Jeddah hotels, restaurants cook up ways to reduce food waste

Alfolk and Al-Mirkaz Ramadan tents are among the experiences that prioritize sustainability through practices such as reducing food waste and promoting environmental consciousness. (Supplied)
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Updated 21 March 2024
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Jeddah hotels, restaurants cook up ways to reduce food waste

  • A range of outlets are offering iftar and sahoor experiences with sustainability on the menu

JEDDAH: Many hotels and restaurants in Jeddah are placing a strong emphasis on sustainability practices to make Ramadan more eco-friendly.

The outlets are actively working toward reducing food waste and promoting environmental consciousness throughout the month.

At The Ritz-Carlton, the theme for Ramadan at The Palace is “Bab Al-Bahr,” meaning “Gate to the Sea,” drawing inspiration from the hotel’s proximity to the sea. The gates of the hotel open directly to the sea, embodying the essence of its coastal location. Guests can look forward to luxurious iftar and sahoor experiences in the grand ballrooms, featuring nine live cooking stations offering a wide selection of appetizers, salads, main courses, desserts, and a dedicated mocktail station.

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• The Ritz-Carlton is making efforts to minimize food wastage by collaborating with Etaam, a local charitable organization focused on distributing food to the needy.

• The Hotel Galleria Jeddah has embraced cost-effective practices and is currently testing food waste monitoring systems.

• Bab Al-Balad at Rosewood Hotel’s Soleil restaurant offers an iftar buffet experience that captures the essence of Ramadan and Saudi heritage.

General Manager Peter Katusak-Huzsvar highlighted how the hotel strikes a balance between creating a festive atmosphere and maintaining elegance with the Ramadan menu. He told Arab News: “The Ritz-Carlton brand’s inherent elegance seamlessly intertwines with the richness of Ramadan traditions at our stunning property, aptly referred to as The Palace. This title perfectly aligns with our commitment to providing a regal and sophisticated atmosphere during Ramadan.

“We skillfully strike a balance, ensuring a Ramadani ambiance while upholding the utmost sophistication in our Ramadan offerings … Our meticulously curated stations reflect this harmonious blend, promising a celebration that transcends culinary delight into an exquisite journey of refined indulgence.” 

Katusak-Huzsvar also mentioned the hotel’s dedication to sustainability in its culinary practices. Collaborating with Etaam, a local charitable organization focused on distributing food to the needy, The Ritz-Carlton is making efforts to minimize food wastage. All untouched food is carefully preserved and promptly collected by the Etaam team to benefit those in need. Additionally, the culinary team passionately advocates for sustainability by prioritizing locally sourced products and ingredients, reducing the environmental footprint while delivering a dining experience that is both conscious and delightful.




At The Ritz-Carlton, all untouched food is carefully preserved and promptly collected by the charity organization Etaam to benefit those in need. (Supplied)

Similarly, the Venue Jeddah Corniche offers an extraordinary iftar experience at its Subha Ramadan Tent. Juan Uribe, general manager of the hotel, expressed his excitement about the experience, saying: “We are honored to invite our guests to join us for an unparalleled culinary journey during the holy month of Ramadan. Our team has meticulously crafted an iftar buffet that celebrates the diversity of flavors while ensuring a memorable experience for each guest. We look forward to welcoming families, friends, and colleagues to the Subha Ramadan Tent and creating cherished moments together.”

Uribe mentioned that guests can enjoy a variety of appetizing dishes, including Arabian mezze, salads, grilled meats, seafood, vegetarian options, and tempting desserts. The tent provides a serene and elegant ambiance with warm lighting, comfortable seating, and traditional elements, creating a perfect setting for guests to immerse themselves in the spirit of Ramadan.

Another perfect place to spend some quality time with family and friends this Ramadan is the Movenpick Hotel Tahlia Jeddah. The hotel offers a captivating vibe for iftar, with a contemporary hall and a stunning Ramadan tent. The diverse menu featuring Hijazi and international cuisines, along with live cooking stations, adds to the allure of the lighting and atmosphere. Monther Abou Alssil, director of food and beverage, said: “Through culinary excellence and a commitment to sustainability, we strive to create unforgettable dining experiences that not only satisfy the palate but also nourish the planet.”




