Food

Mexican Gastronomic Indulgence at the InterContinental Riyadh Hotel

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A week-long Mexican food festival featuring mouth-watering cuisine amid a backdrop of special ambience created to showcase the North American culture.


The event was inaugurated by the Mexican ambassador Alfredo Miranda at the InterContinental Riyadh Hotel. The ambassador pointed out that the cuisine is central to the cultural identity of whole communities that practice and transmit it from generation to generation. The Mexican cuisine has also said to have attained the status of Humanity’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO in 2010.

Ambassador Miranda said that the guests will have an opportunity not only to taste the authentic Mexican cuisine but also to admire Mexican handicrafts, photos from a collection and enjoy live music from a Mexican Folkloric band, during the Festival. Tariq Dowidar, Area General Manager for IHG Government Hotels and General Manager InterContinental Riyadh, and Eduardo Perez, a prominent Mexican chef and TV show host, who has flown to Riyadh for preparing authentic cuisine, also addressed the press conference. A baggage full of authentic ingredients, including spices, has been brought to Riyadh and will be used to prepare the whole range of Mexican dishes, salads, and sauces.

Guests can enjoy an unlimited selection of traditional Mexican starters, main courses, side dishes and desserts, soft drinks, and selected juices and traditional flavored water.

The festival is ongoing until September 22 and is open to guests from 7:00 pm to 11.30 pm daily.

Location: Al Bustan Restaurant (See map)

About InterContinental Riyadh

The InterContinental Riyadh is a luxury hotel with a nine-hole Golf course in the heart of Riyadh. Guests staying in or visiting the InterContinental have the option to walk around the 40 hectares of exotic green grounds and relax in the lap of nature. The hotel, which underwent a massive renovation recently, one of the key highlight is the Palms Fitness Centre, sets a new benchmark in the fitness world. The state-of-the-art fitness center opens 24 hours. The hotel also has 13 fully-equipped meeting and event rooms including the stunning Buraidah Hall with a capacity to accommodate more than 1,500 guests or delegates for the conference.

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Offbeat

An Eid Gift Guide for Everyone on Your List

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By Nouf AlMuhaya

Eid al-Adha is right around the corner, and that means 1) more cash 2) more impulsive trips to the mall, and getting gifts has to be the most dreadful part of birthdays, Eid, and whatever reason you have to celebrate, but what makes it less agonizing is the –slightly cheesy- thought that you’re bound to make someone’s day, but fear not cause Destination is here to the rescue.


Cash 

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Photo Credit: thebee_sa

For a light and breezy approach, cash is globally approved to be a cut-to-the-chase Eid gift. We tend to think of consumption going badly or well mainly around price. We get upset with ourselves for spending too much or really fulfilled if we pick up a bargain, I say save yourself the trouble of going back and forth and hand out good ol’ cash and you can still get creative doing it!

For Her

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We all enjoy a fashionable piece to flaunt every now and then, and with the world of online shopping varying in options that’ll save you the trouble walking door-to-door, like this simple yet elegant Aldo Slide Sandal you can find at Namshi to get for Mom to enjoy. Or to finish off any look get your sibling Kenzo’s New World Intense Fragrance to lessen the use of your own perfumes.

For Him

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When it comes to picking a gift for Dad it’s no tricky business. Maybe give this Da Vinci watch by IWC a try? Or something as simple as this Esteban Biarritz Summer shoe by Berluti.

Gift Cards

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For those of us who don’t have a lot of time on their hands yet are just as festive, the most convenient gift you could think of would be Gift Cards. It’s resourceful as it is thoughtful and saves you a bunch of time and effort; varying from Gym Membership gift cards to make our protein junkies happy this Eid, and not to forget about our bookworms to get a gift certificate from Jarir bookstore.

Summer Treats

I can almost hear the foodies clapping in approval, but we’re talking about a different type of treat, now think about Riyadhi heat and what you can do to elevate the torment? Starting from light summer-y fanny packs to waterproof mascaras, who doesn’t like handy heat-defeating fashion statements?

Do It Yourself

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Photo Credit: odetoinspiration.com

Aside from the sentimental value DIY’S can have, try to retrieve your inner artist by creating the ultimate Eid gift. The choices are endless and very diverse and just as affordable, perhaps getting your siblings a gift to remind them of an inside joke or a memory you made together Eid- inspired.

