The Luxury Network KSA celebrates the welcoming of Formula 1

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The guests of honor at the gala dinner.
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CEO of the Luxury Network KSA Abdullah Fakeih honors chairman of Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal.
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Martin Whitaker, Abdullah Fakeih and the British Consul General Seifeldin Usher at the gala dinner. 
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Updated 03 December 2021

The Luxury Network KSA celebrates the welcoming of Formula 1

The Luxury Network KSA celebrates the welcoming of Formula 1

JEDDAH: The Luxury Network Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s leading luxury affinity marketing and business networking group hosted an intimate VIP gala dinner to celebrate the recent milestones and achievements by Saudi motorsports.

The gala dinner was held at the premium luxury hall of Laylaty in the presence of Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF); Seifeldin Usher, the British Consul General; Martin Whitaker, the CEO of Saudi Arabian GP, alongside other figures of Saudi motorsports, businessmen, media and social media celebrities.

During his speech on the awards night, the CEO of the Luxury Network KSA, Abdullah Fakeih welcomed his guests and stated that the country has been rapidly growing across all platforms and has become not only the region’s biggest attraction but also internationally.

He also said that the Luxury Network KSA in partnership with Saudi Arabian Grand Prix came together to celebrate this new era of automotive expansion adding to the overall goals of Vision 2030. This initiative contributes to the thriving regional automotive ecosystem and their pursuit to attain success while widening their reach.

“The Kingdom has been growing exponentially in terms of the economic ecosystem, as we firmly believe that cross border synergies are the main goal of our platform and to encourage by expanding the network community. The Luxury Network KSA is proving to be one of the biggest attractions for all the network headquarters around the world based on the new opportunities that have been encouraging growth and prospects,” said Fakeih.

During the special dinner for dignitaries, presented by the brilliant presenter, Shahrazad Faisal, the exceptional achievements in the Saudi motorsports march were highlighted during the past period, in line with the “Kingdom’s Vision 2030” under the supervision of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.  

Efforts have been made by various parties in the Kingdom to push motorsports to the highest international levels after the establishment of the “Hail” Rally, one of the rounds of the World Desert Rally Championship, the “Dakar” International Rally in the Kingdom, and the preparation of one of the Formula 1 World Championship rounds in Jeddah.

During a discussion session moderated by Muhammad Islam, founder and presenter of the podcast “Mo Show,” Usher praised the development witnessed by the Kingdom in various fields, noting that what it has achieved in the field of motorsports, in particular,  is an example to follow, for countries wishing to join the elite community at the global sporting level.

The CEO of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Martin Whitaker, shed light on all the new changes happening in the Kingdom. He said that it was the Saudi leadership support behind the completion of the Jeddah Circuit on which the final round of this year’s championship is being held. “The Jeddah circuit is the fastest street circuit and it is the longest street circuit in the world and this truly marks as a huge milestone for Saudi Arabia on the international arena.” 

Sara Chefei, the youngest artist in the Kingdom performed various iconic music to add to the ambience of the show.

Strong brands participated in the event as sponsors were honored by Luxury Network KSA like Maserati, Patchi, U-boat, St DuPont, Rituals, Lomar, Aquafina, Saudi Polo Federation, Seba Jamal, Royal Golf Green, Malda Beauty, Arsaan, Lanisa, Mobile, Laylaty, Malda Beauty, Mix FM, Alam Arrajol, Arsann, The Mo Show Podcast and L’ANISE Frankfurt.


Bahraini author’s book on Gandhi to be launched in four languages

Bahraini author’s book on Gandhi to be launched in four languages
Updated 25 January 2022

Bahraini author’s book on Gandhi to be launched in four languages

Bahraini author’s book on Gandhi to be launched in four languages

A virtual launch of the English, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam editions of the Arabic-language book “Gandhi: His Engagement with Islam and the Arab World,” written by Abdulnabi Alshoala, will be held via Zoom at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, at the Isa Cultural Center, Manama.

Alshoala will be joined on the occasion by Piyush Srivastava, Indian ambassador to Bahrain; Abdul Rahman Mohammed Juma, chairman of the Bahrain India Society; and Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, an internationally renowned Gandhi scholar, who will be the keynote speaker. The book launch event has been organized by the Bahrain India Society.

The book, first published in Arabic two years ago and now in its third print run in the regional language, was snapped up by four different publishing houses in India.

The English-language translation, published by a leading Indian company, is already in its second print run, with the Indian languages versions also ready for the international market.

Alshoala is the chairman of Dar Albilad for Journalism, Publishing and Distribution Co. B.S.C. and the founding chairman and adviser to the board of Alfanar Investment Holding Co. B.S.C. Over his long career, Alshoala has served as minister of labor and social affairs, and later as Cabinet minister of state.

