LuLu festival celebrates flavors of the Philippines

The festival was inaugurated at Lulu’s outlet in the Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba district, by Adnan V. Alonto, ambassador of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of LuLu officials.
Updated 24 October 2019

LuLu festival celebrates flavors of the Philippines

LuLu Hypermarket has launched its annual Filipino festival titled “Pinoy Fiesta 2019,” showcasing the country’s famous food products.

The week-long festival from Oct. 20 to 26th offers a wide variety of food products imported from the Philippines. 

The festival was inaugurated at Lulu’s outlet in the Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba district, by Adnan V. Alonto, ambassador of the Philippines to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of LuLu officials.

According to a press statement, the festival aims at celebrating Filipino culinary heritage, food and health hygiene, best-quality agriculture produce and food products.

Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia, said: “We have always been dedicated to bringing high-quality products from the Philippines. This festival is one such proof that the Filipino community loves the authentic flavors and delicious food selection that LuLu offers. We are thankful to the massive efforts of our own food sourcing office in the Philippines, located at Calamba, Laguna, which made a big contribution to our success in ensuring uninterrupted supply at the most affordable prices throughout the year.” 

HIGHLIGHT

Exclusive promotion campaigns and price-buster offers have been planned for a variety of imported brands, such as Mama Sita’s, Del Monte, Jack N Jill, Lemon Square, Ligo, CDO, Datu Puti, Lucky Me, UFC and Century.

Exclusive promotion campaigns and price-buster offers have been planned for a variety of imported brands, such as Mama Sita’s, Del Monte, Jack N Jill, Lemon Square, Ligo, CDO, Datu Puti, Lucky Me, UFC and Century. A wide range of agricultural produce from the Philippines is on offer, including langsat, curly parsley, white onion, garlic, Philippine mango, bean sprouts, saba, guyabano, calamansi, chayote, jicama, mangosteen, dragon fruit, pomelo, durian, papaya, kamote, rambutan, pineapple, banana, avocado and sweet corn.

Filipino favorites such as milk fish and dried fish are also available during the festival.

Chefs at the hypermarket will prepare throughout the period of the festival authentic Filipino dishes, including: Kare-kare, adobo, pinakbet, bulalo, sinigang and caldereta. Sweets such as pitchi pitchi, puto pao, majablanca, buko pie, cassava cakes, sapin-sapin, buchi and ginataang kamote are available at attractive prices.

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.


KAUST hosts 96 startups for Misk challenge

Designed exclusively for the Entrepreneurship World Cup finalists, the KAUST bootcamp was packed with intensive mentor-led pitch sessions, industry meetings, and an overview of local market opportunities.
Updated 13 November 2019

KAUST hosts 96 startups for Misk challenge

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) hosted 96 Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) finalists from 64 countries between Nov. 8 and Nov. 11 at its entrepreneurship bootcamp as part of its partnership with the Misk Global Forum (MGF).
KAUST hosted the global finalists on its campus near Jeddah to take part in a training program designed to further prepare them for the EWC global finals at the MGF in Riyadh from Nov. 12-14.
The EWC is the world’s largest startup competition, with over 100,000 applicants from 185 countries. Of the 100 global finalists, six are from Saudi Arabia: Sadeem, Faheem, Cura, Dhad, Red Sea Farms and UnitX. All were founded by graduates of KAUST’s entrepreneurship programs, including the TAQADAM and 9/10ths accelerators.
“As an international university, we strive to build bridges with the brightest minds from around the world, and we are very excited to partner with Misk for the Entrepreneurship World Cup and welcome startups to our campus from over 64 countries,” said Tony Chan, president of KAUST.
Saudi Arabia presents an extraordinary opportunity for startups interested in accessing the MENA market and tapping into KAUST’s unique ecosystem focused on finding solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges in food, water, energy and the environment.”
The KAUST-Misk partnership aims to advance Saudi Arabia’s ambitious economic transformation goals by attracting cutting-edge, impactful startups and top entrepreneurial talent to the Kingdom.

FASTFACT

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is the world’s largest startup competition, with over 100,000 applicants from 185 countries. It is conducted by the Misk Global Forum in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network, alongside local and regional partners.

Shaima Hamidaddin, executive manager of MGF, said: “The EWC global finalists represent the cream of international startup talent. We’re looking forward to seeing the entrepreneurs reach even greater heights thanks to the bootcamp ahead of the finals at the Misk Global Forum. Our partnership with KAUST is part of our commitment to working with top international leaders in innovation, training, and development to achieve our global mission of empowering young people to thrive in the knowledge economy.”
Designed exclusively for the EWC finalists, the KAUST bootcamp was packed with intensive mentor-led pitch sessions, industry meetings, and an overview of local market opportunities. The university is also offering selected finalists priority spin-in access to its newly launched soft-landing program. Startups who join the program will also have access to KAUST’s world-class labs and office space, top advisory and mentorship, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, vibrant community life, and MENA market and industry networks.
The EWC global finals will see winners receiving life-changing prizes, support, and opportunities. The EWC is conducted by the Misk Global Forum in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), alongside local and regional partners.