6 Forums Towards A New Digital Era In the Kingdom


The Kingdom’s largest technology gathering is back for its 8th edition on December 10-11 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

For the second consecutive year, Arabnet will host 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students, a showcase of 300+ startups, and bring together 250+ experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics in 6 forums:

Inspire Saudi

According to Arabnet Business Intelligence, more than $950M were invested in MENA tech startups in 2018. Inspire Saudi will gather key regional investors, government leaders and successful startups to highlight the changing tech landscape and emerging trends and opportunities. It will also feature investors from around the world highlighting the latest trends in the global technology sector.


Regional funding to fintech companies hit over $250M between 2012-2018, according to Arabnet Business Intelligence, and based on KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech, global fintech funding reached $111.8B end of 2018.

Technology has been deeply impacting financial services, urging banks to adopt new strategies to stay innovative, and to partner with fintech startups to develop and deliver new service offerings.

Finverse will explore trends in fintech, rise of challenger banks and cutting-edge technologies that are transforming the customer journey, as well as the next wave of innovation in digital payments. It will also dive into some of the strategies that regional banks are creating to compete in the digital banking era.


While advertising campaigns are increasingly powered by data whether brand-collected, agency, or third-party, technology in marketing has become critical in targeting, reaching and engaging consumers – and driving sales.

Not only are brands affected through advertising and marketing, but so are streaming platforms facing the real challenge in keeping the crown above their heads.

Voice technology, on the other hand, is on the rise and has been for a while. Machine learning has come hand in hand with voice recognition and AI, to create the ultimate robot friend. Current predictions indicate that by 2020, 50% of all searches will be carried out via voice, forming an opportunity for brands to become part of the conversation in the new “voice-search-to-purchase” consumer journey.

The Ad/Edge tackles how brands, agencies, and publishers are adapting their strategies to keep up with cutting-edge technologies, consumer behaviors, and the structural changes that are reshaping the industry as a result.

CIO Forum

Technology has remarkable effects on business operations. Technological infrastructure affects the culture, efficiency, and relationships of a business.

Arabnet Riyadh 2019 will host an exclusive half-day session for CIOs, CTOs, and senior IT decision makers. The session will explore the changing role of the CIO given the increasing strategic importance of tech disruption, digital transformation, and innovation.

Digital Policy Forum

This newly introduced forum is an invitation-only roundtable for senior government leaders focused on digitization, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Policy makers will share insights and best practices, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Investor Summit

Another invitation only forum, this one-day summit focuses exclusively on tech investors, from angels to growth capital. The Investor Summit will feature master classes, investor matching, connections with LPs, and interactive discussion sessions.

Register and secure your spot so you won’t miss out on this experience!


The Kingdom’s Largest Technology Event Returns in Riyadh for its 8th Edition


The Kingdom’s largest technology gathering is back for its 8th edition on December 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

For the second consecutive year, Arabnet will feature two events taking place simultaneously under one roof: Arabnet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Inspire Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students.

The two concurrent events will bring together 250+ experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics: Inspire Saudi for startups and investors, Ad/Edge for digital media and advertising, Finverse for digital banking and fintech, Digital Policy Forum for senior government leaders, CIO Forum for CIOs, CTOs and senior IT decision-makers, and Investor Summit for Investors.

The event will also bring together 300+ exhibiting startups in the largest tech entrepreneurship showcase to take place in the Kingdom and the region, alongside more than 150 investors representing more than $1B in the capital for startups seeking investment.

This year’s program is also decked out with various initiatives and activations bringing together inspirational and successful leaders and entrepreneurs through The Academy, workshops on entrepreneurship, marketing, and e-commerce; Women Mentoring Women, bringing regional women leaders to mentor ladies who are just starting out; Investor Lounge, a series of one-on-one meetings between startups and top business executives; Sawalif Riyadiya, gathering successful GCC founders to share their journey and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs; Future Zones & Stage, showcasing the future of industries; and Arabnet’s long-running competitions: Ideathon and Startup Battle.

During the Startup Battle, entrepreneurs will present their startups in front of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals. The top 3 startups will get to compete against the best in the region at the Startup Championship. Apply before October 31st for a chance to battle it out!

