LuLu Group celebrates Indo-Saudi ties with festival

The festival was inaugurated at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch by chief guest Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan,Indian Ambassador to KSA
The festival was inaugurated at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch by chief guest Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan,Indian Ambassador to KSA
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Updated 25 January 2023

LuLu Group celebrates Indo-Saudi ties with festival

The festival was inaugurated at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch by chief guest Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan,Indian Ambassador to KSA
  • 12,700 Indian products and more — from popular FMCG products, Lulu Pvt label’s products, Indian fruits and vegetables to household goods and garments. — are on offer for shoppers this Indian Republic Day.

LuLu Group is celebrating all things India this week as it launched “India Utsav,” a celebration of Indian commercial ties with the Kingdom and festival of India’s popular cuisine, to coincide with the 74th Republic Day of India, which falls on Jan. 26.

The festival was inaugurated at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch, Riyadh Avenue Mall by chief guest Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. The ambassador was welcomed by Shehim Mohammed, director — LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and senior officials of LuLu.

More than 12,700 Indian items are gracing the aisles of LuLu across Saudi Arabia — from popular FMCG products, Lulu Pvt label’s products, Indian fruits and vegetables to household goods and garments. Moreover, LuLu is putting a spotlight on a huge range of hot foods freshly prepared in store for the entire promotion, from biryanis to curries, popular street foods, traditional sweets and many more delicacies.
Indian Ambassador Khan praised the role of Lulu Group and its retail operations in promoting Indian essence worldwide. “The LuLu Group’s promotion of Indo-Saudi commerce and cultural links has brought pride and honor to India as well as to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and underscores the warm and friendly ties between both countries,” he said. “In Saudi Arabia, the group has initiated several far-sighted expansion projects and created employment opportunities for Indian and Saudi nationals. All this positions it to play a leading role in the Kingdom’s bright future,” he added.

LuLu, which has a strong Indian network of food processing and logistics centers for exporting bulk products to the Middle Eastern countries, has flown in many exclusive Indian products for this shopping festival, which showcases a wide range of food products, agri-produce range with fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meat and seafood. To complete the Indian culture experience, trendy high-street fashion as well as a curated collection of designer wear for festivals and weddings have been made available.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mohammed said: “The LuLu Group International is at the forefront of India-GCC trade and in 2022, we exported nearly $185 million worth of Indian products to the GCC. In 2022, LuLu Saudi alone imported nearly $58 million worth of Indian products. With our network of food sourcing and logistics centers across India, food processing units and LuLu’s own-label food products as well as a cohort of skilled fashion buyers who help our garments and clothing department to stay ahead of the trend, we are well-prepared to treat our shoppers with truly festive ‘Utsav’ shopping.”

India Utsav will run until Jan. 30 and features a promotion on India’s best regional cuisines and super deals on all Indian products and fashion wear across LuLu Hypermarkets in the Kingdom and online on its shopping website and mobile app. 
 


flynas launches program to inspire content creators

flynas launches program to inspire content creators
Updated 07 February 2023

flynas launches program to inspire content creators

flynas launches program to inspire content creators

Saudi air carrier flynas, the leading low-cost airline in the Middle East, announced the launch of the People’s Lens Program to inspire content creators interested in travel to go through unique experiences and share their works. The program aims to motivate innovative creators in photography, supporting talents and enriching media content, in addition to promoting the most prominent Saudi and foreign tourist and historical attractions in flynas routes.

People’s Lens Program will provide benefits, including tickets and accommodation for content creators who are active on social media to explore internal and international destinations throughout the year. flynas will publish the content like texts, photos and videos, on the company’s social media platforms and websites.

flynas connects more than 70 domestic and international destinations and has transported more than 60 million passengers since its inception in 2007. It targets reaching 165 direct destinations by 2030 within its expansion strategy launched last year under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom.” flynas has achieved record operational growth in 2022 compared to 2021.

Content creators who are interested in the program can apply via peopleslens.com, two weeks ahead of the flight date. All applications will go through an evaluation process for acceptance. The eligible applicants will include filmmakers, photographers and travel content creators. They need to provide an online portfolio to prove their specialty. 

Once the application is accepted, the duration of travel, accommodation and trip vouchers are determined by agreement between the two parties. Destinations are changeable.

flynas has been recognized by many international awards, including Skytrax International Award as the “best low-cost airline in the Middle East” in 2022 for the fifth year in a row. It is the highest award given in the aviation sector worldwide since its launch in 1999. flynas was also ranked among Skytrax’s top 10 low-cost airlines in the world.

Meanwhile, flynas won the “Best Low-cost Airline Award in the Middle East” from the World Travel Awards in 2022 for the eighth year in a row.

