Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski hosts Ottoman Kitchen Festival

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski General Manager Juan Uribe opens the festival with Turkish Ambassador Yunus Demirer.
Updated 14 November 2016
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Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski hosts Ottoman Kitchen Festival

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is hosting the Ottoman Kitchen Festival at its Tugra restaurant. The opening ceremony was attended by Turkish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Yunus Demirer and German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dieter Walter Haller, in addition to a number of officials and diplomatic delegations.
The festival, which will continue till Nov. 17, aims to provide a unique experience by presenting high-end culinary creations that are inspired by history and the authenticity of Sultans Kitchen, where they invited Chef Serdar Ongel with his team, from Kempinski Cırgan Palace in Istanbul.
During the opening, the hotel’s GM Juan Uribe said: “The Ottoman Kitchen Festival is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia and through it we provide this experience to the guests and food enthusiasts in Riyadh as an extension of our commitment to excellence.” 
He added: “Presenting this festival in Tugra, our signature Ottoman restaurant, is to define the authenticity of the Ottoman cuisine by inviting the chefs from Cirgan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, to Riyadh’s first Ottoman cuisine, Tugra restaurant.”
 The festival offers daily special Ottoman dinner menus at Tugra restaurant and Le Bijou cafe in the lobby, in addition to the weekend brunch.
Tugra restaurant is the recipient of the Middle Eastern Restaurant of the Year award by the 2016 Food and Travel GCC Tourism Awards. The restaurant reportedly earned this award among many elite restaurants spread across the GCC.


King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.
Updated 21 January 2019
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King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The annual throughput of King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36 percent compared to 2017. This maintains its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling. 

Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7,227,859 TEUs. The port’s management stated that the annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8 percent increase in imports and exports compared to 2017.

King Abdullah Port CEO Rayan Qutub said: “King Abdullah Port constitutes a real success story in public-private sector partnerships in light of the increasingly outstanding figures it achieves year after year. The port has become the leading driver in the maritime shipping and logistics services sector in terms of building knowledge, launching initiatives and supporting various activities in this sector.”

He added: “King Abdullah Port aspires to support the Kingdom’s economic development and enhance its competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of logistics services and supporting trade movement between the Kingdom and the rest of the world in line with Vision 2030. The latter would occur through the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistics services to become a landmark on the maritime and logistics services map in the Kingdom and the region.”

Referring back to the 2018 results, Qutub said: “We achieved a record 50 percent increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services. This will increase the Kingdom’s competitive advantage on the logistics services index, and in turn effectively contribute to achieving the logistical objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” 

The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1,847,569 TEUs, which is a 44 percent increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017. 

The port features state-of-the-art facilities including 18-meter water berths, which are the deepest in the world, and the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which employ the latest technology and feature a 65-ton lifting capacity as well as a handling capacity of 25 containers. Such facilities enable the port to serve giant container vessels now and in the future.