Explore the culinary diversity of Jeddah’s iftar scene

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Al-Mirkaz Tent at Laylati Hall offers a ‘captivating bedouin tent atmosphere’ featuring a variety of cuisines. (Supplied)
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Al-Mirkaz Tent at Laylati Hall offers a ‘captivating bedouin tent atmosphere’ featuring a variety of cuisines. (Supplied)
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Explore the culinary diversity of Jeddah’s iftar scene

  • The iftar menu is inspired by Jeddah’s rich history, featuring a variety of tasty local dishes that reflect the historical influence of sailors, fishermen, merchants, and pilgrims guided by the moon and stars

JEDDAH: Jeddah’s iftar scene offers a rich tapestry of dining experiences, blending traditional flavors with contemporary flair.

As Ramadan enveloped the city in its spiritual embrace, a variety of culinary treasures provided unforgettable iftar experiences.

Ahmed A. Darwish’s expertise and passion for culinary excellence set the stage for an exploration of the top iftar spots in Jeddah.




Al-Mirkaz Tent at Laylati Hall offers a ‘captivating bedouin tent atmosphere’ featuring a variety of cuisines. (Supplied)

Darwish is the CEO and co-founder of Foodies Inc., a specialist agency catering to both restaurant enthusiasts and owners, including content creation services that go beyond traditional social media management.

Darwish told Arab News about the five best iftar experiences in the coastal city.

Alfolk

“Alfolk Ramadan tent at Shangri-La hotel features a buffet of global dishes and live cooking stations, surrounded by opulence,” he said.

After two years of success, Alfolk has become one of the most distinctive modern Ramadan destinations in Jeddah, with designs inspired by the city’s historical significance as a gateway to Makkah.




Alfolk Ramadan tent at Shangri-La hotel. (Supplied)

Diners can indulge in the finest culinary innovations, while learning about the city’s maritime heritage. The iftar menu is inspired by Jeddah’s rich history, featuring a variety of tasty local dishes that reflect the historical influence of sailors, fishermen, merchants, and pilgrims guided by the moon and stars.

Families can also benefit from the children’s club services, where youngsters between 2 and 12 can enjoy a fun and educational experience with a variety of organized activities.

The price is SR488 ($30) per adult and SR289 per child aged between 6 and 12.

Shababik

“Shababik offers a dive into Lebanese culinary traditions with family recipes in a warm, inviting atmosphere,” Darwish said.

Prices start from SR290 per person and SR150 for children under 8.

Marina Petite Cafe

“Marina Petite Cafe blends Arabic culinary delights with scenic views, creating a Beirut-like experience by the Red Sea at the Marina Yacht Club,” he said.

Prices start from SR230 per person and SR100 for children.

Al-Mirkaz Tent

“Al-Mirkaz Tent provides a captivating Bedouin tent atmosphere for an immersive iftar experience. Renowned for its stylish ambiance, it has consistently been recognized as the ‘see and be seen spot’ each year,” Darwish said.

Catering to diverse segments of Saudi society and capable of hosting over 600 guests, the tent presents a fusion of Saudi, Mediterranean, Asian, and Middle Eastern culinary delights.

It has been situated at Laylati Hall since 2019.

A splendid dining area has a buffet-style offering of traditional Arabic and international cuisine, priced at SR560 per person and SR280 for children aged 5 to 11. Children under 5 are not permitted.

Relish

Guests can embark on a distinctive culinary adventure through ancient Lebanese recipes, artfully crafted into delectable dishes presented in an elegant open buffet setting.

Relish has two branches in Jeddah and Makkah, with prices of SR149 for adults and SR75 for children aged 7 and above.

 


Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again.” (@JEDCalendar)
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Jeddah Season 2024 launching June 27

JEDDAH: Jeddah Season 2024 will launch next week under the slogan “Once Again,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The opening ceremony will be held on June 27 at 9:30 p.m. in the Art Promenade area located within the Jeddah Waterfront.

According to the SPA, Jeddah Season 2024 will offer a variety of entertainment, tourism and cultural activities. Events will be held in several designated areas, including the City Walk, which offers a diverse mix of interactive experiences, motor and skill games, Arabic plays, concerts, restaurants, cafes and shops.