The airline came in the four-star category, which is the highest category for low-cost airlines in the world, according to an assessment by the nonprofit organization APEX, one of the most significant international airline associations, which included 600 airlines of various categories around the world.


Bupa Arabia marks 25 years of health insurance leadership

Bupa Arabia marks 25 years of health insurance leadership
Updated 07 February 2023

Bupa Arabia marks 25 years of health insurance leadership

Bupa Arabia marks 25 years of health insurance leadership

For 25 years, Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance has been at the forefront of the Kingdom’s health insurance sector, contributing to the development of the sector at all levels through the provision of distinguished healthcare services for millions of its customers.

Bupa Arabia offers a customer-centric experience that is fully tailored to each individual customer’s needs, using the most sophisticated technological tools. The company’s efforts are in line with its strategic vision as well as Vision 2030’s goals of improving the quality and efficiency of health services in the Kingdom.

Tal Nazer, CEO of Bupa Arabia, said: “The company has completed a quarter of a century with remarkable achievements, earning huge experience by serving the community. Bupa Arabia is today one of the most prominent, popular and innovative companies in the Kingdom. It plays a leadership role in the insurance market by focusing on customers’ needs.”

He added: “The company, in the beginning, faced certain challenges in a market driven by high costs, but we navigated through them successfully to become a leader in the health insurance sector in Saudi Arabia and the region.” 

Since its inception in 1997, Bupa Arabia has played a major role in the development of the insurance sector by providing the highest levels of innovation in its products and services, organizing campaigns and awareness events, as well as focusing on digital transformation. 

Bupa Arabia invested substantially in technology, where it established a department dedicated to digitization in 2018, incorporating a range of new capabilities and in turn, contributing to a significant increase in productivity.

The company constantly innovates its products and services taking into account the latest technologies to offer a seamless, digitally satisfying customer experience. For instance, the “Bupa Click” program offers a range of services through a single touch of the button while the Bupa Tebtom program provides services such as home vaccination, telemedicine, consultation, etc. 

The Rahatkom program provides an integrated end-to-end hospital experience for its members, in addition to a virtual telemedicine platform and exclusive services to facilitate the healthcare journey of its customers.

Bupa Arabia was the first company in Saudi Arabia to launch its services through an app. The “Bupa Arabia” app made it easier for customers to book hospital appointments, select clinics and pharmacies, receive approvals and book visual appointments with specialist doctors — all with the tap of a finger. It was also one of the first companies in the sector to send SMSes to the customer’s phone, updating them on the status of their requests.

Bupa Arabia increased its capital from SR1.2 billion ($320 million) to SR1.5 billion in December 2022, while the company’s issued shares increased from 120 million to 150 million.

It is worth noting that the health insurance sector has made good progress in terms of its contribution to the Saudi economy. Private health insurance is now alone expected to contribute more than SR60 billion to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030, with the number of beneficiaries reaching 21.7 million.

“Bupa Arabia’s strategies have changed the face of the insurance industry in the Kingdom,” the CEO said, highlighting the insurer’s 3-billion-strong customer base, and its acquisition of more than 45 percent of the health insurance market.

Bupa Arabia received several accolades for its notable achievements in 2022 from both national and regional organizations, the latest of which are the Council of Health Insurance’s Excellence Awards in three categories, including the “C-Suite of the Year” award, which was presented to CEO Nazer. In addition, it also won the “Best Customer Service” and “NPHIES Health Insurance Services” awards. Overall, Bupa Arabia won 23 awards from 12 regional and local organizations in a variety of categories in 2022.


Sony announces new headphones for athletes

Sony announces new headphones for athletes
Updated 07 February 2023

Sony announces new headphones for athletes

Sony announces new headphones for athletes

Sony announced a new model of headphones designed with runners in mind. The new off-ear headphones Float Run offer a novel headphone style that positions the speaker near, but without touching the ear canal, leaving the ear safely uncovered while still delivering a rich sound experience. 

The Float Run headphones focus on the runner’s form, for a comfortable and stable experience without having to compromise sound quality. Float Run offers important features to runners or athletes, including a lightweight design with a flexible neckband that does not slip when in motion, and a pressure-free design that sits off of the ears, so runners no longer need to worry about sweat or chafing getting in the way of their workout. This product was well received by crowdfunding, which led to its official launch.

With a special off-ear design, runners would not have to worry about pressure or stuffiness on their ears. For extended comfort, the Float Run headphones sit on the ears of the wearer, so they can enjoy comfort for longer without disruption. Additionally, Float Run headphones only weigh approximately 33 grams, so runners can focus on their surroundings.


