Four Seasons Riyadh hosts chocolate exhibition

The ‘World of Chocolate’ promotion will be offered daily with an inspired menu until midnight at the Lobby Lounge.
Updated 13 January 2019

Four Seasons Riyadh hosts chocolate exhibition

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh is inviting guests to experience a selection of chocolate desserts at the Lobby Lounge.
The chocolate delicacies are made with the “finest South American and African cocoa and the best ingredients and quality to create a wide variety of scrumptious tastes” for the “World of Chocolates” exhibition.
Executive Chef Ahmed Fawzy and the culinary pastry team will thrill guests with a variety of sweet treats sure to impress any chocolate connoisseur.
“Spend an afternoon sipping on hot chocolate, treat yourself to indulgent chocolate varieties such as: Chocolate and date fondant, bonbon salted caramel, Caribbean ‘Churchill Cigar,’ chocolate café supreme, macaroons and s’mores, and unwind with a delicious lounge special for this month made especially for gourmands,” the hotel said in a press release.
Chef Fawzy said: “At Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh, we are keen to bring unique and distinctive culinary experiences ... The chocolate promotion will also be widely admired by local guests for its exquisite ambience with special chocolate treats that will engulf guests in their taste and carry them on a wave of pure bliss.”
The “World of Chocolate” promotion will be offered daily with an inspired menu until midnight at the Lobby Lounge.
“Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh continues to constantly distinguish itself by offering a blend of diverse cultural experiences prepared by the most talented international chefs,” the hotel said.


Production of Aston Martin DB5 resumes after 55 years

Updated 31 May 2020

Production of Aston Martin DB5 resumes after 55 years

Dubbed “the most famous car in the world” and renowned as being among the most sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent — James Bond — who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then-global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is once again underway there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are history in the making.

Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at 2.75 million euros ($3.05 million), plus taxes.

The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation construction process — which takes around 4,500 hours per car — is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

Each of the 25 new cars is being built using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge gadgets developed in association with Chris Corbould OBE, the special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.

Clive Wilson, Heritage program manager, said: “Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process we have created really is quite a thrill.

“Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years, so to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about!”

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide.

“Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020.