Jeddah Blog

Discover the best of Jeddah!

Ramadan Nights at Athr Gallery


Athr Gallery presents a live calligraphy performance, a calligraphy workshop and a group exhibition this Ramadan.

Strokes In Dialogue
Two master calligraphers
Wang Dongling & Samir Sayegh
In a live calligraphy performance
Tuesday, 23rd of July, 2013 at 10.00 PM Read more…

Iftar at the Red Sea in Jeddah


We are a few days into Ramadan, and we asked readers to send in their experiences of the month of fasting in Jeddah. In this blog post, Delina Partadiredja from aMuslima.com writes to Jeddah Blog about her very personal experience of Ramadan in Jeddah, describing the ambience of Ramadan for families at the Corniche. Read more…

Show of Faith


Jeddah’s Athr Gallery goes to Doha, Qatar this month to collaborate with the city’s Katara Cultural Village on ‘Show Of Faith’, a major, multi-media group exhibition by Saudi Arabian artists opening on July 11th and running until August 31st.
 
As part of a groundswell of activity from the Saudi Arabian gallery that has seen its artists exhibit in London, Berlin, Venice and Basel in the past few months, ‘Show Of Faith’ marks Athr Gallery’s inaugural foray into the burgeoning art scene of Doha.
 
Taking its cue from the imminent Ramadan season, a time of contemplation and spiritual regeneration for Muslims worldwide, ‘Show Of Faith’ offers perspectives, insights and reflections on the essence of faith, both within the precepts and traditions of Islam, and beyond, as a universal source of sanctuary and solace.
 
‘Show Of Faith’ questions how the proximity of Mecca has affected the worldview of the artists who have grown up in the area – artists such as Ibrahim Abumsmar, Nora Alissa, Dana Awartani, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Basmah Felemban,  Musaed Al Hulis, Nasser Al Salem and Noha Al Sharif.
 
Discussing themes ranging from ritual, tradition and history to the contemporary manifestations of faith and devotion, ‘Show of Faith’ presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles and forms, that draw heavily on the geometrical abstractions of traditional Islamic art, blending smoothly with the present-day approaches and techniques.

– image and text by Athr Gallery

Ramadan 2013


Jeddah Blog wishes its readers Ramadan Kareem. May this Ramadan bring you peace and prosperity, good health and wealth, and brighten your life forever.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Bukhari]

This is a great opportunity to do good deeds and Muslims strive to better themselves in this holy month. Charity is increased, extra prayers at night are performed in the mosque and visits to Makkah and Madina are undertaken.

Let us know what YOU will be doing this Ramadan. What extra deeds do you aim to do? Do you exchange foods with your neighbours? or help the needy?

Meanwhile, here’s a fun Ramadan quiz created by our Quizmaster to test your basic knowledge of this month. Why not do this quiz with your children. It’s a great opportunity to teach them about the essentials of Ramadan.

Pakistan Kidney Centre: A social welfare project by PWS, Jeddah


A great number of social welfare projects are being carried out in Jeddah, and especially with Ramadan coming up, Jeddah Blog would like to highlight the excellent work being done by the Pakistan Welfare Society in Jeddah. Rohail Khan, senior banker and philanthropist sends us this report on the free medical camps conducted by the PWS not only in Jeddah and its surrounding areas, but also its tireless efforts in building a free Kidney Centre in Pakistan.

The October 2005 earthquake in North Pakistan shook everybody in the region. Huge loss of lives and properties across 200 towns was simply irreparable and still haunts many of us. Read more…

An Evening with IEF: Enhancing Yourself Spiritually


A talk on ‘Enhancing Yourself Spiritually’ by Dr. Lamya Shahin at the IEF.

IEF invites you all to an evening
On Sunday, July 7th, 2013
Where you and your soul can both shop!