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A Journey of an Ambitious Saudi Graffiti Artist, Noura bint Saidan

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By Ghada AlMuttiri

A visionary artist with a goal beyond creating beautiful art on display. 


Tell us about your art journey?nnnn

I was in love with art as a child and my first attempt was painting on a huge canvas with oil paint when I was in high school. I found my soul in this and I decided to be specialized in art and that’s why I continued with this journey. After completing masters in arts from KSU, I worked in branding and marketing as well. I have been conducting art workshops since 2012 and participating in art galleries. 

Why did you go for graffiti?

I don’t want to limit myself in the canvas frame. Always dream big! I’m always up to explore new things. Mostly, I like live painting as it gives me a chance to reach a large audience and capturing their reactions.

What are your highlighted achievements?

I participated in several art exhibitions in addition to the live paintings such as book exhibitions and Riyadh Municipality City on the cultural street. 

I run a social campaign to educate people to respect art!  So many TV channels have contacted me for interviews. Also, I have done graffiti in London and Spain that reflects on the Saudi culture.

What are the challenges you face as a graffiti artist?

Well, you cannot trust the weather! Also, sometimes my work requires me to paint on high walls and this is a bit scary and risky.

What is your source of inspiration?

I paint, modify and spontaneously change a lot. When I find something that really inspires me and encourages me to finish my work in one day.

Noura recently transformed our office wall into a giant canvas and we love it! Have a look

You can see more of Noura’s work on her Instagram page @myarts2012

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Wellness

Get Pampered & Polished!

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By Eman AlAqil

We all need to get pampered every once in a while, right? 


Well, imagine having it without leaving your home! With Polished Home Beauty Spa, provides you with a head to toe pampering at your convenience.

Polished is located in Sharqiya and now serving clients based in Riyadh. Delivering premium home services by licensed professional beauticians, using the latest high-end products. They offer an impressive range of treatments, covering everything from your tan to your toes.

Offering special packages for post-birth mommies and a travel package as well. They even have home services for your little ones. How sweet is that?!

If you want to de-stress and treat yourself with a relaxing day, this is the way to do it. All you have to do is book an appointment a day or two in advance to ensure your required service is delivered at your preferred time.

Check out their Instagram polished_sa

Here’s where you can get more information about their services and prices:

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All-Female Saudi Tech Team Wins First Prize at First Record-Breaking Hajj Hackathon

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Turjuman, the team of Saudi young women that developed a translation app to facilitate communication by pilgrims, won the SAR 1,000,000 first place prize.


The fact that this team of Saudi young women are first place winners is ‘an indication of the continuing success and excellence in the process of empowering Saudi women –‘ Saud Al-Qahtani, adviser to the Royal Court

An all-female team of Saudi computer developers and programmers has won first place at the first Hajj Hackathon, held in the port city of Jeddah, where thousands of tech heads competed to come up with the best high-tech solutions to facilitate and improve the Hajj experience for pilgrims.

Hajj Hackathon, the largest event of its kind ever held, came to a close on Friday night with the announcement that the team of Saudi young women, ‘Turjuman’, had been named the overall winner in the competition to propose state-of-the-art technological solutions to the massive challenges of accommodating the arrival of about 2 million pilgrims for Hajj and millions of others for Umrah throughout the year.

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The Saudi young women, who developed the Turjuman instant translation app to facilitate communication by pilgrims from all over the world, took home the first place prize of SAR1,000,000, after a very strong competition with a total of nine teams. The competition’s eight-member judging panel included Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.

An all-male team from Egypt, which developed the ‘Hajj Wallet’, came in second place, winning SAR 500,000, while in third place, a mixed team from Algeria which developed the app ‘Roaa’ or (‘Visions’), won SAR 350,000. A special award of SAR 150,000 went to the team ‘I 007’ for an app for the management of the Hajj e-camps.

In the Hajj Hackathon competition, entrepreneurs and technology experts focused on areas such as crowd management, food, health, finance, traffic control, travel, housing, communications, and waste management, among others.  Hajj will be from August 19-24 this year.

The ‘Turjuman’ app installs QR, or quick response, codes on the instructions signs which shows their translated version in the pilgrims’ languages, with no need for an internet connection, while the ‘Hajj Wallet’ makes a pilgrim’s phone his or her money purse during the pilgrimage – either via cash deposit or credit card link — so that it can be used to pay for purchases. The ‘Visions’ app developed by the Algerian team would allow families to be kept abreast of the whereabouts of their family members performing Hajj by mapping out their location and taking their photos.

