Saudi perfume mogul Hussein Bakry Gazzaz dies at age 95

I have dreamed of bringing what I saw in Cairo in the 1920s to my beloved country, Gazzaz said in a 2014 interview. (Supplied)
I have dreamed of bringing what I saw in Cairo in the 1920s to my beloved country, Gazzaz said in a 2014 interview. (Supplied)
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Updated 08 January 2021

Saudi perfume mogul Hussein Bakry Gazzaz dies at age 95

Saudi perfume mogul Hussein Bakry Gazzaz dies at age 95
  • Funeral prayer for the Kingdom’s most well-known magnate was performed in Makkah, his birthplace

JEDDAH: Saudi business people are mourning the death of the Kingdoms’s most famous magnate, Hussein Bakry Gazzaz, who died on Thursday morning at the age 95.
The funeral prayer for Gazzaz was performed in Makkah, his birthplace.
Gazzaz was one of the most well-known businessmen in the perfume sector in Saudi Arabia. He was born in 1925.
In his early years, he moved with his family to Egypt where he received his primary education before returning to Saudi Arabia, starting a small perfume business that became one of the largest of its kind in the region.
In a 2014 interview with Hia magazine, Gazzaz described Egypt in the late 1920s and early 1930s as the “Paris of the East.”
He said Cairo’s picturesque streets and shops left a strong impact on the mind “of the little boy who came from Makkah.”
Gazzaz told his interviewer that a child’s early dreams were the basis of any success.
“Dreams are the same, but what follows can be different. Normal people usually have the dream to succeed, but the stronger their belief in their dreams is, the more possible their dreams are likely to come true. Dream motives vary from one person to another,” he said.
“I have dreamed of bringing what I saw in Cairo in the 1920s to my beloved country. In the 1950s, I had another dream — my country would be like Paris, in its streets and beauty. I strongly believed that hard work is essential in making my dreams come true. Dreams live with us, and we should keep dreaming until we stop breathing,” he said.
According to the company’s website, the Hussein Bakry Gazzaz and Company (GAZZAZ) started in 1942, when Gazzaz became the first agent in Saudi Arabia to import fragrances.
Over 77 years, the brand name GAZZAZ has expanded to include cosmetics, watches, cufflinks, pens, gifts, antiques, hair products, makeup, accessories, leather goods and other luxury products.
Their main brands include Dior, Gucci, Versace, Cartier, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), Montblanc, Dunhill and Dupont.
In May 2001, former French president Jacques Chirac honored Gazzaz with the “Medal of Honor” for being the biggest importer of cosmetics in the Middle East in the 1990s.
The Gazzaz chain of showrooms is the strongest retail group in the luxury sector in Saudi Arabia, and in the Middle East.
 


Saudi and US navies conclude 10-day exercise in Red Sea

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy concluded the Indigo Defender — 21 exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet. (SPA)
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy concluded the Indigo Defender — 21 exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet. (SPA)
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Saudi and US navies conclude 10-day exercise in Red Sea

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy concluded the Indigo Defender — 21 exercise in the Kingdom’s Western Fleet. (SPA)
  • The 10-day Indigo Defender — 21, which involved the Kingdom’s Western Fleet, concluded on Tuesday
  • The drill is designed to strengthen relations and military cooperation between the Saudi and US navies

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the US Navy have completed a joint naval drill in the Red Sea, the Kingdom’s defense ministry said on Wednesday.
The 10-day Indigo Defender — 21, which involved the Kingdom’s Western Fleet, concluded on Tuesday in the presence of the exercise’s directors, Brig. Gen. Saad Al-Ahmari and Col. Carl Haywood from the US Navy.
Al-Ahmari said the maneuvers were designed to strengthen relations and military cooperation between the Saudi and US navies, enhance combat readiness, and to exchange expertise in the field of port protection and the clearing of land and sea mines.
“It also contributes to developing security capabilities by protecting and securing the seas and regional and international waterways to ensure freedom of maritime navigation in the Red Sea,” he added.
The exercise included a number of scenarios in which naval units, support boats, landing ships and helicopters carried out practical tasks and tactical maneuvers, during which the participants demonstrated the highest standards of readiness and great skill, Al-Ahmari said.
He added that this portrayed the RSNF in a way “that reflects the image of development and excellence of our armed forces internationally,” adding that this success reflected the support of the Saudi leadership.


Saudi Arabia says Lebanon's Al-Qard Al-Hassan association finances Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia says Lebanon's Al-Qard Al-Hassan association finances Hezbollah
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Saudi Arabia says Lebanon's Al-Qard Al-Hassan association finances Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia says Lebanon's Al-Qard Al-Hassan association finances Hezbollah

RIAYDH: Saudi Arabia classified the Lebanon-based Al-Qard Al-Hassan association as a terrorist entity, citing links to activities supporting Lebanon’s Shiite group Hezbollah, state media reported on Wednesday.
“The association works on managing funds for the terrorist organization (Hezbollah) and its financing, including support for military purposes,” the state news agency said quoting a security statement.


Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 55 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 55 new cases
Updated 27 October 2021

Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 55 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 3 COVID-19 deaths, 55 new cases
  • The health ministry says 42 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours
  • Tabuk Municipality carried out more than 12,000 inspection tours during the past week

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed three new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,785.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 55 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 548,423 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 64 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 23, followed by Jeddah with eight, Makkah recorded three, and Madinah, Khobar, Yanbu and Rumah recorded two cases each.
The health ministry also announced that 42 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 537,418.


Over 45.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 21.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.
Saudi municipalities have also ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures.
The municipality of Tabuk carried out more than 12,000 inspection tours of commercial centers and facilities during the past week. Authorities recorded several violations and closed a number of businesses for not adhering to the precautionary measures.
Officials have also called on the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call center number or contacting authorities through the Balady app.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 245 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 4.98 million.


Al-Murabba welcomes visitors with music, food and more for Riyadh Season

Al-Murabba welcomes visitors with music, food and more for Riyadh Season
Updated 27 October 2021

Al-Murabba welcomes visitors with music, food and more for Riyadh Season

Al-Murabba welcomes visitors with music, food and more for Riyadh Season
  • Al-Murabba offers a luxurious dining experience with a range of famous international eateries — Italian, Japanese, Argentinian, French and others
  • Other areas in the zone boast sweet shops — like that of Pierre Hermé — light-strewn night gardens, concept stores, art shops and traditional clothing stores

RIYADH: Al-Murabba, one of Riyadh Season’s 14 zones, is welcoming visitors this week as part of the city’s festivities.

Visitors are offered a taste of authentic Saudi hospitality as they are greeted with Arabic coffee, incense, and music at the main entrance.

The zone offers a luxurious experience, reflecting the great diversity of culinary cultures around the world with a range of famous international eateries — Italian, Japanese, Argentinian, French and others. Reservation can be made through The Chefz application.

In addition to gastronomic experiences, visitors can enjoy a host of musical and artistic performances.

Musician Re’aab Bukhari told Arab News that he plays Saudi music for famous local singers at the zone.

“I’m here with my crew to participate for Riyadh Season in Al-Murabba zone. I came to the first Riyadh Season a couple of years ago, and the level of organization I’ve witnessed is beyond professional,” he said.

Other areas in the zone boast sweet shops — like that of Pierre Hermé, famous French pastry chef — light-strewn night gardens, concept stores, art shops and traditional clothing stores featuring the work of local designers.

Visitors eager to taste Japanese cuisine can book at restaurant Bar Masa, featuring authentic creations by Chef Masa Takayama, known for his three-star Michelin restaurant in Manhattan, New York City.

Charming Parisian-style restaurant Oplaisir welcomes its diners with music and a menu rich with unique dishes. The Petit Trois, another famous, award-winning French restaurant, is also available in Al-Murabba.

Dareen Rajeh, a senior specialist at Takamol Holding who came to Al-Murabba for the festivities, shared with Arab News her feelings on Riyadh Season.

“Part of me can’t believe it, and the other part is grateful because we never expected to return to normal so quickly, especially as everything we used to read would say that life will never go back to normal. But, in a record time, we are back,” she said.

Having experienced Riyadh Season in the past, Rajeh was excited to relive the festival again.

“I’m also excited to visit Winter Wonderland this year, as the winter is almost near. I definitely want to experience the Crystal Maze as well,” she added.


Saudi Arabia summons Lebanese envoy over ‘offensive’ comments made by information minister

Saudi Arabia summons Lebanese envoy over ‘offensive’ comments made by information minister
Updated 27 October 2021

Saudi Arabia summons Lebanese envoy over ‘offensive’ comments made by information minister

Saudi Arabia summons Lebanese envoy over ‘offensive’ comments made by information minister
  • The ministry said the statements showed a clear bias toward the Houthis who threaten regional stability
  • UAE condemned Kordahi's “disgraceful and biased statements” and summoned the Lebanese ambassador

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia summoned the Lebanese ambassador to the Kingdom on Wednesday over “offensive” comments made by Lebanon’s information minister.

The foreign ministry expressed its disappointment at comments made by Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi regarding the Arab coalition in Yemen.

It said it was disappointed by the “insults contained in those statements directed at the Kingdom and countries part of the Arab coalition.”

The ministry said that the statements showed a clear bias toward the Houthis who threaten security and stability in the region.

The “statements contradict the simplest political norms and are inconsistent with the historic relations between the two brotherly peoples,” the ministry added.

Kordahi sparked controversy on Tuesday when a video of him referring to the Houthis as defending themselves emerged online. He also called the war in Yemen “futile.”

The comments were made before he took up his current position.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the interview was recorded more than a month before his cabinet was formed and reflected a personal opinion that had nothing to do with government.

The Houthis continue to target civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Kingdom and Yemen almost daily.

The UAE condemned the “disgraceful and biased statements” made by Kordahi and summoned the Lebanese ambassador to the country in protest.

The Emirati foreign ministry said it informed the ambassador of its protest and denunciation of the statements, saying they “reflect Lebanon’s growing distance from its Arab brotherly countries.”

The Gulf Cooperation Council condemned the comments while Bahrain summoned the Lebanese envoy to protest against the statements.

Kuwait also summoned Lebanon's charge d’affaires and the Yemeni foreign ministry called on Beirut to clarify its position on the comments, according to a statement issued by its embassy in Beirut.