Lulu anchors its seafood festival in Saudi Arabia 

Lulu anchors its seafood festival in Saudi Arabia 
The week-long ‘Lulu Fishtival’ was launched in Riyadh in a ceremony attended by Dr. Ali Mohammed Alshekhi, Shehim Mohammed and other esteemed guests. 
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Updated 02 December 2021

Lulu anchors its seafood festival in Saudi Arabia 

Lulu anchors its seafood festival in Saudi Arabia 

RIYADH: LuLu Group’s flagship Hypermarkets have just anchored in with the most delicious and wholesome marine bounty—the Catch of the Day from around the world.

The “LuLu Fishtival” will run from Dec.1 - 7 at all LuLu stores across the Kingdom. The week-long festival was launched by Dr. Ali Mohammed Alshekhi, director of the General Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and CEO of the National Program for the Development of the Fisheries Sector, and Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, in a ceremony held in LuLu Hypermarket Murabba, Riyadh.

Daily fresh fish as varied as Norwegian Salmon, Nile Perch, shrimp, local Sheri and King Fish, plump farmed Prawns, black Seabream, fresh Crab, Cuttlefish, Tilapia and many varieties are on fare, which the expert fishmongers at LuLu will cut, clean and debone for customers if required.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is well known for its amazing marine life and the traditional dishes in Arabic cuisine using seafood. To highlight the country’s richness in fresh seafood, this festival brings the best of our fish and seafood offerings — which is made possible through the strong network of food sourcing from around the world,” said Mohammed.

“We proudly support our local produce as well, such as being the biggest promoters of SAMAQ-certified products, which highlight the products by the national aquaculture product certification and labeling program of the Saudi Aquaculture Society under the guidance of MEWA,” he added.

Apart from featuring the fresh catch from all over the world, LuLu’s fish counters will also brim with frozen and prepared fish, such as frozen crab-sticks, mussel meat, seafood cocktail, smoked herring fish steaks, light meat tuna, and much more.

Seafood aficionados can also indulge their taste buds with a host of readily-prepared fish delicacies such as spicy fish biryani or fish masala, kadai shrimp, oriental fish manchurian in gravy, light meat tuna in garlic and chilly, or try local expertly prepared favorites such as assorted grilled fishes like “samak sayadiya” or broasted fish strips.


Kingdom to get region’s first Porsche Design Hotel

Kingdom to get region’s first Porsche Design Hotel
Updated 16 January 2022

Kingdom to get region’s first Porsche Design Hotel

Kingdom to get region’s first Porsche Design Hotel

Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Development Fund has signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Hospitality, the umbrella brand of the German hotel company Steigenberger Hotels AG, to develop and operate Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels projects in the Kingdom.

The agreement, which was signed in the presence of Ahmed Al-Khatib, minister of tourism and chairman of the board of directors of the Tourism Development Fund, includes the right to exclusively launch the first Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels project in the Middle East. The MoU was signed by Qusai Al-Fakhri, CEO of TDF, and Marcus Bernhardt, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality.

The luxurious Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels will feature the distinctive Porsche lifestyle design coupled with Steigenberger hospitality and service quality, offering an innovative hotel concept within the lifestyle segment. With a minimum of 150 rooms, suites, and penthouses, the hotels will include a restaurant and lounge concept, exclusive meet and greet areas, and world-class health and beauty facilities, with a gym and wellness area. Guests will also benefit from an individualized journey at every touchpoint, driven by the hotel’s focus on hyper personalization, innovation, and functional approach.

TDF CEO Al-Fakhri said: “We are pleased to announce the signing of this MoU with Deutsche Hospitality, a company that blends world-class hospitality with elevated standards to attract entities to invest in, develop, and operate high-quality, iconic hotel projects in Saudi Arabia. Through this collaboration, which will result in first of its kind hospitality offerings, we continue to enhance the Kingdom’s tourism offering under the National Tourism Strategy.”

