Monstarlab to establish strategic base in Kingdom as part of Mideast expansion

Monstarlab to establish strategic base in Kingdom as part of Mideast expansion
Hiroki Inagawa, Group CEO, Monstarlab
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Updated 23 November 2021

Monstarlab to establish strategic base in Kingdom as part of Mideast expansion

Monstarlab to establish strategic base in Kingdom as part of Mideast expansion

Monstarlab, a global digital consultancy firm, has announced that it will establish a strategic base in Riyadh. This move will enable Monstarlab to further expand in the region, accelerate digital transformation and the development of tech talent in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

Founded in Japan, Monstarlab delivers creativity, innovation and value to customers through empowering global talent and pioneering technology and engineering. The company specializes in end-to-end transformation of enterprise and scale-up businesses. Through the Riyadh base, Monstarlab will support diversification within the public and private sector in Saudi Arabia, focusing on customer-centric design and experiences. The Saudi office will be the latest strategic addition to Monstarlab’s growing footprint, which forms part of the company’s overall commitment and investments in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Hiroki Inagawa, Monstarlab’s group chief executive, said: “Saudi Arabia is an exciting market that has invested heavily in digitization and the development of people and talent. We have been working with clients in the Kingdom for some time, including a new company within the Public Investment Fund, and we see tremendous opportunities for further growth. We build digital experiences that enable technology to amplify a positive impact on customers, and we believe we can bring significant benefits to the Saudi market. Through our new strategic base, we will be working with organizations in the country to make a difference within society through local capability development, in line with the country’s long-term strategy.”

Adam Alalwan, Monstarlab’s engagement director, based in the Kingdom, added: “Our goal will be to bring Monstarlab’s global experience and expertise to Saudi Arabia and unlock value for our customers. With a large portion of the nation’s population under the age of 35, we aim to promote the local digital and technology communities.”

Through using state-of-the-art technology, we will be helping to support the advancement of a new generation of tech-savvy talent that will drive future development within the country.

“Our people-focused approach to business is one of our key differentiators — we are looking forward to instilling this ethos into our new base in Saudi Arabia to provide unrivaled learning opportunities for local talent in the field of technology. Our focus will be on working within key sectors including tourism and hospitality, finance and government, healthcare and others to make a positive contribution to the country’s growing economy.”


Danube and F1 champion spread the word on healthy diet

Danube and F1 champion spread the word on healthy diet
Updated 25 November 2021

Danube and F1 champion spread the word on healthy diet

Danube and F1 champion spread the word on healthy diet

The Danube supermarket and hypermarket chain in Saudi Arabia has joined forces with two-time F1 champion Mika Häkkinen in a drive to create awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. As part of the initiative, Danube Online will launch the “Racing Kitchen” on the Danube App during the upcoming F1 season. The feature will host an array of healthy recipes that could be part of a healthy diet and help in reaching an optimized lifestyle. Racing enthusiasts will also have the chance to enter a competition on Danube Online to meet the legendary driver Häkkinen in Jeddah. 

Häkkinen is also bringing his own “INZDR” app to racing fans across the Kingdom. The app aims to redefine the fan experience and provide exclusive content from their favorite driving stars, including high-quality content such as the type of diets and exercise programs maintained by an elite athlete like an F1 driver. 

Ahmad A.R. BinDawood, CEO of BinDawood Holding, the owner and operator of Danube, said: “We are thrilled to partner with such a legendary champion and athlete to help create awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthy and high-quality diet in order to support an optimized lifestyle. Our Danube stores stock a huge range of organic fresh produce and high-quality products that our customers can avail of to help them maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. We encourage our customers to try out the recipes in the Danube Kitchen section of our Danube App and of course, enter the draw to win a chance to meet Mika Hakkinen.”

The names of the winners will be announced on Danube’s social media handles. 

BinDawood Holding is one of the leading grocery retail operators of hypermarkets and supermarkets in Saudi Arabia. The company has a total of 76 stores, of which 52 are hypermarkets and 24 are supermarkets, each located strategically across the Kingdom, and operating under two complementary brands: BinDawood and Danube.


Tamimi Markets opens new store in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter 

Tamimi Markets opens new store in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter 
Updated 25 November 2021

Tamimi Markets opens new store in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter 

Tamimi Markets opens new store in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter 

Tamimi Markets announced the official grand opening of its newest store in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh. Attending the event was His Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, Ambassador Ludovic Pouille of France, Ambassador Ole E. Moesby of Denmark, DQ Executive Director Noble Franklin Coker, members of the DQ’s diplomatic staff, executives and excited DQ residents. Tamimi ownership and executive management was represented by Tamimi Markets CEO Abdul Aziz Al-Tamimi, General Manager Bobby Rajendran, Tamimi Holding SVP Finance & Investment Fawaz Al-Tamimi and other senior staff members. 

