Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests

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The Culinary Arts Commission in Saudi Arabia was established February 2020 to strengthen the food sector. (Supplied)
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Summaiya Suhail, the founder and general manager at Aysh Academy, says when she was starting out, there were rarely any places available that provided culinary education. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 August 2022

Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests

Aysh Academy aims to bridge skills gap for people with culinary interests
  • Kingdom opened its Culinary Arts Commission in 2020, and first cohort graduated from Saudi Culinary Academy this year
  • Aysh was one of the first academies of its kind to open in Saudi Arabia, bringing baking into the mainstream

JEDDAH: Food is an important part of any culture, and Saudi Arabia has been focusing on creating an education system that will equip people with enough knowledge to excel in the culinary arts.
This year saw the first graduation ceremony of students from the Saudi Culinary Academy.
The Culinary Arts Commission in Saudi Arabia was established February 2020 to strengthen the food sector, creating a source of income for many people.
Speaking to Arab News, Summaiya Suhail, the founder and general manager at Aysh Academy, a specialized baking institution, said that when she was starting out, there were rarely any places available that provided culinary education.
Her own journey consisted of workshops and short courses in baking all over the world. After accumulating enough knowledge, she decided to spread it in Jeddah.
“My dream … was to make this path easy for my community and me, as well as (to) empower them by providing this skill set and knowledge,” Suhail said.
The main goals of the academy are become a hub for all people interested in this aspect of cuisine in Saudi Arabia, to create recipes that will be used as references for baking, and to create a framework for future businesses.
The academy offers baking courses and shorter masterclasses that are focused on different areas and techniques.
Classes cater to people at different levels, teaching how to bake from scratch. These classes cover sweet and savory bakes, bread, cakes, pastries, croissants, and much more.
The academy also offers courses related to starting food businesses, food photography, plating, and marketing.
“The name is inspired by aysh, the word for bread in Arabic. Another meaning of aysh in Arabic is also ‘the living’,” Suhail said.
Becoming one of the first certified baking academies in the Kingdom was not easy. “It felt like we had to walk and pave the road for all the people behind us. It was not easy, but I can’t say that it wasn’t enjoyable as well,” Suhail said. “Aysh was really made by the people here.
“When someone comes up to us and says that they are very happy that we exist, people say that they have been looking for something like this for a very long time.”
Another thing that the founder looks forward to is when people graduate and receive their certificates, the happiness is clear on their faces.
“Sometimes there are tears and once they are done they go around hugging others. These are the things that make me want to keep going on this journey.”


King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President

King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President
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King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President

King Salman receives message from Azerbaijan President
  • Message was received by Saudi Foreign Minister during meeting with Azerbaijani Ambassador in Riyadh

RIYADH: King Salman bin Abdulaziz received a written message from President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan regarding the two countries’ strong relations.

Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received the message when he met the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Shahin Abdullayev, on Sunday. 

They discussed strengthening relations and issues of mutual interest, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

 


Sustainable development of Saudi island will boost economy

Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in Eastern Province. (SPA)
Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in Eastern Province. (SPA)
Updated 27 November 2022

Sustainable development of Saudi island will boost economy

Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in Eastern Province. (SPA)
  • Dr. Saad Dahlawi: 'The Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented economic and developmental growth and following the standards of sustainable development'

RIYADH: Economists and environmentalists say sustainable investment is important for an island north of Dammam allocated billions of riyals for development.

Experts told Arab News that the SR2.64 billion ($703 million) granted to Darin and Tarout island by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week has much potential to boost the Eastern Province’s economy.

Darin and Tarout is among the most archaeologically significant islands in the region, with evidence of 5,000 years of continuous human habitation and around a dozen heritage sites, including a fortress dating back hundreds of years.

Officials aim to improve the quality of life for its 120,000 people while preserving its cultural and historical heritage, revitalizing its natural beauty sites and enhancing its tourism economy.

As much as 48 percent of its 32 sq. km area will be dedicated to public parks, waterfronts, roads, and facilities. The island hopes to boost the number of tourists to 1.36 million by 2030 and generate thousands of jobs.

“This project represents the first strategic works and initiatives done by the Eastern Region Development Authority,” said Eastern Province Development Authority CEO Fahad Al-Mutlaq.

