New Saudi organic restaurant puts sustainability, environment top of menu

The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans. (Twitter/@Nawapatio)
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The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans. (Twitter/@Nawapatio)
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Abdullah Abrahams, head chef at Nawa Patio.
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The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans. (Twitter/@Nawapatio)
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The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans. (Twitter/@Nawapatio)
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The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans. (Twitter/@Nawapatio)
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The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans. (Twitter/@Nawapatio)
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Updated 15 September 2022

New Saudi organic restaurant puts sustainability, environment top of menu

The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the sumerians, thamud, lihyan, and nabataeans.
  • Mosalli told Arab News: “It’s an experience. We like to call ourselves a conscious patio because we support sustainability practices

JEDDAH: Sustainability and the environment have been placed top of the menu at a new Saudi restaurant.

Established three months ago by Saudi nationals Mohammed Mosalli and Abdulelah Al-Hadidi, Jeddah-based Nawa Patio offers a range of organic international fusion cuisine.

But it is not just the eatery’s food that is designed to nourish — customers can also take part in yoga and meditation classes or grow their own vegetables.

Mosalli told Arab News: “It’s an experience. We like to call ourselves a conscious patio because we support sustainability practices.

“We offer yoga and meditation classes here, and we invite our customers to come and learn and sow seeds in our planting zone. We ask them to make an intention and plant,” he said.

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• It is not just the eatery’s food that is designed to nourish — customers can also take part in yoga and meditation classes or grow their own vegetables.

• Diners are also encouraged to take home their excess food or give it to local food banks, charity organizations, and humanitarian programs.

• The restaurant’s music playlist has been customized to deliver a comfortable, calming effect.

The restaurant’s design theme has been inspired by ancient civilizations such as the Sumerians, Thamud, Lihyan, and Nabataeans.

“Regarding the look and feel of the place, the fit out and furniture are made up of all natural elements, like wood, stones, clay, plants, and so on,” Mosalli added.

And the use of plastic is avoided wherever possible. “We use recyclable or compostable materials when it comes to plastic or paper.

“In the kitchen, we have a plan first to educate our staff and our customers, when it comes to sustainability practices, how to manage food waste … it’s about how to order less food and how to manage waste,” he said.

A compost machine in the kitchen is used to handle leftover food from customers’ plates.

“We give them the option of giving it to us to utilize in the compost machine. And then we can use the end product as soil for plants,” he added.

Diners are also encouraged to take home their excess food or give it to local food banks, charity organizations, and humanitarian programs.

Al-Hadidi said: “Nawa Patio is all about impact, and we recruit people who share our values, people who want to contribute to the enrichment of our guests and customers.




Abdulelah Al-Hadidi

“That’s why even though some of them might not have the experience, we just focus on their attitudes and the values they share with Nawa, and we recruit accordingly.”

The restaurant’s music playlist has been customized to deliver a comfortable, calming effect.

“People want to go to places that really meet their expectations in terms of the vibe, look, and feel of the place.

“Therefore, we pay very special attention to our music, and ensure we play music that fits the mood for the morning, afternoon, and evening — we have customized our playlist to mimic the brainwave frequency that best suits people at a particular part or time of the day,” Al-Hadidi added.

South African head chef, Abdullah Abrahams, said the restaurant used unwanted offcuts so that no food went to waste.

“We have a dish that we are still working on, which is the sweet potato Wagyu taco. Using the offcuts of sweet potato from a main dish, we try to transform it into a sweet potato dough and then use it as the base or the bread.

“And recently, we have discussed using offcuts for our soup of the day. There is so much that can be produced from food waste. Mohammed and Abdulelah inspired me and caught my attention with regards to the whole concept of trying to be more sustainable, eco-friendly, and lessen our carbon footprint on Earth.

“We don’t have a fryer in the kitchen. The whole restaurant is on the same wavelength of thinking about how to help Earth,” he added.

Abrahams noted that it was important to develop a kitchen culture surrounding the need to avoid discarding food.

He said: “I’m big on sustainability with regards to thinking about how not to throw food away, and I look to change the thinking patterns of my chefs too.”

 


Saudi foreign minister and Blinken discuss relations during call

Saudi foreign minister and Blinken discuss relations during call
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Saudi foreign minister and Blinken discuss relations during call

Saudi foreign minister and Blinken discuss relations during call

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.

During the call, they reviewed aspects of relations between the Kingdom and the US, and ways to strengthen and develop them in various fields of cooperation.

The two sides also discussed regional and international developments and the most prominent issues of common interest.


French-Saudi agreements signal ‘beginning of new era of cooperation,’ says French ambassador

French-Saudi agreements signal ‘beginning of new era of cooperation,’ says French ambassador
Updated 01 October 2022

French-Saudi agreements signal ‘beginning of new era of cooperation,’ says French ambassador

French-Saudi agreements signal ‘beginning of new era of cooperation,’ says French ambassador
  • Saudi Arabia hosts 150,000 French speakers and 500 teachers of the French language in various institutions
  • French presence in the Kingdom is marked by a network of schools in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar

DUBAI: On the occasion of the launch of the new French Cultural Season in Saudi Arabia, French Ambassador to the Kingdom Ludovic Pouille hosted an evening celebrating French-Saudi cultural dialogue at the French Embassy in Riyadh.

“You make French culture present in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Pouille, addressing an audience of artists, entrepreneurs and officials.

The ambassador hailed the joint effort by France and Saudi Arabia to enable the success of cultural events in the Kingdom. “I want to thank our Saudi partners and friends, artists, professors, entrepreneurs and officials from the Saudi government for their contribution in strengthening on a daily basis our cultural relationship,” he added.

