LuLu food festival brings a taste of Thailand to Saudi Arabia

LuLu food festival brings a taste of Thailand to Saudi Arabia
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Updated 13 January 2021

LuLu food festival brings a taste of Thailand to Saudi Arabia

LuLu food festival brings a taste of Thailand to Saudi Arabia

Regional retailer LuLu, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy Riyadh and the support of Team Thailand in Saudi Arabia, will co-organize a Thai food festival from Jan. 13 to 19th across all LuLu Hypermarkets in the Kingdom as well as online.

The “Thailand Halal Food Festival 2021”will feature more than 500 halal products from Thailand, with exclusive in-store promotions and online offers.

The festival will be officially inaugurated at LuLu Hypermarket — Murabba branch, in Riyadh Avenue Mall, on Wednesday, in compliance with the compulsory health protocols. A variety of good-quality Thai food products and ingredients will be prominently showcased. Visitors can also enjoy an authentic Thai experience at the Thai-themed pavilions, cooking demonstrations, food and fruit sampling booths, and a tourism exhibition in the mall.

Well-renowned for its halal food products, Thailand has the ability to serve as a major food source in the global supply chain. The country focuses on food security and safety, and conducts extensive scientific research to ensure its food products meet the international requirements of halal certification and comply with the rules of Islamic law, underscoring Thailand’s reputation as the “Kitchen of the World.”

LuLu has always been a resourceful partner of diplomatic missions in the Kingdom, including Thailand, supporting them in promoting their products and brands in Saudi Arabia. With high-quality products sourced from various countries and a sustainable logistics system, LuLu is fast expanding its retail chain and services worldwide and is fully-equipped to serve the international community.

Garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons every day, LuLu is the fastest-growing retail chain across 10 countries that include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia. Founded in the early 90s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world and currently operates 197 stores with a workforce of more than 55,000.


Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port
Updated 21 January 2021

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port

Mawani launches new shipping route from Jeddah port

Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the launch of a new shipping service from Jeddah Islamic Port, complementing its strategic partnerships with some of the largest shipping companies in the world, such as Hapag Lloyd, CMA CGM, COSCO and ONE. The introduction of the new service reflects the confidence of global shipping lines in Mawani’s capabilities and the prominent position of Jeddah Islamic Port in global trade through the Red Sea, connecting the Middle East to Europe and North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Indian subcontinent, and covering key ports like Port Tanger in Morocco and Algeciras in Spain.

The new shipping line is a major step forward by Mawani, taken as part of its initiatives launched under the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), building on its achievements during the past year with the support of the Saudi logistics sector and the guidance of Saudi Minister of Transport Saleh Al-Jasser. The effort has been to enhance the international connectivity of ports and attract major shipping companies in line with the strategic objectives of Vision 2030 to enhance the Kingdom’s position in the investment and logistics arena.

The new line (IO3) will link Jeddah Islamic Port with the Indian Ocean and northern European ports. The service will consist of seven vessels with a capacity equivalent to 8,500 standard containers per vessel, approximately 48 vessels per year, which will allow a greater cargo capacity. 

Through the launch of the new line, Mawani aims to enhance the status of Jeddah Islamic Port as a direct point of connectivity between the ports of the East and the West, enabling the port to benefit from its strategic location between three key continents. It will also help strengthen the Kingdom’s position as a leading hub for logistics services and a facilitator of global supply chains, contributing to increased transshipment levels and attracting the largest number of ships operating on the Red Sea coast. Besides, it will make available additional shipping lines for local and international importers and exporters, raising the competitiveness of Saudi ports services and improving their operations. The new line will also help establish attractive logistics centers for investors in the ports sector.

Jeddah Islamic Port has gained historical significance due to the fact that Jeddah is the main gateway to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. It is the largest port in terms of volume and cargo handling capacity, as it handles more than 65 percent of all cargoes imported through Saudi ports. The port covers an area of 12.5 square kilometers.