Category: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Saudi succession decisions come at crucial time

| 17/06/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi succession decisions come at crucial time

The death of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz on Saturday means that – for the second time in less than a year – the key Western ally must pick an heir to the 88-year-old King Abdullah.

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Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
Saudis demand that McDonald’s be punished for Happy Meal toy

The people of Saudi Arabia are furious with the McDonald’s fast food chain for a toy which they say desecrates the name of Muhammed, the Prophet of Islam. They are demanding retribution.

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UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

| 29/05/2012 | Reply
UAE: Call for same rules on cosmetics in GCC

The priority now is to focus on the UAE, where each emirate has a different set of rules governing the regulation of consumer products, from lipsticks and shampoos to skin creams.

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Partner Event: Global hoteliers strengthen Saudi Arabia’s industry presence

| 28/05/2012 | Reply
Partner Event: Global hoteliers strengthen Saudi Arabia’s industry presence

The two-day Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit in Riyadh gathered up to 300 prominent hoteliers, food and beverage heads, executive chefs, developers, consultants and global hospitality suppliers to discuss trends and assess the future of the industry.

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International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
International donors pledge $4bn for Yemen

Neighbouring Saudi Arabia is providing the bulk of the funds, promising $3.25bn to help the goverment improve infrastructure and security. Aid agencies have warned that Yemen is on the brink of food crisis.

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Event: Experts gather to harness Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential

| 24/05/2012 | Reply
Event: Experts gather to harness Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential

The Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit, themed ‘harnessing a thriving future for the Saudi hospitality industry’ commences tomorrow in Riyadh to address the Kingdom’s increasing tourism requirements.

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Saudi Arabia: Grand Mosque Expansion

| 18/05/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Grand Mosque Expansion

Posted on May 18, 2012 by John Burgess Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has been on the throne for seven years now. Saudi media is pretty busy writing up encomiums for the changes and developments he has pushed. One, particularly noteworthy, has been the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Arab News reports that the most recent expansions […]

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Jeddah to host major food, hotel, hospitality and packaging show

| 17/05/2012 | Reply
Jeddah to host major food, hotel, hospitality and packaging show

The show has established Jeddah as the hub of the food, hotel and hospitality sector, and the Kingdom as a national showcase and forum where worldwide suppliers present their products and services,

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Saudi Arabia Halts Shipments of U.S. Beef, USDA Agency Says

| 15/05/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia Halts Shipments of U.S. Beef, USDA Agency Says

Beef from the U.S. shipped on or after April 19 is not eligible for export to the country, the agency said today in a report on its website, without providing a reason for the ban.

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Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: SFDA urges stricter inspection

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority is strengthening its oversight laboratories and offices with equipment and qualified personnel to enhance its presence in various exit and entry points to ensure the safety of food and drugs.

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Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

The council approved the scheme comprising 46 articles which included the definition of food, food additives, its safety, hygienic practices, food handling, set standards for food, environmental and health requirements and packaging.

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Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

| 22/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Lulu plans logistics center in the UK

“Lulu Sourcing and Logistics Center”, to be opened in the UK, will be an integral part of commitment to Britain, from where Lulu Hypermarkets of the Gulf have been importing products worth 24 million pounds annually. The Lulu’s center will be located in Birmingham.

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Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

| 12/04/2012 | Reply
Saudis make Desert Sands into Solar Polysilicon

With this move, Saudi Arabia is slowly beginning to make some moves towards diversifying out of oil, which is its only real exportable commodity – and towards solar power and sand-based polysilicon.

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Saudi Arabia/Tourism: 2.5 million arrivals for business tourism

| 11/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia/Tourism: 2.5 million arrivals for business tourism

During their stay they spent over SR 7.7 bn. Also they made 741 domestic business trips during which they spent SR 876 million, said Eng. Tariq bin Abdul Rahman Al Essa, Director of Business Tourism Development Project at SCTA.

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Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

| 08/04/2012 | 1 Reply
Saudi Arabia to Cultivate Two Million Acres in Sudan

Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, Sheikh Saleh Kamel revealed that the Sudanese government agreed to establish a free zone to be given to Saudi Arabia for cultivation. The area will be close to Port Sudan, to transport products easily across the Red Sea.

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Saudi Arabia’s Foodie Scene Growing

| 30/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia’s Foodie Scene Growing

Despite the rise of fast-food joints, gourmet chefs aim to create a gourmet food culture. What will transform the country into a major international food scene are more culinary schools for developing chefs.

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Opinion: The problems facing Muslim nations

| 18/03/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The problems facing Muslim nations

Most Islamic countries are being left behind in social progress as compared with other nations. There are essentially five reasons for this situation.

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Saudi Arabia: Cafes promote a new culture of dialogue

| 09/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Cafes promote a new culture of dialogue

The growing number of coffee shops in Riyadh gives a different dimension to the city because as they are no longer simply a place for relaxation and comfort but offer facilities to discuss sports, culture, science, technical issues and finance. They sometimes solve some dilemmas of society.

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GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

| 08/03/2012 | Reply
GCC investing in food security in Pakistan, India and others

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) governments are investing heavily in outside farmland acquisitions and leases, along with injecting money in domestic food production industry, to secure food supplies to the region and safeguard against market fluctuations.

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi delegation seeks food products from Pakistan

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Saudi delegation seeks food products from Pakistan

The Saudi delegation’s plan is also to visit the meat exporting companies’ facilities in different Pakistani cities with an aim to award licenses to them and above all to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state-owned Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). The plan is to boost exports of a range of food commodities from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, mainly meat, poultry and fish products.

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