Danube begins 15-day French food festival in Saudi Arabia

Waleed BinDawood, right, with M. Wilfrid Fousse. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 September 2018

Danube begins 15-day French food festival in Saudi Arabia

The BinDawood Group’s Danube stores and Danube Online, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Agriculture, launched a French food festival to promote French food and gastronomy in the Kingdom.

The “Bon Appétit” launch was held at Danube’s flagship Nakhla store in Riyadh and was attended by the French Embassy’s Agricultural Counsellor M. Wilfrid Fousse.

The 15-day festival that runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 10 offers multiple activities that include live cooking demonstrations by the president of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies at Hayat Mall in Riyadh on Sept. 28; at Al-Raka Mall in Alkhobar on Sept. 29; and at Red Sea Mall in Jeddah on Oct. 4.

Danube customers will also have the chance to taste French cuisines in Paris with two return tickets to Paris for three winners (total six return tickets) to be had by registering on the Danube App, as part of the ‘Bon Appétit’ festival.

Fousse said: “France and Saudi Arabia have many common interests and the love of delicious food is one of them. The ‘Bon Appétit’ campaign is a wonderful initiative to create awareness of some of France’s most well-known food brands to Saudi consumers across the Kingdom, offering them the chance to sample these wonderful French products and taste bona fide French cuisine from some of our country’s most well-known chefs.”

DanubeCo. CEO Ahmad BinDawood said: “We are proud to announce this collaboration with the French Ministry of Agriculture. As a brand, Danube has a strong legacy of sourcing and heralding world-famous food and beverage brands into the Kingdom and introducing new tastes and cuisines to our customers. The ‘Bon Appétit’ campaign will familiarize Danube customers with new tastes and the caliber of these global French brands, and even give some the chance to win trips to Paris by registering on the Danube App.”

The ‘Bon Appétit’ campaign will have a concluding event at the French Ambassador’s Residence at the end of October, where celebrity chef Maroun Chedid will be offering an exclusive French menu for the occasion. The event is open to the public and more information can be found on @BonAppetit.me.

Danube Company operates and manage the first ever hypermarket in the Kingdom that meets the demands of the rising number of consumers in Jeddah and nearby towns and cities. All supermarket branches are equipped with the latest retail technology that is designed for fast and efficient service.

In 1998, BinDawood superstores, acquired Danube Company. The acquisition created the largest number of supermarket chain in the Western Province of Saudi Arabia. Both companies maintain distinctive presence and share resources in delivering goods and services to customers. Presently, BINDAWOOD and DANUBE have a combined operation of 68 stores across the Kingdom under the management of Dr. Abdulrazzaq BinDawood and his brothers Abdul Khaliq and Khalid BinDawood.


5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

Updated 17 September 2020

5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition kicks off

The MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia, part of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, announced the launch of registration for the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition under the slogan “Innovate, Inspire, Connect.” A fully digital version that simulates a real event, this year’s competition is held in challenging atmospheres in light of the global health crisis, and the competition’s commitment to continue supporting entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia to overcome the current challenges, and promoting innovation processes in the Kingdom.

Registration for the 5th edition opened on Sept. 15 through the competition website, and will continue until Dec. 10. Saudi and non-Saudi entrepreneurs of all ages and economic sectors can apply to participate within one of the three contest tracks: Ideas track, startups track, and the social enterprises track, according to the terms of the competition.

Hassan Jameel, president Saudi Arabia, Community Jameel, said: “The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition continues to be a hugely significant annual event, attracting thousands of entrepreneurs from across the Kingdom. Given the current global challenges, our mission to support young Saudi talent and to help small businesses develop, is now more important than ever. I would strongly encourage entrepreneurs from all sectors to register for what promises to be another outstanding event.”

Since its launch in 2015, the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition has succeeded in attracting more than 7,500 participants from all over the Kingdom, establishing more than 45 startup projects, training more than 260 entrepreneurs and creating more than 110 job opportunities through the startups. The winners received a total of SR1.6 million ($426,500) in the form of free investments. In the Startup Investment Forum, which was held during the 4th edition of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition over a period of three days, the event hosted 65 innovative startups from around the world, including the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Poland, in addition to 27 innovative startups participating in the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition 2019-2020.

The MITEF Saudi Startup Competition is organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Saudi Arabia, a branch of MIT Enterprise Forum global network, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, an initiative of Community Jameel. The competition aims to promote and enrich the entrepreneurial environment in Saudi Arabia by supporting and celebrating all startups and entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.