What We Are Buying Today: Mishkat

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Updated 30 May 2020

What We Are Buying Today: Mishkat

  • The brand offers four themed apparel collections, along with scarves, which are the perfect choice for hijabi ladies

Mishkat is a Saudi fashion brand concept that champions modesty and self respect. It offers modern, creative designs that are locally inspired and give off a vibe of elegance mixed with simplicity and trendiness.
The brand was launched in 2017 by Shababuna, a Saudi company founded and led by Lama Al-Ghalib. It offers a range of comfortable and stylish clothing, including oriental babouche slippers in a variety of designs and cuts. These include two collections of “mommy and me” slippers, which allow little girls to wear the same slipper designs as their mothers. Handmade from jacquard or vegan leather, the slippers have a comfortable insole and are suitable for wearing inside and outside the home.
The brand offers four themed apparel collections, along with scarves, which are the perfect choice for hijabi ladies. The glitter collection is comfortable and suitable for traveling, while the bohemian collection is inspired by the sea. A third range is inspired by the Arabic kufi font, with handwritten designs created by Saudi calligrapher and artist Shaker Kashgari. The fourth offers a selection of items that can be styled for everyday use. The most frequently used materials are cotton and linen.
The brand’s products are available from its main shop at Ana Gheir Mall, or visit www.hnak.com to buy online. For more information, check out @Mishkatofficial on Instagram.

 


Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

Updated 13 August 2020

Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living

  • Saudi Green Building Forum granted accreditation as an observer to UNEP governing body

RIYADH: A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
Following careful assessment and consideration of the commitments and engagements of the Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF), the nonprofit organization has been granted accreditation as an observer at the governing body of the UN Environment Program (UNEP). SGBF will play a role as an observer at all public meetings and sessions of the UNEP and its subsidiary organs.
Speaking to Arab News, Faisal Al-Fadl, founder of the nonprofit organization, said that the forum’s mission has been developing for the past 10 years and this accreditation was considered an important step in strengthening the role of Saudi civil society institutions, locally and internationally. This was in line with Vision 2030, which has not only played an integral role in the NGO’s mission but also paved the way for the Kingdom’s people to go the extra mile in building an advanced and resilient society.
SGBF was initiated in 2010 and established in 2014. In 2017, it became the first professional body from Saudi Arabia in consultative status with the UN.
“The Saudi Forum was an advocacy group with an honest voice to bridge the gap; through UNEP we now have the tools to become the policymakers,” Al-Fadl said. It is a challenge that the group founder says will be met by providing communities with the proper tools to implement commitments.
As the observing body on the environmental framework at the UNEP, SGBF’s role will include promoting its concepts and goals to be reflected within the community of change. For change to happen, people of a community at a grassroots level who have committed to the preservation of moral codes of conduct are key to changing mentality and behavior to guarantee a future for the next generations, Al-Fadl said.
“As an open platform, our role is being the honest voice of bridging the gap. Economic and social progress accompanied by environmental degradation and pandemics are endangering the very systems on which our future development and our survival depends,” he said.
SGBF represents the Kingdom and its call to communities, stakeholders, and policymakers to build on the principles of volunteering, advocacy and sustainable development.
For the NGO, their next step is increasing the engagement of civil society, finding solutions to the problem of volunteer integration in societies, and to prioritize and address social challenges for women, youth and the elderly, calling on member states to increase their role in building and developing practices that minimize the negative impact on the planet.
Al-Fadl added that protecting the planet and building resilience was not easy. Without bolstering local action, including volunteers to accelerate the implementation, it would be a long time until goals were met and result seen, he said.
“UN member countries have the responsibility in confronting the human crisis of inestimable proportions, which impose its heaviest tolls on the supply chain for those marginalized and
most vulnerable in cities and communities around the world,” Al-Fadl said.