Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Russian grand mufti

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh meets Sheikh Nafiullah Ashyrov, grand mufti and head of the Central Religious Department of the Muslims of the Asian Section in the Russian Federation, in Cairo on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 18 September 2019

Saudi Islamic affairs minister meets Russian grand mufti

Sheikh Nafiullah Ashyrov, grand mufti and head of the Central Religious Department of the Muslims of the Asian Section in the Russian Federation, called on Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh at his residence in Cairo on Tuesday. 

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 30th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf.

The Saudi minister affirmed the keenness of Saudi leadership in playing a role in uniting the ranks of Muslims. Al-Asheikh said the meeting aims to strengthen communication with influencers in the Muslim world to exchange views and increase cooperation.

Sheikh Ashyrov praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to serve Muslims all over the world. The Russian Muslim scholar condemned the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities. He said targeting the Kingdom is targeting all Muslims around the world.


Italian consul general announces partnership with Danube

Updated 19 November 2019

Italian consul general announces partnership with Danube

  • Danube will be the first to sell bresaola, an Italian specialty of lean dried salted beef, in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Stefano Stucci, Italy’s consul general in Saudi Arabia, announced his partnership with Danube Co., a supermarket and hypermarket chain in the Kingdom, to introduce Italian products to Saudi consumers.
The announcement coincides with Italian Cuisine Week, which is taking place on Nov. 18-24.
As of Nov. 19, Danube will be the first to sell bresaola, an Italian specialty of lean dried salted beef, in Saudi Arabia.
“It’s great to be able to do this partnership with Danube. Food is culture, but it’s also business, as it amounts to 10 percent of my country’s GDP (gross domestic product),” said Stucci.
“Danube is one of the biggest food distributors and importers, not only in Saudi Arabia but in the Middle East, so it’s really a pleasure to do this partnership with them,” he added.
“Food means a lot to us (Italians). It’s culture, sharing, being together, work, business. It’s really a big pleasure to share this part of our culture with you.”
Waleed Bindawood, chief commercial officer of Bindawood Group, which owns and operates Danube, said introducing bresaola follows Danube’s legacy of introducing new products to Saudi consumers.
“The campaign is a splendid initiative to create awareness of some of Italy’s best-known food brands to Saudi consumers and facilitate them in our Danube stores, offering the chance to sample these wonderful Italian products,” he added.
Bindawood told Arab News that Danube is honored to launch this partnership, adding: “Beef bresaola will be sold exclusively in our branches in Danube across the Kingdom.”
Italian Cuisine Week, which has been celebrated for four years now, promotes traditional Italian food, which is a central part of the country’s identity. This year, it includes cooking events and food trucks.

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