Startup of the Week: A gift idea that will have you buying

Updated 08 January 2019

Startup of the Week: A gift idea that will have you buying

JEDDAH: Sisters Khairiah and Renad Dahlan recently became the creators of a simple, yet unique, business idea.
They make hand-made personalized frames, which are becoming increasingly hard to find in the consumeristic world.
The frames contain letters inside small house models arranged to look like a town.
The frames, which are made of wood and Jasmin-scented clay that does not need to be baked to harden, are lit at the sides and can be made with your colors of choice.
If you are passionate about coffee, why not throw in some coffee beans or coffee cup models to the frame? Or why not have the letters of a name hand-carved or put inside the houses?
“We came up with the ‘build-your-own village’ idea after visiting the beautiful city of Bruges in Belgium,” said Renad, 23. “We were inspired by the city’s night lights and amazing landscapes.”
Their idea quickly became popular among business owners and consumers alike.
“We once got a phone call from staff at one
of the oldest and most famous schools in Jeddah offering to set up a booth for our work at a big event they hold every two years,” she said.
“The school, which has been around since 1966, chose us because they like our idea. This type of recognition keeps us going.”
Their business venture has not been without obstacles.
“There are hardly any small manufacturing facilities that include production and storage areas for creative entrepreneurs.”
The sisters, who began advertising their work on social media and eventually set up stalls at several events in Jeddah, would like to own a shop and eventually carve a niche for themselves so they can become an international brand name.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

Updated 28 February 2020

Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

  • OIC secretary-general notes that the organization continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups

JEDDAH: Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen announced on Wednesday that the OIC will adopt the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) after it is revised in accordance with international human-rights standards. The foreign ministers of the OIC member states are expected to approve the CDHRI at their meeting in Niamey, Niger in April.

 Al-Othaimeen was speaking at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva on Wednesday, where he highlighted some of the efforts the OIC has made to fight racism and xenophobia — including Islamophobia — claiming that they are the result of “intellectual and political resistance to cultural pluralism.”

He said the OIC, in cooperation with its partners, has prepared “a comprehensive and consensual approach to address incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion.”

Al-Othaimeen’s speech, which was delivered on his behalf by OIC Geneva Permanent Representative Nassima Baghli, stressed that terrorism, including religious extremism, is a major source of concern for the international community. He pointed out that the OIC continues to condemn the ideological rhetoric adopted by terrorist groups and has established the Sawt Al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom) Center, which focuses on addressing the ideological rhetoric of extremists.

His speech also reviewed the most common human-rights violations suffered by Muslims, referring to the detailed documentation from the UN’s own human rights bodies and the OIC of discrimination and violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

Al-Othaimeen explained that America’s actions in Palestine in recent months required the OIC to stress that any peace initiative between Israel and Palestine must be consistent with legitimate rights, foremost among which is the right to self-determination.

He also stressed the OIC’s support for Kashmiris in their pursuit of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with international resolutions and highlighted the OIC’s condemnation of Armenia’s continued occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions bordering Azerbaijan.