From icon to emblem: Riyadh Front rebrands as ROSHN Front

From icon to emblem: Riyadh Front rebrands as ROSHN Front
ROSHN Front comprises a mixed-use lifestyle retail and F&B destination, which welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually, and a commercial district.
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Updated 16 September 2023
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From icon to emblem: Riyadh Front rebrands as ROSHN Front

From icon to emblem: Riyadh Front rebrands as ROSHN Front

ROSHN, Saudi Arabia’s leading national real estate developer and PIF-funded giga-project, has announced the rebranding of the iconic Riyadh Front as ROSHN Front. The move is a significant step in ROSHN’s evolution toward becoming a multi-asset real estate developer.

Issuing a press release on the occasion, ROSHN said that the rebranding emphasizes its dedication to creating holistic and sustainable communities that enrich the lives of those who reside, work and play there. The name change not only reflects the evolving vision of the destination, it also symbolizes a new era of development excellence that ROSHN is introducing to Riyadh.

The acquisition and rebranding of ROSHN Front marks the latest evolution in ROSHN’s strategy of building coast-to-coast in Saudi Arabia, expanding its range of operations to elevate the quality of life, and lead the region in innovation and disruptive technologies. This journey will transform ROSHN into a globally significant multi-asset-class developer and help fulfill the goals of Vision 2030, the press release said.

ROSHN’s Group CEO David Grover said: “The metamorphosis of Riyadh Front to ROSHN Front is a cornerstone in ROSHN Group’s evolution. This rebranding not only mirrors our deep-rooted commitment to redefining urban living in Saudi Arabia, it also cements our stance at the forefront of mixed-use community development.”

ROSHN Front comprises a mixed-use lifestyle retail and F&B destination, which welcomes more than 10 million visitors annually, and a commercial district that features world-class workspaces. Features of the development include 1 km of walking promenades and green spaces, and state-of-the-art facilities such as a fitness center, a four-star hotel and meeting rooms, as well as conference halls.

The mixed-use assets of ROSHN Front will complement the array of amenities being developed by ROSHN at its adjoining flagship SEDRA community in Riyadh.

Residents of SEDRA, the first phase of which was launched in October 2021, benefit from a combination of features that are unique in the market, including a design that blends traditional architectural styles with cutting-edge technology, a network of green and open spaces, pedestrian-friendly “living streets,” long-term maintenance and management frameworks, and walkable access to a range of health, education, retail, entertainment and sports facilities.

In October 2022, ROSHN launched the sale of the second phase of SEDRA, which added 2,171 homes to Riyadh’s most sought-after development; the release of the third and fourth phases will follow.


M42 taps Siemens to advance energy efficiency

Mark McGourty, Group Chief Operating Officer of M42
Mark McGourty, Group Chief Operating Officer of M42
Updated 05 December 2023
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M42 taps Siemens to advance energy efficiency

Mark McGourty, Group Chief Operating Officer of M42

M42, a global tech-enabled health company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has joined forces with Siemens to boost energy efficiency across the UAE healthcare sector. The partnership will audit M24’s health facilities for energy efficiency and explore digitization of the infrastructure.
Decarbonizing infrastructure is one part of M42’s two-fold approach to reducing its carbon footprint. It also includes using preventative tech-enabled health solutions to reduce the number of patients required to visit such energy-intensive facilities.

Our collaboration with Siemens demonstrates our dedication to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Mark McGourty, Group Chief Operating Officer of M42

The project’s initial phase involves a comprehensive energy efficiency audit of the healthcare facilities operated by M42 across the UAE. These audits are designed to identify opportunities for substantial energy savings and examine means for carbon emission reductions.
The partnership will leverage the Siemens Xcelerator platform, setting a new industry standard for healthcare sustainability. By integrating innovative technologies, M42 and Siemens are determined to make a positive environmental and societal impact.
The first audit, conducted in late November, found that one of M42’s healthcare facilities could achieve significant savings in energy costs through heating, ventilation, and air conditioning retrofits and through the integration of space management systems.

