Emirates served 20,000 vegan meals during ‘Veganuary’

Emirates business class vegan meal — sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout with brown rice served with moist chocolate cake and raspberry compote for dessert.
Updated 30 January 2019
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Emirates served 20,000 vegan meals during ‘Veganuary’

Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to vegans worldwide as “Veganuary.” The worldwide movement to encourage veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40 percent this month.

The airline has a range of dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designed with a team of nutritionists and chefs. Vegan meals rank as the third most commonly requested special meal in economy class. Last month, travelers voted Emirates as the Best Airline for Vegan Meals in a poll by Vegan News.

Emirates has over 170 plant-based recipes in its kitchen to cater to its vegan customers. Emirates’ team of nutritionists and chefs use the freshest vegetables and unique grains to create the special meals. Known for its regionally inspired cuisine on board, Emirates takes the same approach for its vegan meals with recipes inspired by its destinations. Some of the most popular dishes include mushroom ravioli, vegetable tagine served with couscous, and a sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout served with steaming brown rice. The meals are served complete with a selection of vegan desserts such as key lime parfait with date and citrus compote, moist chocolate cake or a chia seed pudding.

Vegan meals, along with other special meals, are available on all Emirates flights and across all classes and can be requested 24 hours before departure. All the menus on board are changed monthly.

The airline introduced vegan cheese on board in April last year. To date, Emirates has served 18,000 kgs of the nut-based cheese.

For customers who are less inclined toward a plant-based diet, Emirates’ regular menus are also whipped up by award-winning chefs. The airline serves over 110 million meals on board each year.


Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 23 April 2019
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Pharmaceutical giant Allergan to train KSU pharmacy students

Global biopharmaceutical company Allergan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with King Saud University (KSU) that focuses on developing a robust student-exchange program by facilitating training opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The agreement was signed by Ramsey Morad, Allergan’s vice president for India, Middle East and Africa, and Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the university. The MoU is in line with the Kingdom’s overall efforts to drive more cooperation levels between the public and private sectors, with the underlying objective to integrate Saudi nationals into various fields within the health-care sector.

Under the agreement, Allergan will provide training courses on an annual basis for students at the College of Pharmacy as well as programs to develop their scientific and medical knowledge and align them to international industry best practices. Students will be assessed according to set parameters, and the top performers will earn an internship opportunity with the company

In addition, Allergan will run courses for faculty members at the College of Pharmacy with a focus on leadership skills.

Morad said: “We have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Kingdom and toward the realization of Vision 2030. We are placing a very high emphasis on developing the local capabilities of Saudi nationals within the health-care sector, and this partnership with a leading university in the region is one of the steps we are taking. Saudi Arabia is at the heart of our operations in the region, and this MoU represents a key milestone in our efforts to attract the young minds of tomorrow and integrate them as core members of our Allergan team.” 

Al-Shamsan said: “We are proud to partner with Allergan to implement internationally recognized knowledge-based programs for the development of our students. With this MoU, we are focusing on the enhancement and development of the pharmaceutical sector across the Kingdom. We are guided by the mission to provide students experiences to learn from international best practices and, at the same time, work toward the improvement of the quality of the pharmaceutical sector in the Kingdom.”

Allergan said it is committed to a wide range of programs with health-care professionals, patients and national entities across the Kingdom. The company’s investments through its joint venture, Allergan Saudi Arabia, include the development of medical training centers focused on training health-care professionals in medical aesthetics.