How to eat healthy and stay fit during Ramadan

Updated 21 May 2019

How to eat healthy and stay fit during Ramadan

Ramadan in the Arab countries is associated with a number of customs and traditions. Food is an essential part of the holy month; however, many Ramadan foods and beverages are considered unhealthy and are said to be the cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. 

The following is a list of the most popular Ramadan foods, the number of calories they have, and the time required to burn them: 

TIPS

• Luqaimat: 62 calories per piece burned by 11 minutes of walking

• Beef sambosa: 130 calories per piece burned by 24 minutes of walking.

• Tamees: 210 calories per quarter portion burned by 17 minutes of running.

• Three stuffed dates: 90 calories burned by 17 minutes of walking

• Small pizza: 320 calories per piece burned by 58 minutes of walking.

Health care specialists of Bupa Arabia’s Tebtom program highlighted the importance of reducing the negative impact of Ramadan foods on public health and the need to follow tips that help in eating different types of foods without feeling deprived and in a healthy manner. Here are their tips:

THELIST

• Calculate calories and daily needs, and select foods and quantities accordingly.

• Replace fried foods with roasting or cooking in an electric kettle.

• Replace the sweeteners with honey. Fruit syrup can also be used as a sweetener.

• Replace soft drinks with natural juices.

• Add natural fruits to your diet instead of other sweets.

 


Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials.
Updated 15 September 2019

Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

Saudi hospitality company Dur Hospitality has launched a training academy specialized in hospitality disciplines. The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials, in addition to a group of notable local and international hospitality sector professionals.
Dur’s CEO highlighted the importance of the academy, which he said aims to equip local talents interested in working in this sector with the necessary skills and qualifications. He added that the academy’s goals also include training current Dur employees and equipping them with knowledge and applied skills that they require to succeed. He elaborated that the academy will operate over two phases, with the first seeking to fulfill the company’s requirements and ensuring its staff is qualified to execute its future expansion strategy ongoing till 2020, while the second phase will contribute toward supplying the local hotel service sector with qualified and capable national talents.
Al-Otaibi said the academy’s ultimate objective is to equip trainees with world-class skills and provide them with guidance from local and international sector leaders to help them achieve excellence.
The academy will present a number of training programs that aim to raise the qualification and skill level among trainees, which will eventually reflect positively on the Saudi hospitality sector. These programs will cover three main parts, where the first part will include programs on leadership and supervision and will last for 12 months. It will cater to internal supervision and front desk employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The second part will be dedicated to training new recruits and will last between three to six months. Likewise, it will include training front desk employees, internal supervision employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The third part of the program will include shorter development courses that last between one and five days. It will cover topics including central management for internal and external operations, hotel management, customer service, and health and safety.
Established in 1976, Dur Hospitality has extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom.