Riyadh show connects global innovators with Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage sector

Riyadh show connects global innovators with Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage sector
Over 90 leaders will share insights on maximizing opportunities in the Saudi F&B market during the event. (Supplied)
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Updated 20 May 2024
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Riyadh show connects global innovators with Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage sector

Riyadh show connects global innovators with Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage sector
  • Show features 1,000 exhibitors presenting 100,000 product innovations from 97 countries

RIYADH: The second Saudi Food Show, the Kingdom’s largest food and beverage sourcing event, will begin Tuesday at the Riyadh Front.

This year’s show, which will run until May 23, is sponsored by Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Al-Khorayef in collaboration with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones, or MODON.

It features 1,000 exhibitors presenting 100,000 product innovations from 97 countries, including newcomers and returning successes like Top Table Saudi and Youth X Saudi in expanded formats.

The first day, curated by MODON, emphasizes technology’s role in enhancing food production efficiency in Saudi Arabia, alongside investments in human capital for competitiveness in the F&B sector and fintech’s financial support role.

Ali Al-Omeir, MODON’s vice president of business development, underscored their focus on localizing the F&B industry to bolster food security in Saudi Arabia, aligning with the National Strategy for Industry and Saudi Vision 2030.

Over the second and third days, over 90 leaders from public and private sectors, including ministries, food investors, retailers, innovators, and food service providers, will share insights on maximizing opportunities in the Saudi F&B market, fostering success for businesses in the Kingdom through keynote addresses, panels, and workshops.

The event will introduce Saudifoodpreneur, a workshop series for F&B entrepreneurs. Led by industry experts and successful entrepreneurs, these workshops and business support clinics will guide startups through navigating Saudi Arabia’s dynamic F&B landscape, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the vibrant market.


RSG partners with Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation to boost adventure tourism

RSG partners with Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation to boost adventure tourism
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RSG partners with Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation to boost adventure tourism

RSG partners with Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation to boost adventure tourism
  • Collaboration is set to revolutionize the tourism landscape by offering thrilling experiences while prioritizing safety and professionalism
  • Partnership will be spearheaded by Akun, RSG’s adventure sports brand, responsible for overseeing all hiking, climbing, and adventure experiences within RSG’s destinations

JEDDAH: Red Sea Global has recently announced a partnership with the Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation aimed at enhancing adventure tourism activities across the Red Sea region.

According to the statement, this collaboration is set to revolutionize the tourism landscape by offering thrilling experiences while prioritizing safety and professionalism.

The partnership will be spearheaded by Akun, RSG’s adventure sports brand responsible for overseeing all hiking, climbing, and adventure experiences within RSG’s destinations, including The Red Sea and AMAALA.

Nicholas King, group chief development officer at Red Sea Global, emphasized the importance of combining adventure with luxury tourism, stating in a press release: “Our partnership with the Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation is ensuring that Akun can offer invigorating experiences that complement the elegance of our resorts in a safe and professional manner. Together, we are propelling the adventure tourism industry across the Red Sea region.”

Through this collaboration, trainees from SCHF will have the opportunity to gain experience through internships with Akun, while also benefiting from training and support provided by qualified SCHF trainers.

Yasmin Gahtani, managing director at SCHF, highlighted the landscapes of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast and expressed the desire to showcase these stunning terrains through climbing and hiking experiences.

She said: “Saudi Arabia has some of the world’s most stunning landscapes, especially along the Red Sea coast. We want to help Saudis and the world discover this dramatic terrain by opening it to exhilarating, yet safe, climbing and hiking experiences. Through this partnership, we can make Saudi and the Red Sea a must-visit destination for the most avid climbers, hikers, and thrill-seekers.”

To promote the Red Sea region as a premier adventure destination, RSG and SCHF plan to host a series of local, regional, and international events, including climbing competitions, hiking events, and festivals.

According to the statement, the federation’s technical and safety assessments will help certify RSG’s developments as world-class adventure destinations.

Looking ahead, RSG and SCHF are exploring the creation of hiking and climbing content tailored to the Red Sea region. This resource will offer valuable information on trails, climbing sites, logistical details, and safety guidelines, positioning the Red Sea as a premier hub for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.


Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia

Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia
Updated 17 July 2024
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Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia

Training for budding nuclear engineers launched in Saudi Arabia
  • Eight-week program will be held partly in Saudi Arabia and later at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute in South Korea

RIYADH: The Kingdom has launched a summer training program for aspiring nuclear engineers, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The initiative, spearheaded by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, targets undergraduate nuclear engineering students.

