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19 Jul 2018

LuLu opens 150th Hypermarket in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

LuLu Group has crossed a major milestone as the leading retailer in the region by opening 150th Hypermarket in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Hypermarket which is LuLu’s biggest was officially inaugurated by Engineer Ibrahim Al Omer, Governor, HE Ibrahim Al Suwail Dy. Governor of Saudi General Investment AuthoritySAGIA along with Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, LuLu Group chairman Yusuff Ali M.A., Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Saudi Director and other dignitaries & royal family members.

Located at the newly launched Atyaf Mall in Yarmouk, this mega hypermarket, the 13th in the country is spread across 220,000 square feet area.

Commenting on the newly inaugurated hypermarket, Yusuff Ali M.A. said: “we are absolutely delighted to open our group’s 150th and KSA’s 13 hypermarket today in Riyadh and I am sure the shoppers here will be pleased by the new retail experience we have created here. Through our internationally sourced quality products and enthusiastic staff, LuLu has been the most preferred destination for different nationalities and we will continue to preserve this identity with our new store.”

Expansion Plans:
Elaborating Group’s expansion plans, Yusuff Ali said, “We see tremendous growth opportunities in the Kingdom and are glad to be part of the 2030 vision by further expanding our presence here. We will open another 15 hypermarkets by 2020 at an investment of SAR 1 billion out of which five will be opened this year itself. This includes three Hypermarkets in Riyadh followed by one each in Tabuk and Dammam. This is apart from the SAR 1 billion we have already invested in the Kingdom till now.

Saudization & Training policy:
“Currently, our group employs more than 3000 Saudi nationals out of which 1400 are ladies which is approx. 40 Saudization. And our goal is to give employment to 6000 Saudi nationals by the end of 2020. We have a very elaborate and effective multi-level training program, through which we not only train them here but also send the local recruits to our other regions in the GCC & India for training in various departments. We have also tied up with Saudi vocational institutions and universities in this regard.

Logistics & Wholesale sector development:
Apart from the retail expansion we are investing SAR 200 million in setting up a 1 million sq. ft. state-of-the-art wholesale & logistics center in King Abdulla Economic City KAEC, which will not only support our retail expansion but also help in ensuring food security.

Yusuffali further said: “We attribute our success to the visionary leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the government and the people of this great country who have always given tremendous support to investments and economic development”.

07 Jun 2018

LuLu Group has opened its new Hypermarket in Al Warqa area in Dubai

LuLu Group has opened its new Hypermarket in Al Warqa area in Dubai. The 147th hypermarket was officially inaugurated by Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development DED in Dubai in the presence of Tariq Al Gurg, CEO Dubai Cares and other dignitaries. Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of LuLu, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director and other top LuLu officials were also present on the occasion.

The new 120,000 sq. feet Hypermarket is one of the biggest LuLu Hypermarket in the emirate of Dubai and is located in Al Warqa 2. This two-level store is offering entire line of groceries, home appliances, electronics, IT products, fashion, stationery, sports and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket. Moreover, this expansive retail facility’s key focus will primarily be on fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood, all offered under one roof.

In keeping with its endeavour to provide the best quality products in the most hygiene way, LuLu Hypermarket has invested heavily in special areas like state-of-the-art storing facilities, latest baking and cooking machines. It also features a number of outlets including money exchange, Opticals, hair spa & kids saloon, mobile shops among others.

With LuLu’s range of attractive products and competitive prices, the new hypermarket is expected to drive a large segment of population to experience world class shopping with unparalleled quality in terms of products and services, said Yusuffali MA after the inauguration. “This shows the kind of demand for quality shopping that exists here, and we are extremely happy to bring again another world-class shopping experience as close as possible to the residents of Al Warqa and its nearby areas.”

Expansion plans
Commenting on group’s expansion plans, Yusuff Ali said twenty new hypermarkets are expected to be operational in the next two years in Dubai and northern emirates region. These new projects reflect our ambitious growth plans for UAE in sync with the EXPO 2020, and our commitment to providing both citizens and residents in this part of the UAE with an unparalleled shopping experience.

"With the rapid economic growth being witnessed all around the UAE, we strongly feel we should be closer to our customers so that they do not have to make long trips to meet their shopping needs," added Ali.

27 May 2018

Lulu Launches Green Checkout To Promote Reusable Bags At Al Barsha, Dubai

LuLu Hypermarket, the UAE’s fastest growing retail chain in partnership with Dubai Municipality, has distributed 6,000 eco-friendly reusable bags in Al Barsha, Dubai to raise awareness on the environmental benefits of reducing the use of plastic bags. The campaign entitled “I Choose to Reuse” is launched in collaboration with Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department.

From 16th May to 20th June, the awareness initiative will be featuring a “green checkout” programme in cash counters that promotes the use of eco bags. For every first-time purchase of the featured reusable bag, shoppers will get one coupon card. The customer will get one stamp on the card for each time the eco bag is used when shopping at LuLu. Once four coupons are complete, the customer will be eligible to a raffle draw entry for 1,000 AED worth of voucher each for three winners.

Dubai Municipality Waste Management Department Head of Administration, Yaequb Mohammed, launched the campaign with the presence of LuLu Hypermarket Regional Director in Dubai, Thamban K.P., together with other dignitaries of Dubai Municipality and LuLu Group.

LuLu Group Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A. emphasised the support of the Group in making a significant move for the betterment of the society: “This great initiative is one key to provide a cleaner environment and promote sustainable development through simple and little ways with a substantial impact. We, at LuLu, bring optimal solutions to teach our loyal shoppers about choosing less harmful options for the world we live in. It is not just about shopping, but shopping smartly through reducing waste.”

LuLu Hypermarket has been actively performing eco-friendly practices in its worldwide operations. It is well-known to be of the first retail chains in the Middle East to switch to Oxo biodegradable bag—a type of plastic bag that degrades much faster compared to the usual plastic bag, which takes an average of 500 years to biodegrade and cause immense damage to earth.

Dubai Municipality Waste Management Department Director, Abdul Majeed Sifaie, shared: “We continue to endeavour to educate the society about the importance of being partners in reducing waste by following a number of green practices and ideas, which will lead to a positive effect that will contribute to the achievement of the National Index for the transfer of 75 of the waste produced in the Emirate of Dubai from the landfill by 2021. We seek to ensure that everyone is committed to take responsibility for minimising waste.”

LuLu currently operates 145 stores in the entire world and has been continuously supporting government initiatives as part of its corporate social responsibility. Through these campaigns, LuLu involves its retail network of corporate partners, staff, and shopping patrons in playing a greater role for sustainable environmental practices.

LuLu Hypermarket, the UAE’s fastest growing retail chain in partnership with Dubai Municipality, has distributed 6,000 eco-friendly reusable bags in Al Barsha, Dubai to raise awareness on the environmental benefits of reducing the use of plastic bags. The campaign entitled “I Choose to Reuse” is launched in collaboration with Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department.

28 Apr 2018

Kochi gets largest convention center in India

Lulu Group’s Rs. 1,800 cr. dream project inaugurated

KOCHI, INDIA April 28, 2018 – Lulu Group International launched its mega project in Kochi. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala officially inaugurated the Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center & Grand Hyatt this morning in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, UAE Minister for Tolerance, HH Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Bahrain Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Yusuffali MA, chairman of Lulu group along with ambassadors of UAE, KSA & Bahrain and other dignitaries.

The Rs. 1,800 crore mega project is part of its Rs. 13,000 cr. expansion plan in India in the retail, hospitality & food processing sectors.

Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Centre is billed as largest of its kind in India with over 10 lakh sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor space including two customizable and column-free venues with a total capacity of around 10,000 people. LIWA, is the largest hall in the convention center with 20,000 sq. ft. and can take more than 5,000 people at a time. It has also got a unique automated re-tractable seating system, which is first of its kind in the country.

Speaking at the glittering function Sheikh Nahyan highlighted the historic and vital role played by Indians especially Keralites, in the development of UAE and fondly recalled “Lulu, as where the UAE goes to shop”. Being the minister for tolerance , I am deeply touched by the hospitality, education and ever smiling spirit of Keralites”.

Bahrain Deputy PM hailed the long & strong relationship between India and Bahrain, and appreciated the role played by people like Yusuffali in further strengthening the economic & cultural aspects of Bahrain.”

