Foodie Corner

Sip Sip Hooray!


By Fizzah Khan

Exhausted from a staggering week and not sure how to fix up that mood? Fret not! We’ve got the perfect selection of bubbly, blissful beverages you’ll need to kick-start your weekend!

Sometimes the routine gets too hectic and you’re left wondering when the weekend arrives. This is when all you seek is a relaxing spot with nice refreshments, something to charge you up. Or simply a chilled drink while you cruise away for a long drive. Let’s face it, we all need a break from our busy lives just to relax, enjoy the weather and slurp our favorites! Here’s why we’ve taken a little trip around town and uncovered the best cocktail picks the city has to offer to sip your worries away!

50 Fruits


If you’re a fresh juice junkie like us, you surely need a fruity fix to get going through the day. 50 Fruits is best known for their extensive variety of fruits and blends. This little fruit shack is your perfect place for an early morning energy boost or a chunky smoothie to go with your evening walk. This place is known for the best blends of fruity cocktails full of absolutely delicious taste and freshness! It is one gem that definitely tops our recommendation list!

Facebook: 50fruitsksa

Location: Al Imam Saud Ibn Abdul Aziz Branch Rd (See map) and Dammam Branch Rd, Al Yarmuk (See map)

Mama Noura


Nestled in almost every renowned area of Riyadh, this traditional smoothie bar provides all that is healthy and fresh. You will surely fall in love with this one!

Facebook: MaMa-Noura

Location: King Abdullah Rd (See map)



Looking to try out something extraordinary? Luckily you won’t have to go too far, as Signature has the most delicious cocktails and juices in town. With a rich creamy texture and a slight hint of ice cream, the experts at Signature know very well how to tantalize your taste buds. Famous for their “Signature” and “Sunset” cocktail, these explosions of flavors are hands down a winner and definitely worth the hype.

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Location: King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd Al Masif (See map)

Juicoo Frutoo 


This magical place is one of a kind with its captivating interiors and super delectable desserts and juices. Each of their slushy mixes has a fresh and unique twist. Not only are their mixes a tempting sight but extremely palatable. It is a great place to hang out with friends and family as it portrays a beautiful décor and more importantly a wide array of beverages that keep you coming for more!

Facebook: juicoofrutoo

Location: Northern Ring Branch Rd, Al Masif (See map)

Juice Time


You really wouldn’t have missed this hidden treasure if you are one of those who likes exploring the city. Juice Time has been one of the most trending juice bars in Riyadh and its décor is all fresh fruits! You can make your own blend of smoothie or cocktail by picking your favorite ones. Best known for their amazingly rich and tasty smoothies, these guys come up with new flavors to keep your cravings well satisfied.

Facebook: Juicetime.ksa

Location: Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Althani St (See map)

Most of us are on the edge of our seats, looking for an excuse to enjoy the gust of winter coming soon in Riyadh. Grab this opportunity and head out today to these great places for a refreshingly mouth-watering cocktail. Thank us later! 😉


Events & Happenings



By Katie Kyle

As my family and I glimpsed King Fahd Stadium for the first time, we knew this was going to be a historic night – a night of firsts.  

We were on our way to see the first family sporting event ever to be held in a stadium in Riyadh.  It would also be the first performance by the Nitro Circus in the city, showcasing its daring, high-octane stunts.

The stadium had a contagious celebratory vibe. We wended our way past the men, women, and children, queuing at brightly-lit, sweet-smelling vans laden with treats. The soulful notes of James Brown and Bill Withers filled the stadium, that was soon replaced with the deafening volume of the circus as the performance got underway. This was fingers-in-your-ears-fun!

As the performers were introduced, the multi-national character of this act became apparent. There were stuntmen from California, New Zealand, Australia, and there was one in a traditional Saudi thobe.  In a poignant tribute, they dedicated the show to their friend and colleague, Eric Roner, who died in a sky-diving act, in 2015.

Before they started the stunts, we were shown footage of acts that had gone wrong.  The hardest to watch was a tumble taken by Aaron Fotheringham, a stuntman defying the odds in a wheelchair.  As he prepared to do a front-flip, the presenter explained his message: ‘Never give up’; Fotheringham didn’t, and performed a perfect turn.

