Drive Along Kingdom’s Eastern Region Beaches

Previously I posted about Drive Along Jeddah Corniche. Now, when I have moved to Khobar in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, drive along Eastern Region beaches was a must. There are three notable beaches in Eastern region namely Khobar corniche, Dammam corniche and Jubail corniche. Although there is one more known as Half Moon Bay but I would consider as  separate one as it’s relatively away from metropolitan. Continue reading Drive Along Kingdom’s Eastern Region Beaches

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Drive Along Jeddah Corniche

Drive or walk along Jeddah corniche is a must do thing if one is visiting this splendid old city of Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is the second largest city in the kingdom. It has reasonably long coastal strip along red sea and it attracts a huge number of visitors and local residents specially on weekends. Continue reading Drive Along Jeddah Corniche

Mersal Village in Jeddah – Largest Theme Park in Kingdom

My quest for family entertainment activity led me to so-called largest theme park in kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Jungle Land in Mersal Village Northeast of Jeddah. After some web search, I found out the location of this theme park was a bit odd at outskirts of main city. Thanks to Nokia free navigation app, we reached there without much hassle. Continue reading Mersal Village in Jeddah – Largest Theme Park in Kingdom

Largest Public Iftar in Khobar – Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

Ramadan is an Islamic month in which all adult Muslims observe fasting by avoiding eating, drinking and sexual relations during day time where day starts at early dawn and ends with sun set. The following hadith (saying of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him) of Sahi Muslim (Hadith Book) is sufficient to explain purpose and reward of fasting:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “Allah the Exalted and Majestic said: Every act of the son of Adam is for him, except fasting. It is (exclusively) meant for Me and I (alone) will reward it. Fasting is a shield. When any one of you is fasting on a day, he should neither indulge in obscene language, nor raise the voice; or if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him he should say: I am a person fasting. By Him, in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, the breath of the observer of fast is sweeter to Allah on the Day of judgment than the fragrance of musk. The one who fasts has two (occasions) of joy, one when he breaks the fast he is glad with the breaking of (the fast) and one when he meets his Lord he is glad with his fast.”

As stated in above hadith, the first occasion of breaking fast (iftar), is really joyous for Muslims. Special preparations are made at home for iftar, relatives and friends are invited, people give a lot in charity and public iftars are often held at mosques or at public places with the help of donors. However for me, it was first time to attend a public Iftar here in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. People from various nationalities were in gathering with one thing in common, all were Muslims gathered for iftar and pray together.

It was biggest Ramadan Camp in Khobar. A gathering and free iftar for almost 5000 persons per day, everyday.

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There were several camps each accommodating around 1000 persons.

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Inside view of a tent. 

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The camps were separated based on spoken languages. In each tent, an Islamic scholar was giving sermon in that specific language. Since I was Pakistani (national language Urdu) so I went to Urdu section. But to my surprise, there were more Indians than Pakistanis. It is interesting to note that script of both Urdu and Hindi languages is totally different yet in speaking both are somewhat similar.

The area outside tents was allocated to offer Maghrib prayer.

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People returning to their homes after offering Maghrib prayer.

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Across the road view of Ramadan camp in evening.

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Back in Pakistan, I mostly do iftar at home or invited by relatives or friends. I have been in Saudi Arabia for last five years and have done iftar numerous times at Masjid Al-Haram (Makkah city) and Masjid Al-Nabawai (Madinah city) which are the largest iftar gatherings in Saudi Arabia and perhaps in whole world. However it was first time for me to go to such Public iftar and it was definitely a nice experience.

Location and Coordinates

Coordinates of Ramadan Camp in Khobar : 26.265496, 50.212888