Ramadan bazaars help set the scene for the holy month

Different malls and shopping centers organize special Ramadan bazaars with special offers for the holy month. (AFP)
Updated 13 May 2018

Ramadan bazaars help set the scene for the holy month

  • These bazaars cater to all aspects of Ramadan, from food to decorations and collectibles
  • These markets are usually decorated in the traditional style adorned with lanterns and vibrant colors

JEDDAH: With Ramadan almost upon us, preparations for the holy month are at their peak. Families are preparing food in advance for luscious iftars, decorating their homes and gearing up for prayers and Qur’an recitals.

Supermarkets are fully stocked and offering the best products and prices, while mosques are scheduling iftars and sahoors for people in need. New shows have been announced by the TV channels for what is their highest-rated month of the year. The government has also been busy arranging events and activities to benefit businesses and citizens.

Different malls and shopping centers also organize special Ramadan bazaars with special offers for the holy month. 

These bazaars cater to all aspects of Ramadan, from food to decorations and collectibles. Many vendors offer unusual, often one-of-a-kind, products. To make such places attractive to families, many activities are also organized for all family members. Such markets add color to Ramadan celebrations.

These markets are usually decorated in the traditional style adorned with lanterns and vibrant colors, and filled with a sense of excitement for the arrival of Ramadan. 

Sara Al-Sobaie is a graduate of culinary school who specializes in European desserts such as macarons and meringues. 

She also sells unusual items such as edible flowers and glitter, which are not readily available in Saudi Arabia.

“We import products that people can use in baking that are hard to find here,” she said. 

“We try to import from countries such as France.”

Ahmad Shareef and Faiz Shareef are partners in The Honey Jar, which sells unusual flavors of honey, such as extra sweet, spicy and ginger. 

They aim to provide pure honey with no additives, which can be hard to find. They import their products from Peshawar, Yemen and Ethiopia.

“We sell different types of honey from different parts of the world,” said Ahmad. 

“We currently have seven types of honey but we hope to add more in the future."


King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

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King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.