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.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”