KSA’s first solar-powered gas station opened in Jeddah

Solar-powered gas stations have grown in popularity as environmental awareness continues to spread.
Updated 13 May 2018

KSA’s first solar-powered gas station opened in Jeddah

Saudi Arabia’s first solar-powered gas station has just been opened in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. 

The Kingdom’s drive toward solar power began in February with the Energy Ministry’s announcement of a solar station in the northern city of Sakaka. 

The project is the first of many within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Renewable Energy Program. 

Solar-powered gas stations have grown in popularity as environmental awareness continues to spread. 

On top of being noiseless, solar power is also completely emissions free. Renewable energy is highly environment friendly, since it helps significantly cut emissions spewed into the atmosphere and helps benevolent environmental investments. 

“In line with the vision of our leadership, and with the support of our board, the Saudi energy market has become home to the first solar-powered gas station with the use of photoelectric panels,” said Mamdouh Al-Rukhimi, managing director of NAFT, the company that owns the station.

One of the key aspects of the Vision 2030 reform program is to nationalize as much of the Kingdom’s renewable-energy value chain as possible, making solar power its new “yellow petroleum,” he added.

“The melding of fossil and renewable energy will show the world just how well these two resources can be exploited in unison, which is what NAFT is aiming for as it works to bring Vision 2030 to reality.”

As to how consumers are expected to feel about the new gas station, Al-Rukhimi said people fully understand how solar power can reduce emissions to the atmosphere.

“The company will analyze the Saudi market’s need for more solar applications and provide them as, where and when needed,” he added. 

“The Kingdom is the ideal place for solar-energy projects that would be greatly beneficial for households, local manufacturers, and groundwater systems that are in increasing demand.”

NAFT built this pioneering project in collaboration with Italian solar energy company whose export manager, Massimo Favaron, said 40 percent of gas stations in Italy are solar powered.

“Many Italian and international providers of gas and petroleum products have begun to switch to photoelectric energy to power their supply stations, thanks to it being a sustainable, natural and versatile source of energy,” said Favaron.

Despite the Kingdom’s clear strengths in solar and wind energy, the Vision 2030 website says it has yet to have a competitive renewable energy sector. 

National energy consumption is expected to triple by 2030, which is why the Kingdom wants to add as much as 9.5 gigawatts of renewable energy to the national capacity by 2023 as a starting point.

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.”


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.