With focus on wellness, Bentayga EBW arrives in KSA

With focus on wellness, Bentayga EBW arrives in KSA
The new Bentayga has won critical acclaim for its dynamic abilities, with its performance on the road and its ride and handling universally praised.
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Updated 18 May 2022

With focus on wellness, Bentayga EBW arrives in KSA

With focus on wellness, Bentayga EBW arrives in KSA

Bentley Saudi Arabia is bringing a new focus on wellness to its model range with the launch of the Bentayga Extended Wheelbase — a new grand touring SUV that builds on the strengths of the Bentayga to become a new luxury flagship, extending the latest product range to five models.

The Bentayga EWB is the result of a nine-figure investment by Bentley to create a new model that provides the best rear cabin experience since the British automaker’s legendary Mulsanne model, whilst retaining the Bentley hallmarks of effortless performance, exquisite handcraftsmanship, and endless personalization.

Orders will begin to be taken in June with the first deliveries arriving in February 2023, at Bentley Saudia Arabia’s showrooms in Riyadh, Alkhobar and Jeddah.

“The Bentayga EWB is our first car truly dedicated to the onboard wellness of its occupants. Every Bentley gets you to your destination feeling more relaxed than when you started your journey, and yet with the Extended Wheelbase we’ve been able to go even further thanks to the adoption of world-first wellness technology embedded within our unrivaled interior cabin design. In combination with the incredible skills of the craftspeople at our carbon-neutral factory in the UK, these advances make the Bentayga Extended Wheelbase the ultimate luxury SUV to drive or be driven in,” said Peter Smith, general manager, Bentley Saudi Arabia.

The success of the Bentayga defined and enabled the growth of the luxury SUV market since the first unveiling in 2015. Over the last seven years, the Bentayga has proved its credibility through genuine off-road capability, hybrid technology, record-breaking performance, and bespoke specifications. The Bentayga remains Bentley’s best-selling model and has become the benchmark against which other luxury SUVs are measured.

In 2021, Bentley achieved record sales of 14,659 cars, a 31 percent growth over the previous best from 2020 — and the Bentayga accounted for just over a third of this volume. Feedback from Bentley customers is that design, technology, and performance are the three most important factors on the decision to purchase, with the driving characteristics being the top priority among current owners. In a recent survey, owners also confirmed that 82 percent of them use their luxury SUVs daily, 74 percent in cities and urban environments.

The Bentayga EWB builds on the latest second-generation Bentayga, extending the wheelbase and rear cabin space by an extra 180 mm. With body-in-white changes to the underfloor, side panels, door and roof, Bentley’s design team have ensured the lines and proportions continue to exude style and presence. With a larger cabin space than any other luxury competitor, an emphasis on wellness, and the introduction of the world’s first auto climate and advanced postural adjustment rear seat, extraordinary journeys are guaranteed.

The new Bentayga has won critical acclaim for its dynamic abilities, with its performance on the road and its ride and handling universally praised.


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 ”