 


Bupa Arabia urges healthy lifestyle with padel tournament

Bupa Arabia urges healthy lifestyle with padel tournament
Updated 05 December 2023
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Bupa Arabia urges healthy lifestyle with padel tournament

Bupa Arabia urges healthy lifestyle with padel tournament

Following the success of the Bupa Marathon in Jubail last month and in line with its commitment to promoting sports activities and fostering a healthy lifestyle, Bupa Arabia, a leading cooperative insurance company, organized a padel tournament for its clients in Riyadh. The event brought together both corporate and individual clients for a captivating display of sporting prowess at the state-of-the-art Padel Up courts, from Nov. 28 to 30. The tournament offered an engaging experience, featuring 32 dynamic teams representing the company’s clients.
The tournament unfolded with intense knockout matches, running for three hours daily from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. As the competition reached its climax, the top three winning teams on the tournament’s final day were awarded medals and trophies.
Bupa Arabia’s initiative aimed to create a platform for social and sports interactions among customers, nurturing positive employee participation and overall well-being.

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The padel tournament seamlessly aligned with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, aiming to elevate the overall quality of life, raise health awareness, and boost the percentage of individuals engaging in weekly physical activity to 40 percent by 2030.

In line with the goals of the “Live Right” program launched by Bupa Arabia, the tournament sought to inspire healthy and sustainable lifestyles across the Kingdom. Emphasizing the significance of regular sports participation, the program advocates for a balanced approach to work, life, and sports, supporting customers and employees on special occasions and encouraging active involvement in sports forums.
Moreover, the padel tournament seamlessly aligned with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, aiming to elevate the overall quality of life, raise health awareness, and boost the percentage of individuals engaging in weekly physical activity to 40 percent by 2030.
Following the success in Riyadh, the company is hosting another padel tournament in Jeddah on the B-PADEL courts from Dec. 5 to 7.
In line with its dedication to environmental sustainability, Bupa Arabia is also contributing to the National Afforestation Program and Vision 2030 by planting trees based on the number of attendees at each one of the events.
Atef Mufti, chief sales officer of Bupa Arabia, said the padel tournament underscored Bupa Arabia’s commitment to inspiring clients and local communities toward healthier and more active lifestyles. It reflected the company’s dedication to fostering an environment that supports sustainable, healthy living through diverse sports events and tournaments.
Mufti highlighted the significant engagement of Bupa Arabia’s customers in the competition, representing the growing interest in padel sports in the Kingdom.
At the end of the tournament, the winning companies were crowned with the first three places. Thiqah came in first place, while the Royal Commission for AlUla claimed second.
Abdulelah Altunisi, chief financial officer at Thiqah, said: “This victory serves as a strong incentive for me and my colleague Abdulrahman Al-Babtain to continue developing our skills in paddle sports and achieving more successes in the future.”
He added: “I extend my thanks to Bupa Arabia for organizing this wonderful championship, which provided us with a unique opportunity to participate in enjoyable sports challenges. It reinforced the spirit of sportsmanship, communication, and social relationships among participants outside the work environment.”

 


Honor 90 set to redefine smartphone photography

The Diamond Silver and Emerald Green versions of Honor 90 5G.
The Diamond Silver and Emerald Green versions of Honor 90 5G.
Updated 05 December 2023
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Honor 90 set to redefine smartphone photography

The Diamond Silver and Emerald Green versions of Honor 90 5G.

Honor has announced the launch of its new smartphone — the Honor 90. Set to redefine smartphone photography with its cutting-edge camera technology and innovative features, the Honor 90 presents a game-changing experience for photography enthusiasts and content creators alike.

Unprecedented Camera Capabilities
The Honor 90 boasts a 200 MP camera that captures every detail with astonishing clarity and precision. Whether you are capturing landscapes, portraits, or macro shots, the device delivers exceptional image quality that surpasses traditional smartphone photography.

