Saudi Arabia declares war on child abuse

Updated 19 November 2014

Saudi Arabia declares war on child abuse

The Council of Ministers on Monday passed a bill to protect children’s rights, including the right to have uninterrupted education.
The Cabinet also decided to establish a sports federation — Saudi School Sports Federation — and entrusted the Supreme Committee for Education Policy to set out its rules and regulations.
The new law protects children below 18 from all forms of abuse. It stresses children’s rights established by the Shariah and international regulations and conventions.
“The new law considers a number of actions as an abuse or neglect of a child’s right including causing interruption of his or her education, ill-treatment, harassment, exploitation, use of abusive words, and discrimination against the child for any ethnic, social or economic reason,” a Cabinet statement said.
“The law obliges anyone who see a case of harm or neglect to the child to inform competent authorities about it immediately,” said the Cabinet, which was chaired by Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin.
The Cabinet approved an agreement with Algeria for the extradition of accused and convicted felons. It also endorsed a customs cooperation agreement with Morocco. It approved the arrangements and controls for members of the board of the Saudi Organization for Certified Valuators attending the board’s meetings.
Earlier, Prince Muqrin briefed the Cabinet on the results of an emergency GCC summit, which was held in Riyadh on Sunday under the chairmanship of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
The Cabinet said the summit was aimed at consolidating the spirit of sincere cooperation and strengthening the unity of GCC countries. It commended the decision of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to send back their ambassadors to Qatar.
The Cabinet was briefed on the talks held by King Abdullah with President Fuad Masum of Iraq.
It welcomed the results of G-20 summit, where Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, headed the Kingdom’s delegation.
The Cabinet stressed the content of the Kingdom’s speech at the summit, which stressed the importance of world peace to boost global economic growth.
Prince Salman said Saudi Arabia would continue to play an effective role in the G-20 to promote international economic progress and stability realizing the interest of all.
“Such an effective participation in G-20 is also essential to protect the interests of Arab and developing countries,” the crown prince said.
The Cabinet praised King Abdullah’s support for the King Abdul Aziz International Qur’an Competition at the Grand Mosque in Makkah with the participation of 159 contestants from different countries.
Referring to the inauguration of Gulf Cup tournament in Riyadh, the Cabinet welcomed all participants in the tournament.
The Cabinet reviewed the result of an OIC ministerial meeting in Morocco on Al-Quds and Palestine and stressed the need for a unified Islamic position and collective action by the Islamic countries to end the Israeli occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories, and gain full recognition of the State of Palestine.
The council listened to a report on the 4th ministerial forum on gas which was organized by the International Energy Forum and the World Federation of Gas in Mexico while emphasizing Saudi Arabia’s efforts to stabilize international oil market.
The Cabinet expressed its pride over the tangible progress achieved by the Kingdom in the Human Development Report for United Nation Development Program for 2014, which showed Saudi Arabia’s global ranking jumped from 57 in 2013 to 34 this year. Saudi Arabia achieved second place among the Arab and Gulf countries and 10th in G-20.
The Cabinet reshuffled the Appeals Committee for Securities Disputes for three years, appointing Naqa bin Khaled Al-Otaibi from the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers as its president.
The Cabinet appointed Bandar bin Mohammed Jamil Ahmed Mahmoud ambassador, Adnan bin Mohammed Al-Essa minister plenipotentiary, Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Dakhil minister plenipotentiary at the Foreign Ministry; Ahmed bin Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Hujairi deputy Jeddah mayor; Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Aqeb director general of the Madinah governor’s office; Abdulaziz bin Fahd Al-Zamam assistant mayor in Northern Border Province; Mohammed bin Mohammed Al-Ruwaigh secretary of the Riyadh Provincial Council and Abdullah bin Ali Juwair legal adviser at the Ministry of Justice.

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Madeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Madeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne amadeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Amadeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Madeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Madeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne Amadeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.