Sunset breakfast: Jeddah residents take to the city’s seafront to enjoy scenic end to Ramadan fast

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The Jeddah corniche is a popular option for iftar because of the mild weather and summery breeze at the seaside. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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AN Photo by Huda Bashatah
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AN Photo by Huda Bashatah
Updated 25 May 2018
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Sunset breakfast: Jeddah residents take to the city’s seafront to enjoy scenic end to Ramadan fast

  • Breaking the Ramadan fast at the corniche is a longstanding tradition for many Jeddawis
  • The cooler weather this Ramadan has made for a more enjoyable outing for families relaxing at Jeddah's refurbished waterfront

JEDDAH: This is the first Ramadan since the opening of the new waterfront in Jeddah and families are excited to come to the corniche for iftar and relive their old memories. 

The popular trend of breaking the fast at the corniche has been carried out for a long time. The corniche was traditionally a popular option because of the mild weather and summery breeze at the seaside. 

However, there was a decline in the number of people who visited the corniche due to the lack of seating and somewhat unhygienic space where people did not dispose off their rubbish properly. The weather played a role, too, as people preferred an airconditioned space for iftar. 

But this Ramadan brought good news as the new corniche offered the ideal combination of breezy weather and a beautifully constructed seafront — a combination of unique architecture and simple structures.

It is well organized and divided into many spaces specially designed for children, for those who just want to walk, for those who want to enjoy the sandy beaches, and its division allows people to not clash with each other and avoids crowding. 

Volunteers are stationed to ensure the peace and cleanliness of the beach. Families in Jeddah are arranging get-togethers and have several spots to choose from — be it thick grass, sandy beach, concrete or wooden huts — and are reviving the long-standing tradition of gathering their family and spending their day relaxing at the seafront. 

“I like how the new corniche has progressed, it’s extremely beautiful and nice to come to for a family outing,” said Hafsah Khan, a mother of three children. 

With better organization, people are proving themselves to be responsible citizens by keeping the area clean and taking care of the environment; they are even training their children to put garbage in the bins. 

Adnan Kamal, a visitor and father of three, said: “It is cleaner and more organized. I used to come here before but with the new corniche it is exciting and perfect for iftar.” 

As the sun goes down, visitors are sharing their dates and offering them to passers-by. 

The prayer arrangements are done well; prayer mats are arranged at short intervals so that people can offer their prayers with ease instead of making a run to the mosques. 

Ibtesam, an 18-year-old who was visiting the corniche with her family, said: “I like the environment here, it’s very clean, odor-free and peaceful. The best thing is people are also trying to manage the cleanliness.” 

“We used to come here all the time before, but then my father got tired of the noise and the crowd; now this is so much more peaceful.” 

Aminah, a 16-year-old girl visiting with her family, had one problem. “All is beautiful and mesmerizing but we were having trouble with the volunteers with the language as they didn’t know how to speak English.” 

Rahaf Abdullah, who was setting up her iftar mat, said: “I like the view here, I like everything about the new corniche; that’s why I want to come here more often.” 

Her father Abdullah Saeed chimed in: “I am very proud of the positive changes in Jeddah, including the corniche, and that Saudis are putting up a better image of themselves.”


Al-Mouallimi: We are all working to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people

Updated 22 June 2018
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Al-Mouallimi: We are all working to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people

  • Saudi Arabia is continuing its humanitarian work to help the people in Yemen, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador said
  • Saudi Arabia’s most recent effort was the convoy of 45 trucks carrying 924 tons of food, medical and shelter assistance to the people of Hodeidah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia is continuing its humanitarian work to help the people in Yemen, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi said during a media briefing in New York on Thursday, the Saudi press agency SPA reported.

The spokesman for the KSRelief, Dr. Samer Al-Jatili, gave a presentation during the briefing which outlined the Saudi government’s efforts to help the people of the war-torn country, including Hodeidah, since the beginning of the crisis.

Dr Jatili’s presentation noted that since 2015, the campaign has consisted of combating epidemics, promoting environmental sanitation, providing drinking water and distributing food aid.

Saudi Arabia’s most recent effort was the convoy of 45 trucks carrying 924 tons of food, medical and shelter assistance to the people of Hodeidah, which was meant to alleviate the humanitarian suffering from the blockade imposed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias.

The Yemeni ambassador to the US also stated that the Houthi militia have rejected all initiatives presented by former UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and the current envoy Martin Griffith to find practical solutions to avoid military operations to retake Hodeidah.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Lana Nusseibeh, was also present at the press conference along with other senior officials.