Riyadh hotel hosts Chinese Food Festival

The festival is offering an assortment of Chinese food, such as kung pao, xiaomian, in addition to other famous dishes and beverages.
Updated 17 October 2018

Riyadh hotel hosts Chinese Food Festival

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is currently hosting the Chinese Food Festival at its Aroma restaurant in Riyadh. The event, which runs until Oct. 27, is offering an assortment of Chinese food, such as kung pao, xiaomian, in addition to other famous dishes and beverages. 

Chef Ricky Hung, who flew to the Kingdom all the way from Kempinski Hotel Xiamen, China, for the Chinese Food Festival, said that he will accommodate Saudi dining tastes, and will introduce the Chinese cuisine to the hotel’s guests in an innovative way. He said he expects to attract the attention of all gourmet lovers and encourage them to attend the festival.

Chef Jackie Kwan, who also came from the Kempinski Hotel Xiamen in China, said that he would use his vast experience in preparing a Chinese buffet offering a variety of authentic Chinese cuisine, as well as the most famous desserts.

Last year’s Chinese festival at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski was a hit among the guests, who especially loved the live-cooking station, appetizers, main dishes, desserts and beverages. 

The hotel management said that it will continue to present many surprises for the guests.

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski comprises 23 floors and is a 25-minute drive from King Khaled International Airport. Guests can enjoy the best views of the city from its 349 luxury guest rooms and suites and a variety of dining experiences in its three restaurants and three cafés and lounges. Conference facilities and a ballroom can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. 


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.