Ideathon is the go-to destination for your brilliant ideas. The best regional entrepreneurs will get to showcase their great ideas in front of an enthusiastic crowd of investors, incubators, and media and digital professionals for a chance to win a $5K prize. Submit your idea before October 31st for a chance to pitch on stage at Arabnet Riyadh.

To learn more, go to arabnet-riyadh


Applications Done Right with YOUni

Jad Abdul Jawad (right) with his good friend Daniel Izu

Meet Jad Abdul Jawad, a chemical engineering student at Stanford University who grew up in Jeddah and went to BISJ. Jad formulated a startup which seeks to empower and help students from Saudi apply to international universities.

Here’s his story behind the initiative:

Tell us about the startup and the idea behind it?

Applying to universities in the U.S as an international student is played out to seem like an intimidating task. However, going through the process myself I realized that it really didn’t need to be. Like any system, there are flaws. Flaws which most people don’t choose to exploit making the application process seem much more daunting than it truly is. Flaws which international students should take advantage of especially when admission rates continue to hit all-time lows.

Do you know what sucks though? (sic) That I’ve seen countless people seek help but end up getting discouraged because they get 50 different answers for the same question. Why? Because international students should, and are handled differently. Most services and people neglect the global experience that one needs to help them. This is evident through the huge gap between the US and international college services. A gap that really needs to be addressed: Firstly to encourage students to feel confident enough to apply to elite schools. Secondly, to dispel much of the myths and worries that people have been misguided to believe. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen friends applying to the US getting mislead by counselors, teachers and other services.

I want to believe that I went through the process, so others don’t have to. Empowering students, especially in Saudi Arabia, to compete on the world stage is what further education is about. Most schools will teach you the same things, but the people you surround yourself with influence you much more than we’d like to think, why wouldn’t I want my hometown to send its youth to the most progressive, forward-thinking universities?

So what led you here?

I applied to 23 US universities. I learned the trade the hard way from creating a theme for my app to dealing with alumni interviews. I went through it all. Bad advice, good advice. I’ve heard it all. I took what worked and made sense and compiled it into a system to give students their best chance at getting admitted. The lack of consolidated information in the international industry and number of misguided people is what essentially motivates this project. This, coupled with the fact that admissions rates keep decreasing every year makes me almost certain that many students are undervaluing their potential – removing themselves from the opportunity to take advantage of their untapped reservoirs.

Why now? 

Ever since junior year (IB1) I wanted to do something about it. But I never saw it as a need, up until now. I wanted to create a painkiller, something that people needed. Not just something you take on the side like vitamins. My time at Stanford and away from home has made me realize that as a nation we could represent ourselves much better than we have already – a call I am passionate about.

Did you start the venture alone?

I started this venture alone, at the notorious Coupa Café outside Green Library on campus. I started servicing students near the area first. Talked to multiple admission officers. Read my OWN admissions file and the reasons why I got in. This past year has been a successful pilot. One with many difficulties but fulfilling, nonetheless. In this pilot, I formed partners with key individuals in Nigeria, Lebanon, and of course Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Although it may have started alone, this is far from an individual project but rather multiple teams situated in strategic locations.

What was the hardest part in the growing stages of the startup?

The hardest part of the startup was deciding what tips and advice were based on fact, and which are based on opinion. I wanted to ensure that when we created our formula for international students, nothing we would suggest would come from speculation or belief. Reducing the waffle around admissions is one of our goals so we needed to ensure we were robust at the core. This involves months of research and rewriting the startups manual consistently. Talking to multiple admissions officers, parents and teachers to pinpoint the exact problem. Of course, as we grew the main challenge was to get people to believe in the philosophy we created. Naturally, we had no track record and therefore no credibility. Building trust was vital and I spent most my time ensuring that there was a clear understanding of the wants, needs, and expectation of every client.

What steps have you taken to develop a significant audience?

We are tailoring our services to specific types of people. That is what is working so we keep on doing it! In this industry, results are the only thing that matters. Not a fancy website or a clear-cut formula to get into your “dream school”. That’s what we aimed for in this first year. With our service, we have had students get accepted into Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton as well as other top tier universities! Now that we know our system works, our audience continues to grow. This has helped us deal with the credibility issue we faced earlier since now we have raw results, which can attest to the validity of the system we created.

