Awesome Twosome: Siblings Brunch & Coffee

From Left to Right: Haneen, Tarek, Talal, Ibrahim, & Farah Naaman

Find out how these family units rock the business world A strong family relationship provides a building block for a home. Imagine what that can do in a business?

Relation: Siblings
Names: Tarek, Ibrahim, Farah, Haneen, and Talal Naaman
Business: Siblings Brunch & Coffee

With a background in finance, Tarek Naaman, came back from his studies abroad and observed the Saudi market for a while. Brunch being the family’s favorite meal, he saw an investment in opening up a cafe. Down the road, he needed assistance with interior design, menu curation, and management. He believed there would be no better crew to bring on board than his own brothers and sisters. They came to call their little place on Ahmed Al Attas street, Siblings Brunch and Coffee.

Ibrahim, & Farah

Ibrahim, & Farah

The name taken after the owners’ blood relationship lays emphasis on culturally celebrated and revered family ties. The place provides a cozy setting, encouraging Jeddawis to mend and strengthen bonds with relatives and friends alike. This idea behind the brand’s persona received public laudation, and the cafe has become a fun, new casual hangout. Tarek and his brother Ibrahim handled management and overall project supervision. The sisters Farah and Haneen collaborated on interior design. Talal, the youngest of the bunch and a foodie, worked with Haneen, the healthy sibling, on deciding what goes on the menu.

Haneen, Tarek, Talal

Haneen, Tarek, Talal

“The best thing about working with family is that we’re all equally invested in this project,” Tarek clarified. “It’s also great that the business is the result of our individual strengths combined, achieving a well-rounded top-notch experience. Getting compliments on our work as a family too is very rewarding. The whole journey brought us closer than ever and brought us joy throughout,” added Farah.

Like any business, conflicts arise. The way this unit deals with it? “Assigning clear tasks from the very beginning, and holding everyone accountable for their actions,” Tarek explained. At the end of the day, the mutual respect and loyalty they hold for each other is what cements holes and paved the way to their shared goal.

Location: Ahmed Al Attas st., Az Zahra Dist., Jeddah


Awesome Twosome: UCCL (United Constructors Contracting Co.)

Left: Nawaf Droubi
Right: Alaa Husseini

Find out how this family units rock the business world A strong family relationship provides a building block for a home. Imagine what that can do in a business?

Relation: Cousins
Names: Nawaf Droubi & Alaa Husseini
Business: UCCL (United Constructors Contracting Co.)

Nawaf and Alaa are connected by blood and business. The cousins are part of a construction empire founded by Nawaf’s father Tarek Droubi and uncle, Samer Droubi during the late ’80s in Jeddah. It’s responsible for developments such as Vox Cinemas and Rovan Tower.

Nawaf walked us through how he became the main pillar of his family’s legacy. “Growing up, watching my dad at work, and how he was his own boss, and even though it was very stressful at times, with lots of responsibilities, it felt as if he was free from the typical office job. That inspired me to be the same, which is why I decided to be a civil engineer, and then later join the family business. Today, the company is run by the founders, as well as my older brother Ziad, myself, and my cousin Alaa.”

Alaa, however, joined later. After he graduated from University in 2014, he joined the Saudi Binladin Group for a while. The switch to the family business wasn’t as easy as he had anticipated. Alaa commented, “I had imagined that working with family would be easier and more comfortable, only to later find out that it was probably one of the toughest jobs. I remember when first starting, it was extremely confusing having to be professional and formal with a family member who you’ve been extremely comfortable and informal with your whole life.”

Nawaf and Alaa agreed that one of the mutual challenges they face at UCCL is the generation gap. While it’s natural among businesses that are passed on through generations, Nawaf and Alaa shared another angle to their struggle.

