Arab News partners with Facebook to broadcast Ramadan prayers from Makkah

Arab News, the Riyadh-based regional English-language newspaper, has partnered with Facebook to broadcast prayers from Saudi Arabia during Ramadan. (AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Arab News partners with Facebook to broadcast Ramadan prayers from Makkah

  • The newspaper will carry the Taraweeh prayers — the additional evening prayers performed during the Islamic holy month
  • These videos will be available in real-time on Arab News’ newsfeed in conjunction with Facebook

RIYADH: Arab News, the Riyadh-based regional English-language newspaper, has partnered with Facebook to broadcast prayers from Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.
The newspaper will carry the Taraweeh prayers — the additional evening prayers performed during the Islamic holy month — live from the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
These videos will be available in real-time on Arab News’ newsfeed in conjunction with Facebook and the Saudi state-owned television as part of the newspaper’s wider coverage during Ramadan.
“Our partnership with Facebook will allow our audiences across the world — who perhaps couldn’t make it to Makkah for the Muslim holy month — to capture some of the spirituality of Ramadan as we live broadcast the Taraweeh prayers from the Holy Mosque every night,” said Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News.
“Other Ramadan-related coverage will include human stories from the Middle East and beyond, as Muslims across the world together celebrate this important month of fasting, prayer and reflection.”
Fares Akkad, Facebook’s head of media partnerships in the Middle East,Turkey and Africa, also welcomed the partnership.
“We work with publishers and broadcasters to offer specific tools and features to help engage people around the programming that matters most to them and the content they love to share with friends,” Akkad said.
“Our partnership with Arab News gives people access to a live experience on Facebook that is immediate, authentic and interactive.”
The Ramadan videos will be broadcast via the newspaper’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheArabNews while readers will find wider coverage at www.arabnews.com.


Google Doodle serves up falafel in quirky animation

Updated 18 June 2019
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Google Doodle serves up falafel in quirky animation

  • It is believed falafels originated in Egypt, where they were called ta’ameya and made of fava beans
  • The popularity of falafel then moved towards the Levant area, where the use of chickpea became a staple

DUBAI: One of the Middle East’s favorite dishes has been featured in a Google Doodle as the site apparently took a break from the Women’s World Cup.

Google had been running a series of doodles about the major sporting event, but on Tuesday – apparently randomly - focused on what the search giant described as the “best thing that ever happened to chickpeas.”

We don’t know why they chose Tuesday to run the Doodle – June 12 having been International Falafel Day.  

But the Middle East’s claim to these mouthwatering balls of chickpeas, onions, herbs and spices is undeniable.

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making falafels, posted by food blog Food Wishes:

It is believed falafels originated in Egypt, where they were called ta’ameya and made of fava beans, about a thousand years ago, by Coptic Christians who ate them during lent as a meat substitute.

Another version of the story suggests that it goes further back to Pharaonic times – traces of fava beans were said to be found in the tombs of the Pharaohs, according to website Egyptian Streets, and that there were paintings from ancient Egypt showing people making the food.

The popularity of falafel then moved towards the Levant area, where the use of chickpea became a staple.

Over the years, many variations of falafel were invented, with global fast food chain McDonalds joining in the falafel craze with its McFalafel.

Popular Iraqi-American comedian Remy Munasifi, attracted more than 1.5 million views for a song about falafels he posted on his YouTube account “GoRemy.’