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said “Kerala is a tourist hub and we need many more projects like this to boost our economy, and Kerala will always will welcome any investment in these sectors”

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said “the Govt. is pro-development and is working tirelessly to develop the infrastructure and road network across India and I invite investors to exploit the abundant possibilities available here.”

The convention centre has 3 helipads and parking capacity for more than 1500 cars. With a prime waterfront location, the convention centre is a 45-minute drive from Cochin International Airport and is connected to all major road networks.

Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the new project Yusuffali MA said “this is my dream project in Kerala and I am sure this will go a long way in making Kochi & Kerala the tourist and MICE hub of India”.

“With the increase in conferences & summits in Kerala, the tourism and related sectors will see tremendous growth in both revenues and economic activities which will propel all round growth of god’s own country”, he added.

The spacious urban, waterfront luxury project is set on 26 acres of landscaped grounds in an extraordinary location on the Bolgatty Island, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will feature an array of Suites, rooms, luxury villas to suit the taste & demands of discerning travellers & tourists to God’s own country.

For guests looking to explore the local community, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will provide a selection of extraordinary activities and locally inspired experiences, such as a guided tour of nearby Bolgatty Palace or a boat ride from the island’s jetty to Fort Kochi. With Kerala Tourism promoting the destination to the GCC with its ‘Yalla Kerala Campaign’, the state is gearing up for an increase in international arrivals this season.

Designed by architects from Wimberly Allison Tong and Coo UK Ltd WATG, Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center & Grand Hyatt Kochi is located near the historic and picturesque town of Fort Kochi and is fully surrounded by back waters with a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea.

21 Feb 2018

LuLu Group International announced the launch of its $300 million LuLu Mall in Lucknow

LuLu Group International announced the launch of its $300 million LuLu Mall in Lucknow. Chairman & Managing Director Yusuffali MA, elaborating the plans said: “We are making north India's largest shopping Mall with more than 2 million sq. ft. built up area, which will generate an employment of more than 5000”. It will also feature more than 200 international and national brands along with 11 screen Multiplex screens, 2500-seater Food court and more than 20 fine Dining Restaurants.

The miniature model of the LuLu Mall was unveiled in the presence of PM Narendra Modi at the inaugural function of UP Investors Summit 2018 in Lucknow, in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adithyanath, Governor Ram Naik and a host of union & state Ministers and foreign delegates.

Briefing PM Narendra Modi about the investment plans, Yusuffali said “we have earmarked US$ 2 billion Rs. 14,000 crores for the Indian market. UP has huge potential in various sectors and we are exploring investment opportunities in retail, hospitality & food processing sector in Kanpur & Noida respectively”.

20 Dec 2017

Lulu on expansion track in sync with Vision 2030 Opens 11th Hypermarket in Saudi Arabia To invest SR 500 million in two years

Jeddah: Retail giant Lulu Group, has further expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia by opening its 11 th Hypermarket in the Kingdom. The new Hypermarket which is also the second outlet in Jeddah was officially inaugurated His Excellency Ibrahim Saleh Al Suwail, Deputy Governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority SAGIA on Wednesday.

“We are moving in line with Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s robust economy and the Government’s investor-friendly policies have encouraged and provided us a favorable environment to continue to establish ourselves and to contribute to the economic growth of the Kingdom. As I mentioned earlier, our expansion plans are firm in the Kingdom and by 2020, the country will get another 20 Lulu Hypermarkets out of which six will be opened by the year 2018. This includes two Hypermarkets in Riyadh followed by one each in Tabuk and Dammam” said Yusuffali, Chairman of Lulu Group at the
inauguration.

Currently, our Group employs 2400 Saudi Nationals out of which 1100 are female staff and we consider it as our duty to nurture them as we have a very hardworking, dedicated and productive manpower in Saudi Nationals. As I promised earlier, our goal is to employ 5000 Saudi Nationals by the year 2020 and 10,000 by 2024.” said Yusuffali.

The 142 nd hypermarket of Lulu Group located on Al Haramain road in Jeddah and spread over an area of more than 250,000-square feet will serve as a major shopping destination for Saudis and expatriates in Al Marwah and its surrounding areas.

Yusuffali further said that “We attribute our success to the visionary leadership of His Majesty & the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince, the Government and the people of this great country who have always given tremendous support to investments and economic development”. Currently, we have ten hypermarkets and eight Aramco commissaries in Saudi Arabia. This shows the kind of demand for quality shopping that exists here and we are extremely happy to bring again another world class shopping experience as close as possible to the residents of Jeddah and its nearby areas” said Yusuffali.

“We are planning to expand aggressively here as the Kingdom is investing heavily in various sectors, which will surely spur all-round growth,” he said. “We have already invested more than SAR800 million till now and intend to further invest SAR500 million by the end of 2019, taking our total investment to more than SAR1.3 billion in the kingdom.”

Very recently the Kingdom has witnessed some path-breaking economic policies like the announcement of SR72 billion stimulus package to the private sector by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the unveiling of NEOM Mega City by HRH Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. These historic decisions will see huge investment pouring into the country which will surely benefit the economy of the country by job creation, GDP growth and boosting the local industries in the Kingdom, added Yusuffali.

The new store will not only offer a value-for- money shopping experience to the residents of Jeddah, but will also open a window of opportunity to the local community, which is positive news in the current financial climate, he added. The opening of the newest Hypermarket saw the group, which is on a vast expansion mode, anchor itself firmly in the modern, customer-centric retail landscape of the Kingdom. The new hypermarket also hosts money exchange outlets, jewelry shops, family entertainment center & ATM among others.

07 Dec 2017

Deputy Ruler of Sharjah opens new LuLu Hypermarket in Al Hazna

Lulu Group, the region’s top retailer has further expanded its presence in the northern emirates by opening biggest ever Hypermarket in Sharjah. The new store which is 140th store of the group was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah & Deputy Chairman of Sharjah Executive Council at Al Hazna in the presence of number of dignitaries and businessmen.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Qasimi, Director of Customs & Marine Ports Authority, Sheikh Salem bin Abdul Rahman Al Qasimi, Head of Ruler's Office, Brigadier General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, Ibrahim Mohammed Al Jarwan, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group and other dignitaries.

Also present on the occasion were Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director of Lulu, Salim M.A., Director of Lulu and other top officials of the company. Large number of people from different walks of life were present on the occasion to witness the inauguration.

After the inauguration, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qassimi and other dignitaries were led on a guided tour of the hypermarket by Yusuff Ali MA who briefed them about the various sections, unique features and amenities.

“This is our sixth store in Sharjah and second one we opened in 30 days. This shows the kind of demand for quality shopping that exists here and we are extremely happy to bring again another world class shopping experience as close as possible to the residents of Al Hazna and its nearby areas” said Yusuffali.

The new hypermarket is spread over an area of about 160,000 square feet and is located next to Khalid bin Mohamed Stadium or Al Shaab Village & can easily accessed by residents of Al Hazana and its surrounding areas. The groceries and supermarket section will occupy the ground level while the first floor will showcase Lulu Hypermarket’s Fashion, Household goods, Electronics & I.T., Toys and Accessories and footwear sections.

“As we mentioned earlier, our expansion plans are firm and Sharjah will get another seven more hypermarkets out of which three will be opened within the next six-month period and we are grateful for the support and patronage we have been receiving from the rulers, citizens and residents of this great nation” added Yusuffali.

The hypermarket also features favorite brands such as Malabar Gold, Lulu Exchange, Lulu Pharmacy, Swiss Arabian Perfumes, ATM etc.