The mood lightened as the performers scaled the 40-foot ‘Giganta’ ramp.  Launching themselves from the top, they gave us somersaults, 360-degree upright turns, and backflips on bikes, skates, and skis.  Then came the throaty sound of ten motorbikes.  Flying through the air, they performed handstands, side turns, and back flips and front flips to a huge backdrop of flames.

Then some of the acts appeared to go wrong, either by design or because, as my 10-year-old daughter speculated, ‘They’re getting too showy-offy.’ Whichever was true, we were suitably nervous as we waited to see one of the biggest tricks in the world of BMX- a triple backflip.

‘I think something bad’s going to happen,’ whispered my daughter, but her nerves were misplaced as we counted three flips and a safe landing.

The grand finale: a continuous stream of wow-inducing stunts from all the motorbikes and bikes, simultaneously.  As they soared through the air, there was a sense that anything might be possible in Riyadh this night.

Instagram: TIME Entertainment


Events & Happenings

Bringing The Best of Pop-Culture to Riyadh


Riyadh’s first Comic Con arrives this month.

Panache Middle East and Events Oasis is bringing to Riyadh the first edition of popular culture convention, Comic Con Arabia from 23rd – 25th of November at the Riyadh International Exhibition and Convention Center. Sponsored by Rani, this three-day multi-genre celebration will provide spectators with the exclusive opportunity to meet Game of Thrones and Justice League star, Jason Momoa, as the headline act and regional rap legend Qusai and many more.


Comic Con Arabia’s audience will be entertained with an eclectic selection of activities including two cosplay competitions, challenging e-sports tournaments, food from a delicious medley of food-trucks, and shop for some exclusive collectibles inspired by the exhilarating world of anime, manga, graphic novels, video games, toys, TV shows and films.

The region’s best cosplayers will have the chance to compete against each other in an exclusive male and female cosplay competition, judged by international celebrity cosplayers who are experts in costume creation and whose creations have been used in Hollywood movies.

The additional features of the event include stimulating discussion panels and make-up workshops for women from professional make-up artists. Talented regional artists will don the Artist Alley with authentic creations and avid gamers can display their skills at challenging eSports tournaments.

Apart from the cosplay competitions, Comic Con Arabia will have numerous occasions to win prizes such as a fully paid trip to Spain and many other giveaways from social media competitions. Providing the exciting opportunity to make history with art, Comic Con Arabia is offering the region’s top artists to create a mascot fit for the brand.

The crowd-sourced mascot competition will see one highly creative individual take home a cash prize of SAR 5,000, unlimited access to all of the coming Comic Con Arabia events and more. Additional prizes will be provided for the winners of the eSports tournaments and competitions.

Tickets are available exclusively through Virgin Megastores or at the door.

For more information on Comic-Con Arabia visit

Follow Comic-Con Arabia on social media:

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About Panache Middle EastAbout Events Oasis

Founded in 2011, Panache Middle East is a brand management firm that integrates cutting edge technology, market insights and ingenuity into every project. Paving the way for a new era of events, the division Panache LIVE is the home of original event concepts and content, each one owned and operated by Panache Middle East.

With its headquarters in Dubai and a diverse team of creative, knowledgeable, and agile experts, the agency has been a driving force behind many memorable and successful events across the Gulf region.

Founded in 2015, Events Oasis, a part of the Al Hokair Group of companies, was set up to create and operate world class events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Headquartered in Riyadh, with a team of specialists in project management, marketing and business development, Events Oasis aims to be the leader in event management in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Healthy Living

Gifts to Support the Breast Cancer Fighters


AlBandary Khaled AlJohar

Gifts for a breast cancer patient or survivor can be hard to choose because it’s a touchy subject.

If you know anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or is going through treatment for it, these gifts can help to uplift them. It’s a thoughtful way to offer your support and care for them.

1- Bandana Headband


You can design and color a bandana that they can use for chemo’s side effects.

2- Bookmarks

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Photo credits: Aga’s box of miracles

You can design a bookmark with inspirational quotes or with images to keep them going.

3- Flowers:


Flowers decorations as breast cancer ribbon or with motivational words on gift cards.

