SFDA launches ‘Healthy Food Strategy’

The companies signing the voluntary pledge include Nestlé Middle East, Mars Saudi Arabia, Mondelez Arabia, Ferrero, Kellogg’s Arabia, PepsiCo. International, Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Freeze Land.
Updated 24 September 2018

SFDA launches ‘Healthy Food Strategy’

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) launched its “Healthy Food Strategy” at a ceremony on Sept. 12, held under the patronage of Minister of Health and SFDA Chairman Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

A number of leading global food and beverage manufacturers and importers also signed a voluntary pledge with the SFDA that includes reducing sugar, salt and fat content in their products, and placing clear nutritional labels on them. 

The Healthy Food Strategy is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to reduce sugar, salt, saturated and trans fats in products, entice the country’s food manufacturers and importers to support that goal, list calories on menus in restaurants and cafes, and identify calorie-intake recommendations for individuals through a national survey that assesses the country’s nutritional status.

The companies signing the voluntary pledge include Nestlé Middle East, Mars Saudi Arabia, Mondelez Arabia, Ferrero, Kellogg’s Arabia, PepsiCo. International, Coca-Cola, Unilever, and Freeze Land.

“We are honored to partner with the SFDA and support its Healthy Food Strategy,” said Rocco Rinaldi, secretary general of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA). “All IFBA members operating in the GCC are committed to doing our part and this is reflected in our voluntary pledge on product reformulation, nutrition labeling, responsible marketing, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle within communities.”


Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

Updated 17 October 2019

Russia’s cultural capital beckons GCC travelers

  • Citizens of Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can now benefit from fast and convenient 
eVisa portal when arranging their next visit to the city of St. Petersburg.
Guarded by two marble lions at the entrance, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg sits within the walls of a 19th-century royal palace in the beautifully preserved imperial city of St. Petersburg. Celebrated globally for its history and architecture, Russia’s cultural capital recently became an even more attractive destination for GCC travelers thanks to the introduction of a convenient new online eVisa process.
Launched at the beginning of October, the St. Petersburg eVisa portal enables citizens from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman to enjoy the benefits of fast and simple online visa applications. Travelers can simply fill in the online form, upload a photograph, and can complete the entire process in just a few clicks. Applications can be made within 20 days of traveling, and up to four days before arrival. The visa is valid for stays of up to eight days in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
Felix Murillo, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, said: “The introduction of the eVisa portal offers a new level of convenience for international travelers, making it easier than ever for GCC citizens to arrange a trip to our wonderful city. Our concierge team takes great pleasure in highlighting St. Petersburg’s historical and cultural visitor attractions, and will be happy to arrange anything our guests may require to turn every trip into an unforgettable experience. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the Middle East to our beautiful hotel to share cherished moments and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg is located in the upmarket Admiralteysky district and was originally constructed in the early 19th century for Prince Alexander Yakovlevich Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Since first opening its doors to guests in 2013, the property offers 183 rooms, including 26 sumptuously decorated suites.
Perhaps the most stunning of the hotel’s accommodations is the one-of-a-kind Lobanov Presidential Suite, where guests can gather by the living room fireplace for a night of intimate conversation, host an al fresco dinner party on the expansive private terrace with stunning views of the Admiralty building and the surrounding park, or retreat to the grand master bedroom for a quiet and cosy evening.
The hotel is inviting guests to embark on a range of culinary adventures across its three restaurants. Diners can experience pan-asian fusion flavors at Sintoho, authentic Italian dishes at Percorso and modern Russian cuisine at The Tea Lounge.
Catering to the needs of visitors from the Middle East, halal meat is available on request.