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.


CMRC admits first patients to new Saudi clinic

Updated 21 May 2019
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CMRC admits first patients to new Saudi clinic

Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Center (CMRC), a top post-acute rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the UAE, has admitted 15 patients to its first medical facility in Saudi Arabia. 

CMRC’s new 60-bed clinic, located between Dhahran and Alkhobar, aims to help patients requiring post-acute care and rehabilitation services to make large improvements in their quality of life through multidisciplinary rehabilitative therapies including physiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and multi-sensory room sessions. 

The facility is staffed by multiple clinical experts including GPs, internal medicine consultants, pediatricians, ICU intensivists, rehabilitation consultants, psychologists and therapists, and will service patients across the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. 

It follows the same clinical procedures and protocols successfully implemented in facilities in the UAE, similarly benefiting from the center’s international partnership with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and accreditations from Joint Commission International, CARF and Planetree.

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CMRC, a portfolio company of health care specialist investor TVM Capital Healthcare, also operates facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE.

CMRC Group CEO Dr. Howard S. Podolsky said: “We expand into countries where there is notable demand for post-acute care and rehabilitation services. Like many countries around the world, Saudi Arabia is experiencing a rise in the incidence of non-communicable diseases, birth defects, and life-threatening injuries. Our new facility brings our world-class medical treatment, care, and rehabilitation therapies to the Kingdom through a truly patient-centric approach.”

He added: “We look forward to helping families in the region improve their quality of life and using our international expertise and specialized workforce to support the government of Saudi Arabia’s focus on health care development, as part of Saudi Vision 2030.” 

CMRC, a portfolio company of health care specialist investor TVM Capital Healthcare, also operates facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain in the UAE.

Dr. Helmut Schuehsler, CEO of TVM Capital Healthcare and board member of CMRC, said: “We believe that private equity investment should be a force for good, and that by working in health care, we have a real opportunity to make a difference to patients’ lives. Therefore, we conceptualized and invested in CMRC in the UAE to cater to those in need of post-acute care and an elevated level of rehabilitation. CMRC grew to be the leading post-acute care and rehabilitation provider in the UAE. We are very happy to bring the offer to the people of Saudi Arabia now.”

CMRC offers both inpatient services at its medical centers and outpatient therapy, where patients follow a rehabilitation program after discharge. The company employs more than 500 staff members across all facilities.