Forum brings chocolate lovers, chocolatiers together

Updated 22 August 2014
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Forum brings chocolate lovers, chocolatiers together

Just like the rest of the world, Jeddah savors chocolate, whether dark, light or nutty.
Talent Reunion is a lifestyle networking platform that organized a “chocolate innovation” event aimed at promoting chocolate products and shedding light on the skills of local chocolatiers. The event was held on Wednesday at Voila Chocolate Café in Jeddah.
It highlighted the environment in which chocolate products are made.
Several officials from different chocolate companies and chocolate enthusiasts attended the event to share their opinions and thoughts.
The participants believe such a networking platform brings members of the community together and discusses life-oriented themes that help in sharpening culture and social and professional aspects of life.
During the event, chocolate makers discussed common issues, such as how to improve their craft and think of ways to highlight locally made chocolate.
“It was fun to share ideas and come up with new creative techniques,” said one guest.
Conversation also brought up the health benefits of dark chocolate and which beverages go with which type of chocolate.
Nutella, being a part of the emerging culture, inevitably grabbed the limelight.
“The aim of this event was to help people see chocolate as more than a commodity,” said Yazan Jamous, founder of Talent Reunion.
“We want to spread awareness about the fact that chocolate can be diverse and different. Chocolate is a world by itself.”
“The event is a family-oriented gathering, where people meet in a healthy environment and share their thoughts and experiences. Topics spanned sports, coffee, shopping, travel, chocolate and many other interesting ideas,” he said.


Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

Updated 31 min 30 sec ago
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Youth pillars of reform plan, future of Saudi Arabia

  • A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Young people in Saudi Arabia are the pillars of the country’s reform plan and the future of the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as saying.
The prince said that 70 percent of the country’s population were aged between 15 and 35, and that young people and sports were two key elements of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
“We rely heavily on the programs offered by the state in various fields of sports, the arts and entertainment for young men and women, and I hope that we always offer the best to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world and the Islamic world.”
The prince was in Cairo, attending a meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports. He said in a press statement that the Kingdom put forward many proposals throughout the year and that ministries responded positively to youth activities. 
“The Kingdom has responded positively to many of the resolutions recommended during the meeting,” he said, adding that he hoped Arab youths would benefit from the outcome of these recommendations and meetings.
SPA reported last week that young Saudis were being trained to deal with the international media as part of a project to promote the Kingdom around the world.
A survey last year showed that 92 percent of young Saudis interviewed expressed a positive view of the outcome of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030.