Danube begins 15-day French food festival in Saudi Arabia

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


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 20 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”