Pact for Makkah’s development signed

Updated 24 May 2015

Pact for Makkah’s development signed

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Makkah governor and adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, signed a deal Wednesday with Maher bin Saleh Jamal, chairman of the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for the developmental integration of the region.
The governor asserted that the initiative of the developmental integration program is in no way linked with falling oil prices or Operation Decisive Storm, or any other reason for that matter.
"It stems from my belief to follow up the most successful approaches practiced all over the world. We should never shy away from using all international experiences that have brought about this cultural, scientific and economic development progress. We must innovate and be creative," said Prince Khaled.
"After I was briefed on the project and listened to a full analysis of it I really want to thank all those contributed to this great project. We need action, not just talk, to revive the pace of development in this region. All over the world there is a big race to complete the largest projects in the shortest period possible. Here, in this blessed country with Islam, we should work and act in accordance with our Islamic values … so that our ways and means will be one of the most successful approaches in governing and managing our economy and culture, and be fair and just in our leadership of the nation," he added.
Jamal said the governor signed the contract to put the Kingdom on the list of internationally advanced economies through integration and sustainable development.
He said the contract, signed between the MCCI and the Makkah governor’s office, was part of the strategic plan for the future development and rapid growth of the economy of the country and region under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
Jamal said this marked the care and diligence for all development programs implemented by the government, and highlights progress in the construction process and the advancement of human development.
Jamal said the development of the people is the development of the country, which stands as evidence of significant improvements the Kingdom has witnessed in various sectors. This partnership is the culmination of the efforts devoted by the state to upgrade the lives of citizens and develop the country with a scientific approach according to international standards in all segments.
He stressed that the MCCI will play a fundamental role in supporting the development integration project of the governor’s office in the region.
“The private sector is a genuine partner in development, and the MCCI will do everything to achieve the development vision and plan with the advice of Prince Khaled, whose vision and support is helping to upgrade the region,” he said.
He further said the governor created a center to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development through the involvement of chambers of commerce, private individuals and the government.

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.