Freakshakes in the Middle East: Beat the heat with these insane milkshake spots

Here's the top six milkshake spots in the region. (Shutterstock)
Updated 11 August 2018
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Freakshakes in the Middle East: Beat the heat with these insane milkshake spots

We all love a classic strawberry or vanilla milkshake, but this summer we want to try out these new, totally over the top, delicious “freakshakes.”
Black Tap

Dubai’s Black Tap serves up what could only be described as a “sweet-tooth mania.” The burger joint offers “Instagramable” milkshakes mounted with cakes, brownies, cookies, candy, and mountains of cream. The imagination is the limit with this place.
Shakes

Although not exactly a “Freakshake”, this Saudi milkshake hotspot is a classic. With over 70 flavours to choose from, you can make your perfect milkshake blend – and YES, you can make it yourself! So, let the milkshake-freak within you go wild.
Millions of Milkshakes

For a quirky shake, Kuwait’s Millions of Milkshakes is the one. Who would have thought to mix Mango and Kitkat, or Strawberry, Banana, and Mango with Ferrero Roche? Well, according to customers – it’s a match made in milkshake heaven.
Shakeaway

This Beirut shake hangout seems to have it all. The British franchise offers a variety of chocolatey milkshakes for those of us who have a sweet tooth and healthy, fruity shakes for those who love natures flavors.
Fume

The MONSTER SHAKE – it’s all in the name! The home-grown Dubai restaurant with its hip vibe is famous for its milkshakes, which range from the “Bro-nut monster shake” to the “Berry freaky wild berries.” If the names are anything to go by, then you are in for a surprise.
The Counter Burger

This Jeddah burger spot is not only known for its “burger customization” but also their larger than life shakes. You can make your own shake, or go for the Birthday Cake Shake (vanilla ice cream, cake mix and rainbow sprinkles) or the Banana Split Shake (vanilla ice cream, fruits, caramel and chocolate syrup).


Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise convicted of blasphemy

Updated 21 August 2018
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Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise convicted of blasphemy

  • Prosecutors said the 44-year-old defendant violated the criminal code by committing blasphemy against Islam
  • The maximum sentence for blasphemy is two years

MEDAN, Indonesia: An Indonesian court has sentenced a woman who complained about a noisy mosque to 18 months in prison for blasphemy.
The ethnic Chinese woman, Meiliana, burst into tears as presiding Judge Wahyu Prasetyo Wibowo announced the sentence Tuesday. She was taken from the court in handcuffs.
Prosecutors said the 44-year-old defendant violated the criminal code by committing blasphemy against Islam, the dominant faith in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Mobs burned and ransacked at least 14 Buddhist temples throughout Tanjung Balai, a port town on Sumatra, in a July 2016 riot following reports of Meiliana’s complaint about a mosque’s noisy loudspeakers.
The woman’s lawyer, Ranto Sibarani, said the sentence would be appealed. A conservative group, Islamic Community Forum, said Meilana’s sentence was too light.
The maximum sentence for blasphemy is two years.
Indonesia’s Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and religion but in recent years blasphemy cases have been filed against those perceived as offending Islam. The overwhelming majority end with guilty verdicts.
Last year, the minority Christian and ethnic Chinese governor of Jakarta, the capital, was convicted of blasphemy and imprisoned for two years after massive street protests over comments seized upon by his political opponents.
Judges imposed the sentence despite prosecutors downgrading the blasphemy charge to a lesser offense.