Autohub marks four years with eye on expansion

Autohub marks four years with eye on expansion
Autohub’s team of professional advisers, engineers and workers celebrate four years of the company’s success.
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Updated 10 August 2022

Autohub marks four years with eye on expansion

Autohub marks four years with eye on expansion

Autohub celebrated four years of its success as one of the leading multi-brand auto care providers in Saudi Arabia — a one-stop shop for automotive repair solutions. Autohub, owned and operated by Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises, is specialized in body and paint repairs, paint protection film, detailing, service maintenance, and much more.

The company operates in the Kingdom’s major cities through eight service centers in Jeddah, Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Taif and Dammam. Since establishment in August 2018, Autohub has been offering comprehensive automotive services to customers, and plans to further expand with more centers to open in the near future.

With customer satisfaction as the main goal of all its services, Autohub has been awarded several excellence awards and quality certifications, including:

•Best work environment 2022: Awarded by a specialized global authority for implementing best practices and providing superior work conditions for its employees for four consecutive years.

•Kodawari 2021: A Toyota-Japan certificate awarded to the best customer service workshop management.

•Moa’ama 2022: A certificate issued by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources to businesses that equip their centers for customers with disabilities.

•ISO 14,001: Granted for repair, services of cars and storage/ sales of spare parts.

All of the above achievements can be attributed to Autohub’s team of professional advisers, engineers and workers. Autohub continues to align with major insurance providers and vehicle dealerships to enhance its repair services and make the customer experience smoother and more satisfactory. Moreover, the company continues to grow in providing automotive repair services to government and corporate sectors in various industries, such as modifying emergency vehicles to maintaining driving school vehicles.

“Autohub aims to continue to be the leader in the automotive repair and care industry through quality, expertise and on-time delivery and always exceed its customers’ expectations,” the company said in a statement.


FIFA fever: Avani hotels in Dubai get the ball rolling

FIFA fever: Avani hotels in Dubai get the ball rolling
Updated 26 September 2022

FIFA fever: Avani hotels in Dubai get the ball rolling

FIFA fever: Avani hotels in Dubai get the ball rolling

As football fans the world over are counting down to the start of FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Nov. 20, Avani Palm View Hotel and Avani Ibn Battuta Hotel in Dubai have unveiled an action-packed program of viewing activities and stay packages dedicated to the beautiful game.

In a move that will gladden the hearts of football enthusiasts, Avani Palm View is starting the celebrations early with screenings of the Premier League matches throughout October at Seven Seeds — the property’s dedicated sports viewing venue this football season.

At Avani Ibn Battuta, a “Festival of Football” will kick off in November, reaching a fever pitch in December, as the FIFA World Cup finals draw near. Available from Nov. 21 through Dec. 18, “The Match Is On” stay package invites guests to get into the spirit of the occasion with World Cup-themed welcome gifts and décor as they enjoy every minute of the action on the giant outdoor screen at Pele Pool Bar.

The “The Match Is On” package starts at 999 dirhams ($272) per room per night and includes: Accommodation at Avani Superior Room, a welcome gift, daily breakfast for two, 200-dirhams in restaurant and bar credit per day, free airport transfer and free shuttle to Expo City Fanbase.

Throughout their stay, Avani Ibn Battuta guests can also taste world flavors with themed menus inspired by the competing nations, get result-activated discounts, and win personalized jerseys and other prizes in prediction competitions as 32 teams aim for the ultimate prize in football.

At 399 dirhams for two persons (children under 12 eat for free), families can enjoy the “Festival of Football” family package, which includes match viewing at Avani Ibn Battuta’s Pele Pool Bar, unlimited poolside appetizer buffet, three hours of unlimited beverages, and access to a supervised kids’ play area with PlayStation 5 and EA Sports FIFA games. Another option for the spectators is the “Match at the Pool” package, priced at 100 dirhams per person, which includes match viewing at Pele Pool Bar and a 100-dirham credit on food and beverages with advanced bookings.


