LuLu Hypermarkets join in the National Day party

Faisal H. Al-Jarba cuts the 88-meter cake at Lulu Hypermarket’s newly opened outlet at Yarmouk, Riyadh.
Updated 25 September 2018

LuLu Hypermarkets join in the National Day party

A wide variety of social and cultural programs were arranged at all the LuLu Hypermarkets outlets across the Kingdom as part of the 88th National Day celebrations.
The grand inauguration of the National Day celebrations was held on Sunday at 9 p.m. at LuLu’s newly opened outlet in Atyaf Mall, Yarmouk. A massive 88-meter-long cake was cut, representing 88 years in the history of the Kingdom, in the esteemed presence of Faisal H. Al-Jarba, vice chairman of Nameyah International.
LuLu extended its National Day wishes to all Saudi Arabian citizens and also conveyed its gratitude to the rulers and people of the Kingdom for helping to make LuLu the largest hypermarket group in Saudi Arabia.
“We are pleased to offer a diverse collection of Saudi products at attractive prices. Because of our customer-friendly services throughout a decade, LuLu has become the ultimate spot for a memorable shopping experience with friends and family,” said Bashar Naser Al-Bashar, head of administration at LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets.
“This year our celebrations are the first of their kind and we are so much pleased to offer a diverse collection of locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other Saudi products at attractive prices," said Al-Bashar.

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”