Activities, Things To Do

Saudi Arabia’s First Multip-Player Virtual Reality Experience Comes to Riyadh

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Zero Latency brings the next generation of virtual reality entertainment to the Kingdom.


Zero Latency – a pioneering global leader in warehouse scale, free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality gaming – is available now at its brand-new arena in the Salma Center, Riyadh. It provides an award-winning large-scale immersive experience over 600 square meters of floor space.

Virtual reality gaming is where a person can experience being in a three-dimensional environment and interact with that environment during a game. The arena offers an experience where guests, along with their friends, family or colleagues, enter the virtual world together and experience what it’s like to walk on a new planet or fight for survival, working as a team to fight off Zombies or Alien Robots.

With no physical walls, free from cords and wires, up to eight players can freely roam, walk, explore and play together through complex and varied virtual terrains. The team is equipped with state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets, headphones, military-style backpacks and controllers where all their movements are replicated in the game.

Doran Davies, CEO of Zero Latency in the Middle East, said: “Residents of Riyadh are always on the lookout for fun activities, the latest trends in gaming technology and new entertainment experiences to enjoy. Zero latency is a perfect fit for the Saudi market given the community’s hunger for new technology and entertainment.

Zero Latency is looking forward to welcoming guests into their brand-new venue and the“Next Generation VR Gaming Center” in Riyadh that will offer residents the perfect space for friends, family or work colleagues to experience virtual reality entertainment and games like never before.

Zero Latency offers a range of entertainment including Engineerium, Zombie Survival, and Singularity to name a few. Players can see each other as full-motion avatars and can communicate through headsets to talk, strategize and have fun with their friends. The games have been designed for groups of friends, parties, corporates or individual gamers.

Location: Salma Centre, 4210 Imam Abdullah Ibn Saud Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Ash Shuhada, Riyadh
Tickets: SAR 150 for an hour-long experience, including a briefing, and are available at the venue or on the website.

Timings
Thursday and Friday:  4 pm to 12 pm

Saturday to Wednesday: 3 pm to 11 pm
Ramadan timings: 8 pm to 2 am on weekdays and weekends.

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Food, Food News

Shake Shack Introduces Hot Honey Chick’n at All KSA Shaks This Ramadan!

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Shake Shack’s Newest Limited Time Offering debuted earlier this month.


Turn up the heat! Shake Shack has announced its newest item The Hot Honey Chick’n, served across Middle East Shacks.

This limited-time burger is a new, spicy take on Shake Shack’s classic Hot Chick’n burger. It is crafted from 100% all-natural chicken breast – with no antibiotics ever – seasoned and crisped to perfection and tossed in a hot honey sauce. To add some crunch, the chicken sits atop a slaw made from crisp apples, cabbage, and bits of cherry peppers, served in a pillowy potato bun.

Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s Culinary Director says, “The Hot Honey Chick’n is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and cool, featuring spicy, seasoned honey and an apple cabbage slaw, which we are so excited to share with our spice-loving fans in the Middle East,”

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Events & Happenings

Al Wefaq Announces a Strategic Partnership with Europcar

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To serve their clients in more than 140 countries Al Wefaq Rent a Car announces its new partnership with Europcar.


“Al Wefaq Rent a Car”, which is a leading company in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, has announced a strategic partnership with “Europcar”; a leading European company listed on Euronext Paris.

The agreement came into force on May 1, 2019, to provide better services to the customers of the two companies through serving Al-Wefaq customers at all Europcar branches around the world, as well as all Europcar customers in all Al-Wefaq branches in Saudi Arabia.

The agreement provides easy service to customers in more than 140 countries around the world and in more than 80 branches in Saudi Arabia and all its airports. The services provided include online booking and payment through the website and application, ensuring the customers’ easy access to leasing online secure service, which has a safe and reliable manner.