Unleash Your Creativity
The Honor 90 provides a myriad of advanced camera features, including manual controls, AI scene recognition, and professional-grade editing tools. Seamlessly explore your creative potential and effortlessly capture stunning visuals that reflect your unique perspective.

Innovative Technology
Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the Honor 90 incorporates cutting-edge image sensors, advanced image stabilization, and enhanced low-light capabilities. Never miss a moment, no matter the lighting conditions, and elevate your photography to new heights.

HIGHLIGHT

The Honor 90 boasts a 200 MP camera that captures every detail with astonishing clarity and precision.

Ideal for Content Creation
With its exceptional camera, sleek design, and powerful performance, the Honor 90 is the ultimate gift for photography enthusiasts, social media influencers, and anyone who appreciates the art of visual storytelling.

Price and Availability
The Honor 90 5G is available in three colors — Diamond Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black, all of which were inspired by the beauty of nature and designed for style–conscious users.
The smartphone is available now from SR1,699 ($450) for its 8 GB+256 GB version and SR2,099 for the 12 GB+512 GB version. Consumers can order the smartphone through Jarir Bookstore, eXtra, stc, Zain, LuLu, noon, Amazon and other retail shops.

 


Award-winning Canadian chef honored at food festival in Riyadh

Canadian Chef Joe Thottungal accepts the Gourmand Award at the  Saudi Feast Food Festival in Riyadh.
Canadian Chef Joe Thottungal accepts the Gourmand Award at the Saudi Feast Food Festival in Riyadh.
Updated 05 December 2023
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Award-winning Canadian chef honored at food festival in Riyadh

Canadian Chef Joe Thottungal accepts the Gourmand Award at the  Saudi Feast Food Festival in Riyadh.

The Embassy of Canada in Saudi Arabia welcomed award-winning Canadian Chef Joe Thottungal to Riyadh, where he accepted the Gourmand Award at the Saudi Feast Food Festival, organized by the Saudi Culinary Arts Commission, one of 11 sector-specific commissions under the Ministry of Culture. Chef Joe’s book “My Thali” won top prize in the Indian cookbook category. Given his Indian heritage, Chef Joe embodies the incredible diversity of Canada and its cuisine, which includes food traditions from every corner of the world.
Apart from its diversity, Canadian cuisine stands out for its high-quality ingredients, sustainability, safety and innovation, making Canada a natural partner in food security for Saudi Arabia. There is increased cooperation between Canada and Saudi Arabia in agriculture technologies, grains, animal feed, meat and seafood. Saudi dates are also increasingly popular in Canada.
Ahead of the award ceremony, Canadian Ambassador Jean-Philippe Linteau hosted a lunch at the official residence, prepared by Chef Joe and official residence Chef Geo. It was attended by guests from the Kingdom, including CEO of the Culinary Arts Commission Mayada Badr, representing the full range of efforts underway to develop the culinary sector in the Kingdom.
“Sharing food, whether around a table or on a larger scale, is such a fundamental way for people to connect across cultures,” said Ambassador Linteau. “We will continue to pursue these kinds of opportunities to build more bridges between Canada and Saudi Arabia.”
The Saudi Feast Food Festival, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, hosted visitors in a unique experience to consolidate and sustain Saudi cuisine with various dishes from all regions of the Kingdom, prepared by local and international chefs. The event, running from Nov. 23-Dec. 2, featured a variety of recreational, cultural and educational activities for all ages.

