Al-Balad (Old Jeddah) is one of my favourite places to visit in Jeddah for many reasons but mostly because I love admiring the old buildings. With the new restorations in full effect and large parts of Old Jeddah being wiped away its nice to see people celebrating its worth. With
month long festivities taking place during the entire month of Ramadan. Starting shortly after iftar every day, people flock the festival, which is right in the centre of Al-Balad district, and the place is jam packed till after suhoor (4 am).
Hassane Dennaoui is a name synonymous with the emerging hip-hop scene embracing the Middle East. Known more famously as Big Hass you are sure to come across this guy when discussing the state of hip-hop in the region. A fellow supporter and advocate for regional talent he has been paving the way for all things hip-hop in the Middle East for years. A huge supporter of regional talent he is often found promoting talents from all over the region.
While I was in Jeddah I was also lucky enough to visit the art exhibit held at Al Furusya Marina & Yacht Club titled “Mostly Visible”. The pieces at the exhibit were thought-provoking, witty and very visually engaging. Many of the installations were larger than life and warranted viewer interaction while others were marvels to stare at. I am so glad to have had the chance to visit the gallery. Well done to the executors of the exhibit and the talented contributors.
Here is what my eyes feasted on and now yours can too….
Abdul Al-Lily further impresses with an ivy-league doctorate and masters and currently holds the title Professor at the regional university.