Al Wefaq’s CEO, Nasser Al-Qahtani, has welcomed the new partnership with Europcar, which is in line with the company’s purpose to place their customers’ interest first, and their commitment to providing a rental service that ensures their satisfaction. Customers can benefit from the “Amyali” membership and other advantages that are provided by the partnership which will allow the company to expand its branches all around the world while ensuring high-quality service and prices as well.img-20190501-wa0022

Mr. Al-Qahtani has confirmed that Al Wefaq, which has more than 80 branches in Saudi Arabia, will continue its successful journey which has started in more than nineteen years ago and improved the car rental service to fulfill all the needs of the customers. This lies in the multiplicity of options and its expansion around the world, to ensure the best customer service under the motto (Your Comfort Starts with our Services).

On the other hand, Mr. Marcus Bernhardt of Europcar has expressed his pleasure to include Al Wefaq into their service. Alwefaq has a very long history with car rental and the excellent placement of their pick-up locations will make the everyday lives of their customers easier when they need a car since it’s been globally available.

He added that Europcar is a global leader in a car rental and it has more than 3,300 car hire locations throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific in about 150 countries. No matter where they are or need to go, Europcar has the right car rental for them.

Al Wefaq Rent a Car was established in 2000 and is now one of the leading brands in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. It operates through more than 80 branches in 25 cities in the Kingdom. It covers 18 international and regional airports and has two branches in Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, as well as two branches at Cairo International Airport in the Arab Republic of Egypt. The company offers the latest cars from various models for daily and monthly rent, as well as renting a car with a driver, in addition to leasing programs for the public sectors and companies. Services can be obtained through the application, the website, Al-Wefaq network or through the customer service center.

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Food, Ramadan

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski Launches the Traditional and Authentic Ramadan Tent

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The Kempinski Ramadan Tent has witnessed a great turnout during the past years. Therefore, with the approach of the holy month of Ramadan, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has announced the launch of the “Kempinski Ramadan Tent”, rejoicing in the month of Ramadan, and celebrating with guests.


The tent portrays unique Arabic heritage and is a great example of mixing traditional and modern attributes. The tent, which is built specifically for the blessed month of Ramadan, covers 2,000 sqm and can accommodate up to 800 visitors, who will experience the colors of Ramadan at its best.  

Mr. Saeed Al Aseeri, Hotel Manager, said: “We would like to celebrate the arrival of this holy month with everyone, and we are eager to welcome our guests at the Ramadan Tent with the authentic ambiance that reflects the traditions of Ramadan.” He also added, “Guests of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski consider the Kempinski Ramadan Tent their own home. When they visit our Ramadan Tent with their families or friends, they will feel comfortable, enjoy the cozy atmosphere and savor the most delicious food prepared by our Saudi Executive Chef Fahad Bukhari and team.”

Saudi Executive Chef Fahad Bukhari, with his team, will prepare an extensive buffet of local dishes from all over the kingdom – a variety of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine with live-cooking stations. There are also favorite types of Ramadan food, drinks and traditional dishes prepared in a modernistic way.

The Ramadan Tent will feature a special kids corner that will cater for the young guests, where they can color, have their faces painted, read various books, enjoy smart games, and watch cartoons. Families will be able to enjoy their privacy in separate areas to eat in full comfort, not to mention the possibility of watching the preparation of some dishes directly with chefs.

The hotel will definitely not miss out on Suhoor, which will be served daily at the Tuğra Restaurant from 10:00 pm to 3:00 am. The buffet will be presented in a way that blends European luxury and authentic Arabian hospitality with the finest dishes.

For those wishing to stay at the hotel during the month of Ramadan can take advantage of the Ramadan package with numerous benefits, including complimentary Iftar at the Kempinski Ramadan Tent, as a courtesy that reflects the generosity of this brand.

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski continuously launches a range of community service activities, such as joint cooperation agreements with charities, foundations, and others.

The Kempinski Ramadan Tent this year will be sponsored by Virgin Mobile.

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Healthy Living, Style & Shopping, TECH

Huawei Adds Active and Elegant Editions to HUAWEI Watch GT Line Up

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The innovative smartwatch delivers 2-week battery life, industry-leading fitness and wellness tracking capabilities in premium classic watch design.


