LuLu says no to plastic with eco-friendly shopping bags

The newly launched reusable bags and plastic bags were introduced by chief guest Majed Abdul Aziz Alfarraj in a special function at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 10.
Updated 15 September 2019

LuLu says no to plastic with eco-friendly shopping bags

LuLu Hypermarket, the region’s largest hypermarket chain, has introduced reusable bags and paper bags across its stores in the Kingdom. The initiative is part of the retailer’s environment-driven campaign to reduce plastic consumption and promote environmental protection in line with LuLu’s other social initiatives, coinciding with Saudi National Day celebrations on Sept. 23.
With LuLu’s reusable bags and paper bags, customers now have multiple options in terms of eco-friendly shopping bags.
The newly launched bags were introduced in a special function, by chief guest Majed Abdul Aziz Alfarraj, director general of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Riyadh, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director — Saudi Arabia, LuLu Hypermarkets, at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 10.
“We are extremely honored to be the first hypermarket in the Kingdom to launch this kind of an initiative that promotes an eco-conscious lifestyle where one can enjoy shopping while caring for the environment. As part of our nationwide campaigns aiming to help the nature to thrive, we believe that these LuLu-branded reusable bags, along with the paper bags, will add a new dimension to retail shopping by sending a message to the public, urging them to be more responsible on saving resources,” said Mohammed, LuLu’s Saudi director.
Besides being well-known for its wide range of products, LuLu has always been a key promoter of social initiatives and environmental sustainability across the globe. Over the years, the retailer has initiated many projects toward these advocacies and says will continue to do the same in the future.
With 175 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.
It is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. LuLu is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.