How can students access the services?

As of now, we’re in the final stages of creating our website. Over here there is a myriad of different services which all begins with a free consultation. These consultations have two outcomes. We either suggest the correct type of service you need depending on where you are in the application process or refer you to proofreading services. This ensures that you won’t be taxing your time and money for things you don’t need! 

The best way to contact us is through youniprep.com or texting/calling/Whatsapp +1 909 551 9381. Through this, Skype and one on one meetings are arranged.


By Deena Dakhiel

Spending the summer in Jeddah but not sure what to do? Destination’s got you covered!

This summer, Jeddah has had the privilege of hosting Jeddah Season! So much has been going on in the city that it’s almost difficult to keep up. Along with the season activities, the locals are keeping busy with so much more the city has to offer this summer. 

Event of the Week

Durrah 2 Beach Festival 

Enjoy the local rap scene for an eventful night at Durrah! Show your support for local talents who have been in the game for a long time. This festival is about to be lit! 

Showtime: 8:00 PM 

Date: July 19

Tickets: ticketingboxoffice

Venue: Durrah Beach 2

Must-See Movie


Up for some cinematic relief? We highly recommend Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man has been a fan favorite ever since the first Peter Parker emerged on the big screen in 2002. This action-packed film is great for all ages, so enjoy and don’t forget to stay after the credits! Check out the website to find available timings here at Vox.

Restaurant of the week



If you are in an off mood and really want an overall flawless experience, this is the place to be. The menu has a wide variety of incredibly tasty food. We recommend the Chef’s salad, the succulent chicken espetada with fries, and cheese Kofta. Have fun, and you can thank us later.  

Instagram: chef.steakhouse

Phone: +966 535244448

Location: Corniche Rd., Ash Shati Dist.

Where to Go

Narcissus Resort & Spa Obhur


Take a break from everyday life and head over to Narcissus for a weekend getaway by the Red Sea. This 5-star beachfront resort offers indoor and outdoor pools, dining, and a luxury spa. Treat yourself and indulge in all they have to offer.

Instagram: narcissushotel

Location: Amir Faisal Rd, Obhur Al-Shamaliyah



Destination #TGIT: What’s Going On, Riyadh?


Hello Riyadhis!

Here are your updates for the weekend and the upcoming week, of what’s happening in Riyadh.

Must See Movie at the Cinema:

The Lion King


The wait is finally over! Head over to your nearest cinema to watch The Lion King, a remake of what may just be Disney’s most beloved classic. Watching it will be a well-welcome trip down memory lane. Check out which timings suit you best here: 

Showtimes: ksa.voxcinemas | amccinemas

Must-Visit Restaurant:

The Mango Box


With the summer heat at its peak, there’s no better way to cool down than with a fresh, frozen dessert. Salt’s The Mango Box offers you just that. Choose a treat from a mango-inspired menu that will refresh you during these hot summer days!

Location: AlRaidah Digital City, Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz AlAwwal

Instagram: findsalt

Things to Do:

Donate Blood 


Donating blood is a small gesture that plays a big role in saving lives. Dur Hospitality will be hosting a blood drive on the 25th of July. Try to make it there, and encourage your friends and family to attend too! 

Date and time: 25th of July, 9.00 AM – 3.00 PM

Location: Dur Hospitality Company, Abdullah Alsahmi St, Al Safarat

Email: Athar@dur.sa



An Immersive Theater Experience at Bait Al Dahaleezi


There’s been a murder in the house of Al Dahaleezi family and things are not what they seem and everyone in Al-Balad is a suspect. 

Welcome to BAIT AL DAHALEEZI, an immersive theater where the audience is part of the performance, stuck in a strange world where mysterious things keep happening. 

The Jeddah Season Festival visitors have been offered an unworldly tour to the first of its kind immersive theater experience in Al-Balad where they are summoned to the Bait Al Jamjoom to solve a mysterious murder.


Bait Al Jamjoom in Al-Balad is a 200-year-old house and UNESCO heritage site that’s a perfect spot to create the fictional Hijazi family with a mysterious past.

