Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

From left, Kazue Miyamoto, wife of the Japanese consul general, Prince Abdullah bin Turki, Japanese Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto, Prince Bandar bin Abdullah and Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

The Consulate General of Japan in Jeddah held on Thursday a reception to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito, the 125th emperor of Japan, at the residence of Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto.
The reception was attended by Ambassador Sami bin Jameel Abdullah, director of protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah region, in the presence of princes, consuls general accredited in Jeddah, Saudi businessmen and media figures, in addition to the Japanese community in the western region.
After playing the national anthems of the two countries, Consul General Miyamoto delivered a speech in which he welcomed the guests and stressed on the excellent relations between Japan and the Kingdom, based on mutual respect and appreciation.
He announced that this year would be the last year to mark the birthday of Akihito as emperor. He will abdicate next year and the crown prince will accede to the imperial throne.
He said that the Japanese city Osaka would host next year the G20 Summit. Both Japan and Saudi Arabia are active members of this group.
Miyamoto said that Saudi Arabia was among the 10 most important trading partners for Japan. Japan is the third top trading partner for the Kingdom and one of the largest investors with capital of about SR53 billion ($14.13 billion), including investments in Rabigh, Yanbu and Jeddah, and providing employment to about 7,000 Saudi citizens. The annual trade between the two countries exceeds SR100 billion in Saudi surplus.
He said that Japan worked strongly for more presence in both public and private sector projects of the Kingdom such as water, renewable energy, infrastructure and other projects.
Ambassador Sami and Consul General Miyamoto cut a cake to celebrate this occasion.


Record-breaking attractions at LuLu Food Carnival

Updated 25 March 2019
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Record-breaking attractions at LuLu Food Carnival

LuLu Hypermarket is hosting a two-week food festival offering a wide variety of products and culinary treats inspired by flavors from around the world.
Food Carnival 2019 was launched on Sunday at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch in Riyadh and runs until April 6.
On offer are a number of special deals on food products and exciting in-store activities such as cooking competitions, live cooking demos, free sampling, quiz contests and gigantic displays of food.
LuLu has partnered with Almarai and Guinness World Records to offer customers a chance to be the next Guinness World Records title holder. Customers can make an attempt to break up to nine world records, such as the fastest time to drink a 250-ml quantity of milk through a straw or the fastest time to stack cheeses. The Guinness World Records events will be held on March 29 at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall, Riyadh; on March 30 at LuLu Mall Dammam; and on April 5 at LuLu Hypermarket, Marwah, Jeddah.
LuLu Director for Saudi Arabia Shehim Mohammed said: “LuLu has once again transformed into a culinary destination. This year, we have brought together a well-chosen product selection that will satisfy the lifestyle requirements of our customer base. This festival also celebrates the innovative spirit of our culinary talents with the support of top chefs in the country. People will have a chance to interact with celebrity chefs during the festival’s live cooking demonstrations. Super offers, such as product of the day, daily surprise, hourly offers, and so much more awaits our shoppers for the entire 14-day promotion.”