Bernhardt added: “We are pleased to collaborate with TDF to launch new hotel projects in Saudi Arabia, including the first Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotel in the Middle East. The project will cater to the sophisticated needs of the Saudi market, creating a unique and innovative experience within the Kingdom’s luxury lifestyle hotel segment that is sure to offer an incomparable guest experience. A Porsche Design Hotel in Saudi Arabia reflects our commitment to the region and our support for the Kingdom as a leading global tourist destination.”

TDF plays a pivotal role in advancing tourism development in Saudi Arabia by enabling private investors to participate in the sector. It provides support to SMEs and large institutions alike, ranging from planning to providing support from various tourism-related government agencies. The fund offers a variety of tailored solutions that suit the needs of investors, including direct financing, bank guarantees, and co-financing with banks.


Sony exhibits new technologies at CES 2022

Sony exhibits new technologies at CES 2022
Updated 16 January 2022

Sony exhibits new technologies at CES 2022

Sony exhibits new technologies at CES 2022

Sony exhibited at CES 2022 that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada and online from Jan. 5-7.

Sony’s purpose is to “fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology.” Based on its corporate direction of “getting closer to people,” Sony is working to create new value that inspires people’s emotion, by getting closer to creators and users.

Kenichiro Yoshida, chairman, president and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, spoke at Sony’s press conference held on Jan. 4 ahead of the tech event’s public opening. He said: “Throughout the past two challenging years, we have reaffirmed the importance of our purpose. We want to enable people to connect more deeply with those who share the same interests and form stronger bonds within their communities.” He touched on Sony’s work with artists such as Adele on her new album “30,” and introduced its latest technologies and initiatives to support creators, including “Virtual Production” that removes restrictions on video production, Sony’s professional drone “Airpeak” that supports creativity, and its latest smartphone “Xperia PRO-I.”

Next to take the stage was Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, to talk about PlayStation Productions, a collaboration between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Interactive Entertainment to produce movies and TV based on PlayStation IP. Tom Holland, who stars in PlayStation Productions’ film adaptation of Uncharted, and Neil Druckmann, co-president of game development studio Naughty Dog, talked about the significance of the collaboration.

Next, Jim Ryan, president and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment, announced the next-generation virtual reality system PlayStation VR2 and the new PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers. Furthermore, he announced the latest in the “Horizon” series, “Horizon Call of the Mountain,” which was a huge hit all over the world, as a title exclusively for PlayStation VR2.

Yoshida then took to the stage again, to highlight the tracking technology of Sony Group company Hawk-Eye Innovations, and Sony’s partnership with Manchester City Football Club for the realization of next-generation fan communities in the virtual space.

Yoshida concluded his presentation by speaking on the latest progress and future direction of VISION-S, an initiative that aims to contribute to the evolution of mobility. A prototype (VISION-S 01), which is being tested on public roads, and an SUV-type prototype vehicle (VISION-S 02) as a new form factor, was exhibited at the event.

“Sony is well-positioned as a ‘creative entertainment company’ to redefine mobility,” the chairman said. He announced that Sony will establish an operating company “Sony Mobility Inc.” in the spring of 2022, through which the company intends to explore entry into the EV market.

Sony’s professional drone “Airpeak S1,” for which sales have now started in the US, was also exhibited for the first time.

Airpeak S1 is the world’s smallest drone that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless Alpha camera. It features a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology that enables high agility and dynamic and precise flight.


Abdul Latif Jameel Finance launches ‘Cash Jameel’ for SMEs

Abdul Latif Jameel Finance launches ‘Cash Jameel’ for SMEs
Updated 13 January 2022

Abdul Latif Jameel Finance launches ‘Cash Jameel’ for SMEs

Abdul Latif Jameel Finance launches ‘Cash Jameel’ for SMEs

RIYADH: Abdul Latif Jameel Finance has launched its latest product, Cash Jameel, targeting small and medium enterprises as an Islamic Tawarruq product.

