Applebee’s opens its seventh branch in Jeddah

Updated 23 August 2017
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Applebee’s opens its seventh branch in Jeddah

Applebee’s, the leading casual dining chain, opened its seventh branch in Jeddah, taking the total number of its outlets in Saudi Arabia to 22, since opening in Tahliya Street earlier in August.
The new outlet has received positive reviews and guests reportedly admired the new ambiance of the restaurant. Being located in one of the busiest parts of the city due to the presence of a large number of shopping malls, the restaurant has become a major attraction.
Tarfeeh (the franchisee of Applebee’s Saudi Arabia) was established in 1996 and is a fully owned company of the Saudi Economic Development Company (SEDCO), a Saudi business conglomerate with a global presence.
Tarfeeh runs three international chains of restaurant — Applebee’s (world’s largest American casual dining chain), Romano’s Macaroni Grill (US-based Italian casual dining), and Ocean Basket (largest seafood chain of South Africa). It also has one local brand, called China Gate, which serves Chinese cuisine.
Applebee’s opened its first branch in Saudi Arabia in 2003. One of the major goals was to provide a unique experience to the customers. It serves different kinds of sizzling steaks, fajitas and a variety of dishes for children, in addition to a selection of desserts and beverages.
All Applebee’s restaurants have a friendly atmosphere with exciting menus to suit all ages and groups with great emphasis on freshness and quality. Visitors can spend quality time with their family and friends or have social gatherings.
Applebee’s restaurants have recently launched a campaign for chop lovers. It also has lunch and dinner offers throughout the week and special meals for children.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.