Nawaf said, “While the older generation has the expertise and wisdom, the young generation is always trying to challenge practices in place, and the toughest part is conveying the mindset of each generation to come to terms between the two.” Alaa then added, “We’re young and enthusiastic and we think we’re always right, opposing opinions from the old guard sometimes seem like we are being overshadowed or unheard. Later, you come to learn that those decisions they made out of years of experience were on point, so you learn to listen more and sometimes let experience lead.”

The cousins also mentioned that another challenge they faced and had to work on is the family dynamic that occurs. It certainly takes time to disconnect their personal lives from their professional relationships, especially that the cousins live with their parents so it’s difficult to find their alone time and carefully separate relationships.

Alaa explained, “Our family is extremely close and we live together and are very much involved in each other’s lives, so the possibility of falling into groupthink is higher than average. You always need to keep an open mind and try not to fall into what could result in poor decisions.”

The secret ingredient to this family’s success is definitely communication. They’ve learned to speak their opinions and never hold anything back as a team. Nawaf commented by saying, “The reason we are successfully operational in times where many companies like us have already shut down is that we also respect hierarchy, and understand that not everything you want will happen. We must all respect the final decision, whether we agree or not, and acknowledge that we’re bound to make mistakes, as a group. No company is perfect, everyone has their own problems, and we are no different. But at the end of the day, we understand that we all have a common goal and commitment.”

“I was once told by someone that a table with two legs won’t stand, a table with four legs could wobble if its legs are uneven, but a table with three legs will always be stable no matter what. I find it a blessing that I work with my two cousins (and uncles), and I feel like we balance each other a way or another. Each one of us is good at something that completes the other, you know, checks and balances,” Alaa added.

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Awesome Twosome: Grey Collective Store

Left: Solafa Al Maddah 
Right: Hala AL Maddah

Find out how these family units rock the business world A strong family relationship provides a building block for a home.  Imagine what that can do in a business?

A strong management team is something many businessmen and entrepreneurs try to instill within their companies, but having the trust between family members, which comes from their shared history and values makes them work stronger as a unit. Check out how these family businesses thrive better together.

Relation: Sisters
Names: Hala & Solafa Al Maddah
Business: Grey Collective Store

Sisters Hala Almaddah and Solafa Almaddah co-founded Grey Collective Concept Store, located in Jeddah, to set a roof embracing all the creative concepts behind unique minds in one place. This concept store is built in a way to cater to all tastes and mindsets, so their main aim is to make their brand coherent to everyone’s liking.

Solafa came across the idea three years ago, when all the small and mid-sized homeproduced businesses started booming on social media. She was longing for a store that didn’t sell all its items online, so that’s when she decided to launch her very own store.

“As a consumer, I had trouble trusting the online source. What if it only looks good in the picture? What if the quality isn’t as good, and I have to go through the hassle of shipping it back? That’s when I decided to open a concept store that gives designers a chance to sell their diverse items in one location,” Solafa shared. Grey Collective does not deliver online so as to drive their customers to pick their desired selection by hand.

After Solafa caught Hala’s interest with the idea, the sisters went on to make it happen, and one step at a time launched their store successfully. When asked the meaning behind the store name, Hala said, “Grey is a color without color. In other terms, it’s a neutral color that doesn’t express any emotion. Thus, it made this color a neutral platform for creative mindsets to define it the way they like. Each designer is trying to convey a story or set awareness for a cause by expressing it with their art. Grey Collective embraces the expressions of an individual or an entity in terms of art in all its different forms.”

One of the challenges they faced together as sisters is their different personality types. Although the co-founders are close in age and were raised together, they still have completely diverse identities. According to Hala, Solafa is more of a carefree person.

She’s very outspoken and likes to take her time focusing on what is on her hands, without any rush. That is when her innovative side comes out. Hala, on the other hand, is more of a straightforward and practical character. However, that is the only way the sisters can complete each other. It’s by learning their differences and understanding each other that they were able to open the Grey Collective and nourish as business partners and sisters.

Mob: +966-555029830



In Tune


Classic Musical Instruments of the Middle East.

