What We Are Eating Today: Shaze

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Updated 09 October 2020

What We Are Eating Today: Shaze

Looking for guilt-free, diet-friendly and vegan desserts? Then look no further than Shaze, the Makkah-based bakery specializing in healthy, Middle Eastern sweets.

Shaze offers organic, vegan, and sugar-free sweets, including baked goods like their date cakes and cookies, as well as their Dokhon and chocolate cakes.

If you are planning on celebrating a birthday or simply thinking of a gifting a healthy treat to a friend on a diet, then check out Shaze’s decorated cakes.

What makes their healthy cakes remarkable —  aside, of course, from their moist and fluffy texture — are the creative decorations on top, made with fruits and nuts.

Shaze is proud to feature authentic Middle Eastern flavors in their products, including dates, cardamom, cinnamon, black sesame seeds, and the famous pink Madinah flower.

The bakery also aims to promote a healthy, sugar-free lifestyle by offering followers on Instagram step-by-step nutritious recipes to make at home. It also offers workshops for artistic cake decoration using only healthy ingredients such as shredded almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachio, pecan, and edible flowers.

Shaze offers three sizes of cakes, in addition to cupcakes, with prices starts from SR55 ($15) to SR200.

For more information, check out their Instagram account @shaddo95.


Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 

BTS 

Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 

Blackpink

It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 

Twice

Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 

ATEEZ

ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.