A Sharper & Better You With King C. Gillette


Own your beard and master your grooming necessities.

It’s all about the first shave. Many have vivid recollections of baba or their grandfathers teaching them how to shave. Whether that be memories of lathering shaving cream and smoothly gliding the blade across their face or trimming their beard for the first time, these moments have shaped men’s shaving regimens for years.

As grooming trends have evolved over the years from clean-shaven and a well-defined goatee to a groomed beard or a masculine signature mustache, Gillette has always been there offering men the tools they need to master their look and style.gillette_kcg_full_range_modular_flatlay_v2-2-copy

Harnessing over 115 years of expertise, the pioneer in grooming has introduced a new brand exclusively designed for men with facial hair. The brand is named after the founder of fine grooming King C. Gillette and is the first brand in the region to offer men a one-stop shop for all beard and skincare tools to master any facial hairstyle.

King C. Gillette presents the ultimate at-home grooming experience. The brand offers an array of beard and facial care products that redefine how men own their beards and enable them to Shave and Edge, Trim, and Care for their facial hair and skin, making men look, feel, and smell their best.  As the weather in Saudi diversifies from humid and hot to arid with little to no moisture, it can easily provoke dry skin or other sensitivities.05-dispensing-beard-oil-to-palm-with-dropper_retouched-copy

The key is finding products that add hydration to your skin. The new beard care collection offers a beard balm, oil, and a beard and face wash to keep men feeling well-moisturized and fresh. We can now say goodbye to coarse beard hair and dry, itchy skin for good with the softening King C. Gillette Beard Oil and the Beard Balm, which can be used as a leave-in conditioner or a wash-off mask.

Both are created with traditional hair conditioning technology and natural ingredients, like shea and cocoa butter and avocado, argan, sweet almond, and grapeseed oils. Also, to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and excess oil from your beard and nourish the dry skin underneath it use King C. Gillette’s gentle and effective beard and face wash. This is infused with coconut water and will surely leave you feeling fresh and clean.03-changing-comb_rertouched-copy

All these products feature the King C. Gillette signature scent, which has been developed by the brand’s perfume specialists in close collaboration with an international fragrance house and trend experts. The signature scent mixes notes of cardamom, ginger, lavender, bourbon oil, patchouli, and sandalwood.

Now, for hardcore grooming, King C. Gillette has put together a range of shaving accessories into a premium kit that gives you the ideal portable or at-home barbershop experience, minus the hassle. A product for every face, style, and beard. For those who have long or short beards, the trimmer is the perfect shaving tool. Sculpt and style your facial hair to perfection with the King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer, powered by Braun technology. You can choose from three combs and 11 different length settings for all your beard trimming needs. If you are one for precision, then King C. Gillette has you covered.01-pumping-beard-wash-to-palm_retouched-copy

Firstly, we all know that every shave needs a gel and the brand’s clear non-foaming shaving gel, infused with white tea and argan oil will facilitate your beard definition process while protecting your skin.

Enjoy a comfortable and incredibly close shave that makes a well-groomed beard or a statement mustache really stand out with Shave & Edging Razor and the Double Edge Safety Razor. You can even kiss shaving rashes and razor burns on your neck goodbye as King C. Gillette designed a specialized Neck Razor for sensitive skin.

Pamper yourself and enjoy an indulgent sensory grooming experience at affordable prices, right from the comfort of your home. The King C. Gillette collection is available across leading supermarkets in Saudi Arabia.

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Abeer Launches a Ramadan Exclusive Virtual Campaign #30_Million_Steps_Challenge for 30 days


Ramadan is at the doors, and with it comes all the food and the fancy dining tables preparing for either Iftar or Suhoor meals.

Ramadan is all about giving back to the community and abstaining from food, water, and the luxuries of life to feel for the needy. It’s the purest and most spiritual form of Ibada that you can perform all year long. This year make your Ramadan different, walk the extra mile at achieving your daily steps goal. Make your steps the Sadaqa feeding 15 less fortunate families every day. Contribute as a proud citizen/resident of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to achieving 30,000,000 steps and granting 450 food baskets from Abeer community to 450 families in need.

Abeer Medical Group in collaboration with Masafat Club is proud to start a Ramadan month exclusive campaign where the main goal is to motivate the Saudi society to make a habit of walking or running. The campaign’s goal is 1,000,000 steps (800 km) daily walked/ran by the participants. When the 1,000,000 steps goal is reached in a day 15 food baskets are given to needy families in cooperation with AlAhyaa Society Charity and Women’s Charitable Society in Jeddah, feeding a total of 450 families during the holy month of Ramadan.