Green Dot Expo in Mumbai to promote healthy products

Green Dot Expo in Mumbai to promote healthy products
Updated 26 September 2022

Green Dot Expo in Mumbai to promote healthy products

Green Dot Expo in Mumbai to promote healthy products

The second edition of the International Green Dot Expo, an exhibition aimed at promoting brands of healthy, pure and organic products and increasing their market share, will take place from Nov. 11-13 in Mumbai, India. The first edition saw the participation of 100 brands and more than 20,000 visitors. In terms of scale and promotion, the much-anticipated second edition of the Green Dot Expo will be much larger.

Blossom Media Pvt. Ltd, a Mumbai-based media and marketing firm, has conceptualized the idea of promoting vegetarian and vegan products through this expo in collaboration with the UK-based International Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, as its knowledge partner.

Ubaidur Rehman Khan, managing director of Blossom Media Pvt. Ltd, said: “The expo provides the manufacturers of vegetarian and vegan products (including food and beverages, cosmetics and personal care, herbal and healthcare products, home care and so on) with a platform to connect with the distributors, stockists, importers and the consumers.”

The expo will last three days and the venue is Islam Gymkhana, which had hosted Mumbai’s inaugural Hunar Haat expo, an initiative of the Government of India.

Concurrent with the expo, the “Best Brand Awards” will be conferred upon brands that have played a significant role in the vegetarian and vegan industries. The International Center for Research and Promotion will conduct research on various parameters to identify the “Best Brands.”

Ziaulla Firdos Nomani, director of marketing and PR at Blossom Media Pvt. Ltd., said: “Along with the show, the Best Brand Award winners will be promoted through media coverage and video bytes on social media platforms so that they gain exposure and leverage in their respective categories.”

India is the world’s largest consumer of vegetarian and vegan food products. Following the pandemic, the Indian market has seen an increase in consumption and demand for vegetarian, vegan and organic products with compound growth year-on-year. Such exhibitions and commemoration programs benefit both manufacturers and consumers.

The healthy and environment-friendly product industry will get the business and consumers will learn about the best available options.


e& enterprise launches engageX, a communications platform as a service solution

e& enterprise launches engageX, a communications platform as a service solution
Updated 26 September 2022

e& enterprise launches engageX, a communications platform as a service solution

e& enterprise launches engageX, a communications platform as a service solution

e& enterprise, part of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group), has announced the launch of engageX, a growing communications platform as a service ecosystem that customizes any end-user customer experience journey with seamless, multi-channel communications.

CPaaS enables real-time communication capabilities with a cloud-based delivery model, which helps businesses to accelerate their digital transformation programs by enhancing and personalizing customer engagement. CPaaS entirely replaces legacy infrastructure and interfaces, considered a barrier for organizations hoping to provide quality communication services.

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 95 percent of global enterprises will utilize API-enabled CPaaS offerings to uplevel their digital competitiveness. The global CPaaS market is expected to grow by $10.19 billion during 2022-2026, accelerating at a CAGR of 17.85 percent. CPaaS solutions will witness an uptake with companies being able to add real-time communication capabilities to any pre-existing business applications by deploying application programming interfaces. These capabilities include SMS, voice, video and instant messaging.

The engageX solution is in line with the e& enterprise vision to help businesses and governments embrace new technology, drive real transformation and create intelligent value, continuously adjusting the solutions provided to best suit the customer requirements.

“We are launching engageX, our CPaaS offering, to elevate the quality of customer experience provided by enterprises and government entities in the region. engageX will elevate the CPaaS ecosystem, building on strategic partnerships with industry leaders, end-to-end professional services including developers’ advocacy and consultancy,” said Salvador Anglada, CEO, e& enterprise.

As part of its professional services, engageX enhances customers’ user experiences by identifying the existing communication channels and then assesses, co-creates and implements a seamless omni-channel end-user journey that is specific to each customer type. Solution consultancy and developer advocacy ensure proper customer success management, and 24x7 customer support services ensure optimal service quality.