The story of Bait Al Dahaleezi has been developed by Al-Balad’s cultural historian and writer, Dr. Lamia Al Baeshin who debuted as a scriptwriter for this project. The hardest part she says was to craft the script in a way that it suited the venue. Eventually, she had a map of the house and started writing the script with the house in mind, but when the actors showed up for rehearsals, it got difficult to coordinate. They had to synchronize the entire play and fix the loose ends. The production design was put together by the renowned interior designer and board member of the Saudi Art Council Nawaf Alnassar. The costumes for the crew were designed by Arwa A. Abdulatif and the direction is brilliantly executed by the award-winning Saudi-born American Todd Albert Nims.

The dramatic artistic work of the Hijazi tradition was managed by Shahad Alhazmi, the theatrical track manager of Sidra Event Management. The cast consists of local talents who have previously performed in cafes and have never acted before in any play. They were given training for over two months with a professional acting coach from Italy, Dr. Qassim. The results have been spectacular and you have to see it for yourself.

By promoting local tales and folklore, Bait Al Dahaleezi is providing not only a local platform for local talents to be acknowledged, but it’s also joining the chorus of this new wave of interactive theatre

After being held in New York and London, immersive theater experience is on the rise in the Kingdom and Bait Al Dahleezi is giving the audience this one of a kind experience. According to Todd, every strong creative ecosystem needs theater and it’s the most human form of expression.  “Theater forms life long bonds, provides writers and directors a way to physically interact with their creations and constantly tinker with them,” says Todd

Regarding working with the creative team, Todd says that he’s so thankful to work with all the local creatives on this project. Specifically, Nawaf Al Nassar and Dr. Lamia Baishin.  They both were with Todd from the beginning and we bounced between the writing and interior design to develop this immersive experience in an organic, beautiful way. The Bait Al Dahaleezi team are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Sidra Event Management, and Jeddah Season for making the idea behind Bait Al Dahaleezi come into existence and for their support on this project. 

Enter an atmosphere filled with a colorful cast of characters that will frighten and delight. Test your courage and wits. Will you unravel the mystery of the abandoned house?

For the House Rules at Bait Al Dahaleezi, click:  House Rules


Top Fifty Things to Do During Summer


By Khadija Maryam

Staying in Saudi this summer? Here’s a list of fifty things you can do!


  1. Go horse-back riding!

Photo Credits: alfrosia

Photo Credits: alfrosia

It’s almost too easy to neglect our need for fresh air and exercise during long summer days. Horse riding combines both to give you an activity that is both fun and challenging.

Dirab Golf and Country Club
Website: dirabgolf.com

Royalty Equestrian Club
Website: alfrosia.com

  1. Visit Diriyah, Riyadh

Photo Credits: Sauditourism.sa

Photo Credits: Sauditourism.sa

Diriyah is the site of the first Saudi state, and stretches more than two centuries back. Visitors can have firsthand experience of the history of the area by wondering through the old alleyways past the mudbrick structures.

Location: Ad-Diryah

  1. Go quad biking


The sand dunes in Saudi Arabia are best experienced through quad biking. Quad bikes can usually be found near the dunes, and are available to be rented out for hours at a time.


  1. Spend the day at the beach


There’s no questioning it- beach days are the best cure for long summer days. If you have the chance to do so, add a full day at the beach into your schedule! It’s a win for anyone of any age, no matter how hot it is outside.

Silvers Sands Beach
Website: silversandsbeachclub.com

Half Moon Bay
Location: Half Moon Beach, Al Khobar, Dhahran

  1. Go on a picnic

While it is hot outside, anyone who has a tendency to wake up early and the desire (and courage!) to venture outdoors can pack breakfast and picnic outside before the summer heat truly hits. This also gives you the opportunity to watch the sunrise, something you wouldn’t normally have the chance to see on a regular day.

  1. Go scuba diving in the Red Sea


View marine life in the Red Sea from a different perspective by going scuba diving. Scuba diving allows you to respectfully interact with sea creatures, and gives you the ability to understand how fragile their ecosystem is.

  1. Take a trip to the Edge of the World


The Edge of the World, as many call it, is a desert trek along the Tuwaiq escarpment that offers multiple opportunities for hikers. The views from the ‘edge’ are quite beautiful, and worth the hike there!

Location: Shoib AlKhumrah Rd, Riyadh

  1. Have fun at a theme park


Theme parks offer a timeless form of entertainment for kids and grownups alike. Some theme parks may offer ice skating, a bonus when taking into consideration the summer heat.

