LuLu expands in Far East with 2nd Malaysian store

Malaysian Minister Saifuddini Nasution Ismail, UAE Ambassador Khalid Ghanem Al-Gaith, Indian Ambassador Mridul Kumar, LuLu Group Chairman Yusuff Ali M.A., and other officials.
Updated 07 July 2019

LuLu expands in Far East with 2nd Malaysian store

Lulu Group, one of the largest retail operators in the Middle East and North African region, has further consolidated its presence in the Far East by opening its second hypermarket in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.  
Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs of Malaysia Saifuddin Nasution Ismail inaugurated the store in the presence of diplomats from various countries, local businessmen and other dignitaries.
The new hypermarket, which is also Lulu’s 174th globally, is located at the 1 Shamelin Mall in the Cheras district. The sprawling 80,000-square-foot store has been designed using the latest retail space concepts and modern technology, and will serve the residents of Cheras and its nearby areas for their daily shopping needs.  
After the official inauguration, the minister and other guests toured the hypermarket along with LuLu chairman Ali, who briefed them about the various sections, unique features and amenities of the store.
Minister Ismail said: “We are really proud of the efforts and investments of Lulu Group in Malaysia. They are not only investing in the retail sector but are also supporting our farming sector by exporting large quantities of agricultural produce to their operations around the world. Apart from this, the LuLu Group is also providing huge employment opportunities to our local Malaysian youth.”


The sprawling 80,000-square-foot hypermarket in Kuala Lumpur has been designed using the latest retail space concepts and modern technology.

Chairman Ali said: “As declared during the inauguration of our first hypermarket in Malaysia, we are firm on our expansion plans in Malaysia and are committed to launching four new hypermarkets in different parts of Malaysia before the end of 2020. This includes projects in Setia City Mall, Bangi Gateway, Bachang (Malacca) and Johor Bahru.”
He added: “We are also exploring other markets in Malaysia and expect to create more than 5,000 job opportunities for the Malaysian workforce.”
Lulu Malaysia currently employs more than 300 locals in their two hypermarkets in the country.
Also present during the inauguration ceremony were senior officials of LuLu, including: Saife Rupawala, chief executive; Ashraf Ali M.A., executive director; Salim M.A., director; and others.
Apart from Malaysia, LuLu which has a retail presence in Indonesia, is also keenly pursuing expansion to Singapore.
LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world.

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019

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.