HUAWEI WATCH GT was designed to deliver smartwatch capabilities while delivering amazing battery life. With over 1 million sold globally, HUAWEI WATCH GT has become Huawei’s best-selling smartwatch since its launch back in October making it the best in its category.

The Active Edition features the same 46mm watch face as that of HUAWEI WATCH GT Classic Edition and Sport Edition, while the Elegant Edition features a smaller 42mm ceramic bezel option. HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition is fitted with a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD color touchscreen with a resolution of 454 x 454 pixels, while the Elegant Edition with a 1.2-inch AMOLED HD color touchscreen with a resolution of 390 x 390 pixels, offering you crisp and clear display.

Ultra-long battery life for a better workout experience

Taking its namesake from Grand Tourers, a performance and luxury car capable of high speed and long-distance driving, the HUAWEI WATCH GT uses an innovative dual-chipset and smart power-saving architecture that enables it to switch between performance and efficiency modes depending on an individual’s activity to maximize battery life.

HUAWEI WATCH GT Active, Sport and Classic Editions feature two-week battery life with typical use including all-day wear and heart rate function activated, scientific sleeping function activated at night, 90 minutes of exercise per week and message notification. The Elegant Edition is up to one week. Used without exercise tracking in a more traditional watch scenario, the HUAWEI WATCH GT can stay charged for up to 30 days.

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Industry-leading fitness and wellness tracking capabilities

While the HUAWEI Watch GT supports a range of indoor and outdoor fitness activities, the new HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition and Elegant Edition feature Triathlon mode. Three types of workout are supported under Triathlon, including open water swimming, outdoor cycling, and outdoor running. The smartwatch can record the entire triathlon, including the transition time. Triathlon mode will be available on the HUAWEI WATCH GT Classic and Sport Edition via an update.

With ultra-long battery time and HUAWEI TruSeen 3.0 heart rate monitoring, the HUAWEI WATCH GT supports continuous 24-hours heart rate monitoring tracking active and resting heart rates. Combining innovative PPG optical and hardware design and AI algorithms, the solution can monitor the heart rate of users in real time with high precision. In Sport mode, the HUAWEI WATCH GT can be set up to notify individuals to adjust the intensity of their workout based on a pre-set target heart rate interval. In rest mode, the smartwatch automatically monitors and records the resting heart rate of users.

TruSleep™ 2.0 scientific sleep tracking makes it possible to monitor your sleep quality, accurately identify typical sleep issues and offer you over 200 suggestions for improvement of sleep quality and personalized sleep services by real-time heart rate monitoring, sleep breathing and big data analysis, for better health management.

Classic watch look with a modern sensibility

The HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition will be available through a couple of authorized resellers in a green strap while the HUAWEI WATCH GT Elegant Edition (42mm series) in Tahitian Magic Black Pearl at a later stage.

A variety of watch faces are provided in the HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition and Elegant Edition. Whether it is for a birthday party, workout, or work, you can always find one to suit the occasion. This feature will also be available for the HUAWEI WATCH GT Classic and Sport Editions after an update.

Fluoroelastomer straps of HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition and Elegant Edition not only improve the overall texture of the watch but also creates a more durable and comfortable wearing experience. The Active Edition is available in orange and dark green, and the Elegant Edition is available in black and white.

The feature will be available through a HOTA update. Supports Android smartphones only and will be available in more regions in the future on a rolling basis.

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Events & Happenings

GovX: A New Global Digital Government Summit

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H.E. Eng. Abdullah Amer Al-Swaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, patronized the launch of GovX as a new Global Digital Government Summit.


The launch was organized on Monday 29 April 2019 by Saudi Arabia’s e-Government Program (Yesser), and was held at the Grand Hall of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Riyadh.

Attended by more than 200 executive directors in Information Technology from various government entities in Saudi Arabia, H.E. Al-Swaha affirmed the importance of GovX as a global event that contributes to raising awareness of the importance of digital worldwide, and an international gathering for the elite of the Information Technology experts, to make Saudi Arabia a leader in digital transformation and the Saudi government a leading digital government.gov-pic

GovX represents an important platform to exchange the expertise and experiences in order to build partnerships with advanced international institutions to accelerate the application of digitization in Saudi Arabia and the world. Additionally, it will stimulate ideas among participants to attract many digital investment opportunities and inspire ideas worldwide, as well as to create new opportunities in global markets.

