Beauty salon opens at LuLu Hypermarket in Jeddah

Beauty salon opens at LuLu Hypermarket in Jeddah
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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.


PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030

PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030
Updated 05 February 2023

PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030

PepsiCo initiative on track to empower 1m Saudi women by 2030

Since its official launch in 2019, PepsiCo has been continuously looking to empower, inspire and guide generations of women in the Kingdom through its “Tamakani” platform. Originating from the Arabic term that translates to “enable,” Tamakani is the company’s women’s empowerment platform with the goal to empower 1 million Saudi women by 2030.

As of 2022, women comprise 35 percent of the workforce in the Kingdom, which is an impressive 18.5 percent increase over the last five years.

“At the heart of Vision 2030’s values and our intrinsic values, empowering women comes as a priority,” PepsiCo said.

“When introducing the initiative, we focused on implementing three main platforms: Amplifying Voices, Facilitating Mentorship and Fostering Entrepreneurship, to bridge the varying gaps we came across in the job market.”

Aiming to equip women with the necessary tools, knowledge, skills and networks to become impactful leaders, PepsiCo has been partnering with associations dedicated to empowering women.

To mark the launch of Tamakani, the company collaborated with Eggdancer Productions — the Kingdom’s first female-owned and managed production company — to create “Rise — The Journey of Women in Saudi Arabia.” It is a documentary that chronicles the changing social landscape of Saudi Arabia through the lens of influential Saudi women. Directed by Danya Alhamrani, it allowed Saudi women to see themselves represented like never before, and the younger generations to get inspired.

Through the Amplifying Voices pillar, PepsiCo’s aim was to give a platform to the unheard stories of Saudi women. In partnership with the Family Affairs Council, the Mozn Podcast was born. The first-of-its-kind in the Kingdom, not only does the platform offer emerging and leading Saudi females the space to shed light on their professional success stories to inspire others, but it also allows their personal stories to come to light.

Some of the most notable personalities to have graced the platform include Dr. Hala Al-Tuwaijri, head of Saudi Human Rights Commission; Dr. Thuraya Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund; and Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Muqrin, representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO.

Tamakani also partnered with AmCham — a platform for the American business community to connect, grow and prosper in the Kingdom — under the PepsiCo-sponsored Women in Business Committee, to launch the Diwaniya Quarterly event. It offers a safe space for both men and women executives in the Kingdom to come together in an informal setting to discuss business and social issues.

Under the Facilitating Mentorship pillar, PepsiCo collaborated with the largest women’s university in the world, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, to sponsor the “Qudwah” program. 

The program aids Saudi females to take up the mantle of leadership, by connecting them with accomplished leaders to advance their professional goals and leadership potential. 

Through this program, Tamakani has empowered 68 beneficiaries to embark on a rewarding career path and recently welcomed the second cohort of future beneficiaries, with the aim to empower more than 70 of them in 2023.

Under the same pillar, Tamakani collaborated with Al-Nahda Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Saudi women for almost six decades, to sponsor their innovative “Fursa” and “Himmah” programs. This way, it is empowering more than 50 beneficiaries to be financially independent and secure sustainable employment opportunities.

As for Tamakani’s Fostering Entrepreneurship pillar, the platform partnered with the Atlantic Council to sponsor the WIN Fellowship Program. The council promotes constructive leadership, and in collaboration with it in April 2022, Tamakani supported 33 Saudi women entrepreneurs, to build their leadership and executive capacity to scale their businesses to new heights.

Overall, PepsiCo’s Tamakani initiative has empowered more than 100,000 Saudi women since its inception.


Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA
Updated 05 February 2023

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opens first store in KSA

Zagzoog for Home Appliances opened its first KitchenAid showroom in Saudi Arabia. The brand for small appliances has stores across the world, including in the US since 1919.

Yasser Al-Zagzoog said: “The company was keen to bring this American brand to the Saudi market through its agent, the Zagzoog Company for Home Appliances. This was done after a careful study that indicated the ability of this brand to compete and obtain a share in the market owing to its rich experience in the field.”

He added: “The inauguration of the KitchenAid showroom is the first in the series of others that will be opened in the Kingdom. The aim is based on a well-studied strategic plan to expand the marketing of KitchenAid products, as the showroom includes a series of new products characterized by best performance and modern design, in a wide variety of colors to meet the needs of every consumer.”

Zagzoog for Home Appliances was founded in 1959 by Sheikh Suleiman Said Zagzoog. The company has rich experience in the marketing and sale of home appliances for more than 60 years. 

It has 20 branches, 95 showrooms, 20 customer service centers and more than 300 distributors

Zagzoog is the agent and distributor for several brands in Saudi Arabia.


Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023

Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023
Updated 05 February 2023

Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023

Mobily to showcase innovations as digital partner at LEAP 2023

Etihad Etisalat, popularly known as Mobily, will participate as a digital partner in the second edition of LEAP 2023 International Technology Conference, which will take place in Riyadh from Feb. 6 to 9, under the theme “Towards New Horizons.”
The conference brings together more than 100,000 technological innovators and experts from all over the world to discover pioneering ideas, build new partnerships, communicate with investors and thought leaders, and fly toward new horizons to build a more innovative future.
Through its participation in the international conference of decision-makers and technology enthusiasts, Mobily seeks to discuss the most critical challenges that our world is witnessing at the present time and how to overcome them considering the unmatched revolution of the digital innovation and artificial intelligence sector. These efforts are in line with the company’s objectives to enable the digital economy in the Kingdom and provide capabilities and opportunities for individuals to achieve their ambitions.

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Technological innovators and experts from all over the world will attend LEAP 2023 to discover pioneering ideas and build new partnerships.

