Fans to mark 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road photo

The photo was taken by Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan. (AFP)
Updated 08 August 2019

Fans to mark 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road photo

DUBAI: Fans will cross Abbey Road on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous photo of The Beatles on the 1969 album cover of the same name.




The Abbey Road album's cover photo. (AFP)

“Abbey Road” was the group’s final album together. The photo, which was taken by Scottish photographer Iain Macmillan, featured the four members – Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr –walking across a pedestrian crossing outside their recording studio in North London.




Fans recreate the famous Abbey Road crossing. (AFP) 

Also on Thursday, London Walks will give fans a chance to visit some of the studios The Beatles recorded at. The walking tour will be led by The Beatles tribute group Fab Gear, who will be wearing the same outfits the band wore 50 years ago.




Fans walk to honor The Beatles. (AFP)

You can watch the crosswalk on the Earth Cam


Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

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Updated 20 August 2019

Startup of the Week: Saudi baker and chef winning hearts of food lovers

  • Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain

A Saudi bakery and restaurant business specializing in pastries is finding its way into Saudi hearts with a delectable selection of fine Italian, French, and Swiss foods.
Ahmad Essam, 28, a self-taught baker and chef, left a productive family business to create what is now one of the most prestigious bakeries in Alkhobar.
Essam set up his bakery and restaurant while working as a production engineer, selling tarts and cakes to his friends.
He was overwhelmed by the encouragement he received, and little by little Essam, his dream of running his own company emerged.
Working over 15 hours a day and being self-taught was just the start; Essam is the interior and graphic designer, the marketer, the CEO and the chef at White Mountain.
Baking French pastries such as croissants, macarons, mille-feuille, eclairs and tarts require a true artisan. Essam described the glory he feels when he bakes, saying: “Dealing with precise tips to get the real essence of French pastries and reaching a level to bake without recipes is a matter of experience and good knowledge. Being a real baker requires a lot of learning as it’s not only about mixing water and flour; its trick lies behind the process of fermentation that sometimes lasts for days.’’
Every once in a while, the young man distributes membership books to loyal customers. “On Valentine’s Day, we distributed 3,000 roses,” he added.
Essam is very passionate, and dreams of opening a cooking academy in Saudi Arabia so he can inspire other amateur bakers; he told Arab News about his future 12,000-square-meters cooking village project that he is aiming to create in Riyadh, “including a library that collects all cookbooks, a seasonal spice shop, a great lake garden, a pizzeria, glossary shop and more, all of which falls under one theme: Cooking.”
For him, business is an obsession and profession. “Chefs have their egos. They are dealing with a tricky job and they know what they are doing exactly. They do not accept comments or advice from other chefs,” he explained.
You can follow him for more information on White Mountain on Instagram: @wm.bakery.