Your good deeds and intentions towards giving back to the community will be recognized by Abeer. Prizes and gifts are to be granted to groups (male & female), individuals (male & female), Children under 18, and children under 12. The hashtag الحركة_بركة # should be used when posting your daily step count onto our Twitter account @abeerhc. You can track your daily steps through an application called Strava; sign up, join # الحركة_بركة Club and start your healthy rewarding Ramadan journey with us.

As the Prophet, Muhammed PBUH said “The best of humans is he who is most beneficial to them”, we invite you to benefit the society that you live in by walking the extra mile with us. Acknowledge your blessings, count them, and feel good about being part of a campaign that is of an important cause in translating minor steps you take forward to a beautiful gift/sadaqa to a needy household.

Take the first steps to become a better version of yourself this Ramadan. Be the change you want to see in this world. Walk with Abeer.


April on OSN Promises Plenty of Drama, Comedy, Action & Much More


As we gear up for Ramadan, OSN  offers a jam-packed first and exclusive series and movie lineup on their channels including OSN Yahala Cinema, OSN Yahala Al Oula, OSN Living, OSN Mezze, OSN Woman, OSN Movies First, and OSN Series First. With content also available on OSN Streaming App to access everywhere and anytime. 

April marks the 10th Anniversary of one of the biggest ever TV shows – Game of Thrones’ Iron Anniversary, and OSN is giving viewers the chance to go back to where it all started with a daily double bill on OSN Series.  And that’s not all, from E! Live from the Red Carpet and Mare of Easttown to OSN Original’s first Arabic psycho-thriller Qayd Majhoul, viewers will be spoilt for choice. OSN Mezze will present three cooking shows to get you into the Ramadan spirit including the much awaited second season of Yalla Net’asha, the Arabic version of Come Dine With Me.

Arabic Programing

Enjoy first & exclusive window to premium Arabic entertainment from Gulf, Egyptian, Pan Arabic and dubbed, Russian, Western and Turkish Drama. OSN will also bring the whole family together throughout the Holy Month with an exciting lineup of Ramadan series, including Gulf Drama Al Namous, Bait Al Thull and Al Rouh Wa Al Rayya in addition to  Egyptian drama with Kolo Bel Hob, Loubat Newton, and many more.

OSN Ya Hala Cinema brings on April 3rd at 23:00 KSA Youm El Dine, a new and exclusive Egyptian Adventure, Comedy, Drama movie, which follows the adventures of a middle-aged Coptic leper named Beshay and his young Nubian friend, Obama, as they travel across Egypt in an attempt to reconnect with his family.  Staring Rady Gamal, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Osama Abdallah (and directed by A.B. Shawky), this challenging and heartwarming film won 8 awards at leading international festivals including Cannes Film Festival (2018).

OSN Original’s Qayd Majhoul continues in April with its last two episodes, on OSN Yahala Al Oula. The Syrian psychological thriller sees two parallel and seemingly separate stories becoming increasingly entangled. The first thread highlights the investigations of two high profile murders led by police major Khaldoun. The other branch of the plot revolves around Samir, a poor tailor and taxi driver who is experiencing a wave of financial misfortune and on the brink of mental collapse. Before he falls into complete despair, he reunites with his old friend Yazen who has returned to Syria to look for Samir after many years. The story gets twisted after Samir becomes a prime suspect in the murders and Yazan disappears. All episodes of this 2021 series, starring Abdulmenam Amairi, Basil Khayat, and Nazli Alrawas, are also available on OSN Streaming App.

OSN Lifestyle Channels

For the past 14 years, The Kardashian/Jenners have shared their lives with the world and made an undeniable impact on pop culture through Keeping Up with the Kardashians. As the show comes to its final season, the family is faced with life-changing decisions about their future while navigating a world changed by a global pandemic. From the thrill of new babies and cross-country moves, to the heartbreak of fractured relationships and difficult farewells, join the family on E! from Sunday 28th March at 20:00 KSA on one last journey as they figure out what comes next for them and close out this chapter of their lives.

The highly anticipated second season of OSN’s very own award-winning Original Production Yalla Net’asha (Come Dine With Me) returns at 20.00 (KSA) on 12th April on OSN Mezze, as well as on OSN Streaming App. Each week four contestants will take turns hosting each other at their houses for a dinner party where they have prepared a three-course dinner over four consecutive nights.  Guests will then secretly rate the evening out of ten with the top scorer revealed at the end of the week and the victor wins a monetary prize.

