LuLu opens Saudi Arabia’s largest store in Riyadh

The hypermarket is inaugurated by a number of dignitaries in Riyadh. (AN photo)
Updated 21 July 2018
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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.


Flynas, KAIA gear up to serve pilgrims with a smile

Updated 22 August 2018
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Flynas, KAIA gear up to serve pilgrims with a smile

In cooperation with King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA), Saudi low-cost carrier Flynas has launched the “Smile for a More Beautiful Hajj” initiative. The campaign aims to motivate the airport’s employees from both the government and private sectors to establish better interactions with pilgrims and improve the quality of their job performance.
Employees who perform well in terms of providing services to the pilgrims, rapid delivery and friendliness, will be presented with free Flynas tickets to any local or international destinations.
The most deserving employees will be nominated through conducting unannounced tours during the arrival and departure periods, and analyzing employee interaction via surveillance cameras.
Essam bin Fuad Noor, director general of King Abdul Aziz International Airport, said that the initiative aims to urge and encourage the airport’s employees from both government and private sectors, to enhance the culture of smiling and hospitality.
He said the initiative is in line with the directives of the government, which is committed to supporting all such programs that serve the pilgrims. The program also enjoys “unlimited support” from the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Noor added.
“Such initiatives will create positive impressions for pilgrims, especially because the airport is the first destination of most pilgrims. We trust the Saudi youth and their ability to create this positive impression and hope they will strive to carry out their duties in cooperation with Flynas,” he said.
Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Musained, director general of corporate communications and spokesperson for Flynas, said: “This initiative is part of our social responsibility to serve pilgrims and visitors by redoubling our efforts and helping pilgrims with a smile and distinctive service.”
Al-Musained added: “This initiative will motivate service providers at the airport to reflect the bright and honorable image of the Kingdom, of goodness and kindness, and highlight our authentic hospitality by providing pilgrims with amenities and warm gestures before they return to their home country with the best impression of the Kingdom, government and citizens. By doing so, this initiative will convey the authentic Arab and Islamic values in hospitality, and give pilgrims the most beautiful memories, as serving pilgrims is a great honor for every Saudi citizen.”
“Smile for a More Beautiful Hajj” campaign is part of Flynas’ “Your Smile” initiative.