Saudia Cargo enhances presence in Europe and Africa

Saudia Cargo has announced the second freighter from the Kingdom to the US via European hubs, starting September.
Updated 10 September 2019

Saudia Cargo enhances presence in Europe and Africa

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (Saudia Cargo) has enhanced its presence in the African and European continents, adding new freighter flights alongside extra belly capacity onboard Saudia passenger flights during the high season aiming to increase its network capabilities starting this September. 

Saudia Cargo added a second additional weekly freighter flight to operate on Tuesday and Thursday to JFK Airport in New York via LGG Airport in Liege, Belgium by a 747-400F freighter aircraft. Moreover, Saudia Cargo has become the largest player in the Kenya-Europe market by adding four weekly freighter flights from Nairobi airport to Europe, with a total of 11 flights per week. The company also added an additional flight to Khartoum International Airport via a 777F aircraft. 

Last June, Saudia Cargo announced the launch of its new stations in Athens and Marrakech, in line with the company’s strategy to enhance its global presence and improve its logistical capabilities in order to answer the growing demand for air cargo and ground handling services. 

The company also participated in the fifth edition of the international event Air Cargo Africa 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa in February this year. Saudia Cargo’s pavilion offered networking opportunities and information regarding the company’s latest developments, commercial activities, various products, logistical services and other freighter services. 

In a previous edition of the event, Air Cargo Africa 2017, Saudia Cargo was awarded the International Cargo Airline of the year, demonstrating the important role played by the firm in the global air cargo market and highlighting Saudia Cargo’s accomplishments throughout the years. 

Saudia Cargo, the national Saudi air freight carrier, covers more than 900 destinations in more than 175 countries, through a dedicated state-of-the-art freighter fleet alongside the network of SkyTeam Cargo alliance, in addition to the belly capacity onboard Saudia passenger flights.


NCB and Mastercard launch credit card for corporates

Updated 25 February 2021

NCB and Mastercard launch credit card for corporates

Mastercard and the National Commercial Bank (NCB) have launched a new corporate credit card offering the bank’s corporate and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) clients a range of financial solutions. 

The Mastercard Corporate World card allows companies to effectively manage their expenses and corporate payment needs. The card aims to maximize companies’ financial control and provide them with full visibility in order to reduce costs and enhance cash flow. 

J.K. Khalil, country manager, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Levant, Mastercard, said: “As a trusted technology leader and proud supporter of the business community, we are delighted to collaborate with NCB to expand inclusion for best-in-class financial control, B2B expenditures and corporate travel benefits. We remain committed to helping businesses by offering innovative tools and payment solutions that enable them to make the most of the digital economy and an ever-strengthening payment ecosystem.” Majed Al-Ghamdi, chief executive of retail, NCB, said: “We are delighted to once again collaborate with Mastercard for another solution which we believe will provide strong value to businesses by offering the tools to enhance efficiency as well as meet their working capital requirements. Through the commercial credit card, our large corporate customers as well as SME clients will be able to make cashless transactions seamlessly and conveniently, while maintaining a stronger control over their cash flows. Furthermore, the initiative will add benefits to our corporate customers, such as control of spending and compliance with corporate policies.” 

The new corporate credit card delivers a range of innovative benefits and product offerings designed for the diverse needs of large corporations. Additionally, the dedicated self-service portal on AlAhlieCorp responds to requests and enables best-in-class relationship management. The card also offers consolidated e-statements and spending trends, so that cardholders and the management can benefit from simplified reconciliation and enhanced, integrated reporting.

The new credit card features a host of offers and rewards, including complimentary airport lounge access in more than 1,000 lounges across 300 cities with LoungeKey. It further includes complimentary travel and accident insurance, cover for medical emergencies, trip cancellations and lost baggage, in addition to other value-added benefits.

Additionally, companies that request an NCB corporate credit card before June 30 will have their annual fee waived for the first year.


Cloud kitchen ‘Kitopi’ launches in Jeddah

Updated 11 February 2021

Cloud kitchen ‘Kitopi’ launches in Jeddah

Kitopi, a managed cloud kitchen platform headquartered in Dubai, is opening its doors to F&B outlets and restaurants in Jeddah, starting this week. The tech company, which currently operates in the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah), Kuwait (Kuwait City), and Saudi Arabia, recently marked its three-year anniversary, and already has successful operations in Riyadh, working with more than 40 restaurant partners. 

The company partners with restaurants and cooks on their behalf, handling the end-to-end operations including sourcing of ingredients, customer experience and, working with third-party delivery apps to deliver the food fast and safely.

Now, Kitopi aims to make alliances with F&B partners and restaurants across the Red Sea hub, giving them the option to expand beyond borders in less than 14 days, with minimal capital expenditure and operational costs. 

Kitopi has seven kitchens in Riyadh and will look to open more than five kitchens in Jeddah before the end of Q3. 

“We are excited to expand our reach in Saudi Arabia, a key market for us. We look forward to partnering with restaurants in Jeddah, enabling them to scale beyond borders and giving customers a chance to experience exceptional food on their terms, quickly and safely,” said Mohamad Ballout, CEO and co-founder of Kitopi. 

The company works with more than 200 brands globally, operating over 60 kitchens and employing a staff of 1,200 “Kitopians.” Kitopi’s competitive advantage lies in its smart kitchen operating technology (SKOS), which powers all of its 60+ state-of-the-art kitchens regionally. SKOS is a cloud kitchen operating system that manages the end-to-end order experience with the aim of improving customer experience and operational efficiency. Thanks to SKOS, an order takes less than 35 minutes to be delivered, from the time an order is placed to when the customer receives it. Kitopi’s technology is supported by its tech hubs in Poland and the UAE, as well as a global customer support center, which operates in Dubai. 

