Fancy a date? Charming kleija man proves popular among female Janadriyah visitors

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The movie-star good looks of the handsome young man selling the sweet delicacy from a kiosk in the pavilion. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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the movie-star good looks of the handsome young man selling the sweet delicacy from a kiosk in the pavilion. (Photo courtesy: social media)
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the movie-star good looks of the handsome young man selling the sweet delicacy from a kiosk in the pavilion. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 25 February 2018
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Fancy a date? Charming kleija man proves popular among female Janadriyah visitors

JEDDAH: The question is: Is it the delicious date-filled kleija that is drawing crowds of women to the Qassim pavilion at the Janadriyah National Heritage Festival in Riyadh?
Or is it, perhaps, the movie-star good looks of the handsome young man selling the sweet delicacy from a kiosk in the pavilion?
Social media has delivered its verdict, and it’s a resounding one. “I want the man who sells kleija in my life,” said @madambiue on Twitter.
Others are prepared to take the matter further. “Anyone know in which city does the kleija man reside?” inquired @i_l8.
Women have been queuing up to film and photograph the kleija seller with the male-model looks, and the results are all over Instagram and Twitter. In one, the young man tries to hide behind a plastic bag.
Such is the female interest that the kiosk owner has been forced to take action, lest sales suffer. A sign outside reads: “Buy first, snap later.”
A sign outside reads: “Buy first, snap later.” (social media)

While the women have made up their minds, Saudi men on social media had mixed views. Some took it light-heartedly and posted videos expressing an interest in becoming kleija sellers, given the female attention they seem to attract. Others criticized women who were once too shy even to raise their voices in a man’s presence.

The Qassim region of Saudi Arabia is one of the largest producers of dates in the Middle East, and agriculture is the cornerstone of its economy. The region’s pavilion at the Janadriyah National Heritage and Culture Festival has provided employment for 30 young Saudis selling traditional food, pastries and other local products.


Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

Saudi Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Digital-screen buses aim to boost Saudi patriotism

  • King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6

RIYADH: To mark the National Day, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs organized a wide range of activities, including a display of Saudi leadership’s visuals on digital-screen buses, as well as cars distributing gifts among citizens and expats in Riyadh and other cities.
Under the directives of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, more than 28 million text messages are being sent through the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) to promote national values.  The move is taken in cooperation with the General Directorate for Scientific and Intellectual Awareness.
Separately, authorities said recently that “King Abdul Aziz International Competition for Memorizing the Holy Qur’an” will be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Oct. 6.
Commenting on the event, Al-Asheikh praised King Salman for his special care and attention for the competition. Al-Asheikh said the contest it aimed to encourage Muslims to memorize, recite and interpret the holy book. He noted that the ministry has completed its preparations to receive participants for the competition.