April 17th sees the launch of Taste the Nation, a food show at 19.00 KSA on OSN Mezze as award-winning cookbook author Padma Lakshmi embarks on a journey across the United States, exploring the rich and diverse food cultures of various immigrant groups and seeking out the people who have shaped what American food is today.

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts returns to OSN Mezze on April 6th at 17.30 KSA as Mary explores the wonderful world of simple comfort food, bringing fuss-free recipes that can warm the soul and lift the spirits.

My Greek Odyssey (Season 2) starts at 21.00 KSA on 8th April on OSN Living. This season, Peter journeys to the Northern Aegean and Western Cycladic islands where he digs deeper into the fabric that makes Greece so unique, meeting remarkable characters along the way.

The Fixers is also returning for a second season on April 23rd at 19.00 KSA on OSN Living.  A team of experienced builders travel to remote locations to complete life-changing projects, from bringing electricity to an orphanage to providing a reliable source of fresh water for a community.

OSN Woman

Tune in to the newly announced content line up, OSN Woman, to access a large variety of lifestyle shows and movies covering a broad range of topics ranging from fashion, health, parenting, relationships, and reality shows.

How It Feels To Be Free (7th April) is the inspiring true story of how six iconic African American female entertainers challenged an entertainment industry that is deeply complicit in perpetuating racist stereotypes and transformed themselves and their audiences in the process.

Very Ralph (14th April) is the first documentary portrait of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, revealing the man behind the icon and the creation of one of the most successful brands in fashion history.

Public Figure (21st April) is a documentary that investigates the psychological effects of everyday social media use while exploring how our influencers deal with the fame, money, hate and obsession that comes with it.

Secrets of the Royal Wardrobe (28th April) explores the design and creation of the royal wedding dresses that have captured the public’s attention for decades. Includes interviews with designers and Royal style tips.

Also, Project Runway returns to OSN at 20.00 (KSA) on 5th April where the show focuses on sixteen fashion designers competing to become “The Next Great American Designer”.

OSN Movies First

Bad Boys For Life premieres on April 2nd at 2100 KSA. Marcus and Mike are forced to confront new threats, career changes, and midlife crises as they join the newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department to take down the ruthless Armando Armas, the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Top class buddy movie action!

OSN Series First

Stay entertained this April with new Series on OSN Series First, your first window to all the latest drama and action series from the biggest studios, straight from the US. All series will also be available to catch up on OSN Streaming App.

  • Game of Thrones Iron Anniversary: The Mara-Throne – OSN Series will air the complete series (S1-S8) of Game of Thrones, as a double-bill every day starting 11th April at 21.00 KSA.
  • The Nevers: April 12th – An epic tale following a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.
  • Mare of Easttown: April 19th – A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
  • Big Shot: April 17th – A temperamental college basketball coach who gets fired from his job and must take a teaching and coaching job at an elite all-girls private high school.
  • Super Girl Finale Season: April 7th – The adventures of Superman’s cousin in her own superhero career.

Visit osn.com for more information on scheduling and much more. 


NESPRESSO Takes Recycling up A Gear with the Launch of re:Cycle


Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2021 – Nespresso continues to demonstrate its commitment to recycling with the launch of RE:CYCLE, a stylish city bike made of recycled Nespresso aluminum capsules.

Launching in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the pioneer in premium portioned coffee is showcasing examples of objects made of upcycled capsules and how consumers’ recycling actions contribute to a conscious cup of coffee.

Last year, Nespresso partnered with Swedish lifestyle bike brand Vélosophy, as part of its initiative in a series of second life products. The result was the RE:CYCLE –  a product that is a perfect balance of sustainability and style, designed to illustrate the potential of recyclable aluminum and motivate Nespresso drinkers to recycle their capsules.photo-2021-03-28-11-08-50-1-copy

Racha Chamseddin, Regional Business Development Manager at Nestlé Nespresso SA, said: “Nespresso’s global ambition is to make a positive impact through coffee and via the Positive Cup; making every cup of Nespresso an extraordinary experience, creating pleasure for consumers and benefits for society and the environment. The Second Life Program is an important part of our sustainability approach to help increase recycling rates. Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminum Nespresso capsules.”

