LuLu Hypermarket kicks off annual mango festival

Ibrahim Al-Bidha, deputy manager at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Riyadh, inaugurates the festival. Also seen are: Hatim Mustanisir, LuLu regional director; Abdullah Hamdan Suwailem, LuLu marketing manager and others.
Updated 02 June 2019

LuLu Hypermarket kicks off annual mango festival

LuLu Hypermarket has kicked off its annual mango festival with 50 varieties of the fruit from different countries on show. A highlight of the LuLu Mango Mania 2019 are the 25 varieties of locally produced mangoes from Jizan.
The event was inaugurated by Ibrahim Al-Bidha, deputy manager at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Riyadh, on May 29 at Lulu’s outlet at the Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba district.
The annual summer festival that celebrates the king of fruits will run until June 4 at all LuLu hypermarkets across Saudi Arabia.
The mango collection, especially picked for Saudi consumers, represents a wide diversity of choice with hues of green, yellow and orange.
The Saudi-grown mangoes on show include: Thoomi, Hindi, Selasation, Gelind, Americi, Sinnara, Sibdha Pakistani, Thailandi, Bulmar, Juli, Fajarjilan, Samak, Lankara, Birbir, Bombay, Geeih, Zill, Sudan and Sibdha.
The selection sourced from India, Kenya, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Yemen, Brazil, Vietnam, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Mexico and Sri Lanka have also been well received by customers in Saudi Arabia.
“LuLu Mango Mania 2019 is expected to be a runaway success as always. Every year, we try to bring in a wow factor to spice up the promo. This year, the addition of an organic range adds a new perspective to the offerings,” LuLu said in a statement.
“The local producers need to be complimented on their concerted effort as they have contributed substantially to make this event such a success.”
During the festival, LuLu has set up sampling booths at all its branches for customers to taste different varieties and delicacies of the mango.
A selection of various processed and packaged mango products such as jams, pickles, chutneys and cakes, are also available.
“LuLu Mango Mania 2019 is one reason to celebrate the mango season and with Ramadan, the mangoes will add a new dimension to the iftar spread,” LuLu said in the statement.
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.


International falconry events announced for Riyadh

Updated 26 August 2019

International falconry events announced for Riyadh

RIYADH: The Saudi Falcons Club has announced two major falconry events to be held in the Kingdom later this year, further strengthening Saudi Arabia’s importance as an international center of falconry excellence.

The 2nd King Abddulaziz Festival of Falconry will be held at the purpose-built falconry showgrounds on Qassim Road, Riyadh (Mulham exit) from December 1-16, while the 2nd Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition will be held in Riyadh from October 11-15.

Falconry has always been closely associated with the Arabian Peninsula and is an important part of the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, the sport was ascribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016.

Today there are more than 20,000 active falconers in Saudi Arabia who are represented by the Saudi Falcon Club, which was established by royal decree in 2016 in order to stage international falconry events and competitions within the Kingdom, and to protect falcons and other migratory birds from predation and habitat loss.

For more information about the exhibition, festival and falconry in Saudi Arabia, go to: http://sfc.org.sa/en/home-en/