Spectacular fireworks mark opening of honey fest

Updated 04 July 2012

Spectacular fireworks mark opening of honey fest

Baha Gov. Prince Mishari bin Saud opened the Fifth Baha International Honey Festival and Baljurashi Summer Festival yesterday. He also opened an exhibition being held at the venue of Baljurashi Shopping Festival.
Prince Mishari opened the festival by cutting the ribbon and then toured the exhibition pavilions. These included pavilions of fine arts, Yemeni products, and productive families as well as a blood donation clinic.
The governor also visited the heritage village, where shops sold heritage items, and an old photos exhibition.
In the opening ceremony several prominent figures, including Prince Saud bin Muhammad, director of youth activities and festivals at the Ministry of Culture and Information, and Hamid Al-Shammari, undersecretary at the governorate, participated. Prince Mishari took part in the traditional Ardha dance held at the end of the ceremony.
There was also a spectacular display of fireworks. Speaking to reporters, the governor said that the festival coincides with the summer season when a large number of holidaymakers and tourists flock to the region.
“This resulted in full occupancy in hotels, furnished apartments and tourism shelters,” he said, adding that some programs of the festival have been canceled in memory of late Crown Prince Naif. Ahmad Al-Khazim, chairman of the organizing committee, said that more than 50 exhibitors from the Kingdom and abroad are showcasing their products in the five-day event.
The Beekeepers Cooperative Society is organizing the festival jointly with Abdullah Bughshan Chair for Bee Research at King Saud University and Baha University, with support of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).
Al-Khazim said the festival aims at enhancing the level of knowledge among beekeepers about the industry and help them market their products through making them aware of various marketing and packaging techniques and methods.
Beekeepers from countries taking part in the festival include those from Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Sudan and Ethiopia.
The Turkish Beekeepers Federation is the guest of honor in this year’s festival. All kinds of honey, especially Sidr, Samra, Saif and Talha are on display at the festival. Apart from this, modern tools of apiculture are also showcased.


Fans praise Syrian vlogger as he cooks kabsa for Taal victims in the Philippines

Updated 19 January 2020

Fans praise Syrian vlogger as he cooks kabsa for Taal victims in the Philippines

  • He drove around the province to give away packed meals, including a 1000 chicken wings and Arabic dish kabsa
  • Around 80,000 people have been displaced since the eruption covered nearby towns with thick charcoal-like ash

DUBAI: A Syrian vlogger has visited communities in the Philippines who were affected by the recent volcanic eruption, giving out care packages and packed meals.

Philippines-based Basel Manadil, also known online as the “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer,” posted a video on YouTube of his recent trip to rescue centers around Taal Volcano, which erupted last week.

“When I first saw the news about Taal eruption, I immediately thought of the people who will be affected and will be needing immediate help,” the social media personality said on his YouTube account that has over 1.5 million subscribers.

Manadil, who has been living the Philippines for more than five years, distributed boxes of donations that included medical supplies.

Watch the vlog here:

He drove around the province to give away packed meals, including a 1000 chicken wings and Arabic dish kabsa, which he said he prepared for more than 10 hours.

“I never cooked before I left Syria, so my mom would be so proud once she sees this,” Manadil wrote on Facebook.

The Philippines remained on high alert days after the devastating eruption of the Taal Volcano, a famous tourist spot just 50 kilometers north of the capital Manila.

Around 80,000 people have been displaced since the eruption covered nearby towns with thick charcoal-like ash.