Among the participants were partners from the EU, Francophone countries, the Alliance Franҫaise d’Arabie Saoudite led by Zaher Al-Munajjed and the French Embassy’s team led by Catherine le Thomas.

Saudi Arabia hosts 150,000 French speakers and 500 teachers of the French language in various institutions. The French presence in the Kingdom is marked by a network of schools in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar, making education one of the primary elements on which the two nations collaborate.

 

 

As part of its Vision 2030, the Kingdom has initiated large-scale events enabling its development as a culture, education, tourism and sports hub on an international level. These events include Riyadh Season, Jeddah Season, AlUla Season, the Red Sea International Film Festival, the Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale and the upcoming Islamic Arts Biennale in Jeddah.

“We are all very lucky to live in a thrilling context in which Saudi Arabia is rapidly opening up and exploring new directions for its future. The Kingdom is now witnessing what President (Emmanuel) Macron called a ‘cultural revolution’ during his visit to Jeddah,” said the ambassador.

The new French Cultural Season in Saudi Arabia is a promising one, with events starting in October with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of French-Saudi cooperation in the field of archaeology. The event is a two-day symposium that will see the participation of the 15 French archaeological missions collaborating with Saudi archaeologists across the Kingdom in the Farasan Islands, Hegra and AlUla, among other locations.

The second event in the pipeline is “Digital November,” which is aimed at bringing art and technology together. A series of tournaments, workshops and other activities centered on esports and e-games will be featured.

Other cultural cooperation projects will involve music, cinema, fashion, design and poetry, with the annual Night of Poetry to be held in December.

Franco-Saudi cooperation is also evident through the Kingdom’s giga-projects — such as the development of AlUla — that will shape the country for decades to follow.

AfAlula, the French Agency for the Development of AlUla, is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla to develop the region “based on an intergovernmental agreement signed in April 2018 during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Paris,” Pouille said.

The AlUla project is the first of a series of initiatives that aim to reinforce the ties between the two countries.

Since the French president’s visit to Jeddah in December 2021, several agreements have been signed, including one for Villa Hegra, an ambitious institution of contemporary art that will enable the Kingdom to build a creative and artistic hub, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

The agreements signal the “beginning of a new era of cooperation between France and Saudi Arabia,” according to the ambassador.

This story originally appeared on Arab News en Français.


Saudi Border Guards seize 300 kilograms of narcotic hashish in Jazan 

Saudi Border Guards seize 300 kilograms of narcotic hashish in Jazan 
Updated 01 October 2022

Saudi Border Guards seize 300 kilograms of narcotic hashish in Jazan 

Saudi Border Guards seize 300 kilograms of narcotic hashish in Jazan 

RIYADH: Border guards in Saudi Arabia’s Jazan region have thwarted an attempt to smuggle 300 kilograms of narcotic hashish. 
Initial legal procedures have been completed and the drugs were seized and handed over to the relevant authority, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia has been cracking down on attempts to smuggle drugs into and out of the Kingdom, with authorities saying they would continue to stop all attempts to put the public at harm.


Saudi ministry wins 2 communication awards in UAE

Saudi ministry wins 2 communication awards in UAE
Updated 01 October 2022

Saudi ministry wins 2 communication awards in UAE

Saudi ministry wins 2 communication awards in UAE
  • 53 candidates were shortlisted in 19 award classes

SHARJAH, UAE: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development won two accolades at the 9th Sharjah Government Communication Awards in the UAE.

The ministry scooped awards in the categories for best systems in government communication in the Arab world, and best government communication initiative to empower women globally.

Fifty-three candidates were shortlisted in 19 award classes, with the Saudi ministry recognized for the methodology used in the implementation of its projects, the impact and results achieved, the effective use of technology and media to reach target audiences, and its innovative and proactive visions.

The ministry’s assistant minister for shared services, Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Jasser, said the awards success was down to the hard work of employees.

He added that the ministry sought to create an effective communication media system capable of keeping pace with the rapid changes taking place in the sectors it supervised while responding to the digital transformation that had seen a transformation in government media over recent years.

 

 


Diriya Gate Development Authority launches project to encode Diriyah history in Braille

Diriya Gate Development Authority launches project to encode Diriyah history in Braille
Updated 01 October 2022

Diriya Gate Development Authority launches project to encode Diriyah history in Braille

Diriya Gate Development Authority launches project to encode Diriyah history in Braille
  • The project will help visually impaired people gain a deeper understanding of the history of Diriyah, the original home of the Saudi royal family

RIYADH:  The Diriyah Gate Development Authority has teamed up with the National Association of the Blind “Kafeef” to launch an initiative for the translation of Diriyah’s history into Braille.

The project will help visually impaired people gain a deeper understanding of Diriyah’s history.

Paper copies of the content printed in Braille will help strengthen participants’ emotional connection to their rich Saudi history and heritage.

The project reflects DGDA’s commitment to the visually impaired, and is aligned with the authority’s mandate to preserve and celebrate its culture and heritage.

The first part of the initiative runs until Oct. 15, and includes a course on Diriyah’s history for young men and women from “Kafeef.”

Supporting course materials were translated into paper and digital formats, including content on the year 850 — the year that Diriyah was established — as well as the At-Turaif district and the history of the First Saudi State.

Participants with the highest scores have since been selected to teach within the program itself, based on the level of their interest in Saudi history and their Braille skills.

DGDA is committed to working with “Kafeef” to provide support to participants, including paper and digital training materials, as well as lessons for registered participants, with an official certificate available on completion of the course.

The course is expected to foster a competitive, knowledge-based atmosphere that will help bolster the connection visually impaired individuals have to their heritage; strengthen their sense of belonging to their country’s past, present, and future; and instil a sense of community and collective investment in the country’s progress.