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Driving Force


By Alix Capper-Murdoch

Fiat Chrysler hosts the first all-female test drive to launch Jeep Cherokee.

As the clock struck midnight on 24th June 2018, women throughout Saudi Arabia (and around the world) did victory laps in a show of solidarity and celebration for the abolishment of the ban on female drivers.

Nearly three months later, a group of women from across the GCC, including myself, were invited by Jeep to attend the launch of the new Cherokee SUV in Sicily, this was the first all-female trip of its kind. At the airport, the excitement was electric as 7 women set off to test a car that was designed by Irina Zavatski, one of the world’s most prominent automotive designers.

On arrival, it became clear that this car is going to appeal to both men and women. The family-friendly SUV with its high seating position, visibility, comfort, and underpinnings– no need to worry about getting stuck in sand!

The new Jeep Cherokee is recognizable for its beautiful yet strong styling, and will no doubt become famous for its off-road capabilities, awarded best-in-class with its Jeep Trail Rated capability that set the benchmark for mid-size SUVs. All models in the Middle East have the award-winning 3.2-litre Pentastar V6 engine generating 271 horsepower and 324 Nm. of torque plus best-in-class towing capability of 2,041 kg (4,500 lbs).new-jeep-cherokee_limited-11

On the exterior, the ageless redesign on the front end incorporates the safety-conscious daytime running lights and indicators which float effortlessly above darkened headlamps. New for the 2019 model is a lighter composite boot lid with hands-free power operation for ease of access. Bright and instant LED lights, front and rear, add to the exterior’s safety and come as standard. In total, there are more than 80 available advanced safety and security features. Inside Jeep’s mid-sizer, a sturdy dash contrasts perfectly with the soft furnishings and cream faux leather which covers the seats. There’s plenty of room, and the controls are easy to use – no need to spend hours reading the instruction manual! My favorite interior feature is Jeep’s award-winning Uconnect™ system, which operates the entertainment, navigation, and communications systems. The latest system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the choice of 7.0” or 8.4” touchscreen with pinch-and-zoom capability.

When it comes to safety, many of the best features come as standard, including eight airbags, as Jeep added airbags to protect rear passengers from any sudden side impact. A rearview camera, hill-start assist, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-path detection are also standard for Limited and Trailhawk trims. The optional Technology Group can be purchased to add forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, the lane-departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking.

All in all, every woman on the trip felt well-placed to assess and review a car that is sure to be a regular feature on the roads of Saudi Arabia and beyond.



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Northern Ireland


A beautiful destination for students, businesses, and tourists.

Northern Ireland, a popular destination for Saudis, is an integral part of the UK and is known for having one of the best education systems in Europe. With over 4,000 international students studying at its universities drawn by their strong research base and international partnerships, Northern Ireland is truly a global student destination.

Queen’s is in the top 1% of universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2018) and is part of the Russell Group, an elite group of research-intensive universities, placing it alongside other UK heavyweights Oxford and Cambridge.

Ranked 25th in the world for its global outlook, it is a world leader in food security, global health, cyber security, peace, security, and justice, and has over 250 partner institutions across the world, as well as collaborations with over 3,000

Ulster University is in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research (REF 2014) with four distinct campuses across Northern Ireland.

There are strong links with industry and professional bodies with 94% of graduates in work or further study six months after leaving university (DHLE 2016/17). Ulster has strengths across a number of faculties, it is joint 1st in the UK for Finance (NSS 2015), has the 6th largest business school in Britain and Ireland and in the top 4 for Pharmacy & Pharmacology in the UK (Guardian Universities League Tables 2019). Ulster has also been accredited with Most Improved Student Experience (THE 2016) and has international students from over 100 countries.

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Living Our Best Lives


For an optimal state of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, people turn to Sha Wellness.

Internationally known SHA Wellness Clinic, located in Alicante, Spain, was born from the personal experience of Alfredo Bataller Parietti. He had suffered from many health problems, but recovered through healthy nutrition and natural therapy. He then became committed to sharing this recovery system, and created a project where the wisdom of the ages meets with the latest advances of Western medicine.

The programs offered are aligned with the needs of each individual, in harmony with the environment, to stay at an ideal weight while having great vitality. SHA Wellness started in 2008, offering health solutions through healthy nutrition. Guests are presented with a 360-degree wellness destination, enabling them to immerse in a range of treatments and programs: improving quality of life, slowing down ageing, and preventing illnesses. Personalized programs cover all aspects of health, from anti-smoking and sleep medicines to capillary health, cognitive stimulation, preventive medicine, fitness, dental aesthetics and more. The treatment zone of the venue comprises more than 80 cabins and consultations rooms, with over 35 doctors.sha_cooking-class

Live Well
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the clinic is launching SHA Residences, which is a new way to experience the transformation to optimum health while enjoying spacious residences that care for the environment and those who actively use it.

