10 Reasons Why Riyadhis Absolutely Love Taiba Market

10 Reasons Why Riyadhis Absolutely Love Taiba Market

By Reina Vidad Tejano

Let’s forget the mega malls of Riyadh for one minute and imagine the days when they didn’t exist. A simpler time devoid of retail brand names and fast food junctions; a time where all the needs of a common Saudi family could be found in a traditional souk (the Arabic term for market) like Taiba market.


Here are 10 reasons why Riyadhis absolutely love Taiba market.

1. Cause it carries a traditional flair to it.

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2. And it’s one of the oldest souks in the city.

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3. From spices to fragrances, household items and furniture, thobes and abayas, toys and trinkets, you name it. Taiba Market has it all!

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4. Plus bargaining is so much fun at Taiba market.

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5. And it has something for men as well.

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6. Have we mentioned how huge it is!

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7. Almost everything you need could be found there.

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8. But we do hate it when we get lost in it.

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9. And can’t find the shop that we came there for.

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10. But we still manage to shop till we drop by the time we leave it.

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The Best Riyadh Taxi Services

The Best Riyadh Taxi Services

By Sahrish Ali

Since getting around town is always an issue (especially for women), we rounded up some of the most used transportation services available like riyadh taxi services


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Uber is an internationally renowned service. However, you need to sign up with your credit card, as it doesn’t accept any other form of payment. It is definitely more expensive than other transportation services around. There’s always a water bottle in your ride. For long trips around and outside the city, they have fixed flat rates. There are two car options: low cost Uber X starts with a base rate of SR 6 and adds 0.50 per minute. Minimum fare is SR 12. Uber black is the original Uber, which starts its base rate at SR 9 with a minimum fare
of SR 20.

Payment: Credit
Web: uber.com

optimized-mondo-taxiMondo Taxi | Taxi App in Saudi Arabia

If you don’t mind taking a taxi instead of riding in a private car, Mondo Taxi is the service to use. They screen their drivers and cars fairly well; so far we haven’t had to ride a beat up limousine from their fleet. Their GPS drop pin is quite accurate in the city, which means less hassle in needing to call the driver and giving the exact location. The prices can be metered or you can try your hand at negotiating. What makes Mondo Taxi a good option is their consistency in getting clean-cut drivers and cars as compared to other similar services. They do have fewer cars compared to the next one on the list, so it’s best to use when you have a few minutes of waiting time to spare.

Payment: Cash
Web: mondotaxi.com

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Careem provides easy sign up and bookings with their app, which is available for download on all platforms. It’s very straightforward and easy to use. Once you sign up, they prompt you if you need to be picked up right at the moment or if you would like to book a ride for later. If you have chosen a drop-off location, the app shows you an estimate amount, of course depending on the type of car you have chosen.

Most of their cars are on time and the chauffeurs are very well mannered.

Payment: Cash or credit
Web: careem.com

optimized-taxi-pixiTaxi Pixi |Taxi Riyadh

Taxi Pixi uses the same concept as Careem. However, the app interface is a bit cluttered. They have two kinds of trips: one way or car rentals. Each kind of trip offers four different types of cars. Cars can also be rented for 4 hours, 8 hours or for a full day. Prices depend on your location but often start at above SR 18. They give you a receipt either by email or on your app itself after completing a trip. Cars are always clean and the drivers courteous.

Payment: Cash
Web: taxipixi.com

optimized-easy-taxiEasy Taxi | Taxi Service in Riyadh

If you don’t mind taking a taxi instead of riding in a private car, Easy Taxi is the service to use. We haven’t come across any other taxi services with such fast arriving cars. There’s always a 100 percent guarantee that a cab will reach you within minutes of requesting one. The taxis are mostly clean, however, not always.
At first they didn’t really have a dedicated system for fares: you could either negotiate the prices or go along with the meter system. Fare rate is around 5-10 riyals more than what you would pay a normal cab.

Payment: Cash or credit
Web: easytaxi.com

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5 Ingenious Recipes That Will Improve Your Indomie Recipe

Indomie Recipe

By Summaiya Naseem

We all love Indomie and yes it’s not the healthiest option out there – but on lazy days, it’s all we want!


There are lots of Indomie flavours and there’s so much you can do with Indomie recipe! Here are quick recipes which will make your Indomie filling and delicious!

