Emirates served 20,000 vegan meals during ‘Veganuary’

Emirates business class vegan meal — sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout with brown rice served with moist chocolate cake and raspberry compote for dessert.
Updated 30 January 2019

Emirates served 20,000 vegan meals during ‘Veganuary’

Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to vegans worldwide as “Veganuary.” The worldwide movement to encourage veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40 percent this month.

The airline has a range of dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designed with a team of nutritionists and chefs. Vegan meals rank as the third most commonly requested special meal in economy class. Last month, travelers voted Emirates as the Best Airline for Vegan Meals in a poll by Vegan News.

Emirates has over 170 plant-based recipes in its kitchen to cater to its vegan customers. Emirates’ team of nutritionists and chefs use the freshest vegetables and unique grains to create the special meals. Known for its regionally inspired cuisine on board, Emirates takes the same approach for its vegan meals with recipes inspired by its destinations. Some of the most popular dishes include mushroom ravioli, vegetable tagine served with couscous, and a sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout served with steaming brown rice. The meals are served complete with a selection of vegan desserts such as key lime parfait with date and citrus compote, moist chocolate cake or a chia seed pudding.

Vegan meals, along with other special meals, are available on all Emirates flights and across all classes and can be requested 24 hours before departure. All the menus on board are changed monthly.

The airline introduced vegan cheese on board in April last year. To date, Emirates has served 18,000 kgs of the nut-based cheese.

For customers who are less inclined toward a plant-based diet, Emirates’ regular menus are also whipped up by award-winning chefs. The airline serves over 110 million meals on board each year.


Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Updated 19 January 2020

Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Atyaf Mall, in partnership with Majid Al-Futtaim’s Vox Cinemas, launched a cinema facility of 11 screens and 650-seating capacity. The eighth branch of Vox Cinemas in Saudi Arabia was inaugurated by Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country manager of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Rowaished, CEO of Hewar Al-Rabie Company. 

The new cinema facility features seven standard cinemas, two VIP provisions, and two kids’ movie houses. Apart from refreshment counter favorites like popcorn, snacks and beverages, Vox Cinemas in Atyaf Mall offers a Nutella Bar, and Kitchen 35, a bakeshop with artisan breads and pastries and fresh juices in one entertainment venue. 

Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We are proud to launch another entertainment venue for our dynamic customer base who considers Atyaf Mall as its home for lifestyle needs. We extend our biggest gratitude to our partners from Majid Al-Futtaim in making this project possible with innovative and customer-focused experiences and offerings on hand.”

Managed by LuLu Properties, the shopping mall and property development team of LuLu Group, Atyaf Mall houses conducive places for shopping, dining and leisure, along with a lineup of global brands, and a 220,000-square-foot LuLu hypermarket. From Matalan to H&M, Saco, and Red Tag, the fashion collection is expected to highlight the latest clothing lines and footwear pieces every season, alongside a food court and seven new restaurants that will soon showcase global flavors. 

“With these new concepts introduced in the mall, Atyaf Mall will continue to satisfy the evolving and adventurous lifestyle demands of the new age of Riyadh’s growing market,” Mohammed added.