ELEVEN Arab countries participated in a charity bazaar and exhibition of Arabian products and folklore to raise funds for Yayasan Permata.
It was organised by the spouses of Arab ambassadors to Malaysia including Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar, and Sudan.
The event, held at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, was attended by Yayasan Permata chairman Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Yayasan Permata is the organisation behind the Permata programmes for gifted children endowed with high intelligence quotient.
Wife of Morocco’s ambassador to Malaysia, Aicha Bellati said the event was also organised in appreciation of the friendship the Arab countries had built with Malaysia.
“In return for the wonderful friendship Malaysia has shared with us, we are here today to introduce to you the culture of Arab countries and give you a glimpse of our cultural traditions and folklore,” she said.
Maha Al-Ghumlas, wife of Saudi Arabian ambassador to Malaysia Fahat Al-Rasheed, presented a mock cheque for RM10,000 to Yayasan Permata.
Rosmah was later accompanied to every stall to see the various traditional items displayed for sale from each of the 11 countries.
The items included hand-made scarves, clutches, bookmarks, abayas and papyrus, some of which were sewn by single mothers and widows in Palestine.
Arabian food and beverages such as chocolate-covered dates, Sudanese snacks, Palestinian tea, Arabian coffee were also sold at the bazaar.
Saudi Arabian Mona Alyami, 27, said almost all items were flown in from their respective countries for sale at the bazaar and were not available anywhere else in Malaysia.