Where We Are Going Today: Yonine

Updated 12 July 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Yonine

  • Yonine is famed for its barbecue

There is a multitude of choice when it comes to Lebanese cuisine in Jeddah, but Yonine — on King Abdul Aziz Road in the Al-Zahra district — is one of the finest. It boasts a long-standing reputation for the quality of both its food and service that raises it above its numerous competitors.

The atmosphere is classy, relaxed and very quiet during the daytime, and, at the right time of year, outdoor seating is available.

Every visitor is welcomed with the customary selection of fresh salad with labneh and za’atar, along with fresh Lebanese bread. Yonine offers several types of hummus, and we would recommend the restaurant’s own special Yonine hummus. The spicy potato and eggplant fattah appetizers are also excellent.

Yonine is famed for its barbecue, and the Cherry Kebab is one of its best-selling meals, and well worth sampling.

Once you’re done with the main course, the restaurant has a wide selection of Lebanese sweets, many of which are not on offer elsewhere.

Yonine is considered to be on the expensive side — an appetizer, main course and beverage could cost up to SR200 ($53) — but you are guaranteed to enjoy a delicious meal.


AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

Updated 02 June 2020

AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

  • Historic destination in northwest of Kingdom will now be accessible to visitors all year round

JEDDAH: When you’re already a quarter-of-a-million years old, a few months out of action because of a coronavirus pandemic is no more than a blip in time.

It is therefore safe to say that when visitors return to AlUla, the culture and heritage destination in northwest Saudi Arabia, not a lot will have changed.

AlUla’s attractions, including the Kingdom’s first UNESCO world heritage site, will reopen in October — and they will now be accessible all year round.

Walks, treks and trails will be available, guided by the local Rawi (Arabic storyteller) or self-guided, for visitors who want to delve deeper into the stories and customs of the region.

A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks.

“We are developing immersive, light-touch experiences that harness the power and silence of the landscapes, experiences like guided stargazing in a desert night sky that has inspired science, religion, philosophy, art and literature for millennia,” said Phillip Jones of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

Adventure tourists can tear around in a desert buggy or take to the skies in a vintage light aircraft to see volcanic craters and the lava fields of Harrat Khaybar. 

For families, Hijrat Noura, or Princess Noura Farm, offers a chance to observe the local flora and fauna. Winter Park, developed for the Winter at Tantora festival, will also return.

“A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks,” Jones said.