LuLu showcases Indian food & fashion in week-long festival

LuLu showcases Indian food  & fashion in week-long festival
The festival was inaugurated on Jan. 23 by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, government officials, and others.
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Updated 25 January 2022

LuLu showcases Indian food & fashion in week-long festival

LuLu showcases Indian food  & fashion in week-long festival

LuLu Hypermarket has flagged off a week of festivities to celebrate the Republic Day of India (Jan. 26). Titled “India Utsav,” the colorful shopping festival showcases the beautiful ethnic fashions of India and the variety of foods that make up the country’s different regional cuisines.

The festival was inaugurated on Jan. 23 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 Hypermarket Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba.

In Jeddah, the festival was inaugurated by Mohd. Shahid Alam, consul general of India, Jeddah. The event is being celebrated at all LuLu stores across the Kingdom and runs until Jan. 29.

Ambassador Sayeed said: “The LuLu Group plays a great role in being a bridge between India and Saudi Arabia, as a corporate giant with an Indian heart, roots in the Kingdom and a global presence. Not only has the group pushed the envelope in promoting Indian products in the region, it has also leveraged its knowledge of India to invest in projects that will generate employment and create valuable channels of wealth generation for Indian farmers and retailers. 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 “Indian Utsav,” 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, on offer is a huge range of freshly prepared hot foods, from biryanis to curries, popular street foods, traditional sweets, and many more Indian delicacies.

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•The festival features a number of promotions to help shoppers discover the wonders of Indian food and fashion.

•There are discounts on rice, traditional breakfast powders, cereals, spices, meats and ready-to-cook snacks and food.

Mohammed said: “The ‘India Utsav’ is always an enjoyable shopping event where Saudi shoppers can indulge their love for all things Indian. We have always taken pride in showcasing the beauty and diversity of Indian culture through a festival like this. Lulu has a strong connect with its Indian markets and has continued to maintain it over the years with extraordinary sales.

“This is our humble tribute to the glorious traditions, food and offerings, which have made their way into the hearts of the Kingdom’s population. This is also our initiative to bind together all communities for a common interest, through food, fashion, films, and tourism.”

The festival features a number of promotions to help shoppers discover the wonders of Indian food and fashion; there are discounts on rice, traditional breakfast powders, cereals, spices, meats and ready-to-cook snacks and food. In addition, there is a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” offer on clothing for the whole family.

LuLu, which has its own food processing plants and sourcing offices in India, recently introduced a new range of products, featuring organic, low-fat, gluten-free and diet-based food options, that are popular with health-conscious shoppers.


Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera

Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera
Updated 27 June 2022

Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera

Huawei launches P50 Series featuring innovative camera

Among Huawei’s smartphones, the Huawei P-Series, which in 2021 achieved a total shipment of 100-million-unit mark, is known for having outstanding camera features and exquisite designs. The P Series has always maintained a commitment to quality, style and photography, with each product representing the peak of mobile imagery innovation at the time and earning a place as a true classic in smartphone photography.

The Huawei P50 Series embodies the company’s own brand of imaging technology, featuring an innovative Dual-Matrix camera design that includes a powerful main camera matrix and zoom camera matrix. The lineup is also the first in the industry to support Huawei XD Optics, which allow it to go beyond the limits of physics. Computational photography is also improved, empowering the camera system to deliver true-to-life colors and supporting super high-definition and dynamic range capture, as well as a more powerful ultra snapshot functionality.

The Dual Matrix camera system of P50 Series balances both form and function. The P50 Pro employs computational photography technologies, such as the Huawei XD Optics and Huawei XD Fusion Pro image engines that transcend physical limitations. The XD Fusion Pro Engine includes a True-Chroma Image Engine, new Super Color Filter System and super HDR, enabling the phone to deliver more realistic colors, ultra-clear image quality and high dynamic range. The image processing capabilities added to the optical imaging system can correct the optical differentials and restore the details in images by up to 25 percent. Hardware is integrated with Huawei XD Optics in the P50 resulting in high-resolution images that are brighter and clearer with more details.

