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The Sweet Taste of Ramadan

The Sweet Taste of Ramadan

May your sweet tooth forgive us for this list of desserts.

I am sharing with you a list of my favorite spots to get Ramadan sweets when I don’t have the energy to make them myself.


You say predictable, I say classic! On the off-chance you don’t know what these are: they’re golden edible clouds, drenched in sunshine (or fried balls of dough with honey or dates syrup, if you want to get technical.)

A lot of places sell Luqaimat, but Bint Elqadi are the pros, they make them fresh and you get to choose a variety toppings, they also deliver.

Bint Alqadi

Locations: Ibn Battuta St., Dhahran / Alumna ibn Harithah St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8612600 (Dhahran) / +966-13-8900688 (Khobar)
Instagram: bintalqadi
Twitter: bint_alqadi

Balah El Sham

Luqaimat’s more sophisticated sister, Balah El Sham looks fancier, is slightly crunchier on the outside and the inside has a denser texture. Apparently, some evil geniuses have been making a version filled with Nutella, cheese, or crème fraiche! Personally, I get my fix from Nakhat Balah. They also serve plain ones if you prefer to stick to classics.

Nakhat Balah (also Nkht Blh)

Location: Opposite Herfy, Omar ibn Al Khattab St., Al Faisaliah, Dammam
Mob: +966-532756665
Instagram: nkht_balh
Twitter: ahmed_sa13


So many factors dictate the perfect batch of Ma’moul, from the flakiness of the cookie and its size and shape to the softness of the center. And don’t even get me started on the dates-to-cookie ratio! Maameer’s ma’moul are superb. They come coated in powdered sugar and stuffed with dates, or even pistachios or pecans. Maameer Bakeries & Sweets

Locations: 4th St., Khobar / Al Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib St., Dammam
Tel: 920008100 / +966-13-8944700 (Khobar) / +966-13-8267520 (Dammam)

Date Cheesecake

As great as traditional sweets are, it doesn’t hurt to change things up a bit and nothing does that better than a date cheesecake.

My favorite is Café Liwan’s, the dates taste just right, not overwhelming nor barely there and the texture of the cheese layer is neither too thick nor too light.

Café Liwan

Locations: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar / Prince Turki St., Khobar / Mall of Dhahran, Dhahran / Othaim Mall, Dammam
Instragram: @Cafeliwan_sa


Countless cultures celebrate Ramadan, so why limit yourself, especially in an environment as diverse as Sharqiya? Bastah is a great Ramadan dessert from Sudan and it’s similar to baklava, a filo pastry usually stuffed with toasted and slightly salted crushed peanuts and – of course – drenched in sugar syrup.

Sudanese Qaser Al Dammam Restaurant

Location: 15th St., Dammam
Tel: +966-13-8281011

Sheer Kurma

Sheer Kurma is a rich vermicelli pudding that’s usually served warm with raisins, nuts and dried fruits, it can also be served chilled especially since the weather this Ramadan won’t be too kind. Thankfully it can be found in Lulu Market, which has three branches around Sharqiya.

Lulu Market

Locations: King Faisal West Rd., Jubail / Prince Turki St. & 30th St., Khobar / Prince Mohammed bin Fahd St., Dammam
Tel: +966-13-3449898 (Jubail) / +966-13-8947575 (Khobar)


A South Asian sweet that’s very popular is Rasmalai. It’s made of cottage cheese balls cooked in sugar syrup and condensed milk and then served chilled. Save yourself the trouble of making them and get them from Shereen Mahal.

Shereen Mahal

Location: 18th St. & Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8962957
Mob: +966-501244101


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