4- Wall Decorations


You can have inspirational quotes as wall art  or you can design stickers.

5- Baking a cake


Make your support sweeter and edible by baking a cake.

6- Organizing a Party


You can organize a pink themed party and invite all the cancer fighters and survivors to let them know that they are not alone in this journey.

*Early Checkups for Breast Cancer Means Early Cure, insha Allah

Check the Ministry of Health National Program for Citizens that offers a free check-up under these conditions:

1- Must have the Saudi National ID or married to a Saudi Citizen

2- Must be above 40 years old, 30 years old in case there was a family history of breast cancer

3- Must show the National ID

4- Must be not pregnant

5- Must be nonbreastfeeding for at least 3 months

Location: Hayat Mall, near dip n ‘ dip, 1st floor, Gate 7

For more information Check out their Social Media accounts


Twitter: @ccpmoh_ksa



Activities, Community, Events & Happenings, Explore Your City

Your guide to the 87th Saudi National Day


Saudi National Day is more than just fireworks.

The long weekend needs to be planned out well in advance. Here’s a list of all the events happening in the 3 main cities.

Keep your Snapchat ready to show-off an amusing day. 

*Disclaimer: It’s not Saudi National Day if you don’t get stuck in traffic. 

1. Esht Ya Watan

Electronic games, talent shows, historical talks, exhibition of strange cars, children’s activities and more will be available at this event.

Time: 9.00 pm – 12.00 am

Date: 21-23 September


Riyadh: Aucha Event Hall
More info here.

2. The Saudi National Box

A surprise event with a lot of unique activities in the Kingdom has never seen before.

Date: 23 September

Time: 8:00 pm – 12:00 am


Riyadh: King Fahad Library Park

Jeddah: Walking track at Palestine Street

Dammam: Seaside

3. Raise The Green Flag


Presenting the biggest International Celebration using high definition 3D effects and fireworks in the spirit of the National Day.

Date: 23 September

Time: 9:50 pm – 12:00 am

Location: Kingdom Tower

Free entrance

4. Malhamat Watan (The Epic National Day)

Learn about the art and history of Saudi Arabia.

Date: 23 – 24 September

Time: 8:30 PM (Doors open : 04:00 pm)


Jeddah: King Fahad Stadium

5. Alwatan Festival for Cars

Car show fest as a celebration for the national day

Date: 23- 24 September

Time: 7:00pm – 12:00am


Riyadh: Dirab Park

Free entrance

6. Music Festival

Introducing an extraordinary event with a fusion of art and patriotism.

Date: 23 September

Time: 7 PM – 1 AM (Doors open 6 PM)


Jeddah: King Abdullah Sports City (Al Johara Stadium)

For men

7. Entertainment Boulevard

A family event that presents multiple activities such as theatrical performances and parades. More than 20,000 people will show up for this event.

Date: 23 – 24 September 19

Time: 12:00AM – 6:00PM

Location: Al-Tahlia Street

8. National Day Fireworks


An outstanding firework celebration to tell the story of the founders of the Kingdom and their brave solders. It will spread the joy of the national day and making the people proud to be a part of such amazing celebration.

Date: 23 September

Time: 9:15PM – 9:45PM


Riyadh: Diriyah

Jeddah: Corniche near Red Sea Mall

Khobar: Corniche

9. Celebrations in the Sky

Aviators display their flying skills including fireworks and laser shows.

Date: 23 September

Time: 5: 30 – 6: 30 PM

10:30 – 11:30 PM


Jeddah: Rosewood Jeddah Hotel

10. The Joy of the Nation (Farhat Watan)

The goal of this event is to revive Saudi history by displaying the talented work of artists, fashion and jewelry designers.

Date: 21 – 24 September

Time: 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Riyadh: Durrat Riyadh Al-Faisalaiya Resort

11. Kolna Salman

A play written and directed by Bakheet Al Ameri that welcomes people of all ages.

Date:  September 21-23

Time: 8.30 pm – 9.00 pm


Jeddah: Jeddah Society for Arts and Culture
For more information, call +066-12-6064340

Are you attending another event we haven’t mentioned here? Tell us about it.