Movenpick Hotel Tahlia Jeddah's Ramadan tent offers a diverse menu featuring Hijazi and international cuisines, along with live cooking stations. (Supplied)

Alfolk Ramadan tent located at Shangri-La Jeddah offers a modern and stylish ambiance. Their iftar and sahoor buffets showcase a fusion of Middle Eastern, European, Chinese, and Indian flavors. Live oud and violin music further enhances the experience for guests.

Al-Mirkaz Ramadan tent has made a grand return this year with a fresh and captivating look that transports guests to a realm of wonder. The tent radiates sophistication and elegance, adorned with luxurious fabrics, ornate chandeliers, and traditional Arab motifs that create an enchanting atmosphere. They offer a culinary experience that explores Ramadan specialties and international favorites.

Both Alfolk and Al-Mirkaz prioritize sustainability by implementing eco-friendly practices such as reducing food waste and promoting environmental consciousness.

In a city where Ramadan dining experiences are evolving, Bab Al-Balad at the Rosewood hotel’s Soleil restaurant offers an iftar buffet experience that captures the essence of Ramadan and Saudi heritage. This immersive dining journey blends deep-rooted history with modern elegance, featuring a fusion of Arabian and Western flavors in a setting adorned with traditional Ramadan decorations.




Bab Al-Balad at the Rosewood Hotel’s Soleil restaurant. (AN photo)

The Hotel Galleria Jeddah has embraced cost-effective practices and is currently testing food waste monitoring systems. Beyond offering delectable cuisines, the hotel features a kids’ corner, photo booth, electronic play area, and a dedicated section for Saudi coffee, all while prioritizing minimal food waste.

In addition to the sustainable practices adopted by some restaurants in Jeddah, Fogo de Chao is committed to providing guests with the safest, highest-quality, and most wholesome food possible. Restaurant General Manager Shady M. said: “Our approach is rooted in the Brazilian gaucho tradition of nurturing and harvesting food with respect, which we call ‘respeito pela comida’ in Portuguese. To maintain this standard, we carefully select vendor partners who share our values and adhere to the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare, a globally recognized standard.




Fogo de Chao actively pursues initiatives and programs focused on conserving resources, such as water and energy, and reducing waste.  (Supplied)

“We also prioritize ongoing communication, guidance, and transparency to ensure that all aspects of animal sourcing, health, and well-being meet our commitment to exceptional food quality and safety for our guests.”

Furthermore, Fogo de Chao actively pursues initiatives and programs focused on conserving resources, such as water and energy, and reducing waste to offer a more sustainable dining experience for their guests. Core activities include recycling and promoting recyclable options, as well as minimizing usage and waste. Through these efforts, Fogo de Chao in Jeddah is not only delivering a delightful culinary experience but also contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.


MAWANI and REVIVA establish recycling and industrial waste complex at Jeddah Islamic Port

MAWANI signed on Sunday a SR30million contract with Reviva to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste.
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MAWANI and REVIVA establish recycling and industrial waste complex at Jeddah Islamic Port

  • Contract is part of the efforts exerted by MAWANI to promote environmental sustainability and maintain the safety of the marine environment

RIYADH: The Saudi Ports Authority, MAWANI, signed on Sunday a SR30million ($8 million) contract with the Global Environmental Management Services Ltd., or Reviva, to establish a complex for recycling marine and industrial waste at Jeddah Islamic Port.

The president of MAWANI, Omar bin Talal Hariri, and the CEO of of the Saudi Investment Recycling Co., Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Shiha, signed the contract in the presence of a number of other officials.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the contract is part of the efforts exerted by MAWANI to promote environmental sustainability, maintain the safety of the marine environment, and build a sustainable maritime sector that enhances the Kingdom’s position as a global logistics center and a hub connecting three continents.

The implementation of the contract comes in line with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and the Green Port Initiative. The new complex will contribute to enhancing the transformation of waste into valuable resources while building a thriving circular economy in the Kingdom.

