Najeeb Auto bags Suzuki franchise in Saudi Arabia

The launch of a partnership between Najeeb Auto and Suzuki Motors was celebrated in a ceremony recently.
Updated 19 June 2019
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Najeeb Auto bags Suzuki franchise in Saudi Arabia

Najeeb Auto and Suzuki Motors recently celebrated the launch of their partnership after Najeeb Auto was officially announced as the authorized dealer of Suzuki vehicles in the Kingdom.

The ceremony was attended by Najeeb bin Abdullatif Alissa, chairman of Najeeb Auto, and senior executives of Suzuki Motors, in addition to a large number of automotive enthusiasts and media persons. 

Alissa spoke about the importance of the company’s acquisition of the Suzuki franchise in Saudi Arabia, highlighting the Japanese brand’s well-established reputation in the automotive sector around the world. He said the relationship will develop into a long-term strategic partnership, with a priority to provide a distinguished customer service at all levels in sales, maintenance and spare parts services.

“We are very optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s economy and the size of the growing demand for the automotive sector,” Alissa said.

“One of the most important priorities we have put in place is the recruitment and training of national human resources in a way that supports our national economy in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to bolster the recruitment of effective national manpower and investing in them as part of a well-developed expansion plan. We have already finished processing the first phase of the sales rooms and service centers in Jeddah and soon Riyadh and Dammam will follow, God willing,” he added.

Koichi Suzuki, general manager at Suzuki Motors Middle East and Africa, said: “We have no doubt that Najeeb Auto’s extensive experience in the automotive world has encouraged us to enter into a strategic partnership with them and we are confident that the Suzuki brand will be served in an advanced and highly professional manner that suits its ancient history under the umbrella of Najeeb Auto and we are also confident that the presence of this brand will be effective and widespread in Saudi Arabia.”

He added: “For our part, we will provide all the technical and logistic support in addition to our quest to provide the best models required for the Saudi market, including Dzire, Ertiga, Baleno, X Cross, Vitara, Ciaz and Swift.

“We are optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s economy and the demand volume for the automotive sector in particular, and we will strive to be among the best and most requested brands in this market.”


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.