Lamborghini Urus wins ‘Best Luxury SUV Car’ award

Representatives of Samaco Automotive Company receive the award presented at a ceremony at the Jeddah Hilton.
Updated 08 July 2019

Lamborghini Urus wins ‘Best Luxury SUV Car’ award

The Lamborghini Urus has been named the “Best Luxury SUV Car” at the National Auto Award 2019, organized by PR Arabia in Jeddah, Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer of Lamborghini cars in Saudi Arabia, has announced.

The seventh edition of the awards, which were recently presented at a ceremony at the Jeddah Hilton, highlighted and recognized excellence in the Saudi automotive sector. The event was attended by a number of car distributors and specialists, in addition to members of the media.
The Lamborghini Urus won the award after being shortlisted through a public voting process.

The Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l, the Urus claims one of the highest power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, and from 0 to 200 km/h in 12.8 seconds, with a top speed of 305 km/h, making it the world’s fastest 4X4 car. To meet various driving conditions, the Lamborghini Urus features a selection of driving modes, including strada (street), sport, corsa (track), terra (gravel), sabbia (sand), and neve (snow).

Despite the fact that the Lamborghini Urus is an SUV car, it is much lighter than most of its competitors. This is mainly because the Italian automaker used a lightweight body in an aluminum composite design, making the car light as well as strong.

The model’s rear-wheel steering technology provides enormous ease when driving either on low or high speed around the corners. 

Mohammed Raffa, chief executive of Samaco Automotive Company, said the Lamborghini Urus deserves the prestigious accolade.

“This is of no surprise to us, Lamborghini cars are the world’s best luxury cars, and Urus is the last model ever made by this brand. Lamborghini Urus combines antiquity and modernity, it stands next to none in its category, and represents the ultimate formula of the modern car.”

The National Auto Awards are one of the top motorsport awards in the region. Every year, a panel of experts, the public and car enthusiasts take part in the voting to select their favorite cars. Assessments for both the categories are based on a series of stringent parameters, such as price, fuel efficiency, styling, comfort, safety, performance, practicality, technical innovation and build quality.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”