AlHokair Land
Location: Eastern Ring Rd, AlHamra

AlShallal Theme Park
Website: alshallal.com.sa
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ELDckxTSko7qKtAZ7

Cobra Amusement Park
Location: Al Basatin

  1. Visit the new Jeddah waterfront
Sourced Photos

Sourced Photos

Take an evening stroll along the corniche to give yourself a dose of fresh air and a nice change of scenery. There are also many options if you choose to stay for dinner, including many restaurants and cafes.


  1. Go to the movies


Visit the cinemas to catch up on exciting new movie releases. You can choose from a variety of options, from fast-paced action movies to nostalgic animated ones like Toy Story 4.

Website: ksa.voxcinemas.com

  1. Book an Escape Room


Participate in a real-life, interactive puzzle with a group of friends and exercise your ability to problem-solve and escape a room in thirty minutes!

Riyadh and Khobar
Escape the Room
Website: escapetheroomsa

Novus Escape Room
Website: novusescaperoom

  1. Go Bowling


Bowling gives you the opportunity to have fun indoors with friends and family, far away from the relentless desert heat.

Universal Bowling Center (UBC)
Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Rd, Ar Rafiah

Jeddah Lanes Bowling Center
LocationAl-Madinah Al-Munawarah Rd, Al-Hamra’a

Action Zone
Location: Abdullah Fuad, 3rd Floor Al Othaim Mall

  1. Treat yourself to a day at the spa


A big part of summer is giving yourself the chance to de-stress. A good way to do this is to gift yourself with a day at a spa, tailored to your own preferences.

Hot Stone Spa
Website: hotstone-spa.com

Website: oriana-sa.com/en

For more recommendations of our favorite spas in the Kingdom, check out  Spa Retreats in Saudi Arabia

  1. Spend some time at Bounce


Not interested in going to the gym? The Bounce trampoline park offers a different way to reach your daily exercise goals while keeping yourself entertained.

Website: bounce.sa

  1. Have fun with virtual reality


Experience a different world by playing virtual reality games at Zero Latency. Gather your friends and family members and take part in different games that seem real but are really the result of immersive technology. Zero Latency is open in Riyadh.

Instagram: zerolatencyme

  1. Visit a library


For anyone wishing to spend a quiet afternoon studying for summer classes or doing some research, libraries offer both a peaceful atmosphere and a multitude of resources.

King Fahad National Library
Website: kfnl.gov.sa
Location: King Fahd Rd

King Fahad Public Library
Location: Prince Majid Rd 

Location8386 Ring Rd, Gharb Al Dhahran

Learn something new:

  1. Exercise your creativity!


You can start up your own art projects, or register for arts and crafts workshops if you feel like you’d like more guidance and the opportunity to socialize with people of similar interests. Curio Workshops offer online workshops in a variety of art forms, such as digital art and acrylic painting.

Instagram: curioworkshops
Also, check out the amazing workshops by the Little Souq

  1. Set reading goals

Make a summer book list and try to achieve it with a friend. New releases can usually be found at Jarir Bookstore or Virgin Megastore.

  1. Learn new culinary skills


Tired of trying to learn how to cook new foods from YouTube videos? Try taking part in a culinary workshop to develop your skills and learn new ones.

Website: blendculinary.com
Instagram: blend_culinary

Yalla Cook
Website: spoonfed.me
Instagram: yallacook

Nice Academy
Instagram: nice_academy

  1. Learn a new language

Learning a new language is both fun and useful. It is challenging, yes, but isn’t that just what you need to rid yourself of the monotony that summer can sometimes bring about?

Jeddah, Riyadh, and Khobar
The Alliance Francaise
Website: af-ksa.com

  1. Take a Grow in Pots workshop


Why not learn to grow your own food? Practice your gardening skills with the Grow in Pots workshop, every Monday and Wednesday from 9.30 till 11.30 at Ennessi Farms, Riyadh.

Website: ennessifarm.com
Location: Ad-Diriyah

  1. Take dance classes


Train in a variety of dance classes that include ballet, pointe, and tap dancing at It’s a chance to improve your flexibility and enjoy yourself in a way that only comes from physical exertion and music.

