Danube begins 15-day French food festival in Saudi Arabia

Waleed BinDawood, right, with M. Wilfrid Fousse. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 September 2018

Danube begins 15-day French food festival in Saudi Arabia

The BinDawood Group’s Danube stores and Danube Online, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Agriculture, launched a French food festival to promote French food and gastronomy in the Kingdom.

The “Bon Appétit” launch was held at Danube’s flagship Nakhla store in Riyadh and was attended by the French Embassy’s Agricultural Counsellor M. Wilfrid Fousse.

The 15-day festival that runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 10 offers multiple activities that include live cooking demonstrations by the president of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies at Hayat Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 28; at Al-Raka Mall in Alkhobar on Sept. 29; and at Red Sea Mall in Jeddah on Oct. 4.

Danube customers will also have the chance to taste French cuisines in Paris with two return tickets to Paris for three winners (total six return tickets) to be had by registering on the Danube App, as part of the ‘Bon Appétit’ festival.

Fousse said: “France and Saudi Arabia have many common interests and the love of delicious food is one of them. The ‘Bon Appétit’ campaign is a wonderful initiative to create awareness of some of France’s most well-known food brands to Saudi consumers across the Kingdom, offering them the chance to sample these wonderful French products and taste bona fide French cuisine from some of our country’s most well-known chefs.”

DanubeCo. CEO Ahmad BinDawood said: “We are proud to announce this collaboration with the French Ministry of Agriculture. As a brand, Danube has a strong legacy of sourcing and heralding world-famous food and beverage brands into the Kingdom and introducing new tastes and cuisines to our customers. The ‘Bon Appétit’ campaign will familiarize Danube customers with new tastes and the caliber of these global French brands, and even give some the chance to win trips to Paris by registering on the Danube App.”

The ‘Bon Appétit’ campaign will have a concluding event at the French Ambassador’s Residence at the end of October, where celebrity chef Maroun Chedid will be offering an exclusive French menu for the occasion. The event is open to the public and more information can be found on @BonAppetit.me.

Danube Company operates and manage the first ever hypermarket in the Kingdom that meets the demands of the rising number of consumers in Jeddah and nearby towns and cities. All supermarket branches are equipped with the latest retail technology that is designed for fast and efficient service.

In 1998, BinDawood superstores, acquired Danube Company. The acquisition created the largest number of supermarket chain in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia. Both companies maintain distinctive presence and share resources in delivering goods and services to customers. Presently, BINDAWOOD and DANUBE have a combined operation of 68 stores across the Kingdom under the management of Dr. Abdulrazzaq BinDawood and his brothers Abdul Khaliq and Khalid BinDawood.


Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Updated 19 August 2019

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Al-Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist Oman Expeditions, this offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. 

Set between a relaxing stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and long, empty beaches. Southern Oman is said to be an uncharted destination and one of the only places where the true culture of old Arabia is still alive.

Drawing on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these new experiences weave in the rich, traditional heritage and magnificent natural environment of the region to create rare and memorable expeditions for resort guests while continuing to provide the luxury and comfort they desire. 

A former officer in the British Royal Marines and Royal Army of Oman’s Desert Regiment, Nelson has been nominated annually for the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012. A leading private travel specialist, he is renowned for his rich and varied experience of the country. Before setting up Oman Expeditions, Nelson founded Hud Hud Travels in 2006, Oman’s northern-based provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. 

Traveling via luxury 4x4 vehicles, a sample itinerary would include two nights camping with three days of various activities. Guests may choose to venture deep into the most remote parts of the world’s largest sand desert to find peace and solitude amidst magnificent sweeping dunes reaching up to 200 meters in the Empty Quarter. For a seaside option, guests can camp on a stretch of wild and secluded beach along the Dhofar coastline where they will encounter an array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and coastal bird life as well as swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water 30 meters from their tent. In the foothills of the Dhofar mountains, guests can step back in time on a trek with camels along the same ancient frankincense trading routes that these prized animals have been following for over 2,000 years.

Oman Expeditions also brings together Dhofar’s top local contacts from guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have traveled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.