21 Nov 2017

Lulu on expansion spree: Opens new hypermarket in Sharjah

Sharjah: Lulu Group, region’s top retailer has opened its 139th Hypermarket at Buhaira in Sharjah today. The new Hypermarket was officially inaugurated by H.H. Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Chairman, Dept. of Government Relations & Member of Sharjah Executive Council. Also present on the occasion were Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA Executive Director of Lulu, Salim MA, Director of Lulu and other top officials of the company. A large number of people from different walks of life were also present to witness the inauguration.
After the inauguration Shaikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qassimi and other dignitaries were led on a guided tour of the hypermarket by Yusuffali MA and briefed them about the various sections, unique features and amenities.
“This is our fifth store in Sharjah and we are extremely happy with the support and patronage we have been receiving from the rulers, citizens and residents of this great nation,” said Yusuffali MA, Chairman of LuLu Group. “It has been our policy to bring world class shopping as close as possible to the shoppers rather than make them drive long distance. Now with more than 37 sourcing offices worldwide including USA, UK, Africa and Far East, we are fully equipped to serve the diverse population of this cosmopolitan country.
With the opening of this new market, citizens and residents staying in Buhaira and adjoining areas will have world-class shopping closer to them at most attractive and competitive prices” concluded Yusuffali.
The hypermarket which is 139th store of the group, is spread over an area of about 100,000 square feet and can be easily accessed by residents of Buhaira and its surrounding areas. The groceries and supermarket section will occupy the ground level while the first floor will showcase Lulu Hypermarket’s Fashion, Household goods, Electronics & I.T., Toys and Accessories and footwear sections.
A major highlight of the newly opened store is that it has an exclusive store-in-store for all 'free from” food range that offer extensive imported line of Gluten-free, Lactose-free, Dairy-free, Yeast-free, Wheat-free, Vegan, Organic, Fat-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Salt-free, GM-free, Egg-free, free range, no sugar, no-additives, no-preservatives, no-hydrogenated fat and other specialty food from around the world.
The hypermarket also features favorite brands such as Alukkas Jewellery, Lulu Exchange, Jawahara Jewellery, Malabar Gold, Lulu Pharmacy, etc.

06 Sep 2017

Lulu opens second Hypermarket in Indonesia Reaffirms its commitment of US$500 million investment plans

Jakarta: The Middle Eastern retail major, LULU Group opened its 2nd hypermarket at BSD City, Tangerang, Indonesia today. Located at the QBig, the new Lulu hypermarket was inaugurated by Himawan Hariyoga, Chairman of Investment Board of Indonesia, Dr. Sutisno Rawita, Deputy Governor of Banten Province, Walid Darwish Al Raeesi of UAE Embassy in Jakarta, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group and other top govt. officials.

LuLu , which opened its first hypermarket and department store in the capital city of Jakarta last year, is firm on its planned investment of US$500 million as part of its expansion and intends to set up 10 hypermarket and department stores in the next three years in the country.

Speaking to media Yusuffali MA, Chairman of LULU Group said “the tremendous response for our first LULU Hypermarket opened last year in Cakung has encouraged us to further expand our operations in Indonesia and we plan to open another 8 new hypermarkets in coming years”.

The first LuLu Hypermarket and Department store in the country, was inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has fast become a highly popular shopping destination for residents in and around East Jakarta thanks to its high-quality products, vast product range and competitive pricing.

“With an initial investment of $300 million in the first phase, we plan to open 10 hypermarket and department stores by the end of 2018 and a central logistics and warehousing facility in Jakarta. These projects are likely to generate more than 5,000 job opportunities for Indonesians,” said Yusuf Ali MA, chairman of LuLu Group,.

“We also plan to set up contract farming to ensure continuous supply of high-quality products and to support the Indonesian agriculture sector,” he added.

With an area of over 200,000 sq. ft., the new store has got wide aisles for easy shopping with a range of world-class products and brands which includes Fresh Food, Hot food, Bakery, Roastery, Grocery, Household, Electronics, Appliances among others. A special section is devoted for promoting local products and agricultural sector.

“Our new hypermarkets will come up in Sentul & Jababeka and will generate new employment opportunities for atleast 3000 Indonesians.

Apart from setting up hypermarkets, Lulu group has also invested substantially in contract farming to increase their procurement from Indonesia for their global operations across the Middle East, Africa and India.

15 Jun 2017

LuLu expands Kuwait operations, by opening 7th Hypermarket in Al Jahra

Kuwait city: The Middle East retail major, LULU Group further consolidated its presence in Kuwait by opening their 7th Hypermarket in Al Jahra this morning. The new hypermarket was formally inaugurated by General R. Fahad Ahmed Al-Amir, Governor of Al Jahra in the presence of Ramadan Khalaf al Harbi, Mayor of Al Jahra, Yusuffali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group and other top officials.

Ideally located at the Jahra Mall in Al Jahra, the 130,000 sq. ft. hypermarket is easily accessible from nearby suburbs and residential areas. Apart from the usual world class features and product range, the new lulu hypermarket also boasts of many key features such as enhanced space for Free From range products, local produce section and organic products.

Ideally located in the Al Jahra Industrial Area, the 130,000 sq. ft. hypermarket will serve the residents of Jahra city and its surrounding areas with its widest range of products from all over the world. Apart from this, the new lulu hypermarket also boasts of many key features such as enhanced space for Free From range products, local produce section among others. It has separate sections for fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, dairy products, ready-to-eat products and a state-of-the-art live bakery and Hot Foods kitchen. The product mix in Lulu Al Jahra will also include a wide selection of premium UK and US goods, including special products air-flown for freshness. and also boasts of many key features such as enhanced space for Free From range products, local produce section and organic products.

Speaking to media during the inauguration ceremony, Yusuffali MA said "Kuwait has been a very key market for us and we have been always bullish about the market scenario here. The positive response we have been receiving from day one have been very encouraging and we intend to continue build on our success and explore new opportunities here."

"The Kuwaiti economy is very stable and forward-looking under the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of this great country. We intend to contribute to the all-round growth here, including new investments to providing job opportunities to the Kuwaiti youth."

Other top dignitaries present at the event were, Indian Ambassador Sunil Jain, Lulu Group Executive Director Ashraf Ali MA, CEO Saifee Rupawala, COO Saleem VI, Regional Director Mohd. Haris.

27 May 2017

Lulu opens its latest store in Saudi Arabia

Jubail: Lulu Group has opened its latest store with the opening of Lulu Express – "Fresh Market" in Galleria Mall Fanateer Dist., near Jubail city in the Kingdome of Saudi Arabia. The Lulu Express was officially inaugurated by Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulla Al Msned - General Manager, General Service Sector - Royal Commission in the presence of several high-ranking officials from Royal Commission and Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman and Managing director of LuLu Group Mr. Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Mr. Ashraf Ali, Executive Director, Mr. Althaf, Director and other senior officials of LuLu Group and besides of that several dignitaries from local business communities were also presented in the event including with a large number of residents.

The new Lulu express is spread over an area of about 40,000 Sq. feet and will serve the residents of Fanateer District and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking.

The store offers an ultra-modern shopping ambience by integrating all conceivable needs like Grocery goods, fresh food, butchery, fish as well as Department store sections such as footwear, Sportswear, Home appliances, IT products and Mobiles.

19 Apr 2017

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed lays foundation stone of Silicon Mall at Dubai Silicon Oasis

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman, Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines & Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority DSOA, the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis DSO, the integrated free zone technology park, today unveiled the commemorative plaque and laid the foundation stone for Silicon Mall, the new 2.3 million square feet shopping mall by the LuLu Group International LuLu Group, one of the top retailers in the Middle East, at the hi-tech park. The total investment on this new project is expected to be around Dhs. 1 billion.

The ceremony was attended by Dr Mohammed Alzarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DSOA, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International as well as senior management from DSOA, and the Lulu Group.

Speaking at the event, Dr Mohammed Alzarooni said: “We have tremendous respect for companies, small and large, that have been instrumental in fostering the momentous growth of Dubai and the UAE. Dubai Silicon Oasis is one such entity that has not only created an enabling business environment for corporations, but has also encouraged partnerships with like-minded entities that share its vision and proactively contribute to the local economy.

He added: “We are proud to announce that LuLu Group has chosen to locate its upcoming mega mall within the premises of this hi-tech park. Construction of the mall - which is currently underway - will be completed by 2020, an important year when the nation expects to welcome approximately 25 million visitors hoping to enjoy the Dubai Expo 2020 and other unique national experiences and sights.”

Dr Alzarooni concluded: “We are keen on providing the utmost support, which position DSOA as an integrated community for its visitors, employees, and residents. We are pleased today to lay the foundation stone of Silicon Mall, which is on track with consumers’ preferences of retail environments and the latest in sustainable infrastructure. We are pleased to host Silicon Mall, the LuLu Group’s newest shopping mall project. We believe it will provide residents and tourists of all ages with a unique shopping and entertainment experience. The new architectural project fits seamlessly with Dubai Silicon Oasis’s objective of driving constant innovation and creativity.”

Speaking to media at the ceremony, Yusuffali MA, said: “Silicon Mall is our most ambitious project in the UAE to date, and we intend to make it the most interesting and exciting mall in Dubai. Work on the project will be completed in a period of 30 months, just in time for the launch of Dubai EXPO 2020.”

