Canon Middle East launches in KSA

The announcement came during a signing ceremony between CME and Ali Zaid Al-Quraishi & Brothers to formally establish Canon Saudi Arabia.
Updated 10 June 2018

Canon Middle East launches in KSA

Canon Middle East (CME), a provider of imaging technologies and services, has announced that it is expanding its regional presence by establishing direct operations in Saudi Arabia. The announcement came during a signing ceremony between CME and Ali Zaid Al-Quraishi & Brothers to formally establish Canon Saudi Arabia.

Canon Saudi Arabia will operate from Riyadh and with an additional two branches in Jeddah and Alkhobar will be become the company’s largest entity in the region. With over 300 employees by 2020, Canon Saudi Arabia aims to directly contribute to the Kingdom’s economy and industry diversification strategy as outlined by Vision 2030. 

Anurag Agrawal, managing director, Canon Middle East, said: “Establishing Canon Saudi Arabia is an integral part of our strategy of becoming closer to our customers through direct presence in key markets. Saudi Arabia is witnessing a transformation into a more diversified economy with several industries developing and establishing a presence in the region’s largest market. Through our products and business solutions, Canon Saudi Arabia aims to help customers address these opportunities and establish thriving businesses.”

Faisal Al-Quraishi, chairman, Ali Zaid Al-Quraishi & Brother Co. LTD, said: “The joint venture between CME and AZAQ comes as a result of a long business relationship between Canon and Al-Quraishi Group that is 50 years in the making; and this development comes as a natural progression of our successful business ties. AZAQ sees this joint venture as a contribution to the country’s 2030 vision whereby Canon, a global brand, contributes to the Kingdom’s transformation through its innovative technologies and solutions. Furthermore, the partnership will be highly committed to train young Saudi nationals as well as advance technology in private and government sectors alike.”

The new company in the Kingdom will report to Canon Middle East, which will continue in its role as a regional sales organization for the Middle East region. Following the successful development of Canon Emirates, Canon Middle East’s direct operation in the UAE, this strategic step allows Canon to further expand its offerings across the Saudi market where there is a growing need for digital and other technology-based imaging services. 

These services are also particularly in demand with the growing number of small to medium enterprises (SME) that require fast, efficient digital systems to operate. Currently, SMEs make up over 91 percent of total enterprises in Saudi Arabia. By facilitating their technology and imaging infrastructure, Canon is supporting the Vision 2030 directive of increasing SME GDP contribution to 35 percent by 2030, forming the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s diversified economy.


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.