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.


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.