Concept boutique Homegrown Market celebrates fifth anniversary

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Updated 06 February 2019

Concept boutique Homegrown Market celebrates fifth anniversary

JEDDAH: It was high-fives all round on Monday as the popular Jeddah-based concept boutique, Homegrown Market, celebrated its fifth anniversary.
A platform for local and Middle-Eastern creative talent, Homegrown Market offers consumers an original and diverse multi-brand shopping experience. 
Managing director, Tamara Abukhadra, spoke to Arab News reflecting on the vision of Homegrown Market's role in promoting an entrepreneurial society. “Firstly, I would like to thank customers for shopping local.” she said. “Homegrown's growth is a representation of our growing creative talent. In marking our fifth anniversary, we are not just celebrating Homegrown Market as a marketplace; It is a celebration of the concept and our amazing local talent. We started five years ago with about 15 designers, and now we have more than 100. Four of our designers have even opened their own flagship stores such as Badawiah, Sinless, Yataghan, and Orange Blossom.”
Abukhadra thanked customers for contributing to the business success story by shopping local.
Launched in 2014, Homegrown Market gives creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase and sell their products without having to organize and foot the substantial costs of having their own retail establishment.
“Homegrown Market is serviced retail,” Abukhadra said. “The designers drop off their products with us, and we take care of sales. Everything from providing sales assistants and handling money exchange, to producing sales reports. This allows them (the designers) to focus on the creative process and to learn about market trends and consumer behavior.”
In addition to housing emerging fashion, art, and lifestyle brands, Homegrown Market offers shoppers the chance to buy stationery items, hand-crafted accessories, and culinary creations. “They are not just shopping a product, but months of hard work, sweat, trial and error that has turned into a success,” added Abukhadra.
Homegrown Market’s fashion brands include Moja Majka, Lasuna, Nasiba Hafiz, Mansoojat, Rouba Dayani, Abaya Factory, Qumasha, Rotana, Thaa, and Nouf Fetaihi. 
Among the accessory brands are Min Maadan Alensan, Azha, Alhassan caps, Adios Amor, and Mine bags, with beauty and jewelry covered by names such as Diggn’It, Rose and Amber, Sepale, Lilian Ismail, Haneen Saber, and Shaima.
Homeware, food and beverage brands include Chocolate Couture, Manzil Bazar, Cleanse and Glow, Nawami, Haya Sawan granola, Goin’ Nuts, and Ms. Moh.
The anniversary celebrations were held in-store and featured an array of artistic activities.
Saudi artist Abdullah Qandeel staged a live art display during which he painted a series of original prints, while another painter from the Kingdom, Rex Chouk, launched an exhibition of his works.
Some of the many Homegrown Market shoppers who attended the event in Jeddah, won gifts and prizes from local businesses. Design Magazine, Saudi Arabia’s first design networking publication, crafted a human-sized acrylic magazine cover for visitors to pose and take photos with.
“Successful local brands inspire the youth to be creative,” Abukhadra said. “I have noticed that creative entrepreneurs are starting to experiment and create brands at a much younger age. They are also reaching out to established brands for advice and even collaborations.
“Brands used to adopt a competitive attitude, but today there is more of an innovative and collaborative spirit. This is what we have been trying to create and maintain at Homegrown,” she added.

Saudia Private Aviation best luxury jet service in KSA

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudia Private Aviation best luxury jet service in KSA

Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), a leader in the region’s air transportation sector, has been named this year’s winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of “Best Luxury Private Jet Service in Saudi Arabia.”

The burgeoning segment of business jet operations in the Middle East has gone through significant positive changes during the past few years. Evolving customer demands are driving the development of high-standard aircraft and improvement in customer service.

“We are honored to be recognized by the respected Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts. This is an important indication that the development strategy we have chosen, allows us to meet the challenges of the growing market and the high demands for private aviation,” said Osama Alahdal, general manager commercial affairs, SPA.

SPA was founded in 2009 as the private division of Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier and one of the most popular commercial airlines worldwide, Saudi Arabian Airlines. It is a top-tier international luxury flight services and ground-handling provider headquartered in Jeddah. Its more than 75 years of experience in air transportation on a global scale allows the company to guarantee the highest levels of services in the field of air travel.

SPA has the largest private aviation terminal (FBO) in Saudi Arabia, located in Jeddah, in addition to lounges in the major cities of the Kingdom — Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah. It will also be present in the upcoming luxury real estate megaproject, NEOM.

The company’s discerning clientele includes members of the royal family, VIPs, executives, wealthy individuals, celebrities, and business leaders from around the world.

“Each client of Saudia Private Aviation can rest assured that they will be provided with the highest standards of unrivaled privacy, meticulous attention to detail, flawless luxury, and safety. All services are tailored to exceed the esteemed customers’ expectations,” a statement said.

The SPA experience begins the moment a client chooses their destination, as the SPA team thrives to assure every client a safe, punctual, and exclusive experience. The integrated services offered by SPA include ground handling, aircraft charter, aircraft management and private aviation consultancy. The company also configures the cabin according to the client’s needs. SPA’s fleet comprises aircraft with a capacity of up to 400 passengers.

“By setting new standards in private aviation, aircraft charter services, logistical support, and flight support services, SPA is making a significant contribution to the realization of Saudi Vision 2030,” the statement said.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards select, recognize, celebrate and promote the best luxury goods and services all over the world.