According to the SPA, the eight-week program will be held partly in Saudi Arabia and later at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute in South Korea.

The curriculum includes lectures and practical experiments, in addition to visits to nuclear facilities and reactors in South Korea.

According to the SPA, the initiative is a part of the Kingdom’s plan to develop an educated workforce for its nuclear energy industry.


Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win

Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win

Saudi crown prince congratulates Iran’s President Pezeshkian on his election win

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has congratulated Iranian President Masoud Pezeshkian on his victory in the presidential elections, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. 

During a phone call, the crown prince and the Iranian president praised the “development of bilateral relations between the two countries on several levels, stressing the importance of continuing to enhance cooperation in various fields,” SPA added.

The Iranian president expressed his thanks and appreciation to the crown prince for his good feelings.


Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting

Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting
Updated 17 July 2024
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Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting

Saudi Arabia offers condolences to families of victims in Oman shooting

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its condolences to the families of the victims of Monday’s shooting in Oman that left several people dead and a number injured.

The Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Wednesday on X, condemned the perpetrators involved in the shooting in Wadi Al-Kabir, Muscat.

The ministry praised the Omani authorities for their swift handling of the situation.

Also on Wednesday, in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, GCC Secretary-General Jassim Al-Badawi said that the “heinous criminal act contradicts all the principles of our true religion and human and moral values.”

He said the GCC would support Oman’s security forces to deal with the incident.

Earlier, Omani police issued a statement that said Monday's shooting had resulted in the death of at least six individuals, which includes one policeman and three perpetrators.

At least 30 foreigners were wounded and have been hospitalized, according to reports.

The Pakistani Embassy in Oman, in a statement on X on Tuesday, said the country “strongly condemns the dastardly terrorist attack” which had resulted in the death of two citizens.

“We are heartened that the government of Oman has neutralized the attackers,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry added in a statement.

The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, in a statement carried by the Emirates News Agency on Tuesday.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, in a statement on Telegram on Tuesday.

 


Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council

Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council
Updated 17 July 2024
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Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council

Gaza is worst human catastrophe in modern history, Saudi envoy tells UN Security Council
  • Abdulaziz Alwasil says it is a sign of a broken world order caused by ‘some major powers’ putting their own interests ahead of UN’s founding principles
  • The organization is ‘shackled with procedures and rules that allow a small number of states to control the destiny of helpless peoples and countries,’ he adds

NEW YORK CITY: The global order is in one of the most dangerous phases it has experienced since the end of the Cold War, Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN said on Tuesday.

Abdulaziz Alwasil blamed this on “some major powers” putting their own interests ahead of the principles on which the UN was built, as a result of which the organization is unable to uphold its responsibilities because its agencies and mechanisms are “shackled with procedures and rules that allow a small number of states to control the destiny of helpless peoples and countries.”

Speaking during a meeting of the Security Council, Alwasil said: “The blatant violations being perpetrated against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip are a prime example of the inaction of the current global order and the failure of its most important body, tasked with the maintenance of international peace and security, to fulfill the hopes that have been pinned on it.”

This, he added, has allowed “the Israeli war machine to kill and injure thousands of Palestinians without accountability or deterrence, so that the world stands witness to the worst human catastrophe of our modern history.”

In recent years the world has seen a growing number of increasingly severe crises, Alwasil said, and so it is more important than ever that a new multilateral system be established that is more fair, more cohesive, and has more effective mechanisms to help establish peace and security.

“We’re currently witnessing a phase of a transition to a new multilateral global order, whose features have not solidified yet,” he added.

“This requires us all to enhance our joint and global efforts to protect ourselves from the dangers of conflict and war, especially as we see increasing signs of fragmentation in policy and economics and digitization, and as we see increasing fears of nuclear annihilation and world war three.”

The pursuit of peace and security is the founding principle of the UN, Alwasil said, and he vowed that Saudi Arabia would continue to strive to achieve “the goals or purposes of the United Nations and the maintenance of international peace and security.”

He underscored the important need for “comprehensive reforms” of the Security Council and other UN bodies to better enable them “to perform their duties effectively and in accordance with the principles of the organization, international law and international humanitarian law.”

More than 50 states, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait, attended the high-level Security Council open debate, titled “Multilateral cooperation in the interest of a more just, democratic and sustainable world order.”