Etisalat Group has changed its brand identity to e&, effective from Feb. 23. Its strategy aims to accelerate growth through the creation of a resilient business model representing the group’s main business pillars.


Masar Destination, Future Investment Initiative Foundation Strategic Partner, participates in New York ‘PRIORITY’ Summit

Richard Attias, CEO, FII Intitute
Richard Attias, CEO, FII Intitute
Updated 25 September 2022

Masar Destination, Future Investment Initiative Foundation Strategic Partner, participates in New York ‘PRIORITY’ Summit

Richard Attias, CEO, FII Intitute

Umm Al-Qura for Development and Construction Company, owner and developer of Masar, the SR100 billion ($26.6 billion) upcoming destination in Makkah, participated in a summit organized by the Future Investment Initiative Institute in New York on Sept. 22. The “Priority” summit took place on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

Masar’s participation comes in line with its eagerness to effectively contribute to the institute’s work and to highlight priorities of people from all walks of life — leaders, CEOs, academics, investors and more. The summit mainly discussed the highest priority for each segment of society as the world goes through extraordinary social, economic and geopolitical changes.

Masar aims to achieve its strategic objectives in terms of environmental social governance practices by implementing the highest standards of sustainable growth and investment. The destination aims to support various development and economic initiatives, which in return will make a positive impact on humanity and achieve a better vision for the future of investments.

Masar is the strategic partner of the Future Investment Initiative Institute, which is gearing up to host the sixth edition of the FII conference in Riyadh from Oct. 25-27, under the theme “Investing in Humanity: Enabling a New Global Order.” The FII represents a platform targeting influential business leaders locally and globally and focuses on topics related to the economic future of the world and other key areas. The conference is a key opportunity for investment cooperation between national and international institutions in various sectors.


Saudi artificial intelligence summit attracts global talents

Saudi artificial intelligence summit attracts global talents
Updated 25 September 2022

Saudi artificial intelligence summit attracts global talents

Saudi artificial intelligence summit attracts global talents

A group of artificial intelligence graduate students from several prestigious international universities concluded their participation in the second edition of the Global AI Summit, which concluded last week in Riyadh. The students also visited Masmak Palace in the center of Riyadh to be briefed on the history of the capital.

The students represented six countries, joined by several Saudi scholarship students in the same specialization. Their participation came within the knowledge exchange initiative launched by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, which hosted 19 male and female students of different nationalities including the US, the UK, India, Jordan, Algeria, South Korea and Nigeria. These students study at international universities and institutes, including the Sorbonne University in Paris, Oxford University, University College London, Durham University, Nottingham University, Sussex University in the UK, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, and King’s College London.

Through this initiative, SDAIA aimed to attract global capabilities in AI and enhance the role of distinguished youths, based on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its aspirations to enable them to lead the future of AI in the Kingdom, the region and the world.

SDAIA President Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi said that the knowledge exchange initiative was designed to achieve several benefits, including engaging visiting students in knowledge exchange dialogues to explore opportunities for future cooperation, and introducing them to the Kingdom’s efforts in pioneering data and AI in a journey that Saudi students will lead with their peers from international universities.

He said that the SDAIA aims through the initiative to build qualitative partnerships that support its efforts in data and AI and help attract global capabilities to the Kingdom. Al-Ghamdi added that the initiative contributes to activating the distinguished role of Saudi youth and engaging them in a real dialogue that develops their leadership spirit and shows their knowledge capabilities. “This will enhance the Kingdom’s position in data and AI as the initiative provides the opportunity to exchange knowledge and explore opportunities for future cooperation through a constructive dialogue that brings together Saudi youth and foreign graduate students,” he said.

The second edition of the Global AI Summit was held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy prime minister and chairman of the SDAIA.

The event took place at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh from Sept. 13-15. The three-day summit featured 200 speakers who lead data and AI policy reform in 70 countries, with the participation of more than 3,000 attendees from across the world.