ramadan 2022

You Can’t Miss This One-of-a-Kind Ramadan Bazaar in the Heart of Jeddah

You Can’t Miss This One-of-a-Kind Ramadan Bazaar in the Heart of Jeddah

Saudi designers Honayda Serafi and Nasiba Hafiz. Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
Saudi events agency Basamat has launched a unique and exciting Ramadan Bazaar in the historical area of Al Balad in Jeddah. From April 20-23, the event will spotlight 20 Saudi Arabian brands as well as international labels through activations and an exclusive runway show. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with designers in a showroom and purchase products as well as receive immersive experiences such as styling, hair and makeup masterclasses, exclusive shopping opportunities, and private suhoor events. Among the professional creatives who are a part of the Bazaar include celebrity hairstylist Nabil Harlow, stylist Lejenke, who has worked with Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian. 
Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
A few of the bespoke luxury events and activations allow guests to have their purchases customized to their liking, including makeup and nail stations. The event also features an installation pertaining to Saudi culture and destinations, wherein guests can learn about the Holy Month of Ramadan and the heritage of the Kingdom. Brands included within the Bazaar are Honayda, Nasiba Hafiz, Otkutyr fashion house, Galag, Kim’s Caffee, The Parlor Salon, and 28.g.
Below, find out more about the Bazaar from Aisha Almamy, founder of Basamat.
Aisha Almamy. Photo: Charl Marais
What made you want to launch the Bazaar during Ramadan?
I wanted to launch the Bazaar in Ramadan as it is the month when everyone in Saudi, Jeddah, and Mecca, gather and families meet each other. It’s the month of giving back, it’s the month where everyone is spiritual and is trying to be the best version of themselves.
Why did you pick Al Balad as the location?
The location of the Bazaar is in the heart of Jeddah, it’s a Unesco site, and nobody has ever done an event there and I was the first to have this opportunity. The location is in between historical houses where our roots come from, where our grandfathers and grandmothers used to live.
Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
Tell us more about the unique concept of the Bazaar.
We have around 20 brands from all the departments from high fashion, couture, streetwear, art, beauty, perfume, nail salon, styling, and accessories. We also have a beautiful runway for the fashion show. Every day is the participants’ day; they get a chance to show their clothes on the runway in the middle of these authentic houses. I picked and approached the brands I wanted to work with me. My event is a very niche and very high-end event, and my idea is to bring high fashion into the original Jeddah. They called Jeddah the Bride of the Red Sea and my idea was to have the shining ring as my Bazaar for that bride. The shape of the runway is in bright white that looks like a diamond surrounded by colorful lighting so with the drone you see it as a diamond surrounded by colorful gems.
We have booths for the designers to present their goods and collections, and we have the help center which is a non-profitable organization for special needs children and part of the income of this event is charity to help the kids. We also have Dar Al-Hikmah college, one of the few fashion and art universities, so we wanted to bring the girls there who study fashion and art to join our masterclasses for free. We have three masterclasses—three major experts we flew here, so we have one day for makeup, one day for styling, and one day for hair.
Photo: Courtesy of Basamat
What kind of an experience do you aim to offer the visitors of Bazaar?
It’s about quality and creating community and experience, as well as luxury. We have valet parking for all of our guests, we have a PA to welcome the guests at the entrance and guide them through the event and introduce the story behind each brand, as well as a bell boy to carry their purchases. We have a Basamat lounge for our VIP platinum guests and the celebrities that we invite.
The event was also made possible with the help of our sponsors, Porsche and Aston Martin. We have a green recycled Saudi water brand and we have Arbab Al Haraf, an art community as a sponsor. We also have Liquid, a Saudi production company, and the most amazing lighting guy, Hussein Gazaz, who is called the King of Lights in Jeddah, Half of the magic in this event was created by his lighting.
I studied fashion and film production and lived in Paris for nine years. I double-majored in film production and entrepreneurship at the American University of Paris and I lived in London. Now, I’m back in Saudi and I couldn’t be happier to feel that I am bringing all the knowledge and everything that I’ve learned to the heart of my city and country where my family used to live.
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The 25 Best Kaftans To Wear for Iftars and Suhoors This Ramadan

