Where We Are Going Today: Oah Amal

Updated 01 November 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Oah Amal

During a short visit to the Sharqiah Season festival in Eastern Province, a colleague took me to “a place where you’ll experience the real Al-Ahsa region.”

He was not wrong; the moment I stepped through the gate of Oah Yamal restaurant in Dammam, my hands moved instinctively to take photos of every detail, from the intricately carved gate and glass-cased antiques such as cameras and radios, to the colorful geometric shapes painted on the stairs.

The menu selection was amazing too, bearing a collection of Gulf dishes I was unfamiliar with. These included jareesh and harees (made of ground wheat and meat, then seasoned), chicken mashkool (chicken served with rice and mixed with potatoes, onions and tomatoes), mutabeq (pancake stuffed with minced meat or cheese) and momawash (mostly served with shrimp and mung beans).

The restaurant also catered for seafood-lovers, and I found the lobster to be delicious.

Oah Yamal is a great place to impress visiting friends, and I will be back with my family who are big fans of traditional food.


Madonna raises funds for victims of Beirut explosion

Updated 13 min 11 sec ago

Madonna raises funds for victims of Beirut explosion

DUBAI: American singer and songwriter Madonna announced on Monday that she and her two children, David Banda and Mercy James, are hosting an art sale to support victims of the massive explosion that ripped through Beirut on Aug. 4, killing over 200 and injuring thousands.

In a video posted to the 61-year-old star’s Instagram account, Madonna can be seen sitting on the ground painting a sign that read “Proceeds go to Impact Lebanon.” (Instagram)

The proceeds from the sales will go to the non-profit organization Impact Lebanon, which has been helping the hundreds of thousands left homeless after the deadly blast. 

Mercy James helped the singer during the sale. (Instagram)

In a video posted to the 61-year-old star’s Instagram account, Madonna can be seen sitting on the ground painting a sign that read “Proceeds go to Impact Lebanon.”

David Banda helped the singer during the sale. (Instagram)

Other celebrities such as Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, DJ Khaled and Dua Lipa, have been taking to social media to show solidarity for the victims, and online influencers around the world have been urging their followers to make donations towards rescue and recovery work.

American actor George Clooney and his wife, Lebanese-British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, also revealed earlier this week they are donating $100,000 to Lebanese charities.