 


Saudia Cargo, Cainiao, and WFS partner to boost global logistics

Saudia Cargo, Cainiao, and WFS partner to boost global logistics
Updated 05 December 2023
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Saudia Cargo, Cainiao, and WFS partner to boost global logistics

Saudia Cargo, Cainiao, and WFS partner to boost global logistics

With the growth of online shopping on a global scale, the need for efficient and innovative e-commerce logistics solutions is paramount. In response, Saudia Cargo, Cainiao, and Worldwide Flight Services — a member of the SATS Group — have announced that the three parties will reinforce and increase their collaboration with an aim to optimize the efficiency of global logistics operations.
This collaboration strengthens their existing relationship, focusing on optimizing logistics processes by streamlining operations and adopting logistics innovations.
A key component of this collaboration is the establishment of a dedicated area in the air cargo station of Cainiao Liege eHub in Belgium, the company’s European regional hub. WFS/SATS, in close collaboration with Cainiao, operates in the air cargo station.

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A key component of this collaboration is the establishment of a dedicated area in the air cargo station of Cainiao Liege eHub in Belgium.

This initiative responds directly to the escalating demand for high-quality logistics operations in the cross-border e-commerce sector, particularly in the Middle East and European markets. Earlier this year, Cainiao unveiled its international express shipping service, Global 5-Day Delivery, in collaboration with AliExpress, now available in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and South Korea.
Saudia Cargo and Cainiao boast a robust collaboration, with a history that spans several years. The latest agreement reinforces this long-standing relationship by giving precedence to specific Saudia Cargo freighter flights originating from Hong Kong and bound for Riyadh and Liege.
Additionally, the contract extension to WFS/SATS for handling more than 50,000 tons annually on flights connecting Liege and Riyadh underscores Saudia Cargo’s commitment to operational excellence and reliable logistics services.

Teddy Zebitz, CEO of Saudia Cargo

Teddy Zebitz, CEO of Saudia Cargo, said: “Our collaboration with Cainiao and WFS/SATS represents a natural evolution of our strong collaborations. By building on our existing commitments, we are poised to redefine the industry landscape, offering innovative and customer-centric solutions. Our collaboration ensures a seamless flow of e-commerce materials from Hong Kong to Liege. With high frequency flights on our Hong Kong to Liege via Riyadh route, we have a significant capacity exclusively dedicated to Cainiao. Utilizing a meticulous process involving pre-built ULDs, we facilitate an uninterrupted supply chain, supporting Cainiao in achieving their key performance indicators.”

We anticipate expanding our e-commerce network in Asia and Europe to meet evolving industry demands and customer logistics needs.

Teddy Zebitz, CEO of Saudia Cargo

He added: “This collaboration significantly strengthens our e-commerce operations, positioning us as a trusted industry provider. We anticipate expanding our e-commerce network in Asia and Europe to meet evolving industry demands and customer logistics needs.”
Eric Xu, vice president of Cainiao Group, said: “Cainiao is committed to transforming the logistics industry through continuous innovation to enable a seamless e-commerce experience and we are delighted to find close partners like Saudia Cargo and WFS/SATS on this path. Through continuously equipping our Liege eHub with cutting-edge technology solutions, we managed to boost the efficiency of logistics operations while improving customer experience through greater transparency and traceability. We are confident that this win-win collaboration will further reinforce Cainiao’s position as the world’s leading cross-border e-commerce logistics provider by offering the valued customers of us three companies with enhanced experience.”
John Batten, chief executive, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, WFS, said: “E-commerce is extremely important to WFS/SATS, our customers, our industry, and, of course, consumers, but up to now, it has been processed within a traditional air cargo handling environment. With the growth projections for e-commerce, the industry response must be more dynamic and tailored, and this is what WFS/SATS aims to deliver in Liege working alongside Saudia Cargo and Cainiao. This three-party collaboration leverages operational excellence skills and requirements from the airline, cargo handler, and e-commerce logistics perspectives, and will exemplify our commitment to innovation, speed, and real-time information for the future of the e-commerce logistics ecosystem.”
Inaugurating on March 1, 2024, the strategic collaboration between Saudia Cargo, Cainiao, and WFS/SATS aims to make a transformative leap in global logistics and to set a new benchmark, which propels cross-border logistics into a new era, driven by efficiency and innovation.