The 25 Best Kaftans To Wear for Iftars and Suhoors This Ramadan

Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Greg Adamski
Ramadan is officially here, and with it, comes a festive mood that’s almost palpable in the region. With Covid-19 restrictions finally a thing of the past, 2022 is giving all the chance to make the most of the Holy Month with special suhoor and iftar gatherings, many of which may require an ensemble that’s as eye-catching as it is comfortable.
Cue the evergreen kaftan—a classic that’s long been a favorite for a reason. Most often crafted using breezy fabrics like cotton, silk, linen and organza, kaftans manage to tick all the right boxes for festive occasions. While their relaxed silhouettes allow ease of movement, the right cut can do wonders, creating an elegant shape that no other outfit can quite compete with. And for the modest dresser, the kaftan delivers time and again with its demure aesthetic. What more could you ask for?
As we dive into one of the most joyous and meaningful times of the year, Vogue Arabia takes you through some of the best kaftans to invest in this Ramadan.

Pastel kaftans for suhoor
As temperatures continue to rise, now is the ideal time to show light-as-air fabrics and soothing sorbet hues some love. Alaïa’s minty blue pick makes the ideal choice, as does Honayda’s soft pink pleated kaftan, which comes with edgy embellishment around the neckline. Love a little lace? Don’t miss Miguelina’s biscuit brown kaftan, or spotlight minimal accents with Yasmin Al Mulla’s beige number, dotted with delicate silver moons. Andrew Gn’s buttery yellow kaftan—complete with feather detailing—is another must-see for anyone who loves a little drama.
Honayda, AED 9,017
Vibrant kaftans for Ramadan get-togethers
There’s no denying the appeal of jewel tones, so why not pick a bold kaftan this season? Celebrate the Holy Month with your nearest and dearest in a light—yet impactful—creation like Halpern’s tangerine and pink color-blocked piece, or echo the beauty of paradise with an emerald green Oscar de la Renta. Pearla’s deep purple kaftan stands out for its innovate use of mustard accents, while SemSem‘s ombré kaftan, which runs from coral to midnight blue, gives a nod to the beauty of Ramadan sunsets.
Halpern, AED 11,656

Iftar-ready embellished kaftans
Every now and then, more really is more. For your next formal iftar gathering, why not celebrate the Holy Month with an embellished kaftan? Bthaina’s ivory and gold number paints a regal picture, while La Vie Style House caters to those who never shy away from a strong dose of sparkle. Prefer tried-and-tested hues? You can’t go wrong with Noor Al Bahrani’s subtly sequined black creation, or Selma Benomar’s grey kaftan, featuring intricately placed layers of tassels.
Selma Benomar, price on request
Printed kaftans that pack a punch
Say what you will, nothing beats the appeal of a printed kaftan. Fuss-free, yet fun, a patterned version of the staple is a wardrobe must-have. Play with florals via Dolce & Gabbana, Meng, and Richard Quinn, or champion exotic birds and butterflies with Tory Burch and Emilio Pucci’s designs respectively. Scroll through to see how Bambah plays up the classic white kaftan with geometric patterns, and Azzalia’s innovative new piece, which brings back everyone’s favorite paisley patterns.
Meng, AED 4,369
Below, all the kaftans you need to check out this month.
Alaïa, AED 10,976
Yasmin Al Mulla, AED 1,350
Tory Burch, AED 1,795
Pearla, price on request

Taller Marmo, AED 3,939
SemSem, AED 4,614

Richard Quinn, AED 10,810

Azzalia, price on request
Oscar de la Renta, AED 12,290
Noor Al Bahrani, AED 300
Miguelina, AED 2,833

