Restaurant industry’s growth in Saudi Arabia

One of the fastest growing business sectors in Saudi Arabia is the food and beverage industry.  Opportunity for restaurant and hotel growth abounds in Saudi Arabia. Many top brand hotels operational in the kingdom now. The hospitality industry continues to boom in the kingdom. The food industry is the ever growing market and it is increasing day by day in Saudi Arabia.

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The restaurant industry in the Middle East is growing at a pace that is exceeding its infrastructure.  With hundreds of billions being pumped in to mind-boggling developments throughout the region, there is an appetite for new restaurants that exceeds any other region in the world.

There are many Indian and Pakistani restaurants in the Kingdom because the population of expats is more than the local population in this part of the world. Major business centers like Jeddah and Riyadh attracts people from different cultures and especially from the Indian subcontinent. Due to this reason, some of the Best hotels in Jeddah or Riyadh serve Pakistani and Indian cuisine. Indian and Pakistani restaurants are spread all across the country and they are not just restricted to these two cities. You will find these restaurants even in less populated cities and towns.

Restaurants in Saudi Arabia feature cuisines from many different countries. There is fantastic and often inexpensive food to be found everywhere, from Indian, Chinese and Pakistani to Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, including delights such as humus, flatbreads and kebabs .All are served in abundance in the Kingdom. You will find delicious ethnic cuisines, with well- spiced, herb-induced foods, awaiting you at most of the restaurants.

The country is very passionate about food just the way it is about football. It has many good restaurantsserving delicious food. It is not alarming to find a bunch of different themed restaurants clustered together at almost every major street across all cities and towns of the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia offers multi cultural cuisines catering to people from different parts of the world. One of the primary reasons for the boom of hospitality industry in this country  is because so many people with so many different nationalities are scattered all over the region.

The demand for respective native cuisines is such that it becomes imperative for let’s say a locality largely comprising of people of Indian origin to have restaurants serving Indian food and such is the case with most other nationals as well. It is worth noting that an eatery serving ethnic Indian food does not cater to Indian customers exclusively. As is the case with most other popular cuisines, Indian restaurants too cater to customers of different nationalities.

The hotel industry is one of the most rapidly growing and fruitful businesses in Saudi Arabia. No matter how long and where you stay in the Kingdom, you will never be short of restaurants serving delicious food. More often than not there will be one right around the corner.

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Internet ban at workplace for health workers sparks debate

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A recent decision of the Ministry of Health to ban its employees from using social media sites while on the job has sparked a heated debate in the media.
Some commentators welcomed the MoH decision saying health workers dealing with patients and clients have no business browsing social media sites such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Other differed.
While announcing the decision, the Ministry of Health said that employees browsing their social media outlets neglect their tasks.
Reacting to the decision, Wafaa Al-Taib, an academic and writer at Taibah University, said: “Social media outlets are indispensable these days, even at work. In some cases, they have replaced the ordinary phone call, and it has even become normal to send memos to employees via these electronic means. It is hard nowadays to ban the use of mobiles at the workplace.
“Instead of banning their use, all directors and employers must raise awareness among employees of the sanctity of work hours, and that it is unethical to waste the time of clients by talking long hours on the mobile phone or exchanging text message on handsets while there are patients and clients waiting to be served.”
Eynass Al-Mukhlifi, a writer and journalist, said: “The entrance of social media in our communities made it an active means to communicate, exchange views, criticize and reject any negative behavior.
“On the other hand, social media became the main platform to thank any employee for his or her efforts in providing the best services to clients,” said Eynass.
But some bodies and their employees, she added, insist on the negative practices of social media.
Faisal Al-Sharif, an educational supervisor, hoped that the authorities, such as the health departments, ban the use of social media by employees who are in direct contact with customers, patients and clients.
“The time they spend on the job is not theirs; it is not their lawful right to waste it; it is the time allocated for citizens to get the service they need and have come to ask for it from this employee. He or she should not waste the citizen’s time,” he asserted.

MMR vaccine campaign in all schools and universities in KSA

RIYADH: A national program to immunize three million students against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) began throughout the Kingdom on Sunday.

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Deputy Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Medicine Dr. Abdullah Al-Asiri said the program is being carried out by the ministry in coordination with the Ministry of Education to cover all schools and universities in the Kingdom.
Under the program, Health Ministry officials will visit schools to immunize students.
The MMR vaccines will be given to those aged one to 18 years. The campaign will continue for five weeks. The vaccine will be given in two phases.
Students from government, private and community schools at primary, middle and secondary levels will be covered under this program.
The second phase will cover preschool children from the first year to five years, in addition to students of middle schools, and secondary schools and kindergartens.
Infants below 12 months do not need the vaccine as they derive immunity against measles from birth.
According to reports from the ministry, incidence of measles, rubella and mumps were minimal in the Kingdom. “Only 300 cases are reported annually. This can be fully eradicated with an organized campaign against the diseases,” he said.
Measles is an acute viral contagious disease accompanied with fever, conjunctivitis, cough and red skin ulcers starting on the face and covering all parts of the body from the third to seventh day of infection.
There is no specific antiviral therapy for measles and the basic treatment is necessary supportive therapy such as hydration and antipyretics.
Mumps can cause fever, headaches and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. The swelling is caused by an infection of the salivary glands. Mumps can cause meningitis, an infection of the fluid and lining covering the brain and spinal cord.
Rubella is very dangerous in pregnant women. If a woman gets rubella in the early part of a pregnancy, it is very likely that her baby will die or be severely handicapped. The most common handicaps are blindness, deafness, mental retardation and heart defects.
According to medical opinion, most children will have no side effects following MMR vaccine. It can cause a rash or fever in some children five to 12 days after the vaccination is given. This may last for a few days