Proving an icon of circular economy design, every RE:CYCLE bicycle has been built with conscious-living coffee lovers in mind. Striking design details include its capsule-shaped bell and cup-holder basket, allowing riders to enjoy their favorite drink on the go.  Demonstrating the tangible benefits of recycling coffee capsules at both local and global levels, each sale of the beautifully crafted RE:CYCLE bikes will be donated to girls in West Africa as a means of getting to school thanks to Vélosophy’s 1:1 promise with World Bicycle Relief.photo-2021-03-28-11-08-51-copy

As part of its recycling endeavor, Nespresso has partnered with Averda – its official recycling partner, to offer various options for recycling used aluminum capsules and ensure better environmental protection and cost-effective use of resources. All Nespresso clients are now invited to ensure their capsules are properly gathered in a recycling bag and discarded at their nearest Nespresso Boutique, or otherwise, have them kept at their doorstep till collected by Nespresso with the next delivery order.

Nespresso’s recycling partnerships with Velosophy and Averda verily materializes its contribution to the Saudi Vision 2030 that takes environment protection, waste management, and renewable energy as top nationwide priorities.

Jimmy Östholm, CEO and Founder of Vélosophy said: “We created Vélosophy with a clear purpose: to have a positive impact on the world. This purpose drives everything we do, from our promise to give a bike to a schoolgirl for every Vélosophy we sell, to producing our stylish city bikes from recycled aluminum. I see in Nespresso a strong commitment to sustainability, that is why this has been the dream partnership. We are proud to have co-created a bike that takes on the future. It is beautifully designed, responsibly sourced, and sustainably produced. The RE:CYCLE just goes to show that a simple act of sustainability can have a much bigger impact on the world.”photo-2021-03-28-11-08-50-copy

As one of the world’s most valuable resources, aluminum can be re-melted and reused infinitely, eliminating waste by allowing it to take on new life in various forms, again and again.

In 2020, the brand launched its first coffee capsules to market made using 80% recycled aluminum, as well as new machine boxes in fully recyclable packaging made of 95% recycled material. The first-ever coffee capsules made using 80% recycled aluminum were introduced in March last year in selected countries and continued to be rolled out from July onwards. By the end of 2021, Nespresso aims to have the full Original Line and Vertuo ranges of coffee capsules made using recycled aluminum.

The RE:CYCLE will be on display across various Nespresso boutiques in the Kingdom, and can be purchased exclusively from Vélosophy’s e-commerce platform velosophy.cc (In limited stocks). Nespresso capsules are made of aluminum, which is infinitely recyclable.

Nespresso opened its first recycling scheme in Switzerland in 1991 and since 2014 Nespresso has invested over CHF 185 million (Approximately SAR 746 million) in its recycling programs globally with over 100,000 collection points in 57 countries, where 91% of the brand’s customers have access to a recycling option.


Rediscover Dining This Ramadan With Marriott International


MORE CRAVINGS BY MARRIOTT BONVOY™ brings the ultimate Ramadan guide on the best Iftar and Suhour offers, with 20% discount across Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16th March 2021: Choosing where to eat during Ramadan just got a whole lot easier with MORE CRAVINGS BY MARRIOTT BONVOY™, a dedicated platform that brings together Saudi Arabia’s best Iftar and Suhour offers available across all Marriott International properties. The website is the ultimate deals directory, so gourmand guests have new places and flavours to explore throughout the Holy Month.

Enriching Ramadan dining experiences with more than just flavours, the website encourages people to turn special moments into memories over meals with those near and dear. Whether it’s a traditional Arabic-style Iftar buffet or Suhour with a twist, foodies can rejoice in this absolute dream come true at just the click of a button. Morecravings.com showcases a mouth-watering variety of culinary experiences, be it cosy eateries and even fine dining outlets, explore the options and make reservations at just the click of a button. Guests can enjoy 20% off on Iftar and Suhour offers when dining at any participating restaurants throughout the Holy Month.morecraving-3-copy

Giving guests a traditional Iftar experience, Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road hosts a traditional Iftar at Seven Tent, serving a tantalising spread of international favourites, live cooking stations, as well as a lavish buffet boasting regional delicacies. Seven Tent is the perfect family-friendly dining destination that welcomes the spirit of the Holy Month in a majestic way, making meals memorable.

Aloft Dhahran in Al Khobar promises an authentic Saudi Iftar with delicacies from around the kingdom, paired with an international spread, live cooking stations, as well as a wide variety of salads and desserts.

MORE CRAVINGS BY MARRIOTT BONVOYTM is Marriott International’s dedicated online dining platform for the Middle East and Africa. An innovative, hassle-free way to elevate dining experiences, where guests can enjoy flavours from a range of exciting restaurants, from internationally renowned concepts to homegrown eateries across all Marriott properties around the kingdom. Reservations can be made via the hotel’s concierge or morecravings.com.