Website: almanahil.com.sa
Location: Ibn Zahr Street, Al Safarat, Diplomatic Square

  1. Go swimming

One of the best ways to cool off is to jump into a pool. If you don’t have one at home, don’t worry; many locations provides you with the opportunity to go swimming. You can either swim by yourself or take swimming lessons.

Website: almanahil.com.sa
LocationIbn Zahr Street, Al Safarat, Diplomatic Square

Gold’s Gym
Website: ggarabia.com

  1. Volunteer!


Make a contribution to the community by volunteering for organizations that help people or animals, or aid scientific research for diseases like cancer. Even if you only have a small amount of time to invest, you have the ability to make a large impact on society.

Riyadh Shelters
Website: riyadhshelter.org

Riyadh and Jeddah
Zahra Breast Cancer Association
Click on the link to sign up

Take a trip:

  1. Visit Farasan Island


Take a break from the bustle of the city and visit Farasan Island, the biggest of all of the Farasan islands. In addition to pristine beaches and clear waters, this three million year old island is also home to an Ottoman castle, Al-Najdi Palace, and Al-Qassar Village.

  1. Plan a road trip

Photo Credits: Worldhighways

Photo Credits: Worldhighways

While flying has many perks, driving from place to place is a unique experience that truly allows you to get acquainted with an area. Whether it is a two-hour drive to the outskirts of Riyadh or a six hour one to Khobar, the journey there will be a great memory in itself.

  1. Go on spiritual trips to Makkah and Madinah.


Take a break and visit the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Both places have the ability to provide you with a relaxing escape from your daily routine and give you a much needed mental escape.

  1. Ride the cable cars in Taif

Photo Credits: Lifeinsaudiarabia

Photo Credits: Lifeinsaudiarabia

Have a bird’s eye view of the Shafa mountains in Taif by riding the cable cars.  This is not for anyone with a fear of heights!

Location: Alhada Ring Rd, Alhada
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1.30 PM – 8.30 PM

  1. Visit Haql in the Tabuk region


This seaside town offers some of the best beaches and views of the ocean. Haql also has attractions such as coral reefs and the Georgios G. shipwreck, which lies near one of its beaches.

  1. Join a tour group exploring Saudi Arabia


If you’ve ever wanted to explore Saudi Arabia with the guidance of an expert, this one is for you. You can go with a group and get to know new people, or opt to take a solo trip with a guide and experience different places by yourself. One group that offers tours like this is the Masarat Adventure Club.

Instagram: masaratclub
Website: masaratclub.com

  1. Visit Al Wahbah Crater (or Maqlah Tahmiah)


About 200 kilometers from Taif, this volcanic crater is said to have been caused by a meteorite. There is a trail for visitors who want to hike into the crater, but the views from above of the crater and surrounding landscape are quite beautiful too.

Location: AlWahbah, Taif

Go Shopping:

  1. Visit the malls.

Take advantage of the sales season and buy whatever it is you wished you owned throughout the past year! Most cities here have a great selection of malls; it comes down to where you prefer shopping and what stores you look for.

  1. Go produce shopping at an organic market


Organic produce tastes so much better- and is healthier!- than regular produce, and markets are always fun to shop at. Skip your typical grocery store and visit an organic market for your next vegetable haul.

Ennessi Farms (on the first Saturday of every month)
Website: ennessifarm.com
Location: Ad-Diriyah

Instagram: organicaksa

  1. Visit a concept store


Concept stores always offer an interesting variety of items and give you an opportunity to support local businesses and artists. There are many concept stores to be found in Saudi Arabia, each completely different from each other.

You can find out more about the concept stores in your area here: Concept Stores in Saudi

  1. Visit the old souqs


In addition to being a great shopping experience, visiting the old souqs in feels like going on a trip to the past. In addition to collecting interesting purchases, you will also be gaining an interesting experience.



For more information: jeddah.gov.sa

Visit Displays, Events, and Exhibitions:

  1. Attend Jeddah Season


Running till the 20th of July, the Jeddah Season festival brings with it a whole slew of activities and events that caters to just about anyone.

 Website: saudiseasons.sa

Check out the Special Edition of Destination KSA magazine… Your guide to all things Jeddah Season. Get your copy now!

