Areej Art Cafe opens in Riyadh

Updated 30 May 2012
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Areej Art Cafe opens in Riyadh

A state-of-the art iCafe has been opened in the heart of Riyadh.
The Areej Art Cafe is the latest offering from the Areej brand.
A ground-breaking concept, it’s been meticulously designed for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
The café, located at the Centuria Mall located in the elite area in the Olaya district, was formally opened by its Chief Executive Officer Princess Areej Turki Nasser Al-Saud.
The cafe boasts unique and ever-changing crockery, cutlery, interior elements, installation art showcasing Areej’s latest collections, candles and home ware from inspirational designers around the world in addition to offering fine food and refreshments.
Speaking to Arab News following the opening, Princess Areej said: “This is Areej’s way of sharing what brings joy with others.”
The princess said the guests can see the cafe’s new fashion collection on display, while experiencing the unique taste of its delightful snacks.
Princess Areej said she opened the cafe, just to share her experience and to provide a good platform for people to know the latest designs in men’s and women’s wears, artifacts and paintings.
“In the cafe, we have made a cosy and pleasant environment for families to spend their evenings with their children not only to enjoy their food and beverages but also to taste the art of culture and fashions that are in vogue,” the princess said.
She plans to conduct iClasses for kids and adults in art, graphic designs, knitting and other areas where there is a demand to keep the cafe lively during its working hours.
Following Ramadan, she intends to bring Saudi artists to display their exclusive paintings in the cafe. This would encourage their aesthetic interests of the local artists and it would also help identify the local artistic talents, she said.
“Visiting this cafe which is not of a conventional set up, would give the guests an inspirational atmosphere to enjoy every moment inside the joint,” she said.


US intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security: report

Updated 20 April 2019
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US intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security: report

  • The accusation comes at a time of trade tensions between Washington and Beijing
  • Huawei dismissed the allegations

US intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West.
The CIA accused Huawei of receiving funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, the British newspaper reported, citing a source.
Earlier this year, US intelligence shared its claims with other members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group, which includes Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, according to the report.
Huawei dismissed the allegations in a statement cited by the newspaper.
“Huawei does not comment on unsubstantiated allegations backed up by zero evidence from anonymous sources,” a Huawei representative told The Times.
The company, the CIA and Chinese state security agencies did not respond immediately to requests for comment.
The accusation comes at a time of trade tensions between Washington and Beijing and amid concerns in the United States that Huawei’s equipment could be used for espionage. The company has said the concerns are unfounded.
Authorities in the United States are probing Huawei for alleged sanctions violations.
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of its founder, Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada in December at the request of the United States on charges of bank and wire fraud in violation of US sanctions against Iran.
She denies wrongdoing and her father has previously said the arrest was “politically motivated.”
Amid such charges, top educational institutions in the West have recently severed ties with Huawei to avoid losing federal funding.
Another Chinese technology company, ZTE Corp. , has also been at the center of similar controversies in the United States.
US sanctions forced ZTE to stop most business between April and July last year after Commerce Department officials said it broke a pact and was caught illegally shipping US-origin goods to Iran and North Korea. The sanctions were lifted after ZTE paid $1.4 billion in penalties.
Reuters reported earlier this week that the United States will push its allies at a meeting in Prague next month to adopt shared security and policy measures that will make it more difficult for Huawei to dominate 5G telecommunications networks.