LuLu food festival brings global cuisines to Saudi Arabia

The festival features a unique gastronomic experience for shoppers.
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Updated 24 October 2020

LuLu food festival brings global cuisines to Saudi Arabia

LuLu Hypermarkets, the region’s largest hypermarket chain, is hosting its annual food festival, “World Food,” across its stores in the Kingdom. The two-week event, running from Oct. 21 to Nov. 3, is a celebration of flavors and cultures, bringing together foodies and shoppers in a gastronomic experience comprising global cuisines from more than 25 countries. The festival also includes the Kingdom’s first virtual food art competition — “Pancake Challenge,” in addition to a range of in-store product offers, and the participation of Saudi celebrity chef Abdulrahman bin Kasem.

Some of the themes of the World Food 2020 include: Biryani Mela — authentic savory rice favorites; Asian Food — Filipino, Thai, Japanese and Far Eastern delicacies; BBQ Festival, bringing the taste of outdoors to every plate; Malabar Thakkaaram — the taste of Kerala; Arabian Delights — Middle East cuisines; Dhaba Wala — the best of North Indian cuisine; Bakes and Sweets — cakes, bakes and desserts; and Continental Cuisines — flavors from Europe.

Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia, said: “We have been organizing our food festival for more than 11 years now, but this is our biggest celebration yet. Despite the current pandemic limitations for hosting physical events, 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 aim is to showcase the wide range of global flavors that we offer, which truly makes us ‘where the world comes to shop.’”

The Pancake Challenge will gather food enthusiasts to showcase their knack for food plating and recipe video editing for TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. The videos will be posted with the hashtag #LuLuWorldFoodKSA.

The first and second prize winners will receive SR3,000 ($800) and SR2,000, respectively. Moreover, LuLu will give away 1,000 free trolleys every hour. The festival also spotlights food trucks and local ice cream carts.

With 193 stores operating worldwide, LuLu aims to provide and sustain the supply of global products at the best rates.

Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh celebrates Global Customer Appreciation Week

Updated 29 November 2020

Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh celebrates Global Customer Appreciation Week

  • Team members representing each department participated in a citywide series of sales calls, and visual and hybrid meetings

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh celebrated the Global Customer Appreciation Week with an event giving the men and women of the hotel a unique opportunity to show their appreciation for the support and continued patronage of the property by the top international and local clientele. 

Team members representing each department participated in a citywide series of sales calls, and visual and hybrid meetings, highlighting the Ritz-Carlton service directly to client offices and local associations.

The sales team expressed their appreciation by surprising their clients with luxurious boxes of handcrafted oriental sweets and travel kits given personally to their offices. The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh then wrapped up the week with a creative digital invitation, dedicated to their contacts and bookers to the hotel, for a gala dinner experience of its famous Seafood Night at the award-winning venue, Al-Orjouan Restaurant.

“This is an exciting week for the Marriott Family, as we celebrate the Global Customer Appreciation Week. We truly missed our loyal guests and partners and this is an exciting opportunity to regather after the tough situations caused by the global pandemic. As always, we pledge to provide the finest personal services and facilities for our guests to enjoy the warm, relaxed yet refined ambiance at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh,” said Mohammed Marghalani, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

Located within 52 acres of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, the hotel offers 493 rooms and suites, 5,800 square meters of meeting and event space, and numerous onsite fine-dining options. It is prominently situated next to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz Convention Center, one of the largest in the region and host to international summits and conferences.