Storyville: Your guide to fiction


By Sara Alnemer

Here’s to all of you bookworms. School is a month away and what better way for a distraction than a little taste of fiction, yes?

So let’s get to it, summer won’t last forever.

1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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“A girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.”

Theodore and Violet meet on the bell tower, where both contemplate suicide. That’s when their story begins.

A heart-wrenching, tear shedding story about a boy who helps a girl heal, showing her that there’s so much to live for, while his own world is crumbling down.

As you read the book, you will find yourself longing for the character’s “happily ever after”, and sobbing hysterically, but it is more than just a love story.

This is a book that addresses sensitive issues like suicide and mental illness, dealing with personal problems and somehow finding your way through life, which will touch you in so many ways. It comes with an overpowering message of doing everything before it is too late.

Available in Jarir

2. Dr. Jeykll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


It’s an 1886 classic and most people probably have read it, but it still has to be mentioned.

A captivating Goth thriller during Nineteenth-century London that shows the battle between one’s good and evil self. The novel takes place in the Victorian England where appearance and reputation was all that mattered in society. In the story, the theme of the Duality of Human Nature is represented. Dr Jeykll, an admired member of society, claims that every soul contains both good and evil. Due to his high status in the society, Jeykll conducts scientific experiments in attempts to separate the two sides of himself and this result in the creation of Mr.Hyde, a man of pure evil. As we read, we realize they are two individuals living in the same body.

This is a complex mystery where the good and evil side represents not only an individual, but society as well.

Available in Jarir

3. Mota’ayesh fe alRiyadh by Abdullah Alsayel and Mubarak bin Ali Aldu’aylej


In a classic building and a traditional plot, two Saudi writers use their voices to raise awareness. Based on a true story, the book talks about a young man in Riyadh who was recently diagnosed with AIDS and how it affected his family, career, and personal life.

The story reveals society’s attitude towards such a disease and the way its victims are perceived as having deviated from the values of society. It’s a captivating emotional story that captures cultural issues that societies deal with every single day and will stay with you for a very long time.

Available in Jarir

Each one of these books mentioned above took me to another world, creating a bubble just for me to indulge myself in. However, I would say that “All the Bright Places” is my favorite book so far. Only because I’m a hopeless romantic who likes to cry. Call it catharsis?




Food, Food News, Foodie Corner

Creamistry: The Formula for Your Sugar Rush


By Safa Hassan and Rawan AlZubaidi

Creamistry is the perfect place to relax and chill, and treat yourself with some made-from-scratch liquid nitrogen ice cream.

Here are the five things we like about Creamistry:


1. The moment you walk into the store, you will be greeted with a delightful smell.


2. You will enjoy watching the cold liquid nitrogen wash over the counter while your ice-cream is being prepare.

3. The interior is bright and clean, with plenty of seating for family.


4. There are three different flavors of cream for base and more than 50 toppings to choose from. Isn’t it always better to have too much than too less?

5. The staff is super friendly and they will suggest and assist you in every step of your ice-cream creation.


6. What is cooler than customizing your own ice-cream? You basically choose the size of your cup, the base of your ice cream/sorbet and your preferred flavor, and finally, the toppings.

7. You can always add upgrades, but it’s a bit pricey, so I wouldn’t recommend it.


8. Their ice-cream is perfect; it is super creamy and packed with a punch of flavor.


9. If the ice cream options don’t dazzle you, then their coffee menu will definitely do the job. You can either go with the simplest drink on the menu and order espresso, like I did, or make your own glorious combo. Isn’t this awesome?



Tips To Survive The Struggles Of Freshmen Year


We all felt a little lost when it came to college. We changed universities and majors, followed friends, wanted different places and jobs. It was honestly very confusing.

So, the Destination Team came together and thought of a few things we’d tell ourselves on the first day of college if we could turn back time *Que Cher*:

1. You don’t have to start college right away.


If you don’t know what you want yet, take a break. Work on yourself, take courses, attend events, travel. Do whatever it is you can get off of your bucket list in a semester.

2. Don’t be afraid if you’re going to a place where you don’t know anyone.


Join clubs and get social, because you’ll meet people in college (good and bad) that you’ll never forget (no matter how hard you try).

