Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia
The official opening was attended by Deputy Governor of Investments for SAGIA Sultan Mufti, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, C-level executives from Huawei and members of the media.
Updated 08 January 2019

Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has inaugurated its first store in the Kingdom, which opened at Riyadh Park Mall in the capital city. It is the largest store in the Middle East and Africa region. The official opening was attended by Deputy Governor of Investments for Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Sultan Mufti, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, C-level executives from Huawei and members of the media. 

Mufti said: “Huawei is a great example to all foreign companies investing in the Kingdom. They have exhausted many efforts toward providing the best that information technology and communications services has to offer, as well as contribute toward the development of the ICT infrastructure in accordance with the highest global standards for quality and security. They also work to develop our local Saudi talent through their training initiatives like the STEP program for enabling Saudi talent, which aims to train 10,000 male and female candidates by the year 2020.”

Mufti added: “We at SAGIA appreciate the role foreign investment plays and the importance of developing the ICT sector in the Kingdom through global partnerships like the partnership we have with Huawei.”  Ambassador Huaxin said: “This opening today proves Huawei’s commitment to continue providing the highest level of services to the people of Saudi Arabia. Chinese companies abroad are interested today in linking their strategy to the development of the markets they operate in. It also takes care of their social responsibility, for example, in sharing technology expertise and adopting local talent, and Huawei is certainly one of them.”

Bill Yu, vice president of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “This flagship store launches at a time in which consumers here are asking for more innovative flagship products from Huawei.”

He added: “In order to provide an advanced and classy shopping experience for our customers in Saudi Arabia, we have brought and adopted the latest retail systems in our stores in Saudi Arabia, which will provide a new experience that includes intelligent storage, online ordering, home delivery and off-site payment as well as a slew of other services which will take our customer service experience to the next level.”

Huawei is expecting its new retail system will create around 100 job opportunities and training for Saudis over the next five years. It will also hold training courses in multiple technology areas that will benefit more than 360 people a year. At the same time, it will invest over $6 million in the new retail system in Saudi Arabia over the next five years and will collaborate with its partners in the Kingdom to enhance the experience associated with retail sales in the Saudi market.


APEC launches new power electronics facility in KSA

APEC launches new power electronics facility in KSA
Updated 21 April 2021

APEC launches new power electronics facility in KSA

APEC launches new power electronics facility in KSA

Reaffirming its commitment to fast-tracking the localization of Saudi industry, Arabian Power Electronics Company (APEC), a subsidiary of Eram Group, recently inaugurated its new, state-of-the-art production facility. This regional expansion aims to enable the transfer of power electronics technology to the Kingdom, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 to grow and diversify the economy. 

The production facility advances the company’s intent to become a pioneer of power electronics in the Middle East. “The focus of companies in the industry must be on localizing technologies and create promising job opportunities for young people in the country, especially Saudi engineers,” said Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, chairman and managing director of Eram Group.

Located in Dammam 3rd Industrial City, APEC’s new 9,600-square-meter facility will manufacture a wide range of products that contribute to a robust supply chain. The facility will contribute toward the domestic economy by focusing on local products and talent development, using an advanced power electronics training institute created in-house. The extensive product range covers industrial and commercial UPS systems, industrial battery chargers/rectifiers, frequency converters, system integration capabilities of variable frequency drives, solar projects and customized product development for client-specific requirements.

At the launch event, Jacob Thomas, chief executive of APEC, opened proceedings in the presence of Saudi Aramco and Eram Group representatives, tracing the exceptional growth of APEC since its inception and highlighting its reputation as a market leader in its field in Saudi Arabia.

Salem Al-Huraish, general manager of procurement at Saudi Aramco, highlighted that APEC’s facility is an important validation of Saudi Vision 2030 and Saudi Aramco’s localization program, In-Kingdom Total Value Add (Iktva), which is helping to drive it. Bringing sophisticated technologies to the Kingdom is one component. Being able to export products with a “Made in Saudi Arabia” stamp on them will be another. 

He added that the COVID-19 pandemic illustrated the significance of a robust local supply chain. The new manufacturing facility for critical products takes the Kingdom one step closer to a sustainable economy, contributing to a world-class supply chain and enabling a generation of highly skilled local talent. 

