Cuisines, contests & celebrity chefs at LuLu festival

LuLu’s ‘World Food 2020’ festival was inaugurated in the central region by Mansour Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce. The festival runs until March 10 across LuLu hypermarkets in KSA.
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Updated 09 March 2020

Cuisines, contests & celebrity chefs at LuLu festival

LuLu, the region’s largest hypermarket chain, is drawing crowds to its annual food festival, “World Food,” which is currently underway across all its stores in Saudi Arabia.
The festival was inaugurated in the central region by Mansour Al-Shathri, vice chairman of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry; in the Eastern Province by Waleed Yousef Al-Dossary, labor office inspector; and in the western region by Mazin Khalid Kutbi, assistant secretary-general at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The two-week festival, which runs until March 10, features live cooking competitions, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, in-store offers and a chance for customers to win 1,500 free shopping trolleys during the promotion period.
Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We have been organizing this festival for over 10 years now, but this is the biggest by far. This year, we have received extensive support from different embassies, trade promotion councils, various community organizations, the hotel and tourism sector, celebrity chefs, and social media influencers. Our goal is to make shopping more experiential and engaging for our diverse customers and this food festival has helped us organize targeted events and competitions.”
World Food 2020 is divided into many themes, such as “Akla Arabia” featuring Arabic delights, Olives & Salads, Organic Fest, Pagkaing Pinoy for Filipino classics, desserts, barbecue treats, and much more targeting different nationalities and communities.
Alongside the food themes, a host of different cooking competitions are being held targeting different segments of the community. These include: A competition for local productive families; Bake Challenge, a search for the best-tasting and beautifully designed pastries; Cook with Mom, a cooking competition with the little ones; and a competition exclusively for men.

Hyatt Regency Riyadh bags global hygiene accreditation

Updated 22 October 2020

Hyatt Regency Riyadh bags global hygiene accreditation

Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has become the first hotel in Saudi Arabia and one of the first hotels in the Middle East to be accredited by Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR in September. GBAC is the gold standard for prepared facilities, and the accreditation further enhances the operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety at the hotel.

The accreditation builds on the Hyatt brand’s existing rigorous protocols, colleague training, support resources and a cross-functional working group of medical experts and industry professionals that contribute to various aspects of the hotel experience. Under the guidance of GBAC, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.

“The world as we knew it has been changed by COVID-19, and when our guests are ready to travel again, we want to ensure them that they can feel confident that each aspect of our commitment is designed with their safety in mind, and that we’re putting their well-being first,” said Walid El-Awadly, general manager. “To do this, we must critically examine the hotel experience from every vantage point and think about what matters the most from our guests’ point of view — from rooms and lobby to spa and dining — bringing in the latest research, technology and innovations to make that happen. The GBAC accreditation is an important hygiene and cleanliness milestone, marking our purpose to care for people so they can be their best — always.”

The hotel received its GBAC STAR accreditation through a performance-based cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program that focuses on establishing that the hotel environment is sanitary, safe and healthy. 

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely,” she added. Furthermore, the hotel intends to complement this accreditation with regular internal and third-party auditing. 

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response, and recovery, the GBAC provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance, and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address, and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. 

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. 

The program verifies that Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.