The introduction of Cash Jameel is part of the company’s strategy to diversify its financial products and serve a larger segment of its customers and meet their needs.

The genesis of this product comes on the back of the launch of various products by the company within the financial services sector, including financing for cars, heavy equipment, as well as productive and consumer assets. 

Abdul Latif Jameel Finance prioritizes the burgeoning small and medium enterprise sector and understands the importance of supporting it as a means of driving forward the development and advancement of the nation’s economy.

The company collaborates with the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority and the “Kafalah” program to support this important sector. 

Small and medium enterprises may apply via the company website: www.aljfinance.com


The secret to McDonald’s world-famous fries

The secret to McDonald’s world-famous fries
Updated 13 January 2022

The secret to McDonald’s world-famous fries

The secret to McDonald’s world-famous fries

Ever wonder why McDonald’s fries always taste delicious? The epic French fries that are crispy and golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside have been served to customers across the Gulf since the 1990s and have always maintained the highest standards, here is why. 
It all starts with the potatoes. They are high-quality 100 percent natural and non-GMO potatoes. All potatoes must meet a set of high standards related to size, shape, variety, color, and storability. 
McDonald’s restaurants are quite strict about the type of potatoes they use since serving delicious, quality food has always been the chain’s top priority. Sourced from trusted and approved suppliers, these potatoes get peeled, cut, and blanched before being frozen and shipped to the restaurants, where they are prepared into the hot, crispy fries you know and love.
McDonald’s potato suppliers are experts and adhere to the chain’s stringent halal food quality and safety standards. All the suppliers use state-of-the art technology and quality controls to identify ideal potatoes. 
Then inside the restaurants, there are specific standards deployed to ensure the quality and consistency of the French fries. The process McDonald’s uses to cook the fries in-restaurant is very well defined — everything from the cooking time to the amount of salt is carefully measured, so they always taste hot and delicious.
The potatoes, which do not contain any animal derivatives, are cooked using a 100 percent vegetarian canola-sunflower oil blend, served with a mere pinch of salt before being delivered to the customers. 
Secret? There is no secret, only high-quality potatoes that are planted and grown specifically for McDonald’s and uniformly cut for you to always enjoy. 


Al-Borg Diagnostics supports healthcare startups

Al-Borg Diagnostics supports healthcare startups
Updated 12 January 2022

Al-Borg Diagnostics supports healthcare startups

Al-Borg Diagnostics supports healthcare startups

Nine healthcare startups from across the GCC and North Africa will compete for funding and investment at an event in Riyadh on Jan. 17. The competition is part of an accelerator program launched by Al-Borg Diagnostics, one of the largest chains of medical labs in the Kingdom.

The nominated startups will pitch their innovative ideas to a group of investors at Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC, to win Al-Borg’s first, second, and third prize. The top three startups will receive awards and funding.

Al-Borg Med-Tech Accelerator program was launched last January by Al-Borg Diagnostics in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and as part of the company’s social responsibility toward youth empowerment, innovation fostering, intellectual property, and the localization of technologies, with the overall aim of improving healthcare services.

The board of directors will allocate an amount of $1 million annually for the program, in support of social and economic development, healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and providing a common workspace and relevant training programs, for a period of 10 years.

The program received applications from 100 local and multinational startups, of which 32 have been selected in the following categories: Health insurance and financial technology, logistics services, healthcare, artificial intelligence, transport and tracking system, remote diagnosis and consultations, domestic care, urgent care, pharmacy, and 3D printing.

Al-Borg Diagnostics contracted with both local and international service providers and consultants to implement the program, provide acceptance services, filter applicants, set standards, provide remote guidance and counseling services, write and prepare investment memos, and prepare the startups for pitching their ideas to the investors.

With its contribution, Al-Borg Diagnostics aims to improve the quality of life and improve health services in the Kingdom, as well as play its part in achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.