Flavors of Morocco at Rosewood Jeddah

Moroccan tajine dishes are slow-cooked savory stews, typically made with sliced meat, poultry or fish together with vegetables or fruit.
Updated 31 December 2018

Flavors of Morocco at Rosewood Jeddah

Rosewood Jeddah’s annual food festival has returned for its fourth edition.

The “unforgettable culinary festival” taking place at Habsburg restaurant is offering guests an opportunity to explore the unique tastes of Morocco from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, every evening from 7 p.m. to midnight. 

“The Moroccan Food Festival will offer Rosewood Jeddah visitors the traditional flavors and authentic ingredients of Morocco. The scene is set to take you on a journey of sights and aromas of Morocco while our guest chef immerses you in the gourmet culture and culinary heritage of its different regions,” the hotel said in a press release.

This year’s Moroccan Food Festival is more than just a food adventure, the hotel said, as Rosewood Jeddah will be highlighting different regional specialties. 

“Tajine is particularly popular in Morocco and our chefs will ensure to present different kinds of tajine, including lamb tajine and baby artichokes, lamb tajine with prune and almond, and chicken tajine with lemon and olives, to our guests,” the hotel said.

Moroccan tajine dishes are slow-cooked savory stews, typically made with sliced meat, poultry or fish together with vegetables or fruit. The dish is named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked.

The buffet comprises a wide range of popular and traditional Moroccan delicacies, including traditional vegetarian dishes with many choices of hot and cold mezze appetizers. On offer are Moroccan dishes such as kefta tajine eggs, Moroccan mixed grill and authentic Moroccan chicken pastilla. Mouth-watering desserts include ghoriba, faqqas with nuts, kaab ghzal and chebakia seffa.

“We impatiently await the winter school break to present our annual food festivals, as we demonstrate our expertise offering Jeddah’s residents and expatriates exclusive menus in collaboration with professional chefs. After the success of the last three food festivals, this year we are focusing on bringing the authentic and traditional tastes from the famous cities of Morocco, we want to show our guests the unique cooking techniques and practices that the country is known for,” said Mohamed Osman, director of sales and marketing, Rosewood Jeddah.

Guests can enjoy the Moroccan dinner buffet for SR190 ($50) + 5 percent VAT per person, inclusive of water, soft drink and Moroccan tea. 

Rosewood Jeddah is situated on the Jeddah Corniche. It is within easy reach of key business, diplomatic, government and designer shopping districts.  The hotel features individually designed and handcrafted rooms. 

There are 101 guest rooms and 26 suites, a health and fitness center and an outdoor rooftop swimming pool.

King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.
Updated 21 January 2019

King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The annual throughput of King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36 percent compared to 2017. This maintains its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling. 

Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7,227,859 TEUs. The port’s management stated that the annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8 percent increase in imports and exports compared to 2017.

King Abdullah Port CEO Rayan Qutub said: “King Abdullah Port constitutes a real success story in public-private sector partnerships in light of the increasingly outstanding figures it achieves year after year. The port has become the leading driver in the maritime shipping and logistics services sector in terms of building knowledge, launching initiatives and supporting various activities in this sector.”

He added: “King Abdullah Port aspires to support the Kingdom’s economic development and enhance its competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of logistics services and supporting trade movement between the Kingdom and the rest of the world in line with Vision 2030. The latter would occur through the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistics services to become a landmark on the maritime and logistics services map in the Kingdom and the region.”

Referring back to the 2018 results, Qutub said: “We achieved a record 50 percent increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services. This will increase the Kingdom’s competitive advantage on the logistics services index, and in turn effectively contribute to achieving the logistical objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” 

The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1,847,569 TEUs, which is a 44 percent increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017. 

The port features state-of-the-art facilities including 18-meter water berths, which are the deepest in the world, and the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which employ the latest technology and feature a 65-ton lifting capacity as well as a handling capacity of 25 containers. Such facilities enable the port to serve giant container vessels now and in the future.