1. The Pepper Indomie Recipe

Indomie Recipe Ingredients:

  • One bowl chopped peppers (mixed)
  • Small onion – chopped
  • Italian herbs
  • Spices (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 2 packs boiled indomie
  • Indomie spices

In a pan heat a 2-3 teaspoons of oil. Stir fry your onions till they’re golden brown, add the peppers and fry some more! Add the indomie spices, some Italian herbs and spices and salt to taste. Toss in your boiled indomie and mix well! You will be happy with the result!

If you like your indomie soupy then add a little water (or the boiled water) to the mix.

Read more Chef Raneen Joudah’s Classic: Mini Bastilah Recipe

 


2. The Spring Indomie Recipe

Indomie Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bowl boiled vegetables (frozen mixed vegetables)
  • Spices (Hot paprika, chilli, or any other spice to taste)
  • Boiled Indomie (3 packs)
  • Indomie spices

Heat a tablespoon of butter in a pan and lightly stir fry the boiled vegetables. Add the spices, a pinch or two or salt, and the indomie spices. Mix in your boiled indomie for a veggie experience.

 


3. The Frank Indomie Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bowl sliced and fried franks of your choice
  • Spices
  • Boiled Indomie (3 packs)
  • Indomie spices
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: 1 bowl of chopped spring onions and peppers

In a pan mix the franks and bowl of veggies. Add the spices and toss in the boiled Indomie. Serve with a garnish of mozzarella cheese on top.

Read more 5 Healthy Recipes: Ward the guilt off with these

 


4. The Omelette Indomie Recipe

Indomie Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • A quarter cup milk
  • Onions or other omelette veggies of choice
  • Hot Sauce
  • Italian Herbs
  • Indomie spices
  • Half cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Boiled Indomie mixed with spices of choice (2 packs)

Whisk the eggs and milk in a bowl, add veggies of choice and spices. In a non-stick pan pour 80% of the omelette mix and let it cook for a few minutes. Spread a layer of cheese and cover it with the indomie. Let the Indomie settle and then pour the rest of the omellete on top. Cover the pan and cook on low heat. Turn over the omelette once the bottom is solid. Cut the Omelette as desired and serve with a cool drink!

 


5. Indomie Bolognaise recipe

Indomie Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti Sauce Jar
  • 4 Beef Burger Patties (AlKabeer)
  • Boiled Indomie (4 packs)
  • Italian Herbs and Spices (Oregano, Rosemary, Paprika)
  • Indomie Spices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garnish: Shredded Mozzarella

Chop the beef burgers and fry them in a pan. Mix in the spaghetti sauce and cook for a few minutes. Add the spices, salt and pepper to taste. You can either pour the bolognaise sauce on top of the boiled indomie or serve it mixed. Garnish with shredded mozzarella.

DJ Recommends: To enhance the flavor use chopped parsley as garnish and add extra spices!

 

We hope you enjoy these recipes! Tell us about your indomie recipe tricks in the comments below!

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30 Good Deeds in Ramadan

Ramadan is the perfect timing to develop a habit of doing good deeds in Ramadan that will even live with you after the month is over. No good deed is too small, especially during this Holy Month.


So here are 30 Good Deeds in Ramadan for you to make the most. May Allah accept all your prayers, fasting and du’aas.

1. Pray without distractions.

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2. Quit a bad habit.

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3. Fajr: Don’t miss it.

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4. Stay up after fajr prayer to read Qur’an and athkar.

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5. Perform Umrah.

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6. Wake your friends up for fajr prayer.

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7. Volunteer at elderly homes.

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8. Listen to Qur’an more often.

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9. Set up a charity jar and distribute its contents.

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10. Develop a habit of following the Prophet’s sunna.

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11. Help your mom around the house.

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12. Finish a chapter of the Qur’an per day.

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13. Make a habit of praying taraweeh.


14. Pay a visit to the ill.

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15. Distribute water bottles.

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16. Tell children stories from the Qur’an.

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17. Invite your friends over for iftar or suhoor.

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18. Pack provision boxes for the less fortunate.

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19. Buy extra prayer beads and give them out to family and friends.

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20. Send iftar to neighbors.

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21. Pray tahajjud (late hour Ramadan prayers).

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22. Read about the last 10 days of Ramadan.

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23. Never stop du’aa.


24. If you make a mistake, pray and ask for tawbah.

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25. Feed an animal or water a plant.

