Saudi Arabian Airlines launches G20 design on aircraft

Saudi Arabian Airlines launches G20 design on aircraft
Saudia adorned the livery of its aircraft with custom G20 design.
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Updated 23 November 2020

Saudi Arabian Airlines launches G20 design on aircraft

Saudi Arabian Airlines launches G20 design on aircraft

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, welcomed participants to the virtual G20 Summit, which is currently underway from the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The theme of this year’s G20 meeting, which runs from Nov. 21 to 22, is “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.”

To mark the Kingdom’s G20 presidency, the airline adorned the livery of three of its aircraft types: An A320; a Boeing 787-9 and Boeing 777-300ER. The custom design and application of the livery was completed by Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI), a sister company of Saudia.

“Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier is committed to being a global air partner in connecting and strengthening economies and industries, seamlessly connecting travelers across borders, and bolstering logistics and supply chain capabilities,” said Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar.

Coinciding with the momentous occasion is the airline’s 75th anniversary, commemorating one of the first airlines established in the Middle East region.

In recent years, Saudia has invested significantly in its fleet, acquiring state-of-the-art new aircraft; it now operates one of the three youngest fleets in the skies with an average aircraft age of five years.

An award-winning carrier, Saudia is one of the Middle East’s largest airlines, operating 144 narrow and wide body aircraft. The airline route network includes more than 95 destinations across four continents to all 28 domestic airports in the Kingdom. The airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).


LuLu hosts ‘India Fest’ across hypermarkets in KSA

LuLu hosts ‘India Fest’ across hypermarkets in KSA
Updated 26 January 2021

LuLu hosts ‘India Fest’ across hypermarkets in KSA

LuLu hosts ‘India Fest’ across hypermarkets in KSA

Regional retailer LuLu is hosting a Kingdom-wide “India Fest” to mark the 72nd Republic Day of India on Jan. 26. LuLu is offering a wide range of food and spices, authentic dishes, and ethnic clothing to celebrate the event along with the Kingdom’s Indian expatriate community. The festival runs until Jan. 27. 

LuLu kicked off the festival in a launch event, inaugurated by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, government officials, and other dignitaries, at LuLu’s Murabba branch in Riyadh Avenue Mall. In Jeddah, the festival was Inaugurated by Y. Sabir, acting consul general of India, Jeddah. 

Considering the COVID-19 situation, LuLu scaled down the launch event to include a smaller pool of performances and limited guest capacity and with strict observation of social distancing practices. 

Ambassador Sayeed said: “Food security is an important dimension of the bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia. Even during the peak of COVID-19, the supply chains have been maintained between both countries. In this context, LuLu Group has played a very positive role in making available all Indian products, including rice, fruits and vegetables, to the Kingdom during this period. I am very pleased to note that LuLu Group is opening new outlets in different parts of the Kingdom, which is an indication of its popularity among the local population.” 

For the Indian festival, LuLu has flown in more than 7,000 products in different categories, from fresh fruits and vegetables to meat, and traditional wear like sarees and churidars. Moreover, LuLu is offering a range of freshly prepared hot foods, from biryanis to curries, popular street foods, traditional sweets, and many more delicacies.

Mohammed said: “We have always taken pride in showcasing the beauty and diversity of Indian culture through a festival like this. LuLu imports goods worth SR200 million ($53.3 million) through its offices across India every year. This is our humble tribute to the glorious tradition, food and offerings of India, which have been widely popular among the Kingdom’s population comprising more than 200 nationalities. This is also our initiative to bind together all communities for a common interest, which is through food, fashion, film and tourism.” 

LuLu, which has its own food processing plants and sourcing offices in India, has exerted massive efforts to introduce a new range of products, featuring organic, low-fat, gluten-free and many more diet-based food options in store that are popular with health-conscious shoppers.