Philips signs agreement with Saudi retail giant

Wael Gad, CEO of Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, left, signs distribution agreement with Yaser Ahmed A. Anam, chief operating officer of Ahmed Abdulwahed Co., in Riyadh.
Updated 02 May 2017

Philips signs agreement with Saudi retail giant

Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, the global leader in lighting, has signed a strategic distribution agreement with Ahmed Abdulwahed Trading Company for its LED (light-emitting diode) and home consumer offering. The evolution of LEDs have changed the industry with innovative new applications, offering significantly greater connectivity, durability and energy-efficient light source.
Wael Gad, CEO of Philips Lighting Saudi Arabia, said: “We are thrilled to sign an agreement that represents a milestone and turning point for serving the end consumers better in the Kingdom. This partnership will give consumers easier and greater access to LED and home products, providing them more energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious lighting,” he added.
The agreement comes at a time when austerity measures by the Saudi government are calling for conscious consumption and elimination of wasteful usage of energy and electricity.
Asked about the misuse of energy, Gad said: “Lighting in house and retail outlets is responsible for 17 percent of electricity use in the Kingdom. The global average is 15 percent, presenting a key area for energy conservation or usage of energy-efficient appliances at homes, in offices, and public places.”
He said the Kingdom is aiming to reduce these dependencies by reducing the size of the subsidies offered on energy and other household services. “The Kingdom is an important market for us, we manufacture locally — operating three factories — and work closely with the local authorities to enhance the LED offering,” Gad added.
He pointed out that the LED lighting (from reputable brands) is proven to be five times more efficient than most halogen bulbs and lasts ten times longer than the traditional light bulbs.
“Philips is committed to remain a trusted partner for the Kingdom and as a supplier of sustainable energy efficiency technologies to meet the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” he added.
Yaser Ahmed A. Anam, chief operating officer of Ahmed Abdulwahed Co., who signed the agreement on behalf of Ahmed Abdulwahed Co., said: “We have been dealing with several brands, we serve retail channels including shops and supermarkets. We have our own network of 55 retail shops in 20 cities, and hence we have more focus on retailing.”


Burj Al-Arab named No. 1 city hotel in MENA

Updated 13 July 2020

Burj Al-Arab named No. 1 city hotel in MENA

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah, the crown jewel in hospitality leader Jumeirah Group’s portfolio and global icon of luxury, has been named the No. 1 city hotel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by Travel + Leisure at its World’s Best Awards.

Every year, Travel + Leisure — one of the largest travel media brands in the US — provides its 6 million plus readers the chance to have their say in choosing the most outstanding destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and rental car agencies around the world as part of its annual survey. This year marks 25 years of celebrating the best in travel, with Burj Al-Arab recognized on the “World’s Best” list for its hospitality excellence, intuitive luxury service and iconic appeal.

Currently celebrating two decades of operations, the hotel is renowned across the globe for its boundary-pushing architecture and innovative design, with the team going above and beyond to create bespoke experiences for guests. It is also known for culinary excellence with a collection of restaurants led by renowned chefs and overseen by Michael Ellis, chief culinary officer and former managing director of the Michelin Guide.

José Silva, chief executive officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Burj Al-Arab represents the very pinnacle of luxury, known world-over for its elevated design, service beyond expectations and unmatched physical spaces. International recognition such as this not only reaffirms the hotel’s iconic standing on the world map but also serves as a thank you to all those who go above and beyond, every day, to make our guests’ stay truly remarkable.”

Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hotel company, operates a 6,500+-key portfolio of 26 properties across the Middle East (including the flagship Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah) Europe and Asia, with more properties currently under construction around the globe.

Prioritizing the health and safety of its guests and colleagues, Jumeirah Group has implemented a series of protective measures across all of its hotels, while strictly adhering to each market’s respective government directives. Four of its hotels in Dubai were recently awarded the Bureau Veritas SafeGuard label, with Jumeirah Al-Naseem being the first hotel in the world to receive the prestigious certification. The group is working closely with Bureau Veritas to certify its wider portfolio.

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect Travel + Leisure’s readers’ experiences before the pandemic.