Keeping health and safety at the heart of operations, all Marriott International properties practice ongoing efforts to safeguard public health through enhanced cleaning and safety measures to ensure that hotels remain a comfortable and safe environment for guests and diners.

A convenient way to navigate dining out this Ramadan, all you have to do is select, book, and let MORE CRAVINGS BY MARRIOTT BONVOY™ take care of the rest.


Reusing & Recycling; Individual & Collective Actions in the Fight Against Climate Change


Ahead of COP26, representatives from Saudi Arabia and the UK government discussed climate change issues yesterday in an online roundtable hosted by the British Embassy in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh; 16 March 2021: Climate change is the biggest and most urgent challenge of our time. During a live forum hosted yesterday by the British Embassy in Riyadh, experts from private and public sectors and civil society discussed the challenge, strategies, and actions that need to be taken, with a particular focus on plastic consumption and waste.

The virtual roundtable, ‘Reusing and recycling: the effects of plastic in nature. Ahead of COP26, can we encourage a fundamental change in attitudes?’, was held as part of the British Embassy in Riyadh’s #TogetherForOurPlanet معا_لأجل_كوكبنا# campaign.

The campaign is building awareness about climate change and the urgent need for action in the lead up to COP26 (the United Nations 26th annual session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention), which will bring together world leaders, delegates, climate experts, and negotiators to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. In the run-up to COP26, the UK is committed to working closely with governments, businesses, civil society groups, schools, and people across the world as part of a global conversation on tackling climate change.

The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Neil Crompton, opened the roundtable. He commended the leadership Saudi Arabia demonstrated on climate and environment issues during the Kingdom’s presidency of the G20 last year.

The Ambassador said, ‘We are dependent upon each other and the sum of our collective actions as we seek to tackle huge, global challenges. Saudi leadership on climate and environment is key to building awareness and momentum globally on this critical issue as we accelerate progress towards achieving our global climate commitments.”

The virtual roundtable was moderated by COP26 Regional Ambassador for MENA, Janet Rogan. She opened that 2021 is a pivotal year for climate change action, noting the significance of the UN’s Climate Change Conference, COP26, which will be convened in Glasgow in November. She spoke of the need for systemic action across all parts of society and the economy to address climate change but also highlighted that individual action too can have a significant impact and that public awareness and support are needed to enable change.

Janet Rogan also noted the importance of nature. She said, “Our lands and oceans are under threat from climate change, but can also contribute to the solution. And that we cannot meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement or adapt to the effects of climate change without restoring, protecting and enhancing nature.”

The British Ambassador, Neil Crompton, and COP26 Regional Ambassador for MENA, Janet Rogan, were joined on the roundtable by six speakers including:

Distinguished Professor Carlos M. Duarte, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia who said, “We found the Red Sea to be depleted in floating microplastics, which was surprising since it supports heavy shipping traffic and plastic management in the basis remains suboptimal. We found the reason to be on the high plastic trapping rate of the extensive coastal habitats, corals, seagrass meadows, and mangroves, flanking the Red Sea, which acts as very intense sinks for microplastics. Reducing inputs requires a combined effort at improving the regulatory environment, collecting and recycling facilities and environmental education of the general public.”

Ahmed Samir Elbermbali, Managing Director of the MENA Clean Energy Business Council commented, “Conscious consumerism and energy efficiency are two of the most effective ways to fight climate change, which not only governments but also individuals can act on today.”

Speaking on the importance of education in raising awareness about climate change, Helen Olds, Principal of the British International School Riyadh said, “The education sector plays a critical role in raising awareness about climate change, helping children develop a clear understanding of key environmental issues through an interdisciplinary approach. At BISR we cover critical topics through a ‘think, feel and act’ model, helping students to understand key concepts through academic studies, providing opportunities for them to engage with individual stories relating to those affected by climate change, and facilitating experiences for them to take positive action. At BISR we are proud to be a green flag Eco School and the first school in Saudi Arabia to be engaging in a project called Precious Plastics, providing practical ‘ hands-on’ learning activities related to recycling and reusing. We are committed to ensuring that our students develop lifelong habits relating to environmental sustainability. “

“Climate change is the defining challenge of this century, for every single country, every business, and every individual,” said Caspar Herzberg, President, Middle East, and Africa at Schneider Electric. “Saudi Arabia has moved with remarkable speed to conceive new ideas and technologies that will reduce emissions, with many mega projects that will run on 100 percent clean energy and be home to millions of people. As a sustainable business, we will play our part, and our technologies are already helping our customers in the region to set, measure and achieve decarbonization strategies that are very much positively impacting their bottom line. Sustainability is good for us all, and that’s the message that we must focus on as we head into COP26 in Glasgow.”