He added: “The UAE is poised for strong economic growth and I am very optimistic about the future, especially for the retail industry. The far-sighted and visionary leadership of this great country has planned many game-changing and innovative initiatives and we are delighted to be a part of this incredible success story.”

Leveraging best-in-class international standards and green building concepts, the Silicon Mall at Dubai Silicon Oasis will feature a futuristic façade that is set to serve as its unique value proposition. It will comprise sky-lit corridors for natural light harvesting on all floors. The mall will offer covered parking for up to 3,000 cars across two levels.

With easy and convenient access to the Dubai Expo site and the new Al Maktoum International Airport, the new shopping mall is poised to become a popular destination for both residents and tourists in Dubai’s vibrant retail landscape.

In addition to more than 300 international and local branded stores, and 12 anchor stores, the new shopping mall will also house the ever-popular LuLu Hypermarket and Department Store on two levels. Other key attractions include the biggest Family Entertainment Center spread across 70,000 sq. ft. and more than 50 F&B outlets and diverse entertainment and leisure offerings.

Dubai Silicon Oasis DSO is a technology park and provides an integrated living and working community. DSO's urban master-planned community spans 7.2 million square meters and has been carefully divided into five main pillars - industrial, commercial, education, living and residences, and public facilities. The technology park enjoys state-of-the-art utility infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks. It is home to residential and commercial facilities - schools, nurseries, community shopping centers, cafes, restaurants, healthcare, and wellness among others. DSOA recently announced the Silicon Park, a landmark development spanning 150,000 square meters - the first integrated smart city project taking shape at the hi-tech park.

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05 Feb 2017

Lulu Group has opened its latest hypermarket in Hail, KSA

Lulu Group has opened its latest hypermarket in the city of Hail, in the north-western province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The Hypermarket was officially inaugurated by Dr. Saud Hamood Al Bugami, Under Secretary of Hail province in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali Executive Director other senior officials of Lulu were also present at the event along with a large number of residents.

The hypermarket, which is 7th in Kingdom and 133rd of the group, is spread over an area of about 160,000 square feet and will serve the residents of Al Jamiyeen District and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusufali MA, said “we are very happy to unveil our latest hypermarket in Saudi Arabia which will bring world class shopping nearer to people. Our main emphasis is on showcasing the biggest range of “Free From” products such as Gluten free, lacto-free, sugar free, fat free, etc. that have been specially flown-in from our own sourcing offices in UK, US, Brazil and Far East.”

"The excitement surrounding the opening has been building among the residents of this region for several months, and we believe this store will be as popular with shoppers as our other existing stores” he added.

The new hypermarket showcases a fresh food section consisting of a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat and fish and a hot food and bakery section. There is also a huge area dedicated to department store, which includes garments, electronics, IT products, stationery and home appliances. The hypermarket also features the widest choice of world-class brands and product lines at the fairest prices. The hypermarket is tailored to meet the needs and modes of modern

day shopping with world class interiors and well-planned retail floor layout that are focused on customer convenience. The ample aisle space also ensures an uncluttered, fast and hassle-free shopping environment. The outlet also has extensively laid out counters and liberal parking space.

“We are very excited about the economic stability and growth prospects of Saudi Arabia under the visionary leadership of His Majesty Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia & Cutodian of Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness Muhammad bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Muhamed bin Salman Al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince.

“Vision 2030 is highly appreciated by the global business community and it will definitely transform the Kingdom into a global investment power & and the Government is extending great support to the business community”.

The Saudi manpower is very productive and hardworking and I have mentioned this in the recent World Economic Forum held at Davos” added Yusuff Ali M.A, the Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Gorup.

With 3 stores in Capital Riyadh, 1 each in Jeddah, Al Khobar, Jubail, Dammam and 8 Commissaries in its entity, LULU has firmly established itself as one of the most preferred retail destination for both locals and the large expatriate community residing in the Kingdom.

01 Jan 2017

LuLu Group opens new outlet in Qatar

LuLu Group has opened a new outlet in Qatar at Al Messila in Doha. The new hypermarket, located near Fariq bin Omran was inaugurated by the Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassem bin Mohammed al-Thani. Prominent entrepreneurs of Qatar, Sheikh Khaled bin Hassan al-Thani, Hussain Alfardan, Ali Hussain Alfardan, Deputy Group President & CEO–Mena of Qatar Insurance Company Salem Khalaf al-Mannai, Ashraf Abou Issa,
Nabeel Abou Issa, Ghanem al- Kubaisi, along with the CEO of Doha Bank, Group, R Seetharaman and the Indian Ambassador Periyaswamy Kumaran were present for the occasion. They were also joined by envoys and many senior diplomats serving in Qatar along with several high ranking officials from various government departments and other representatives from local business communities.

The Chariman for LuLu Group, Yussuffali MA, CEO Saifee Rupawala, Director Mohammed Althaf and other senior executives of LuLu Group were among the others present at the event along with a large number of residents. The hypermarket which is the 132nd such venture by the group is spread over an area of about 150,000 sq.ft. The place will serve the residents of Al Messila and its surrounding areas with ample car parking services and easy access.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Yussuffali MA said, “We are happy to unveil our latest hypermarket in Qatar which will bring world class shopping nearer to people. Our main emphasis is on showcasing the biggest range of ‘free from’ products such as gluten-free, lacto-free, suagr-free and fat-free which have been specially flown in from our own sourcing offices in the UK, US, Brazil and Far East. The excitement surrounding the opening has been building among the residents of the region for several months, and we believe this store will be as popular with shoppers as our other existing stores.”

The new hypermarket showcases a fresh food section which consists of a wide range of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat, fish along with a hot food and bakery section. There is also a large area which focuses on the department store that includes garments, electronics, IT products, stationary and home appliances. The hypermarket will also feature a wide variety of world-class brands and product lines at the ‘fairest ‘prices. The hypermarket is tailored to meet the needs of modern day shoppers, thanks to the world class interiors and well planned retail floor layout which gives importance to customer convenience.

“We are very excited about the economic stability and growth prospects of Qatar, under the visionary leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and we are fully committed to play our role in the further development of this great country,” Mr. Yussuffali added.

“LuLu Group has always been a one-stop shop for the multi-ethnic community in the region with an international assortment of products which cater to the tastes and preferences of every shopper. Knowing the customer’s needs and providing them with quality products at reasonable prices has always remained the secret behind the success of the group across the globe.” A spokesperson added here at the event.

05 Nov 2016

LuLu Group Launches Operations in USA

Lyndhurst, New Jersey: Lulu Group International, the Abu Dhabi headquartered retail and hospitality group further expanded their operations by inaugurating their food processing and logistics bases in USA. Y International, a wholly owned subsidiary of the group launched its operation in Lyndhurst, New Jersey this morning.

The world –class export center will purchase, process, re-label and export food, non-food, chilled and frozen products made in the U.S. In the first phase there are 75 employees which is expected to eventually grow to 200 to 250 employees within I year.

The facility was formally inaugurated jointly by Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso, Mayor Michael J. McPartland and VINAI THUMMALAPALLY, the Executive Director of SELECT USA in the presence of Yusuffali MA- Chairman & Managing Director, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA – Executive Director and Mohd. Althaf – Director of LULU Group. Attendees at the ribbon cutting, including local and foreign officials as well as members of the Indian-American business community from around the country, were thrilled by the impact the company can have throughout the state.

In his remarks Yusuffali MA thanked the officials of SELECT USA, CHOOSE NEW JERSEY and State & county officials for their great support in helping LULU launch their maiden venture in USA.

Speaking to media during the ceremony Choose New Jersey CEO and President Michele Brown said "In addition to bringing new jobs to our state, Y International's export center will give New Jersey and U.S. manufacturers the opportunity to reach new markets in the Middle East and beyond.”

The US$ 6.6 billion turnover Lulu Group, operates hypermarkets, supermarkets and shopping malls, in addition to wholesale distribution, food processing and hospitality with operations in 37 countries, including the GCC, India and Far East. The company has a 32 percent market share in the Middle East.

Brown said New Jersey is a perfect fit "Our state is so diverse we have populations from so many different countries,” she said. “We felt they would feel both welcome and at home. The business they will be conducting out of this site is meeting American companies to buy goods and products to then export to their own consumer base,” she said. “We have literally thousands of companies in food in New Jersey."