The following programme is scheduled for the evening

A thought provoking talk by Dr. Lamya Shahin
‘ENHANCING YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY
From 6:00 -7:00 p.m

On the 1st floor, enjoy the IEF’s beneficial ‘Ramadhan/EID Bazaar
Ranging from best selling Abayas, embroided thawbes, scarves to Indian Eid clothing
The Bazaar will also have stalls with a variety of continental / Arabic food
That you can purchase for the month of Ramadan! 🙂

Also an Arabic lecture by a cheerful female Scholar!
‘THE VIRTUES OF RAMADAN
From 7:30 – 8:30 p.m
 (Attendees of Dr. Lamya’s lecture are also welcome to this talk)
Both lectures will be held in the IEF auditorium, 2nd Floor

Girls above the age of 9 are welcome!
Please confirm your seat by emailing admin@islamic-efls.org by Friday night!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Copyright © 2013 IEF Center, All rights reserved.

Zesty Zaatar Recipes to Awaken Your Tastebuds!


Some weeks ago, my neighbour gave me a wonderful gift of some fragrant zaatar (or za’tar) and olive oil. Zaatar is a very Middle Eastern flavour, and is a  blend of herbs (thyme), sesame seeds and salt. Other than dipping some bread into the zaatar and olive oil (which tasted delicious), and sprinkling some zaatar over hummus (gorgeous!), I didn’t really know what else I could do with it. I asked the nice ladies from aMuslima.com if they had any ideas, and they have been kind enough to send me some tried and tested zaatar recipes

The first recipe has been sent to us by UmmZaytun, and is a family recipe handed down to her by her mom-in-law.

“Zataar has some very unique properties – some have said it makes you smart and some say it makes you healthy”, says UmmZaytun. “This recipe handed down to me by my late mother-in-law (may Allah forgive her) is to help you relax and be healthy. It is usually taken if you aren’t feeling so well, or it can be taken to relax you or members of your family.”

Zaatar Milk (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 cups of milk (or soy, almond, lactaid milks are also fine)
2 table spoons of zataar
2 table spoons of honey (or more if you like it sweet. You can also replace with sugar if honey isn’t available)
1 table spoon crushed dry mint
**you can add other dry ingredients such as other types of dry mint, thyme – depends on if you like the flavor.

Method

1. Place all of the ingredients in a small pot.

2. Simmer on low heat until almost to boiling point.

**Don’t walk away from the pot because it will boil over! 🙂

3. To serve: strain the milk and pour into cups. Enjoy & relax!

Zaatar Pizza or Fathira Za'tar, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, KSA

Zaatar Pizza or Fathira Za’tar

Our second Zaatar recipe today has been sent in by Qathrun Nada Djamil. Pizza is a family favourite in many households. Why not try this Middle Eastern version of pizza using zaatar. A great recipe to make with your kids over the summer holidays, and for Iftaar during Ramadan.

Zaatar Pizza

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

4 tbsp milk powder

2 tablespoons instant yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

Half cup oil

A pinch of salt

Half cup warm water

Cup of zaatar and half cup of olive oil, mixed together

 

Method

1. Combine flour, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in salt. Make a well in the center. Add water and oil.

2. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until well combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place in the prepared bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place to rise for 30 minutes.

3. Flatten the dough and cut it in round circle (cutter circle shape).

4. Take 1 tea spoon of zaatar and olive oil and brush it (topping it) over the circle of dough.

5. Place it on a baking tray and bake them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Ready to serve… You can eat hot or cold.

Enjoy!!

Do you have any recipes you’d like to share with us? Drop us an email and yours may be published on Jeddah Blog in a future blog post.

Education Seminar: Eastern Mediterranean University of North Cyprus


The Eastern Mediterranean University of North Cyprus is holding an education seminar in Jeddah on Thursday, 27th June 2013 at the Saudi German Hospital. Of special interest to students looking to study and work abroad, participants will be informed about the various academic programs, education in an international environment, accommodation, social and cultural activities, scholarships and much more.
.
The seminar is open to men and women, and families are encouraged to attend. There are no entry charges.

Date: 27th June, 2013

Venue: Conference Hall of Saudi German Hospital

Time: 8:15pm-10:15pm

Contact aqsara@hotmail.com for any queries. Further information can also be gleaned from their Facebook Event page.

 

Help a Child Reach 5 – Sponsored Video


Every year 2 million children under the age of 5, die of infections like Diarrhoea and Pneumonia. For the past 10 years, Lifebuoy soap has tried to help prevent these deaths by teaching children the simple act of washing hands with soap.

