CategorySaudi Culture

Desert Camping

The cool weather is here in Saudi Arabia and many people love to head in to the desert on the weekends, whether for a day trip or even overnight. If you’ve never been, give it a try, personally I think it’s great and a lot of fun. You can roast marshmallows over the fire, drive around on 4 wheelers, search for desert roses and fossils or just lounge around. When I tell people that I love to head out to the desert, there […]

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Dealing with Change

We all have to deal with change. Change is inevitable and is a natural part of life. It can be growing older, moving to a new home (city or country), being diagnosed with cancer, staying up-to-date with technological advancements, death in the family, birth of a child, marriage, divorce, starting a new job, being laid-off or even fired. Change comes both big and small, easy and hard, expected and unexpected! Most of us are uncomfortable with what we don’t know or […]

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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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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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What Saudi Youth Need

Our youth is our future. With 60% of the Saudi population under 30 yrs old they are paving the way for change in a society based heavily on traditions and tribal customs. So there is this elephant in the room so to speak, where there is a hush hush of this cultural tension between tradition and what people want today. Eventually it will explode if left unaltered or un-addressed amongst society. I myself wish I could just hop in my […]

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