Riyadh to Host Arabic Edition of ‘SIRHA Exhibition’ in 2024

The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Riyadh to Host Arabic Edition of ‘SIRHA Exhibition’ in 2024

The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)
The flag of Saudi Arabia (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The Culinary Arts Commission, in partnership with the Saudi Conventions and Exhibitions General Authority (SCEGA), has announced that Riyadh will host the Arabic edition of the international “SIRHA Exhibition” event in October 2024.

 

This exhibition is one of the most significant and largest specialized exhibitions in food and hospitality services, with a history spanning 20 years. It includes renowned global culinary competitions such as the World Cup of Pastry - Bocos D'or.

 

The Arabic edition of the SIRHA Exhibition will feature 350 exhibitors and trademarks, representing food, equipment, bakeries, pastries, and coffee products across three main zones that offer unique content to visitors, the Commission said Wednesday.

 

These include the SIRHA Forum, serving as a platform for dialogues with experts and professionals in the food and beverage industry; the SIRHA Masters, hosting specialized workshops that present a blend of local and international cuisine; and the Entrepreneurship Zone, aimed at promoting innovations and novelties for exhibitions in the Middle East market.

 

The primary SIRHA Exhibition is a global reference event in the food and hospitality industry, held every two years in the French city of Lyon.

 

It aims to showcase international company news related to pastries, home decor, baking, beverages, cooking-related equipment and technologies, and culinary arts in hotels. It also features other specialized trade exhibitions in the food industry.

 

The SIRHA Exhibition brings together all stakeholders in one environment for exploration and inspiration, business establishment, and seizing opportunities in the sector.

 

By hosting the Arabic edition of SIRHA, the Culinary Arts Commission aims to expand Saudi contribution to arts and culture, achieving the Saudi Vision 2030 through broadening hospitality and culinary exhibitions in the coming years.

 

This comes in addition to attracting various local and international food-service providers, bringing them together in a single exhibition, and offering rich cultural content that highlights the culinary sector in the Kingdom, which targets diverse segments of the local community and tourists worldwide.

In parallel, the SCEGA collaborates with various sectors to attract global events to the Kingdom, with the goal of empowering the growth of the exhibitions and conferences sector. This effort includes marketing unique opportunities and the advantages they offer, ultimately stimulating the local market and raising the quality and standards of the sector.



Greek Culture Ministry: Acropolis Closed During Afternoon Hours Due to Heat

Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
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Greek Culture Ministry: Acropolis Closed During Afternoon Hours Due to Heat

Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
Tourists visit the Acropolis hill archaeological site, before it closes due to a heatwave hitting Athens, Greece, June 13, 2024. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

Authorities in Greece have closed down the Acropolis in Athens during the afternoon on Thursday for a second day as the country swelters under unseasonably high temperatures.

According to The Associated Press, the Culture Ministry said the hilltop citadel, which is Greece's most popular ancient site, was closed from midday to 5 p.m. because of the heat.

All other archaeological sites in the Greek capital were also shut during the same hours. People who had booked visits for that period could use their tickets later in the day until the sites close at 8 p.m., the ministry said.

Temperatures exceeded 40 C on Thursday in much of central and southern Greece, including greater Athens, the Cyclades and Crete.

Officials are on heightened alert for wildfires, which plague Greece every summer.

The minister responsible for civil protection, Vassilis Kikilias, said Thursday posed a particular wildfire risk due to the combination of high temperatures and winds.

“The early start of the heat waves, combined with the dry winter, has led to a very difficult fire season,” he said.

The fire service also warned of a very high wildfire threat on Friday.

Authorities in Athens are providing air-conditioned areas to the public and have issued fans to secondary schools where end-of-year and university entrance exams are being held.

Scientists warn that summer temperatures there could rise by an average of 2 degrees by 2050. Athens mayor Haris Doukas has tried to create more shade by planting 2000 trees.
“Our first goal shall be to lower the median temperature, the felt-air temperature," he told Reuters.