Lulu, Indian Overseas Forum boost cancer awareness in EP

Organizers of the medical camp addressed a media conference recently, where they stressed the need to boost cancer awareness.
Updated 03 August 2019

Lulu, Indian Overseas Forum boost cancer awareness in EP

As a part of its social responsibility toward the community, Lulu Group is conducting a medical camp in association with the Indian Overseas Forum to raise awareness about cancer and its timely diagnosis.

The awareness section will be supervised by Dr. Abdul Majeed, maxilla facial consultant and president of the doctors’ association at King Fahd Military Hospital.

The 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. camp will be conducted on the following dates and outlets.

Aug. 1 at Alkhobar

Aug. 2 at Jubail

Aug. 8 at Dammam

Aug. 9 at Al-Ahsa

Following this camp in the Eastern Province, it will be extended to the Lulu Group in the Riyadh region, said its representatives.

It is supported by the Malayali Doctors’ Association.

A prominent role has been played in the medical camp by Sasidharan, IOF national general-secretary; Mansoor, IOF president; Gopal Shetty, IOF executive member; Salam Suliman, Lulu regional manager, Eastern Province; Hashim, Lulu commercial manager, Eastern Province. 

They all were present at the media conference where they stressed the need to boost cancer awareness and use the opportunity for a free checkup.

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. It is one of the favorite shopping destinations of both locals and expatriates in the Kingdom.

Gaming hardware sales in KSA, UAE surge by 29% in H1 2020

Updated 22 September 2020

Gaming hardware sales in KSA, UAE surge by 29% in H1 2020

One of the few sectors that have been positively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving robust growth as a result of spikes in consumer demand during the lockdown, is gaming. According to GfK Point of Sales tracking of the sector in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the first six months revenue generated by gaming hardware surged by 29 percent, bringing the overall value of the market to $256 million.

Gaming notebooks (32 percent), video game consoles (31 percent), and gaming and leisure devices (17 percent) account for the top three largest shares of the pie, contributing more than $207 million to this sector from January to June. During this period, the fastest growing categories were gaming monitors and gaming keyboards/mice, which generated 110 and 77 percent respectively more sales revenue compared to the same period last year. Exponential growth was also recorded for gaming notebooks and gaming headsets, both of which reported a 60 percent surge in sales value.

Growth in the gaming segments tracked by GfK was sustained post lockdown in the two markets. Findings in the second quarter reflected devices such as gaming monitors and keyboards continuing to record increased sales by over twofold (+155 percent and +135 percent), while regular monitors (-22 percent) and keyboards (-12 percent) either decelerated in growth or slipped into decline. Similar trends can be seen across the other products such as notebooks, headsets, peripherals, etc.

“At the onset of the global pandemic, we witnessed the emergence of diverse trends in the technical consumer goods markets, sequenced over multiple phases — panic, adapt and new normal,” said Shika Samuel, analyst for IT panel at GfK. “We observed consumers warming up their appetite for gaming devices as they started exploring socially distant ways to keep themselves occupied and amused amid the pandemic lockdown.”

Samuel added: “Technological developments and innovations in the digital space, including the highly anticipated rollout of 5G will continue to fuel the rapid growth of gaming globally, post pandemic.”