Four Seasons in Riyadh to mark Ramadan in style

Iftar and suhour buffet at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh
Updated 13 May 2018

Four Seasons in Riyadh to mark Ramadan in style

This Ramadan, the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh is offering an extensive selection of culinary experiences, embracing the holy month and the importance of celebrating this special time of the year with family and friends.

Iftar and suhour will be provided daily at dining outlets and the Ramadan tent in the Kingdom Ballroom. The hotel will also offer a Ramadan room package including iftar at the Ramadan Tent for a special rate.

The hotel said the tent would be a bigger and brighter affair this year, featuring a new color scheme and modern Arabesque-inspired decoration designed by BelleGate.

The buffet at the tent will feature traditional iftar dishes and global specialties including a variety of cold and hot mezze offerings, a sushi station, a salad bar, a homemade pasta station, and a juice bar among other options.

It will also have a Saudi corner presenting the Kingdom’s delicacies curated by Saudi chefs Anas Al-Sulaiyym, Rakan Aloraifi and Waleed Obaid. Executive chef Ahmed Fawzy has also provided his skills and experience.

In addition, all guests will have the opportunity to win one of the daily prizes presented during a raffle draw.

A kids’ corner will cater to the young ones, offering them an array of exciting activities.

Another addition to the tent will be a designated Teens’ Majlis — an outdoor area adorned in Ramadan lanterns with a traditional Saudi tent for guests to enjoy tea and coffee after iftar and socialize with friends and family.

The spot will have a selection of entertaining games such as mini golf and archery, in addition to Saudi board and card games such as carom and Baloot.

For corporate groups, the hotel’s catering team can arrange a private iftar in one of the hotel’s ballrooms.

This allows for a more personalized function catering to different needs, yet maintaining the same essence of Arabic hospitality. Culinary offerings for private iftars are also customizable.

SABB becomes ICAEW authorized training employer

Updated 26 June 2019

SABB becomes ICAEW authorized training employer

The Saudi British Bank (SABB) has joined forces with Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) to become the first bank in the Kingdom to be an ICAEW authorized training employer. The partnership will help SABB attract and retain talented individuals by offering ICAEW’s ACA qualification.

The new partnership is part of the SABB’s strategy to become a best-in-class international finance organization, but most importantly by supporting the Saudi Vision 2030. By providing Saudi nationals access to internationally recognized qualifications and training, supporting development of their skills and abilities, SABB aims to help them achieve a better future that matches their qualifications and ambitions.

Matthew Pearce, chief financial officer at SABB, said: “By partnering with a world-leading accountancy and finance organization that maintains the highest professional standards, SABB is very proud to become the first bank in the Kingdom to be an authorized training employer with ICAEW. This partnership aligns with SABB’s vision and strategy to be internationally connected while developing Saudi nationals and supporting Vision 2030.”

Completing the ACA qualification enables professionals to use the title “ICAEW Chartered Accountant.” 

Michael Armstrong FCA, ICAEW regional director, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said: “ICAEW works with employers to support the professional development of their teams. In Saudi Arabia, ICAEW works alongside the national profession to complement the important national accountancy qualification and equip finance talent with the broad range of technical knowledge and professional skills they need to make a great contribution to their organizations. 

“As an authorized training employer, SABB will be able to prepare employees for the internationally recognized ACA qualification. Throughout the world, our training partners benefit from being able to attract the best talent and develop the next generation of business leaders. Our partnership with SABB underscores its commitment to remain at the forefront of the fast-paced banking industry and contribute to the growth of Saudi Arabia’s financial services industry.”