Saudi Sweets Take Center Stage at ISEF 2024

Saudi Sweets Take Center Stage at ISEF 2024

While Saudi Arabia's young scientists geared up to compete against 70 international teams at the 2024 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, Saudi culture was not far behind.

The King Abdulaziz and his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) pavilion offered a taste of the Kingdom beyond science projects.

Visitors flocked to the pavilion, captivated by its design reflecting Saudi heritage. Traditional treats like klija (date-molasses-filled cookies) and dates were prominently displayed, sparking conversation and cultural exchange.

The pavilion's design and offerings were not just visually appealing. The Saudi team used the opportunity to introduce these foods to the visitors. They highlighted ingredients, preparation methods, and even the Kingdom's role as a leading date exporter.

The presence of klija and other delicacies highlighted the deep connection between food and Saudi culture. Recipes for these treats, passed down through generations, represent a rich culinary history.

Saudi Arabia's participation in international events like ISEF showcases scientific achievements and fosters understanding and appreciation for the Kingdom's unique heritage.