FIFA fever: Avani hotels in Dubai get the ball rolling

FIFA fever: Avani hotels in Dubai get the ball rolling
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 game.
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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.


Beauty salon opens at LuLu Hypermarket in Jeddah

Beauty salon opens at LuLu Hypermarket in Jeddah
Updated 27 November 2022

Beauty salon opens at LuLu Hypermarket in Jeddah

Beauty salon opens at LuLu Hypermarket in Jeddah

Pinnacle Beauty Salon opened its fourth branch at LuLu Hypermarket, Al-Marwah in Jeddah. The parlor was inaugurated by South Indian film actress Anu Sithara. The opening ceremony was also attended by Nasser Abdulla Al-Sarami, chief adviser of the Royal Guard; Yasmeen Al-Maimani, Saudi Arabia's first female commercial pilot; Rafeeq Yarathingal, regional director of LuLu Hypermarket, western province; Musafir from Malayalam News; Junais Babu; Shalfeena; and Rasila Ashok. Members of LuLu’s management and staff were also present on the occasion.

Pinnacle is a popular beauty parlor in Jeddah, which has amassed a huge pool of customers in the past three years of its foundation. Experienced beauticians, application of modern technologies in all its services, state-of-the-art equipment, and hygienic infrastructure make Pinnacle one of the most trusted salons in the region.


SABB participates in Saudi Green Initiative Forum

SABB participates in Saudi Green Initiative Forum
Updated 26 November 2022

SABB participates in Saudi Green Initiative Forum

SABB participates in Saudi Green Initiative Forum

The Saudi British Bank participated in the Saudi Green Initiative Forum under the theme “From Ambition to Action,” held alongside the global climate summit COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The participation is in line with the bank’s efforts and effective contributions in the environmental, social, and governance field.

The second edition of the forum brought together climate leaders and experts who highlighted the steps taken over the past year toward achieving the Kingdom’s ambitious national targets and laid out the roadmap for the coming years.

Tony Cripps, managing director and CEO of SABB, spoke about the Kingdom’s movement toward sustainability and SABB’s commitment to these principles, as well as its role as a leading financial institution in supporting various institutions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to achieve sustainable development and providing supportive financing solutions for its corporate clients. He also commended the Saudi Central Bank for its role in regulating and assisting the financial sector toward achieving sustainable growth in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

Cripps highlighted current collaboration with the Saudi Central Bank in forming an ESG advisory committee to drive a standardized set of ESG taxonomies and green solutions.

He also emphasized that SABB is committed to allocating capital to sustainable loans and green funds, especially given the growing interest of institutions in the Kingdom to implement sustainability principles and standards, including financial solutions in their various forms, such as loans, bonds, deposits, and green funds, as these markets have grown exponentially over the past years.

SABB’s participation comes from its pioneering role in environmental projects, most notably the implementation of its initiative to plant 1 million trees across the Kingdom, the largest environmental initiative in the financial sector, in cooperation with Murooj Foundation, the executive arm of the National Center for the Development of Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification.

ESG and sustainability are key to SABB’s five-year strategy, along with supporting new projects that will help the Kingdom achieve a more sustainable future.

SABB is one of the leading banks in financial innovation, established in 1978 as a Saudi joint stock company. It is an associate company of the HSBC Group.

It offers integrated financial and banking services including personal banking, corporate banking, private banking and investment and treasury services. SABB’s paid-up capital is SR20.5 billion ($5.46 billion).


Jeddah mayor launches Cura Urgent Care Clinics

Jeddah mayor launches Cura Urgent Care Clinics
Updated 26 November 2022

Jeddah mayor launches Cura Urgent Care Clinics

Jeddah mayor launches Cura Urgent Care Clinics

Jeddah Mayor Saleh Ali Al-Turki inaugurated Cura Urgent Care Clinics in a ceremony attended by prominent businessmen and health officials.

The Ministry of Health and the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance are working toward empowering general practitioners and family doctors in Saudi Arabia and focusing on their vital role in health and wellness. In line with these efforts, Cura is the first urgent care clinic to provide medical attention to mild and nonthreatening cases through highly qualified family doctors and general practitioners.

Cura delivers a new model within the healthcare sector in the Kingdom. It provides quick, accessible, and affordable high-quality medical attention to all ages. It offers waiting times that do not exceed 10 minutes, as well as ample parking spaces for easy access.

Patients at Cura spend an average of 25 minutes for medical services, checkups and consultations, IV/IM injections, or X-rays. They can also be treated at Cura when in need of stitches, casts or wound dressing.

