LuLu Hypermarket unveils gift cards for shopping

The gift card was launched in a ceremony by Yusuff Ali M.A. and Muhammed Abdullah Alaki.
Updated 23 May 2019
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LuLu Hypermarket unveils gift cards for shopping

LuLu Hypermarket has launched a new multi-value gift card called “Shoppingift,” which can be given to loved ones on special occasions, such as birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and religious celebrations. 

The gift card was unveiled in a ceremony by LuLu Group Chairman and Managing Director Yusuff Ali M.A. and Muhammed Abdullah Alaki, deputy mayor for investment and general supervisor for financial and administrative affairs, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Ibrahim Suwail, deputy governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority; Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Ashraf Ali M.A., LuLu Group executive director; Saifee Rupawala, LuLu Group chief executive officer; and other dignitaries. 

“Shoppingift” comes in three variants — SR100 ($26), SR250 and SR500 — wherein the full amount is available in the total card value without any additional charges for the card. The gift cards can be purchased in LuLu hypermarkets across the Kingdom.

Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A. said: “We’re glad to launch these shopping gift cards for our customers, in line with our goal to offer a world-class shopping experience. ‘Shoppingift’ is a gift of experience, where you provide them the enjoyment that shopping can give. It is a convenient way to show your loved ones that you care for them.” 

The card is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and can be used multiple times in several transactions until the total value of the card has been consumed.

Lulu today is one of the top retailers in the Middle East. Garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons every day, it is the fastest-growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world and currently operates 169 stores with a workforce of more than 50,000.


OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

Updated 17 September 2019

OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company, has joined the group of international companies transporting cargo and delivering maritime shipping services to and from King Abdullah Port. This comes with the company’s official launch of operations in the port located in King Abdullah Economic City and the subsequent arrival of containers to the berths.

The move aims at enhancing the trade movement of imports and exports in the Kingdom.

“The addition of OOCL to the list of leading international shipping companies operating in King Abdullah Port is a testament to the trust of key players in the maritime shipping industry, as the port enjoys a strategic location on one of the most important international maritime shipping lanes as well as integrated infrastructure and logistics services,” a press release said.

The port is located near the Industrial Valley, the Bonded and Re-export Zone, and major Saudi cities such as Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, which together constitute the main commercial center in the Kingdom. King Abdullah Port also enjoys close proximity to Madinat Yanbu’ Al-Sina’iyah, which is witnessing a massive trade movement in the field of petrochemicals, and it is linked to a road network that facilitates the process of transporting goods by land to and from ships to Riyadh, Dammam, and other cities in the Arabian Gulf.

Officially inaugurated last February by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner, a global specialist in data analysis of maritime transport, port capabilities, and the future development of vessels and global maritime routes. The port’s throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. It has been listed as the fastest-growing container port and one of the world’s 100 largest ports after less than four years of operation. Ten of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters. The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace with a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, utilizing its advanced facilities and proximity to the Bonded and Re-export Zone and the logistics park.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.