Hyundai honors truck & bus drivers as ‘Ramadan heroes’

Drivers of Hyundai truck and bus vehicles from various sectors were selected and presented with a certificate of appreciation, in addition to various gifts. (Supplied)
Drivers of Hyundai truck and bus vehicles from various sectors were selected and presented with a certificate of appreciation, in addition to various gifts. (Supplied)
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Updated 05 June 2022

Hyundai honors truck & bus drivers as ‘Ramadan heroes’

Drivers of Hyundai truck and bus vehicles from various sectors were selected and presented with a certificate of appreciation.

Hyundai Motor Company and Al-Majdouie Automotive Co., the distributors of Hyundai in the Eastern Province and northern region of the Kingdom, honored a group of drivers of Hyundai truck and bus vehicles, in appreciation of their efforts in general, and especially during Ramadan.
Drivers from various sectors were selected and presented with a certificate of appreciation, in addition to various gifts.
Hyoung Jung Im, head of Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa headquarters, said: “This initiative is in line with our global Hyundai Motor Company’s direction ‘Partners in every way,’ where we acknowledge the noble efforts of these ‘heroes of Ramadan,’ and show thanks and appreciation for the diligent efforts of drivers from our partner Hyundai truck and bus fleet operators, who work around the clock in transporting goods, products and passengers. Thanks to their hard work, the production and work cycle of the local economy in all sectors keeps moving, and their very important contribution is evident in the blessed month of Ramadan, as they work while fasting to transport goods, foodstuffs and all other needs for the blessed month, in addition to transporting passengers to their destinations in comfort and safety.”

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This initiative by Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa conveys the company’s unwavering commitment toward becoming a more human-centric and sustainable mobility provider.

The drivers expressed their gratitude to Hyundai and Al-Majdouie, for this symbolic act of appreciation.
Mahmoud Abdulaziz, who works at Farah Food Industries Factory, has been driving commercial vehicles for 20 years, and currently drives a Hyundai Mighty truck.
Expressing pride in his job, Abdulaziz said: “Delivering food in Ramadan while fasting was not easy but I was so proud as I felt that I am helping the people by delivering the food stock to the grocery stores and market on time.”
He added: “I feel proud to be chosen, and I would like to thank Hyundai for such an initiative.”
Mohamed Ahmed Sidiq, a truck driver at the Arabian Supply Contracting Est, has been behind the wheels of commercial vehicles for 20 years, and since has driven various Hyundai trucks and buses, namely the Hyundai truck Xcient and the County bus.
“As a driver, I feel thankful for the opportunity to be of service to my company and colleagues, especially in Ramadan. I am proud of my job as I do my best to deliver my passengers safely and on time,” Sidiq said, adding: “On having this opportunity to be recognized by Hyundai, I feel so honored.”
Working as a Hyundai County bus driver at Al-Otaishan Group for the past four years, Hussain Abu Hleka feels grateful for his role. He said: “I feel proud to help the employees of our group and drive them on time to and from work, especially in Ramadan when people are fasting. I thank Hyundai for this act of kindness and appreciation.”
This initiative by Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa conveys the company’s unwavering commitment toward becoming a more human-centric and sustainable mobility provider.


Alshaya Group, MODON launch Starbucks factory in Sudair City

Alshaya Group, MODON launch Starbucks factory in Sudair City
Updated 31 January 2023

Alshaya Group, MODON launch Starbucks factory in Sudair City

Alshaya Group, MODON launch Starbucks factory in Sudair City

Alshaya Group and the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones, known as MODON, celebrated the official inauguration of Alshaya’s central food production facility, in the presence of MODON’s Chief Executive Majid bin Rafid Al-Arqoubi, and General Manager of Alshaya Group in Saudi Arabia Faisal Alshaya, along with other officials.

Spread over 18,000 square meters in Sudair Industrial and Business City, located approximately 120 km from Riyadh, the new facility falls within masterplan efforts to stimulate and attract private sector investments to achieve the goals of the national strategy for industrial growth.

Alshaya said: “We are very proud to officially open our first central food production facility in the Kingdom at Sudair Industrial and Business City. In partnership with MODON, this facility will continue to manufacture locally produced products for our Starbucks coffee shops in the Kingdom, as well as provide more opportunities for Saudi nationals to join Alshaya.”

The opening of the new facility comes within the framework of attracting international investments in MODON and contributing to the localization of manufacturing and product delivery, as well as supporting the expansion plans of the Kuwait-based Alshaya Group. 

Manned by a workforce of more than 200 employees, including Saudi nationals, the new factory operates with a production capacity of 60,000 units per day. Production includes a variety of freshly baked goods, sandwiches, and healthy options that are supplied to more than 400 Starbucks outlets across the country daily. The facility aims to supply over 500 branches by the end of 2023. 

