Home Centre launches flagship store in Dhahran Mall

The new store includes different sections centered around living, dining, sleeping, decorating and a play area for kids.
Updated 05 September 2018

Home Centre launches flagship store in Dhahran Mall

Home retailer Home Centre has launched its biggest new-format store in the Kingdom in Dhahran Mall, Dammam. The 5,650-square-meter retail space opened its doors this week.

The store, spread across a vast single floor, features a model apartment and “dream room” to give customers a firsthand glimpse into the variety of furniture and home decor on offer and the ways in which they can be paired together. It also includes different sections centered around living, dining, sleeping, decorating and a play area for kids. 

Home Centre has also introduced the “Click & Collect” function at the store. Customers will now be able to shop a range of products in-store by choosing from a variety of products online and collecting their purchases at a Home Centre store of their choice. 

Sameer Jain, CEO of Home Centre, said: “Trendy and affordable products have always been at the heart of Home Centre’s business and with the new store launch in Dhahran Mall, we intend to renew our relationship with our customers by providing them an unparalleled, modern retail experience.” 

This innovative concept reflects our continued commitment to meeting the shopping preferences of the generations to come.”

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

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.