  1. Visit the National Museum, Riyadh


This museum, established in 1991, is part of the King Abdulaziz Historical Center. A visit there is a great way to pass time (indoors!) while also acquainting yourself with new, surprising information about Saudi history and culture.

Website: nationalmuseum.org.sa/
Location: King Faisal Rd, Al Murabba

  1. Visit Nofa Wildlife Park, Riyadh


Ever wondered if you could go on a safari without traveling thousands of miles away? Well, now you can! Nofa Wildlife Park gives you close encounters with animals such as giraffes and cheetahs.

Website: nofaresorts.com
Location: Exit 857, New Mecca Highway

  1. Visit the Fakieh Aquarium, Jeddah


Take a close look at the different marine life forms that exist, both local and international, in this aquarium. The aquarium also has dolphin shows on offer.

Website: fakiehaquarium.com

  1. Stay fit!



While summer often has us lapse into unhealthy habits, it can also be used to train yourself into maintaining an active lifestyle, something you’ll thank yourself for later. Register at your local gym! Popular gym options include Fitness Time and Gold’s Gym.

  1. Visit the Saqr Al-Jazira Aviation Museum, Riyadh


This museum offers a journey through Saudi Arabia’s history with aviation and showcases the technological advancements that have occurred in the aviation sector. It is perfect for anyone with an interest in aircraft, as well as those who enjoy history.

Website: mod.gov.sa
Location: Eastern Ring Rd, King Abdullah St

  1. Visit the Athr Art Gallery, Jeddah


For any art lovers out there, the Athr Art Gallery is a great place to visit. Hosting art pieces by both local and international artists, many of its exhibitions draw inspiration from culture, making each exhibition an educational viewing experience.

Location: Serafi Mega Mall Street, Al Faisaliyyah, 5th Floor, Office Tower

  1. Visit the Scitech Technology Centre, Khobar


Whether or not you have any interest in science and technology, the Scitech Technology Centre is a wonderful place to visit. Its exhibits teach visitors about different scientific theories in interesting and interactive ways.

Website: scitech.sa

  1. Attend La Teatro Circus show, Jeddah


Ever wanted to attend a circus show? Now’s your chance!

Website: le-teatro-circus

  1. Take a walk on the Sky Bridge, Riyadh


See Riyadh from a whole new perspective by walking across a steel structure that overlooks the whole city. Sky Bridge is located at the Kingdom Centre in Riyadh.

Website: kingdomcentre.com.sa

  1. Ride a sight-seeing bus

Photo Credits: getyourguide.com

Photo Credits: getyourguide.com

These double-decker buses take you on all places of interest within the city that they’re located in. It’s a fun experience, even if you’re doing it in the same city you live in.

Website (Riyadh): city-sightseeing.com
Website (Medina)city-sightseeing.com

  1. Visit the World Sites Park, Riyadh


You don’t need to travel to see all those famous landmarks that you’ve always dreamt of seeing in the past! The World Sites Park have on display the minatures of almost every landmark you can think of, from Mount Everest to the Eiffel Tower. It’s wonderful to examine the different structures and see the care that has been put in ensuring every detail is accurate.

Location: 4298 Nasir Ar Rajihi Al Mughrizat


  1. Host your own BBQ bash

The ultimate summer activity, barbequing gives you the chance to meet up with friends and have some fun. You can either make everything from scratch or buy readymade BBQ supplies- whichever option most appeals to you.

Here’s where you can get your BBQ Gear:

Forsan Groceria – Fresh Meats (Riyadh)

A great place providing an entire butchery range
Instagram: forsan_groceria

Backyard Middle East (Khobar)
Perfect hang out for all your barbecue needs; from fresh cut meat to barbecue gear and grills.
Instagram: backyardme | themarketme

  1. Explore your ice cream options


What better way to battle the heat than to indulge in a scoop of ice cream or three? Thankfully, Saudi Arabia has a diverse variety of ice cream options on offer, from Haagen-Dazs to ice cream trucks. Try a new one every day of the summer- no one’s judging!

  1. Have afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton


A particularly fun activity to do with friends, afternoon tea is a unique experience. Indulge in it at the Ritz Carlton in either Jeddah or Riyadh.

