Western Australia unveils next generation superfood in Dubai

Pankaj Savara
Updated 14 November 2016

Western Australia unveils next generation superfood in Dubai

The government of Western Australia, in partnership with Lupin industry, unveiled lupin, described as the next generation superfood, at the Gulfood Manufacturing show, in Dubai and has brought this to the GCC region.  
Scientific research has put this high protein, high fiber, legume as a sure contender to becoming a superfood.
Western Australia has been the largest producer of the lupin crop, representing 85 percent of the world’s production.
Lupin has the potential to provide natural defense against all the common risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  
Western Australia Trade Office (WATO) Commissioner Pankaj Savara stated: “We chose to partner with the industry to help fight chronic lifestyle induced illness in Gulf countries like diabetes and heart disease. Lupin is an effective and versatile partner for healthy living with its ability to boost the nutritional value of main food commodities like bread and pasta. “WATO is currently hosting and supporting the Lupin industry from Western Australia during this event.
Lupin is also classified as a functional food. One of its many functional properties is locked in the traits of lupin proteins — mainly its neutral taste and ability to blend with water and oil.”
“In essence lupin, as a health and functional food commodity, can meet the needs of the health and wellness food market as well as specialty food markets like vegans and vegetarianism, gluten-free, and lactose-free,” added Pankaj.
Since its introduction to Australia in the 1960s, lupin has helped Australian farmers with crop rotation cycles as it enriches the soil with nitrogen and phosphorous. This rotation supports the sustainability of major crop productions like wheat and barley. This process further yields lupin grains. These grains are traditionally used as stock feed for sheep and cattle. 

Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

Updated 18 December 2018

Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

The Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2018 opened its doors on Sunday at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center. The annual event, in its 40th year, will continue until Thursday.

The show was inaugurated by Hassan Dahlan, secretary general of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), in the presence of Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE).

The five-day motoring extravaganza, spanning 10,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, will witness the rollout of the automotive industry’s newest models, from the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, and including the latest SUVs and 4x4s, industry-changing electric cars and everything in between.

“In addition to shining the spotlight on the latest and most efficient automobiles and industry-shaping technology, the 2018 Saudi International Motor Show offers an inimitable experience for the whole family, with a plethora of captivating activities and interactions throughout the five days including stunt driving, drifting motorsport events, an off-road experience, and retail areas,” a press release said.

The show will see brand exhibitors showcase 100 automotive vehicles, including eight cars revealed for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dahlan talked about the “great success” achieved by the motor show in the past 40 years.

ACE CEO Al-Harith said: “SIMS is the oldest and biggest auto show in the region, and the 2018 edition will ensure that it maintains that position. There is a huge demand in the Saudi market for an international motor show and we look forward to delivering a unique experience.”

He added: “As Saudi Arabia’s premier automotive event, the Saudi International Motor Show is the only place car fans, young and old, will get up close to some of the latest glamorous cars set to be hitting roads around the world in the near future.”

The Jeddah Traffic Department is also participating in the show, with the aim to spread its message to both male and female drivers. Officials from the department will spread awareness about traffic laws and regulations, the importance of following them and the consequences of violations.

The show opens daily from 4 p.m. until 11 a.m.

Saudi Arabia is currently the largest importer of vehicles and auto parts in the Middle East, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all vehicle sales in the region. New car sales are slated to rise by 8-9 percent annually, crossing the 1 million mark by 2020.

Presently, the light commercial vehicle segment is the most dominant, accounting for majority of the overall commercial vehicles sold in Saudi Arabia, followed by medium-heavy commercial vehicles and buses.