''Jellabiya''…Annual Top Fashion Trend in Ramadan

 Female shoppers seek to buy jellabiyas during Ramadan in historic Jeddah (Photo: Adnan Mahdali)
Female shoppers seek to buy jellabiyas during Ramadan in historic Jeddah (Photo: Adnan Mahdali)
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''Jellabiya''…Annual Top Fashion Trend in Ramadan

 Female shoppers seek to buy jellabiyas during Ramadan in historic Jeddah (Photo: Adnan Mahdali)
Female shoppers seek to buy jellabiyas during Ramadan in historic Jeddah (Photo: Adnan Mahdali)

Fashion designers compete every year to come out with designs that keep up with the trends. Known as “jellabiya” - this traditional garment has always been the top fashion choice in the Gulf and Islamic countries during the holy month of Ramadan, which caught the attention of most international fashion designers and urged them to incorporate it in their collections as a folkloric gown highly demanded by women.

Fashion designer and stylist Manal al-Judaibi said Ramadan in Saudi Arabia has a special significance with the unique rituals and the special traditions in every region. Saudi women are used to wear the Ramadan-inspired jellabiya, which has become a common feature that adds a lot of joy to their evenings.

“The jellabiyas of Ramadan come in different designs, cuts, and fabrics. The jellabiyas worn at home are often made of light cotton fabrics for more comfort, while the formal jellabiyas are styled to suit movement and work.

"Jellabiyas designed for work and occasions are usually made from special fabrics and accessories,” Al-Judaibi explained.

The stylist stressed that the body shape should be considered while choosing the cut and design of the jellabiya, which is supposed to give a more flattering look and conceal flaws.

“The jellabiya is still highly demanded despite being a traditional, historic garment. But today, it has a more modern design,” she noted, highlighting the high turnout on jellabiyas. Al-Judaibi also explained that this high demand on this garment is driven by the stylish designs that still manage to maintain the traditional touch and attract all generations.

She also noted that the Ramadan jellabiyas come with special embroideries and prints, mostly Islamic engravings and Arabic texts in a modern style, in addition to folkloric accessories with contemporary twist, noting that the linen fabric is one of the most used in jellabiyas, while Sadu is exclusive for Ramadan.

The Saudi stylist said colors should be chosen in line with trends and seasons. Summer, for example, is know for its vivid colors, while winter calls for warm colors. The chosen color must also fit the skin tone.

Meanwhile, amid the e-shopping boom around the world, many stores in Saudi Arabia have started selling their products online to facilitate shopping, and save time, effort, and cost, which urged many women to shop jellabiyas via Instagram pages and websites that offer them a wide variety of designs and colors, and a freer experience.



Parts of Northern India Scorched by Extreme Heat with New Delhi on High Alert

 A roadside vendor sells iced lemonade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (AP)
A roadside vendor sells iced lemonade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (AP)
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Parts of Northern India Scorched by Extreme Heat with New Delhi on High Alert

 A roadside vendor sells iced lemonade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (AP)
A roadside vendor sells iced lemonade in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (AP)

Parts of northwest India sweltered under scorching temperatures on Saturday, with the capital New Delhi under a severe weather alert as extreme temperatures strike parts of the country.

India's weather department expects heat wave conditions to persist across the north for the next few days, and has put several states on high alert.

On Friday, parts of New Delhi reported up to 47.1 degrees Celsius (116 degrees Fahrenheit). The nearby states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan also saw temperatures soar and are likely to stay high over the next few days, said Soma Sen Roy, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department.

Roy cautioned people against going outdoors under the afternoon sun, drink lots of water and wear loose-fitting clothes while who are especially vulnerable like the elderly should stay indoors.

The extreme temperatures in northern India coincide with a 6-week-long general election, with experts worried that the heat wave could increase health risks as people wait in long lines to cast their vote or candidates campaign aggressively in the outdoors. One minister fainted due to heat last month while addressing an election rally in Maharashtra state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as his main challenger, Rahul Gandhi of the opposition Congress Party, are expected to hold rallies in New Delhi later on Saturday, as the city heads to the polls on May 25.

The main summer months — April, May and June — are always hot in most parts of India before monsoon rains bring cooler temperatures. But the heat has become more intense in the past decade and is usually accompanied by severe water shortages, with tens of millions of India's 1.4 billion people lacking running water.

A study by World Weather Attribution, an academic group that examines the source of extreme heat, found that a searing heat wave in April that struck parts of Asia was made at least 45 times more likely in some parts of the continent by climate change.