Gondappa’s story follows a father’s journey to give thanks for his first child turning five: a landmark event given that every year, 2 million children under the age of 5 die every year of infections like Diarrhoea and Pneumonia. Lifebuoy has helped to prevent these deaths by teaching children the simple act of washing hands with soap. With 130 million people already reached, they now take their life-saving mission to Thesgora, an Indian village with one of the highest rates of Diarrhoea.

Gondappa’s story was shown to parents from all over the world, and they were invited to share their reactions:

– ”Sponsored by Lifebuoy”

Revisiting That Jeddah Podcast: An Interview with Diana, co-host and blogger.


We’ve written about That Jeddah Podcast before – about why they’re awesome and why we ‘like’ them. We ‘like’ them for their randomness, their charming quirkiness and their cast of characters. This time Anousha Vakani speaks to Diana, co-host and blogger, about the inception of the podcast, the process of recording each episode and much more! 

How and when did you start the podcast? Where did you get the inspiration to start a podcast and how did you launch the idea?

I’m a fan of podcasts. I especially like informative ones like Stuff You Should Know and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, and comedy ones like The Nerdist and (the now-defunct) The Exploding Sandwich.

In 2009, I recorded fake interviews with my friends in Jeddah, and later that year, posted them on my blog as a joke. Early 2010, perhaps also as a joke, Fayiz Melibary set up an iTunes account for a Jeddah Podcast, and this was what “forced” me to just go ahead, make it official and register it in the iTunes podcast directory.

What advice would you give someone who wanted to start a podcast in Saudi Arabia? Is it generally easy or difficult to set up and maintain?

Launching a podcast is extremely easy because of its nature. You record an episode, post it online whenever you like, for free, and subscribers can listen to it whenever and wherever they want.

Whether or not the process of maintaining a podcast is difficult really depends on the producers. I encourage Jeddawis to podcast, it’s an easy enough platform to use if you’re looking to express yourself.

If you can commit to learning how to do it, and you have a general topic you like to discuss with friends, I say go for it. That Jeddah Podcast ultimately wants to be a one-stop-shop place for people to find podcasts that cater to the Jeddah community. Contact us, maybe we can help you.

Who are your listeners and what feedback do you get from them?

When TJP first started out, I thought it would only attract my friends as listeners, mainly because it features them. In the past couple of years, though, it has attracted the attention of many other English-speaking Saudis and expats within the Kingdom, including other cities like Riyadh and Dammam. We also have listeners from abroad, some of them Saudis who want to get updates about home, some of them non-Saudis who just want to get an idea of what it’s like living in Saudi Arabia.

It’s one of the most awesome things about having a podcast, being able to connect with these people with whom I have something in common – a hometown.

Generally, the feedback is good. We get requests on topics they’d want us to cover, or we get asked questions about places in Jeddah, common practices, recommendations. We’re not “experts” on Jeddah, but it’s nice to be treated like one.

What process do you go through to record one episode?

Outside Saudi Arabia, a podcast is the lowest-maintenance project you can start, but in Jeddah, there are challenges. Some of the things I’ve had to do were: schedule guests and co-hosts to record with me, find a quiet venue to record in, learn some technical things about podcasting (sound editing, feeds, some HTML/CSS), write or brainstorm topics for each episode, and promote the podcast on social media platforms. It takes lots of time and hard work, like most anything, really.

But then also, the beauty of having a podcast is that it doesn’t have to be “conventional radio,” if that makes sense. Every now and then, I’d record a “rogue” unscheduled episode, where I just show up with a mic/recorder at a hangout with friends and record what’s being said. No need for formality.

How do you decide on topics? What topics do you think come up again and again? And what topics do you avoid?

As a general rule, we stay away from the topics of government and religion. We pick topics we know well. When in doubt, I always just think: “would I listen to this episode?” We like sci-fi, pop culture, fitness, the internet, music, the sciences, languages, literature; these things interest us, and we try to stay within the bounds of our interests. Otherwise, they come off as pretentious. Nobody wants that.

We always seem to come back to topics about Jeddah, which is a good thing. There are many episodes about our culture here, what it’s like to live here, what places we go to, what we do at certain social situations.

