Ramadan tents: A cultural ambience in Saudi Arabia

In recent years, restaurants and hotels have begun running Ramadan tents to attract customers in the Kingdom. (Social media photo)
Updated 31 May 2019
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Ramadan tents: A cultural ambience in Saudi Arabia

  • The idea is believed to have been inspired by Egyptians’ charitable tents

JEDDAH: Ramadan tents, usually decorated with lights, have always been popular during the holy month.

The idea is believed to have been inspired by Egyptians’ charitable tents, where each neighborhood would provide a huge tent serving free iftar and suhoor meals to those in need. 

During the meals, talented men from the neighborhood would play instruments and sing to entertain guests.

The idea spread to other Arab countries, where it has become big business. Tents serve the best traditional dishes in each country, and an open buffet. The charge depends on how fancy the tent is and which hotel is providing it.

Ramadan tents in Saudi Arabia were often confined to hotel rooftops and halls, mostly providing iftar and suhoor but without entertainment. But lately, Ramadan activities in the Kingdom have become more entertaining.

On May 9, 2019, an official Twitter account @MawsemRamadan (Ramadan Season) was launched to keep Saudis abreast of various activities organized by the General Entertainment Authority in the cities of Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Dammam.

 

Al-Mirkaz

The new Al-Mirkaz tent in Jeddah, with its luxurious style, combines the modern day with the traditional Ramadan atmosphere in the Hijaz region.

It was built this year, attracting different segments of Saudi society and accommodating more than 600 people. The tent offers guests exquisite Saudi, Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. The minimum charge is SR370 ($98.66) for iftar, SR400 for suhoor and SR220 for the shisha lounge.

Saudi entrepreneurs showcase their projects at the tent’s side booths. It has been attended by a number of Gulf social media influencers, and Tunisian singer Saber Rebai.

 

Qamra

Qamra in Jeddah is more of a Ramadan night than a tent, supporting local brands and gathering many Saudi entrepreneurs and their projects under one roof.

In its third edition, its theme this year is urban designs, and it hosts more than 100 booths for elite Saudi fashion and abaya designers.

Qamra also includes cafes and restaurants, and has been attended by Gulf social media influencers.

“Qamra vibes are the best. I’m really proud to have such activities in the town. It helps promote local talents,” said Zahra Al-Shibani, representing Saudi fashion and accessories brand Mishkat.

The price of entry ranges from SR100 to SR400.


Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

Updated 24 June 2019
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Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

  • Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah
  • Said Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons smuggled from Iran.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting civilians and civilian installations.
Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
He said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we will apply international law.”
He added that the coalition has started providing financial assistance to those affected by accidents in Yemen and the coalition has already compensated 116 people affected.