ECDC taps Hutchison Ports to develop SPARK logistics area

Updated 10 September 2019

ECDC taps Hutchison Ports to develop SPARK logistics area

The Energy City Development Company (ECDC) and Hutchison Ports have signed an MoU to jointly develop, market and operate the Logistics Zone and Dry Port within the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK), a 50-square-kilometer  multibillion-dollar mixed-use development in Saudi Arabia.

SPARK is a hub designed to help bring the energy sector value chain together to drive efficiencies, promote innovation, and support the growth of businesses.

The Logistics Zone is a core component of SPARK, occupying an area of over 300 ha. It will offer a full range of logistics services to industrial tenants and third party cargo owners including a bonded area for international cargo, dedicated customs clearance services, a state-of-the-art automated container terminal, and multi-modal connectivity via road and rail. The Logistics Zone is designed to support Saudi Arabia’s vision and its role as an integral driver of international trade to connect three continents.

The agreement was signed by Saif S. Al-Qahtani, president and CEO, SPARK and Andy Tsoi, managing director for Hutchison Ports Middle East and Africa.

Al-Qahtani said: “We are pleased to announce this important milestone. SPARK is a visionary project that is a core part of Saudi Vision 2030. We aim to create the ideal environment for energy sector businesses, and logistics is a key enabler for this industry. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are seeking to partner with the best in each field and Hutchison is a leader in this field.”

Tsoi added: “Hutchison is proud to have reached this agreement with SPARK and looks forward to building and operating a facility that will support Vision 2030 initiatives and we continue to ensure our investments in Saudi Arabia bring the latest technology to all activities. We look forward also to providing exciting opportunities for talented Saudis to develop advanced logistics skills and experiences.”

Michelin-starred chefs delight Riyadh foodies

Guests at Taste of the World, Riyadh, a six-day extravaganza featuring some of the world’s best restaurants in the capital’s Digital City, sipped mocktails while listening to live acoustic music on the Music Stage.
Updated 17 November 2019

Michelin-starred chefs delight Riyadh foodies

Taste of the World, Riyadh has been heralded as a great success by both event organizers and the 14,000 visitors that attended the six-day extravaganza in the capital’s Digital City.
Commissioned by the General Entertainment Authority, this bespoke edition of the festival, created especially for the Riyadh Season, featured 14 of the world’s best restaurants, boasting a combined 13 Michelin stars.  
Throughout the festival, the participating restaurants featured an exclusive menu of three dishes, served in taster-size portions — two of each restaurant’s signature dishes, as well as a Saudi-inspired dish that the chef had exclusively designed for Taste of the World, Riyadh. Visitors looking for a more exclusive experience were welcomed to The Taste Residence where they were treated to a four-course dining experience with Michelin-starred chefs.
Another major attraction that drew large crowds was the Fire Pit, where local star chefs Areej Al-Shareef, Abdelelah bin Jarid and Fahad Bokhari showed off their talents alongside the global superstars. Hosted by Saudi culinary star and presenter Rakan Aloraifi, spectators enjoyed cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions and a live DJ.
In another area of the festival, guests sipped mocktails while listening to live acoustic music on the Music Stage.  
Award-winning chef Shane Osborn from Hong Kong’s Arcane said “Taste of the World, Riyadh has far exceeded my expectations. I have been fortunate to have experienced many similar events around the world but this one in Riyadh is both very unique and very different to anything that I have experienced before. It is the people of Riyadh who have really made it special and welcoming.”


14,000 - of the capital’s cosmopolitan citizens visited the six-day culinary festival, featuring 14 of the world’s best restaurants and boasting a combined 13 Michelin stars.

Pascal Aussignac from London’s Michelin-starred Club Gascon said: “The smiles of the people whilst trying my food and their inquisitive questions about the meals prepared made it truly very special. I am
very happy to be here in Riyadh and to have taken part in this exciting event.”
Saudi chef Al-Shareef said: “I am very happy to be here and taking part in Taste of the World, Riyadh. I am also very proud in being the only female Saudi chef taking part and my experiences at the Fire Pit were very exciting and fun.”
Chef Aloraifi said, “This is the first time that Taste of the World has taken place in the Kingdom and people have been very excited about the occasion, the activities and the cooking demonstrations ... Hopefully next year we will be back again and will be able to add more local touches to the program.”
Based on the overwhelming enthusiasm and fast-selling ticket sales that has greeted the Taste of the World experience, organizers said they are looking forward to announcing a 2020 event soon.