Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies named first top think tank in Saudi Arabia

The Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies has been ranked the first top think tank in Saudi Arabia for regional studies. (Reuters)
Updated 01 February 2018

Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies named first top think tank in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: The Arabian Gulf Center for Iranian Studies (AGCIS) has been ranked the first top think tank in Saudi Arabia for regional studies under the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index report of the Lauder Institute of Pennsylvania University.
AGCIS, which was founded by Dr. Mohammed Alsulami only two years ago, also placed 10th among leading think tanks in the Middle East and North Africa – including Arab states, Israel, Turkey, Iran and Cyprus – and second in the Gulf states.
ADCIS achieved the feat without going through the categorization stage of new think tanks, Pennsylvania University’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) announced earlier this week.
TTCSP was launched in 1989 to examine the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations through its Global Go To Think Tank Index, where international survey of experts, donors, policymakers and journalists ranked more than 7,800 think tanks worldwide using a set of criteria including the ability to manage and recruit prominent intellectuals and analysts, academic performance and reputation, access to decision-makers and impact on steering policies.


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.