“Tamimi Markets is known for its wide variety of quality international products, so how perfect that we open our newest branch in the heart of the DQ’s international community,” said Abdul Aziz Tamimi. 

“This stylishly unique store, designed by local Saudi architect Abdulmohsen Al Theyab, is an expression of Tamimi’s innovative spirit and commitment to serving our communities with quality fresh foods from around the world,” said Rajendran. 

“The opening of our DQ Tamimi Market is the most recent example of strengthening the fabric of the community through partnering with organizations that embrace innovative design and deliver the highest quality of products and services.  We welcome the addition of the DQ Tamimi Market to our very special community!” said Coker. 

The new DQ store is Tamimi Markets’ 42nd store in Riyadh and 81st nationally. Tamimi Markets rapid expansion aims to achieve 150 stores by the end of 2025. “We just replaced our original Safeway US distribution center last month in Dammam, have a relatively new facility here in Riyadh and plan to open our new state of the art distribution center in the west in early 2022. These supply chain investments support our rapid growth plans for the west, northern markets, in Riyadh and the Eastern Province,” said Rajendran. “Our customers tell us that we have a superior store and they love our unique items. We just need to be in more places, and our growth plans now reflect that.” 

“Tamimi Markets has internationally recognized high standards for quality, cleanliness and friendly service, but we have also earned a solid reputation for great value,” said Rajendran. “Our Tamimi Markets since 1979’ brand will help shoppers to save even more.”

Shoppers are also invited to sign up for Tamimi Markets Themari loyalty program. It’s free to join and offers cash back by awarding points on purchases and offering exclusive deals for its loyalty members. Our exclusive brands offer great value with Safeway US (Signature Select, O Organic, Lucerne), Costco USA (Kirkland Signature) and Sainsbury’s UK,” said Rajendran. 

Tamimi Markets is one of the Kingdom’s fastest growing supermarket chains. “We are a Saudi family, proudly serving the families of Saudi Arabia with fresh, safe, healthy foods – and a smile, for over 40 years” said Abdulaziz Tamimi. “We look forward to proudly serving the Diplomatic Quarter community for many years to come.” 

 


LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia unveils ace deals from Great Outback at Australia Week shopping festival

LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia unveils ace deals from Great Outback at Australia Week shopping festival
Updated 25 November 2021

LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia unveils ace deals from Great Outback at Australia Week shopping festival

LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia unveils ace deals from Great Outback at Australia Week shopping festival

Australia Week opened on Nov. 24 at Lulu Hypermarket, where acting Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Peter Doyle inaugurated the shopping festival that will run until Nov. 30.

“I’m quite overwhelmed at the quality the Variety and the effort to which everybody has gone to but very things together,” said Doyle. 

On special promotional sale at extraordinary special prices will be all that Australia is famous for — from succulent meat to fresh foods, cupboard essentials, speciality range, and much more. There will also be six new food brands from Australia that will make their shelf debut during the festival.

As the Australian meat industry is a leading exporter of prime cuts of meat to Saudi Arabia, LuLu has imported a total of 128 tons of juicy cuts of Australian meat. An amazing variety of fruits and vegetables and dairy products – especially cheeses, butter and milk will be on the spotlight too. Frozen foods such as oriental vegetable mix, berries and prepared meat snacks, will join speciality foods like organic honey, chia seeds, alongside side a wide selection of chocolates, bakery items and biscuits to tempt shoppers.

“The Australian food industry contributes a healthy export income to the national GDP and we have particularly close ties with Saudi Arabia – in fact the Australian Meat & Livestock Association has planned a campaign to boost exports to Saudi Arabia in the coming months. Also love the way that you are encouraging your customers here to try new products and as we just saw a lot of more the modern sustainable healthy options as well which Australia produce so well,”  said Doyle. 

“This Australian Week at LuLu is a great way for lovers of hearty Aussie food ingredients to experiment with the finest foods from Down Under,” he added. 

LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia director Shehim Mohammed said the festival was part of the Hypermarket’s successful efforts to cater to all nationalities. “With our global network of sourcing offices and state-of-the-art warehousing and logistics support, LuLu Hypermarket is in a great position to showcase some of the amazing food cultures of the world.

“With cooler weather and new health awareness, the time is right to try some of the choicest cuts of Aussie meat, amazing fruits and vegetables and a wide range of cheeses and dairy products bursting with goodness and taste,” said Mohammed. 


