LuLu festival celebrates Indian food, fashion and more

The festival was inaugurated by Dr. Ausuf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Shehim Mohammed.
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Updated 26 January 2020

LuLu festival celebrates Indian food, fashion and more

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, launched the bi-annual Indian-themed festival “India Utsav” across its stores in the Kingdom, coinciding with the Indian Republic Day on Jan. 26. The week-long promotion highlights food products, offers and cultural shows from Jan. 22 to 28.

The festival was inaugurated by Dr. Ausuf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarket Saudi Arabia, and other top officials at LuLu Hypermarket in Riyadh Avenue Mall.

LuLu is highlighting over 3,900 products in different categories, which have been flown in straight from India for this promotion — from fruits and vegetables to meat, packaged food products, kitchen essentials, and traditional wear like sarees and churidars. A wide range of hot food dishes is also being freshly prepared daily. 

“Enjoy the taste of authentic Indian cuisine from LuLu’s delicious biryanis to mouth-watering curries, popular street foods, traditional sweets, and many more delicacies that are available at the most affordable prices,” a statement said. 

Mohammed said: “Every year, we organize special events to showcase the beauty and diversity of Indian culture through the festival ‘India Utsav.’ This is our humble tribute to the glorious tradition, food and offerings of India, which are well-renowned among the diverse population of this country. We are glad that this initiative binds together all nationalities for a common interest.” 

LuLu, which has its own food processing plants and sourcing offices in India, has exerted massive efforts to introduce a new range of products, featuring organic, low-fat, gluten-free and many healthier food options that are popular with the health-conscious customers.

With 185 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.

Sanofi conference spotlights type 2 inflammations

Updated 04 February 2020

Sanofi conference spotlights type 2 inflammations

Global health care company Sanofi recently organized a medical conference on type 2 inflammations, namely atopic dermatitis and severe asthma, at the Jeddah Hilton. The event, held under the auspices of the Saudi Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, included speakers from various health sectors who highlighted latest technologies and Saudi Food and Drug Authority-approved medicines to treat the diseases.
In his opening speech, Professor Abdullah Al-Angari, president of the Saudi Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, praised the society’s keenness to organize such important conferences to review the latest developments in type 2 inflammations, and to attract specialists from around the globe. “The scientific papers presented at the conference contribute to informing about the latest developments in treating these diseases. Sanofi Dupixent medication plays an important role in the treatment of the second type of immune inflammations, which include atopic dermatitis and severe asthma. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the few countries around the world that provide such a treatment for this disease,” he added.
Dr. Ahmed Siraj, general manager of Sanofi Saudi Arabia, said: “It is of utmost importance to develop cooperation between specialized Arab and international societies by exchanging experiences and knowledge and the latest developments in the treatment of the type 2 immune Inflammations, and the need to hold training courses for beginner Saudi doctors to hone their skills. The disease has several remarkable features, including its genetic aspects and family roots, its signs that include dry skin, allergy toward special types of food, sensitivity to exposure to dust and weather changes, etc., all of which must be taken into consideration when treating the disease.”
The two-day conference covered various topics, including the relationship between basic immunology and allergies, difficulties in dealing with type 2 immune inflammations, and the role of immune cells in disease and clinical trials, among others. Some local experiences with new Sanofi Biologic were also reviewed. The conference highlighted the best practices of treating type 2 immune inflammations from Canada and Saudi Arabia, where Professor Jason Lee conveyed the Canadian experience of immune diseases to the attendees.