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.”

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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.


SRC signs SR250m refinancing deal with Bank Aljazira

Updated 29 January 2020

SRC signs SR250m refinancing deal with Bank Aljazira

The Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company (SRC), a subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), announced that it has signed a mortgage portfolio acquisition agreement with Bank Aljazira, in the presence of Minister of Housing and Chairman of SRC Majed Al-Hogail.

SRC will refinance SR250 million ($66.7 million) of mortgage receivables with the bank, with subsequent anticipated transactions in the future under the MoU.

The agreement was signed by Fabrice Susini, CEO of SRC, and Nabil Al-Hoshan, CEO and managing director of Bank Aljazira, at a special ceremony held in Riyadh. 

Susini said: “Today’s agreement with Bank Aljazira reinforces our commitment to providing lenders with liquidity while developing innovative finance solutions, and in doing so we help our citizens to climb the housing ladder.” 

Portfolio acquisitions such as these will help us ensure that we are able to refinance at least around 10 percent of the market by the end of 2020, and 20 percent of the market by 2028.” 

Al-Hoshan said: “Since 2008, Bank Aljazira invested in the mortgage business and increasing its portfolio year on year which resulted in being one of the leaders in real estate finance market. We will continue our strong leadership in the real estate finance industry, and our commitment to customers is strengthened and improved by this transaction with SRC. I am especially proud that Bank Aljazira and SRC have joined hands to accelerate the mortgage ecosystem which will provide innovative solutions for the citizens.”