Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

The 5th Saudi Star Drift Championship was announced in a press conference in Jeddah recently. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 October 2018

Launched: Saudi Star Drift Championship 2018

The 5th Saudi Star Drift Championship has been announced in a press conference in Jeddah on Monday.

The Kingdom-wide championship is organized by Abdullah Bakhashab, Saudi motorsport developer, under the patronage of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and is sponsored by Nissan Saudi Arabia, Petromin, Mix FM radio and Intro.

Bader Al-Hussami, CEO of Nissan Saudi Arabia, addressed the press conference, saying: “We, at Nissan Saudi Arabia, devote our efforts to make it easy to enjoy owning and driving sports cars for all motorsport fans. Our passion is to achieve success on the racetrack with our knowledge and experience.”

He added: “We aim to provide an interesting experience for the drivers of Nissan cars, and thus, we support and sponsor motorsport events such as the Saudi Star Drift Championship, which aims to develop motorsports in Saudi Arabia. This is in addition to the great attention and participation of a large number of youths who want to compete and develop their talents and skills in driving sports cars; we remain committed to supporting these youths to create a positive impact on their lives and communities.”

Sameer Nawar, CEO of Petromin, said the sponsorship of the event falls within Petromin’s strategy of supporting various youth and sports activities that are safe and secure. “Through this we are sending a message to young people about the importance of practicing this sport in special places built for this purpose in order to protect their lives and the lives of other road users,” he said.

“Petromin is keen to be among the first companies to support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to raise the level of sports in the Kingdom. We were the first company to organize a karting race for women; we also sponsored many motorsport events, which are popular among youth and are held under the direct supervision of the SAMF,” Nawar added.

Bakhashab explained that every round in the championship will include four categories, namely: Professional, Advanced, Amateur, and Nissan.  The 1st round of the championship will kick off on Oct. 12 at King Abdullah Park. The 2nd round will kick off at Alkhobar Corniche on Oct. 26, and will be followed by the 3rd round in Riyadh on Nov. 23. 

The 4th round will take place in Jeddah on Dec. 19, while the championship finals will be held in Jeddah on Dec. 20.

Bakhashab said: “The drift races have become wildly popular and attract a large number of audiences and participants alike, thereby raising the level of professionalism of the participating teams and attracting companies’ support.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Nissan, Petromin Oils, Mix FM radio and Intro for their participation and sponsorship.”


LuLu says no to plastic with eco-friendly shopping bags

The newly launched reusable bags and plastic bags were introduced by chief guest Majed Abdul Aziz Alfarraj in a special function at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 10.
Updated 15 September 2019

LuLu says no to plastic with eco-friendly shopping bags

LuLu Hypermarket, the region’s largest hypermarket chain, has introduced reusable bags and paper bags across its stores in the Kingdom. The initiative is part of the retailer’s environment-driven campaign to reduce plastic consumption and promote environmental protection in line with LuLu’s other social initiatives, coinciding with Saudi National Day celebrations on Sept. 23.
With LuLu’s reusable bags and paper bags, customers now have multiple options in terms of eco-friendly shopping bags.
The newly launched bags were introduced in a special function, by chief guest Majed Abdul Aziz Alfarraj, director general of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Riyadh, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director — Saudi Arabia, LuLu Hypermarkets, at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 10.
“We are extremely honored to be the first hypermarket in the Kingdom to launch this kind of an initiative that promotes an eco-conscious lifestyle where one can enjoy shopping while caring for the environment. As part of our nationwide campaigns aiming to help the nature to thrive, we believe that these LuLu-branded reusable bags, along with the paper bags, will add a new dimension to retail shopping by sending a message to the public, urging them to be more responsible on saving resources,” said Mohammed, LuLu’s Saudi director.
Besides being well-known for its wide range of products, LuLu has always been a key promoter of social initiatives and environmental sustainability across the globe. Over the years, the retailer has initiated many projects toward these advocacies and says will continue to do the same in the future.
With 175 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.
It is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. LuLu is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.