Climate experts say extreme heat in South Asia during the pre-monsoon season is becoming more frequent and the study found that extreme temperatures are now about 0.85 C (1.5 F) hotter in the region because of climate change.

At least 28 heat-related deaths were reported in Bangladesh, as well as five in India in April. Surges in heat deaths have also been reported in Thailand and the Philippines this year, according to the study.

Extreme heat is fast becoming a public health crisis in India, with more than 150 people dying last year during heat waves. The government estimates nearly 11,000 people have died during heat waves this century, yet experts say such figures are likely a vast undercount.


'Danger Behind the Beauty': More Solar Storms Could Be Heading our Way

Auroras may be pretty, but the solar storms that cause them can cause serious havoc on Earth, scientists have warned. Sanka Vidanagama / AFP/File
Auroras may be pretty, but the solar storms that cause them can cause serious havoc on Earth, scientists have warned. Sanka Vidanagama / AFP/File
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'Danger Behind the Beauty': More Solar Storms Could Be Heading our Way

Auroras may be pretty, but the solar storms that cause them can cause serious havoc on Earth, scientists have warned. Sanka Vidanagama / AFP/File
Auroras may be pretty, but the solar storms that cause them can cause serious havoc on Earth, scientists have warned. Sanka Vidanagama / AFP/File

Tourists normally have to pay big money and brave cold climates for a chance to see an aurora, but last weekend many people around the world simply had to look up to see these colorful displays dance across the sky.
Usually banished to the poles of Earth, the auroras strayed as far as Mexico, southern Europe and South Africa on the evening of May 10, delighting skygazers and filling social media with images of exuberant pinks, greens and purples.
But for those charged with protecting Earth from powerful solar storms such as the one that caused the auroras, a threat lurks beneath the stunning colors.
"We need to understand that behind this beauty, there is danger," Quentin Verspieren, the European Space Agency's space safety program coordinator, told AFP.
Mike Bettwy of the US Space Weather Prediction Center said that "we're focused on the more sinister potential impacts" of solar storms, such as taking out power grids and satellites, or exposing astronauts to dangerous levels of radiation.
The latest auroras were caused by the most powerful geomagnetic storm since the "Halloween Storms" of October 2003, which sparked blackouts in Sweden and damaged power infrastructure in South Africa.

There appears to have been less damage from the latest solar storms, though it often takes weeks for satellite companies to reveal problems, Bettwy said.
There were reports that some self-driving farm tractors in the United States stopped in their tracks when their GPS guidance systems went out due to the storm, he told AFP.
'Definitely not over'
These strange effects are caused by massive explosions on the surface of the Sun that shoot out plasma, radiation and even magnetic fields at incredibly fast speeds born on the solar wind.
The recent activity has come from a sunspot cluster 17 times the size of Earth which has continued raging over the week. On Tuesday it blasted out the strongest solar flare seen in years.
The sunspot has been turning towards the edge of the Sun's disc, so activity is expected to die down in the short term as its outbursts aim away from our planet.
But in roughly two weeks the sunspot will swing back around, again turning its gaze towards Earth.
In the meantime, another sunspot is "coming into view right now" which could trigger "major activity in the coming days", ESA space weather service coordinator Alexi Glover told AFP.
So the solar activity is "definitely not over", she added.
It is difficult to predict how violent these sunspots could be -- or whether they could spark further auroras.
But solar activity is only just approaching the peak of its roughly 11-year cycle, so the odds of another major storm are highest "between now and the end of next year", Bettwy said.
What threat do solar storms pose?
Geomagnetic storms such as the recent one create a magnetic charge of voltage and current, "essentially overloading" things like satellites and power grids, according to Bettwy.
The most famous example came in 1859 during the worst solar storm in recorded history, called the Carrington Event.
As well as stunning auroras, the storm caused sparks to fly off of telegraph stations. The charge that originated from the Sun was so strong that some telegraphs worked without being plugged into a power source.
So what would happen if such a powerful geomagnetic storm struck Earth again?
Bettwy said most countries have improved their power grids, which should prevent prolonged outages like those that hit Sweden in 2003 or Canada in 1989.
Still, he suggested people have an emergency kit in case electricity is knocked out for a day or two. Fresh water might also help in case filtration plants go offline.
Astronauts are particularly at risk from radiation during extreme solar activity. Those on the International Space Station usually take the best shelter they can when a bad storm is expected.
Bettwy said a massive solar storm could expose astronauts to an "unhealthy dose" of radiation, but he did not think it would be lethal.
Emphasizing that he did not want to "instill fear", Bettwy added that radiation can also potentially "get through the fuselage" of planes flying near the north pole.
Airlines sometimes change routes during extreme solar storms to avoid this happening, he added.
Several upcoming missions are expected to improve forecasting of the Sun's intense and unpredictable weather, aiming to give Earth more time to prepare.