Eng. Ali Nasser Al-Asiri, Director General of e-Government Program (Yesser), underlined that GovX strives to approach the concept of digitization in the public sector and to allow governments to make optimum use of it. Al-Asiri noted that GovX would have annual summits where all those who are interested in digital governments are welcome to attend.gov-pic2

Al-Asiri added that GovX would feature a series of technical presentations, workshops and fruitful interactive sessions geared toward finding solutions to the most significant challenges facing digitization. It will also present global best practices and be a platform to influence leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs, and together understand the possibilities, trends, and mechanisms of digital transformation in government, and change the leadership concepts related to digitization to benefit from them in areas that affect the economic revival of nations and evolution of societies.

During the launch event, attendees were challenged by Andreas Ekstrom, renowned author, journalist, and futurist, in a presentation on the future course of digital transformation and the impact on humanity. Among the topics Ekstrom addressed were the unified digital identity and citizen’s personal identity, as part of digital transformation in public service provision, and policy-making related to digitization for governments.

Yesser e-Government Program is the leading institution for the Saudi government to guide the digital transformation process and, with the launch of GovX, assumes a global role in this field.

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Events & Happenings

VOX Cinemas Most Premium Concept in Riyadh

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Majid Al Futtaim Redefines Luxury by Opening VOX Cinemas Most Premium Concept in Kingdom Centre.


Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia launched its fourth VOX Cinemas multiplex in Riyadh at the Kingdom Centre, which features a new fine-dining concept, bringing the total number of VOX Cinemas in the Kingdom to five.

As part of its commitment to bring world-class entertainment experiences to Saudi Arabia, VOX Cinemas has redefined luxury with its eight-screen multiplex, the first of its kind in the Middle East. Each auditorium has been designed to provide guests with the ultimate VIP experience. The auditoriums feature fully reclining leather seating, individual call buttons for in-cinema waiter service, immersive surround sound and crystal-clear projection.

VOX Cinemas at Kingdom Centre is a unique dining and cinema concept where boutique décor, state of the art audio-visual technology and fine dining meet. Guests can choose to dine or simply relax in an exclusive VIP lounge with a view of the show kitchen as they choose from a fine dining inspired menu. The gourmet menu features unique items such as 24k gold wrapped steak frites, 24k gold coated chocolate fondant, gold-dusted salted caramel popcorn and bespoke mocktails made with exotic ingredients.

Mohamed Al Hashemi, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures Country Manager – KSA said: “Since launching our first multiplex in Riyadh Park a year ago, we strongly believed in the future of entertainment in Saudi Arabia. Today, we are brought one step closer to achieving our vision with the launch of one of the most luxurious cinema experiences in the world. The journey has been nothing short of inspiring and is one that we will continue to be a part of as we break new barriers in parallel with the growth of our operation.”

Majid Al Futtaim’s investment into cinema in Saudi Arabia now exceeds $50 million (SAR185 million approximately) in under 12 months, with VOX Cinemas, set to open 110 screens in the Kingdom by the end of 2019. By the end of 2020, the company expects to operate over 200 screens in Saudi Arabia in six major cities, and with today’s launch, it now offers customers a total of 47 screens across Riyadh and Jeddah.

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Events & Happenings

Salon des Grandes Complications Riyadh 2019

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HRH Prince Faisal bin Saad bin Saud bin Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud inaugurated Salon des Grandes Complications in Riyadh on 15th April 2019.


Leading on from the extraordinary success of the fine watchmaking exhibition the past years in the capital, the annual event is being held once again at the prestigious Al Faisaliah Hotel and runs until 18th April.

Designed to celebrate watch culture in the Middle East, Salon des Grandes Complications is a public event that offers the watchmaking community in Saudi Arabia an exceptional setting in which to enjoy new timepieces and ground-breaking technologies. The new Arabian Connoisseurs Majlis is a welcome addition to this year’s Salon where collectors and brand representatives can convene, converse, and enjoy informative talks on a variety of watchmaking subjects.

