Keeping with tradition at W7Worldwide, this Ramadan, we took our readers, stakeholders, and all well-wishers on a journey to the northern region of the Kingdom to explore the distinctive ethnic and cultural customs of its people during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr.

Our Ramadan series comprised five blogs that captured the essence of the north’s customs and cuisines as well as the ways in which they communicate and interact with each other during the holy month. We also spotlighted several tourist attractions in the region, which is home to beautiful and unique landscapes.

Moreover, we also made a short video communicating the message and values of the holy month.

The series covered the following stories: “‘Yalla, hayya hum’ to the blessed month,” “Celebrate Ramadan and Eid in AlUla,” “Key Ramadan habits practiced in the northern region,” “7 Special dishes to try this Ramadan,” and “Happy Eid: Welcoming the days of feasting.” To summarize, we learnt that:

The province is overflowing with rich history and civilization and is home to a society that has an exclusive set of values, unique to the region. An off-the-beaten-track destination – the northern region is a remote province divided into three governorates: Rafha, Turaif, and Arar, which is the administrative capital of the region.

AlUla is unquestionably the center of attraction in the region as it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Saudi Arabia. It is characterized by its magical ambiance and a number of social customs that reflect the generosity and nobility of its people.

– There are several special features of Ramadan in this region, particularly its people’s eating habits and cultural practices. For instance, Al-Taqreesh, also known as “Garsh Day,” is one of the most famous customs of the holy month here. An age-old tradition, it celebrates the last lunch before Ramadan.

The northern Ramadan table is generally lavish and offers popular dishes such as maqshoush, jareesh, tashreeb, fatet, and others. The wheat dish – jareesh – is now the national dish of the Kingdom, while maqshush (spelled differently above, pick one spelling) has been named the country’s national dessert.

Social communications in the north are complemented by Eid activities and various dances. Most families host an open breakfast for guests during the Eid festival.

We hope that our Ramadan series served as a guide to the Kingdom’s north, enlightening our readers and visitors to the Kingdom with rich information. We will continue this series next year as well. Stay tuned to find out which region of Saudi Arabia comes under the spotlight next!

As this blessed month draws to a close, we at W7Worldwide pray and hope to see the holy month next year, InshaAllah, in the best of health and safety.