You were mentioned on BBC a few months ago, what was that like?

That was a nice spike in our traffic. I wish I could say it propelled us to celebrity status.

Do you think you are contributing to some sort of change in Saudi Arabia or in the way the rest of the world might view Saudi and its people? 

That’s huge. The quick answer is “no”. We’re not political. We like information, and we like entertainment, and that’s what we have to offer.

We’re implementing some (good) changes, or additions, to the podcast as we speak. We are going to introduce more team members, more podcasts and more segments. If this contributes some good to the society, hey, how about that.

Dog Rescue Appeal


Today we bring to you all an appeal from Ruga, an animal lover. Ruga came across a dog hit by a car near Jarir Mall. “We rushed it over to Happy Pet”, says Ruga “and it stayed there for a couple of days after surgery”.

Ruga is fostering the dog temporarily, and has even named the dog ‘Mystery’, but he hasn’t found anyone who is willing to take Mystery on as a pet. Ruga will be travelling in less than a month, and won’t be returning to the Kingdom, and unfortunately can’t take Mystery along with him.

dog 1

Mystery at Happy Pet.

Mystery is a desert/baladi/feral dog. She doesn’t belong to any particular breed. Ruga estimates her age at approximately 4-6 months, but he is not completely sure as she could just be a small-sized adult.

Mystery will be vaccinated next week as per the vet’s order, and the vaccine has already been paid for. Sadly, she will have to be put to sleep if no home is found.

dog 2

Mystery having a checkup at the Vet’s.

A condition for adoption is that the new owner sterilizes Mystery, so that she will not be used as a breeding tool. Also the adopter must microchip and vaccinate her against rabies in case he or she returns to his or her country. The food, toys, bowls, etc. will all be given to the adopter.

dog under table

Mystery taking a break.

If you would like to adopt Mystery, please email iheartba6areeg@gmail.com or call Ruga on 0594302488.

The Plus Size Fashionista: Swimsuits for Sizzling Summers


Hello high temperatures! The talk of the town is that we hit 52 degrees last week. That’s just one of those signs that call on summer’s arrival. Although Jeddah is known for its around-the-year warm weather, it is still nice to call out the different seasons. While the harsh summer is taking over the Kingdom, Hanane Fathallah, our expert on all things large and beautiful, talks to us about the ultimate estival must-have.

Whether you are staying in Jeddah or planning to go on a vacation, one of the key elements every woman should have in her closet/suitcase is a swimsuit. Being voluptuous and curvy does not mean that you can’t wear one and show off your assets. Never feel embarrassed just because you are different. For me, it is always a constant hunt to find the perfect size, fitting and style all in one package. I don’t like to settle for the ‘bland’ or ‘shapeless’. Here are a few shops and destinations I tend to check out that might be helpful.

Plus Size Swimsuits, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Debenhams (Mall of Arabia • Tahlia Street)

Swimsuits appear on hangers around end of April. I was able to take a look at their collection before traveling. A flow of one-pieces and bikinis in different colors and patterns invite into a tropical shopping spree. If I am not mistaken, sizes go up to 20 UK/22 UK. I also find their prices average to decent. Matching accessories and bags help you make a whole beach kit pleasant and lasting all summer – so are you ready to hit the water and those tanning sessions?

BHS (Red Sea Mall • Tahlia Street • Aziz Mall)

A kaleidoscope of swimsuits, cover-ups, flip-flops, bags, etc. I particularly love the branch on Tahlia Street. It always has the greater variety. Don’t hesitate to try on different styles. Since we don’t have fitting rooms in Jeddah, I recommend buying at least 2 to 3 pieces. Also, vary the sizes if you are not sure what size you are. Soon enough you will know your BHS size. It can be a hassle but all in the cause for the perfect swimsuit!

Marks & Spencer (Mall of Arabia • Tahlia Street • Haifa Mall)

Before traveling, the collection was very limited so it should probably be more varied by now. I bought mine for the summer from M&S. I was craving a one-piece black swimsuit. It has a gorgeous neckline and a perfectly convenient tummy control function. As a mom, I sometimes need practical choices, yet without sacrificing on my femininity or style.

