Emirates brings spirit of Eid to all its customers

Lamb Ouzi — a popular rice dish in the Gulf where the meat is slow cooked with roasted nuts and raisins — will be served in Emirates’ business class.
Updated 06 August 2019

Emirates brings spirit of Eid to all its customers

Emirates is bringing the generosity and spirit of Eid Al-Adha to all its customers with a special inflight offering from Aug. 11 to Aug. 14.

Eid Al-Adha is one of the most significant dates in the Islamic calendar, and one of the holiest celebrations. The name translates to “festival of the sacrifice,” and it marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Around the world, Eid Al-Adha is usually celebrated with loved ones.

To celebrate the spirit of the festival, an Eid menu with a touch of Middle Eastern hospitality will be served on board the Emirates A380 lounge.

This includes Arabic coffee, a date cake and a selection of Emirati pastries. Chocolates in an Eid box from UAE-based gourmet chocolatiers, Forrey & Galland, will also be served to all customers in premium classes on all routes.

A menu with Arabic flavors will be introduced during the celebrations for customers in all classes. Depending on the route, economy customers could sample Emirates’ signature dish, a chicken or lamb machbous (a spicy Middle Eastern rice dish), and enjoy a date cake for dessert.

First- and business-class customers have the choice of lamb or chicken ouzi, a rice dish popular in the Gulf where the meat is slow cooked with roasted nuts and raisins.

A king fish with rice will also be offered on select routes in Africa and Europe. These mains are complemented with the Arabic salad and premium customers can also choose from various Arabic desserts including chocolate fondant with labneh ice cream, date and almond nammoura made from semolina, or khabees served with Arabic coffee sauce and pistachio cream.

As a global airline, Emirates celebrates events from all over the world and incorporates seasonal and regional flavors into its menus on board and in its lounges worldwide.

From Sept. 1 to 13, the airline with be celebrating the Indian festival of Onam on its flights to and from Kerala with a special menu of vegetable sambhar, chicken sukka and mutton pepper fry. Meals will be served on traditional banana leaves and appetizers such as banana chips, sharkara varatti and curd chilli, and a dessert of palada pradhaman will be served.

Next month, Emirates will celebrate the mid-autumn festival on select Asian flights. The harvest festival is celebrated mainly by Chinese and Vietnamese communities on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Traditional mooncakes, a staple during the celebrations will be served in all classes.


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.