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.


Riyadh Art will transform capital into open art exhibition

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Riyadh Art will transform capital into open art exhibition

RIYADH: Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, for the launch of several projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the Kingdom, including Riyadh Art — a project that will reportedly involve the world’s largest government investment in public art.
Prince Badr said in a statement that Riyadh Art, through the implementation of more than 1,000 works of art, will transform the capital city into “an open art exhibition” reflecting the spirit of Saudi Arabian traditions in a modern way.
By bringing together artists and specialists from across the world, he added, the Kingdom will reap intangible returns, including intellectual and aesthetic enrichment.