The P50 Pro features an expansive 6.6-inch True-Chroma Display with a 3D curved screen and a small single punch hole camera on the top that supports the full P3 color gamut and HDR. The display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz to provide a smooth user experience for users. Meanwhile, the P50 features a large 6.5-inch True-Chroma Display that supports 1.07 billion colors allowing it to produce colors with accuracy comparable to professional reference displays. Both handsets are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance, and they both sport dual stereo speakers for an immersive audio experience.

The P50 Pro boasts a 4,360 mAh battery and supports 66 W Huawei SuperCharge and 50 W Wireless Huawei SuperCharge. On the other hand, the Huawei P50 packs a 4100 mAh battery into a compact design and it supports 66 W Huawei SuperCharge for swift recharging.

Controlling multiple devices at once is as easy as controlling just one single device, thanks to the Super Device features. The Device+ tab in Control Panel enables users to easily control or set up multi-device collaboration with other devices, such as the Huawei Vision, FreeBuds, MatePad and MateBook.

The Huawei P50 is now available in Saudi Arabia at a price of SR2,999 ($800) from Huawei’s online platforms and select retailers.


LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones

LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones
Updated 27 June 2022

LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones

LuLu festival offers exclusive deals on smartphones

LuLu Hypermarket’s “Let’s Connect” festival featuring attractive deals on smart devices and accessories, was inaugurated on June 24 at Atyaf Mall in Riyadh by Saad Al-Dawi, a popular tech influencer in the Kingdom. The much-awaited promotion is being held at all LuLu Hypermarket branches across the Kingdom and offers the best deals on premium brands of smartphones and accessories, including exclusive discounts, flash deals as well as unique online offers. 

“Our popular ‘Let’s Connect’ digital goods festival comes just in time for summer as people look to update their phones, cameras and accessories for the summer break,” said Shehim Mohammed, director, LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia. “We have curated the best deals and products at the best prices to delight our shoppers. In this day and age, we cannot afford to let our connectivity get outdated — the latest products help us stay efficient.”

The promotion will run until July 5 in all stores across the Kingdom and online at www.luluhypermarket.com

With more than 230 stores operating worldwide, LuLu strives to provide the community with exclusive products at affordable prices. With the combination of high-quality offerings and an organized logistics system, LuLu remains to be the favorite shopping destination in the Kingdom when it comes to a broader selection of both local and international products.


Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah

Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah
Updated 27 June 2022

Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah

Jewels of Emirates Show launches in Sharjah

The third edition of the Jewels of the Emirates Show, organized by Expo Centre Sharjah, with the support of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is set to kick off on Thursday. The exhibition, which runs until July 3, is regarded as a distinct platform to support the gold and jewelry industry, with a presence of more than 20 designers and around 100 exhibitors from leading gold and jewelry brands.

The 8,000-square-meter exhibition will provide designers and participants with an excellent opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity, promote their latest innovations in gold and jewelry, develop their craft and marketing skills, achieve rewarding revenues, and increase their sales.

Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, said: “The Emirati gold and jewelry industry is known for several competitive features that have propelled it to the forefront of the global gold and precious metals trade.”

Thus, the UAE now accounts for 11 percent of the world’s total gold exports, and the gold industry has grown significantly, according to World Gold Council data, which indicates a 36 percent increase in consumer demand for gold in the UAE in the first quarter of this year to 14.5 tons compared to 10.7 tons the previous year.”


Nayifat to streamline finances with Geidea’s payment solutions

Nayifat to streamline finances with Geidea’s payment solutions
Updated 27 June 2022

Nayifat to streamline finances with Geidea’s payment solutions

Nayifat to streamline finances with Geidea’s payment solutions

Geidea, a leading fintech company in Saudi Arabia, has entered into a strategic partnership with Nayifat, one of the pioneers in the Kingdom’s financing space. 

