Jeddah hosts Caffeine 2 exhibition

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Chimney Cone offers cones made of baked donut dough, stuffed with extra toppings and ice cream. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The exhibition also offered a verity of mouth-watering desserts. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Five best friends started 5 bites to bring the donut sandwich to the world. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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A barista at Warm and Frosty preparing specialty drink, Spanish latte. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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The two men supported by pipes attracted the most attention during Caffeine 2; children swarm around them trying to figure out the mechanics of their posture. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Families and youngsters enjoying the exhibition. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 18 December 2017
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Jeddah hosts Caffeine 2 exhibition

JEDDAH: Families and youths enjoyed the second instalment of the Caffeine exhibition in Jeddah’s Emaar Square.
The exhibition, from Thursday to Saturday, offered coffee, tea and chocolate lovers a place that would “warm them up” this winter.
It also catered to others’ interests, providing basketball hoops, an art therapy space and a games center for children.
“We specialize in cold brew, but most specifically nitrogen-infused coffee,” Iman Al-Gamaf of Infusion Cold Brew told Arab News.
“Once we’ve added water or milk, we then add nitrogen gas to the bottle, which results in a richer body and a creamy, fizzy foam. It differs from CO2-infused drinks such as cola.”
Fahd Al-Shuibi, a barista at Warm and Frosty, told Arab News: “Our famous and exclusive drinks are the Spanish latte — which is a mixture of an espresso shot, milk and a tiny dose of sweet condensed milk — and the Red Velvet shake.”
Al-Batool Abdullah, cofounder of 5 Bites, told Arab News: “We had the idea to make fresh mini pancakes and donuts with various toppings. Our main delicacy is the donut sandwich: Two donuts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream between them.”
At SR50 ($13), Nora Al-Rifai, an assistant at Effat University, told Arab News that the ticket price was “affordable to everyone.”
Attendee Ibrahim Waheeb told Arab News: “It’s a very well-rounded event that has captured the attention of all of Jeddah. You can see all sorts of people here — old and young, rich and poor — and it’s beautiful.”
Attendee Abdullah Bukhari told Arab News: “It’s a combination between entertainment and food. It’s different from other events, full of life.”
Hajjir Bakhashween spoke about her project Chimney Cone. “I started Chimney Cone with an idea in mind. It’s all about baked donut dough that resembles an ice cream cone, filled with the consumer’s choice of stuffing, and then followed by either chocolate, vanilla ice cream or a mixture of both. The idea came to me while traveling; I’ve seen several similar projects while traveling that were mostly dedicated to salty goods, and the idea stayed with me until I took the initiative to bring it to Jeddah in a different manner. It’s nice to see people enjoying what they are eating.”
More pictures from the exhibition.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.