New Jersey, Brown said, is also home to companies in the apparel and consumer goods industries, which could serve the needs of the company’s Hypermarkets.

“Our group has been importing U.S. products for a long time to cater to more than 700,000 shoppers who come to our 131 hypermarkets daily," Yusufali added highlighting the longstanding relationships between Lulu and farmers and manufacturers in the country, with a special emphasis on California. “There has been growing demand for U.S. products throughout our retail chain stores, across the GCC, India and Far East” he concluded.

As per the latest report by Deloitte International, LULU is ranked among the Top 10 fastest-growing retailers in the world.

An official from the Kingdom of Bahrain embassy in Washington D.C., Mohamed Bahzad, said Ali's company, aside from being successful, also is known for its corporate social responsibility. Bahzad said that a strong relationship with the U.S. is a core strategy for Bahrain, where Lulu is opening its 10th market, and anticipates a market will open soon in the U.S.

09 Oct 2016

LuLu Hypermarket opens its 130th outlet in Mabelah North

Lulu Hypermarket opened its 130th Branch in Mabelah North yesterday. The new branch was officially inaugurated by H.E. Eng. Salim Bin Mohammed Al Naimi – Undersecretary for Transport, Ministry of Transport & Communications in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Mr. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A, Executive Director, A.V. Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer K.A, Regional Director Oman and other senior officials were also present at the event apart from a large gathering of local population.

The branch, which is the 18th store of the LuLu Hypermarket chain in Oman, is spread over an area of about 75,000 square feet and designed to meet the everyday needs of residents in Mabelah with added focus on their comfort and convenience. The interiors, well-planned retail floor layout, ample aisle space, extensively laid out counters and liberal parking space contribute to a relaxed shopping experience. The hypermarket is also designed for a smooth flow of pedestrian traffic, allowing shoppers to move through the store with much ease.

The new branch will feature an extensive fruit and vegetable section, with the freshest produce exclusively flown in from around the globe, offering uncompromised quality standards. The group’s own sourcing centers also ensure the finest quality products at the fairest prices. The department store houses all major brands of electronics, household, clothes, footwear, accessories, etc. Moreover, the in-house bakery ensures a regular supply of freshly baked cakes, breads and cookies. There is also a separate section for fish, meat, poultry, dairy products and other grocery items. The branch has also introduced inaugural offers and deals for a range of products at attractive prices.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusuffali MA, said “We are glad to have unveiled yet another project in Oman. Our decision to open a branch in Mabelah is because of the huge residential population in this area. Its unique position is sure to attract shoppers from adjacent areas too. Understanding the preferences and mindset of consumer groups is the key to our successful expansion in the country. The convenience, design, atmosphere and hassle-free shopping experience at the new store are sure to better exceed consumer expectations!

“We have set our focus on Oman because of the immense faith we have in the country’s sound economic policies and strategies. We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support all these years. We also have many new projects in the pipeline and I am sure this is definitely good news for our valuable customers,” he added.

With about 129 stores in 21 different countries, Lulu Group today is a highly diversified entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape. Understanding customers’ needs and providing them with quality products at fair prices have always remained the secret behind the success of the group throughout the world.

29 Aug 2016

LuLu Hypermarket opens its 128th outlet in Al Ain, UAE

Al Ain : LuLu Group has further expanded its presence in the eastern region of the UAE by opening its latest hypermarket in the garden city of Al Ain.

The 128th hypermarket was inaugurated by Sultan Bin Rashid Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Hili Mall, in the presence of Eng. Saeed Sultan Al Dhaheri, CEO of Hili Mall, Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajri, Col. Ali Alshamsi, and other dignitaries. Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman & Managing Director of LuLu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali M.A., Executive Director, Salim M.A., Director of LuLu Group, and other top officials were present on the occasion.

Located in Al Ain’s Hili Mall, the 70,000 sq. ft. hypermarket will feature complete retail offerings including full groceries line, home appliances, electronics, IT Products, Stationery, sports and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket. Moreover, this expansive retail facility’s key component will primarily be on fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood, all offered under one roof.

LuLu Hypermarket will certainly provide great shopping experience to Hili Mall’s customers with unparalleled quality in terms of products and services. With LuLu’s range of attractive products and competitive prices, the new hypermarket is expected to drive a large segment of Al Ain population including citizens and residents to the Mall, especially from the Hili district and its neighborhood.

Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali M.A. said,”It has been our policy to bring world class shopping experience closer to the people in the outskirts rather than making them drive long distance to bigger cities”. Our presence in Hili Mall demonstrates our commitment to be having a presence in all major retail landmarks across the UAE. Due to its distinguished location within Al Ain, Hili Mall offers an additional advantage to LuLu Hypermarket.

LuLu Group is a leading entity within the global retail industry and it will be an important component of Hili Mall. We are delighted to welcome LuLu and confident that the new hypermarket alongside other internationally-acclaimed retail groups will be a focal destination which will be attracting more visitors to the mall. In turn this will pave the way for more collaborations to bring-in other leading brands, with the goal of raising the footfall at Hili Mall and fulfilling its duty of providing all products under one roof”, said Eng. Saeed Sultan Al Dhaheri, CEO of Hili Mall.

02 Jul 2018

LuLu Opens New Hypermarket Concept In The Mall At World Trade Center Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2 July 2018—Lulu Group has launched a new hypermarket concept and revamped store design on 2 July at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi The Mall at WTCAD. The opening has marked Lulu’s 148th store and cemented its reputation as the region’s fastest growing retail chain with multiple stores across the GCC, Egypt, India, and the Far East.

The 148th store was inaugurated by Aldar Properties Chief Executive Officer Talal Al Dhiyebi along with LuLu Group Chairman and Managing Director Yusuff Ali M.A., Executive Director Ashraf Ali M.A., CEO Saifee Rupawala among others.

Situated within Abu Dhabi’s central business district, the 100,000 plus square foot store highlights an exceptional design with state-of-the-art layout and aesthetic lighting—a first in the region. Created by top Italian designers, the new hypermarket’s design features wooden ceiling elements, neutral-colored fixtures, and modern patterns with a unique combination of contemporary and industrial style.

The newly launched hypermarket in The Mall at WTCAD significantly adds to the credible portfolio of Lulu Hypermarket chains, Yusuff Ali M.A. said: “We are glad to see another beautiful store opening that will cater to our loyal patrons living in the central area of Abu Dhabi. Through our internationally sourced quality products and enthusiastic staff, Lulu has been the shopping partner of different nationalities and we will continue to preserve this identity with our new store. This new hypermarket at The Mall at WTCAD introduces a newly improved design and space, which will further strengthen the world-class shopping experience that we have always been committed to.”

Aldar Properties Chief Executive Officer Talal Al Dhiyebi said: “Aldar has an enviable portfolio of retail assets including malls and retail community centers throughout Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. We constantly review our retail mix to ensure we provide residents and visitors alike with the right balance of brands so are pleased to welcome Lulu Hypermarket to The Mall at WTCAD. This hypermarket, along with the nine other new brands that have opened at the mall so far this year, expands the existing mix of retailers and will drive further footfall while responding to local resident demand.”

Categories at the new store include grocery, fresh food, meat and fish, bakery, dairy, pizza and snacks, hot food, roastery, and a delicatessen. An exciting addition to the product offerings will be Lulu Hypermarket’s first sushi station in Abu Dhabi, where customers can indulge in delicious and healthy Japanese dishes. LuLu will also be dedicating self-service and automated checkout counters for easier and efficient transactions.

For the grand opening, the hypermarket will be kicking off with inaugural offers and special promotions at attractive prices that are exclusive for the new store’s clientele. Lulu will also successively launch a department store with lifestyle sections, including ladies and men’s fashion, kids, sports, electronics, ethnic wear, electronics, and home essentials within the year.

Expansion Plans:

Elaborating the Group’s expansion plans, Yusuff Ali said: “We see tremendous growth opportunities in Abu Dhabi, where 10 new hypermarkets are on the construction stage in different areas and it will be operational within the next 18 to 24 months. This includes Al Falaha, Al Reem, Khalifa City, Sadiyat, and Beda Zayed amongst the list. Two more hypermarkets will be opened in the coming weeks (one in Umm Al Quwain and one in Saudi Arabia) that will make the total number of outlets to 150.

