Lulu to go ahead with KSA expansion

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Updated 29 June 2020

Lulu to go ahead with KSA expansion

Riyadh: Region’s top retailer Lulu Group has revealed that it’s going ahead with its expansion plans despite the challenges faced due to Covid19 pandemic across the world.  The popular hypermarket chain will open 5 new hypermarkets this year in the Kingdom.

Currently there are 34 Lulu hypermarkets & supermarkets including 17 Commissaries in Aramco, Petroleum Research Center, 5 outlets inside National Guard and 4 shopping malls in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Al Khobar regions serving more than 250,000 customers daily. 

Commenting on the new projects Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group said “KSA is a very important market for us and we have full confidence in the economic scenario and future prospects in the Kingdom, thanks to the wise leadership of the rulers and their proactive initiatives.

“Our main focus will be to take the world-class shopping experience nearer to residents not only in big cities but also in Tier-2 cities such as Hail, Al Hassa, Al Kharj, Jubail, Tabuk which have witnessed exponential growth. With the completion of these 5 new projects, our aim is to provide employment to 1,000 more Saudi nationals, in addition to 2,800 already employed by us including more than 1,000 ladies”.

“As per our plans 3 hypermarkets were supposed to be already opened, but we had to postpone the inauguration due to the global pandemic situation. Now that the restrictions have been lifted and with resumption of normal activities, we have decided to go ahead and launch new hypermarkets on a priority basis” added Yusuffali.

New initiatives

As part of it’s commitment to support and promote Kingdom’s non-oil based trade, Lulu group has signed special agreement with Ministry of Agriculture and Saudi Export House to promote Saudi mark dates and local products outside KSA in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Egypt & GCC countries.

Another focus area would be the expansion of Lulu online shopping to cover larger area with bigger range of grocery and fresh produce. 

Covid Challenges

Yusuff Ali further said that the “thanks to the visionary leadership of the Kingdom, the pandemic situation has been controlled very well and various sectors including the retail, tourism and other trade activities are returning to normal and this will further accelerate the national economy. We are proud to be part of the KSA’s overall development and will continue to support sustainable development strategies”.

During the outbreak of pandemic situation, the role played by leading hypermarkets and supermarket chains such as LULU Group is highly commendable, as they have ensured un-interrupted food supply from around the world at most affordable prices, which resulted in ZERO-PANIC situation in the Kingdom.


Mobile Legends launches new hero for MENA

The new Middle Eastern hero, Khaleed, also known as the Desert Scimitar, demonstrates the temperament of the desert warrior and will join the virtual battlefield on Aug. 7.
Updated 03 August 2020

Mobile Legends launches new hero for MENA

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, a mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed and published by Moonton, has launched a new Middle Eastern hero on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha. Khaleed, also known as the Desert Scimitar, has been available for purchase since July 31 and will join the virtual battlefield on Aug. 7.
Wearing armor and equipped with a sharp sword, Khaleed demonstrates the temperament of the desert warrior. He has three distinct skills that he uses to tackle his enemies.
The first is called Desert Tornado, which sees Khaleed leap into the air and spin around with his weapon. If he is able to hit a hero, he can dash toward that hero’s direction and use Desert Tornado again.
The skill can be used up to three times. The second skill, called Quicksand Guard, harnesses the power of sand to give Khaleed regenerating capabilities and a reduction in damage. When used, heroes advancing toward Khaleed will be slowed significantly. The third skill is called Raging Sandstorm, where Khaleed summons a sandstorm at the designated location.
Enemies in the direction of the sandstorm will be knocked back. Meanwhile, those who are at the landing spot will be heavily damaged.
Additionally, his passive ability is called Sand Walk. When moving, Khaleed is able to accumulate sand, and when the meter is full, he will begin gliding on the map. When active, he has increased movement speed and damage.

HIGHLIGHTS

• According to Google, Mobile Legends ranks No. 3 in the UAE, and No. 7 in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

• The game has been downloaded more than 500 million times. • It has held eSports events such as cosplay competitions, tournaments and roadshows in different countries.

Moonton, an international gaming company, aims to bring different kinds of exciting online games to users around the world.
In Mobile Legends, users can team up with their friends, family or other players to fight enemies and kill monsters, and enjoy a sense of victory brought by the power of the team.
With the rise in internet usage in the Middle East, more and more international gaming enterprises are eyeing to enter the region.
Recently, Mobile Legends has seen an increase in its popularity in the Middle East, with top YouTubers such as Arab Games Network and oCMz calling on their fans to download the game.
According to Google, Mobile Legends ranks No. 3 in the UAE, and No. 7 in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The game has been downloaded more than 500 million times and has held eSports events such as cosplay competitions, tournaments and roadshows in different countries.