Never feel embarrassed just because you are different.

If you are an online shopper, you should definitely check out these brands! (If you don’t already have it) I highly advise you to create a Shop and Ship account to shop online. And now, here’s my handy swimsuit list, whether you are looking for value for money, lots of designs to choose from, or because you want to look extra special:

Bargains

Forever21

Old Navy

Variety

Swimsuitsforall

Uniqueness

MonifC

 

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you enjoy the summer breezes, the sun-drenched beaches and pool sides, and quite simply your swim-suited body! I will continue my hunt and keep you updated. Have a good shopping dive!

Summer Clubs for Children 2013


The summer is upon us, and although the first few days of the summer vacation will surely bring welcome relief to children and parents alike, for many youngsters, boredom will begin to set in. Kids will fall into an all too relaxed routine, sleeping late and waking late. If parents are not worrying about how to prise their sons away from Minecraft and daughters away from the Disney Channel, they are fretting over the lack of use of grey cells for a whole three months. Summer clubs can be an excellent way to stimulate little people and get them using their minds and bodies constructively. The following are some of the summer clubs we have come to know about in Jeddah that are still open to registeration. We urge you to visit and do your research before taking a final decision.

If you would like your summer club activity to be listed here, drop us an email with all the details.

Barbie Chefs Jeddah

Get your young girls involved in their food by giving them the chance to make their own delicious baked goodies, pasta, drinks, and special ramazan food in Barbie Chefs Jeddah.  The club includes a special cake decorating session by RIFCREATIONS (specialists in baking and cake decoration). Each girl will learn how to bake a cake, brownies and numerous other delicious stuff which they get to take home, and will enjoy a great time making a mess that you don’t have to clean up!!! What a better excuse for moms to sit back and enjoy the food made by their princesses.Age: 9 -16 and above ( only girls)
Dates: 11th – 20th june 2013
Timings: 5 – 7 pm (2 hours daily)
location: rehab dist 5
Charges: SR 500 (all the equipment and supplies included)

Art Attack and Baby Chef

Kids art and craft activities and baby chef sessions is starting from 22nd June – 3rd July ( Thursday and Friday not included). It’s 10 days of activities full of fun.
Age : 4 -10 yrs
Date : 22 June -3rd July
Charges: SR 375 (including all the supplies)
Timings : 5- 7 pm
Location: rehab distt 5
Contact: huescollections@gmail.com
.

Islamic Summer classes for Boys (Age 8 to 14)

.

Summer Fun with The Light House Project

Kids summer camp for baking and decoration

Course includes:
How to make vanilla cupcakes
How to make chocolate cupcakes
How to make frosting
Decorating cupcakes
Making fondant cutouts
Thursday, 13 June 2013
11:00 until 14:00
Fee : SR 200
Age : 6 & above
Moms may accompany their kids in a workshop with payment
Kids Zone Summer Camp
Kids Zone is organizing Summer Camp for kids’ age of 4 yrs to 11 yrs which will be from 15 June to 3 July.We have Morning & Evening Sessions.
Morning Timings 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Registration closes on 14 June.
Fees Structure
Junior Age 4-8 yrs 400 SR
Senior Age 9-12 yrs 500 SRLocation: Al Aziziyah near Danube Amir Mitab Street.
Contact: Mrs. Rafiq (0563760513) from 08:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Summer Fun with The Lighthouse Project


A fun and productive Summer Club for kids starting 8th June, 2013. Not only varied activities, but very reasonably priced too. Activities include swimming, taekwondo and cooking for children aged 5-11. For more details or to make a reservation, call the numbers below.

Hope Summer Club

Learn French Faster!


Why not use the summer to learn a new language? The Alliance Française will be holding intensive French classes in June.

4 Weeks Accelerated Classes Start June 8.

Register Now
The Alliance Française Centre is organizing an intensive session
for women and men in its head office located
at Commercial Jamjoum Center in Jeddah.
 
Session starts on Saturday, June 8 and ends Wednesday, July 3
Registration starts now
 
For more information please call 02 661 22 80 – 0592 10 52 50
e-mail : info@af-ksa.com

Post Navigation

%d bloggers like this: