STC digitization plans on show at GITEX

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, toured the STC booth at GITEX 2019 in Dubai.
Updated 07 October 2019

STC digitization plans on show at GITEX

The 39th GITEX Technology Week, the largest regional IT exhibition and conference, kicked off on Sunday at the Dubai World Trade Centre showcasing the latest trends and product innovations from across the world.

The event, which runs until Thursday, was officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), which is participating in the exhibition, welcomed Sheikh Hamdan to its booth, in the presence of STC Chairman Mohammed bin Khaled Abdullah Al-Faisal and STC Group CEO Nasser Al-Nasser. 

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the company’s latest ICT sector services and solutions, in line with its role as an enabler of digital services and transformation in the Kingdom.

Riyadh Muawad, senior vice president of B2B at STC, said the company chose the theme “Tomorrow’s Solutions Today” for this year to showcase its services and innovative solutions in the digitization of government and private sectors, cloud computing, big data analysis and cybersecurity solutions, in addition to its journey toward customer experience enrichment. The telecom giant is also showcasing solutions related to 5G, the last of which were rolled out during the Hajj this year.

Muawad pointed out that these services reflect the valuable role of the STC Group in enabling digital solutions and the digital transformation of the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030. 

STC will also be outlining future digitization plans, the role of data centers in improving service efficiency, and the analysis of big data and its importance, helping it deliver tomorrow’s solutions today.

It will also be shedding light on its major cloud, IoT, digital, and IT services, and updates to its telecom infrastructure, making it one of the most powerful networks delivering digital services.

During the exhibition, STC will be highlighting the Kingdom’s progress in digital transformation as one of the Saudi Vision 2030 programs, where STC is considered to be a key enabler of the Kingdom’s transformation in the public and private sectors.

Through its strategy, STC works primarily on the growth of services, platforms and digital infrastructure, taking into account the greater value of its existing assets — its employees, brand, customer base, technological assets, and business partners — to ensure that available resources are sufficient to invest in future opportunities.

This year’s GITEX edition features 4,500 companies representing 100 countries. The event offers global suppliers a unique opportunity to enter fast-growing markets.

Seafood lovers flock to LuLu fiesta

LuLu Hypermarket’s annual seafood festival, held in association with the National Fisheries Development Program, was attended by senior officials from the fisheries department and LuLu.
Updated 20 November 2019

Seafood lovers flock to LuLu fiesta

LuLu Hypermarket hosted its annual “Seafood Fiesta,” a showcase of more than 100 varieties of fish and shellfish across its stores in the Kingdom.
The seven-day festival, which ran until Nov. 17, was held in association with the National Fisheries Development Program, a subsidiary of the Department of Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA).
LuLu honored seven Saudi fishermen who completed 50 years in the field of fishing. The seafood festival was inaugurated by Abdul Aziz A. Alshehab, general director of Fisheries Research Center, Eastern Province, at LuLu Hypermarket in Dammam. At its Jeddah branch in Amir Fawaz district, the event was inaugurated by Rada Al-Zahrani, director of the fisheries department in Jeddah, while at the Riyadh branch in Murabba district, Dr. Ali Muhammed Al-Shaikhi, CEO of National Fisheries Development Program, opened the event.
Shehim Muhammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia, said: “We have always taken pride in offering fresh and high-quality seafood from around the world. Seafood Fiesta is one such event that proves the commitment of LuLu to bring the widest range of fish and shellfish that is well-loved by both the local and expat communities. We also support local produce, as we are recognized as the top seller of Samaq-certified products, which highlight fresh and cooked seafood that is promoted by the national aquaculture product certification and labeling program of the Saudi Aquaculture Society, under the guidance of MEWA.”


LuLu honored seven Saudi fishermen who completed 50 years in the field of fishing, during the seven-day festival, which ran until Nov. 17.

From Norwegian salmon to sea bass, lobster, kingfish and much more, LuLu offered fish and shellfish products in both fresh and frozen options. Apart from the seafood offerings in the wet section, the hypermarket offered a variety of fish dishes at its hot food stations. Japanese maki, prawn pizza, grilled tuna, salmon quiche, fish masala and tuna puff were some of the main attractions at these counters.
LuLu Hypermarket, one of the largest retailers in the region, recently celebrated the group’s 10th anniversary in the Kingdom.
With 180 stores operating worldwide, LuLu aims to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates. It is one of the favorite shopping destinations of both locals and expatriates in the Kingdom.
LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with a workforce numbering at more than 55,000.