Ahmed, chairman and managing director of Eram Group, expressed his gratitude to Saudi Aramco for its focus on localization and setting the standards for other companies. He lauded the Iktva program and its support for locally manufactured products, adding that Eram Group’s other verticals in the manufacturing and services sector had increased their localization scores. 

“Iktva intends, over the decade, to drive the supply chain and increase localization levels across the Kingdom,” he said. “The opening of this world-class facility is a real feather in Eram Group’s cap, and we are grateful for the continuous support from organizations in the industry to help us expand our footprint in the Kingdom.”

At the event, the Saudi Aramco representatives also launched two new “Made in Saudi Arabia” battery chargers (SCR and explosion-proof type), illustrating the potential for local manufacturers to compete at the global level.


New Isuzu D-Max boasts more power, better efficiency

New Isuzu D-Max boasts more power, better efficiency
Updated 21 April 2021

New Isuzu D-Max boasts more power, better efficiency

New Isuzu D-Max boasts more power, better efficiency

Isuzu Motors International Operations (Thailand) launched virtually the new Isuzu D-Max pickup truck. The company organized an online ceremony with collaboration from its Middle Eastern dealers and attendance of a group of media representatives.

For decades, Isuzu vehicles have proved to be reliable workhorses thanks to their durable and easily maintained diesel engines.

Ever since the global outbreak of COVID-19, with consumers becoming more sensitive to their budgeting, the fuel efficiency of diesel engines has played a huge role in saving costs over the long run.

The Middle Eastern automobile market witnessed an increased demand in diesel-powered vehicles, emphasizing the importance of this market.

With more than 4 million kilometers of testing equivalent to 100,000 times around the earth, invested into the new D-Max, Isuzu’s seventh-generation pickup truck is the most advanced, refined and sophisticated vehicle ever produced by the Japanese automaker. The D-Max will be available across two cabin types — single cab and crew cab — with several model variants.

Now, the new 3-liter engine comes with higher horsepower and torque. The engine is equipped with 10 kW and 20 Nm hike over the preceding engine.

On the other hand, the 1.9-liter engine has been designed to take efficiency to an extreme new level. The engine has been designed to produce 110 kW, 150 ps and 350 Nm.

Both the 3-liter and 1.9-liter engines are extremely efficient with electronically controlled variable geometry systems, turbocharger and high-pressure direct injection fuel system that makes the most of each drop of diesel.

The 4x4 models benefit from a solid and lighter one-piece aluminum tail-shaft, transferring to the rear differential, which is now fitted with diff-lock for constant traction when off-roading.

The bold design continues throughout the interior, equipped with new levels of technology, comfort, convenience and connectivity than ever before. The D-Max cabin is laid out to be functional and comfortable with premium materials used throughout.

At the heart of the dash is a high-definition 7-inch infotainment display, equipped with radio, Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay as standard of high-end models.

From interior to exterior, safety remains an uncompromised feature in the new Isuzu D-Max. The dual air bags with increased dimension are available in all models. Other features include: Crash door unlock system, new chassis design, rear combination lamp, electronic stability control, emergency stop signal, larger brakes, in addition to carried over active safety features such as hill-start assist and hill-descent control.

The new Isuzu D-Max range comes standard with Isuzu Middle East dealerships, encompassing the Isuzu global warranty standard.

The vehicle is available in a selection of colors and finishes: Galena Gray Metallic, Mercury Silver Metallic, Obsidian Gray, Onyx Black, Silky White Pearl, Splash White, Valencia Orange Metallic, Red Spinel, and Sapphire Blue.


Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19
Updated 20 April 2021

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Community Jameel Saudi and King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) announced the launch of the Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation in Saudi Arabia to combat COVID-19 and related diseases, including the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The collaboration aims to accelerate the development of clinical solutions to treat a range of infectious diseases in the Gulf region and worldwide. The launch of the fund coincides with the 75th anniversary of Jameel family philanthropy.

The Jameel Fund targets several high-impact projects that advance our ability to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat coronaviruses and other infectious diseases. Alongside practical solutions, research articles to be produced out of the collaboration will be reviewed by specialist researchers before they are made available and published for free by both sides. The Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation will also be supervised by a joint committee comprising representatives from KAU and counterparts from Imperial College London. The fund will support Saudi researchers through many phases, the first of which will be launched in 2021 by supporting the projects of researchers in KAU.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Obaid Al-Yobi, president of KAU, said: “This agreement is part of the strategic goals of KAU to contribute to developing an environment that stimulates and supports creativity and innovation. KAU also shares the same interest with Community Jameel Saudi for serving the community through remarkable contributions. We thank Community Jameel Saudi for their confidence in the ability of Saudi universities and researchers to combat a set of pressing health challenges in the Gulf region and world.”