Part of Kitopi’s expansion strategy in the Kingdom will be aimed at hiring more Saudis across its operations, with a focus on hiring more women. This investment in people will support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 while opening up new professions for Saudis to embark on.


Courtyard Riyadh offers culinary adventure from under the sea

Updated 07 February 2021

Courtyard Riyadh offers culinary adventure from under the sea

Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road is all set to take guests on a culinary adventure from under the sea with the opening of the Seven Restaurant. The venue has a weekly seafood night every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., offering a scrumptious buffet style dining experience, starting from SR170 ($45) per person.

Head chef Sofyan Alasmi has curated a menu that will have guests indulging to their hearts’ content. With more than 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry across the GCC under his apron, all his culinary creations are bursting with extraordinary flavors. “From signature dishes such as the mouth-watering Thermidor to Seven’s special catch of the week, palates are set to enjoy the freshest and most succulent seafood in the city,” a statement said.

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The restaurant features a seafood market where gastronomes will get to choose from a variety of fish and see it prepared at the live cooking stations.

A feast for the eyes and mouth, the restaurant also features a seafood market where gastronomes will get to choose from a variety of fish, including shrimp, Sultan Ibrahim, calamari and Deans’ Fish, and see it prepared at the live cooking stations.

The venue’s striking décor, an open kitchen and a live cooking station take center stage, ensuring guests seated indoors get to immerse themselves in the culinary show. Those seated on the outdoor terrace can enjoy sweeping views of the Riyadh city skyline.

The restaurant’s name has a symbolic significance. “Seven is the number of completion and perfection, and is highly symbolic across cultures, the seven wonders of the world, the seven continents and the seven days of the week,” the hotel’s website said.

Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road offers a pleasant getaway for business and leisure travelers to Riyadh, with seamless service, easy access to the city’s top tourist attractions, and exciting dining experiences to choose from. The hotel features a restaurant, fitness center, a shared lounge and garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the venue.


Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Center opens in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 07 February 2021

Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Center opens in Riyadh’s DQ

Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group (HMG) has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art medical center in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter (DQ).

The inauguration of Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Center was held in the presence of Nasser Mohammed Al-Haqbani, chief executive of HMG, a number of diplomats, businessmen and management officials of the group.

Guests at the event toured the various departments and facilities of the new center, including its emergency, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, ENT, ophthalmology, internal medicine, family medicine, dermatology, and cosmetology clinics, in addition to the pharmacy.

The laboratories in the radiology department are equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies, which enable the provision of the most accurate results at high speed, thereby reducing the waiting time. All departments are manned by experts qualified in their respective medical fields.

The guests were also briefed on the services provided by the 24/7 rapid response team, ambulances and emergency transport, and the pharmacy, which is open round-the-clock.

“Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Center represents a great addition to the Diplomatic Quarter as it includes the best medical, technical, and administrative experts, to provide superior levels of medical care in accordance with the highest international standards,” Al-Haqbani said. The center includes all specialties and is equipped with the latest medical technologies, and it operates with an integrated digital system to ensure the provision of diagnostic and therapeutic services in no time, he added.

The medical center’s unified electronic system (VIDA) and mobile application for patients enable users to book appointments, obtain medical reports, view the results of laboratory and x-ray examinations and get copies of them via email, view the insurers’ approvals, connect with physicians in all specialties, get medical prescriptions, and obtain a wide range of other services.

Al-Haqbani said that since its inception, HMG has been keen to achieve excellence based on the approach of continuous development and right now aims to benefit from the ongoing digital revolution.

“The effective combination of modern technology and human competencies can provide the highest levels of medical care and a unique health model in the Middle East,” he added.

In addition to the new center in the DQ, HMG has four other hospitals in Riyadh.

 



McLaren Riyadh inaugurates new, state-of-the-art service center 

Updated 07 February 2021


McLaren Riyadh inaugurates new, state-of-the-art service center 

McLaren Automotive, the British creator of luxury, high-performance sports cars and supercars, continues to expand its presence in the Middle East, with the official inauguration of a new service center, located on King Abdul Aziz Road in Riyadh. 
The service center, operated by Nahwasharq, was conceived in response to a growing number of vehicles in the crucial Middle Eastern market. This state-of-the-art facility is conveniently located in the center of Riyadh and offers more than 1,500 square meters of space including seven vehicle lifts, as well as the latest vehicle diagnostics equipment. The facility will be operated by a dedicated team of McLaren-trained engineers offering a high level of professional service combined with technical understanding, to provide local customers with a complete peace of mind throughout all stages of McLaren ownership. Customers based outside Riyadh will also be able to benefit from an on-demand collection service catering to owners based in as far as Jeddah or Dammam. 

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Customers based outside Riyadh will also be able to benefit from an on-demand collection service catering to owners based in as far as Jeddah or Dammam. 

Brett Soso, managing director — Europe, Middle East and Africa, McLaren Automotive, said: “We are proud to inaugurate the new service center of McLaren Riyadh, in advance of the long-anticipated reveal of our all-new McLaren Artura. I am confident that this new facility will allow us to exceed customer expectations and cater for the growing demand for McLaren supercars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I would also like to thank our retail partner, McLaren Riyadh, for their continued support, passion and commitment to the McLaren brand.”
Mohammed Al-Kraidees from McLaren Riyadh, Nahwasharq, said: “The McLaren brand has always been synonymous with both breathtaking products, as well as class-leading ownership experience. Our new service center allows us to enhance this experience even further and provide our discerning customers with the most professional, efficient and convenient service in the market.” 
The inauguration of the new service center marked an important step in the brand’s expansion across the Middle East and Africa subregion, which comprises eight retail locations.