Lamborghini wows luxury car show in Jeddah

Lamborghini’s pavilion at the EXCS International Luxury Motor Show, which was held in Jeddah March 14-17, attracted a number of car enthusiasts and other visitors. (Supplied)
Updated 24 March 2019
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Lamborghini wows luxury car show in Jeddah

Lamborghini Saudi Arabia participated in the EXCS International Luxury Motor Show, which was held in Jeddah March 14-17.
Wayne Banoub, COO of Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer of Lamborghini in the Kingdom, said: “Lamborghini cars are known worldwide as one of the most sophisticated cars, this famous brand has wide recognition in Saudi Arabia in particular and in the region in general; in view of its deep roots, elegance and development, it is one of the first luxury car brands that appeared in the Saudi market.”
Banoub said Lamborghini’s sales have doubled in Saudi Arabia since Samaco acquired its distribution rights last year.
“Over the years, this brand has played hard to fortify its place in the market and achieve a substantial portion in the market of luxury sports cars. Since Samaco got its dealership in Saudi Arabia, its sales have doubled and even exceeded our quota.”
Launched in 2018, the Urus is the world’s first sport SUV, delivering best-in-class lightweight technologies, with innovation in design and engineering.
The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l, the Urus claims one of the highest power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio.
Claimed as the Nürburgring-Nordschleife production car record holder, completing a 20.6 km lap in just 6:44.97 minutes, the Aventador SVJ is fitted with a naturally aspirated V12 engine which produces 770 HP and torque of 720 Nm partied with a 7-speed automatic transmission model ISR.
The Aventador SVJ is designed to achieve high performance and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hour in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 350 km/hour. The car is limited to 900 production units only.
The 12th edition of EXCS was held amid intense competition in the Saudi luxury car sector. The motor show provides a platform for luxury car companies and dealers in Saudi Arabia to showcase the latest models that arrived in the Kingdom during the year.
The luxury car sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the automotive industry in Saudi Arabia, thanks to the increasing demand for this category of vehicles.
Lamborghini Car Owners Club organized a visit for a number of the club members to Lamborghini’s pavilion at the International Luxury Motor Show, where they interacted with other visitors, discussing the many features of Lamborghini cars.


Berkeley celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Updated 22 July 2019
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Berkeley celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Berkeley Engineering Consultants (BEC), a single access point for specialist engineering services for the global oil and gas sector, is celebrating winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade. It is a major achievement, with BEC being one of just over 200 companies to have been recognized out of more than 4 million registered businesses.

BEC CEO Irteza Piracha said: “Winning the Queen’s Award represents another major milestone in our journey. We have built our success on offering an innovative and flexible approach to supporting our clients, who are some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies.” 

Announced once a year, the Queen’s Awards are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognizing outstanding achievement among UK-based companies in four categories, which also include Innovation, Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility and Sustainable Development. 

BEC is one of just a handful of organizations supporting the oil and gas sector recognized in the Queen’s Awards this year.

The company is a strategic partner to major names in oil and gas, including Saudi Aramco and their joint venture partners, providing process-engineering services that enable its clients to select the safest, most efficient and cost-effective designs for their processing facilities. 

Its activities encompass extraction, refining, petrochemical and petrochemical-processing projects.

Piracha said: “In the Kingdom, we are supported by Saudi Aramco and their joint venture investments, which underpin our success. The company has expanded from the Alkhobar hub to Rabigh and Yanbu over the past three years. We appreciate the governmental functions to support foreign investors in Saudi Arabia and have found the process and encouragement of officials to be supportive of what we are seeking to achieve. 

“Aligned with Vision 2030, we completely recognize this is a place to be and look forward to supporting the growth plans of our customers and the Kingdom. We will continue to support our clients by being physically close to them and we continue to open offices in strategic locations to support their needs.”

He added: “A very special thank you to each of the employees and their families for their belief in the owners and their ideals.”

Based in London, with an engineering office in Reading, BEC employs engineering specialists delivering high-value, optimal cost-driven client solutions. 

It operates from additional facilities worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and South Korea, and opened a new dedicated office in Oman in 2019 to support this rapidly growing market.

BEC will celebrate its success during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.