Dog meat controversy set at rest

Updated 19 May 2014

Dog meat controversy set at rest

A group of Asian expat workers recently fell victim to the dire language barrier that exists between themselves and authorities.
The workers were caught on video allegedly whipping up soup using dog bones during inspection rounds although they were, in fact, using nothing but the bones of sheep and cows.
The videoclip, which shows them cooking in filthy conditions at a residential building in the Petromin District, went viral on the Internet among Saudis.
The workers, who distribute food to restaurants, were caught off-guard and were unable to defend themselves when probed.
The clip exploited the image of bones and the sound of a dog barking in the background, which only served to exacerbate the rumor.
The workers were humiliated throughout the day on Saturday by the rumor frenzy that had engulfed them.
The Jeddah Municipality, however, eventually issued a statement that denied the information and confirmed that the soup was being made using the bones of sheep and cows.
“We had received information from security officials on the spot,” one source said. “We inspected the sight and found no traces of dog slaughter.”
“The dog had been barking from a nearby house,” he said.
The Jeddah Municipality also confirmed that its sole role was only to ensure food health standards.
The municipality recently closed seven restaurants in the Nuzlah Yamaniah District for failing to adhere to health standards.


Qiddiya awards SR10bn in contracts to help construct Riyadh mega project

Updated 02 July 2020

Qiddiya awards SR10bn in contracts to help construct Riyadh mega project

  • The funding will be backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund

RIYADH: At least SR10 billion ($2.66 billion) worth of contracts will awarded to various companies to speed up the construction of a mega entertainment and sports project in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the Qiddiya Investment Company announced on Thursday.

The funding will be backed by the Kingdom's Public Investment Fund.

The Qiddiya project includes a number of art, entertainment and sporting facilities, and is being built on a 334 square-kilometre site close to Riyadh.

Its construction forms part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program that aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy.

“We’ve awarded well over 1 billion riyal in contracts so far and that figure is going to jump, maybe ten times to 10 billion riyals, which will all be construction related contracts,” Michael Reininger, chief executive told The National.