Philips signs agreement with Saudi retail giant

Wael Gad, CEO of Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, left, signs distribution agreement with Yaser Ahmed A. Anam, chief operating officer of Ahmed Abdulwahed Co., in Riyadh.
Updated 02 May 2017
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Philips signs agreement with Saudi retail giant

Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, the global leader in lighting, has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Ahmed Abdulwahed Trading Company for its LED (light-emitting diode) and home consumer offering. The evolution of LEDs have changed the industry with innovative new applications, offering significantly greater connectivity, durability and energy-efficient light source.
Wael Gad, CEO of Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, said: “We are thrilled to sign an agreement that represents a milestone and turning point for serving the end consumers better in the Kingdom. This partnership will give consumers easier and greater access to LED and home products, providing them more energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious lighting,” he added.
The agreement comes at a time when austerity measures by the Saudi government are calling for conscious consumption and elimination of wasteful usage of energy and electricity.
Asked about the misuse of energy, Gad said: “Lighting in house and retail outlets is responsible for 17 percent of electricity use in the Kingdom. The global average is 15 percent, presenting a key area for energy conservation or usage of energy-efficient appliances at homes, in offices, and public places.”
He said the Kingdom is aiming to reduce these dependencies by reducing the size of the subsidies offered on energy and other household services. “The Kingdom is an important market for us, we manufacture locally — operating three factories — and work closely with the local authorities to enhance the LED offering,” Gad added.
He pointed out that the LED lighting (from reputable brands) is proven to be five times more efficient than most halogen bulbs and lasts ten times longer than the traditional light bulbs.
“Philips is committed to remain a trusted partner for the Kingdom and as a supplier of sustainable energy efficiency technologies to meet the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” he added.
Yaser Ahmed A. Anam, chief operating officer of Ahmed Abdulwahed Co., who signed the agreement on behalf of Ahmed Abdulwahed Co., said: “We have been dealing with several brands, we serve retail channels including shops and supermarkets. We have our own network of 55 retail shops in 20 cities, and hence we have more focus on retailing.”


Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

Updated 19 February 2019
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Oman’s SalamAir marks 2 years of affordable travel

SalamAir recently celebrated two years of affordable travel to a growing range of destinations. This landmark occasion sees the airline mark various milestones, including the growth of operations and expansion of fleet and destinations.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “Our success so far has been built on the promise of offering a different proposition to travelers locally and regionally. We have been focused on providing guests with affordable, flexible and rewarding travel options across our expanding network. We have also been focused on optimizing our operations, while looking into the future by investing in one of the most in-demand aircraft, the A320neos, a model that promises to improve our passenger experience and efficiency. With the first one already delivered and flying, we will be adding five more A320neos taking our fleet size to nine, compared to three when we started two years ago.” 

Since its inaugural flight from Salalah to Muscat on Jan. 30, 2017, SalamAir has carried over 1.4 million passengers. The airline enjoyed a steady rise in passenger footfall powered by its expanding route network currently standing at 14 destinations, competitive price offers, as well as the customer-centric loyalty program “More on Air.”

The program rewards guests with a one-way airline ticket in exchange for 10 boarding passes collected within a year. The airline has three “easy fare” options: Light, Friendly and Flexi, as well as a fairly priced menu of extras, such as extra luggage allowance, seat selection and priority check-in options. The airline recently introduced a new meal menu onboard.

CEO Ahmed added: “With the arrival of the new fleet, we will open up new destinations, some of which will be the first time connecting through direct flights to Muscat like Alexandria in Egypt, plus some unique summer destinations. We will connect the rest of the GCC and increase the frequencies in many of our current destinations where we have seen increased demand.” 

SalamAir also offers its guests a selection of promotions, such as the “Tempting Tuesday” weekly deal on all fares.