Mouna A. Eusman, MDP, Co-founder of Naqaa Sustainability Solutions and a Circular Economy Expert said, “Our belief in the circular economy is not only driven from our work with Naqaa’s clients but most importantly from trying to keep us up with the ambitious Saudi leadership efforts for a sustainable future embodied in a big part of the 2030 vision. We at Naqaa strive to accelerate our clients transitioning to a circular economy believing that we are creating the future”. 

Taha Boksmati, Founder of Hejaz Ploggers and Operational Excellence Manager at the National Center for Environmental Compliance said, “We witnessed a significant reduction in greenhouse gases during the lockdown in 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As environmentalists, it is our responsibility to convey the importance of investing in environmental systems and environmental awareness first, to improve both social and economic pillars of sustainability moving forwards.”

Individuals and organizations can share their pledge on their social media channels tagging @UKinSaudiArabia and using the campaign hashtags.

For the latest updates on Together for Our Planet in Saudi Arabia please visit The British Embassy in Saudi Arabia’s social media pages – Instagram:@ukinsaudiarabia  Twitter:@UKinSaudiArabia  and Facebook: @UKinSaudiArabia

For more information about COP26 please visit ukcop26.org and for Together for Our Planet please visit together-for-our-planet.ukcop26.org


Building A More Dignified, Just World: Expo & the UN


Expo & the UN Unite Change-makers to Galvanise Action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Latest talks include film-maker Richard Curtis, humanitarian Dr Jemilah Mahmood
  • SDGs seek to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities, tackle climate change by 2030
  • Expo Talks: Global Goals previews more exciting content that will inspire visitors

The Expo 2020 toolkit including videos and imagery can be downloaded here

DUBAI, 10 March 2021 – The need to build a more dignified and just world brought together experts, Expo Partners and International Participants – alongside renowned humanitarians and a blockbuster film-maker – at Expo 2020 Dubai’s latest virtual thematic programme, Expo Talks: Global Goals.

Held in association with the United Nations on 9-10 March, the event explored the innovative solutions and concrete actions needed to turn the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a blueprint to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030 – into reality.

Highlighting the UAE’s commitment to the Goals and its convening power to galvanise global action, Expo Talks: Global Goals, available on demand, outlined why the world needs urgent progress on the SDGs, why everyone must be involved, and how Expo 2020 will bring the SDGs to life across its entire visitor experience.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and Chair of the National Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals, said: “The SDGs reflect crucial issues that are relevant to us every single one of us. They are at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai and will cut across our programming in all manner of ways, from spotlighting how countries are placing sustainable development at the core of their strategies, to actively engaging, informing and inspiring millions of citizens to make a conscious difference.

“We have less than a decade left – we must all work together to build on the progress made so far, to continue to work together to make the Global Goals a reality and build a cleaner, safer, healthier, more inclusive future for all.”

Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Global Communications and Commissioner General for the UN at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The United Nations values Expo 2020 as a global platform for global dialogue and collaboration. With its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo presents an opportunity to showcase not only the power of ingenuity and innovation to create solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, but also the power of international cooperation to implement and achieve the global goals with dignity and justice for all.”

His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director General of The Prime Minister’s Office and Vice Chair of the UAE National Committee on the SDGs reiterated UAE leadership’s vision and guidance in building a more sustainable future and instilling the sustainability mindset across various fields and sector in the nation.

HE Abdulla Nasser Lootah said: “Since its formation in 2017, the UAE National Committee on SDGs has been actively involved in delivering innovative and impactful initiatives and programmes across various sectors, in and outside the UAE, and further strengthening our nation’s critical role as global player and supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.”

Expo 2020’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner SAP and its Digital Services Partner Accenture explained how they are backing the UN Global Compact’s ‘SDG Ambition’ – an initiative challenging and supporting business to integrate the SDGs into their core business, while measuring and managing their performance.

SDG Advocates Richard Curtis, the decorated writer and film director behind A-list blockbusters Love Actually and Notting Hill, and Dr Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, urged the whole world to get involved in achieving the SDGs, and emphasised the importance of promoting them globally through ‘Project Everyone’, a not-for-profit communications agency dedicated to raising awareness and accelerating progress towards the Global Goals.

