ICD to develop Islamic finance in Uzbekistan

The agreement was signed during ICD’s official visit to Uzbekistan.
Updated 17 June 2019

ICD to develop Islamic finance in Uzbekistan

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) signed an agreement to assist Kapitalbank, a private commercial bank in Uzbekistan, with technical advisory services for the establishment of a new Islamic banking window.
The agreement was signed during ICD’s official visit to Uzbekistan as part of its mandate to explore development opportunities in the member countries and strengthen ICD’s advisory footprint in central Asia, especially in Uzbekistan.
ICD will assist Kapitalbank in areas of Shariah, accounting, information technology, marketing and communication, HR and legal aspects combined with an on-site extensive theoretical training and supported by on-job training in Islamic banks.
Ayman Sejiny, CEO of ICD, said: “We are happy to sign the agreement to support Kapitalbank and share our expertise through the Islamic Financial Institution Program, developed for and with our partners to advise and assist in developing and reinforcing the Islamic finance industry in the member countries.”
Oleg Kim, acting chairman of the management board, representing Kapitalbank, said: “We believe that the launching of the Islamic window in the bank will allow mobilizing funds of the population who, because of their religious beliefs, did not use traditional banking services. In addition, legal entities will receive access to Shariah-compliant funding. So through Islamic banking, financial inclusion can be promoted and bring a larger pool of savings in the local and global economy.”


LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

Updated 23 January 2020

LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, awarded a total of 12 young students of different nationalities from Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Egypt, a chance to visit the NASA center in the US.
LuLu’s back-to-school promotion called “Fly to NASA” was held in partnership with Almarai. The hypermarket hosted a competition last September in search of students who are science and space knowledge enthusiasts to experience and visit the NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Hypermarket director of Saudi Arabia, said: “We are glad to finally announce the winners of this innovative campaign, which is a first and the most unique among our activations over the years of operating in the region. Thank you to our partner Almarai for joining hands with us in this exciting promotion. This is the first time that LuLu will lead a great opportunity to children who have the high potential to grow and learn more while having fun through science.”
Winners include: Abrez Hussain, Mohammed Ahmed, Rayyan Abdul Aziz, Naif Saad Altwaim, Osama Al-Harbi, Hugh Matthew, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Munther Mohammed Qasim Abujazar, Ahmad Gahwagy, Ahmed Khalaf, Hamza Ladha and Asif Rijo.
“Fly to NASA” winners will get to enjoy and experience a one-week trip, which will include five days of fun and learning at NASA’s Space Camp. The selection process involved two phases — first was the preliminary online registration, while the final stage featured a live quiz to obtain the top 12 winners. Students aged 9 to 18 years were encouraged to register and join the online activation.
With 185 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.