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26. Attend an Islamic discussion circle.

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27. Forgive those who wronged you.

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28. Teach someone something you know.

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29. Prepare Eid gifts and send them out.

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30. Keep the good deeds coming even after Ramadan.

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By Sumaiyya Naseem

Types Of Dates | Who doesn’t love having dates?! From awesome health benefits to deliciousness, dates come in all kinds of tastes and textures. In the very least, there are soft dates and dry ones and both kinds have their specialties!

Did you know that the people of Saudi Arabia used to exchange dates for silk in times even before Prophet Isa? These dates and silk travelled the ancient silk route (China Silk Road).

1. Ajwa

This is a combination of the soft and dry variety, sweet to eat and smooth in the mouth. These Types Of Dates are known to have healing properties, and, in a hadith, the prophet is reported to have said that having seven ajwa dates in the morning protects a person from magic and poison until the evening.

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2. Anbara

These large dates are a favourite due to their big, fleshy form and small seed. They’re also one of the most expensive varieties! They’re sweet, brown and full of protein.

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3. Safawi

These black dates are sweet, fleshy and packed with vitamins. They are soft and cultivated in Madinah. These type of dates are good for health . If eaten on an empty stomach, they kill stomach worms. They’re also famous for their high mineral content.

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4. Barhi

These are yellow and crunchy. The ripe date tastes like caramel and brown sugar. It’s sweet, like most dates, and totally worth it. These creamy dates are really delicate and often sold while they’re still on the thin branches. These seasonal dates can be frozen and stored for months.

Read More : Saudi Arabia’s Most Prized Dates ; Ajwa

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5. Saghai

These crisp dates are cultivated in Riyadh. They are usually brown, and light yellow at the tip. They’re wrinkled but don’t flake, and are definitely must-haves!

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6. Khudri

These dark brown dates are dry and sweet. They have wrinkled skin and may be either large or small. They’re one of the most exported dates because of their freshness and reasonable prices. They are one of the best Types Of Dates to go for if you want to refresh and energize.


7. Sukkari

These are crisp and really sweet; a quality which gives them their name. These are known for their healing and nutritious properties. They lower cholesterol, prevent tooth decay and also help get rid of fatigue. These are cultivated in Al Qaseem region.

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8. Zahidi

These golden, oval dates have a firm texture and nutty taste. They have thick skin, are semi dry and less sweet than other Types Of Dates . They are high in fiber.

Read More: Riyadh Season is Finally Back with Dates and Zones!

 

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9. Mejdool

These are known as the ‘Queen of Dates’. They have a large, cushiony texture, strong and sweet flavour. They’re really popular in America and are often used in making shakes and smoothies. They’re usually available year round.

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10. Kholas

These dates have a caramel flavour when cured. They’re sticky when they’re fresh and usually consumed with Arabic coffee. They have loose skin, and they originated in Al Qaseem and Al Kharj regions of our country.

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These are ten Types Of Dates that are loved by many! There are a lot of varieties of dates and one of the best ways to eat them is with almonds stuffed inside of them and with sesame. You can also dip your dates in Nutella and see what that tastes like!

Do you have a favourite?! Tell us in the comments below!

Sources:
https://www.yahoo.com/food/a-glossary-of-dates-109888658170.html
http://saudiarabiadates.com/dates.htm

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Here’s How to Lose 4 kg in a Week

Summer vacations, family reunions, parties for whatever reason, most of us are eager to lose those unwanted kilos which seem to creep up on us every now and then.


How to Lose 4 kg in a Week, If you need to lose weight quickly in order to squeeze into that special gown or custom tailored suit, follow these tips and watch the kilos drop off. The basic rule of consuming fewer calories than you expend on a daily basis is the cornerstone of any weight loss program, so try to avoid diet pills, fad diets (although some are fun to try on a short- term basis), or surgery as your first option.

*Caution: Before embarking on any weight loss program, it’s important to check with your doctor.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

We present to you the cabbage soup diet which is cheap, easy to prepare, and easy to follow, plus the low-fat, high-fiber combo packs a powerful punch to kick-start more sensible, long-lasting weight loss regimens. Keep in mind, however, that all diets are rendered more effective when done in addition to a healthy exercise regimen.

*Caution: This diet should only be followed for 1 week at a time – allow 2 weeks before resuming it again.