Musical instruments in the Arab world are incredibly unique in both look and sound. Whether you’re an aficionado or know nothing about Middle Eastern music, there is always so much to learn and listen to! There are so many instruments in the region, but let’s just start with the basics. oud-copy


Archaeomusicologists– those who study the history of musical instruments–are still debating when to date the oud. Some claim it is 5,000 years old, others just 3,000. Either way, we know the oud to be an ancient stringed instrument commonly played throughout the Islamic world. As the ancestor to the lute and the guitar, the oud is an important historical instrument, with 11 or 13 strings.

The entire Middle East and North African region are full of magnificent oud players, but Saudi Arabia is home to some seriously exceptional talent.

First, we highly recommend checking out some of the classics: Mohammed Abdu, Rabeh Saqer, Abdul Majeed Abdullah, and Abadi Al- Jowhar for starters! But if old-school isn’t your jam, we suggest listening to some of the contemporary Saudi players such as Najam Suhail, Oud Rayan, Ahmed Saleh, and Hatoon Idrees. Hatoon’s playing is especially unique, donning an electric oud and mixing it with digital music.

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At least 1,200 years old, the rebab (rababah) is another classic stringed instrument of the region. Unlike the oud, the  rebab has a small, usually rounded body with one to three strings. It can be played with a bow or plucked. The instrument is quite rare these days, replaced in favor of instruments with more range such as the violin and kemenche.

However, Saudi Arabia is home to many rebab players, most notably Obeid bin Ayesh Al Rusheidi. He believes that the  instrument has significant import in this generation because, as he told Arab News, “It is deeply connected to their  heritage and thus, they feel the need to protect and develop it.”

Musical instruments in the Arab world have a lot of character. With their ornate looks, their incredible histories, and their exotic sound that comes from semitones (extra notes that Western music lacks) adding complexity and creative potential, you should capitalize on any opportunity to see some of these instruments in action.

Although coronavirus seems to be all around us, hopefully, the chance to experience these beautiful sounds in performance will come sooner rather than later. Until then, online it is!


The qanun is a flat instrument with 26 strings stretched horizontally across a wooden board and played by plucking the strings. Many musical historians have dated the qanun’s origins to Ancient Greece, or even earlier times between 3000 and 1600 BC. Like the other instruments in the list, the qanun has many regional variants, from more local peripheries in Turkey and Greece to the edges of the Islamic world in Indonesian gamelan music.

In the Arab world, the qanun, with its unique melodramatic sound, is a staple in classical Arabic music as well as more urban and dance ensembles.

If you’re interested in contemporary qanun players, we suggest Mohammed Q and Abdulaziz Hassan.

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The nay is an ‘end-blown’ flute predominantly featured in Middle Eastern music. The nay is generally restricted to urban settings where it is the only wind instrument of Arab art music.

Incredibly, the nay has been played continually for nearly 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest musical instruments still in use today. Yet despite its simplicity, this flute is one of the most difficult musical instruments to play.

In many Sufi traditions (some dating back to the 11th century via he famous poet Rumi), the nay has been philosophically equated with the human body: both need the breadth of life to become active. According to these mystical beliefs, the sound of the nay is thought to express man’s yearning for union with God.


Twitter launches ‘Heroes of Good’ campaign to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan

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أبطال_الخير# (Heroes Of Good) to launch during the last week of the holy month.

Campaign highlights individuals who have positively impacted the community during Ramadan amidst an unprecedented time.

In the lead up to Eid Al Fitr, Twitter has launched أبطال_الخير# (Heroes of Good), a Ramadan campaign centred around celebrating people who have spread hope through their acts of kindness. Launched yesterday, the campaign which will run until the 20th of May encourages people to either nominate their Ramadan hero, an individual who has gone the extra mile during this month or reshare positive stories that have made this Ramadan memorable, especially given the circumstances.

