Foodie Corner, Offbeat

The Brewing Thoughts Of A Barista


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


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


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


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.


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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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.

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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


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

Experience Fun-Filled Family Days At Dubai Summer Surprises 2018


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


⦁ 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


⦁ 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


⦁ 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.


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

Monki’s Coming!


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.

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Souk Okaz, A Must Visit Ancient Cultural Fest and Market


Souk Okaz is a significant national event, where the historical significance of Saudi is retrieved. 

The Souk Okaz festival, located just outside the city of Taif in the Makkah region, opened its doors on Wednesday, June 27 for more than two weeks of presentations, arts and craft exhibits and literary readings. The 12th modern edition of the ancient gathering is said to take on additional significance as it marks the launch of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) strategic campaign to publicise and grow the Kingdom’s tourism sector. Events geared to various Saudi tourism destinations are scheduled throughout the 17-day event and will kickstart the broader tourism campaign.


The Souk Okaz festival is organized by SCTH in cooperation with a number of governmental bodies and is under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. It is expected to draw more than two million tourists annually.

SCTH Chairman Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has said that this year’s version will be exceptional in the number and diversity of activities and the number of outstanding participation.souk-okaz-5

“Souk Okaz is a significant national event, where we retrieve the historical significance of this country. This event that is relived is one of the important moments in this country’s history as well as the history of Islam, and one of the vital aspects that attracted economic prosperity to the region,” Prince Sultan said.


Harking back to its roots as a meeting place for discussion, storytelling, and trade as far back as the stone age, Souk Okaz’s identity is infused with the literary traditions of the region. This year’s schedule includes presentations of stories from the lives of ancient Arabia’s legendary Arab poets such as Tarafa bin Al-Abd, Amr bin Kalthoum, Al A’sha, Qais bin Sa’eda, and Zuhair bin Abi Salma. Recognising the profound importance of literature in contemporary Saudi Arabia, Souk Okaz will also host some 15 competitions for poets and writers with the aim of nurturing literary creativity and talent.

Among the competitions are the Okaz International Poetry Award for Standard Arabic language poetry (Okaz Poet), Okaz International Handicraft Award, Okaz Creativity Award, Okaz Photography Award, Young Okaz Poet Award, Okaz Folklore Art Award, Okaz Children Folk Art Award, Okaz Theatrics and Creativity Award, Okaz Fine Arts Award, and Okaz Entrepreneurship Award.


Last year, Souk Okaz introduced a programme called Narrator’s Tent which featured six narrators from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and four from Saudi Arabia recounting important historical events around the Arabian Peninsula. The Tent attracted more than 500,000 visitors.souk-okaz-9

SCTH’s research into the history of Souk Okaz triggered valuable archaeological discoveries that indicated that the souk had been an event as far back as the Stone Age and that it was an important forum in the history of Arabs before the advent of Islam. In ancient times, it was more than a cultural and trade fair, serving as a point of social and political gatherings for the people of the region, SCTH said.


The ancient souk was a cultural platform where sheikhs met their tribes, initiated agreements and exchanged prisoners. It would provide opportunities for reconciliation, declaration of alliances and ending hostilities. It was also known for horse racing and fencing and was a large commercial market visited by traders coming from Syria, Persia and Yemen, among other countries, and a forum where titles were given to poets, knights and tribes.

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Events & Happenings

What’s up Riyadh?


Well, well, we are finally back with our The How, Where, What of Riyadh for the Week”.

And the good news is that some exciting events have rolled into town! Here’s what to look out for this week in Riyadh (June 26-30)

Who’s Bad (The Ultimate Micheal Jackson Concert Experience)


For the music enthusiasts out there, your Thursday just got a whole lot more interesting!

Happening on the 29th of June, fans of the late King of Pop unite to witness the world’s longest running tribute to Micheal Jackson.

Get the details here: The Ultimate Micheal Jackson Concert Experience

Hollywood Circus


A month-long treat that covers all of the fun circus activities enjoy the shows and performance and your favorite snacks from the 15th of June till the 14th of July, this event is bound to provide endless fun for all the members of the family.

Get the details here: Hollywood Circus

Moscow Stadium

screen-shot-1439-10-13-at-11-09-49-amYou’ll find a ton of sports activities for your little ones here at Riyadh’s very own world cup. The event offers activities from football to archery and much more.

Get the details here: Moscow Stadium

Ayed’s Concert

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Happening at the Ritz Carlton, Luxury Events will be featuring upcoming artist Ayed to provide you with a night filled with auditory treats, grab that one friend and head out to enjoy!