How to Lose 4 kg in a Week | Day One:

Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Consume only soup and fruit for the first day. Drink as much unsweetened tea, cranberry juice and water as you desire.

Day Two:

Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed full of fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat leafy green vegetables and stay away from dry beans, peas and corn. Drink as much soup as you want. At dinner, reward yourself with a big baked potato with butter. Do not eat any fruit today.

Day Three:

Combine Day One and Two: Eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want, but sorry, no baked potato with butter today!

Read more 5 Ways to Make Diet Food Appealing

How to Lose 4 kg in a Week | Day Four:

Bananas and Skim Milk: Eat up to eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you like, plus as much soup as you desire. This day is supposed to lessen your craving for sweets, so stay from the sugar!

Day Five:

Beef And Tomatoes: Eat 10-20 ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water to flush the uric acid from your body. Drink your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (but absolutely no skin-on chicken). If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef one of the beef days (but not both).

Day Six:

Beef and Vegetables: Eat to your heart’s content of beef and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables, but no baked potato. Drink at least one serving of soup.

Day Seven:

Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Again stuff, stuff, stuff yourself. Be sure to have at least one serving of soup today.


Essential Items

Buy attractive exercise clothes to inspire you to workout – check out these local gyms for a wide variety of exercise classes including yoga, aerobics etc.

Visit some gourmet grocery stores for low-calorie nibbles to prevent a late night Al Baik visit.

Diet books which itemize sensible menus and fat-burning exercises can help you structure your weight loss regiment.  Jarir has a good selection in stock if you don’t have time to order online.


Cabbage Soup Recipe

6 large green onions
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
3 Carrots
1 Container (10 oz. or so) Mushrooms
1 bunch of celery
Half a head of cabbage
1 package Lipton soup mix
1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
1 48oz can V8 juice (optional)
Season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.

Directions:

  1. Slice green onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.
  2. Cut green pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out. Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.
  3. Take the outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to pot.
  4. Clean carrots, cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.
  5. Slice mushrooms into thick slices, add to pot.
  6. If you would like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.
  7. You can use beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt and flavors you will need.
  8. Use about 12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low. Let soup cook for a long time – two hours works well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Read More 6 Diet Tips That Will Boost Your Mood

Keys to Success in how to lose 4 kg in a week

  • Follow the diet religiously.
  • Drink at least 4 glasses of water per day.
  • Keep in mind that it’s only seven days.
  • Supplement the diet with a good multivitamin tablet.
  • Cut out the daily diet instructions so you can easily refer to it.
  • Eat plenty of soup – as much as you want!
  • Do not try to starve yourself or you’ll probably cheat and break the diet.
  • Try different spices to liven up the soup and add excitement to your taste buds.

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Designing The Library Of The Future

Dar Al-Uloum initiative launches an international competition to repurpose library space as a cultural destination. 


On the occasion of the Dar Al Uloum’s public library’s golden jubilee, the Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Center (AACC), with input from academic partners – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), AlFaisal University, Dar Al Hekma University, and Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, started the The Dar Al Uloum Initiative (DAUI). This initiative was taken to transform the library from a traditional one to the digital one that is open and acts as a multifunctional social hub for cultural flow and activity.

The redevelopment of the library unfolds in three phases: the preliminary research phase – conducted by DAUI’s academic partners – focusing on design functionality and cultural cohesiveness; benchmarks’ phase, acquired from industry experts and elaborated in a 3-day conference during which the architecture competition will be launched; lastly, the project bidding and award phase for the library redesign.

The architectural brief for the redesign competition is compiled by partnering faculty and students. The themes of ‘connectivity’ and ‘efficiency’ will be integral in evaluating design proposals, with energy conservation and cultural sensitivity playing large roles in winning designs.

The competition launched earlier this February and marked the first day of the conference, Architecture for the Future: Education, Research, and Practice, at Al Faisal University. The conference program was developed with program partner Banafsajeel – a platform for creative collaboration. It launched the architecture exhibition by RIBA Gulf that consisted of multiple panel discussions from leading architecture experts from the region, a workshop led by Minhaaj + Bakerloos, a film screening, and a visit to the district of Diriya arranged by Phonart.

The attendees were exposed to a variety of theories and practices like new trends in sustainable design and the future prospects of architectural design. The conference acted as a platform to promote the library competition and generate interest from participants to submit proposals.