This year, 17 million Tweets were monitored about Ramadan in the month leading into the holy month, a 70% increase since 2019. At a time where people have been celebrating Ramadan like never before, creating new traditions, and connecting with family and friends virtually due to social distancing, travel restrictions, and other related limitations, the campaign aims to support communities and unite people across the MENA region through a public conversation around positivity and happiness.The campaign will be accompanied by a Twitter-exclusive hashtag triggered emoji, when used the hashtag will unlock a crescent moon: أبطال_الخير#.

Launched on the 16th of May by the official Twitter MENA account, @TwitterMENA, the campaign encourages people to nominate their own Ramadan hero or reshare positive stories, whether it’s a family housekeeper, community security guard, food delivery driver, or a loved one, highlighting the individuals who have gone the extra mile this Ramadan, to ensure that in spite of the current situation, Ramadan was as special as ever. The campaign will run through the 20th of May, leading up to Eid Al Fitr.

The campaign was kicked off through a conversation with Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri (@astro_hazzaa), who Twitter MENA asked to share who his hero has been this Ramadan during such special circumstances.

Hazza then shared his nomination of Umm Al-Yazia. An administrator within the health sector, Umm Al-Yazia embodied the strength of Emirati’s sparing no effort to help patients and doctors alike. She did not hesitate in her support of the frontlines, often working 10-hour shifts at a time to aid our first-line of defense and the country throughout these unprecedented times.

Each evening, the campaign will also feature bespoke creatives from Emirati sand artist Shayma Almughairy (@shaymamughairy), Emirati poet Hazza Abu AlRaish (@sh_hazzza3), and Egyptian wall artist Mostapha Mahmoud (@MostaphaM7moud). Each creative will be inspired by the campaign, and the stories it brings to light, with a final video bringing them together to be launched on the last day.

“Ramadan represents a time of giving and introspection and every year, throughout the holy month, people take to Twitter to discuss faith, food, philanthropy and entertainment. In light of the current global situation, we have witnessed conversations highlighting heroes on the platform in relation to the global pandemic. Through this initiative we aim to amplify existing campaigns and further highlight individuals who are bringing hope and positivity to the region, by increasing healthy participation in the public conversation,” said George Salama, Head of Public Policy, Government Relations & Philanthropy, MENA, Twitter.

To nominate a hero, people on Twitter should tag their hero in a Tweet and cite the reason they are nominated, using the hashtag أبطال_الخير#. Join the conversation today and celebrate the people that matter the most to you.

It’s worth noting that Twitter held its Twitter for Good program remotely this month, which is a day of service that Twitter employees participate in. In response to the emergence of COVID-19, the program prioritized support for NGO partners across the MENA region to develop and launch a campaign that will drive impact for philanthropic causes at a regional level, through a series of virtual workshops. These organizations include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies  (@IFRC_MENA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (@ICRC_ar), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (@UNHCR_Arabic) and digital rights organization @SMEX.


Welcome Spring with Bright Flavors, Seasonal Ingredients and U.S. Cheese!


There’s no better way to welcome the arrival of Spring and the warmer weather it brings with it than with some fresh spring recipes filled with U.S. cheeses and your favorite seasonal ingredients such as pomegranate, mango, avocados, almonds and walnuts, dates, pumpkin and more!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise is of paramount importance. Developing a routine that includes drinking plenty of water, getting a good night sleep, and being physically active during the day, all contributes to a healthier lifestyle and improved mental health.91375465_554406921948210_7167262305503371389_n-copy

Besides being an important source of protein, most cheeses act as a delicious source of calcium to meet daily calcium guidelines; thereby supporting the development and maintenance of healthy teeth, bones, and overall wellbeing.  The U.S. produces hundreds of varieties to supply worldwide demand. Each variety is produced according to specific requirements and has its own distinct properties, flavor, and story.