Salman Al-Badran, CEO of Mobily, said: “LEAP conference is the most important event of its kind in the region, as it brings together technology industry experts, decision-makers, and stakeholders under one roof to exchange ideas and discuss mutual objectives that lead to a better technological future for all.”

Mobily is keen to reaffirm its leading role in supporting Saudi Arabia’s ambition and its Vision 2030 for a brighter and more innovative digital future, says Salman Al-Badran, CEO of Mobily

He added: “Mobily is keen to reaffirm its leading role in supporting the Kingdom’s ambition and its Vision 2030 for a brighter and more innovative digital future. During the conference, Mobily will also offer a range of distinguished services and advanced digital solutions that meet the needs of users and provide them with an exceptional experience.”
Mobily will offer a variety of technological solutions, including the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, smart cities, and many more. By providing a digital experience like no other, Mobily aims for a more vibrant and connected future.
The Saudi company, which launched commercially in May 2005. provides integrated services for three main sectors — individuals, businesses and carriers. It has one of the largest wireless networks by coverage in Saudi Arabia and the region, and one of the widest FTTH networks, in addition to one of the largest data center systems worldwide.

 


Al-Futtaim Engineering joins forces with Dahua Technology to bring smart security solutions to Kingdom

Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim. (Photo/Social media)
Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim. (Photo/Social media)
Updated 05 February 2023

Al-Futtaim Engineering joins forces with Dahua Technology to bring smart security solutions to Kingdom

Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim. (Photo/Social media)

Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, part of Al-Futtaim Group, held the first-ever joint seminar in Saudi Arabia with long-term partner Dahua Technology, to showcase their smart integrated solutions in the domain of security and surveillance systems.
At the seminar, AFET introduced its infrastructure services division’s strong competencies to deliver Dahua Technology’s surveillance solutions across various sectors. These sectors include smart city surveillance, road and transport security and surveillance systems, education smart surveillance monitoring solution, hospitality surveillance systems, and multilocation monitoring and recording solutions.
Organizations have been embracing digital transformation to improve customer experience and enhance infrastructure, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals to build a futuristic city by harnessing data. There has also been a rising demand for cutting-edge surveillance technology and better control of network devices, without compromising on privacy. Understanding this, AFET is bringing its portfolio of infrastructure technology services and solutions to offer end-to-end IT services in the Kingdom.

This strategic partnership will further strengthen and support our cyber resilience capabilities and offerings to the Saudi market.

Murali S., Managing Director at Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies

Murali S., managing director at Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, said: “This strategic partnership will further strengthen and support our cyber resilience capabilities and offerings to the Saudi market. Our expertise in providing holistic 360-degree solutions to the building and high technology industries, perfectly complement Dahua Technology’s focus on world-leading video-centric smart IoT solutions and services. We look forward to introducing our smart integrated security and surveillance and are confident that this will be a mutually beneficial relationship to enable a safer society and smarter living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Gary Li, general manager at Dahua Technology Saudi Arabia, said: “Today, modern security and surveillance needs are expanding, and our customers’ requirements have shifted from simple security and surveillance products to smart technology.”

 Working with Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies allows us to access and understand the technical knowhow while also integrating these smart solutions to exceed our client expectations. As a world-leading video-centric smart IoT solution and service provider, we are proud to work with Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies to provide innovative and reliable products to their business units in Saudi Arabia.”
Through a shared vision of using premium quality products and holistic solutions, both companies have a proven track record of enabling their customers to grow their businesses and create value for end users.

 


SADAFCO receives ISO certificate for CSR policy

Based in Jeddah, SADAFCO is a leader in the UHT milk and tomato paste markets.
Based in Jeddah, SADAFCO is a leader in the UHT milk and tomato paste markets.
Updated 05 February 2023

SADAFCO receives ISO certificate for CSR policy

Based in Jeddah, SADAFCO is a leader in the UHT milk and tomato paste markets.

SADAFCO has received the ISO 26000:2010 conformance certificate for its strategic integration of corporate social responsibility policies into how the company operates. The announcement comes six months after the company’s board of directors recommended its CSR policy, which was subsequently approved by the general assembly on June 28, 2022.
The company received the certificate after putting into place the necessary structures, systems and governance to oversee the implementation of the policy.
“Receiving this certificate is another testament of SADAFCO’s commitment to making meaningful contributions and playing an active role in the countries it operates in,” the company said in a statement.

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A dedicated task force has already been assigned to track the progress of SADAFCO’s CSR plans and programs on a periodic basis.

Patrick Stillhart, CEO of SADAFCO, said: “We are all very proud at SADAFCO to receive this certificate. It’s another major milestone for us as part of our ESG ambitions. CSR at SADAFCO is ingrained into the company culture and we look forward to continue having a leading role in supporting our people, environment and society.”
The company’s CSR policy outlines five key areas of focus:
• Supporting programs of charity and civil societies in the countries where the company operates.
• Cooperating with universities and academic institutions, supporting education programs and research aimed at adding value for the company and society.
• Participating in and supporting the establishment and operation of social, charitable and health centers.
• Sponsoring educational, health, economic and environmental events, programs and activities.
• Managing the environment, health, safety and security of the employees in accordance with the highest international practices and standards.
A dedicated task force has already been assigned to track the progress of SADAFCO’s CSR plans and programs on a periodic basis. In the last year alone, the company made some sizable contributions that resulted in meaningful impact across various initiatives such as COVID-19-related contributions, career fairs, sporting competitions, awareness initiatives, volunteering efforts and elderly care.
The company announced last year the signing of two strategic CSR agreements. The first was with Jeddah’s Social Responsibility Association and the second was with Future Industrial Strategies Initiatives. Both agreements were signed with a vision of long-term engagement.
SADAFCO’s CSR policies and approach are fully aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program, which is part of Saudi Vision 2030.