A Brentonion Welcome to the Middle East!

Monday, October 07, 2019 - By: Areeb S, Rogers ‘20

Brentwood is home to many diverse international students who come from all across the world. To celebrate the divergent cultures and religions we have in this school, Brentwood hosts various country dinners where students from the designated country get to host the dinner. To start the year we had Saudi dinner!

Saudi Arabia is home to over 20 Brentwood students, and even some of our staff members are recent residents of Saudi. The kingdom offers various delicacies like Al shorba, Falafel and the famous Al Kabsa - mixed rice variation.

The decorations inside Crooks Hall consisted of palm trees and green ornaments disseminated around the room. We served various dishes that are ideal in Saudi culture including the popular ‘Saudi champagne’ which was heavily enjoyed by all students in the school. Students hosting the event wore traditional thobes and abayas, excited to showcase their clothing. Through the event, students were able to learn more about the Middle Eastern culture and what it is like to live in such a rich and tropical country.

Alec D, Whittall ‘22 claimed that “The dinner is a great way to showcase our experience.” Each year, Brentwood becomes home to more students from Saudi Arabia who fit in well with the Brentwood culture on campus. It feels amazing for us Saudi students to share the culture we became accustomed to and find a home in Brentwood.

In the words of former Saudi Brentonion Patricia P, Mackenzie ‘16, “Through the blistering heat, thick humidity and casual camel crossing signs, we have found ourselves at Brentwood, and what better place to celebrate a day that means so much to us than with a group of people that mean just as much?”

Areeb S, Rogers ‘20

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