La Vie Style House, AED 2,628

Fil De Vie, AED 2,421
Emilio Pucci, AED 8,581
Dries Van Noten, AED 1,663
Dolce & Gabbana, AED 19,759
D’ascoli, AED 1,249
Camilla, AED 2,676
Bthaina, AED 5,190
Bambah, AED 2,446

Andrew Gn, AED 13,935

Worn as an Abaya, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al-Thani’s Off-White Coat Featured an Unexpected Slogan

Worn as an Abaya, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al-Thani’s Off-White Coat Featured an Unexpected Slogan

Photo: Facebook/almayassahamad
On March 31, fashion enthusiasts and lovers of Off-White came together in Qatar for a special evening that celebrated the label founded by late American designer Virgil Abloh. Part of ‘Qatar Creates’, a series of workshops, exhibits and talks that lead up to the opening of the National Museum of Qatar, the special evening put on display some of the brand’s most exciting creations, and was attended by a handpicked selection of guests, which included supermodel Naomi Campbell, and HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani.As we are on the brink of the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Campbell attended the event in a yellow overcoat that gave modest dressing a street style spin with its sparkling silver cuffs and trademark Off-White utility belt, which came in a soothing white and beige palette. But all eyes were on HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, who also gave her nod of approval to the label by donning an equally interesting piece from its lineup for the occasion.
Photo: Facebook/almayassahamad
The royal walked into the event, hosted at M7 Studio, dressed in a deep blue ankle-grazing Off-White coat, which served well as a new-age abaya. While at first glance, the layer looked simple, it came with two very distinct design elements. The first: a neon green label on the left sleeve, and the second, the world ‘respectfully’, which was embellished in sparkling rhinestones on the back of Her Excellency’s coat. Along with creating an interesting sartorial moment, the add-on also shared an important reminder of what matters most during Ramadan, a time of focusing on self-reflection, growth, respectfulness, and community.
Photo: Instagram.com
Take a closer look, and you’ll notice that Naomi Campbell’s Off-White layer came with the same message as HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani’s. While the former styled her piece with bold boots, the latter went the traditional route with a head covering. In case you missed it, Off-White also launched its special Ramadan collection today, which spotlights pieces that are modest, comfortable and festive, thanks to their Swarosvki detailing.

Raha Moharrak, Hessa Al Suwaidi, and Rakan Bin Abdel Wahid Showcase Prada’s Ramadan Capsule Collection

Raha Moharrak, Hessa Al Suwaidi, and Rakan Bin Abdel Wahid Showcase Prada’s Ramadan Capsule Collection

Raha Moharrak and Hessa Al Suwaidi. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
Prada has unveiled its new collection of ready-to-wear and accessories especially dedicated to the month of Ramadan. The collection titled Parallel Harmonies and its campaign aim to evoke sense of community that is central to the values of the Holy Month.
Hessa Al Suwaidi. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
To reflect this, the Italian luxury fashion house enlisted mountaineer Raha Moharrak, designer Hessa Al Suwaidi, and actor Rakan Bin Abdel Wahid to star in the campaign shot at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi. Varying in professions but joint in camaraderie, the three embody characters that venture into different journeys while blooming together in parallel harmony.
Rakan Bin Abdel Wahid. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
The fashion house’s offering for the festive month includes flowing silk dresses, polished nappa leather sandals in an ultra-feminine design in hues of brown and beige, and dazzling sling-back pumps. It also features its iconic Prada Galleria bag in addition to the newest Prada Re-Edition 1995. Men’s garments are also present in the collection with loafers and sandals derived from the iconic Saffiano leather, alongside a selection of work and travel bags.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
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Raha Moharrak, Hessa Al Suwaidi, and Rawkan Binabdulwahed Showcase Prada’s Ramadan Capsule Collection

Raha Moharrak, Hessa Al Suwaidi, and Rawkan Binabdulwahed Showcase Prada’s Ramadan Capsule Collection

