LuLu Hypermarket unveils gift cards for shopping

The gift card was launched in a ceremony by Yusuff Ali M.A. and Muhammed Abdullah Alaki.
Updated 23 May 2019

LuLu Hypermarket unveils gift cards for shopping

LuLu Hypermarket has launched a new multi-value gift card called “Shoppingift,” which can be given to loved ones on special occasions, such as birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and religious celebrations. 

The gift card was unveiled in a ceremony by LuLu Group Chairman and Managing Director Yusuff Ali M.A. and Muhammed Abdullah Alaki, deputy mayor for investment and general supervisor for financial and administrative affairs, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Ibrahim Suwail, deputy governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority; Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Ashraf Ali M.A., LuLu Group executive director; Saifee Rupawala, LuLu Group chief executive officer; and other dignitaries. 

“Shoppingift” comes in three variants — SR100 ($26), SR250 and SR500 — wherein the full amount is available in the total card value without any additional charges for the card. The gift cards can be purchased in LuLu hypermarkets across the Kingdom.

Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A. said: “We’re glad to launch these shopping gift cards for our customers, in line with our goal to offer a world-class shopping experience. ‘Shoppingift’ is a gift of experience, where you provide them the enjoyment that shopping can give. It is a convenient way to show your loved ones that you care for them.” 

The card is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and can be used multiple times in several transactions until the total value of the card has been consumed.

Lulu today is one of the top retailers in the Middle East. Garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons every day, it is the fastest-growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world and currently operates 169 stores with a workforce of more than 50,000.

Deal to create largest Arab digital marketing network

Updated 17 June 2019

Deal to create largest Arab digital marketing network

ArabClicks, a performance-based e-marketing platform, has signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement with Basma Media, developer of The two parties aim to build effective relationships and foster business connections between publishers and social media influencers on the one hand, and various e-commerce platforms operating in the Arab world on the other, thus laying the foundation stone for the largest digital marketing network in the Arab region.

The agreement was signed by ArabClicks Co-founder and CEO Mauro Romano, and Nasser Al-Sarami, CEO of Basma Media, at the latter’s headquarters in Dubai Media City.

According to the agreement, Basma Media will work with various publishers, media professionals and social media influencers in the Arab world to familiarize them with the mechanism employed by ArabClicks and then connect them to the platform. The intent is to benefit from the media content provided by these publishers to promote commodities and products marketed across Arab e-commerce platforms such as Noon, Namshi, Sivvi, Java, eBay and Tajawal, and benefit from sales commissions.

Romano said: “We are delighted to partner with Basma Media to reach out to the largest segment of media professionals and influencers in the Arab world. Through the partnership, we seek to capitalize on the exponential growth of e-commerce which has become a key business sector in the Middle East, where ArabClicks is supporting and assisting various businesses in enhancing their market share of the steadily growing electronic sales in the region.”

Al-Sarami said: “Over the past two years, we have been working at Basma Media to strengthen the platform with as many databases as possible for the benefit of media organizations and influencers. Today, the platform incorporates a database of more than 10,000 influencers and around 35,000 geographically diversified influential media people, in addition to 3,000 freelance gifted innovators working in various media production fields as well as 23,000 titles for various media products representing seven different types of mass media covering 35 countries all over the world, a record which makes us one of the key and largest media references on the Arab and international levels. And that’s the reason it would be easy for ArabClicks to deliver its message through in a successful way to the benefit of all parties concerned, including influencers and publishers as well as brands, rights holders and e-commerce platforms.”

Romano added: “With its innovative marketing tools based on transforming web content into a potential source of revenue, ArabClicks provides assistance to e-commerce companies to enhance their reach to various segments of society and to grow in the Middle East market, therefore, helping publishers do business and make easy money through web links, seamlessly and without introducing any changes to the published content or disturbing site users in any way.”