Hassan Jameel, vice chairman of Community Jameel, said: “This agreement builds on the broad efforts made by Community Jameel Saudi in developing skills and its commitment to support scientific research and empowering Saudi community and scientists by providing innovation opportunities for a better future. It also aims to strengthen the relationship between Community Jameel Saudi and KAU and its partners from international institutions such as Imperial College through many programs that aim to open new research horizons that have a profound impact on enabling Saudi scientists and researchers to find new ways to respond to some urgent health challenges in the Kingdom.”

Out of its keenness to create a safe and healthy society, Community Jameel Saudi recently signed several cooperation agreements with KAU to support scientific research focusing on infectious diseases, and also promote collaboration in various academic and development fields. The agreements also aim to support Saudi researchers at KAU and encourage cooperation with research bodies from inside and outside Saudi Arabia to enhance the quality of scientific research.


MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7
Updated 20 April 2021

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM) Company, the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia, has launched a number of special seasonal offers across select BMW models for the holy month of Ramadan.

Prospective customers will now be able to enjoy great savings and benefits on the groundbreaking BMW X7 and the BMW 7 Series, BMW’s flagship full-size sedan.

Valid throughout the holy month, MYNM has launched a special promotion for cash buyers, who can take home the BMW 7 Series 730Li Design Pure Excellence for SR423,000 ($112,800). Additionally, clients can opt for the BMW X7 40I M Sport package, which boasts seven seats and is priced at SR497,000, or the BMW 7 Series 730Li Sport package, starting at SR443,000, both featuring the exclusive M Sport package.

In accordance with the spirit of giving and generosity, the offer will include MYNM’s flagship offering, BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which will be available as standard across these selected vehicles. Customers can take advantage of the BSI and BMW Repair Inclusive (BRI) package for five years or 100 kilometers (whichever comes first) and warranty up to three years or 200 kilometers (whichever comes first) — all for an attractive, all-inclusive price. 

To ensure the journey to owning a new BMW is as seamless as possible, MYNM will deliver the vehicle to each customer’s doorstep, completely sanitized in advance by one of the dealership’s detailing specialists.

Mark Notkin, BMW Group managing director at MYNM, said: “The holy month is almost upon us, and it brings with it joyful moments and exclusive benefits across some of Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company’s most sought-after vehicles.”

He added: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers such unique and fantastic deals and make it easy for them to own one of the world’s best-loved vehicle marques. We are confident that our Ramadan campaign will be well received by car buyers as there has never been a better time to own a premium vehicle from the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia.”


Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh
Updated 20 April 2021

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Planning a city escape with family and friends this holy season? Ascott Rafal Olaya is offering the perfect staycation deal for guests. 

The Riyadh hotel is currently offering up to 25 percent off with its “Escape in Style” promotion. Guests can indulge in varied exclusive lifestyle amenities, separate for men, women and children. These include swimming pools, a gymnasium, sauna, children’s playroom, prayer rooms, and locally popular restaurants that are situated on its ground floor — Don Puro and Opaline, which offer delicious Lebanese cuisine, and are an ideal choice for families wanting to celebrate iftar outdoors. 

With world-class hospitality and sophisticated serviced spaces that are designed to pamper guests, Ascott Rafal Olaya is among Riyadh’s prominent hotel apartments. Home to both leisure and business travelers, the property offers studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments that boast urban city views. 

Located in the capital city’s modern business district of Olaya, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh sits among two of Riyadh’s tallest skyscrapers, which not only supply guests with an exceptional view of the city, but serve as handy orientation points: Faisaliah Tower and Kingdom Centre.

Opened in 2017, the Ascott residence is just a five-minute drive to the up-and-coming King Abdullah Financial District, where many multinational companies, embassies, and international banks are setting up shop. Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh provides easy access to these business associates as well as a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and other conveniences nearby. 

In view of the COVID-19 situation, Ascott Rafal Olaya has implemented the Ascott Cares’ nine commitments to hygiene, cleanliness and safe distancing. 

Bookings for the “Escape in Style” offer can be made at the-ascott.com/offers