KFC celebrates founder’s 128th b’day across region

More than 1,000 drivers across the three markets will be personally greeted with ‘Cool-ness Kits.’
Updated 10 September 2018

KFC celebrates founder’s 128th b’day across region

KFC, the world’s largest chicken restaurant, has announced a new annual initiative in honor of Col. Harland Sander’s 128th birthday, celebrating “Acts of Colonel-ness” that radiate kindness, inspire positive change within the community and remind people to be generous in thoughts and actions. 

The initiative, which was launched on Sunday around the globe, called on over 300,000 employees in 131+ countries to rally together to pledge toward committing “Acts of Colonel-ness” — whether through a formally organized team volunteer event or to simply lending a hand to a neighbor in need.

To kick off this initiative in the region, KFC teams in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, will set out to recognize the efforts of the unseen heroes in the food delivery teams. Staff members from flagship stores across the three markets will extend a warm-hearted thank you to all delivery drivers who arrive for pickup at KFC flagship stores.

More than 1,000 drivers across the three markets will be personally greeted with “Cool-ness Kits” throughout the Colonel’s birthday month. These kits have been created with the aim of providing drivers with a boost of refreshment in the scorching heat, featuring various cooling products, as well as a special thank you note as a token of appreciation for their continued efforts.

Saber Sami, general manager, MENAPAK, KFC, said: “As the world’s largest chicken restaurant, we believe it is our responsibility to give back to the communities where we live and work — especially as we continue to recognize the relentless efforts of our food delivery teams who have long been the backbone of our network. Taking this one step further, we want to dedicate this year’s initiative as a special token of appreciation for our delivery drivers, particularly for their unwavering strength despite tough weather conditions and heavy traffic.”

 

 

 


SAGIA, Xylem ink $50m MoU to advance water security

Updated 05 December 2019

SAGIA, Xylem ink $50m MoU to advance water security

Water technology firm Xylem has signed an MoU with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), representing an investment of $50 million. The agreement aims to expand Xylem’s manufacturing footprint into the Kingdom, and to better serve its portfolio of customers in Saudi Arabia and across the region.

Under the MoU, Xylem will work with SAGIA to develop and localize advanced water and wastewater products and technologies to address water challenges in Saudi Arabia, as well as increase its footprint of service points and rental fleets across the Kingdom. A core objective of the MoU is to accelerate adoption of digital water solutions and optimize utility networks across the Kingdom.

The proposed multimillion-dollar investment will not only help build a vibrant local supply chain, but also see Xylem bringing additional commercial opportunities into the Kingdom, with the wider aim of improving water solutions locally. The agreement is in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 to promote economic diversification through investments in localization that will also contribute to the export of “Made in Saudi” products across the world.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative (FII), commonly known as the “Davos in the Desert,” by Ibrahim A. Al-Omar, governor of SAGIA, and Steven Leung, senior vice president and president, emerging markets of Xylem, in the presence of senior officials of both entities and Frank Ackland, managing director Xylem Middle East.

Al-Omar said: “As Saudi Arabia welcomes investors and decision-makers from across the globe to this annual global investment platform, the agreements exchanged here reflect the strength and diversity of the economy. Under Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia is undergoing an ambitious program of economic reform, and the world is taking notice. This month, Saudi Arabia climbed 30 places in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report, becoming the most improved economy globally. The indicators are
clear: Saudi Arabia is not only open for business, it’s the economy of the future.”

Leung added: “As Xylem continues to lead the water sector’s digital transformation globally, this MoU presents an opportunity to leverage our market-leading portfolio and application expertise to advance water security in Saudi Arabia. Through our investment of $50 million, and with our strong presence in Saudi Arabia, backed by our dedicated office and team, we are committed to creating in-Kingdom value through our investments and partnerships. We are thankful to SAGIA for the opportunity to directly contribute our expertise to the development vision of the leadership, as the Kingdom embarks on its ambitious transformation program.”