The redesign competition aims to pay homage to the original library design, preserving old elements, while seamlessly incorporating new functions and uses to modernize the space, making it a lively community center. Winning designs will be awarded valuable cash prizes, with first place securing USD $50,000, in addition to the contract for the Al Jouf Library redevelopment.

As Saudi Arabia continues to advance and develop its architectural landscape, initiatives such as the DAUI will serve to place KSA on the map for collaborative, forward-thinking, and sustainable structures of the future.

For more information on the initiative, conference, competition and contributing partners, please visit www.daui.org

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TEM, a poetry collection of pre-Islamic Mythology

Tem is part history, part make-believe. Every culture has creation myths that explain how the world emerged. 


The nuanced meaning of tem” in Arabic is to finish; to complete. This massive project was undertaken by Wided Khadraoui that was about pre-Islamic mythology and history in the region. In Khadraoui’s collection, stories dart in and out of the narrative, demonstrating how unable it is to ever truly be done with your past.

Here’s an interview with Wided as she shares more about her interesting project:

1. Why did you decide to start this project? 

This project was complicated. I spent several years in Saudi Arabia and took this project on initially as a creative endeavor after coming across Najmah Sayuti’s work on the concept of Allah (God) in pre-Islamic Arabia which led me to start researching Arabian polytheism and its relationship with the region’s monotheistic traditions, as well as myths and storytelling techniques in Bedouin culture.

I’ve always been curious about old stories but this collection is a bit different than other mythological works; there were no myths to retell or restructure – rather stories of these pre-Islamic gods and goddesses do not exist. This whole project has mostly been fueled by footnotes, endnotes, and small obscure mentions.

I was interested in creating a narrative exploring the development of Bedouin religion and highlighting its’ conflict between pre-Islamic religion and the region as a whole. The collection ended up being an archive of figures and mythological figures from Arabian polytheism. The gods and goddesses of the pre-Islamic Arabs were tribal deities, ancestors, jinn, physical manifestations of natural phenomena -rain and thunder, for example. The collection takes these deities and creates a progressive narrative of them reacting to a combination of actual historical events, my fantasy, and contemporary society

2. How have people in Saudi reacted to this project?

People mostly have given a positive response, and are mostly intrigued by the content. There have been some raised eyebrows with highlighting the region’s polytheistic past but that is fact – it happened. There were actual deities that existed and were prayed to in the region. This collection is based on the period of time where idols reigned supreme in the region – the period where modern Islam was being created and codified. The old gods had to be destroyed in order to make space for the new religion – this is a fictional version of that story.

3.  What was the most important finding you made in the pre-Islamic mythology and history in the region?

I was surprised of the extent of erasure of fact and history. I was shocked at the extent of what I didn’t know. There is a whole legacy of stories and ideas that have completely been shuttered away.

The entire region has a tendency to destroy the past – especially things that might be contentious within an Islamic context. I think this fear is counterproductive to both creative and societal advancement. There doesn’t have to be such a battle between ancient stories and modern-day beliefs. This pattern is seen throughout our history – this attempt at complete eradication and it is to our detriment.

5. What do you want others to learn from this?

My biggest wish is that the projects work as a conversation and an entryway into not only how religious practice shaped human interaction and experience in the region but also to show how amazing the indigenous inspiration is for creative opportunities in the region. Beyond the usual penchant for traditional calligraphy, there is a whole stock of alternative inspirational material in the region. The region has it’s the potential to make their own stories – not everything has to revolve around the Western canon and Greek and Roman myths. The world is massive and we can be part of creating a more inclusive global narrative. Our stories matter too.

6. Is there anything more you would like to share?

The poem’s narrative structure is inspired by the hakawati; the traditional style of oral storytelling from in the Middle East and North Africa. It’s a bit of a convoluted plot. Stories dart in and out of the narrative; like Scheherazade in One Thousand and One Nights.

The nuanced meaning of the title in Arabic is to finish; to complete. The intention of this collection is to give readers a sense of where separate but intertwined paths start and end in history. The idea behind the title is to illustrate how unable to ever truly be done with your past.

About Wided Khadraoui

I am writer and curator. I regularly write on art, culture, and politics in the MENA region. My interests lie at the intersection of cultural representation, arts, and politics.

I was born in Algeria and raised in the Washington D.C. area, and am temporarily based in Australia after spending four years in Saudi Arabia. I am currently pursuing my second masters in Arts and Cultural Enterprise at Central Saint Martin- UAL to further my research interest in increasing access for traditionally marginalized groups in the creative sector.