Taking place for the third time in Riyadh, the event underlines the importance of Saudi Arabia to watchmakers. “The Middle East in general and Saudi Arabia in particular, have undoubtedly become an area of the world where recognition and appreciation for swiss, high-end watchmaking tradition are an established reality,” said Teresa Garin Ruiz De Mendarozqueta, General Manager, Middle East, and India, Ulysse Nardin.

“In a world where the pace of high-tech advances is hard to keep up with, the exquisite beauty and precision of a hand-made watch movement is a value to hold on to, and the increasing number of watch connoisseurs in this region is a testament to it,” Garin added.

Presented by the twelve participating Maisons, together with four of the leading Saudi Arabian watch and jewelry retailers, is an exciting array of timepieces that perfectly represent key themes in contemporary high watchmaking.

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Dive theme highlights include the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze which taps into the strong khaki and bronze trend, Breitling’s retro-inspired Superocean Héritage II Automatic 44 and Ulysse Nardin’s contemporary classic Diver 42mm.

‘Great Escapements’ is another key theme, ranging from the futuristic high-speed oscillator technology of the Zenith Defy Inventor to the more traditional Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon 12 Jours with its exceptionally long power reserve.

Chronograph highlights include the avant-garde TAG Heuer Carrera Carbon Tourbillon Phantom, Girard-Perregaux’s sporting chic Laureato Chronograph and Montblanc’s retro-inspired 1858 Chronograph with a bronze case and khaki-green dial.

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Community

Raffles & El Seed Collaborate on Painting the Riyadh Reservoir

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Students of Raffles Design Institute, Riyadh had the initiative to volunteer for the French-Tunisian ‘El Seed’ who has designed a mural for the Riyadh Water Tower.


The Ministry of Culture launched its strategy with a major celebration and included in their ceremony “Garden of the Nation”, which had at its center the Riyadh reservoir, one of the oldest and most important landmarks of our beautiful capital.

‘El Seed’, despite his Arabic heritage, did not learn Arabic until he was at an advanced age, and this was in order to develop a new type of mural which centers on the Arabic calligraphy as both letters and poetry; he has shared its beauty across the borders of South Korea, North Korea, New York, Jeddah, Medina, and Dubai.

The mixture today between Arabic calligraphy and graphic art has received international acclaim as Arabic calligraphy is a symbol of both strength and beauty, which has lead ‘El Seed’ to believe that art has a great role among peoples and a greater role in the humanization of cities.

This information was presented in a lecture attended by a number of interested students and visitors in Raffles Design Institute, one of the most important educational institutions in the Kingdom. In the lecture, ‘El Seed’ said that his current project signifies a quantum leap for him in his artistic future, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s creative and artistic beauty has far exceeded his perceptions. Fourteen students from the Raffles Institute volunteered for his “calligraffiti” project, which has led to the artist being further impressed by the high level of education of Saudi women, their artistic taste, and their high spirits in working for art, and specifically for one of the most beautiful art projects designed to beautify their country.

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Events & Happenings

The Region’s Most Experiential Tech Festival Is Happening in Saudi

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STEP Conference, the region’s most experiential tech festival is heading to Saudi for the first time!


STEP Saudi is happening on March 25 at Seven Moons, Riyadh. 1500+ entrepreneurs, investors, digital enthusiasts, creatives and more will be attending STEP Saudi with 100+ startups showcasing across FinTech, Digital Media, Transport, E-commerce and more.

50+ industry leaders and government entities are participating to tackle different topics across 4 content tracks:

STEP Start covers entrepreneurship and features the largest MENA startup showcase, pitch competition, and mentorship sessions.

STEP Digital covers the latest tools and trends in advertising, content creation, and digital media.

STEP X covers future tech, more specifically the future of transportation, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and wearables.

STEP Money covers fintech and more specifically blockchain and cryptocurrency, payments.

For the preliminary agenda click here.

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