GE HealthCare equips My Clinic Riyadh with advanced solutions

GE HealthCare equips My Clinic Riyadh with advanced solutions
Updated 06 February 2023

GE HealthCare equips My Clinic Riyadh with advanced solutions

GE HealthCare equips My Clinic Riyadh with advanced solutions

GE HealthCare, a global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s My Clinic, one of the largest outpatient providers in the Kingdom, to equip its upcoming facility in Riyadh with a suite of advanced precision diagnostic and imaging solutions.

Fehr Nazer, managing director of My Clinic, and Hady El-Khoury, regional general manager MENEAT for GE HealthCare, signed the agreement at Arab Health 2023, the largest healthcare event in the Middle East, where GE HealthCare first participated as an independent publicly traded company with a broad range of innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of the region’s fast-growing medical sector.

Through this agreement, My Clinic will have access to GE HealthCare’s latest solutions. This includes the MRI scanner imaging solution, which delivers premium imaging performance with a low running cost; the latest high-performing, reliable CT, designed to maximize every step of the workflow; a powerful remote imaging system that maximizes efficiency from pre- to post-scan; and a Bone Densitometer that provides precise data on soft tissue and bone composition, including bone-mineral density.

GE HealthCare will also deliver its mammography system and a next-generation fixed X-ray system, in addition to a range of easy-to-use ultrasound systems packed with advanced technologies for general applications as well as in obstetrics/gynecology and cardiology.

GE HealthCare and My Clinic have been working closely on digital solutions that can help transform their cardiology operations. Through the Centricity Cardio Enterprise solution, which is tailor-made to the needs and unique dynamic of the cardiology department, clinicians can leverage cutting-edge digital tools to reduce the time spent on administrative tasks and more time on what matters most to the patient.

In addition to a full two-year warranty, My Clinic Riyadh benefits from an extended five-year warranty for all the equipment. 

GE HealthCare’s El-Khoury said: “The increasing shift to value-based care and the ongoing innovations and improvements in clinical procedures have today made it possible for more utilization of outpatient settings for hospital services. To optimize their health system operations, GE HealthCare is proud to be the collaborator of choice for My Clinic Riyadh to help them deliver advanced healthcare services. Our state-of-the-art precision diagnostic and imaging solutions will enhance the technology capabilities of My Clinic Riyadh in offering a wider range of services to improve patient experience and facilitate decision-making for health professionals.”

Meanwhile, Nazer said: “My Clinic is a one-stop shop medical facility that offers comprehensive services in diverse clinical specialties and takes a premium approach to patient care. Focused on family medicine, My Clinic Riyadh offers services including women’s health, children’s health, chronic disease management, dentistry, radiology, cardiology and more.”


Alfanar sign $1.5bn deal with Daewoo E&C during iktva 2023

Alfanar sign $1.5bn deal with Daewoo E&C during iktva 2023
Updated 06 February 2023

Alfanar sign $1.5bn deal with Daewoo E&C during iktva 2023

Alfanar sign $1.5bn deal with Daewoo E&C during iktva 2023

Alfanar signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean company Daewoo Engineering and Construction, during Saudi Aramco’s iktva 2023 Forum and Exhibition. The event was held at Dhahran Expo under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, governor of the Eastern Province, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2.

The $1.5 billion agreement signed by Amer Al-Ajmi, executive vice president of Alfanar, and Sungmin Yang, senior vice president of Daewoo, is aimed toward joint cooperation in future projects for the oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors. As a leading Saudi company, Alfanar contributes heavily toward developing local content and achieving sustainability in these sectors. Through this agreement, Alfanar will work on transferring and localizing expertise in the engineering construction field, and exchanging the expertise of advanced technologies used in design, procurement and project execution for the oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors.

In the seventh edition of iktva, Alfanar, as a platinum sponsor, also showcased its manufacturing, engineering construction, and project development capabilities at the “Sustainability Pavilion.”

“Alfanar is one of the leading Saudi companies that is contributing to supporting local content through its national investments, which are raising the rate of localization in Saudi Arabia,” Al-Ajmi said.

He added: “These investments play a key role in advancing economic development by increasing the number of national products in many fields and by creating quality jobs. In addition to what Alfanar has already achieved in local manufacturing of industrial products, technology transfer and acquisition of international technologies, we are also working toward introducing new industries that did not exist previously in Saudi Arabia, besides what Alfanar currently has, to support Saudi Vision 2030 by possessing full intellectual property rights.”

For more than 40 years, Alfanar has been a global leader in the energy and infrastructure sectors in the Middle East, with operations in more than 22 countries. From its inception in 1976 in the Kingdom, the company is engaged in the construction, development, and operation of major projects across energy, water, process and infrastructure, as well as in the manufacturing of electrical products. Alfanar is also a major player in green fuels, with ambitious renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia, the UK, Spain and India, and is one of the major manufacturers of wind turbines in Asia.