First OIC meeting in Astana to discuss science, technology

Updated 12 August 2017
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First OIC meeting in Astana to discuss science, technology

RIYADH: The first Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, from Sept. 7 to 11 will discuss scientific and technical issues and strategies in the next 10 years. The event comes as the organization strives to focus on promoting scientific and technical industries.
Naim Khan, OIC assistant secretary-general for science and technology, said the focus will be on strategies that can be achieved over a timetable spanning a decade. “This is the first summit in a Central Asian country in the presence of kings, princes and heads of Islamic states,” he said.
“The leaders at the upcoming summit will confirm their support for including these priorities in their national policies and development strategies.”
Meanwhile, the OIC General Secretariat condemned a terrorist attack that killed four soldiers in northern Sinai, Egypt, on Wednesday.
Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian government.
He stressed the OIC’s solidarity with Egypt against terrorism and extremism.


LuLu opens Saudi Arabia's largest store in Riyadh

Updated 28 min 53 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.