Italian consul general announces partnership with Danube

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The announcement coincides with Italian Cuisine Week. (Photo/Supplied)
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The announcement coincides with Italian Cuisine Week. (Photo/Supplied)
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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MAKKAH: People arriving in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are not supposed to wear Ihram on their arrival, as they have to undergo a three-day quarantine in their hotels, said Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

He said at the end of their hotel stay, their respective Umrah companies will transport them to the nearest “Miqat” to don Ihram and continue with their rituals.

In the third phase of Umrah resumption, which begins on Nov.1, pilgrims from around the world will be allowed to enter the Kingdom. Some 20,000 pilgrims — residents and visitors — can perform rituals daily amid strict social distancing measures.

Al-Maddah said the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) is monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation in every country to help inform the relevant authorities before Umrah arrivals.

The official delivered these details at a virtual workshop on Monday.

He said the Eatmarna app has been downloaded around 3 million times and more than 1.4 million people have applied for permits, with over 1 million being issued for Umrah and prayers in the Grand Mosque.

Al-Maddah said in case of a hike in infections, authorities may limit the number of pilgrims at any point.

He said full medical insurance is mandatory to ensure adequate health care for pilgrims in case of COVID-19 infection or any other health issues.

Al-Maddah said Weqaya will determine which countries can send pilgrims depending on the number of infections. He reassured that Umrah companies will be provided with regular updates.