Shomoul Holding awards Riyadh mall deal to Nesma & Partners

Updated 16 September 2019

Shomoul Holding awards Riyadh mall deal to Nesma & Partners

Shomoul Commercial Company, a subsidiary of Shomoul Holding, has announced awarding the first design and construction phase of The Avenues-Riyadh project to Nesma & Partners Contracting Company Ltd, in a $1.6 billion deal.
The deal was initiated by a letter of intent valued at $18 million signed by Waleed Alsharian, CEO at Shomoul Holding, and Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al-Turki, chairman at Nesma & Partners.
Alsharian expressed happiness over awarding the project to “one of the Kingdom’s largest contractors known for completing major construction projects in Saudi Arabia and the GCC.” He said The Avenues-Riyadh is expected to become one of the world’s largest shopping malls and a prominent landmark in Riyadh.
Al-Turki said the deal presents an opportunity that will allow the two entities to work together as a team toward implementing the project as well as other potential prominent ventures in Saudi Arabia.
The project will cover an area of 1.9 million square meters, and will feature a shopping mall with an area of 400,000 square meters, which will house more than 1,300 stores, in addition to five towers with commercial and residential facilities and four hotels.


DFF’s ‘Foodie Experiences’ has something for everyone

Updated 22 February 2020

DFF’s ‘Foodie Experiences’ has something for everyone

Whether you fancy yourself as the next winner of TV’s MasterChef, need to know more about sustainable eating or just want to enjoy a one-off dining experience, Dubai Food Festival’s “Foodie Experiences” offers something for everyone to enjoy. 

Dubai Food Festival 2020 — the 18-day citywide culinary celebration — is hosting its second edition of “Foodie Experiences,” bringing a whole new realm of memorable activities to the festival.

Ahmed Al-Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “Dubai holds a unique position in culinary terms — we have some of the world’s most renowned restaurateurs, chefs and culinary entrepreneurs operating right here on our doorstep, coupled with a strong culture of fostering innovation and an ever-growing multi-cultural population. These three factors have successfully merged to create a memorable, exciting and interesting series of adventures in food, many of which will never be repeated.”

He added: “The 2020 edition of Foodie Experiences is not only a chance for chefs to showcase their expertise, but also represents an opportunity for residents and visitors to develop greater insight into Emirati culture, taste new foods and develop new interests through our master classes.”

Here’s a selection of some of the foodie experiences on offer:

Master Classes

Guests can learn how to cook like a MasterChef with the chance to learn from Head Chef Margarita Vaamonde-Beggs at MasterChef, the world-first TV Experience restaurant in the Millennium Place Marina hotel. Sushi lovers can learn how to make their favorite Japanese dish in the award-winning Wakame Sushi Master Class. Jumeirah’s Culinary Boutique is throwing three master classes into the mixing bowl — a cake decorating class, seafood cooking and one for kids.

Chef’s Tables

The Chef’s Table offers diners the chance to try out some one-off menus and unusual dishes up close and personal with the chefs. 

Head down to Akiba Dori in D3 for a night of Japanese Italian fusion — featuring an off-menu exclusive Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizza tasting menu, prepared by Pizzaiolo Luigi. 

DIFC’s BOCA is hosting a “Tapas Forward” Chef’s Table, billed as a one-off eight course responsible tasting experience, featuring Spanish, French and Italian cuisines. This tasting experience will embrace lesser-known local crops, sustainable seafood, and artisanal and ethical produce from local farmers and from friends abroad.

Experiential dining

Join local travel experts Platinum Heritage for experiential dining in the desert. This Bedouin Cuisine Masterclass and Experience takes place under the stars at an authentic Bedouin village, where guests can learn about Bedouin recipes and traditions.

Ladies can enjoy a Charlotte Tilbury themed afternoon tea in Penrose Lounge (Four Seasons, DIFC). The experience includes an exclusive makeup tutorial with one of Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup artists. The afternoon will be complete with a takeaway of Charlotte Tilbury goodies.