Today, the focus is on fueling our body reserves with different nutrients; they have four spring recipes, to refresh your cooking routine. Embrace the new season with healthy meals designed to bring out the flavor of U.S. Cheese in a way where any picky eaters in your family are guaranteed to be satisfied.cheesefromtheusa_tm_full-color

U.S. cheeses are available in major retailers in the UAE (Lulu Hypermarket, Carrefour and Choithrams), Kuwait (The Sultan Center and Lulu Hypermarket), KSA (Tamimi Markets, Danube and Manuel), as well as Bahrain, Qatar and Oman (Lulu Hypermarket). To identify U.S. cheese varieties, be on the lookout for “Cheese from the USA” seal!

Enjoy attempting their colorful and healthy recipes with your loved ones over the next few weeks and remember to keep your spirits high and your fridge full of U.S. Cheese!

At 3pm every Thursday during Ramadan, the influencer Manal Alalem hosts live cooking sessions on Instagram and Youtube, demonstrating how to create delicious Middle Eastern dishes using cheeses from the USA.

You can find more nice recipes on USA Cheese Guild Instagram @usacheeseguildme


Van Cleef & Arpels Collaborates with Emirati Calligraphist Maryam Al Balooshi

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A message of positivity, togetherness and inspiration for this Ramadan.

April 2020: French High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels collaborates with well-known Emirati calligraphist Maryam Al Balooshi to create a beautiful series of calligraphy artworks inspired by values dear to the region, while also marrying the Maison’s spirit during this Holy Month of Ramadan. This meaningful partnership has resulted into a series of calligraphy art, themed Ramadan Kareem, Eid Mubarak and The Flowers of Values. Each artwork edition brings alive the message of positivity, inspiration, togetherness, unity, kindness and light, translating the very ethos of Ramadan and joyous occasion of Eid to come.

For many of Van Cleef & Arpels’ creations, flowers and positive vision of life are cherished sources of inspiration. Sharing similar ideals, Maryam Al Balooshi’s artwork sheds light on balance, kindness and compassion, and harmony of the community, whilst understanding the beauty of being together as one united family. Maryam’s masterpiece artwork, The Flowers of Values, embodies the spirit of positivity and inspiration that resonates with the Maison’s universe.

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Flowers have been a historic source of inspiration in art, design and jewelry from antiquity to present day.  Since its foundation in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has been fascinated by flowers’ metamorphoses and has transcribed their vitality and colorful shades in its creations, from High Jewelry to Jewelry and Watchmaking. The Frivole collection, which has inspired Maryam Al Balooshi’s artwork, is a luminous ode to flowers, where the pieces have been crafted with precious materials thanks to expert savoir-faire.

The Maison has also continuously supported art and culture, providing upcoming artists with a platform to showcase their talent and creativity. Its collaboration with Maryam Al Balooshi is in line with this commitment.

In the past, Maryam has successfully worked with entities such as Sharjah International Calligraphy where her artistic skills and capability as an author helped establish her work successfully. This meaningful collaboration with Van Cleef & Arpels during the Holy month of Ramadan brings local relevance to the region and promotes the message of light and hope.

Interview with Maryam Al Balooshi

lf03-may-van-cleef-ramadan-3-copyHow did your relationship start with Van Cleef & Arpels?
The relationship started in 2019, through HE Sh. Manal Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum Cultural Office. I participated in an open conversation during L’ÉCOLE’s visit to Dubai. We covered the link between “Calligraphy and Jewelry design” which inspired us to further collaborate and work on this project built on philosophy and deep thoughts: Flowers of Values.

Can you take us through the process, from inspiration, to designing, to the final creation?
It all began in October, 2019. After several discussions and deliberation, it was decided that I would create a meaningful artwork focusing on calligraphy. The idea combined a touch of philosophy reflecting true and real values, which could be linked to our community. I thought of Ramadan. The link was between the community’s values in such a meaningful month alongside Van Cleef & Arpels’ values. It began with 38 different values and went down to 12 mutual values. The shape of a flower was the base of my artwork. Once we agreed on the mutual values, the designing process started. However, there were many sketches with other values that I was dabbling in, trying to figure out how I wanted the final product to look. The final piece of art went through various consultations with the Van Cleef & Arpels team. It was indeed a thoughtful piece, which I am proud of.

