LuLu named ‘Brand of the Year’ at London awards

Ashraf Ali Musliam, executive director of LuLu Group; Adeeb Ahamed, MD of Lulu Financial Group; Shafeena Yusuffali, CEO of Tablez; Mohammed Althaf, director; and V. Nandakumar, CCO of LuLu Group; during the event in London.
Updated 06 November 2018

LuLu named ‘Brand of the Year’ at London awards

Retail giant LuLu Group International has won the “Brand of the Year” award in the retail category at the World Branding Awards 2018. The annual event evaluates brands from around the world through a three-step procedure including brand evaluation, public online voting and consumer market research.

At a glittering function held at the Kensington Palace in London, Ashraf Ali Musliam, executive director of Lulu Group, received the award from Richard Rowles, chairman of the World Branding Forum, organizers of the event, in the presence of top business leaders and dignitaries from around the world. The World Branding Awards are the top recognition given to an organization or brand for their path-breaking and innovative branding, marketing and communication initiatives over the years and are regarded as the top benchmark in the industry.

“We are obviously very delighted and proud to be chosen as the top global brand and the fact that this award is primarily based on public survey and customer feedback, makes this recognition much more valuable for us,” said Musliam.

Despite heavy competition, LuLu recieved this coveted award primarily because of their sustained brand credibility, brand awareness and brand communication, according to the World Branding Forum.

Other global brands awarded at the ceremony included British Airways, Nescafe, Omantel and Nippon.


AMC launches Saudi Arabia’s first cinema loyalty program

Updated 15 January 2020

AMC launches Saudi Arabia’s first cinema loyalty program

AMC Cinemas has launched the first cinema loyalty program, along with a website and mobile application, in Saudi Arabia, ensuring that all updates and information are available for movie lovers here.

The loyalty program, AMC Da’era, is a first-of-its-kind experience that has been built specifically for the Saudi cinema goer. The app is designed to offer a personalized experience for each guest. With points being earned for every single riyal spent in AMC Cinemas, members keep ascending through each of the tiers by moving from Inner Circle to Select Circle and finally Elite Circle. Alongside each tier, the perks and benefits continue to expand from birthday, anniversary gifts, F&B discounts, free refills, and chances to win tickets to screenings and grand opening events. 

Being a member of AMC Da’era will give users a privilege to be the first to know about any advance tickets and cinema openings via a weekly newsletter.

Users can join AMC Da’era by signing with an AMC account on amccinemas.com or the AMC Cinemas app on iOS.

The new website amccinemas.com is set to be a one-stop digital hub for movie news and schedules in all AMC Cinemas, featuring advanced search tools that allow guests to narrow down their search and select a movie based on the name of the movie or the desired location. The handy booking system allows users to effortlessly purchase and book tickets online and once the transaction is completed, the tickets will be dropped into the visitors’ digital wallet. Moreover, the live chat option provides immediate real time support to help solve any problems and deliver all required information. 

The site also highlights any new food and drinks promotions for customers to benefit from. The new “Remind Me” function will keep cinema lovers always up to date. The website has been designed to be quite similar to amctheaters.com, the most visited entertainment site in the US.

“AMC Cinemas’ mobile application will allow guests to finalize everything in a seamless and speedy way. With a wide range of features that are available in both Arabic and English languages, booking a movie in AMC Cinemas will become a fun and on-the-go process,” a statement said.

AMC currently operates two theaters in Riyadh. According to Adom Aron, CEO of AMC, the company plans to open between eight and 10 theaters by June, between 12 and 20 theaters next year, and 50 theaters in the next three to four years.