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15 Jul, 2015

Jeddah creates Guinness world record with longest Iftar table

Jeddah (IINA) 08 Jul 2015 – The ongoing Ramadan festival called “Ramdanana Kida” (Our Ramadan was like this) at the historic Balad district of Jeddah has set a new Guinness world record for the longest connected Iftar table.

Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims to break their fast after sunset during Ramadan. Jeddah’s longest iftar table measured 1.508 meters in length comprising 640 tables. The table arranged near Al-Jaffali Mosque brought together thousands of people from all over Jeddah to break their fast with the attendance of Saudi officials and representatives from the Guinness Book of Records. The event was organized by Afia in coordination with the governorate of Jeddah, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the organizing committee of “Ramdanana Kida” festival.

The official adjudicators announced the new record which beats the previous one in Finland last year where 1.286-meter-long table was arranged by Ölvin, Bistro Cantor and C&D Fastfood in Loviisa. The “Ramdanana Kida” festival includes commercial, social, cultural, religious, sporting, environmental and heritage activities. To represent the identity of the Hijazis, who love hard work and helping out people, the festival opened the way for more than 150 young Hijazis to get involved.

They welcome the visitors and guide them in Hijazi style, and also contribute to the maintenance of security and regulating traffic. On Tuesday, Prince Mishal Bin Majed, governor of Jeddah and the chairman of the high committee of “Ramadanana Kida,” toured the facilities and events of the festival. He was briefed on the overall activities of the festival, which aims to revive the Hijazi heritage.

He advised the organizers to highlight this important traditional event with the aim of promoting the Kingdom as a hub of culture, literature and Arab and Islamic history that preserves its heritage and artistic treasures.