The Saudi women were one of 50 teams whose projects were chosen for development in a 100-day workshop conducted by the Badir Programme for Technology Incubators and Accelerators in association with SAFCSP.

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The three-day event at Jeddah’s International Exhibition and Convention Centre is the largest tech competition ever staged in the Middle East. It drew a total of 2,950 developers from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and around the world, breaking the Guinness World Records for most participants in a software development jam.

Female computer developers, programmers, and proud tech heads staked out a presence that was both noticeable and notable among the thousands of tech acolytes at the Hackathon. The coders, software developers, programmers, designers, and innovators from more than 100 countries gathered at the first event of its kind in Saudi Arabia to come up with the most innovative solutions, using state-of-the-art technology, to make the Hajj a more efficient and enjoyable experience for the throngs that annually descend on Makkah for the religious pilgrimage.

Wozniak, who along with Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, had joined the participants at the opening of the first Hajj Hackathon, was appointed by SAFCSP as an ambassador for the Saudi TechHub.

Saud Al-Qahtani, adviser to the Royal Court, and founder of the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP),  said Wozniak has “happily agreed to be the Saudi Ambassador to Saudi TechHub” and said the appointment reflects a desire to leverage one of the best modern minds to help the Kingdom’s efforts to become a regional high-tech hub. Wozniak said the remarkable development he witnessed in how the Kingdom is approaching technology, and its fascinating Vision 2030 roadmap for the future, had persuaded him to accept the ambassadorship.

Wozniak — who was Head of Arbitration at Hajj Hackathon – called the event a success, noting Saudis had a big interest in programming and computer technologies and adding that the Kingdom could soon be the region’s key hub for technology.

Web: hajjhackathon.sa
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Foodie Corner, Offbeat

The Brewing Thoughts Of A Barista

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By Nouf AlMuhaya

Coffee, for some it’s a necessity for others an accessory for the gram, for me, a way of life.


Not to glorify the consumption of coffee, It really is bad for you if consumed regularly but then again, too much of everything is destructive, yes, that includes binge-watching reality shows too.

I vividly recall my first day, it was draining as it was gratifying, the mayhem I managed to create that day led my supervisor to switch me over to muffin duty, not as vibrant and colorful as it sounds.

The perks of being a member of the service industry was the patience it had to come with when dealing with all sorts of coffee enthusiast, starting from A to Z.

1- The Hipster

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A hipster is very hard not to notice, it’s either because of the bold choices of hair color or the book by Nietzche tucked under their arm. Now with Hipsters it’s no joke, they like their coffee darker than midnight fall and it’s no ones bid-ness.

2- The syrup-fanatic

The syrup-fanatics are most likely to be teenagers who thrive off of masking the taste of coffee by adding every syrup ever known to man, they’d like to think of coffee as a beverage to flaunt, and I get it, I really do. But letting the perfected cup of coffee run cold while you’re hosting a mini-photoshoot for the latte tulip? But hey, I guess that’s how Ice Lattes were brought up.

3- Know It All

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And now on to my personal favorites, this individual would rather address the entire history of the Ethiopian bean with their designated barista rather than ordering. They do leave a line of angry un-caffeinated costumers behind them but It’s still refreshing to see people who actually know what coffee is about.

4- The Tea Clique

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And finally, our herbal friends, despite our differences you have to respect their willingness to commit to the drink midst the coffee hype, they are often very laid back and relaxed, unlike coffee consumers, now with these people expect to hear an oh-so-caring speech about how bad coffee is for you, and as much as you’d hate to admit it, they’re often right, our herbal friends are the wise ones we need in our life when suffering from withdrawal due to lack of coffee.

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News, Offbeat

Land Rover And Terry Grant Smash World Record At Goodwood Festival Of Speed

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Land Rover and Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR.


Terry’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Terry’s old record for a mile traveled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds. Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sports SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new
Guinness World Record time.

Terry snatched the record in a dramatic last-gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Terry managed to complete.

The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph – with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground – both of which will be pumped up to 90PSI.

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Photo Credit: carnews2day.com

Terry Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Terry has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.