He also served as a member of Bahrain’s advisory council and has also been elected to the board of directors of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Gandhi: His Engagement with Islam and the Arab World” is both Alshoala’s homage to the great Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known by the honorific “Mahatma” (meaning “venerable”), and an effort seeking to address issues faced by Islam and Muslim countries in a Gandhian way.

“Gandhi’s main principle was to solve differences through dialogue,” Alshoala said. “History shows that he was able to wrest the jewel of the British Empire from them through a policy of nonviolence. As we look around this region and see so much conflict and wars all around, this is my humble way of suggesting that non-violence and dialogue would serve all concerned well going forward.”


Il Baretto Riyadh is KAFD’s first dining destination

Il Baretto Riyadh is KAFD’s first dining destination
Updated 25 January 2022

Il Baretto Riyadh is KAFD’s first dining destination

Il Baretto Riyadh is KAFD’s first dining destination

Authentic Italian restaurant Il Baretto has opened its premier international location in Riyadh. The London-born restaurant’s new venue is the first restaurant and dining experience in the King Abdullah Financial District, marking the launch of an exciting new chapter within the heart of the Kingdom’s financial center.

Spanning across 1.6 million square meters, KAFD is an award-winning smart city that serves as a local and regional financial hub. Home to some of the Middle East’s most exclusive office and residential addresses, KAFD is an internationally recognized authority for sustainability and a dynamic destination for business and entertainment.

Co-founded by restaurateurs Arjun Waney of Zuma, Roka, Coya, LPM and The Arts Club, and Giuliano Lotto of Zafferano, Memory of China and Aubergine, Il Baretto is renowned for its simple and authentic Italian menu, which draws influence from specialty dishes and regional Italian produce.

The restaurant, which opened on Nov. 19, 2021, has been launched in partnership with prominent Saudi restaurateur Mohammed Jawa, who holds more than 18 years of experience within the local market.

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The menu includes a curation of Italian favorites as well as modern classics such as veal Milanese, whole sea bass, lobster linguine, salmon carpaccio, and wood-fired northern Italian pizza.

Il Baretto Riyadh, together with Jawa’s forthcoming launches within the district, which are set to include Zuma, Amazonico, Mr. Chow, Aok and Black Tap, are expected to play a pivotal role in the development of KAFD.

The brand’s Riyadh location will showcase Il Baretto’s complete gastronomical offering. The menu includes a curation of Italian favorites as well as modern classics such as veal Milanese, whole sea bass, lobster linguine, salmon carpaccio, and wood-fired northern Italian pizza.

Il Baretto Riyadh merges signature design elements from its Marylebone location with contemporary influences inspired by KAFD, presenting a charming new interior concept that pays homage to its inaugural role as the district’s first restaurant.

The restaurant accommodates guests within its main dining area as well as on an elegant outdoor terrace, offering a relaxed Italian gastronomical experience that reinterprets the warmth and charm of its flagship London venue.


LuLu showcases Indian food & fashion in week-long festival

LuLu showcases Indian food  & fashion in week-long festival
Updated 25 January 2022

LuLu showcases Indian food & fashion in week-long festival

LuLu showcases Indian food  & fashion in week-long festival

LuLu Hypermarket has flagged off a week of festivities to celebrate the Republic Day of India (Jan. 26). Titled “India Utsav,” the colorful shopping festival showcases the beautiful ethnic fashions of India and the variety of foods that make up the country’s different regional cuisines.

The festival was inaugurated on Jan. 23 by Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia, government officials, and other dignitaries, at LuLu Hypermarket Riyadh Avenue Mall, Murabba.

In Jeddah, the festival was inaugurated by Mohd. Shahid Alam, consul general of India, Jeddah. The event is being celebrated at all LuLu stores across the Kingdom and runs until Jan. 29.

Ambassador Sayeed said: “The LuLu Group plays a great role in being a bridge between India and Saudi Arabia, as a corporate giant with an Indian heart, roots in the Kingdom and a global presence. Not only has the group pushed the envelope in promoting Indian products in the region, it has also leveraged its knowledge of India to invest in projects that will generate employment and create valuable channels of wealth generation for Indian farmers and retailers. I am very pleased to note that LuLu Group is opening new outlets in different parts of the Kingdom, which is an indication of its popularity among the local population.”

For “Indian Utsav,” LuLu has flown in more than 7,000 products in different categories, from fresh fruits and vegetables to meat, and traditional wear like sarees and churidars. Moreover, on offer is a huge range of freshly prepared hot foods, from biryanis to curries, popular street foods, traditional sweets, and many more Indian delicacies.

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•The festival features a number of promotions to help shoppers discover the wonders of Indian food and fashion.

•There are discounts on rice, traditional breakfast powders, cereals, spices, meats and ready-to-cook snacks and food.

