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.


Yesser spurs excellence in digital governance

Updated 4 min 55 sec ago

Yesser spurs excellence in digital governance

With the bold Vision 2030 reform blueprint galvanizing all aspects of its digital journey, Saudi Arabia has seen radical changes in the way government entities operate and services are delivered to people over the past few years. Since its establishment in 2005, Saudi Arabia’s electronic government program, Yesser, has been at the forefront of developing robust information and communications technology infrastructure and integrating digital technologies into all areas of administration.

Yesser CEO Ali bin Nasser Al-Asiri said the online platform has enabled government agencies to simplify and improve processes of their operations, increase the quality of services, and deliver services not only in a secure, cost-effective, and sustainable manner but also in accordance with the aspirations of the beneficiaries.

“More importantly, the availability of these systems has made shared government data more easily accessible for all entities and enhanced communication between them. As a result, the decision-making processes have become more effective and efficient,” he said.

The Vision 2030 agenda envisages “an ambitious nation effectively governed.” Working toward realizing this goal, Yesser has focused on providing the latest technical solutions to governmental agencies, programs, and organizations to raise the productivity and efficiency of the public sector. These solutions have revolutionized the system of service development and delivery in the Kingdom’s public sector.

For instance, the Unified National Platform “gov.sa” is a reliable portal for more than 900 government electronic services and includes information on 250 government agencies in the Kingdom, whereas the National Contact Center (Amer) is aimed at facilitating e-government transactions for the public by providing support services and addressing inquiries about 345 services offered by more than 40 government agencies associated with the center. Meanwhile, the Government Service Bus (GSB) facilitates the integration and exchange of shared government data between government agencies for safe and timely online delivery of services.

Yesser’s initiatives were also instrumental in ensuring the continuity of public sector services when various measures taken by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 posed significant operational challenges. Besides helping activate remote working for government agencies, the entity introduced many initiatives, such as the launch of a guide for telework, benefiting 94 percent of the government agencies in the Kingdom. Yesser also collaborated with various ministries and authorities to facilitate the return of Saudi citizens stranded outside the Kingdom due to border shutdowns and air travel suspension.

Yesser was established by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in 2005 in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and the Communication and Information Technology Commission, in response to a royal decree directing MCIT to formulate a plan for providing government services and transactions electronically.