MODON’s strategy to enable the industry and contribute to increasing local content relies on developing more services and products. Their aim is centered around an innovative vision that meets the requirements of private sector partners and enhances their participation in economic diversification in line with Vision 2030. This includes its initiatives in the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program.

Sudair City for Industry and Business was established in 2009 on an area of 63,936 million square meters, of which 16.9 million square meters comprise a developed area. 

It includes 331 industrial, service and logistical contracts, including those in operation and those under implementation. It also includes many important industries, most notably: food and beverage, medical, machinery and equipment, and other manufacturing units, such as computers, electronics, optical products, and electrical equipment.


Mobily’s support for Diriyah E-Prix shows potential for sustainable tech

Mobily’s support for Diriyah E-Prix shows potential for sustainable tech
Updated 31 January 2023

Mobily’s support for Diriyah E-Prix shows potential for sustainable tech

Mobily’s support for Diriyah E-Prix shows potential for sustainable tech

As another action-packed 2023 CORE Diriyah E-Prix race weekend concluded, viewers were shown the exciting future of sustainable technology, with Mobily being at the forefront of this bold potential. 

The weekend’s Diriyah E-Prix provided the ideal platform for new and emerging technologies as the drivers proved electric-powered cars can be just as fast and exciting as traditional petrol vehicles. Mobily has already shown its support for the event after signing a partnership agreement to sponsor the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Season 9 of the 2023 CORE Diriyah E-Prix.

Nora Al-Shiha, SVP, corporate brand and communications at Mobily, said: “The huge success of 2023 CORE Diriyah E-Prix not only reflects the amazing potential for electric-powered racing but also the profound impact this kind of sustainable technology will have on the lives of everyone. At Mobily, we have placed sustainability at the core of what we do, and it is why we decided to sponsor both the 2022 and 2023 events in such a manner. But as a company, we are going beyond just sponsorship deals, we are implementing a series of initiatives that will have a meaningful impact in helping to safeguard the environment for future generations.”

Mobily has worked closely with local promoter and event organizer CBX, the Ministry of Sport and the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation before and during the race event. 

Formula E is the largest global sports event promoting sustainable practices and the further adoption of electric vehicles. Mobily’s sponsorship, therefore, reaffirms its commitment to supporting and nurturing sustainability in line with its vision and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals. The Formula E sponsorship deal is perhaps the most high-profile example of Mobily’s wider commitment to sustainability while it is also pushing ahead with technological advancements and delivering excellent services and solutions to customers.

As a result, the company is focused on raising society’s awareness of the impact of carbon emissions and the benefits that come with clean mobility, all while pushing the Formula E World Championship as the first major global sport to be certified with a net-zero carbon footprint. 

As the importance of a sustainable future becomes imperative, Mobily aims to play a central role by implementing innovative digital solutions that enhance the way people communicate and elevate their lifestyle. 


stc Bahrain partners with American Express ME

stc Bahrain partners with American Express ME
Updated 31 January 2023

stc Bahrain partners with American Express ME

stc Bahrain partners with American Express ME

stc Bahrain has partnered with American Express Middle East to support the company’s ongoing “Trees for Life” campaign. As part of the partnership, American Express Middle East has pledged to plant 1,000 trees across various locations in the country to increase the number of green spaces in Bahrain.

The partnership is a part of stc Bahrain’s commitment to preserving the environment and combating climate change in line with the country’s vision to double the number of trees from 1.8 million to nearly 3.6 million by 2035. The campaign also aims to reduce desertification, address increasingly high temperatures and promote environmental awareness and air quality enhancement in Bahrain. 

stc Bahrain CEO Nezar Banabeela said: “As part of our efforts to increase the number of green spaces in Bahrain, we are delighted to partner with American Express Middle East to commit to the ongoing cause and to spread awareness on the importance of preserving the environment.” 

We are proud to be at the forefront of the Kingdom’s largest afforestation campaign and are grateful to American Express Middle East for joining us in achieving our high ambitions to create a sustainable future for all.”

Mazin Khoury, CEO of American Express Middle East, said: “Sustainability and environmental protection are key priorities for our business strategy and operations at American Express Middle East.”


LuLu brings back flavors & deals with ‘World Food Festival’

The LuLu World Food Festival has rolled out massive offers and exciting deals across all its hypermarkets in the Kingdom.
The LuLu World Food Festival has rolled out massive offers and exciting deals across all its hypermarkets in the Kingdom.
Updated 31 January 2023

LuLu brings back flavors & deals with ‘World Food Festival’

The LuLu World Food Festival has rolled out massive offers and exciting deals across all its hypermarkets in the Kingdom.

LuLu Hypermarket’s popular annual promotion — the “World Food Festival” — is back, bringing with it attractive deals on ingredients and kitchen equipment, and hands-on lessons on the latest food trends from some of the most famous names in the culinary world today. The festival, which started on Jan. 25 and will run until Feb. 8, will cover all meals from fast food to breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.

Headlining the roster of celebrity chefs who will interact with LuLu shoppers is Chef Isam Alghamdi, a Saudi culinary rockstar with a massive fan following among women and youth. His famous cinnamon rolls draw crowds from other regions to taste it. Chef JP Anglo from the Philippines, widely known for his delicious cuisine and restaurant, is also at the festival this year. He is a TV star with programs such as Junior MasterChef: Pinoy Edition and Master Chef: Pinoy Edition as well as a food vlogger and YouTuber. Moreover, Chef Vicky Ratnani, an award-winning Indian chef from Mumbai who has a cooking show called “Vicky goes Veg,” will wow crowds with his innovative culinary creations.

The LuLu World Food Festival has rolled out massive offers and exciting deals on its wide range of globally sourced products and hot food varieties across all its hypermarkets in the Kingdom. As part of the celebration, shoppers can look forward to some delicious sampling of skillfully put together meals from around the world by LuLu’s team of in-house chefs, who will bring some of the world’s best-known dishes to the Hot Foods section of the hypermarket.

In addition to all the goodies, two South Indian states known for their flavorful cuisines will share the spotlight — the “Hyderabadi Dhamaka” and “Tamil Nadu Thali” events will feature the best of the cuisines of these states with specialties such as filter coffee, Hyderabadi biryani, and others. Shoppers can participate in pop quizzes about these cuisines and compete in cookery contests that will be judged by celebrity judges, who will focus on talented home chefs. Anyone can be the “LuLu Chef of the Day” by simply creating a recipe and sharing on social media with #LuLuChef.

This year, the festival is focusing on healthy food, with plenty of great-tasting ingredients and new ways to use kitchen technology to deliver food that is less greasy and packs a nutritional punch. Keto, vegan and organic food trends are being showcased too. With the weather being perfect for outdoor grilling, shoppers can check out the best cuts of meat and seafood for barbecue parties as well as vegetables and fruits at their juicy and seasonal best from all over the world.

LuLu is also showcasing its popular own-label products, including its paratha, tiramisu, sahlab and karak chai — items that are increasingly popular among Saudis.
Besides some terrific deals on a range of ingredients that cater to every imaginative culinary experiment — think decadent desserts or seafoods and meat or vegan — and new choices for every meal plan from breakfast onwards, the festival aims to be a true celebration of good food across the 27 LuLu Hypermarkets, 18 Aramco Commissaries and six minimarts inside Saudi Arabian National Guard in the Kingdom.

“We are witnessing a blossoming of the gastronomic culture in Saudi Arabia and with their exposure to world cuisines and trends and the influence of social media, a new taste palate is being shaped here. LuLu is ready for this culinary adventure. With our sourcing offices and food processing plants in 26 countries, we can ensure that only the very best ingredients and food trends find their way to our customer trolleys,” said Shehim Mohammed, director, LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia.


'Your Ticket Your Visa': Saudia first airline to offer stopover transit visa

'Your Ticket Your Visa': Saudia first airline to offer stopover transit visa
Updated 31 January 2023

'Your Ticket Your Visa': Saudia first airline to offer stopover transit visa

'Your Ticket Your Visa': Saudia first airline to offer stopover transit visa

Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Kingdom’s national flag carrier, has announced the launch of a new service that provides guests with even easier access to the Kingdom through a digital integration system that links transit visas with flight tickets.

The “Your Ticket Your Visa” service will allow guests to stay in the Kingdom for up to 96 hours, during which they can travel around the Kingdom and perform Umrah. The first-of-its-kind service has been introduced in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Pilgrims Service Program, and Saudi Tourism Authority, and covers all international airports in Saudi Arabia. 

The digital integration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitates the issuing of the transit visa and links it to the flight ticket within three minutes.

Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia, said: “The launch of this innovative and seamless stopover visa is the first-of-its-kind in the aviation industry and a significant milestone in our digital transformation program. It is a testament to Saudia’s commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s strategic goal of reaching 100 million visits by 2030 and we are confident it will positively impact the growing number of transit passengers while enhancing our position as a hub that connects east and west. The new service will also encourage passengers to perform Umrah, visit key destinations and attend events and Saudi seasons.”

The launch of the service comes in line with Saudia’s commitment to promoting King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and strengthening its role in the region by configuring the airline’s flights coming from the east and departing to the west. It will facilitate travel procedures by collaborating with the Jeddah Airports Company, and coordinating with the Saudi Tourism Authority to provide incentive packages for those wishing to benefit from the “Your Ticket Your Visa” service.

The new service is part of the digital services provided by Saudia via its website and smart applications, which are constantly evolving to facilitate and simplify travel procedures and make a shift in the after-sales services.