What has this experience meant to you?
It’s a very unique and special experience. It’s inspiring to work on values of an important month, the Holy Month of Ramadan, which has a very special meaning to my heart. The month of re-habitation, peace, love, and connection. Having these values married with Van Cleef & Arpels brings joy and happiness. It’s a collaboration with a lot of bliss and love among both parties. For an artist, respect and communication is desired and it’s always a blessing to have the opportunity to explore more inner energy in a different way.

Tell us about your unique style and about your previous work.
In the past few years, I have started to think differently about the art of calligraphy. Is what I’m doing considered to be different? I’m not the best in drawing letters or getting them in an excellent, fine-tuned shape. However, I learnt through a mentorship with another artist that my artwork and design has to have a strong story. I need to be able to write and describe my work. Since then, I’ve realized that I needed to utilize and unify my skills and capability as an author, an international person, and someone with a vision to create a footprint in my work. This would enable me to express what I’m presenting in this work, what the messages and my own values are. Today, I have a number of artworks which capture my thoughts and feelings, and they do have a real story behind the design, including this current piece. One of my best works was presented in Sharjah International Calligraphy exhibition called Living Together – 7 Continents.

What else is in the pipeline for you as an artist?
I’m planning for my own first solo exhibition in which I will present new messages and stories. Hoping I can change the perspective of normal and typical calligraphy exhibition. I’m working on a few new sketches trying to show the influence of the letters, the influence of art, and the embedded feelings beneath calligraphy.

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Engineer Maryam Al Balooshi
Maryam Al Balooshi is one of the UAE’s third generation of calligraphers. She started to learn Arabic calligraphy when she was a child from admiring the details of characters, their curves and beauty as well as the accuracy of writing and implementation. After finishing many studies, trainings and reviews, she has become capable to design and select perfect ink colors. She is always attempting to try new approaches and study thoroughly the techniques and skills of retouches.

She has always been sure of her interest in calligraphy since 1994, and although she took a short break in between (2003-2008), she was confident that the art was deeply rooted in her. Many professional calligraphers taught her the techniques of this art, such as Mr. Abdullah Al Tamimi, Mr. Adel Nada, Mr. Adnan Al Sharifi and Mr. Mohamed Nouri. She participated in many local and international art exhibitions; the most important of which are: Dubai International Calligraphy Exhibition, Emirates Association for Calligraphy exhibition in Thailand, Noun Al Neswa Gallery at Marsam Mattar, Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial (2014. 2016 and 2018). The first exhibition of the Emirates Association for the Arts of Calligraphy and Ornamentation “Bukour”, Medad Al Watan Exhibition (or Art of Calligraphy in our Home Country), the Exhibition of Al Harf Wa Ana Team (or Letters of the Soul), the Female Arabic Calligraphers’ Exhibition in the UN Headquarter in Geneva.

Main Awards:
Engineer Maryam was awarded the Arab Women Award-UAE for the young talent and effective women category for 2015 Middle East Leadership of Excellence- Leader in Aviation from the American Association of leaders endorsed by GCC Economic Chamber 2015.

Maryam Al Balooshi is an engineer, holding a master degree of environmental science and she is currently working as a manager of environmental studies at the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.


SADAFCO Provides Health Endowment Fund worth 10 Million SR

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As waves of the social and economic impact of COVID-19 are felt across the world and as part of their commitment to mitigating the effect of the virus, in a bid to support the health services in coping with heightened demand, Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO), announced a commitment of 10 SAR Million towards the Ministry of Health’s Health Endowment Fund. 

The commitment is a testament to the strength of SADAFCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, dedicated to supporting local communities and governmental and ministerial initiatives driving social welfare and safeguarding community wellbeing.

Wout Matthijs, CEO of SADAFCO, said:

“The last few weeks have indeed been a challenge for not only the residents of the Kingdom, but people all over the world. Our priority today is to work closely with the government, healthcare providers and the community as we come together to navigate the socioeconomic challenges arising from this global crisis. It’s our duty and our social responsibility now to support medical response units, and medical personnel, who are working selflessly and tirelessly for all of us. This is a time where our collective and dedicated efforts are needed, and we are here to support the Kingdom in the battle against this disease.”


Tally Storks Baby Moccasins

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The journey begins with the perfect pair.

When Tala first began having thoughts of starting her own business, she didn’t want to get into a very saturated market like that of Abayas and accessories. She desired something more unique and new to the market. Searching for that niche, she found out that the market for baby products is quite ideal for the venture, given that it’s not a competitive market yet in Saudi. Choosing to sell moccasins in particular was inspired by her very own love for purchasing shoes. Also, because it came to her attention that people often interact with babies’ “cute” shoes and tiny feet.

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The brand’s name is a combination of Tala’s nickname, Tally, and the word stork being the bird that’s believed by the west to bring children to married couples.

Taking a leap of faith, the project was first launched back in September 1st 2019, with Tala Hariri being the sole proprietor and manager. All products are made of 100 % genuine leather and cater to babies up to 3 years old. They offer classic moccasins with 8 different colors, and soon there’ll be 5 new styles with 5 different colors for the Eid collection.

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Stay on the lookout for their latest, and pay their online platforms a visit today to keep these munchable feet warm and safe!

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5 Healthy Recipes: Ward the guilt off with these

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We want to make sure you’re taking care of your health and eating well during this shutdown, so here are a few simple healthy recipes to add to your weekly rotation.

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Quinoa Salad


  • 12 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 bunch mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup extra-virgin oil
  • 1 juiced lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 avocado diced


  • Boil the water in a large saucepan then add the quinoa, season with salt and pepper, stir once then leave to cook for 12 minutes.
  • When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl then add the cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss well. Top with avocado for garnish then serve.
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Lemon Garlic Shrimps and Quinoa


  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 teaspoons of Salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ pounds medium shrimp, peeled
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • ½ juice of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Boil 3 cups of water in a medium heat saucepan and pour the quinoa in slowly. Stir once and season it with salt and pepper to your taste then add a few drops of olive oil. Reduce the heat to medium low and leave to cook for 12 minutes.
  • Season the shrimp with the salt, pepper and cumin, then splash a few drops of olive oil in the mix. Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and garlic then keep tossing until the shrimps are pink. Remove from the heat then add 2 tablespoons water, the lemon juice and parsley. Stir the shrimp with the sauce then season with salt and pepper to your taste.
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Baked Orange Chicken and Brown Rice


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil/ coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • Salt and pepper
  • Four boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook. Keep stirring until the onions are brown and soft.
  • Combine the onions, chicken broth, rice, ¼ cup of orange juice, 2 teaspoons of the orange zest, oil, salt and stir together.
  • Toss the chicken with the remaining oil in a separate pan and add salt and pepper. Settle the chicken into the rice mixture then cover the dish and transfer it to the oven. Bake for 60 minutes.
  • Take out the dish from the oven and drizzle the chicken with 2 tablespoons of orange juice. Continue to bake until most of the liquid is absorbed, the chicken is cooked and the rice is tender. Keep in for about 45 minutes more.
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Chia Seed Pudding


  • 1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • ¼ chia seeds
  • Strawberries, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds


  • In a bowl, whisk the almond milk, yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until all is blended. Whisk in the chia seeds and stir, let it stand for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, toss the berries with the remaining maple syrup and mix in the almonds on top then serve.
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Healthy Orange Loaf Cake


  • 250g whole wheat flour
  • 2 seedless whole oranges diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 70 ml olive oil
  • 100 ml honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • Stir the mix well in a big bowl then place in a greased loaf tin and put in your oven for 30-35 minutes.