Website (Riyadh): chorisia-lounge
Website (Jeddah): karamel-lounge


Traditional Mizmar Dance Show at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season along with showcasing Jeddah’s rich history, art, and cultural heritage also has a variety of entertainment shows.

The local, as well as international artists and musicians, have enthralled visitors since the start of the Season, engaging them with an impressive display of talent and expertise. One such show hosted by local artists is the traditional dance show called “Mizmar”. Named after a popular wind instrument used in the cities of Hijaz, the Mizma Dance Show is a must watch for all. Played during joyous and fun occasions, no celebration is complete without this; hence it is very rare to find a Hijazi who cannot play this traditional flute. This show is a great entertainment activity for visitors of all ages and mainly families who can enjoy the captivating shows daily throughout the season.

You can catch the show near the Hijazi Food Area of Historic Jeddah Season, from 9.30 pm to 11 pm up until the end of the season.

More details on the Season can be found at livehjseason.com


Destination #TGIT: What’s Going On, Riyadh?


By Khadija Mohamed 

We’re providing you this week’s list of places to visit, things to do, and more to give you some weekend inspiration.

Event of the Week:


A night of karaoke to unleash the artist in you and be a part of an event filled with family, food, laughter, and fun!

More infokaraoke-night
Location: Yamamah Park (See map)

Must See Movie at the Cinema:



If you haven’t seen Aladdin yet, get on it! Disney’s live-action remake of this childhood favorite ties together everything we love about the classic animated movie with a great new soundtrack, beautiful costumes, and compelling leads. You can find times that are suitable for you below:

Vox Cinemas Showtime

Restaurant To Try This Weekend:

Kyokusen Sushi Boutique


Are you a fan of Japanese food? Visit Kyokusen Sushi Boutique! This fine-dining Japanese restaurant, located in Riyadh Boulevard, offers a wide selection of Japanese food. The menu offers an array of interesting options, all beautifully plated. Experience it for yourself this weekend!

Location: The Boulevard, Hittin (See map)
Instagram: kyokusen_sushiboutique

Thing To Do This Weekend:

Zero Latency


Transport yourself to a different world with virtual reality games at Zero Latency. Gather your friends and family members and take part in games that will have you believe that you are walking on a different plant or fighting for your survival- all the result of immersive technology.

Location: Salma Centre, 4210 Imam Abdullah Ibn Saud Ibn Abdulaziz Rd, Ash Shuhada (See map)
Instagram: zerolatencyme

Tickets: SAR 150 for an hour-long experience, including a briefing, and are available at the venue or on the website.
Thursday and Friday:  4 pm to 12 pm
Saturday to Wednesday: 3 pm to 11 pm

Person of Interest:

Yara Alnamlah


At only 20 years old, make-up artist Yara Alnamlah has already had a career bright enough to inspire us all. An architecture student at Prince Sultan University, she launched her career on Instagram at the age of 16 and has now gained more than 715.000 followers on the platform. She has also featured in Vogue Arabia and Harper’s Bazaar and worked with royalty and musicians such as Assala Nasri and Nawal Al Kuwaitia. You can see her work on her Instagram account:

Instagram: yara.makeup


Cruz Diez’s Crosswalks at Historic Jeddah Season


The Historic Jeddah Season in association with Saudi Art and Culture has many key activities planned for the season, ranging from art exhibitions to street performances and art installations.

The SAC leads one such intriguing activity called Crosswalks, an art intervention by celebrated artist Carlos Cruz Diez which allows artworks to be integrated into urban spaces. Thus, encouraging people to break away from social conventions and absorb new visual stimuli, whilst experiencing the city in a unique and never-seen-before manner. For this activity, paths within Al Balad district have been recreated using various art elements, allowing members of the public to engage with their environment. The artworks at Crosswalk will be partially complete, with the public being invited to join the artist in completing the rest of the artwork. An intriguing and interesting fact about these artworks is that the colors will constantly change depending on the time of the day or where the passerby stands. This installation reiterates the fact that street art is constantly changing and evolving and there is always an element of surprise. Visitors can be part of this creative artwork at the Yard taking place beside Al Jaffali House, today from 6:00 pm to 11:00 p.m. For those who can’t join, you can still view the artworks till July 18, 2019.

More details on the Season can be found at livehjseason.com