A College Puts the ‘Cat’ into ‘Education’ by Giving Max an Honorary ‘Doctor of Litter-ature’ Degree

This photo provided by Vermont State University shows Max the Cat stands in front of Woodruff Hall at Vermont State University Castleton on Oct. 12, 2023 in Castleton, Vt. (Rob Franklin/Vermont State University via AP)
This photo provided by Vermont State University shows Max the Cat stands in front of Woodruff Hall at Vermont State University Castleton on Oct. 12, 2023 in Castleton, Vt. (Rob Franklin/Vermont State University via AP)
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A College Puts the ‘Cat’ into ‘Education’ by Giving Max an Honorary ‘Doctor of Litter-ature’ Degree

This photo provided by Vermont State University shows Max the Cat stands in front of Woodruff Hall at Vermont State University Castleton on Oct. 12, 2023 in Castleton, Vt. (Rob Franklin/Vermont State University via AP)
This photo provided by Vermont State University shows Max the Cat stands in front of Woodruff Hall at Vermont State University Castleton on Oct. 12, 2023 in Castleton, Vt. (Rob Franklin/Vermont State University via AP)

A Vermont university has bestowed the honorary degree of “doctor of litter-ature” on Max the cat, a beloved member of its community, ahead of students' graduation on Saturday.

Vermont State University’s Castleton campus is honoring the feline not for his mousing or napping, but for his friendliness.

“Max the Cat has been an affectionate member of the Castleton family for years,” the school said in a Facebook post.

The popular tabby lives in a house with his human family on the street that leads to the main entrance to campus.

“So he decided that he would go up on campus, and he just started hanging out with the college students, and they love him,” owner Ashley Dow said Thursday.

He's been socializing on campus for about four years, and students get excited when they see him. They pick him up and take selfies with him, and he even likes to go on tours with prospective students that meet at a building across from the family's house, she said.

“I don't even know how he knows to go, but he does,” Dow said. “And then he'll follow them on their tour.”

The students refer to Dow as Max's mom, and graduates who return to town sometimes ask her how Max is doing.

Max won't be participating in the graduation, though. His degree will be delivered to Dow later.


US Teen Died After Doing Spicy Chip Challenge

The local chief medical examiner determined that Harris died of cardiac arrest after ingesting a food with a large amount of a chili pepper extract called capsaicin, said the autopsy report. (Illustrative - Getty Images)
The local chief medical examiner determined that Harris died of cardiac arrest after ingesting a food with a large amount of a chili pepper extract called capsaicin, said the autopsy report. (Illustrative - Getty Images)
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US Teen Died After Doing Spicy Chip Challenge

The local chief medical examiner determined that Harris died of cardiac arrest after ingesting a food with a large amount of a chili pepper extract called capsaicin, said the autopsy report. (Illustrative - Getty Images)
The local chief medical examiner determined that Harris died of cardiac arrest after ingesting a food with a large amount of a chili pepper extract called capsaicin, said the autopsy report. (Illustrative - Getty Images)

A US teenager died of cardiac arrest after taking part in a social media challenge daring people to eat a single extremely hot tortilla chip, an autopsy revealed Thursday.

Harris Wolobah, a 14-year-old from Massachusetts, died in September after taking part in the so-called "One Chip Challenge" -- which involved a single chip produced by Paqui, dusted with Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers.

The dare has manifested in several iterations over the years, with the peppers changing each time.

The local chief medical examiner determined that Harris died of cardiac arrest after ingesting a food with a large amount of a chili pepper extract called capsaicin, said the autopsy report, seen by AFP.

The autopsy also concluded that the teen had an enlarged heart, which could have contributed to his death.

Days after his death, Paqui removed the product -- packaged in a coffin-shaped box with a red skull and marked "extreme heat" -- from store shelves.

In California, three youths were hospitalized after taking part in the dare, and seven got sick in Minnesota for the same reason, according to media reports.


British Woman Becomes ‘Star’ for Saving Starving Owl

A tawny owl. (Getty Images)
A tawny owl. (Getty Images)
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British Woman Becomes ‘Star’ for Saving Starving Owl

A tawny owl. (Getty Images)
A tawny owl. (Getty Images)

A woman has become an unlikely social media star in her Cornish village - all thanks to a family of tawny owls, reported the BBC on Friday.

