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

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.


Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.