French restaurants in Saudi Arabia

Time: 14 July, 2020

If a trip to France seems improbable this summer, you can always channel Parisian flair at our favorite French restaurants in the Kingdom.

  • La Cuisine

    Located in Jeddah, this dining space is one of the oldest French restaurants in Saudi Arabia. The menu boasts an array of popular French dishes, including escargot.

  • Le Traiteur

    With a menu that changes every four months, this Jeddah-based restaurant offers visitors a chance to indulge in their favorite French dishes while also trying something new.

  • Paul

    The authentic French dining bakery is mostly known for its breakfast and coffee, and features a wide selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.

  • Le Grenier a Pain

    This Riyadh-based restaurant, which opened its doors in 2018, boasts a French-inspired interior that will surely transport guests. Don’t forget to try its famous crusty baguette and cheese platter.

  • Rococoa

    Situated in Riyadh, Rococoa — a play on the words “cocoa” and “Rococo” — is part ice-cream parlour, part chocolaterie and part patisserie.

  • Verdure

    This aptly titled restaurant draws inspiration for its name from the Latin word, which means fresh and tasty food. The menu includes French-inspired dishes such as baked aubergine and brioche cake.

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Saudi Arabia permits Eid Al-Adha prayers with coronavirus measures

Time: 14 July, 2020

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance said it has intensified its awareness and guidance campaign to adopt preventive protocols to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Prayers will only take place in certain mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would permit worshippers to perform Eid Al-Adha prayers at mosques.
The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, directed the ministry’s branches in the regions throughout the Kingdom to provide for this year’s Eid Al-Adha prayers.
Prayers will only take place in certain mosques and ensuring they use the government’s preventative measures, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry said it has intensified its awareness and guidance campaign to adopt preventive protocols to combat the spread of the coronavirus through the participation of a group of advocates and scholars, in addition to publishing what was recommended by the medical committees concerned with combating the epidemic.

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Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 participants to benefit from wide range of incentives

Time: 09 July, 2020

The Mini of Carlos Sainz crests a dune during the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, January 16, 2020. (AP Photo)
  • Competitors will benefit from a 50 percent discount on registration fees and free fuel throughout the race
  • Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 will see the debut of Dakar Classic, a new category for vehicles that were designed before 2000 and previously competed in Dakar

RIYADH: New additions and benefits await participants in Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 as the Kingdom steps up preparations for its second edition of the world’s most challenging race, which runs from Jan. 3 to 15.

The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation recently opened registration for pilots and their teams.

Competitors will benefit from a 50 percent discount on registration fees and free fuel throughout the race.

Insurance coverage upgrades and attractive registration fees in the SSV category are also among the numerous incentives.

There will also be technical support at the Dakar Service Center, where pilots can benefit from tire services provided by BFGoodrich, oil analysis at Motul and exclusive merchandise at DExT.

The countdown to Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 started last month when organizers unveiled initial details about the new route, which will begin and end in Jeddah. A rest day is scheduled for Jan. 9 in Hail.

The official announcement also featured the new technical additions and safety regulations that will be introduced in the 43rd edition of the Dakar Rally.

Dakar Saudi Arabia 2021 will see the debut of Dakar Classic, a new category for vehicles that were designed before 2000 and previously competed in Dakar, as well as vintage cars and trucks.

New regulations will include handing out the road book just 10 minutes before the start of the race stages.

Competitors will also receive aural warnings as they approach danger zones to keep them alert and maximize their safety

The inaugural edition of Dakar Saudi Arabia saw 563 pilots from 68 countries register to compete in five categories across 7,500 km of unique terrain throughout the Kingdom’s uncharted desert.

The Dakar Rally is being staged in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year as part of a 10-year agreement between the Kingdom and the Amaury Sport Organisation.

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