Get the details here: Ayed’s Concert

New Do in the City

Magic Circuit- Riyadh Park’s Indoor Go-Kart


Right beside the Vox cinemas, this new go-karting circuit is small but does the job. It’s already quite a hit among the crowd and it’s open for both men and women (providing you meet the height requirement). It’s a great alternative to the outdoor track at Dirab Motorsports especially if you just want to have a quick adrenaline rush. The last time we watched, women were at the top of the leaderboard (woohoo!).

Price: 50 SR per player
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Fitness, Health Activities

Places to Learn Aerial Yoga in Riyadh

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By Areej Sejiny

If you enjoy yoga and want to take it to another level, Aariel yoga is for you!

So what is Aerial yoga?

It’s an anti-gravity yoga that uses a hammock, which is a fabric that looks like a long sling that hangs from the ceiling to help to do various yoga poses mid-air. You can do simple yoga poses while having the fabric support your entire body, or do more complicated poses while hanging upside down with the fabric supporting you only by your feet!


Aerial yoga has many benefits like improving flexibility and helps heal back problems since you can move more freely and hang upside down which helps relieve stress in your spine and muscles.

No idea how you will actually do it?


Here are the two well-known fitness centers that offer Aerial yoga:

  • Spectrum for Woman
    It offers Ariel yoga classes for both kids and adults.

Location:  Olaya | Ghadeer | Qurtoba
Tel: +966-11-216-5522

Instagram: spectrum4women

  • Al Manahil Ladies Center
    This place offers aerial yoga along with a number of best services at one place.

Location: Dareen St, Al Safarat
Tell: +966-11-488-1069
Instagram: al_manahil



Women Hit the Streets & Drive into History Books


Ready, steady, it’s finally happening!

Not even waiting for daybreak today, women in Saudi took the wheel in the early hours past midnight, driving in cities across the Kingdom.

As the clock ticked past midnight earlier, scores of women drivers, armed with their new Saudi driving licenses, drove along busy Tahlia and other streets in the capital Riyadh.
The long-awaited shift in policy means that millions of women will have the right to get behind the wheel. According to the General Department of Traffic’s Director, Major General Mohammed Al Bassami, all preparations for women in Saudi Arabia to start driving have been completed.

The historic decision in September 2017 by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to allow women to drive starting today, June 24 has won praise around the world. The decision is in line with the Vision 2030 blueprint for the future, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Women’s empowerment is an important element in Vision 2030 and the future of Saudi Arabia. Women’s leadership is one of the most important elements allowing them to become a key element in Saudi social and economic life.

Scores of women took driving lessons at a number of driving schools around the Kingdom, including Princess Noura University in Riyadh. Over the weekend, a number of community-oriented events in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, and Tabuk took place as part of several events being held in the lead-up to the lifting of the ban on women driving. The events, held with the participation of government and civic organizations, aimed to raise awareness of safe driving habits and how best to use the road safely, and provide an introduction to traffic laws. The events are under the supervision of the General Department of Traffic.

A ceremony honoring 40 new female graduates trained for traffic accident investigation and management took place June 21 in Riyadh. The Saudi General Directorate of Traffic and Najm Insurance Services celebrated the graduation of the first class of women investigators in the lead-up to women taking the wheel.



Style & Shopping

Herfah By Naeema


Dancing to the beat of our own drum.

The Fashion Brand with a Cause has launched its Spring/Ramadan ’18 Collection.

Herfah by Naeema is bringing Saudi luxury to the world through ethically made contemporary designs that celebrate culture, preserve heritage, and transcend time. As a brand we are committed to celebrating the craftsmanship of our region through working with skilled female artisans. These artisans use traditional weaving and embroidery techniques that have been practiced for generations. We want to see this knowledge, craftsmanship, and heritage live on throughout our region and beyond.

The release of Saudi Arabian RTW label, Herfah by Naeema’s RTW Spring/Ramadan ‘18 Collection celebrates how culture influences us and inspires individual creativity. The campaign highlights artists including dancers, oud players and visual artists from across the Middle East, demonstrating that there are many different ways to express your individuality and culture.

Featuring stunning elegant lines embellished with traditional Saudi handwoven sadu, the collection explores the balance of traditional heritage and modern luxury design. Flowing fabrics in dusty pink, white, beige and contrasting reds exude beauty and effortlessness. Sustainability has been considered at every stage of the design process, incorporating dead stock fabrics, a slow fashion philosophy and fair trade detailing into a versatile and modern collection. Each design tells a beautiful story.