Emirates builds own light sport aircraft

Updated 09 November 2013

Emirates builds own light sport aircraft

Emirates, which normally makes the headlines for buying aircraft, has decided to build one and has unveiled the light sport aircraft to the world.
The two-seater RV 12 is six-meter long and is the result of thousands of hours of dedication by a group of Emirates’ engineering trainees, working in their spare time.
Over a two-year period, the group of 40 trainees rose to the challenge of assembling 11,000 parts of the aircraft.
“The trainees’ first task was to unpack the crates, check the components against the inventory and create a storage system where items could be easily retrieved,” said Adel Al-Redha, Emirates EVP & CEO.
The build process started with the aircraft’s tailfin and rudder. Along the way, students learned about the alignment of different sections, anti-corrosive treatments, painting, drilling, wiring, testing and approval processes. Click here to see the short video of the build process.
“The canopy and rear window proved to be a huge challenge as the thermoplastic glass had to be drilled without cracking. This required extreme patience and was fortunately completed without any mishaps,” Al-Redha added.
Not surprisingly, the project has already drawn quite a bit of attention and visitors to Emirates Engineering Centre in Dubai.
The propeller-driven aircraft, weighing in at 335 kg and with a wingspan of 8.1 meters, is a far cry from its larger relatives in the Emirates’ fleet.
The RV 12 has a range of around 900 kg, a top speed of 217 kg per hour, and would just about make it to Doha in Qatar, Salalah in Oman or Riyadh.
“Constructing this aircraft from scratch is a tremendous achievement for our trainees whose knowledge and hands on technical experience have now been significantly enhanced,” said Al Redha.
The aircraft will be used to promote Emirates’ UAE national training programs. It will also be on display at the Dubai Air Show, running between Nov. 17-21 at Al Maktoum International, Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali.


Seafood lovers flock to LuLu fiesta

LuLu Hypermarket’s annual seafood festival, held in association with the National Fisheries Development Program, was attended by senior officials from the fisheries department and LuLu.
Updated 20 November 2019

Seafood lovers flock to LuLu fiesta

LuLu Hypermarket hosted its annual “Seafood Fiesta,” a showcase of more than 100 varieties of fish and shellfish across its stores in the Kingdom.
The seven-day festival, which ran until Nov. 17, was held in association with the National Fisheries Development Program, a subsidiary of the Department of Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA).
LuLu honored seven Saudi fishermen who completed 50 years in the field of fishing. The seafood festival was inaugurated by Abdul Aziz A. Alshehab, general director of Fisheries Research Center, Eastern Province, at LuLu Hypermarket in Dammam. At its Jeddah branch in Amir Fawaz district, the event was inaugurated by Rada Al-Zahrani, director of the fisheries department in Jeddah, while at the Riyadh branch in Murabba district, Dr. Ali Muhammed Al-Shaikhi, CEO of National Fisheries Development Program, opened the event.
Shehim Muhammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia, said: “We have always taken pride in offering fresh and high-quality seafood from around the world. Seafood Fiesta is one such event that proves the commitment of LuLu to bring the widest range of fish and shellfish that is well-loved by both the local and expat communities. We also support local produce, as we are recognized as the top seller of Samaq-certified products, which highlight fresh and cooked seafood that is promoted by the national aquaculture product certification and labeling program of the Saudi Aquaculture Society, under the guidance of MEWA.”

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LuLu honored seven Saudi fishermen who completed 50 years in the field of fishing, during the seven-day festival, which ran until Nov. 17.

From Norwegian salmon to sea bass, lobster, kingfish and much more, LuLu offered fish and shellfish products in both fresh and frozen options. Apart from the seafood offerings in the wet section, the hypermarket offered a variety of fish dishes at its hot food stations. Japanese maki, prawn pizza, grilled tuna, salmon quiche, fish masala and tuna puff were some of the main attractions at these counters.
LuLu Hypermarket, one of the largest retailers in the region, recently celebrated the group’s 10th anniversary in the Kingdom.
With 180 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. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with a workforce numbering at more than 55,000.