OSN marks 43% growth, opens new office in Jeddah

Updated 14 July 2014

OSN marks 43% growth, opens new office in Jeddah

OSN has underlined its credentials as Saudi Arabia’s fastest growing pay-TV network recording an impressive 43 percent year on year growth in subscribers.
Highlighting the increasing demand for premium and exclusive content and the latest television technology, OSN’s growth is also led by the network’s strong presence in the Kingdom.
OSN has invested in expanding its retail network across the Kingdom with 34 new locations added last year taking OSN’s total retail footprint to 74 touch points serving residents in remote areas as well. OSN also recently opened a new office in Jeddah, taking the total number of corporate offices in the Kingdom to six.
Bandar Al-Sunbuly, GM for OSN’s Saudi business, said: “We are focused on aggressively expanding our presence through new retail touch points, bringing us closer to our customers and provide an enriched experience."
He added: “Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing and most important markets, with a large segment of discerning television viewers, who demand high quality entertainment across multiple platforms. We recorded a healthy 43 percent growth in our subscriber base, and investing in establishing a new office in Jeddah reflects our continued commitment to provide Saudi residents world-class premium entertainment with the highest standards of service.”
With over 400 employees already recruited, and a further 100 in progress, OSN’s new office in Jeddah and continued investment in retail expansion will create additional job opportunities for skilled Saudi youth in a number of job functions, including direct sales and customer operations.
OSN’s commitment to the Kingdom goes beyond sales and revenue. The network has also been actively investing in talent and content production in Saudi Arabia to create relevant and meaningful programming for the region. OSN’s latest production includes Saudi Doctors. Season 1 is currently on-air and the show will return with a new season post Ramadan.


LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

Updated 23 January 2020

LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, awarded a total of 12 young students of different nationalities from Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Egypt, a chance to visit the NASA center in the US.
LuLu’s back-to-school promotion called “Fly to NASA” was held in partnership with Almarai. The hypermarket hosted a competition last September in search of students who are science and space knowledge enthusiasts to experience and visit the NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Hypermarket director of Saudi Arabia, said: “We are glad to finally announce the winners of this innovative campaign, which is a first and the most unique among our activations over the years of operating in the region. Thank you to our partner Almarai for joining hands with us in this exciting promotion. This is the first time that LuLu will lead a great opportunity to children who have the high potential to grow and learn more while having fun through science.”
Winners include: Abrez Hussain, Mohammed Ahmed, Rayyan Abdul Aziz, Naif Saad Altwaim, Osama Al-Harbi, Hugh Matthew, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Munther Mohammed Qasim Abujazar, Ahmad Gahwagy, Ahmed Khalaf, Hamza Ladha and Asif Rijo.
“Fly to NASA” winners will get to enjoy and experience a one-week trip, which will include five days of fun and learning at NASA’s Space Camp. The selection process involved two phases — first was the preliminary online registration, while the final stage featured a live quiz to obtain the top 12 winners. Students aged 9 to 18 years were encouraged to register and join the online activation.
With 185 stores operating worldwide, 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, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.