According to SPA, these objectives can be met by providing comprehensive waste management and recycling solutions, industrial maintenance and transportation services, and recycling by-products. As such, waste volume is significantly reduced while waste management and environmental conservation improves.

The strategic cooperation scales up the outcomes of efforts exerted to achieve waste management goals in the Kingdom in line with Saudi Vision 2030. It also increases the private sector’s contribution to supporting economic development and listing Jeddah Islamic Port under the Top 10 ports in the world.

MAWANI is keen to introduce pioneering initiatives directly related to the Saudi Green Initiative which aims to reduce emissions, address climate change, and enhance the partnership between the public and private sectors to expand the related scope of work and thus, improve the commercial attractiveness of the Kingdom’s ports in the eyes of the whole world.


National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks

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National Cybersecurity Authority joins UN Security Council talks

  • The Kingdom emphasized the importance of striving to create a safe and reliable cyberspace

RIYADH: The Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority participated in a high-level open discussion session held by the UN Security Council titled “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Addressing Evolving Threats in Cyberspace.”

Senior officials and permanent representatives of member states of the UN, as well as the secretary-general of the organisation, Antonio Guterres, participated in the session.

Leading the Saudi delegation was the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil. The delegation included representatives from the cybersecurity authority, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The session addressed developing a common understanding among states on enhancing the role of the Security Council in addressing cyberthreats, in light of the Security Council’s primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, taking into account the potential threat to international peace and security posed by malicious activities in cyberspace.

The Kingdom emphasized the importance of striving to create a safe and reliable cyberspace that enables growth and prosperity, especially since enhancing cybersecurity is essential to protect the vital interests of countries as well as national security.


Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again.” (@JEDCalendar)
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Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

  • Jeddah Season 2024 will offer a variety of entertainment, tourism and cultural activities

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The opening ceremony will be held on June 27 at 9:30 p.m. in the Art Promenade area located within the Jeddah Waterfront.

According to the SPA, Jeddah Season 2024 will offer a variety of entertainment, tourism and cultural activities. Events will be held in several designated areas, including the City Walk, which offers a diverse mix of interactive experiences, motor and skill games, Arabic plays, concerts, restaurants, cafes and shops.

The season will feature Warner Bros. Discovery: Celebrate Every Story, held for the first time in the Kingdom, offering a mix of games and entertainment shows. The family-friendly attraction features renowned stories and characters under one roof.

The 2024 Jeddah Season will also host numerous events at Imagine Monet and Prince Majid Park, as well as international concerts.

The event map, set to be unveiled, includes activities such as live artistic and cultural performances, and entertainment, sports and tourism activities.


Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
Updated 23 June 2024
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Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

  • The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar governorate.

The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors.

The goal is to improve the quality of life, create a model sustainable environment, and reinforce Alkhobar’s position as a tourist attraction and influential economic center.

The municipality indicated that the projects include a program to develop key and main roads, encompassing more than 38 roads in the governorate.

Efforts are also underway to improve traffic flow on several roads and intersections in the region by enhancing road network performance and raising traffic safety to meet international standards.

Additionally, the municipality is focused on the continued development of King Salman Bridge, including covering, beautifying and lighting the bridge walls as part of ongoing work to enhance bridges and tunnels.

 


Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
Updated 23 June 2024
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Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

  • Program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking training courses at the headquarters of participating entities

RIYADH: The summer program Masar was launched on Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with the participation of private sector entities.

The program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking the necessary training courses at the headquarters of participating entities.

Masar is designed to strengthen competitive competencies to contribute to the Kingdom’s development, while enhancing students’ career readiness by providing them with professional skills and practical experience. The journey begins with personal and professional development and ends in training opportunities.

The summer program comprises a package of events and activities, including a career guidance camp organized in partnership with a training entity. The participating student is working toward a management certificate. The program also includes a virtual workshop, organized in partnership with Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University.

The events and activities are part of the Students Career Support Center’s efforts to contribute to achieving the PNU Strategic Plan 2025 by helping female students into the labor market and increasing their competitiveness, while enabling them to help to build the society of the future.