For this Saudi family, breaking fast on Al Wajh’s beach is a different experience

Breaking Ramadan fast on the beach is a different experience. (SPA)
Updated 17 May 2019
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For this Saudi family, breaking fast on Al Wajh’s beach is a different experience

AL WAJH:  One of the best ways to break fast in Al-Wajh governorate in Tabuk region during Ramadan is to eat iftar at the region’s beaches or in one of its marine parks.

Zahem and Al-Darar are two of the most popular stretches of sand along the coast, as both are close to urban areas too.

A number of people said that breaking their fast on the beach is a different experience to eating iftar at home. Taking in the sunset before the call to prayer, and appreciating the natural beauty of the surf crashing on the rocks and reefs.

Local resident Mashari Salem Al-Balawi said that breaking fast on the beach is a long-standing tradition among people living on the coast. It is his family’s tradition every Ramadan, he said, adding that many families will organize beachside iftars for large gatherings during the holy month.

Ali Al-Shamri had traveled 500 kilometers from Hail in order to break fast on the beach. He said that the experience was a special one, seeing the sunset and “feeling God’s creation.” He said that he intended to stay for suhoor before returning home. 


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 20 June 2019
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.