He said that work would start next year on a program to gradually improve social and economic conditions after comprehensive studies were completed.

Fadhel Al-Buainain, a member of the Shura Council, said that the island had historical importance.

“Developing Darin Castle and Darin Airport as heritage tourist destinations will enhance the cultural side,” he said. “The establishment of the largest forest on the banks of the Gulf will contribute to enhancing the environmental goals of the Kingdom.

“If eco-hotels are developed in natural areas, this will be an important base for eco-tourism, which will support the economy of the island.”

Al-Buainain, who is also a member of the Saudi Economists Association, said that the development plan would make an important economic contribution to the region.

“Providing small and medium investment and employment opportunities will have an important socio-economic impact,” he said, adding that the development would contribute to achieving the goals of Vision 2030.

Dr. Saad Dahlawi, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Imam Abd al-Rahman bin Faisal University, said he believed that the development announcement came at the perfect time.

“The Kingdom is witnessing unprecedented economic and developmental growth and following the standards of sustainable development,” he said.

Dahlawi added however that project leaders needed to assess impacts on the environment and especially on marine life to ensure that endangered species are not put at further risk.

“Such a study would provide decision-makers with a clear picture of how to implement the project sustainably,” he said.

Dahlawi said it was important to follow international environmental standards, as well as the standards and requirements of the National Center for Environmental Compliance, to avoid any damage to the environment.

Abdullah Al-Khuzam, a member of The National Handicraft Development Program, said the intention to turn Darin Airport into a heritage museum “means that a new prosperity period is being written on one of the oldest inhabited islands in the Arabian Gulf.”

He said that the museum and planned art festivals would help present “our ancient culture and civilization to the world.”

 

 


Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity

Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity
Updated 27 November 2022

Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity

Jeddah hosts 2nd Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity
  • Event aims to enhance Kingdom’s global leadership by nurturing youth

RIYADH: Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, on behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is set to attend the Global Conference for Giftedness and Creativity, in Jeddah, which runs from Dec. 10 to 14.

The conference, now in its second edition, is organized by the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, and will be held under the theme “Journey Toward the New Future.”

Mawhiba Secretary-General Amal Al-Hazzaa said that the conference aims to enhance the Kingdom’s global leadership by supporting and nurturing talented youth.

It will bring together young creative minds from all over the world to form teams to work on forward-thinking solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development.

Many world experts are participating, along with representatives from leading companies and universities, including SABIC, Aramco, NEOM, the King Abdullah University, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

The conference will feature an “idea-thon,” in which more than 100 participants from the world’s top 50 universities will use collective thinking principles to create innovative solutions to challenges.

Keynote speakers include Saudi Minister of Education Yousef Al-Benyan,  Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy & Social Innovation at University College London Sir Geoff Mulgan, and NASA astronaut and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Lee Satcher.


Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East
Updated 27 November 2022

Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia launches Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East
  • Aim is to ensure sustainable growth of aquatic, marine species in food production
  • Members include countries bordering Red Sea, Arabian Gulf

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fadhli launched the Aquatic Animal Diseases Network in the Middle East on Sunday in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The network aims to strengthen the aquaculture industry and the role of aquatic and marine species in food production, as well as control the spread of diseases to ensure sustainable growth in the region’s aquaculture production. 

It also aims to train veterinarians and aquatic health specialists, and to coordinate the efforts of international organizations providing aquatic health services. 

Members of the network include countries bordering the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, the UAE and Yemen.

The Fish Health and Safety Laboratory in Jeddah will serve as a reference laboratory for member states. 

The network was launched in the presence of Dr. Monique Eloit, director general of the World Organization for Animal Health. 

Saudi Arabia and the organization are collaborating on several projects, including the Kingdom’s rabies, foot-and-mouth disease and peste des petits ruminants programs. 

They are also working together on a project to evaluate veterinary services in the Kingdom, as well as a veterinary laboratory twinning program with reference laboratories in France and Italy.

 


Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom

Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom
Updated 27 November 2022

Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom

Saudi deputy foreign minister meets with Chinese ambassador to Kingdom
  • Officials reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them to serve common interests

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy foreign minister met with the Chinese ambassador to the Kingdom in Riyadh on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

During the meeting, Waleed Al-Khuraiji and Chen Weiqing reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them to serve common interests. They also discussed issues of common interest.