World’s largest Bugatti showroom opens in Riyadh

World’s largest Bugatti showroom opens in Riyadh
Updated 24 November 2021

World’s largest Bugatti showroom opens in Riyadh

World’s largest Bugatti showroom opens in Riyadh

Samaco Automotive — the official Bugatti dealer in Saudi Arabia — opened the world’s largest showroom for Bugatti vehicles, covering an area of 250 square meters, at Riyadh’s I MALL Luxury Cars, Al-Nakhil.

Founded and manufactured in France by Ettore Bugatti in 1909, Bugatti has become one of the most important and prestigious Italian brands in the world, attracting the attention of car enthusiasts with its sporty streamlined design and excellent performance on racetracks and roads.

Samaco’s chief executive Mohammed Raffa said: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of the world’s largest Bugatti showroom in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, located at I MALL Luxury Cars.”

Kostas Psarris, regional director of Bugatti in the Middle East and Asia, said: “We celebrate the grand opening of our first Bugatti showroom in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a dream that we, Bugatti and Samaco, had for a very long time. We have very passionate and loyal customers in Saudi Arabia, and we want to make them feel that they are part of this very exclusive community of Bugatti.”

The two models displayed in the Riyadh showroom for the launch event are the two latest derivatives of the Chiron, the Chiron Pur Sport and Chiron Super Sport.

Expressing his excitement about the partnership with Samaco Automotive, Psarris said: “Thanks to Samaco Automotive, we now have our own home in Riyadh.”

Samaco Bugatti provides professional services to customers who wish to acquire Bugatti vehicles. In the presence of Bugatti owners and other people who are interested in the automotive industry, Samaco Bugatti plans to hold events for those who want to view, buy, and live the Bugatti experience.

Demonstrating the power of automobiles at sporting events, Bugatti recently conducted a driving experience in Bahrain for three days, from Nov. 5-7. Bugatti is also participating in the Riyadh International Motor Show, being held from Nov. 18-28, where it is exhibiting its luxury models.

Samaco Automotive will also arrange a driving experience in Riyadh from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, and will conclude its activities by conducting a test drive in Jeddah for three days, from Dec. 9-11, during which drivers will explore Bugatti’s new models that are launched in the Saudi Arabian market.


Majid Al-Futtaim reimagines playful spaces at Tilal Al-Ghaf

Majid Al-Futtaim reimagines playful spaces at Tilal Al-Ghaf
Updated 23 November 2021

Majid Al-Futtaim reimagines playful spaces at Tilal Al-Ghaf

Majid Al-Futtaim reimagines playful spaces at Tilal Al-Ghaf

Majid Al-Futtaim Communities, part of Majid Al-Futtaim Properties, has announced the launch of a new child-led design initiative in collaboration with the Royal Grammar School Guildford, Dubai. The Tilal Al-Ghaf Playful Spaces project aims to develop innovative playgrounds created by children, for children, at Majid Al-Futtaim’s flagship community in Dubai — Tilal Al-Ghaf.

To create playgrounds that are child-centric by design, RGS Guildford Dubai pupils of all ages will work closely with Majid Al-Futtaim Communities’ experienced team of architects, designers and urban planners throughout the conceptualization, design and planning process. The first phase of the collaboration, which is planned for early 2022, aims to capture ideas, develop concepts, and produce initial designs through a series of workshops. The output of these workshops will be assessed for feasibility prior to the final concepts and then design models will be presented to participating RGS Guildford Dubai pupils for feedback.

“The Tilal Al-Ghaf Playful Spaces project reinforces our delivery of sustainable communities built to provide an exceptional lifestyle to everyone who lives, works and plays there. To be truly sustainable, however, communities have to be inclusive — and yet children are rarely, if ever, consulted on urban planning or placemaking matters. By not involving the younger generation, we miss a valuable opportunity,” said Hawazen Esber, chief executive officer, Majid Al-Futtaim Communities.

If the Tilal Al-Ghaf project proves successful, potential exists for this to be applied as a model for other Majid Al-Futtaim Communities’ lifestyle destinations across the region.

The project also aims to give children a platform by which their voices can be heard and their contributions valued whilst helping to hone their design-thinking capabilities.

Craig Lamshed, founding principal, RGS Guildford, Dubai, said: “Harnessing and developing young people’s imagination and creative thinking is something that we are passionate about at RGS Guildford, Dubai. The Playful Spaces project is a brilliant initiative that will give our pupils the chance to explore their own creativity, whilst having a direct impact on shaping their own community. We prepare our pupils to be future ready and I can’t think of a better initiative to be involved with, that is really thinking toward the future.”

Since opening in September this year, the school sits on a 40,000-square-meter campus in the Tilal Al-Ghaf development, and has been establishing new benchmarks in quality education.