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Where We Are Going Today: Warmest welcome in town at Jeddah cafe

By   /  June 22, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

Agave Café is my favorite hangout in Jeddah, not only for its convenient location and the great sunset view from the sixth floor, but because it has the best staff I’ve come across in Jeddah. Located at Prince Sultan Road, hosts and waiters warmly welcome visitors from the start with smiles and assistance until they’re […]

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US diplomat’s ringside view of a changing Saudi Arabia

By   /  June 14, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

Matthias J. Mitman could not have imagined what was in store when he arrived in Saudi Arabia two years ago to take up his post as the US consul general in Jeddah. “I did not anticipate the degree to which change would occur in the Kingdom when I came here in 2016,” he said. “The […]

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Gabon leader arrives in Jeddah

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba arrived in Jeddah on Monday. Makkah’s deputy governor and other top officials received him at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport. The visiting president performed Umrah. Saudi Arabia and Gabon enjoy cordial ties.  Gabon opened its embassy in the Kingdom in 1976. Following his election as the president of […]

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Palestinians in Saudi Arabia reflect on home as 51st Naksa is marked

By   /  June 9, 2018  /  Gulf Countries, Religion  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: This June marks the 51st anniversary for Palestinian Naksa, the “setback” in Arabic. It commemorates the displacement and occupation of Arab territories that accompanied Israel’s forces’ victory in the six days war of June 1967 against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. It ended with Israel putting up its flag over East Jerusalem, the West Bank […]

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Al-Balad, Jeddah’s historical heart

By   /  June 9, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

Al-Balad, otherwise known as Historical Old Jeddah, downtown Jeddah and the Gate to Makkah, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Locals and non-locals enjoy walking down the old alleys and admiring the remnants of old Hejaz, making it a favorite tourist attraction in the city. The houses are made of recti ed stones, […]

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Jeddah’s Commercial Court chief briefs Makkah governor on streamlined procedures

By   /  June 4, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: The president of Jeddah’s Commercial Court, Rami Al-Hazmi, on Sunday called on Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Makkah Deputy Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz. Al-Hazmi, in separate meetings with the two dignitaries, briefed them about the working of the commercial court and its performance following the introduction of various reforms. […]

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Presenting Saudi heritage in modern style

By   /  May 30, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has no dearth of talent and with the announcement of Saudi Vision 2030 and the related socioeconomic reforms, talented young Saudis are leaving no stone unturned to showcase their talents in all walks of life. The Saudi government is also making all-out efforts to promote local talent and to preserve national heritage. […]

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How Ramadan sets off a consumer boom

By   /  May 29, 2018  /  Gulf Countries, Religion  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Ramadan is a month of spirituality and worship, but it is also a month of celebrations and festivities in which people’s spirits are high … along with their spending power. People have already started checking off their list of needs for Ramadan and are well under way with Eid preparations (the celebration that marks […]

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Over 100 Gulf designers showcase their works under one roof

By   /  May 27, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Jeddawis are famous for observing the holy month of Ramadan in a different way. The celebrations associated with this month make the city of Jeddah stand out among other cities of the Kingdom. This year, however, Ramadan is even busier in Jeddah with a spate of fun-filled events and expos. Almost every night, a […]

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Saudi women ‘taking control of their finances’

By   /  May 26, 2018  /  Gulf Countries  /  No Comments

JEDDAH: Women in Saudi Arabia are taking more control of their finances in both their personal and professional lives, according to a leading UK finance expert. Amy Bryant, deputy chief executive officer at Jersey Finance, said the knowledge on wealth management gained by the current generation of Saudi women would also “influence the approach future […]

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