Stunt Driver, Terry Grant, said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the
edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”

The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948 to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.
#LandRover70years

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Travel News, Travel Trends

Top 10 Reasons to Beat the Heat this Summer at Modhesh World!

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Looking for ways to keep the family entertained this summer without breaking the bank?


Modhesh World is the place to be! Back for its 19th year, Modhesh welcomes families with children to a world packed with exciting and action-packed fun for all ages. Here are our top 10 favorite things about Modhesh World:

1- Cost-friendly for the whole family all summer long!

With a general admission of AED25, these are prices you just can’t beat!

Children under 3, senior citizens and people of determination are welcome free of charge. And if you’re looking for a fun weekday adventure, Sundays are the best! Kids aged 4-10 can enter for free every Sunday from 24 June until 19 August 2018! Games and F&B offerings are not included in this offer. Prior registration by parents is required via the Modhesh World website and a confirmation email must be presented at the entrance and an Emirates ID may be requested

Or take up a Happy Pass for only AED199 on weekdays from 10am to 2pm and enjoy entrance and unlimited play!

Valid before Eid Al Adha. **T&Cs apply

2. Easily accessible by metro and the road

Located in the modern Dubai World Trade Centre, it is an easy two-minute walk from the Dubai World Trade Centre Metro station and taxis are also available from the DWTC taxi rank located just outside the station.

The venue is situated at the beginning of Sheikh Zayed Road and is easily accessible by road coming from either the Dubai or Abu Dhabi direction. Valet parking and paid parking is available onsite – making visiting by the car a breeze.

3. Edutainment at its finest

With a range of education-based activation by various government departments, Modhesh World encourages youth to learn while they play!

4. There’s something for everyone!

There’s plenty to experience for the young and the young-at-heart! Specially geared towards teens and those looking for both classic cool entertainment and high-tech attractions, check out the gaming zones and hone your gaming skills, while enjoying virtual escapades escape rooms, ice skating, dedicated drone games, and more!

5. Meet your favorite characters!

Daily parades at Show Town open up a colorful world of fairy tales, action, and enjoyment for children of all ages! Little ones can head to the Entertainment Stage for lively entertainment and daily shows for a chance to meet and greet your favorite fairy tale characters including mermaids, Hello Kitty, and of course, Dubai’s most beloved mascot, Modhesh!

While the little ones get to meet Modhesh, older kids and families can enjoy daily circus parades and a street dance-themed circus show promising height-defying acrobatic moves by 10 dancers!

6. Bag a bargain

The best thing about The Bazaar in Hall 8, is that it’s free to enter! Explore a selection of special offers on products and retail goods from a range of brands and homegrown labels.

Dubai’s favorite fast-fashion retailer, Splash is also displaying their trendy summer line and offering a unique denim customization station!

There’s something for everyone, including gifts, fashion, and of course, Modhesh merchandise!

7. All the funfair food and feasts

If you’ve tired yourself out from all the shopping and playing, there’s plenty of on-site restaurants and cafes where you can refuel and play some more! And kids can enjoy all the fairground faves including popcorn, candyfloss, and more.

8. Beat the heat indoors

Summer in Dubai can limit outdoor activities for young ones. At Modhesh World, they can embark on an indoor adventure at the Amusement Park zone, a full-fledged entertainment arena, with over 150 rides and attractions for children aged three and up. There’s so much to explore! Little ones can enjoy bumper cars and teacup rides, while older adventurers can take on bungee jumps, challenge their skills at Wire World’s rope course and experience the wonder of a 9D cinema.

9. Make a splash indoors

Beat the summer heat at the Amusement Park zone indoors! Tons of water fun and games for all ages!

10. One visit grants you the chance to win big at Modhesh World

Make Modhesh World your go-to summer destination with a chance to win big!

Spend AED300 at Modhesh World to receive a raffle coupon to play Spin the Wheel every Wednesday from 22 June onwards with AED 5,000 of Jumbo Electronics vouchers to be won.

All visitors can also participate in and be in the running to win a GS8 car, sponsored by Gargash Motors. All visitors will be given a ‘Visit and Win’ raffle coupon entitling them an opportunity to enter the raffle. Winners will be announced on 25 August 2018.

Modhesh World, in partnership with DEWA, will run until 25 August and is organized by Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), and forms part of DFRE’s much-awaited annual summer calendar of festivals and celebrations aimed at positioning Dubai as the summer destination of choice.

