First movie theater in Dammam at LuLu Mall

The official announcement event was launched by Ashish Shukla, chief executive of Cinépolis Gulf, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Arabia, at LuLu Mall in Dammam.
Updated 02 December 2019

First movie theater in Dammam at LuLu Mall

LuLu Mall, in partnership with Al-Hokair Group’s Cinépolis Cinemas, unveiled the first movie theater in Central Dammam, featuring a world-class cinema facility with seven screens and a 640-seating capacity. The official announcement event was launched by Ashish Shukla, chief executive of Cinépolis Gulf, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Arabia, at LuLu Mall in Dammam.

“We are proud to bring a world-class cinema-going experience through the high-quality movie theater facility of Cinépolis, which will serve as another entertainment venue for our shoppers. We are grateful to Al-Hokair Group for working hand in hand with us and providing a conducive space for families to enjoy and appreciate the art behind movies,” said Mohammed. 

Cinépolis Gulf CEO Shukla said: “We are glad to partner with LuLu Mall in offering the best movie experience to customers in different formats, from child-friendly auditoriums to larger-than-life screens, immersive 4D cinemas and premium theaters. We are looking forward to welcoming LuLu Mall’s customer base and letting them discover different movie genres for all ages.” 

The newly announced cinema facility is part of a long-term project of Al-Hokair Group, in collaboration with Dubai-based Al-Tayer Group and Mexico-based Cinépolis, to launch movie theaters in 15 major cities across Saudi Arabia.

Cinépolis is the largest cinema exhibitor in Latin America and fourth largest exhibition circuit in the world. It opened its first cinema in Bahrain in January this year. Since then it has seen an ever-increasing following from the local community in Bahrain and Saudis alike. The opening of the brand’s cinemas in the Kingdom is expected to help boost the economy through the recreational spend. A recent study by PwC revealed that the Kingdom’s cinema market could potentially generate 60 to 70 million admissions and the box office market could be $950 million in 2030.

Managed by LuLu Properties, the shopping mall and property development team of LuLu Group, LuLu Mall is a one-stop lifestyle destination for shopping, dining and leisure, featuring a range of global brands, and a 550,000-square-foot hypermarket. 

LuLu Group is a highly diversified conglomerate founded by Chairman and Managing Director Yusuff Ali M.A. The group has become a key contributor in the Gulf region’s economic standing with an annual turnover of $7.4 billion. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, LuLu Group mainly operates in 22 countries located across the Middle East, Asia, US, and Europe.

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”