Apart from this, Lulu has also plans to enter in the retail scenario in China, where it has a strong sourcing and logistics facility since 2000. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation on various areas of mutual interest was signed recently between Lin Yi, Party Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC), Yiwu, in Zhejiang province and Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman and Managing Director of Lulu Group International. As stated in the MoU, Lulu will increase its yearly exports from China, which currently stands at US$ 220 million to US$ 300 million. Apart from this, Lulu will also look into the possibility of investment to set up Hypermarkets in Yiwu and other major cities at an investment of US$ 200 million.

05 Jun 2018

LuLu opens 8th hypermarket in Al Ain

As part of its expansion plan, Lulu Group has opened its latest hypermarket in the garden city of Al Ain. The Hypermarket which is 8th in Al Ain and 146th of the group was officially inaugurated by Abdulla Mohammed Saeed Al Subuousi in the presence of Nassar Al Mamri, General Manager, Al Ain Awqaf, Hamad Rashid Al Dhahiri, Col. Saif Al Dhahiri, Major Rashid Al Kaabi.

Yusuffali Musliam, Chairman of Lulu Group Saifee Rupawala, CEO Ashraf Ali Musliam, Executive Director, Salim VI, COO, Shaji Jamaludheen, Regional Director and other top officials were also present on the occasion.

Located in Al Ain’s Zakher area, the 50,000 sq. feet hypermarket is offering the entire line of groceries, home appliances, electronics, IT products, stationery, sports and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket. Moreover, this expansive retail facility’s key focus will primarily be on fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood, all offered under one roof.

“Lulu Hypermarket will certainly enhance the shopping experience with unparalleled quality in terms of products and services. With Lulu’s range of attractive products and competitive prices, the new hypermarket is expected to drive a large segment of Al Ain population including citizens and residents from Zakher area and its neighbourhood,” said Yusuffali Musliam after the inauguration.

“It has been our policy to bring world-class shopping experience closer to the people in the outskirts rather than making them drive long distance to bigger cities. Our presence in Zakher demonstrates our commitment to have a presence in sub urban areas across the UAE. Due to its distinguished location within Al Ain, both citizens and residents of Zakher will have an added advantage of unique shopping experience,” he added.

27 May 2018

Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of Consumer Protection, visited LuLu Hypermarket in Al Wahda Mall

During this Holy Ramadan, One million boxes of Ramadan Kits comprising of Eight 8 essential food products worth AED 85 and another Kit comprising of Twenty 20 products worth AED 120 is being sold across all lulu outlets in UAE.

Also More than 6000 products are on offers throughout the Holy Ramadan with upto 50 percent price slashed items.

The price of 135 products are locked having no increase rather price decreased as per the Directive of Ministry of Economy and those products are highlighted in shelves with Wobblers and the Logo of Ministry of Economy.

Dr. Hashim Al Nuaimi – Director of Consumer Protection Department visited Lulu Hypermarket Al Wahda Mall Abu Dhabi along with media on Sunday, the 27 th May 2018 to inspect these prices and products and found very satisfactory and appreciated Lulu Group for investing and contributing for the price reductions.

24 Feb 2018

LuLu Group enters India’s Andhra Pradesh with over Dh. 1.7 billion Project

Vice President of India lays Foundation stone for the integrated mixed use project

LuLu Group has officially launched one of the largest project of its kind in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Through a Public Private Partnership PPP route the group would set up an integrated project, comprising 7000 capacity a world-class convention center, shopping mall and a luxury hotel on the beach road in the Harbour Park area of Visakhapatnam aimed to making it a global destination for “Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions MICE tourism.

The foundation stone for the project was laid by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu during the inaugural session of CII Partnership Summit in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu, Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju, Abdulla Ahmed Saleh, Under Secretary for Foreign Trade and Industry, Ministry of Economy of UAE, Yusuffali M.A. Chairman of LuLu Group, state ministers, diplomats and delegates from across the world.

“We hope to complete this prestigious project by 2021, said the group’s Chairman & MD Yusuff Ali “It’ll also provide a world-class shopping experience to both tourists and the residents of Sunrise state”.

The Mall will have more than 200 national and international brands, a hypermarket, 11 screens multiplex, family entertainment center, food courts with 2500 seats and more than 20 F&B outlets and fine dining concepts.

Andhra Pradesh being the newest state in India has tremendous potential for investments in various sectors especially in hospitality and retail. We've had many rounds of fruitful discussions with the government of Andhra Pradesh and the speed with which they approved our project is commendable. We are fully committed to completing this prestigious project within 36 months” added Yusuffali.

18 Jan 2018

Lulu on expansion track in sync with Vision 2030, Opens new Lulu store in Dammam

Dammam: UAE’s LuLu Group which have 10 Hypermarkets and 8 Aramco commissionaires in the kingdom has further expanded its presence in Saudi Arabia by opening its 2nd LuLu store in the Kingdom, was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Wajih Malibari, Administrator Area Home Ownership Development Division, Saudi Aramco operations. on Thursday. The occasion was also graced by several high-ranking officials from various government departments, representatives from local business community and prominent citizens.

“We are moving in line with Vision 2030 and the Kingdom’s robust economy and the Government’s investor-friendly policies have encouraged and provided us a favorable environment to continue to establish ourselves and to contribute to the economic growth of the Kingdom. As I mentioned earlier, our expansion plans are firm in the Kingdom and by 2020, the country will get another 20 Lulu Hypermarkets out of which six will be opened by the year 2018. This includes two Hypermarkets in Riyadh followed by one each in Tabuk and Dammam” said Yusuffali M.A, Chairman of Lulu Group at the inauguration.

Currently, our Group employs 2400 Saudi Nationals out of which 1100 are female staff and we consider it as our duty to nurture them as we have a very hardworking, dedicated and productive manpower in Saudi Nationals. As I promised earlier, our goal is to employ 5000 Saudi Nationals by the year 2020 and 10,000 by 2024.” said Yusuffali.

The 143rd Shop of Lulu Group, located on East Dammam commercial Centre ,Al Nawras Dist. Dammam and spread over an area of more than 20000-square feet will serve as a major shopping destination for Saudis and expatriates in Al Nawras and its surrounding areas.

Yusuffali further said that “We attribute our success to the visionary leadership of His Majesty & the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, His Royal Highness Mohammed Bin Salman, Crown Prince, the Government and the people of this great country who have always given tremendous support to investments and economic development”.

Currently, we have 10 hypermarkets and 8 Aramco commissaries in Saudi Arabia. This shows the kind of demand for quality shopping that exists here and we are extremely happy to bring again another world class shopping experience as close as possible to the residents of Dammam and its nearby areas” said Yusuffali.

“We are planning to expand aggressively here as the Kingdom is investing heavily in various sectors, which will surely spur all-round growth,” he said. "We have already invested more than SAR800 million till now and intend to further invest SAR500 million by the end of 2019, taking our total investment to more than SAR1.3 billion in the kingdom."

Very recently the Kingdom has witnessed some path-breaking economic policies like the announcement of SR72 billion stimulus package to the private sector by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the unveiling of NEOM Mega City by HRH Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. These historic decisions will see huge investment pouring into the country which will surely benefit the economy of the country by job creation, GDP growth and boosting the local industries in the Kingdom, added Yusuffali.

The new store will not only offer a value-for-money but also ensure shopping experience to the residents of Al Nawras, but will also open a window of opportunity to the local community, which is positive news in the current financial climate, he added.

The opening of the newest Shopping destination saw the group, which is on a vast expansion mode, anchor itself firmly in the modern, customer-centric retail landscape of the Kingdom.

Also present on the occasion were Shehim Mohammed, Lulu Saudi Director, Abdul Basheer, Lulu Eastern Province Director, Saleem V.K, Central province Director, Muhammed Mustafa, Western Province Director and other top officials.

14 Dec 2017

LuLu Opens 141st Hypermarket In Ibra

Lulu Hypermarket opened its new store in Ibra on Dec 11, Monday. The store was officially inaugurated by H.E Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Harthi, State Advisor, in the presence of the Walis of Ibra, Al Mudhaibi, Al Kamil Wal Wafi, Bidiya, Wadi Bani Khalid, Dima Wa Thaieen & Samail. Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group International, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director, AV Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and Sri Lanka India, Shabeer KA, Regional Director Oman and other senior executives of Lulu were also present at the event alongwith senior officials from various government departments.

