L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner to chair KAUST festival

Above, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus. (Photo supplied)
Updated 01 October 2019

L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner to chair KAUST festival

Chemistry scientist Niveen M. Khashab will chair next year’s annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The event will be co-chaired by Khaled Salama, professor of electrical engineering at KAUST’s Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE).

The associate professor of chemical sciences and engineering at the Physical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST is the first female chair for the annual festival of science hosted on and off campus. Khashab is the winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in the field of physical science for her research in organic chemistry in 2017. 

“I feel that KAUST leadership simply looks at scientific merit and service when appointing individuals in key roles that represent KAUST such as chairing WEP, which makes me very confident in our future as a leading scientific institute,” said Khashab. 

The scientist’s message to women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is: “There is plenty of room for you to join us!”

Next year’s WEP 2020, taking place between Jan. 12 and 23, will focus on “personalized medicine,” which aims at tailoring practices, interactions and medicine to the individual patient. It is a futuristic yet fast approaching health care platform for treating different diseases, especially cancer.


LuLu stores in Saudi Arabia launch Indian food festival

Updated 13 August 2020

LuLu stores in Saudi Arabia launch Indian food festival

  • The week-long event, in celebration of India’s Independence Day, features about 2,000 products

LuLu Hypermarkets is celebrating India’s Independence Day, which falls on Aug. 15, with an Indian-themed food festival across its stores in Saudi Arabia.

The week-long promotion, which continues until Aug. 18, features about 2,000 Indian products, including organic groceries, fresh foods, ethnic delicacies and desserts.

“We are trying to showcase the versatility and diversity of Indian food products handpicked by our well-spread supply chain in India and across the world,” said Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia.

The proximity of India to the Kingdom means that more fresh products arrive regularly, he added, most of which are flown in to maintain their freshness “as we move closer to a farm-to-fork concept in (the Kingdom), featuring both locally and internationally sourced ranges.”

As Saudi Arabia gears up for the start of the new school term, LuLu has also launched its back-to-school promotions.