Raha Moharrak and Hessa Al Suwaidi. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
Prada has unveiled its new collection of ready-to-wear and accessories especially dedicated to the month of Ramadan. The collection titled Parallel Harmonies and its campaign aim to evoke sense of community that is central to the values of the Holy Month.
Hessa Al Suwaidi. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
To reflect this, the Italian luxury fashion house enlisted mountaineer Raha Moharrak, designer Hessa Al Suwaidi, and actor Rawkan Binabdulwahed to star in the campaign shot at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi. Varying in professions but joint in camaraderie, the three embody characters that venture into different journeys while blooming together in parallel harmony.
Rawkan Binabdulwahed. Photo: Courtesy of Prada
The fashion house’s offering for the festive month includes flowing silk dresses, polished nappa leather sandals in an ultra-feminine design in hues of brown and beige, and dazzling sling-back pumps. It also features its iconic Prada Galleria bag in addition to the newest Prada Re-Edition 1995. Men’s garments are also present in the collection with loafers and sandals derived from the iconic Saffiano leather, alongside a selection of work and travel bags.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
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12 of the Best Ramadan 2022 Capsule Collections for Iftar and Suhoor Gatherings

12 of the Best Ramadan 2022 Capsule Collections for Iftar and Suhoor Gatherings

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
With Ramadan 2022 just around the corner, come the exclusive capsule collections from some of the biggest fashion houses as well as high-end brands. Having spent the Holy Month in the past two years with Covid-19 restrictions, this year, Ramadan will once again be celebrated with festive gatherings for iftar and suhoor that call for dressing up.

Below, discover the best capsule collections from luxury labels, high-end brands, and local designers with exclusive pieces worth investing in this Ramadan.
Christian Louboutin 
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin
An ode to Louboutin’s love for nature, gardening, and landscape design, the collection offers pieces for both men and women in lush green hues.
Dior
Photo: Courtesy of Dior
Dior’s handbags and small leather goods are always a winning final touch to every fit. For Ramadan, the French luxury brand has introduced timeless dazzling pieces.
Salvatore Ferragamo 
Photo: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo has re-introduced its iconic Gancini bag for Ramadan 2022, but with a metallic twist in Flamingo Rose. Combining glamorous and sparkling pieces within their Ramadan collection, there is a piece for every occasion.
Louis Vuitton
Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton embraces emerald green as its color for the holy season as a symbol of class, hope, prosperity, and peace. Alongside introducing ready-to-wear pieces for the occasion for the first time, the brand has also reimagined its Capucines Mini bag in a matte black and python green.
Leem
Photo: Courtesy of Leem
The Saudi label’s exclusive collection for Ramadan is inspired by the Lunar calendar of the month and its religious stages (mercy, forgiveness, and safety), to feature kaftans in a contemporary color palette and modern cuts.
Mango 
Photo: Courtesy of Mango
Mango‘s Ramadan offering features vibrant and playful pieces that add a contemporary twist to modest clothing—from jumpsuits to tailored suits.
Anthropologie
Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie
Anthropologie’s ready-to-wear collection includes a selection of colorful wrap dresses, comfortable jumpsuits, stylish blouses, and flowy trousers that are ideal for hotter days.
Tony Burch 
Photo: Courtesy of Tony Burch
The Tony Burch Ramadan capsule captures the festive essence of the month in metallic gold and royal blue handbags with gold rope chains.
Michael Kors
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kors
The Michael Kors Ramadan collection is comprised of 11 timeless pieces from handbags to scarves, bracelets, and belts—all in a rich blue color.
Tommy Hilfiger 
Photo: Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger celebrates Ramadan with a pastel-hued collection of breezy dresses, kaftans, and jumpsuits with gold accents.
Burberry 
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Inspired by constellations, sunsets, sunrises, and starry nights of Ramadan, Burberry has launched a collection of glistening pieces just in time for Ramadan.
Bottega Veneta 
Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Venata and Ounass
Available on Ounass, Bottega Veneta’s limited-edition Ramadan offering features three of the fashion house’s iconic pieces reimagined in three distinct colors, including gold.
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UAE Announces Return of Iftar Tents and Covid-19 Guidelines for Ramadan 2022