“Cura’s unique model offers a smart solution for healthcare and aligns with Vision 2030. It propels the health sector forward by enhancing preventative care and facilitating high-quality medical care offered to patients,” a statement said.

“This new approach helps improve access to health and medical services as patients of Cura will be able to address their needs in a timely manner without waiting for long hours and will gain more insight into their health challenges from experts.”

General Manager of Cura Faris Helmi said: “We have facilitated access to high-quality medical care in record time and at affordable costs. We also aspire to expand across the entire Kingdom.”

Cura aims to be recognized as the leading urgent care provider in the region by 2030. It intends to open more branches across the Kingdom to offer everyone reasonably priced prime care at its world-class facilities with best-in-class practitioners.


noon.com introduces ‘Golazo,’ the region’s first cashback football prediction game

noon.com introduces ‘Golazo,’ the region’s first cashback football prediction game
Updated 26 November 2022

noon.com introduces ‘Golazo,’ the region’s first cashback football prediction game

noon.com introduces ‘Golazo,’ the region’s first cashback football prediction game

During this year’s Yellow Friday Sale, noon.com, the Middle East’s leading online shopping destination, has launched a football prediction game with cashback opportunities and mega prizes, including 10,000 noon credits for scoreboard winners.

The game, called “Golazo” after the famous cheer, is available to all customers in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt via the noon app from Nov. 17 until the World Cup finals. Golazo is free to play, and customers who correctly predict the winners and scores during the upcoming World Cup football tournament can win noon credits. The more customers play, the higher the cashback winnings. Every match is a chance to win.

“As a company born in the Middle East, we’re as excited as everyone about the football frenzy that has engulfed our region,” said Anmol Jain, digital strategy and growth at noon.

“To add to the excitement and buzz that usually surrounds the Yellow Friday Sale, we have created the region’s first football prediction game, giving our customers even more opportunities to win and save. Golazo will gamify shopping on noon, providing an exciting opportunity for our customers to earn cashback incentives while driving more traffic to the app and benefiting our sellers from increased eyeballs during a busy shopping season.”

The 10 winners who top the Golazo scoreboard will be called “G.O.A.T” (greatest of all time) Golazo players and will get 10,000 noon credits, while the top three winners will also get exclusive signed Newcastle United 22/23 jerseys. These winners will be announced at the end of the World Cup, after all the games have been played.

noon’s Yellow Friday Sale began on Nov. 20 and ends on Nov. 27 at midnight, with incredible deals, money-saving incentives, and up to 80 percent off all categories. The Yellow Friday Sale connects to the global Black Friday event and lets local sellers reach millions more customers by using noon’s custom-built tools, such as the platform, marketing channels, and the region’s logistics and fulfillment network.


LuLu celebrates 13 years in Saudi Arabia with SR1.5m gifts bonanza

LuLu celebrates 13 years in Saudi Arabia with SR1.5m gifts bonanza
Updated 25 November 2022

LuLu celebrates 13 years in Saudi Arabia with SR1.5m gifts bonanza

LuLu celebrates 13 years in Saudi Arabia with SR1.5m gifts bonanza

LuLu Hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia is celebrating its 13th anniversary by giving away gifts worth SR1.5 million ($400,000). The “LuLu Super Fest 2022” anniversary promotion features fun events and a raffle draw, which runs from Nov. 27 until Jan. 25, 2023. 

The LuLu Lucky 13 campaign raffle draw initially had 13 Ford Territory SUV cars up for grabs — but in celebration of Saudi Arabia’s epic win against the top-ranked Argentina in the FIFA World Cup, LuLu has added one more car to the lineup, making it a total of 14 cars. In addition, there will be 1,300 free trolleys, 100 gold coins and 15 flight tickets to be won as prizes. 

There will be a digital raffle draw, for which customers will have to shop at their nearest LuLu branch and receive a unique code. They can then register through the QR codes. Moreover, during the course of the promotion, LuLu will announce a number of special offers and deals with unbeatable prices for customers.

The rest of the LuLu family — suppliers, influencers and brand ambassadors — too got to celebrate the anniversary at an event on Nov. 22, where the prizes for the anniversary promotion were revealed. A sky show featuring gliders was held for the attendees to enjoy. 

“LuLu Saudi Arabia is a shining example of our success story, and we believe we owe so much to our customers, our team and stakeholders,” said Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia. “This is a great opportunity to thank them and continue the journey to greater heights.”

LuLu has 49 hypermarkets, supermarkets and shopping malls across the major cities of Saudi Arabia, namely Riyadh, Jeddah, Alkhobar, Dammam, Tabuk, Al-Ahsa, Jubail, Hail, Saihat, Al-Kharj and Neom.