Monday 2 February 2015

Bateel signs partnership deal with L Capital Asia

Bateel, a Gulf-based gourmet food company and owner of the iconic gourmet date confectionery boutiques and premium cafes, has signed a new partnership with L Capital Asia, an Asian private equity fund sponsored by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Bateel is a homegrown Saudi


Reem Al Bawadi to offer franchise opportunities at Gulfood

Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant and Café, a themed family restaurant that is renowned for its authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, is set to offer franchising opportunities at the upcoming Gulfood 2015. The event will run from February 8 to 12 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.


Obama seeks close ties with new Saudi king

US President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a US-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. Deputy National Secu


Oman inks deals worth $170m to lift aquaculture

Oman’s Ministry of Housing has signed three agreements worth RO66 million ($170.7 million) which will help boost aquaculture production in the Sultanate from 353 tonnes in 2013 to 7,330 tonnes per year, a report said. The first usufruct agreement Arabian Marine Development


4 Bahrainis die in Kuwait bus crash, 50 injured

Five people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a horrific crash in Kuwait yesterday, involving a bus carrying Bahraini pilgrims. Four of the dead were Bahrainis - a figure the Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed late last night despite the accident happening at 8.30am


Drug smugglers jailed for life in Bahrain

Three Bahrainis have been jailed for life for smuggling 110kg of hashish worth millions of dinars into the country. The sailors were arrested after they retrieved the drugs from the seabed on January 3 last year, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister pub


Bustan Al-Wataniya in deal to sell distribution rights of SSFL

Bustan Al-Wataniya, a leading distributor of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in Kuwait and a subsidiary of Towell International Holding, has signing a  deal that stipulates selling the distribution rights of a range of food products owned by Saudi Snack Foods Co (SSFL) to United Beverage


Hotbrands International opens Sugoi! in Yas Mall

Leading UAE-based food services company Hotbrands International (HBI) has opened the Japanese ethnic food concept Sugoi!, its first outlet this year, at the Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.   This is the fifth Sugoi! outlet  in the HBI portfolio of multi-ethnic food concepts, and


Meat shortage in Bahrain after clamp on imports

A shortage of subsidised meat has hit Bahrain's markets following a ban on chilled imports imposed last week. Traders at the Manama Central Market told that they had been selling out all of their subsidised meat within the first two hours of operation since Saturday after the


Expat bachelors in Manama to be segregated

Segregated areas of Manama will be set aside for single male non-Bahrainis under a new proposal put forward by the Capital Trustees Board. So-called ‘expatriate bachelors’ have variously been accused of harassment, trespass and causing a nuisance by complainants to th

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