited edition model boasts an extensively modified four-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 160 kW/218 hp, adjustable coilover suspension, an ultra-powerful sports braking system, the DSC stability control system with GP race mode. These, along with model- specific alloy wheels and sports tires, all ensure superb handling and provide a whole new level of driving fun for the guests.
Only 2,000 units of the new MINI John Cooper Works GP have been produced worldwide, a limited number of 20 which are available for purchase from MINI importers across the Middle East.
Available from January 2013 onward, the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will feature with the option of an automatic gearbox. Speeding into the fast lane with a 218 hp, which is channelled through an all-wheel drive system, passengers are guaranteed to get the
Sarah Klippert, MINI Manager, BMW Group Middle East, said: “Currently, the MINI Countryman is the best-selling MINI model in the Middle East, so the new  MINI John Cooper Works Countryman coupled with the new automatic gearbox is an exciting addition to the MINI portfolio."
She added: “Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest-selling Middle East market for MINI sales with customers'preference for high-end Cooper S engines. We are therefore confident that the car's new engine, in combination with the automatic gearbox, will contribute significantly to our sales. It will also attract a whole new target audience among Middle East customers, especially as they tend to opt for cars with automatic gearboxes.” She added.
Having arrived in the region last month, the optional automatic gearbox is also available on the following MINI John Cooper Works models: Hatch, Cabrio, Coupé and Roadster. Linked up as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox tuned to suit its high performance characteristics, the new engine on the MINI John Cooper Works models can be ordered as an option with a six-speed automatic gearbox with Steptronic function. Owners who opt to go the automatic route still have the ability to shift gears manually by using the selector or shift paddles located on the steering wheel.
The MINI John Cooper Works collection pays homage to its pioneering British Racing Driver founder John Newton Cooper, who turned his attention to transforming the original Mini into a performance machine back in the 1960’s.
All six MINI John Cooper Works models combine their stand-out sporting potential with unmistakable looks and special equipment features which accentuate the feeling of a race car – both inside and out. The John Cooper Works aerodynamic kit also comes as standard.
These sporty models are ferocious which have been bred for the race track. Stavros Paraskevaides, MD, MYNM (The BMW) said: "Previously the MINI John Cooper Works models were only available with a manual gearbox - and with the Saudi customers having a preference to drive cars with automatic gearboxes, we are confident that the introduction of this new automatic gearbox willattract a new target audience to our MINI John Cooper sub-brand.”

Six satisfying suhoor foods to boost your energy 

Updated 23 May 2018

Six satisfying suhoor foods to boost your energy 

Muslims across the world have a pre-dawn snack called suhoor before they begin their day of abstaining from food and drink during Ramadan. There are certain foods that go a long way in maintaining your energy levels and ensuring you remain moderately hydrated throughout the long day — something that is especially important when the Holy Month coincides with the hot summer season.

Fruits and vegetables

Having a fruit or vegetable at suhoor is an ideal — and delicious — way to stay hydrated throughout the day. They can help to avoid uncomfortable constipation and are a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Go for waterlogged veggies, such as cucumbers, to keep your water levels stabilized and remember to keep the skin on as it is a great source of roughage.


Cheese, labneh, eggs and fava beans provide you with energy and delay hunger pangs throughout the day. Meats such as fish, lean beef and white-meat poultry are good options as long as you go for the low-fat ones. It could seem a little heavy to eat such a meal at suhoor, but even a small portion will go a long way in helping you during your fast.   

Complex carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are made of long chains of simple sugars. They can be found in whole grain bread and cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, bananas, potatoes, oats, sweet potatoes, vegetables and beans. Eating any of these foods will ensure you don’t get the post-meal crash you would when enjoying simple carbohydrates.


Make sure to keep sipping water overnight to avoid feeling thirsty during the fasting hours. It is also a good idea to avoid salty foods, such as pickles, olives, salted nuts and canned food, during iftar the night before, as well as at suhoor. These will make you thirsty and could leave you feeling bloated.

Milk or yogurt 

Calcium-rich products such as skimmed milk and yogurt aid muscle strength and retain hydration. 

Light sweets 

Light puddings, mouhallabia or rice pudding can be consumed during suhoor as they leave you feeling full and provide your body with the energy and sugar you need when you are fasting.