Retailers see slump in business

Updated 12 October 2014

Retailers see slump in business

Low customers’ turnout this Eid has dampened the spirit of the retailers in Jeddah.
Festivities during Eid days are generally a high season for shops and malls which are crowded with customers doing shopping to celebrate the occasion with their friends and families.
Not so this year, said Mohammed Khalid, an owner of three ready-made garment stores.
“Every year, during Eid Al-Adha there is less inflow of customers even though we offer attractive discounts and sales on our garments. This year we witnessed business going down by about 15 percent as people are more involved in celebrating the Eid with sacrificial meat than going shopping.”
Although women have been shopping well ahead of the Eid, the markets and shopping malls did not see a high turnover in their sales, he said. “Sales of jewelry, footwear and other related items did not do well this Eid as they are not considered so important.”
Ismail Ahmed, a salesman at a shop in Bawadi, said: “There has been a decrease in the sales of bags, cosmetics and related items during Eid Al-Adha.” The market saw smaller crowds this Eid than the Eid Al-Fitr as people were more interested in preparing to cook elaborate meat dishes than in shopping.
Saleh Bassam, a resident said: “Eid Al-Adha is all about celebrating and sharing the sacrificial meat with the poor and needy, family and friends. This festival invites us to enjoy the three-day festival mainly by consuming meat so the majority give less importance to going shopping.”
However, major supermarkets and hypermarkets are expecting to witness a boom this Eid with some of them already citing a jump in sales of more than 20 percent following a slash in prices of essential items.


Saudi air force chief leads Kingdom’s delegation to Dubai

Updated 20 min 9 sec ago

Saudi air force chief leads Kingdom’s delegation to Dubai

RIYADH: Maj. Gen. Turki bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, commander of the Royal Saudi Air Forces (RSAF), has led an armed forces delegation from the Kingdom to the 9th Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference, which kicked off on Nov. 16, and the Dubai Airshow 2019, which will run from Nov. 17-21.

The conference, held under the slogan “Building a more agile and adaptive fighting force: Balancing the high- and low-tech solutions,” was attended by 500 commanders and representatives of European, US, Asian and Arab air forces to discuss the future of the air defense system and explore the latest findings of the military fighter industry.

Conference sessions discussed adopting new air defense technologies, addressing future operational requirements of the air force, training in joint operations for fourth and fifth-generation fighters, transition to multiple air force operations, techniques for the future air combat strategy and fighter requirements for the future, and the future of sensor systems and the establishment of a multi-field command and control system architecture.

The conference was attended by the delegation accompanying Maj. Gen. Turki and military attaché at the Saudi Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Brig. Gen. Abdul Mohsen bin Fahd Al-Sudairi.