Mohammed said: “The ‘India Utsav’ is always an enjoyable shopping event where Saudi shoppers can indulge their love for all things Indian. We have always taken pride in showcasing the beauty and diversity of Indian culture through a festival like this. Lulu has a strong connect with its Indian markets and has continued to maintain it over the years with extraordinary sales.

“This is our humble tribute to the glorious traditions, food and offerings, which have made their way into the hearts of the Kingdom’s population. This is also our initiative to bind together all communities for a common interest, through food, fashion, films, and tourism.”

The festival features a number of promotions to help shoppers discover the wonders of Indian food and fashion; there are discounts on rice, traditional breakfast powders, cereals, spices, meats and ready-to-cook snacks and food. In addition, there is a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” offer on clothing for the whole family.

LuLu, which has its own food processing plants and sourcing offices in India, recently introduced a new range of products, featuring organic, low-fat, gluten-free and diet-based food options, that are popular with health-conscious shoppers.


Riding in style: Porsche unveils Cayenne special edition

Riding in style: Porsche unveils Cayenne special edition
Updated 23 January 2022

Riding in style: Porsche unveils Cayenne special edition

Riding in style: Porsche unveils Cayenne special edition

Porsche is launching a new Platinum Edition of selected Cayenne models. This special edition of the SUV is characterized by exclusive design elements in a satin Platinum paint finish as well as by additional standard equipment. The result is a particularly stylish appearance paired with an attractive price. Platinum Editions of the 250 kW (340 PS) Cayenne and the Cayenne E-Hybrid with 340 kW (462 PS) are available, as well as the corresponding Coupé variants.

The refined appearance of the Cayenne Platinum Edition includes numerous model-specific details in satin-finish Platinum such as the inlays in the slats of the air intakes at the front, the Porsche lettering integrated in the LED rear light strip, the model designation at the rear and the standard 21-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, which are reserved exclusively for this special edition. Sport tailpipes and side window trims in black further emphasize the sporty yet elegant look of the special series. Matching solid colors in white and black, metallic paint finishes in Jet Black, Carrara White, Mahogany, Moonlight Blue and the special color Crayon are available.

Crayon seat belts and brushed aluminum door entry sills with the “Platinum Edition” logo add a special touch to the stylishly designed interior, as do the textured aluminum interior package and silver-colored trims.

The Cayenne Platinum Edition also comes with extended equipment as standard. This includes LED headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System, the panoramic roof system, a Bose surround-sound system, ambient lighting, eight-way leather sports seats, the Porsche Crest on the front and rear headrests, and an analogue clock on the dashboard. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur also offers a wide range of refinement options for the interior and exterior — from selective changes to extensive modifications.

The Platinum Edition of the Cayenne is available to order now, with deliveries starting in the second half of the year.


Singapore names orchid after Expo 2020 Dubai

Singapore names orchid after Expo 2020 Dubai
Updated 23 January 2022

Singapore names orchid after Expo 2020 Dubai

Singapore names orchid after Expo 2020 Dubai

Singapore unveiled a new Dendrobium orchid hybrid named after the historic Expo 2020 Dubai. The new bloom, named Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai, was the main highlight of the recent Singapore Day festivities at the World Expo — a day that recognizes the city-state’s participation in the global event.

Singapore’s Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean officiated at the ceremony. The orchid celebrates Singapore’s unique culture and commemorates the nation’s strong bilateral relations with the UAE.

Teo said: “As small states and hubs in our respective regions, Singapore and the UAE have benefited from a close friendship and partnership that have continued to strengthen over the years. The UAE is Singapore’s largest trading partner and investment destination in the Middle East. We enjoy strong people-to-people ties, with the UAE hosting the largest number of Singaporeans in the region. Our two countries are also strongly committed to creating a more sustainable future. It is fitting that we are unveiling the Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai orchid today, to mark not just the flourishing ties between our two countries, but also our shared love and respect for nature.”

A delicate bouquet of gracefully twisted golden yellow petals with light purple veins, the Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai has been specially selected to complement the colors of the Expo 2020 Dubai logo. It celebrates the coming together of nations from all over the world to forge stronger partnerships and co-create a brighter future. The orchid has been created by the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai is being displayed at the Flower Cone at the Singapore Pavilion together with two other prominent orchid hybrids — the Dendrobium Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, which is named after UAE’s Mother of the Nation Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak; and the Aranda Lee Kuan Yew, which is named in honor of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister of modern Singapore and the architect behind Singapore’s transformation into a premier tropical “Garden City.”

Capping off the Singapore Day festivities, the Singapore Pavilion also played host to several exciting activities, providing visitors to the expo with a taste of Singapore’s cultural offerings.

This includes performances at Al-Wasl Plaza, digital visual art showcases as part of Singapore Art Week, a presentation of local hawker fare, as well as an international dialogue on the future of travel.