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.

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

Updated 24 November 2020

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

As part of its partnership with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, STC Group, the digital enabler of the Kingdom’s agenda for the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020, provided its 5G services to the media center responsible for covering the summit activities. In addition, the Saudi telecom operator supported all sites dedicated for hosting the summit’s virtual meetings, with technologies that enabled digital services throughout all the G20 Summit meetings held under the presidency of the Kingdom.

At the International Media Center, STC set up the “This is Saudi Arabia” platform. Among its aims was the rediscovery of Saudi Arabia through a new perspective, highlighting tourist sites and national heritage in a technologically innovative manner and providing media professionals covering the summit with information on the Kingdom’s touristic offerings.

Majid Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment and acting minister of media, visited STC’s pavilion at the International Media Center, where he was briefed on the telecom giant’s role in supporting the facility and providing technical services to participating media professionals.

Dr. Fahd Al-Tunsi, secretary-general of the G20 Saudi Secretariat, said that he valued the significant role and efforts exerted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its partner — the STC Group — during the Kingdom’s G20 presidency year, adding that such efforts have led to positive results for all stakeholders.  

The company provided more than 11 high-speed sites, covering all areas with wireless networks to serve the digital requirements of the virtual meetings and conferences. In addition, STC provided its logistic and technical services required to ensure the success of this event.   

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said: “As a digital enabler, we take pride in our cooperation with the G20 Saudi presidency at this important time for the Kingdom, and we look forward to providing all services to enable realizing the objectives of this cooperation during the Saudi G20 presidency year.”

He added that the success of the virtual summit in the Kingdom is “an incentive for us in the telecommunications and information technology sector to move forward in the digital transformation journey of the Kingdom.”

“We are proud of the achievements of our country, and we are keen to implement our strategy in supporting investment infrastructure, as well as offering all smart solutions and all capabilities to keep pace with the national requirements and new global developments,” Al-Nasser added.