As part of the collaboration, Geidea will provide Nayifat’s customers with its full suite of point-of-sale solutions. This will empower merchants with the ability to accept payments via numerous methods, including contactless cards and wearable devices through Geidea’s PoS terminals and tap-on-phone solutions.

Additionally, merchants will benefit from a simplified repayments solution through Geidea’s PoS terminals. They will also be able to allocate payments toward utilities such as the rent or maintenance of their offices, through PoS terminals by automatically setting aside a percentage or amount of monthly revenue toward their payment obligations. The solution thus automates the entire process — making it seamless and secure.

Abdullah Alshowaier, chief business officer at Geidea, said: “As one of the most respected names in the financing sector, Nayifat has a longstanding reputation for providing innovative financing solutions to customers across the Kingdom. This partnership will enable us to bring our payment and e-commerce solutions to several people that use their services, and help their borrowers and SME customers take advantage of some of the latest technologies aimed at providing a seamless and convenient payment experience.” 

Abdulmohsen Alsowailem, managing director and CEO at Nayifat, said: “We are delighted to team up with Geidea, a market leader in payment solutions. This partnership will enable us to offer our SME customers a best-in-class experience whenever they make payments. The PoS financing product is definitely set to satisfy business needs allowing companies to streamline cash flows and finances, which is the key driver for Nayifat as we go an extra mile to raise the bar for structured finance product offering, to continuously support SMEs in line with Vision 2030.”


New low-cost Wizz Air flights connect Kingdom to Europe, UAE

New low-cost Wizz Air flights connect Kingdom to Europe, UAE
Updated 26 June 2022

New low-cost Wizz Air flights connect Kingdom to Europe, UAE

New low-cost Wizz Air flights connect Kingdom to Europe, UAE

European ultra-low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced new routes between Dammam and Rome, Vienna and Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi route will be operated by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air’s joint venture airline with ADQ. Launching in September, the new destinations are the first step toward the airline’s growing presence in the Kingdom, which will provide affordable, hassle-free, point-to-point travel for tourists and residents in the Kingdom, Europe and the UAE, strengthening global connectivity.

Tickets for all routes are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting from 24.99 euros ($26).

Last month, Wizz Air signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Ministry of Investment, supported by the Saudi National Air Connectivity Programme (a Ministry of Tourism initiative), to support the development of the Saudi tourism sector. The MoU reflects a shared vision between the parties on the potential Wizz Air could bring to the Kingdom to stimulate tourist demand, thereby making a significant contribution to Saudi Arabia’s planned growth. 

The Abu Dhabi route will be operated by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air’s joint venture airline with ADQ.

The new destinations support the growing Saudi tourism sector, aligning with Vision 2030, a strategic and ambitious vision to triple passenger traffic in the Kingdom by 2030.

Robert Carey, president of Wizz Air, said: “Saudi Arabia is a very exciting market and our expansion will bring ultra-low cost travel to the Kingdom. Our regular flights to Dammam will provide year-round sun for tourists, and provide a mix of destinations for residents of the Kingdom. We want to thank our partners for their support during the expansion, especially the Air Travel Connectivity Program, the Ministry of Investment, GACA, the Dammam Airport, and the government of Saudi Arabia. The recently signed MoU demonstrates our commitment to supporting travelers to and from Saudi by bringing in a new era of air travel with our ultra-low fares, point-to-point network, and high-quality onboard service.”

Khalil Lamrabet, CEO of the Air Connectivity Programme, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with both Wizz Air and Dammam Airport to grow traffic, in particular inbound tourism, from key European markets into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Fahd bin Sulaiman Al-Harbi, CEO of Dammam Airports Company, said: “We are very happy to welcome Wizz Air flights at King Fahd International Airport. Strengthening the global connectivity of the Kingdom is very important and Dammam Airport Company continues to develop new destinations to serve the citizens and residents of the Eastern Province. We are ready to welcome tourists and impress them with the beauty of Dammam ”