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.

Report highlights 
NTP’s role in achieving Vision 2030

Updated 02 April 2020

Report highlights 
NTP’s role in achieving Vision 2030

The National Transformation Program (NTP) is playing a major role in overcoming the challenges in the way of achieving the ambitious targets of Saudi Vision 2030, according to Thamir bin Abdullah Al-Sadoun, CEO of the NTP. He made the statement on the occasion of the launch of a report on the achievements of the NTP from the period of its inception — June 2016 — until the end of 2019.

The report pointed out that the Kingdom ranked first globally in business environment reforms, according to the Doing Business 2020 report issued by the World Bank Group. It highlighted the establishment of the National Competitiveness Center (Tayseer) in 2019 and the more than 400 reforms the Kingdom undertook for investors.

Saudi Arabia jumped from No. 141 in 2018 to No. 38 in 2019 in the global “Starting a Commercial Activity” index. The Meras comprehensive service centers were established to provide instant licenses and electronic services necessary for starting a business, and a number of regulations were put in place to develop the infrastructure for commercial business.

“This resulted in the Kingdom’s advancement to the 49th position in the global rankings, three positions ahead of the most developed countries on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicator,” the report observed.


Saudi Arabia jumped from No. 141 in 2018 to No. 38 in 2019 in the global ‘Starting a Commercial Activity’ index.

The NTP also contributed to raise the level of protection for investors through the issuance of new regulations on bankruptcy, the mortgage system and the commercial franchise system.

Al-Sadoun said the achievements are a result of the implementation of basic and digital infrastructure projects, and the involvement of various government entities in identifying the challenges and creating solutions and implementing them.

The report highlighted the Kingdom’s progress in the Corruption Perceptions indicator to reach 10th position among the G20 countries; the launch of the tourist visa, which resulted in the issuance of more than 350,000 visas during the last quarter of 2019; and a 20 percent decrease in road traffic deaths in 2018 compared to 2017. 

The report also underlined the Kingdom’s commitment to digital transformation under the NTP, with the country ranking third globally in the deployment of 5G networks.