Michelin-starred menu at The Globe in Riyadh

Chef Kiko Moya is the owner of two Michelin stars.
Updated 16 January 2019

Michelin-starred menu at The Globe in Riyadh

Al-Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh is adding a new level of decadence to the property by introducing a special menu courtesy of Michelin two-star chef Kiko Moya. 

Between Jan. 22-26, diners are in for a treat at The Globe restaurant, Al-Faisaliah Hotel, as Moya jets into town to launch an exclusive pop-up dining experience. Moya, the chef of L’Escaletta, located in Alicante, Spain, is the recipient of two Michelin stars. The celebrated Spanish chef will be hosting two cameo dinners at the Saudi capital’s hotel during this period.

Moya’s father Paco Moya was the co-founder and previous chef in the same restaurant, which is today famed for being one of the best restaurants in Valencia. Moya first joined his family in the kitchen at the age of 14, before stints at El Bulli and El Celler de Can Roca. His menu at Al-Faisaliah Hotel will offer gourmet travelers and Riyadh residents dishes that are “full of delicacy, skill and, above all, traditional Spanish flavors.” 

“Diners at The Globe will now get the opportunity to sample fine Spanish fare without having to hop on an airplane. Located in the spectacular golden sphere that tops Al-Faisaliah Tower, this dramatic three-story dome restaurant offers a unique perspective of the Kingdom’s first city and serves delicious modern European cuisine which can be enjoyed with beautiful panoramic views of the city all coming together to create an unmatched, fine dining experience,” a press release said.

This dining experience promises to be a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for Riyadh residents and visitors alike. Bookings are now open, with prices starting at SR675 ($180) + 5 percent VAT.


Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

Updated 12 August 2020

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

A survey commissioned by Al-Aghar Group, an independent Saudi think tank, in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, has revealed that most thought leaders and decision-makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already underway in the Kingdom. The survey focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.

Respondents believed that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the “future of work” in the Kingdom and more than 65 percent see this as fundamentally positive. About 69 percent see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaptation to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37 percent seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning.

Seventy-eight percent of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the health care in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.

Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. Seventy-five percent of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89 percent see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.

By 2025, 78 percent of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83 percent) step change in government preparedness for future crises. Meanwhile, 68 percent of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 65 percent anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute toward government efforts.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman, Al-Aghar Group, said: “Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress.”

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said: “The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom’s national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive.”