Riyadh Car Exhibition concludes with sales reaching $52.5 million

Classic and rare car shows took place, in addition to auctions of classic, luxurious, modified and futuristic cars. (AN photo)
Updated 03 December 2019

Riyadh Car Exhibition concludes with sales reaching $52.5 million

  • 92 cars were sold during the exhibition, at a value amounting to SR197 million

RIYADH: The Riyadh Car Exhibition concluded after having achieved many record-breaking figures.

According to the chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment and the president of Riyadh Season, Turki Al Sheikh, 92 cars were sold during the exhibition, at a value amounting to SR197 million ($52.5 million), with the number of attendees exceeding 100,000.

The exhibition was the third event of Riyadh Season. Classic and rare car shows took place, in addition to auctions on classic, luxurious, modified and futuristic cars. It also included drift and shows as well as a performance by the police, and other entertainment events.

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The car exhibition managed to break two Guinness World Records, for the farthest distance traveled by a human cannonball, and for the highest ‘Hot Wheels’ track.

Many visitors enjoyed the presence of classic and rare cars, getting to learn about their characteristics and features. They were struck by the 2030 car made specifically for the Riyadh Car Exhibition with world-class specifications and unique features, being the only model in the world.

The car exhibition managed to break two Guinness World Records, for the farthest distance traveled by a human cannonball, and for the highest “Hot Wheels” track.

Riyadh Season began on Friday, Oct. 11 and will last until the end of January 2020. It will offer cultural, sporting and artistic events to visitors, as well as plays and other festivals.


LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Madeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Madeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne amadeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Amadeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Madeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Madeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne Amadeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.