Dunkin’ Donuts opens 400th Saudi store

The celebratory event was attended by senior representatives from the companies.
Updated 23 January 2019

Dunkin’ Donuts opens 400th Saudi store

Shahia Food Company, master franchisee for Dunkin’ Donuts in Saudi Arabia, along with Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, recently celebrated the opening of its 400th store in the Kingdom in Riyadh’s Al-Hamra district. The new location features seating for more than 250 guests, including an outdoor seating area. 

The event was attended by senior representatives from the companies, including David Hoffmann, CEO of Dunkin’ Brands; Kate Jaspon, chief financial officer of Dunkin’ Brands; John Varughese, senior vice president of Dunkin’ Brands International; and Saud Abdullah El-Athel, general manager of Dunkin’ Donuts Saudi Arabia.

“Dunkin’ Donuts has a rich heritage here in Saudi Arabia, where Shahia Food Company opened the brand’s first location more than 30 years ago,” said Varughese. “The opening of Dunkin’ Donuts’ 400th location in the Kingdom is a significant milestone for our brand here, and we’re pleased to celebrate the occasion with the Shahia Food Company team.”

Varughese added: “The Dunkin’ Donuts brand is known around the world for high-quality coffees and espresso drinks, delicious donuts, great value and fast speed of service. We remain committed to further innovating both on our products and the service we offer, and we look forward to continuing to grow our presence here in Saudi Arabia over the years to come.”

El-Athel said: “We’re very pleased to open our 400th Dunkin’ Donuts location so we can serve even more guests the brand’s delicious range of coffees, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, donuts and sandwiches. We’re proud to serve the local community here, and local communities throughout the Kingdom.”

Shahia Food Company currently operates more than nearly 400 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across Saudi Arabia. The restaurants offer a range of hot and iced coffees, cold brew coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate, sandwiches, donuts and other baked goods. 

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts currently has more than 12,700 restaurants in 43 countries around the world.

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.