Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, gears up to serve Haj pilgrims

Updated 29 September 2014
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Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, gears up to serve Haj pilgrims

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, looks forward to welcoming pilgrims from across the world to the holy city of Makkah every year.
Less than 50 steps away from the Kaaba, Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the closest hotel to Masjid Al-Haram and the focal point of the Abraj Al-Bait complex.
Since it’s opening in 2010, the hotel has hosted more than two million guests from more than 120 countries. Additionally, it has been recognized with multiple industry and traveler awards, including the world’s Leading Landmark Hotel at the World Travel Awards. Its 601 meter frame and panoramic views of Masjid Al-Haram have emerged as a crowning achievement in both hospitality and architecture.
“Makkah Clock Royal Tower is a beacon for pilgrims and a symbol of gracious hospitality,” said its MD Ahmed Hozaien. “We offer our guests the opportunity to stay steps away from the holiest Muslim site in the world, in one of the most iconic hotel landmarks. At the same time, we strive to deliver a fitting spiritual environment that permeates peace, harmony and renewal through all our services and amenities.”
More than 3,000 colleagues have been preparing for months to host pilgrims in the fully occupied 1,664 rooms, suites and residences during the Haj period.
Most recently, Makkah Clock Royal Tower launched the Fairmont Residences.
Abdulaziz Eid, Makkah Clock Royal Tower’s hotel manager, said: “What really makes us stand out is our ability to offer a wide variety of choices to people and to accommodate such a huge range of needs and wishes.”
“We spent a long time developing our restaurant concepts and menus and have taken great care in utilizing the freshest and healthiest ingredients,” explained Executive Chef Ali Benali. The hotel also offers specialized children’s menus, as well as Islamic-themed recreational activities in the Kid’s Club.


Spain’s Provacuno aims to beef up Saudi market

Updated 14 November 2018
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Spain’s Provacuno aims to beef up Saudi market

Abdulaziz Alaquil Jeddah: Provacuno, the inter-professional organization of the Spanish beef industry, is currently on a promotional tour across the Kingdom showcasing the benefits of their high-quality and environmentally-friendly beef production. A non-profit organization officially recognized by the Spanish government, Provacuno represents 85 percent of the Spanish beef industry.
Established in 1997, Provacuno comprises national associations representing and protecting the interests of companies involved in the production, industrial, and commercial sectors of the Spanish beef industry. Their annual meat production exceeds 650,000 tons, and they have over 110,000 farms, with industry exports amounting to 175,000 tons annually.
For the past 20 years, they have officially been recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as an agro-food inter-professional organization.
Along with defending the interests of the Spanish beef industry, from production, through processing, and trading, Provacuno aims to support the internationalization process of beef companies into export markets such as Saudi Arabia. Their promotion of responsible beef consumption through research and development programs is done with the goal of enhancing the beef industry’s image through their sustainable and environmentally-friendly production processes that are in strict compliance with the European Production Model, which adheres to the most stringent of standards regarding animal welfare, hygiene control, and environmental protection. While at the same time, they are able to cater to international market demands, such as being 100 percent halal-certified for Saudi markets.
Representatives of Provacuno are currently in the Kingdom promoting their marketing campaign “What a Wonderful European Beef,” which will conclude at the Foodex Saudi 2018 in Jeddah on Thursday. During this campaign trail, they organized a presentation on Spanish beef at the residence of Ambassador of Spain to Saudi Arabia Don Alvaro Iranzo in Riyadh.
The event was attended by over 50 Saudi import and distribution agents, who sampled Provacuno’s beef prepared by Spanish Chef Fernando Del Cerro.
Provacuno considers Saudi Arabia a key target market as it is one of the largest meat-consuming nations in the world reliant on quality meat imports. In 2017, the Kingdom produced 60,000 tons of meat while consuming over 220,000 tons. Recently, Brazil (39 percent) overtook India (26 percent) as the main exporter of beef to the Kingdom.
Along with meeting with industry executives in Riyadh, Provacuno also hosted a cooking workshop at the King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah.