The region’s leading hypermarket chain LuLu has kicked off the summer season with 'Kingdom of Mangoes' festival featuring the goodness of the fruit in more than 50 varieties from six countries as well as in many forms - from desserts to curries, pickles, smoothies, salads, and much more.
A wide variety of popular and delicious mangoes mostly from India, and a few from Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Colombia and Thailand are on display at the festival inaugurated yesterday at LuLu Hypermarket's Ain Khalid branch by the Indian ambassador to Qatar Dr Deepak Mittal. The festival will run until May 30 at all outlets of LuLu Hypermarkets across Qatar.
Dignitaries from various ministries, Qatar Chamber, Indian community organisations and senior officials of LuLu Hypermarket, including regional director Shaijan M O and regional manager Shanavas P M were present.
Inaugurating the festival, Dr Mittal said: “It is wonderful to see once again the mango festival being hosted by LuLu Hypermarket. I am very glad to see 53 varieties of mangoes have been brought from different parts of the country to showcase in this festival.
“Mango is called the king of the fruits in India. This is the mango season. I am sure that residents of Qatar will enjoy the mangoes from all over the India. LuLu Group, under chairman and managing director of LuLu Group International Yusufali M A and the team in Qatar led by its director Dr Mohamed Althaf are doing great work in terms of contributing in food security of Qatar through over 18 retail chains across the country”, the envoy said.
Dr Mittal stressed that LuLu is catering to diverse needs of various communities in Qatar. I am also happy they are looking at promoting trade and building resilient supply chains between India and Qatar to meet the needs.
“LuLu’s presence in the GCC nations and also in India is deeply appreciated as they are also very active in CSR activities and other contributions. Lulu received a number of CSR awards in recognition of their activities and contributions in this regard in Qatar. We also deeply appreciate within the Indian community for their contribution and support,” the ambassador added.
Addressing the media, Shaijan pointed out this is the 21st consecutive year that LuLu Group is celebrating the mango festival. This tropical fruit is loved by people from all nationalities and Middle East is one of the biggest markets for the mangoes.
“Every year, we endeavour to bring in a wow factor to spice up this seasonal festival. This year, the addition of an extensive organic range brings a new perspective to the offerings. Our export distribution centres worldwide helped us a lot in bringing these delicious mangoes to Qatar on time, at the most affordable prices”, he added.
Besides fresh mangoes, there will also be promotions and treats in the LuLu Hot Food and Deli section with freshly prepared dishes, such as mango-infused curries and sauces, pickles, traditional delights like aamras (mango puree), mango and avocado salad, and mango flax seed vegan smoothie.
Currently, LuLu Hypermarket in Qatar has 18 state-of-the-art stores and two shopping malls at various strategic locations. LuLu Group also has a comprehensive network of Export Distribution Centres in 23 countries including the UK, the US and Europe.