Where We Are Going Today: Yonine

Updated 12 July 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Yonine

  • Yonine is famed for its barbecue

There is a multitude of choice when it comes to Lebanese cuisine in Jeddah, but Yonine — on King Abdul Aziz Road in the Al-Zahra district — is one of the finest. It boasts a long-standing reputation for the quality of both its food and service that raises it above its numerous competitors.

The atmosphere is classy, relaxed and very quiet during the daytime, and, at the right time of year, outdoor seating is available.

Every visitor is welcomed with the customary selection of fresh salad with labneh and za’atar, along with fresh Lebanese bread. Yonine offers several types of hummus, and we would recommend the restaurant’s own special Yonine hummus. The spicy potato and eggplant fattah appetizers are also excellent.

Yonine is famed for its barbecue, and the Cherry Kebab is one of its best-selling meals, and well worth sampling.

Once you’re done with the main course, the restaurant has a wide selection of Lebanese sweets, many of which are not on offer elsewhere.

Yonine is considered to be on the expensive side — an appetizer, main course and beverage could cost up to SR200 ($53) — but you are guaranteed to enjoy a delicious meal.


Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)
Updated 21 October 2019

Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

DUBAI: Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One, founder of Amato Couture, as crowds gathered at Burj Park on Sunday night to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. She has been spotted in one of Amato Couture’s gowns before, at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year when she wore a black sequinned number.

One is a couturier from the Philippines and his dresses are a hit with some of the biggest female celebrities in the worlds including Shakira, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)

“I started sketching dresses at around 10 years old and continued until I went to college,” the designer told Arab News. “As a boy, I would keep everything to myself and spend most of my time alone with my imagination, sketching away dresses. As I grew older, I became a little rebellious. In time, I grew out of that phase and started focusing on my career and become a successful designer."

His big break came when he won a major fashion design competition in 1994 that was judged by a famous Filipino-US designer Josie Natori. “The moment it happened, she took me under her wing and brought me to Paris and New York to work for her as an apprentice because she saw potential in me."

He won first prize at Japan’s Women Wear Awards that same year and, three years later, stood out as a finalist at Manila’s Fashion Design Awards.

Carey, who is 49, sang some of her greatest hits songs including “Emotion” and “We Belong Together” to an enthusiastic audience who braved the heat and humidity of the outdoor venue.

Expo 2020, which runs for six months and begins next October, is to be held at a vast new site in the south of Dubai. Organizers are expecting around 25 million visitors.