Time: Modhesh World is open daily from 10 am – 11 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 12 am on weekends

Modhesh World is held at Dubai World Trade Centre, in partnership with DEWA. The summer entertainment activation is also sponsored by Zoom, the mini mart and fashion retailer, Splash, part of the Landmark Group. VLCC is the support partner of the fair. HTC is the official Virtual Reality gaming partner. Gargash Motors is the official car partner of Modhesh World.

For more information on Modhesh World, calendar of events, timings and more, visit visitdubai.com

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Shopping, Style & Shopping, Things To Do, Travel News, Travel Trends

Experience Fun-Filled Family Days At Dubai Summer Surprises 2018

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Exciting six-week program of summer activities sure to keep both residents and tourists entertained at the 21st edition of Dubai Summer Surprises.


Dubai Summer Surprises

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⦁ Citywide outlets offering sales and promotions, Dubai Summer Surprises is the best time to shop in Dubai with discounts and offers available at top global brands.

⦁ Friday’s and Saturdays are the most lucrative times for GCC residents to shop as they benefit from the Weekend Destination initiative.

⦁ Bargain hunters have six weeks to take advantage of fantastic retail offerings including daily surprises, a final weekend sale and numerous raffles and prize draws.

⦁ Dubai has a great range of events, activities and entertainment options throughout the summer for the whole community, including indoor theme parks, events, and attractions.

⦁ Deal of the Day (DOTD) will offer people an incredible shopping deal every day throughout DSS, starting on 23 June and finishing on 1 August. To be announced 24 hours in advance.

Dubai Pass

⦁ Dubai invites you to explore all that’s possible with the newly launched Dubai Pass, which provides up to 60% off savings and free access to 33 attractions city-wide.

⦁ The Dubai Pass is the ultimate way to make great savings on Dubai’s top attractions during summer.

Weekend Destination

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⦁ The Weekend Destination initiative will see a different mall offering a full weekend of surprises, roaming entertainment and promotions each weekend.

⦁ Taking place at a different shopping area each week, people will get the chance to shop till they drop with extended opening hours at the participating Weekend Destination mall.

Modhesh World

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⦁ Celebrating its 19th year running, Modhesh World captures the imagination of young and old alike with its thrilling rides, futuristic attractions and live shows.

⦁ As one of the region’s largest indoor entertainment hubs, Modhesh World is packed with family-friendly fun and incredible events designed to keep everyone happy this summer.

⦁ Located at World Trade Centre Dubai, there’s over 150 rides and attractions, including international acts, including stage shows and roaming parades.

⦁ Modhesh World is open from 7 June to 25 August 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Timings are 10 am until 11 pm on weekdays and 10 am to midnight on weekends. The entrance fee is AED25 for kids and adults, with free entry for kids under three years of age, senior citizens and people of determination.

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Fashion Trends, Shop In Jeddah, Shop In Riyadh, Style & Shopping

Monki’s Coming!

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Two new Monki stores to open in Saudi.


This August, Monki will make its debut in Saudi with new stores in two prime locations for culture and fashion: the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah and the Riyadh Park Mall, Riyadh.app002prod

 “For Monki’s debut in Saudi Arabia, we have continued the storytelling quality that connects all of our stores worldwide,” says Catharina Frankander, Head of Store Concept for Monki. “Unexpected materials, shapes, and bursts of color will offer the customer a truly immersive shopping experience.”

Both stores will adopt the Monki World concept, leading customers into an imaginary universe that has inspired over 115 stores. With its fitting rooms decorated across a spectrum of rainbow colors, Sea of Scallops tables, shimmering features, and exclusive Monki World façadea, the spaces will offer the full story-telling experience. Bringing its unique blend of Scandi-cool and Asian street style, Monki’s design team has stayed on the pulse of interesting trends and personal inspiration since 2006. At the core of the Swedish fashion brand’s aim is to empower young women everywhere to express and feel great about themselves.ghj

Monki looks forward to extending its #monkistyle with a new audience of stylish Saudi customers.

Monki is a storytelling brand offering great fashion at a competitive price, aiming to be kind to the world and empowering the young women in it. Over 115 concept stores offer the Monki experience in 15 markets, including franchise markets. Monki was founded in Sweden in 2006 and is a freestanding brand in the H&M group.

Web: monki.com
Facebook: Monki
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