The season will feature Warner Bros. Discovery: Celebrate Every Story, held for the first time in the Kingdom, offering a mix of games and entertainment shows. The family-friendly attraction features renowned stories and characters under one roof.

The 2024 Jeddah Season will also host numerous events at Imagine Monet and Prince Majid Park, as well as international concerts.

The event map, set to be unveiled, includes activities such as live artistic and cultural performances, and entertainment, sports and tourism activities.


Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar.
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Authorities implement more than 80 projects in Alkhobar

  • The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors

DAMMAM: The Eastern Province municipality is currently implementing more than 80 development projects and programs in Alkhobar governorate.

The initiatives include neighborhood developments, road rehabilitation, new parks, and comprehensive development projects in various sectors.

The goal is to improve the quality of life, create a model sustainable environment, and reinforce Alkhobar’s position as a tourist attraction and influential economic center.

The municipality indicated that the projects include a program to develop key and main roads, encompassing more than 38 roads in the governorate.

Efforts are also underway to improve traffic flow on several roads and intersections in the region by enhancing road network performance and raising traffic safety to meet international standards.

Additionally, the municipality is focused on the continued development of King Salman Bridge, including covering, beautifying and lighting the bridge walls as part of ongoing work to enhance bridges and tunnels.

 


Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

Summer program Masar was launched Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
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Princess Nourah University launches Masar program

  • Program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking training courses at the headquarters of participating entities

RIYADH: The summer program Masar was launched on Sunday at the Students Career Support Center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with the participation of private sector entities.

The program aims to prepare female university students and graduates for the labor market by undertaking the necessary training courses at the headquarters of participating entities.

Masar is designed to strengthen competitive competencies to contribute to the Kingdom’s development, while enhancing students’ career readiness by providing them with professional skills and practical experience. The journey begins with personal and professional development and ends in training opportunities.

The summer program comprises a package of events and activities, including a career guidance camp organized in partnership with a training entity. The participating student is working toward a management certificate. The program also includes a virtual workshop, organized in partnership with Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University.

The events and activities are part of the Students Career Support Center’s efforts to contribute to achieving the PNU Strategic Plan 2025 by helping female students into the labor market and increasing their competitiveness, while enabling them to help to build the society of the future.


More than 1.4 million people visit Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa during last six weeks

More than 1.4 million people visited Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last six weeks. (SPA)
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More than 1.4 million people visit Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa during last six weeks

  • The area of Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa is 330 square meters and has a capacity to accommodate 800 visitors per hour
  • 762,101 males and 641,539 females visited the sacred site between Dhul-Qadah 1 and Dhul-Hijjah 14

RIYADH: More than 1.4 million people visited Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the last six weeks, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

762,101 males and 641,539 females visited the sacred site between Dhul-Qadah 1 and Dhul-Hijjah 14, SPA said.

The Holy Rawdah lies between the Sacred Chamber (known as the Prophet’s house), and the Prophet’s Minbar (or pulpit).This southeastern section of the Prophet’s Mosque is where his house once stood, where he lived with his wife Aisha bint Abu Bakr and is buried. It is of extremely great religious value to Muslims.

The area of Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa is 330 square meters and has a capacity to accommodate 800 visitors per hour, with each visitor spending an average of 10 minutes in the area.

Appointment bookings are verified through the Nusuk and Tawakkalna applications, and visitors scan their QR codes on arrival at the mosque. They are then directed to waiting areas before entering the holy area.


Saudi border guards foil smuggling attempts near Jazan

Updated 23 June 2024
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Saudi border guards foil smuggling attempts near Jazan

RIYADH: Border Guard land patrols have foiled an attempt to smuggle 135 kilograms of qat in Al-Dayer sector of Jazan Region. 
Also in Jazan region, border police thwarted an attempt to illegally transport 160 kilograms of qat in Al-Ardah. 
Legal procedures were followed, and the seized items were handed over to the concerned authority.
Meanwhile, two Pakistani residents attempting to sell 4.7 kilograms of methamphetamine in Jeddah. The individuals were referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action.