New Platinum Sands store in Riyadh’s Kingdom Centre

General Manager Shawky Al-Nassr and Khalid Nashar, owner of Bravo, cut the ribbon.
Updated 14 May 2019

New Platinum Sands store in Riyadh’s Kingdom Centre

Platinum Sands, a distributor of Ali Bin Ali brand of luxury watches and jewelry, has opened its second store in Riyadh’s Kingdom Centre.

At the inauguration ceremony, General Manager Shawky Al-Nassr cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the boutique to the public. Joining him at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Khalid Nashar, owner of Bravo. The event was attended by more than 100 prominent personalities, journalists and influencers, including Hala Al-Harthy, Sara Al-Kraidees and Narjis Al-Awami from MBC.

The luxurious ambiance of the store was enhanced by soft music playing in the background while guests enjoyed the hospitality of Fauchon Paris, Jeddah. Visitors toured the store and checked out the latest collections of watches and jewelry.

“We believe in the principle of always being the closest to our customers, and today we are with them in a place entirely characterized by luxury and sophistication, and in an ideal location to showcase our new product collections to an audience whose passion of luxury and sophistication is growing every day,” said Al-Nassr.

“We sought a celebration for our new boutique, which is illustrious in all aspects,” he added.

Also speaking at the event, Marketing Manager Arwa Al-Rimawi highlighted the success achieved by the brand and the competition created by it in the Saudi market.

“The company is constantly evolving, seeking all that is new and suits the modern tastes of both men and women,” she said.

The new boutique combines contemporary design with luxury and high-end display styles. On show are a variety of watch and jewelry designs and luxurious masterpieces.


DFF’s ‘Foodie Experiences’ has something for everyone

Updated 22 February 2020

DFF’s ‘Foodie Experiences’ has something for everyone

Whether you fancy yourself as the next winner of TV’s MasterChef, need to know more about sustainable eating or just want to enjoy a one-off dining experience, Dubai Food Festival’s “Foodie Experiences” offers something for everyone to enjoy. 

Dubai Food Festival 2020 — the 18-day citywide culinary celebration — is hosting its second edition of “Foodie Experiences,” bringing a whole new realm of memorable activities to the festival.

Ahmed Al-Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “Dubai holds a unique position in culinary terms — we have some of the world’s most renowned restaurateurs, chefs and culinary entrepreneurs operating right here on our doorstep, coupled with a strong culture of fostering innovation and an ever-growing multi-cultural population. These three factors have successfully merged to create a memorable, exciting and interesting series of adventures in food, many of which will never be repeated.”

He added: “The 2020 edition of Foodie Experiences is not only a chance for chefs to showcase their expertise, but also represents an opportunity for residents and visitors to develop greater insight into Emirati culture, taste new foods and develop new interests through our master classes.”

Here’s a selection of some of the foodie experiences on offer:

Master Classes

Guests can learn how to cook like a MasterChef with the chance to learn from Head Chef Margarita Vaamonde-Beggs at MasterChef, the world-first TV Experience restaurant in the Millennium Place Marina hotel. Sushi lovers can learn how to make their favorite Japanese dish in the award-winning Wakame Sushi Master Class. Jumeirah’s Culinary Boutique is throwing three master classes into the mixing bowl — a cake decorating class, seafood cooking and one for kids.

Chef’s Tables

The Chef’s Table offers diners the chance to try out some one-off menus and unusual dishes up close and personal with the chefs. 

Head down to Akiba Dori in D3 for a night of Japanese Italian fusion — featuring an off-menu exclusive Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizza tasting menu, prepared by Pizzaiolo Luigi. 

DIFC’s BOCA is hosting a “Tapas Forward” Chef’s Table, billed as a one-off eight course responsible tasting experience, featuring Spanish, French and Italian cuisines. This tasting experience will embrace lesser-known local crops, sustainable seafood, and artisanal and ethical produce from local farmers and from friends abroad.

Experiential dining

Join local travel experts Platinum Heritage for experiential dining in the desert. This Bedouin Cuisine Masterclass and Experience takes place under the stars at an authentic Bedouin village, where guests can learn about Bedouin recipes and traditions.

Ladies can enjoy a Charlotte Tilbury themed afternoon tea in Penrose Lounge (Four Seasons, DIFC). The experience includes an exclusive makeup tutorial with one of Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup artists. The afternoon will be complete with a takeaway of Charlotte Tilbury goodies.