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Conversations with an Artist – Abstract Art in the Cosmos

A journey among the cosmos.


Artist: Mariam Bukhamsin
Form of Expression: Abstract Art

Tell us about yourself.
I’m an abstract artist and Master’s student in Teaching Methodologies of Art at King Saud University. My passion in art helped me teach it in Al Ahsa to elementary students for six years.

When did you realize you had to create something of your own?
To be honest, I never felt like I was chasing art, but rather that it found me. I began developing my vision almost three years ago. Through art, I was able to carry this vision of sharing my unique work with people.mariam-bukhamseen-_khobar_2017_aa-2

Do you have any special rituals before or during the creation of your art?
Total isolation from everything but my art.

Would you like to recommend one of the books that inspires you?
Scientist Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is one that influenced me personally. I admire how he wanted to enlighten people about the spirituality of science and his explorations of the aesthetic. I try to do the same with my artwork.mariam-bukhamseen-_khobar_2017_aa-3

What is your favorite art piece?
My painting of the body and universe is my personal favorite as I painted it without any preparation, which is unusual for me. I felt as if some magical powers of the universe were guiding me. I felt a deep connection with it, which is why it’s closest to my heart.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by philosophy, spirituality, religion, and most importantly, science. Science tries to dissect or study the physical structure of the universe, while art, the moral structure of it. mariam-bukhamseen-_khobar_2017_aa-5

What kind of dialogue does your art create?
During my previous exhibitions in Bahrain, I noticed people indulging in philosophical conversations because of my art. They observed the pieces in depth and even created theories about it. This is the kind of conversation that I‘d want my art to stimulate.

Who’s your favorite artist?
Since I do not want to be confined to just art itself, I would have to pick Carl Sagan, again. As I said earlier, I draw inspiration most and usually from scientists.mariam-bukhamseen-_khobar_2017_aa-4

How would people describe you?
In a few words: quiet, spiritual, calm, and unique – similar to my work.

You’re at a restaurant to meet with people. Who are you meeting for dinner?
Firstly, Omar Khayyam. An extraordinary philosopher, poet, and mathematician as well as a man of peaceful nature. The other two would be Stephen Hawking and of course, Carl Sagan.

Do you have any final words for our readers?
One word: passion. The fire burning inside you is what will keep you going. Keep it alive.

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5 Reasons to Attend ArabNet Riyadh 2017

ArabNet Riyadh kicks off in a few days at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski from Dec 11-13th.


The exclusive event will bring together over 1800 leaders and decision makers from around the world to discuss the latest in digital trends in the region and across the world.

If you haven’t registered yet, here are 5 reasons why you should attend this year’s ArabNet Riyadh conference:

1. Embrace Digital Transformation
Dive into the digitization of government, smart cities, and education with experts in the field as well as government, the private sector, and startup stakeholders, who will share insights, best practices, and upcoming plans for building an innovation and knowledge economy in KSA.

2. Network with the Largest Gathering of Investors
The most active international and regional investors such as HOF Capital and Alrajhi Investment will be at ArabNet Riyadh where you will have the opportunity to connect and network with them. Moreover, the Innovation and Investment Forum will feature a dedicated track focusing on the investment landscape and improving the ecosystem as well as access to LPs and growth capital.

3. Learn How Digital Brands Are Evolving
Find out how big brands, such as GM and Mayar Food, as well as media platforms, such as Twitter, and publishers and agencies are adapting to the new platforms that are transforming consumer habits on mobile and web; what are the key trends that define the region; how media distribution is changing and how data is driving advertising technology in the Adtech Forum.

4. Keep Up with the Latest Banking & Innovation Trends
Keep up with the latest trends in banking with regional and international digital banking experts and get insight on mobile payments, big data, the future of payments and more. Moreover, request an invitation to attend the Banking Innovation Workshop which will feature two hands-on workshops covering blockchain, as well as the best practices in lead generation and CRM.

5. Biggest players in e-commerce
This year’s Digital Commerce Forum at ArabNet Riyadh will host some of MENA’s latest and leading e-commerce platforms and players, such as Noon and Souq.com, who will highlight the latest trends in online and mobile commerce in the Kingdom and the region.

Website: arabnet.me/conference/riyadh/

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