3. College isn’t as big of a deal as you think it is.


It’s like going from middle school to high school, but now you have a little more freedom and rely mostly on yourself.

4. Learn to love yourself and enjoy your own company.


Don’t look for acceptance. Watch a movie or go out to dinner by yourself. If you don’t enjoy your own company, how do you expect other people to?

5. A lot of things are going to change, but most importantly, YOU will change.


6. As much as you’re going to meet new people, you’re probably going to lose most of them.


So, surround yourself with good people that you know will only upgrade you.

7. Live by the saying: “Will it matter in five years?”.


8. Follow your own schedule and take electives in things that you never tried before, because you may fall in love with something completely different.


9. Concentrate and avoid procrastinating, it’s your biggest enemy.


Keep a steady rhythm from beginning to end. We know you’re going to procrastinate anyways so…

10. Make connections, they’ll help you later-on in life.


Professors count too! You’ll realize later that they were cooler than people your age anyways.

11. Avoid distractions and balance work and social life.


You can always see your friends, but it’s tougher to take the course again just because you didn’t study enough.


Style & Shopping

New Couple, First Home


By: Faisal Al Gain
Country Marketing Manager at IKEA Saudi Arabia

After experiencing the joys of a wedding made in heaven, many newlyweds slowly discover the angst and anxieties associated with living on earth – especially when it comes to setting up a house. Rest assured you are not alone in wondering just how to navigate these first steps into domestic life. It may sound difficult and even quite daunting at times, but with careful planning, there can be much delight in the process.
Here is a primer on how to tackle things together as a newlywed couple, and make a lovely new home.

Go halves

Just like it takes two to tango, it will take shared time, space and choices to set up a home that truly belongs to both of you.

If you look upon various tasks – the selection of samples, making mood boards, shopping – as private little adventures that no one else in the world is privy to (except you and your new spouse), you will find yourselves way ahead of the game.  If one or both of you are very busy, divide the tasks based on location, duration and convenience.


There may be some elements of compromise, especially when one of you dislikes what the other likes most. But love conquers everything, especially new love, and taking turns at sharing and sacrificing can be a great learning experience.

Get inspired

The quickest and easiest way to decide what your home should look like is to study several pictures of homes you like. Clip pictures from décor magazines and pin or bookmark appealing styles online, and make a dossier of all that appeals to you. Take a tip from hundreds of young brides who begin collecting back issues of IKEA catalogues months before the wedding, and then aim to recreate rooms in the choices they prefer.

When you sit together to compare all your favourite pictures, you will notice what is common in terms of colour, style, light, period and pattern. These should serve as your basic cues.ikea_catalogue03_big

Of course the two of you will have differing opinions, and it is natural and normal to argue over a few things. Finding out your spouse’s secret likes and dislikes can be enlightening, but finding common ground can be fun as well. Keep a sense of humour and make it go a long way.

Do the count

There is a very high possibility that your first home will not be your last, and this fact must form the foundation of your shopping.

Solid foundation pieces are designed to last you through decades, while a particular piece of bargain furniture may only serve its purpose for mere months. Know the financial and environmental difference between what will look great in a larger home, and what you are likely to be saddled with. Realise that you will not need to live with every small decision you make now, for the rest of your lives.

Inventory, priority

After you unwrap your wedding gifts, and after the two of you are hosted in family homes, you may easily come to the conclusion that there is no need to buy everything new. Stick with this decision.

Besides the useful gifts and generous offers from family members, there are many ‘pre-loved’ bargains to be had online, at auctions and second-hand depositories, or from people who are selling the contents of their home. If you cannot afford to spend on everything at once, buy some key essentials, and then top it up with older stuff that is either borrowed or found as bargains.

When you decide what pieces you really need to purchase, take stock of what you already have, or have received. You may be able to repurpose some pieces, or simply decide that there are several things you no longer need.

Personalise it

There is no joy like turning the key in the lock at the end of a long, hot day, and walking in to a warm and welcoming space inside. To feel like you are truly home when you walk in through the door, you need to own your space.

Make room for a variety of  personal touches that represent both of you as a couple – pictures that showcase your recent wedding, a souvenir from your honeymoon, decor that instantly cheers, mementoes that evoke places, a comfortable chair or a set of quirky cushions. You will find that all these little things put together make a big difference: the combination of experiences and memories can bring great amounts of comfort and familiarity into your home, even if it is brand new.