Diane Knight had set up a CCTV system so she could watch the owls nesting in her barn near Carnon Downs, Cornwall.

But when the male owl stopped bringing the female food, Knight stepped in.

Her work to supply the owl and the baby owlet with dead mice has proved popular on the village's Facebook page.

Knight's owl obsession started through watching the pair of tawny owls on a nest-cam she had set up.

She said the male owl was injured in a fight with a rival owl and stopped bringing the female the food she needed while sitting on her single egg.

Knight, 69, took advice and started buying dead mice, stocked as snake food by local pet shops, soon racking up a bill of more than £100.

She was told to place the mice on a nearby beam to avoid disturbing the nest, which involved climbing up a 15ft (4.5m) ladder.

She also started to share stills and video on the Carnon Downs And Surrounding Area Notice Board on Facebook and was inundated with offers of help from followers.

"They've been brilliant," she said. "One gentlemen paid for 30 and another lady she paid for 20 so I've got 50 dead mice waiting for me.

"We've got enough now, we've got a freezerful," she added, according to the BBC.

Her regular owl updates on Facebook are attracting dozens of likes and comments.

"I am a little bit addicted to it myself, I haven't watched television for months," she said.

"I cannot believe how one little owlet has brought the community together.

"I went to the dentist and the first thing they said to me is 'Are you the Owl Lady of Carnon Downs?'"

Knight has named the owlet Dorothea - Dotty for short - and is hoping the young bird is soon learn to fly, leave the nest and hunt for its own mice dinners.


Syrian Refugees in Jordan Receive Mobile Homes from KSrelief

The project provides 500 mobile homes for 500 Syrian families - SPA
The project provides 500 mobile homes for 500 Syrian families - SPA
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Syrian Refugees in Jordan Receive Mobile Homes from KSrelief

The project provides 500 mobile homes for 500 Syrian families - SPA
The project provides 500 mobile homes for 500 Syrian families - SPA

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) secured a new batch of 500 mobile homes for Syrian refugees in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, as part of the center's project to provide mobile homes in the camp.
Governor of Mafraq Governorate in Jordan, Salman Najada, commended the relief and humanitarian efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in supporting the needy people through KSrelief in Jordan.

He underscored the significant role played by the center in addressing the economic, social, and financial challenges facing Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The mobile housing project aims to offer suitable housing for the Zaatari camp's most vulnerable Syrian refugee families. It involves providing 500 mobile homes for 500 Syrian families, given the increase in the camp's population due to new arrivals and newly married residents.
The project is part of the humanitarian and relief efforts of the Kingdom, implemented through its humanitarian arm, KSrelief, to assist Syrian refugees and enhance their living conditions in various refugee locations.


Saudi National Products Exhibition Concludes in Qatar

The exhibition also saw the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding under the auspices of the Saudi-Qatari Business Council - SPA
The exhibition also saw the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding under the auspices of the Saudi-Qatari Business Council - SPA
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Saudi National Products Exhibition Concludes in Qatar

The exhibition also saw the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding under the auspices of the Saudi-Qatari Business Council - SPA
The exhibition also saw the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding under the auspices of the Saudi-Qatari Business Council - SPA

The first edition of the Saudi National Products Exhibition in Qatar concluded with the participation of over 80 Saudi companies from the industrial, food, health, and commercial sectors.
The three-day exhibition helped to strengthen the brand image of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's exports and highlight its position in global markets, which is in line with the goals of Vision 2030 to increase non-oil exports.
Alongside the exhibition, various events and activities were organized to attract visitors, showcase the quality of national industries, and generate innovative ideas across different sectors. A dialogue session titled "Saudi Women and Their Excellence in Business" was held during the exhibition, focusing on the role of governments in supporting women in business, sharing their experiences and successes, and emphasizing Vision 2030's significant role in enhancing women's participation in economic development, SPA reported.
The exhibition also saw the signing of several agreements and memoranda of understanding under the auspices of the Saudi-Qatari Business Council. Notably, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Saudi Investor Innovation Company and the Qatari Kate Real Estate Group, aiming to collaborate in the field of shopping centers. Additionally, an agreement was signed between Asma Turki Home and Al-Najah Company to enter the Qatari markets, and another agreement was signed between BTOUCH EVENT and EVENT VQ Company for event and exhibition organization exchange.
The first edition of the Saudi National Products Exhibition in Qatar was held under the patronage of Saudi Ambassador to the State of Qatar Prince Mansour bin Khalid bin Farhan. The event witnessed the participation of government agencies, including the Ministry of Investment, the Saudi Export Development Authority (SAUDI EXPORTS), and the Federation of Saudi Chambers, as well as a prominent presence from businessmen and interested parties in Qatar.


