CategorySaudi Arabia

Escapism

  Do you ever feel frustrated or depressed from the stress of work, or school, with your parents, spouse, or kids? Sometimes escaping or stepping outside of your reality, even if for a moment can really relieve that tension or sadness that you feel. Escaping reality for a while can be a good thing, but when the means of escapism is drugs, alcohol and/or illicit relationships (being promiscuous, or having affairs), well that’s a recipe for disaster! You might just want to zone […]

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Always Girls

Have you ever noticed that Muslim families tend to focus their efforts on the girls of the family, rather the boys? From my experience and observations, many Muslim families living in the West, as well as here in Saudi Arabia, ensure that their daughters wear the Islamic attire and are “proper,” while leaving their sons to manage themselves. I know many families in the USA and Canada, whose daughters wear the hijab or niqab and behave according to Islamic etiquette, […]

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Photography: Interview with Aya Salamah

  The following interview is to show the world the talent that exists in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia really is a land of opportunities and potential, and I hope that you can see that through her interview. So without further ado, I give you Aya Salamah   1. Please introduce yourself. My name is Aya Ehssan Salamah, and I’m 16 years old. I’m a Saudi from Madinah Al Munarawah, but I am living in Jeddah. 2. What are your hobbies, […]

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Weekend in Riyadh

My trip to Riyadh was great, despite having to make two trips over the past two weekends. Janadriyah was amazing! Crowded this past Thursday, but a great opportunity to truly experience Saudi culture.   If you ever find yourself in Saudi Arabia, you must make the trip to see Riyadh. There are 3 places that you must go to if you are ever in Riyadh: the National Museum, Faisaliyah Tower and Kingdom Centre. I must say, the museum and surrounding area is […]

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Born in Saudi Arabia

There are approximately 8.4 million expats in Saudi Arabia. Twenty-three percent of whom were born in Saudi Arabia. There are even some who are 2nd and 3rd generation born in Saudi, yet cannot attain Saudi citizenship. Expats work in a variety of different fields, some are doctors, engineers, teachers, but the majority of them are labourers (sales clerks, cashiers, barbers, waiters, construction workers, cleaners etc…). There was a recent article in the Arab News, which deals with expats who were born here and their struggle […]

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Mark Your Calender’s: Janadriyah Festival

Its that time of the year again. Janadriyah Festival is here! The annual two week National Cultural and Heritage Festival will start on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, and end on Friday, April 29th, 2011. The festival is a great way for Saudi’s and others to step into the past and truly experience life in Saudi Arabia as it was before. This is one of the most hands on way you can learn about the traditions and culture of Saudi Arabia and how they […]

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Tamkeen (Empowerment)

  EMPOWER YOURSELF. Instill passion, dreams and goals in yourself and others. We should dream and dream big. We should be optimistic because dreams do come true, if you allow them to. We truly are our own greatest enemies, as it is our own created barriers which stop us from stepping outside of our comfort zones and making our dreams a reality. We need to envision our dreams as realities, create a plan to achieve it and then implement it. […]

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A Generous King

  King Abdullah has been known as a reformer. There have been many changes under King Abdullah. Change may be coming too slow for some, while for others mayber too fast. But one thing is for sure, that change is occuring. He has made many great accomplishments, such as: KAUST (University of Science and Technology). Appointed Nora bint Abdullah Al Fayez, as deputy education minister. The first female minister. 2005 developed the government scholarship program for Saudi’s studying abroad. Created a […]

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