Largest Saudi flag adds to National Day joy

The largest Saudi flag was created with the participation of a large number of female students and other women and in the presence of the Guinness World Records representatives.
Updated 29 September 2019

Largest Saudi flag adds to National Day joy

Noor Sunflower Oil celebrated Saudi National Day under the slogan “The Saudis’ mettle is like that of the Tuwaiq mountain,” inspired by the words of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh last year.

The crown prince had said: “The Saudis’ strength is like that of the Tuwaiq mountain, unbreakable, unless this mountain is leveled and equaled to the ground.”

Noor teamed up with Guinness World Records to create the world’s largest Saudi flag made with food boxes containing Saudi culinary creations prepared by Saudi women.

The brand invited Saudi women to express pride in their country by submitting their food creations to be a part of the National Day celebration.

On its microsite (, the campaign received responses from 40,000 Saudi women, who contributed 89 of their dishes made using Noor oil products. The best of their recipes made it to the Guinness World Records event, which took place on Sept. 24 at the Batterjee Medical College in Jeddah. 

The largest Saudi flag was created with the participation of a large number of female students and other women and in the presence of the Guinness World Records representatives.

After the event, the food boxes were distributed among the needy across the city through the Saudi Food Bank.

Khalil Naciri, head of corporate marketing at Noor Sunflower Oil, said: “It was an honor for us to be a part of the 89th Saudi National Day celebrations. Our initiative — Infinite Creations, Infinite Pride — aimed at providing a platform for Saudi women where they can express their love for the country by submitting their food creations. 

Noor believes that women’s role is beyond the kitchen; they are not just home organizers; they are creators of infinite possibilities. The new Noor campaign is a tribute to all those extraordinary women from all walks of life.”

Amir Qadri, head of Saudi marketing team at Noor Sunflower Oil, said: “Noor is a proud local Saudi brand that has been part of the Saudi culinary journey for the last three decades. Noor changed the color of its bottles from blue to green to celebrate the National Day in the past. This year, we decided to raise the bar when Saudi women came together under the platform of Noor to add another prestigious world record title to the existing titles Saudi Arabia has. It’s the infinite enthusiasm of Saudi women that made the whole event possible.”

Al-Murjan, Mediclinic to develop new Jeddah hospital

Updated 01 June 2020

Al-Murjan, Mediclinic to develop new Jeddah hospital

Al-Murjan Group, a Saudi family business group, has partnered with Mediclinic Middle East, an affiliate of the UK’s Mediclinic International, for the establishment of an internationally accredited private hospital with 200 beds in Jeddah. Mediclinic Middle East will manage the hospital and support Al-Murjan Group with expertise and advisory services in planning, design and construction, while the commissioning of the hospital is expected to open by the second quarter of 2022.

Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz, chairman of Al-Murjan Group, said: “Today, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mediclinic as our strategic partner for the hospital in Jeddah. We believe this will serve as the cornerstone for high-quality health care services in Saudi Arabia, offering state-of-the-art health care facilities, from some of the best practitioners, using best practices and meet international quality standards, and contribute to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“Al-Murjan has committed itself for over 40 years to delivering excellence in all its areas of work and we view this joint venture as a continuation of that commitment. We welcome Mediclinic into Saudi Arabia and look forward to working together to serve the people of the Kingdom.”

“Al-Murjan Mediclinic will provide more than 1,000 job opportunities, and will create new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the health care sector,” said Sultan Khalid bin Mahfouz, vice chairman of Al-Murjan Group.

David Hadley, chief executive officer of Mediclinic Middle East, said: “We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Al-Murjan Group today and Mediclinic’s entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is a growing demand for high quality, internationally recognized standards of health care services in Saudi Arabia. Mediclinic, with more than 35 years’ experience of delivering health care services across Switzerland, Southern Africa and the UAE, is excited by the opportunity to partner with Al-Murjan Group to establish a leading private hospital in Jeddah and further expansion opportunities across Saudi Arabia. We are committed to being an ethical and responsible corporate citizen delivering sustainable, cost-effective, high-quality health care services and outstanding client experiences in all our hospitals and clinics.”

Situated on King Abdul Aziz Road in the northern part of Jeddah, the hospital will address the growing demand for private health care in the Kingdom. The hospital, designed and to be completed in accordance with international standards, will comprise eight floors, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency, and trauma care.

Phase 1 of the hospital, which is 80,000 square meters, will be built on 18,000 square meters, with an investment of more than SR1 billion ($266 million), with the expansion capacity of another 200 beds on adjacent land set aside for this purpose.