Sahara Centre campaign winner drives away in Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet

Syrian national Etab Khalil was the lucky shopper to drive away in the first of two Mercedes-Benz S 500 Cabriolets that are up for grabs during the campaign.
Updated 15 August 2017
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Sahara Centre campaign winner drives away in Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet

Sahara Centre, a retail, dining and leisure destination in Sharjah, has announced the first winner of its “A Year of Happiness Like Never Before” campaign. The three-month long opportunity ran throughout Ramadan and will continue until Sept. 10. Syrian national Etab Khalil was the lucky shopper to drive away in the first of two Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolets that are up for grabs during the campaign.
Khalil said: “I’m thrilled and overwhelmed to have won the Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolet, and I would like to express my gratitude to Sahara Centre for giving me and all other customers the opportunity to win this amazing prize. I would encourage everyone to take part in Sahara Centre’s regular raffle competitions, because you never know when surprise finally struck you!”
The campaign has been launched in partnership with Matalan and aims to bring happiness to the mall’s customers during the holy month and beyond, supporting the government’s vision of making the UAE the happiest nation in the world. By spending 200 dirhams ($54) at Sahara Centre, customers can enter the raffle to win 1 of 2 Mercedes-Benz S500 Cabriolets, or a year of free living expenses including house rent, school tuition for a child, shopping vouchers and utility bills such as electricity and water, Salik, telecommunication and petrol.
Sahara Centre is also offering its customers opportunities to up their odds in the grand raffle during the campaign. Customers can receive five coupons when they spend at least 200 dirhams at Matalan or at any restaurants on 2nd level, East Atrium. Whilst female shoppers who spend 200 dirhams between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. can also double their chances of winning.
The grand draw will take place on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. for the second car and the living expenses package. Both draws will be held in the presence of a Sharjah Economic Development Department representative.
Sahara Centre said it continuously strives to offer its customers a range of raffle-based competitions that take place every two to three months during its “A Year of Happiness Like Never Before” campaign.


VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018
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VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at www.vfsglobal.co.uk/sa/en

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.