LuLu mini market opens in National Guard campus

The newly launched shop was inaugurated in a ceremony held on May 2 by Aoodah Alenazi, commander for Al-Ahsa National Guard.
Updated 13 May 2019
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LuLu mini market opens in National Guard campus

LuLu, one of the region’s top retailers, has introduced its first-ever mini market concept at the National Guard housing site located in Al-Mubarraz in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. The newly launched shop was inaugurated in a ceremony held on May 2 by Aoodah Alenazi, commander for Al-Ahsa National Guard, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, government officials and other dignitaries.
The store opening is the kickoff project for the agreement signed between LuLu and Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) forces in November 2018, under which two shopping centers and seven supermarkets in Dammam and Al-Ahsa will be launched.
“We thank the SANG forces for trusting us with providing them a conducive shopping place for the families residing in the area. The new store is committed to bringing the best products at the most affordable prices, just like what the LuLu Hypermarket brand is well-known for,” said Mohammed.
The mini market is a neighborhood-cum-convenience store concept that brings food and lifestyle essentials closer to residential communities. The store is divided into categories of high-quality products, such as groceries, health and beauty, chilled and dairy food, frozen goods, fruits and vegetables, bakery, roastery, meat, sports and fitness, and much more.
The new store is expected to generate employment opportunities for the Saudi youth. LuLu Group currently employs more than 2,700 Saudi nationals, including females in various hypermarkets across the Kingdom. LuLu’s goal is to give employment to more than 5,000 nationals by the end of 2020.
Yusuff Ali M.A., chairman of LuLu Group, praised the various innovative steps taken under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Hailing the recently announced residency scheme — officially known as “Privileged Iqama,” he said: “(It is) a landmark decision that is sure to make Saudi Arabia a global financial and economic hub and will help to bring in huge investments from all over the world. This will attract and retain global professionals and experts to this great country and also boost the employment generation for Saudi nationals, who are very well-educated and trained to take on any new challenges.”
With 169 stores operating worldwide, LuLu aims to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. It is one of the favorite shopping destinations of both locals and expatriates in the Kingdom.
LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia.


Mashroat to support Labor Ministry projects

Updated 15 July 2019
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Mashroat to support Labor Ministry projects

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the National Program to Support the Management of Projects in Public Entities (Mashroat) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to appoint the latter as the enabling arm to support infrastructure projects. Mashroat will provide consultancy services and technical support for managing the ministry’s construction projects and facilities management based on the highest administrative and operational standards.

The MoU will allow Mashroat to examine and evaluate the construction projects’ management strategies and the ministry’s current facilities management, including designing and identifying policies, procedures and processes. In addition, Mashroat will ensure project implementation and facility management systems are run efficiently and effectively.

The MoU is considered as the first of its kind to be implemented by Mashroat to support the management of public facilities for government entities in the Kingdom. This includes the provision of consultation services and technical support based on international best practices and will support the ministry’s facilities, including 14 operating and maintenance contracts for 389 sites spread throughout the country.

The MoU was signed by Executive General Supervisor of Supportive Services at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ayman bin Ibrahim Al-Shelafan, and Director-General of Mashroat Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi. In attendance were Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rajhi, Assistant to the Minister of Labor and Social Development Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Jasser, and Assistant Minister of Economy and Planning and Board Member of Mashroat Khalid bin Saud Al-Shunaifi.

Al-Jasser said: “The signing of this MoU is an important step toward strengthening our partnership with Mashroat. Through this joint effort, we aim to strengthen the ministry’s public infrastructure system, and achieve a strategy that will contribute to the development of the Kingdom and achieve the ambitious goals of Vision 2030.”

Al-Balawi said: “Mashroat aspires to achieve an effective transformational approach for the project and facilities management offices in the governmental agencies, through supervising the planning of the infrastructure projects portfolio for government agencies.” 

He added: “We are pleased to sign this MoU with the ministry, the first-of-its-kind for the management of public utilities. The program will examine and evaluate the management of current construction projects, while uniting the measurement of operational and maintenance procedures and processes to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, fulfilling the ministry’s strategic objectives.”

The MoU is an implementation of a royal decree (No. 47004) dated May 31, 2018, pursuant to the Council of Ministers’ resolution stating that public entities shall establish project management offices in cooperation with Mashroat to follow up, coordinate and manage their projects and ensure their delivery.