UAE Announces Return of Iftar Tents and Covid-19 Guidelines for Ramadan 2022

Sheikh Zayed Grand. Mosque, Abu Dhabi
On Monday, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) announced the return of iftar tents this Ramadan, two years after they were revoked due to Covid-19. The announcement was accompanied by a set of Covid-19 guidelines which include social distancing and mask mandates to ensure the safety of fasters. Ramadan in 2022 is expected to begin on April 2, but further confirmation will be provided upon moon-sighting.
As per NCEMA regulations, a green pass on the Al Hosn application will also be required for entry into the iftar tents. There will be security or volunteers at every tent to make sure everything operates smoothly and people are following guidelines of physical distancing, sanitization, and wearing masks.

تماشياً مع استراتيجية دولة #الإمارات في المحافظة على صحة وسلامة المجتمع في ظل استمرار الأنشطة المختلفة، ودعماً للجهود الوطنية لتحقيق التعافي المستدام وعودة الحياة الطبيعية الجديدة، تُعلن #الطوارئ_والأزمات عن بروتوكول إقامة خيم إفطار صائم لشهر رمضان المبارك.#يدا_بيد_نتعافى pic.twitter.com/Pb30VERMkw
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) March 14, 2022

Doors for the iftar tents will open two hours prior to the Maghrib (Iftar timing) prayer, allocating enough time for people to arrive and enter without crowding the entrances. Considering the high temperatures during the month of Ramadan, it is mandatory for all tents to either be open from all sides or air-conditioned. It has also been stated by the authorities that single-use tablecloths and cutlery are mandatory, meaning that the tents will have to use disposable plates, glasses, and spoons.
Depending on the emirate, the regulations and permits for the iftar tents differ. The Local Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management committees in each emirate are responsible for approving or rejecting any iftar tents and setting the Covid-19 guidelines should there be one. In coordination with the Emirates Red Crescent, the committees will also be in charge of setting the capacity of people allowed in each tent.
For the past two years, 2020 and 2021, Ramadan tents and majlis events were canceled by the UAE as per regulatory and precautionary measures in line with Covid-19.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed Announces Initiative of One Billion Meals for Ramadan 2022

HH Sheikh Mohammed Announces Initiative of One Billion Meals for Ramadan 2022

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of the Dubai Emirate has announced the launch of the campaign with a goal of one billion meals to be raised throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. This will mark the third year of the successful Ramadan food campaigns, however, this time the UAE has raised the bar with 100 billion meals from last year’s 100 million.
The initiative will run until its target number of one billion is achieved, catering to the 800 million people around the world who are undernourished, the majority of them being women and children. This campaign also works towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals to end hunger by 2030 by providing hunger-stricken communities in 50 countries with food.

“Brothers and sisters, today we announce the one billion meals campaign for the poor and the needy around the world,” said Sheikh Mohammed via Twitter. “The campaign will begin at the beginning of the Holy Month and will continue for the coming years until the goal is achieved.”

Today, we announce the One Billion Meals campaign.. It starts at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and will continue until the goal is achieved.. 800 million people suffer from hunger around the world..Our humanity and religion encourage us to help others
— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 10, 2022

“The goal of this campaign is to deliver one billion meals and one billion humanitarian messages from the UAE to the world,” mentioned Sheikh Mohammed.
To achieve this, food parcels are currently being distributed in partnership with the UN World Food Programme, the Food Banking Regional Network (FBRN), the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH), and many other humanitarian organizations.
Last year, the UAE presented a similar campaign but with the goal of 100 million meals which were accumulated in the short span of 10 days. Including 185,000 donors and the organization of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the target was successfully reached.
This food campaign series began as a means to help Covid-19 stricken families in 2020 by raising 10 million meals. Its motto is, “A person who sleeps with a full stomach while his neighbor is hungry is not a believer.”
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