In another session, renowned humanitarians including Dr Jemilah Mahmood, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Pascale de la Frégonnière, Strategic Advisor to the Board of Cartier Philanthropy, explored the critical role of women in achieving the SDGs, highlighting existing gender gaps that need to be urgently addressed.

Attendees also glimpsed some of the exciting content that will inspire millions of visitors during Expo, including a taste of the enlightening Global Goals show that will appear on Al Wasl plaza’s 360-degree projection screen; a celebration of female achievements and women change-makers at the Women’s Pavilion; and the specially-curated SDG journeys at the Opportunity Pavilion, which will connect everyone with the Goals and encourage them to become change-makers of the future.

Expo is already supporting a number of innovative, on-the-ground projects that are working to achieving the SDGs. Under the theme ‘Small Steps, Big Leaps: Simple Solutions for Sustainable Impact’, Expo’s Global Best Practice Programme will spotlight numerous projects over the 182 days of Expo that localise the SDGs and can be adapted, replicated, and scaled for enhanced global impact.

Global Goals is the ninth in a series of 10 thematic talks – launched in October 2020 with Space – bringing together influential policymakers, thought-leaders, Expo participants and the public to help shape the thought-provoking content and conversations taking place during Expo 2020.

Running from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will seek collaborative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues – including weeks dedicated to Climate and Biodiversity, Knowledge and Learning, and Water – to help build a cleaner, safer and healthier future for all.


Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh Joins Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group


From today, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is managing the renowned Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with reservations now available through the Group’s website.

The property is currently undergoing an extensive guestroom and public area renovation scheduled for completion in late 2021, after which it will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental Al Faisaliah, Riyadh.screen-shot-2021-03-09-at-10-13-31-am-copy

Located in the heart of the city’s Central Business District, the hotel forms an integral part of the iconic mixed-use Al Faisaliah Centre and provides easy access to the nearby corporate offices, government buildings, high-end shopping, and restaurants.  The luxurious hotel comprises 321 guestrooms and suites and a variety of wellness experiences, restaurants, lounges, and bars, including the popular top floor venue which commands outstanding views of the city.

screen-shot-2021-03-09-at-10-14-44-am-copyAdam Tihany Design, New York has designed the new interiors, which will enhance the hotel’s timeless style while maintaining its Arabian-influenced elegance. He has previously worked with the Group on projects in LondonHong KongGeneva, and Beijing.

“We are delighted to be further strengthening Mandarin Oriental’s presence in the Middle East by introducing the brand to Saudi Arabia. We look forward to providing our guests with memorable experiences, in majestic surroundings, all underpinned by Mandarin Oriental’s exceptional service” said Christoph Mares, Chief Operating Officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.


Step Anywhere 2021 is on March


Step Anywhere 2021 is on for March 29th, 30th, and 31st, and fully online! Organized by the team behind Step Conference, The Leading Online Tech Festival For Emerging Markets will bring together over 1500 international attendees, 100 showcasing startups and global players in health tech, edtech,  fintech,  food tech, smart cities, digital media, and more.

In its first edition, Step Anywhere 2020 featured 6 tracks of live talks and panels, workshops, various startup programming, exhibition and showcasing opportunities, and live entertainment.

The 3-day event will cover the entire spectrum of tech trends today, featuring talks and panel discussions on a multitude of topics, workshops, virtual meet-ups, and more with top speakers from the ecosystem including Matthew Salloway, CEO of GSI Ventures and co-founder of SIP Global Partners, Kareem Elsirafy, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Modus, Matt Sexton, Chief Strategy Officer at Futerra, Tony Bourached, CEO at Mindshare MENA and Vanessa Tierney, CEO at Abodoo in partnership with Yonderdesk. Check the speaker announcements here!

Use the promo code here to unlock a 20% discount on tickets, and be part of Step Anywhere this March 29-31 from anywhere in the world https://bit.ly/2OIJgQZ

Additionally, Step Anywhere 2021 will provide opportunities for startups to showcase their product or service; meet investors from leading funds, attend workshops, roundtables, and mentorship sessions, and pitch online from anywhere in the world.

If you’re a startup, you can apply to showcase now!

Join in from the office, home, whilst grabbing coffee – wherever you are in the world and take your chance to witness inspirational talks and panels from thought leaders on today’s biggest challenges, get insights on the latest tech trends and connect with startups shaping the industry!

More details can be found here and stay tuned on Step’s channels for updates!


