Western Australia unveils next generation superfood in Dubai

Pankaj Savara
Updated 14 November 2016
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Western Australia unveils next generation superfood in Dubai

The government of Western Australia, in partnership with Lupin industry, unveiled lupin, described as the next generation superfood, at the Gulfood Manufacturing show, in Dubai and has brought this to the GCC region.  
Scientific research has put this high protein, high fiber, legume as a sure contender to becoming a superfood.
Western Australia has been the largest producer of the lupin crop, representing 85 percent of the world’s production.
Lupin has the potential to provide natural defense against all the common risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  
Western Australia Trade Office (WATO) Commissioner Pankaj Savara stated: “We chose to partner with the industry to help fight chronic lifestyle induced illness in Gulf countries like diabetes and heart disease. Lupin is an effective and versatile partner for healthy living with its ability to boost the nutritional value of main food commodities like bread and pasta. “WATO is currently hosting and supporting the Lupin industry from Western Australia during this event.
Lupin is also classified as a functional food. One of its many functional properties is locked in the traits of lupin proteins — mainly its neutral taste and ability to blend with water and oil.”
“In essence lupin, as a health and functional food commodity, can meet the needs of the health and wellness food market as well as specialty food markets like vegans and vegetarianism, gluten-free, and lactose-free,” added Pankaj.
Since its introduction to Australia in the 1960s, lupin has helped Australian farmers with crop rotation cycles as it enriches the soil with nitrogen and phosphorous. This rotation supports the sustainability of major crop productions like wheat and barley. This process further yields lupin grains. These grains are traditionally used as stock feed for sheep and cattle. 


Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh unveils Ramadan tent

The five-star hotel’s iftar buffet features an abundance of Arabic and international Ramadan specialties.
Updated 26 May 2019
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Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh unveils Ramadan tent

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is inviting guests to its lamp-inspired Ramadan tent for an opulent gastronomic experience and authentic spiritual ambience.
This year’s Ramadan tent theme “Siraj,” a literal interpretation of “lantern,” transforms one of the hotel’s ballrooms into an exquisitely decorated dining area featuring a lavish iftar buffet.
The classic decor reminisces the role of traditional lamps, which were used in the past for lighting family gatherings and its flame was considered the means to keep those gatherings alive even after dark. Since then, lanterns have been used to decorate houses, shops and streets in the holy month.
Mohammed Marghalani, manager at Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, said: “The project is the result of the cooperation of various employees in the hotel — starting from the tent’s name through to the variety and quality of dishes and the reception and care of the valued ladies and gentlemen visiting us.”
“Ramadan preparations are deeply rooted in our traditions as they emphasize the uniqueness of this special month. The real essence of Arabian hospitality focuses on making visitors and guests feel appreciated and comfortable,” he added.
Ramadan tents in hotels offering iftar and suhoor delicacies have become a tradition in the Kingdom during the fasting month.

HIGhLIGHT

The buffet spread features cuisines from around the world, from Saudi dishes to Asian, Italian and Turkish specialities, displayed in various live stations.

Hundreds of people turn up daily for the lavish meals with family and friends, amid sophisticated decor and five-star service.
On entering the palace-like venue, guests are greeted with the warm and smoky scent of oud at the reception.
The five-star hotel’s iftar buffet features an abundance of Arabic and international Ramadan specialties. Each table is elegantly laid out with dates, Arabic coffee and appetizers.
The buffet spread features cuisines from around the world, from Saudi dishes to Asian, Italian and Turkish specialities, displayed in various live stations.
The star of the buffet is the dessert selection comprising both Middle Eastern and international favorites guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Prices range from SR325 ($86) per adult to SR160 for children. Kids under the age of six dine for free. The tent is open from sunset until 9:00 p.m.
The 492-room Ritz-Carlton has 52 acres of landscaped gardens and is one of the most luxurious five-star properties in the capital.