GEA Issues Over 1,673 Licenses for Entertainment Activities during Q1 of 2024

GEA Issues Over 1,673 Licenses for Entertainment Activities during Q1 of 2024
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GEA Issues Over 1,673 Licenses for Entertainment Activities during Q1 of 2024

GEA Issues Over 1,673 Licenses for Entertainment Activities during Q1 of 2024

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) issued more than 1,673 licenses for various entertainment activities during the first quarter of 2024, signaling an increase of 28% from the same period last year.
The licenses the GEA issued included all entertainment and supporting activities, particularly entertainment events and shows, and live shows in restaurants, cafes, amusement parks, and entertainment centers, operating entertainment facilities, managing the work of artistic and entertainment talents, organizing and managing crowds, and selling tickets for entertainment activities. It also issued 97 licenses for new entertainment destinations.

The entertainment events the authority licensed during the first quarter of this year covered various regions in the Kingdom, SPA reported.

The city of Riyadh witnessed 216 entertainment events, Makkah 101 events, the Eastern Province 76 events, the Qassim region 37 events, followed by Asir and Jazan which hosted region 23 and 16 events, respectively.

The total number of visitors to the events in all regions of the Kingdom reached more than 11 million.


Saudi Arabia Joins International Agency for Research on Cancer

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA
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Saudi Arabia Joins International Agency for Research on Cancer

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

The UN World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially celebrated welcoming Saudi Arabia as a new member during the 66th session of the agency’s Governing Council, held in Lyon, France.
Saudi Health Council Secretary General Dr. Nahar Al-Azemi said Saudi Arabia’s joining of the IARC reflects the nation’s leading role in the field of disease prevention and control, SPA reported.
The move also emphasizes the Kingdom’s pioneering efforts in containing the spread of cancer and its complications through a rigorous scientific approach, Al-Azemi added.
He highlighted the Saudi government’s great emphasis on dealing with cancer, addressing various preventive, therapeutic, and social aspects of the disease.
Fahad Al-Ruwaily, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to France and designated permanent representative of the Kingdom to UNESCO, and the participating Saudi delegation led by Al-Azemi attended the celebration.


First Red Sea Fashion Week Starts on Ummahat Islands

The event aims to establish Saudi fashion's presence in relevant international forums and position the Kingdom's fashion as a major contributor across various sectors of the fashion industry globally. SPA
The event aims to establish Saudi fashion's presence in relevant international forums and position the Kingdom's fashion as a major contributor across various sectors of the fashion industry globally. SPA
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First Red Sea Fashion Week Starts on Ummahat Islands

The event aims to establish Saudi fashion's presence in relevant international forums and position the Kingdom's fashion as a major contributor across various sectors of the fashion industry globally. SPA
The event aims to establish Saudi fashion's presence in relevant international forums and position the Kingdom's fashion as a major contributor across various sectors of the fashion industry globally. SPA

The first Red Sea Fashion Week (RSFW) kicked Thursday from Ummahat Islands, promising three days of style and glamour at the St. Regis Red Sea Resort.
The RSFW, organized by the Saudi Fashion Commission, is a cultural and economic milestone for the fashion industry in the Kingdom, representing a prominent initiative that integrates Saudi fashion into the global market, SPA reported.
The event aims to establish Saudi fashion's presence in relevant international forums and position the Kingdom's fashion as a major contributor across various sectors of the fashion industry globally. It recognizes the significant impact of fashion as a contributor to national economies.
Fashion Commission chief executive Burak Cakmak expressed the goal of the RSFW to create a platform that fosters cultural exchange and celebrates creativity. He added that the cultural event highlights the commission's steadfast commitment to driving the fashion industry forward in the Kingdom.
He further emphasized the commission's dedication to creating an appealing environment where talented individuals, both male and female, from the nation can connect with experienced international figures and reputable entities in the industry.
With a meticulously planned schedule, the RSFW features an impressive lineup of Saudi and global brands that can adorn the nation’s platforms, showrooms, and forums at the local, regional and global levels, Cakmak said.
The Fashion Commission's strategies and plans revolve around nurturing local talents and integrating them into the global fashion scene, Cakmak said, aligning with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to enrich the cultural fabric of the Kingdom.
Cakmak stressed the commission's eagerness to keep up with these objectives that also expand local economic horizons, with culture playing a vital role in the national product and contributing to the overall development of the country's economy.