We, The Foodies


In the spirit of culinary democracy, we’ve also enlisted the palates of local bloggers to come up with a Kingdom-wide, tried and tested dining directory.

These listings are meant to cast a wider net, so you’ll never have to hear your tummy rumbling:

Morning Hauts

From Shakshouka (egg scramble) to piping hot coffee, nothing like a hearty meal to wake you up to brave the day on a cold winter day. Here is a list of the must-try restaurants from all over the kingdom.


  • Taif

Location: Dist, Darid Ibn Al Samah, Al Sadad, Taif
Instagram: bohoo_ksa

Aroma Flower Lounge
Location: King Khalid Rd, Taif 26522 
Instagram: aaroma.flower


  • Eastern Province

Location: King Fahd Road, Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Al Khobar

Location: Zaid Ibn Alkhattab St, Olaya, Al Khobar

White Mountain
Location: Prince Turkey St., Al Kurnaish, Al Khobar


  • Jeddah

Black cardamom
Location: 8212 Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz, Al Andalus, Jeddah

Location: Sari Branch Rd, Al Khalidiyyah, Jeddah

DK Cream
Location: Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz St., Al Andalus, Jeddah


  • Riyadh

Flour & Firewood
Location: Prince Sultan St. Al Sulimaniyah, Riyadh

Location: Abu Baker, Al Yasmin, Riyadh

Breakfast Room
Location: Prince Turki St., Hittin, Riyadh

34 Kitchen
Location: Prince Turki St., Al Awwal Rd., Riyadh

Location: Prince Turki St., Al Awwal Rd., Riyadh


  • Yanbu


Neda’a Breakfast

Guzel Saray Restaurant and Café
Location: Al Qad, Yanbu 46422


  • Makkah

Zaatar W Zeit
Location:  Ibrahim Al Khalil, Ash Shubaikah, Makkah 24231

Location: Ibrahim Al Juffali, Makkah 23522


  • AlUla

Blue Bakery


  • Medina

Mama Ghanoush
Location: Al-Abbas Ibn Ubadah, Al Hadiqah, Medina 42383

Liver Deira


Knead Bakery

Zayton & Teen
Instagram:  zaytonwteensa

Bloom Roastery

Single Cafe


  • Tabuk

Miss Danah Cafe

Al-Saeed Bakery and Restaurant


  • Jazan

Taste of Ghamdam


  • Abha

The Dough Source
Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd., Al Sarawat, Abha

Bouvardia Cafe
Location: Sultan Rd., Khamis Mushait

Kangaroo Cafe
Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd., Al Rabwah, Abha



Foodie Recommended All-Day Dining

  • Riyadh

Le Moulin
Location: One Square Plaza, Riyadh
Instagram: lemoulinkitchen

Le Vert
Location: Al Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh

Eric Kayser
Location: Riyadh Park, Riyadh

  • Jeddah



Eleven Art Cafe
Location: Albsaten, Jeddah 23718


  • Makkah


Taj Samarqand

Taj Samarqand

  • Medina


Location: Al Mabuth, Medina 42362


Q SmokeHouse

Taj Samarqand

The Hood




  • AlUla

Heritage Gardens
Location: Alshafa Road Al Shafa, Taif 21944 Saudi Arabia

Damascene Deserts


Hadoota Masariya

  • Yanbu

Instagram:  overload.sa

Location: King Fahad Rd., Yanbu Al Sinaiyah

Hadoota Masariya Egyptian
Location: hadotamasryaksa


Cosmo Cafe

  • Eastern Province

Cosmo Cafe

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Shrimp Nations

Location: Zaid Ibn Alkhattab St, Olaya,Al Khobar 34447

Location:  King Saud Rd, Al Rakah Ash Shamaliyah, Dammam 34225
Instagram: tamuksa


  • Jazan

Burger Village

Chef Ahmed



  • Tabuk

Fares’ Steakhouse
Location: 3562, Tabuk 47311




  • Taif


Mila Cafe


  • Abha

Aala Bali
Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd., Al Shifa, Abha

Abu El Abed
Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd., Al Shifa, Abha

Red Rose Lounge
Location: King Fahad Rd,, Abha

Follow these bloggers for local eat-sights and recommendations:

New in Jeddah  

Rin || The Foodie Mama


Jazan Restaurants and Cafes

AlUla Restaurant Directory

Tabuk restaurants

Dee – Riyadh Blogger

Yanbu restaurants and cafes

RESTO MED | City restaurants

Medina Foodies

Soon in Makkah

Makkah Restaurants

Taif Restaurants and Cafes

Taif Restaurants and Cafes.