Do enjoy

Just in case you didn’t know, the IKEA website has lots of practical advice on décor, space-saving, gardening, recycling, and other aspects of homemaking that can inspire the two of you, to tackle things together.

Do not forget to have fun. Making a house into a home and getting it perfectly right may take longer than you expect, but this is an opportunity to get to really know each other better. It also makes a great addition to all your memories as newlyweds. Smile and laugh through it.


Activities, Art, Community

Art Jameel Photography Award Opens The Shutters


Aspiring photographers in GCC countries have the opportunity to win cash prizes and exposure in the 2016 Art Jameel Photography Award.

The award is organized by Art Jameel, the arts and culture initiative of Community Jameel, the social enterprise arm of Abdul Latif AJPA16 Poster-page-001Jameel, and offers cash prizes worth a total of close to $30,000.

Dates: Started on August 1 and closes on October 15

Age: Art Jameel is calling all photographers above the age of 18 – professional and amateur, male and female.

Theme: The theme for 2016 is ‘Re-inventing Imagery’, seeking to uncover modes of production and participation in overlapping fields of culture, urbanism, and social experimental photography or the use of alternative process techniques of image making.

Winners will be announced in November, coinciding with the opening of the exhibition. After judging, an exhibition will feature the best 30 entries.

Ms Dalya Mousa, Art Jameel Manager, said: “The goal is to encourage artists to break away from the familiar and commercial ways of looking at and using images through art.

“No preference is given to any particular kind of photographic material, technique or creative route, nor are any of these excluded from consideration. Artists are encouraged to break boundaries and experiment in all mediums ranging from photography, video, drawing, installation and sculpture etc.”

Competition entries must be submitted to the award’s website Art Jameel Photography award.

Judges have yet to be announced but Zelda Cheatle, the UK-based expert who heads the World Photography Organisation, has been appointed as curator.

The British Council is the educational partner and will manage GCC workshops and other training for photographers who enter the award. Pharan Studio, the photography partner, will manage all workshops in Saudi Arabia.

Community Jameel launched the initiative in 2010 as the Bab Rizq Jameel Photography Award. The results were so impressive that it was developed into the Art Jameel Photography Award in 2013, aiming not only to attract the best photographers but also to provide opportunities for employment, in keeping with Community Jameel objectives.

More than 2,000 people have participated in the award’s six stagings so far, of whom 180 reached finalist level. Most of the entries came from Saudi citizens, with the remainder from GCC residents or other nationalities, including Yemen, Philippines, Egypt, Indonesia, Sudan, USA, UK, India, Malaysia, Greece, Pakistan, and Argentina. About 500 entries are expected for 2016’s seventh event.

The most recent winner was Saudi resident and Portugal national Adreano Pimenta in 2015 for his photo ‘Deconstruction of Inhabited Spaces – Transitions Behind the Obvious’.

About Art JameelContact Details

Art Jameel, one of Community Jameel’s Initiatives, fosters and promotes contemporary art and creative entrepreneurship across the MENAT region. In partnership with arts organizations worldwide, Art Jameel is developing two arts centres and cultural exchange programmes to encourage networking and knowledge sharing.

Art Jameel is the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Jeddah Art Week, and The Archive. In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it awards the biannual Jameel Prize for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic traditions. Additional projects include: Art Jameel Photography Award; Jeddah Sculpture Museum, a public park established in collaboration with Jeddah Municipality; Jameel Arts Education at schools; the House of Traditional Arts in Jeddah and the Art Jameel Programme for Traditional Arts and Crafts in Fustat, Cairo, both developed in partnership with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London.

Community Jameel was established in 2003 to promote positive social change, and has been undertaking this through the establishment of long-term partnerships with international institutions, and the creation of initiatives in the fields of Job Creation, Global Poverty Alleviation, Arts & Culture, Education & Training, Health & Social, and Food & Water Security. More information on Community Jameel’s considerable set of initiatives can be found online at

For more information, please contact:

Abir Ben Bechir

Community Jameel International

Mobile: +971 55 1012621