Emirates brings spirit of Eid to all its customers

Lamb Ouzi — a popular rice dish in the Gulf where the meat is slow cooked with roasted nuts and raisins — will be served in Emirates’ business class.
Updated 06 August 2019

Emirates brings spirit of Eid to all its customers

Emirates is bringing the generosity and spirit of Eid Al-Adha to all its customers with a special inflight offering from Aug. 11 to Aug. 14.

Eid Al-Adha is one of the most significant dates in the Islamic calendar, and one of the holiest celebrations. The name translates to “festival of the sacrifice,” and it marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Around the world, Eid Al-Adha is usually celebrated with loved ones.

To celebrate the spirit of the festival, an Eid menu with a touch of Middle Eastern hospitality will be served on board the Emirates A380 lounge.

This includes Arabic coffee, a date cake and a selection of Emirati pastries. Chocolates in an Eid box from UAE-based gourmet chocolatiers, Forrey & Galland, will also be served to all customers in premium classes on all routes.

A menu with Arabic flavors will be introduced during the celebrations for customers in all classes. Depending on the route, economy customers could sample Emirates’ signature dish, a chicken or lamb machbous (a spicy Middle Eastern rice dish), and enjoy a date cake for dessert.

First- and business-class customers have the choice of lamb or chicken ouzi, a rice dish popular in the Gulf where the meat is slow cooked with roasted nuts and raisins.

A king fish with rice will also be offered on select routes in Africa and Europe. These mains are complemented with the Arabic salad and premium customers can also choose from various Arabic desserts including chocolate fondant with labneh ice cream, date and almond nammoura made from semolina, or khabees served with Arabic coffee sauce and pistachio cream.

As a global airline, Emirates celebrates events from all over the world and incorporates seasonal and regional flavors into its menus on board and in its lounges worldwide.

From Sept. 1 to 13, the airline with be celebrating the Indian festival of Onam on its flights to and from Kerala with a special menu of vegetable sambhar, chicken sukka and mutton pepper fry. Meals will be served on traditional banana leaves and appetizers such as banana chips, sharkara varatti and curd chilli, and a dessert of palada pradhaman will be served.

Next month, Emirates will celebrate the mid-autumn festival on select Asian flights. The harvest festival is celebrated mainly by Chinese and Vietnamese communities on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Traditional mooncakes, a staple during the celebrations will be served in all classes.


Zain KSA celebrates key 5G milestone

Updated 14 December 2019

Zain KSA celebrates key 5G milestone

Zain KSA celebrated the finalization of the first phase of the Middle East’s largest 5G network in a special event on Dec. 8 at the Hilton Riyadh. The ceremony, held under the patronage of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, was attended by Zain KSA Chairman Prince Nayef bin Sultan bin Muhammed bin Saud Al-Kabeer, Governor of Communications and Information Technology Commission Dr. Muhammed bin Saud Al-Tamimi, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology Haitham bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali, and Zain KSA CEO Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Deghaither, along with other dignitaries in the ICT sector.

Prince Nayef said: “Zain KSA’s achievement accompanies the speedy development and innovative services of the digital revolution that the world around us is witnessing. This achievement is significant in its timing, as it coincides with the rapid rise of the Kingdom’s ranking in several prestigious international reports, specifically in the ICT sector. Another aspect that makes this achievement noteworthy is its size, as it offers the broadest coverage of the 5G network, which has positioned the Kingdom as the first in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.”

Prince Nayef pointed out the concurrence of Zain KSA’s accomplishment with the Kingdom’s growing pivotal role at the global economic level, and in becoming the first Arab country to preside over the G20 summit. He affirmed Zain’s commitment to keeping pace with the Kingdom’s economic ambitions in line with its position in employing young national talent. He said the Saudization rate in the company has reached 86 percent, with young Saudis assuming 92 percent of leadership positions.

CEO Al-Deghaither said through its completion of the first phase of the 5G network, Zain KSA confirms its commitment to becoming a key player in the ICT sector. “Zain KSA has made several significant achievements since its inception. Today, we proudly announce that the company has the widest 5G network coverage in the Kingdom and the region.” 

He added that the 5G technology will lead the Kingdom toward a new world with its substantial technologies and capabilities, which will be evident in various sectors through the Internet of Things and the business sector, in addition to other daily functions that will make customer experience easier and more effective.”

Al-Deghaither said that this step comes at a time when Zain KSA is witnessing its best operational performance by reaching the highest profit over the past two years, with SR380 million ($101.3 million) during the first nine months of 2019, and a total of SR332 million for 2018.

With the completion of the first phase of the 5G network, Zain KSA is now offering a range of packages of 5G services for individuals and businesses through a network of 2,600 towers distributed across 27 cities.