Ibra is the Gateway to the Eastern region of Oman and the main city in the North Ash Sharqiyah Region. The store, which is the 20th branch of the Lulu Hypermarket chain in Oman, is spread over an area of about 150,000 square feet and will serve as a convenient everyday shopping destination of residents in Ibra and neighboring wilayats. The hypermarket is designed in the unique Lulu Hypermarket format with added focus on customer’s comfort, convenience, new level of standard pricing and unmatched store service levels. This store is conveniently located and all set to offer the best of products, coupled with value for money proposition, thus making shopping at Lulu a unique and worthwhile experience.

The new hypermarket will offer fresh products of uncompromised quality and standards. There are separate sections for fresh food, fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and dairy products, hot food, bakery items, and grocery. The group’s own sourcing centers also ensure that only the finest quality products reach customers at fairest prices. The store has also introduced inaugural offers and special offers for a range of products at attractive prices which will make it a preferred choice.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusuff Ali MA, said “It is our pleasure to have launched yet another project in Oman. We have opened this store in Ibra, to cater to the convenience of the residents of Ibra and neighboring wilayats. We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support all these years.

As a consumer driven company, we aim to fulfil the needs of the entire household under one roof and our customers have always been the key driving force behind our success. The new store will also provide a fillip to the local economy and create direct and indirect employment opportunities for many in the community. With an ever-expanding customer base, we look forward to rapidly expand our footprint all across Oman in the coming years,” he added.

Lulu’s winning formula of value-for-money quality shopping has been very well received by consumers all over the world. An innovator of the retail industry with over 141 stores, Lulu Hypermarkets have always remained a genuine symbol of quality retailing and has captured the imagination of its customers.

22 Nov 2017

LuLu Group International Signs up as First Official Retail Sponsor of Special Olympics World Summer Games Abu Dhabi 2019

UAE, Abu Dhabi, 21 November 2017: LuLu Group International today penned a deal with the local organizing committee of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to sign up as the Games’ sponsor, making it the first Special Olympics World Summer Games retail sponsor in the 21st century history, and the exclusive retail sponsor of the Games. The Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019 already has ADNOC and Etihad as sponsors, and is excited to welcome LuLu Group International.

His Excellency Mohamad Abdulla Al Junaibi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi World Games Higher Committee, signed the agreement with Mr. Yussuf Ali MA, Chairman of LuLu Group International. As part of the agreement, LuLu will be working alongside Special Olympics’ local organizing committee on a series of in-store and mall activations ahead of the Games and will also be committee to employee volunteering and fundraising activities.

His Excellency Mohammed Abdulla Al Junaibi, comments: “We are grateful and excited to be working with LuLu Group International on the Games. LuLu Group embodies several of the values that the Games are based on, such as tolerance and living in harmony with one another. LuLu’s support will help ensure we put on the most unified Games in history and that we can spread our message of tolerance, unity and inclusivity far and wide.

"The Games are of huge significance to this region and I hope everyone will follow the example of Mr Yussuf Ali. I am so proud that even my own wife and daughter have signed up to volunteer and we are looking forward to everyone else to get involve"

Mr. Yussuf Ali MA, comments: “It is our proud privilege to associate with such a humanitarian international event which is going to further strengthen Abu Dhabi’s and UAE’s image as one of the most benevolent countries in the world. I look at this partnership not just as a sponsorship agreement, but as a concrete step towards making this world take note of people with special abilities and offers them greater role in life.”

The Special Olympics World Games is a global event that takes place once every two years catering to athletes of determination with intellectual disabilities. It represents the highlight event of the global Special Olympics movement. Abu Dhabi will become the first city in the Middle East and North Africa to host the prestigious Games. The event from 14 to 21 March 2019 will draw in more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations, making it the world’s largest sporting and humanitarian event.

Thousands of overseas visitors are expected to fly into the UAE to watch the action, while Special Olympics’ estimates of 500,000 spectators would make the event the largest ever attended in the UAE capital.

10 Oct 2017

World class shopping at Workers Residential city in Al Mafraq

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi based retailer major Lulu Group has further expanded its presence in the capital by opening a new shopping center in the Workers Residential City in Al Mafraq, off the city limits of Abu Dhabi.

The new shopping center, Emirates General Market was officially inaugurated by H.E. Saeed Eisa Mohamed Al Khyeli, Director General of ZonesCorp in the presence of Eng. Khadem Sawayah Al Muhairi, Executive Director- WRC Sector at ZonesCorp,, prominent businessman Otabiba bin Saeed Al Otaiba and other dignitaries. Also present on the occasion were Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group, Saifee Ruapawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA Executive Director of Lulu and other top officials of the company. A large number of people from different walks of life were also present to witness the inauguration.

The shopping center which is 138th of the group, is spread over an area of about 60,000 square feet and can be easily accessed by residents of Mafraq residential city and its surrounding areas. Like every other store, the new general market showcases a fresh food section consisting of a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat and fish and a hot food section. There is also a huge area dedicated to department store, which includes electronics, IT, stationery and home appliances. Apart from the supermarket and department section, the shopping center also hosts more than 70 different retail tenant mix including mobile shops, perfumes, money exchange, watches, jewellery and accessories, ATM and a food court among others.

Marking another success for the LuLu Hypermarkets, H.E. Saeed Eisa Mohammed Al Khyeli, Director General at ZonesCorp commented: “LuLu Hypermarket is widely known for its winning combination of competitive prices and high-quality products that meet the needs of a large consumer base in the region, and I am proud and delighted to announce the launch of yet another branch in the workers’ residential city in Al Mafraq. The launch of Mafraq branch achieves great strides in our effort to attract world class amenities to our workers’ residential cities, and we hope this endeavor will open up new windows of opportunity for further expansion and success in the future”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group said, “It has been our policy to bring unique shopping experience closer to the residents of suburban area and outskirts of main cities, rather than making them drive long distance. With the opening of this new market, the workers and other residents staying here will have huge options of quality products at attractive and competitive prices”. “We also believe that this new shopping center will further strengthen our presence and help us to give more value to our shoppers in all parts of Abu Dhabi” concluded Yusuffali.

19 Jun 2017

Lulu Group International commits AED 10 million in support of Dubai Cares programs globally

Commitment is in line with UAE’s ‘Year of Giving 2017’

MOU is signed following a pledge made by Lulu in March 2017

Dubai: In the spirit of the month of Ramadan and the Year of Giving, Lulu Group International, the UAE-based fastest growing retail chains and Dubai Cares have extended their long-standing partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding MOU, whereby Lulu Group International commits AED 10 million to support Dubai Cares’ overarching mission aimed at positively impacting the lives of underprivileged children and young people in developing countries through education. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares and Yusuffali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group International signed the MOU at Dubai Cares’ Office in Dubai.

Commenting on the partnership, Yusuffali MA said: “It is our great privilege to renew our support to Dubai Cares’ wonderful programs and initiatives, which continue to bring tangible change in the lives of millions of children and young people around the world. We have been associated with Dubai Cares since ten years and we look forward to continue our support for years to come. We are also thankful for the Rulers of this great nation for declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of ‘Giving’, which will certainly make the UAE one of the most charitable and benevolent countries in the world.”

Welcoming this generous contribution by Lulu Group International, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said: “We at Dubai Cares are proud to extend our partnership with Lulu Group International whose contribution is extremely valuable and will help us reach many more underprivileged children and young people and provide them the quality education they need to learn and prosper. What Dubai Cares has accomplished over the past 10 years, and what we aspire to achieve over the next 10 years and beyond, only becomes possible through the incredible generosity and support from partners and donors like Lulu Group International who genuinely believe in and support our cause and mission.”

Lulu Group International’s partnership with Dubai Cares spans over ten years, contributing mainly towards building schools in Gaza, Nepal and Lebanon as part of Dubai Cares’ “Adopt a School” initiative.

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is a UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children and young people in developing countries access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable.

11 Jun 2017

UAE's Lulu Group donates US$100,000 for flood relief in Sri Lanka

Abu Dhabi: In an effort to support flood relief and rescue operations in Sri Lanka, UAE based retail giant Lulu group has donated an amount of US$100,000 15 million LKR to the National Floods and Landslide Victims Operation in Sri Lanka . S.J. Mohideen, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UAE received the cheque from Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu in Abu Dhabi in the presence of senior officials of Lulu Group and Sri Lankan Embassy in a function held at its head office in Abu Dhabi.

According to Yusuf Ali MA, "UAE has always been and is at the forefront in helping needy people worldwide and we have always supported the game changing philanthropy initiatives launched by the visionary rulers of this great country. We are currently witnessing the "Year of Giving 2017" initiative declared by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE which further instills the value of giving and the importance of lending a helping hand to the disadvantaged people across the world".

"This natural calamity is one of the worst disasters in the history of Sri Lanka that resulted in the loss of number of lives and property. The world community has responded by supporting the people of Sri Lanka with an open heart and this noble gesture by Lulu Group is much appreciated and accepted with gratitude by the people of Sri Lanka", said S.J. Mohideen, Ambassador.

Lulu Group has recently opened its mega food processing and export unit, YAS LANKA PVT. LTD.in Katanayake, near the capital city of Colombo and is also planning to enter the island nation's retail market in a big way.

26 Apr 2017

Lulu expands in Saudi with new Mall & Hypermarket

The Middle East retail giant Lulu Group expanded further in KSA with the opening of a new shopping mall and hypermarket in Hufuf, Al Ahsa Governorate. The Lulu shopping mall and the hypermarket was officially inaugurated by His Highness Prince Badr bin Muhammed bin Abdullah bin Jalawi Al Saudi, Governor of Al Ahsa in the presence of Adil Mohammed Al Mulhim,Mayor offal Aha and several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Yusuff Ali M.A., chairman and managing director of LuLu Group Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali, Executive Director, other senior officials of LuLu were also present at the event.

The hypermarket which is 9th in the Kingdom is spread over an area of more than 300,000 sq. feet and will service the resident of Salmaniyah District, Hufuf and its surrounding areas with easy access and ample parking. Apart from Lulu Hypermarket as anchor tenant, the new shopping mall also hosts H & M, Mother care, Starbucks, Swatch, Money Exchanges, Jewelries & food court.

He said the “plan is to open around 20 hypermarket by 2020 in KSA with immediate ones planned for Jedah followed by in Tabuk. Currently Lulu has 8 hypermarkets and 7 commissaries in KSA.
“We have to expand aggressively here as the Kingdom is investing heavily in various sectors which will surely spur all round growth,” Ali said.

The opening of the newest hypermarket saw the group, which is on a vast expansion mode, anchor itself firmly in the modern, customer-centric retail landscape of the Kingdom. More than 250 Saudi nationals work in the newly opened Lulu hypermarket out of a total of 400 employees. “As I mentioned earlier during World Economic Forum, the Saudi manpower is very productive, dedicated and hardworking”, said Ali.

“We attribute our success to the policies and visionary leadership of HM King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the two holy mosques and Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince HRH Mohammed bin Salman, the government and the people of this great country who have always given tremendous support to the business community and economic development. Ever since we set foot in the Kingdom, we have been welcomed warmly and have been supported by one and all” he concluded.

25 Feb 2017

LuLu Group stands tall among global retailers

Deloitte has announced its Annual Global Retailers Report and LuLu Group has been ranked as the top retailer in the Middle East and one among the top 50 fastest growing retailers in the world.

With retail revenue of $ 6.2 billion and operations in nine countries across the globe, it is indeed a proud moment for LuLu Group which bagged the 27th position in the list of fastest growing retailers and 153rd in the top 250 Global Retailers list.

Chairman & Managing Director for LuLu Group, Yusuffalli M.A in his address following the announcement of the Deloitte ranking said here, “Today, it is completely a consumer-driven market and the shopper needs only the very best. We have been continuously innovating in all aspects of our business process, right from store layout to product offering and pricing structure. We see no slowdown in our industry and we intend to go ahead with our announced expansion plans. Currently, we have 133 stores which will reach 150 by mid-2018, with new stores coming up in almost all GCC countries.”

Source: Khaleej Times http://bit.ly/2lMdpxD and Deloitte: http://bit.ly/2kP0oET

26 Jan 2017

LuLu Mall sets new frontiers in Indonesia

UAE based LuLu Group which opened its first hypermarket and department store in Jakarta, Indonesia in January last year will be investing US$500 million on a major project in the country. The Project will include the setting up of ten new hypermarkets and department stores in the next three years across the country.

The first LuLu Hypermarket and Department Store was inaugrated by the Indonesian President, Joko"Jokowi"Wi dodo and it has become one of the most highly popular shopping destinations for residents in and around East Jakarta. Explaining the expansion plans of the company in Indonesia, Chairman & Managing Director of LuLu Group, Mr. Yusufali MA said:

"With an initial investment of $300 million in the first phase, we plan to open 10 hypermarkets and department stores by the end of 2018 and a central logistics and warehousing facility in Jakarta. These projects are likely to generate more than 500 job opportunities for Indonesians. We also plan to set up contract farming to ensure continuous supply of high quality products and to support the Indonesian agrarian sector."

During his visit to UAE in 2015, President Jokowi had exprsssed a keen desire to have a LuLu outlet in the country. He was impressed by the high standard of operation, quality and the wide range of products available at LuLu outlets. Lulu Group currently operates nearly 132 stores across the GCC, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. It proviides employment opportunities for more than 40, 000 people from various nationalities and is also ranked among the largest retail chains in the Middle East

29 Nov 2016

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20 Oct 2016

Lulu Opens New Hypermarket In Bidaya

Lulu Hypermarket opened its new hypermarket in Bidaya. The new hypermarket was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Hamoud Bin Nasser Bin Hamoud Al Hashmi – Wali of Suwaiq in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities. Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director, AV Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer KA, Regional Director Oman and other senior executives of Lulu were also present at the event. A large number of local shoppers, all eager to check out the bargains in the new store, were also present at the event.

The hypermarket, which is the 19th store of the Lulu Hypermarket chain in Oman and the 131st store in the region, is spread over an area of about 75,000 square feet and situated in a prime location of Bidaya. Like every other store, the new hypermarket showcases a fresh food section consisting of a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, poultry, meat and fish and a hot food and bakery section. There is also a huge area dedicated to department store, which includes electronics, IT, stationery and home appliances. There is also plenty of offers to choose from the huge collection of latest electronics and IT gadgets at never-before prices.

Speaking after the inauguration, Mr. Yusuff Ali MA, said “We are happy to unveil our latest project in Oman for the convenience of residents in the remote areas of the country. We select all our projects based on the demographic and psychographic profiles of the customers in that area, and the Bidaya store is no exception. We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support in developing all our projects.”

"The excitement surrounding the opening has been building among the residents of this region for several months, and we believe this store will be very successful in future. The new store will provide incredible offers on a range of products, thus enabling the residents to save a lot of money on their shopping bill over the coming years,” he added.

With about 131 stores, Lulu Group today is a highly diversified entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape. Understanding customers’ needs and providing them with quality products at fair prices have always remained the secret behind the success of the group throughout the world.

31 Aug 2016

LuLu Hypermarket opens its 129th outlet in Rustaq, Oman

Rustaq : LuLu Group, region’s retail major has further strengthened its presence in the Sultanate of Oman by opening its latest hypermarket in the town of Rustaq in Al Batinah region.

The new Hypermarket which is also the 129th of the group was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Hilal bin Said Al Hajri, Governor of South Batinah in the presence of several high-ranking officials from various government departments and representatives from local business communities.

Yusuf Ali M.A., Chairman & Managing Director of Lulu Group, Saifee Rupawala, CEO, Ashraf Ali MA, Executive Director, AV Ananth, Director Lulu Oman and India, Shabeer KA, Regional Director Oman and other senior officials were also present at the event apart from a large gathering of local population. The newly opened hypermarket is also the 17th store of the group in the country.

Located in the prime area of Rustaq, the new store is spread an area of about75,000 square feet. The new store will feature will feature complete retail offerings including full groceries line, home appliances, electronics, IT Products, Stationery, sports, life style and fashion brands and services ancillary to the business of hypermarket under one roof.

Speaking on the occasion, Yusuff Ali MA, Chairman of Lulu Group said,” “We are glad to have unveiled yet another project in Oman, which clearly specifies that all our expansion strategies are fast progressing and are on track. It has been our policy to bring world class shopping experience closer to the people in the outskirts rather than making them drive long distance to bigger cities”.

“We thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and the people of this country for the encouragement and support, which have always remained driving forces for us to set our goals and work towards it, he added.