SHA has studied the relationship between lifestyle and wellness, and worked with experts, architects, and interior designers to create a new concept of spaces where design, materials, and technology actively contribute to an improvement in wellness.
This includes integrating the residences within the natural environment, using sustainable building practices, selecting natural materials and opting for reusable energy and water recycling systems. sha_cognitive-consultation

The residences are divided into three types (Garden, Premier, and Penthouse), including facilities such as fitness rooms, treatment rooms, hammams, and saunas. All the residences also boast spacious gardens and terraces with glass infinity pools, and are situated in the middle of the Sierra Helada Natural Park, home to the main bird reserves in Spain. Guests enjoy a range of treatments, from therapeutic to beauty, exercise training, and healthy cooking classes. They can also request medical, nutritional, psychological, and other appointments in their residences. SHA Wellness Clinic is continually developing to ensure guests of the exquisite and specialist clinic leave with a new energy for life with the optimum outlook on health and well-being. With multiple acclaimed awards, globally and regionally, the clinic stays committed to providing life-changing experiences.



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Andalusia Clinics For Kids Wellness


The first specialized center for kids’ wellness in the Kingdom.

It takes a special program to efficiently meet children’s health and developmental needs, and Andalusia Clinics enjoys the distinction of being the first in the Kingdom and one of the best in the field.

The center specializes in nurturing the emotional, physical, and mental health of these young members of our society, offering programs to control childhood obesity, provide solutions to growth problems, and cater to children with special needs. Andalusia also focuses on the overall wellness and development for kids that have no special issues, whether it is the development of their skills or defining what their inner strengths and talents are; which is followed by extensive work on enhancing those talents to reach the best potential possible for your children.imgl0533-2

Andalusia Clinics’ 6-floor center in Jeddah includes Psychology, Dental, Pediatric, and Neurology clinics, in addition to a sampling lab, and an emergency room. A Speech Therapy clinic, pharmacy, and a BCBA clinic for children with Autism are also all located within the premises, along with a cooking academy, a playground, a gym, and a Greek restaurant that serves healthy, nutritional meals that children love.

At the center, children enjoy exciting and enriching activities designed to ensure they have fun while sharpening important skills and their emotional intelligence, notably a one-month program for children between the ages of 4 and 14. During this time, specialized doctors monitor the children to share their findings with the parents and address their needs. At the end of the program is a Graduation Ceremony that celebrates all the work of the young participants, held exclusively for them. imgl0044

No matter what your child’s age, Andalusia has a program appropriate for them and their interests. Go ahead and visit the center, your kids will love it!

Location: Corner of Sari St. and El Khatib El Tebrizy St., Bawadi Dist., Jeddah
Tel: +966-12-2166677
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Instagram: andalusia.ckw


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A Tale of Two Peaks


Climbing the country’s highest points.

Two American brothers, Matthew and Eric Gilbertson, came to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to climb Jabal Souda (sometimes spelled Sawda) and Jabal Ferwa in an attempt to find the country’s highest point. Their goal was to reach the highest point in Saudi Arabia and to determine which mountain is indeed the tallest. The brothers were assisted in their efforts by the Saudi Climbing Federation, a government organization in charge of supporting the development of climbing in the Kingdom.

Jabal Souda has long been considered the countries tallest mountain, but there had always been some uncertainty as to its actual height, and some measurements showed Jabal Ferwa being taller. Using a sophisticated GPS device, they hoped to be able to put to rest the debate about which mountain was in fact taller.  p8170778-edit

On August 17, they hiked through the rain and fog to the top of Jabal Souda. Upon locating the highest point, they took measurements and found that Jabal Souda is approximately 3007 meters tall. The following day they hiked to the top of Jabal Ferwa where they again took measurements at the highest point. There they were able to determine that Jabal Ferwa is approximately 3009 meters tall, a full two meters taller than Jabal Souda. The device they used was a Trimble Geo 7X, which measured the elevation to an accuracy of less than 30cm, leaving no doubt that Jabal Ferwa is actually the tallest mountain in Saudi Arabia. p8170832-edit

The brothers came to Saudi Arabia as part of their Country High Points project, in which they are attempting to reach the highest point in every country in the world. After this weekend, they have now been to the highest point in 111 countries worldwide. They are both graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with PhDs in Mechanical Engineering. p8181064-edit

They were joined by Majed Alnaji, the Director of Operations for the Saudi Climbing Federation, who organized the trip and helped the brothers obtain their visas. Also participating were Hattan Alasli, a Saudi guide and NOLS trained Wilderness First Responder, Roua Basaad, Albatool Baroom, and Iyad Aldalooj, with Ryan Olson photographing the trip.  p8181076-edit

Jabal Souda and Jabal Ferwa are both part of the As-Sarawat mountain range, located in the Asir region of Saudi Arabia, near Abha. Jabal Souda, which is north west of Abha, is a popular tourist destination with a town near the summit. It has well-established trail and a gondola that can take visitors close to the top. Jabal Ferwa can be found south east of Abha, near the town of Al Harajah. It is far more remote and completely undeveloped, though the hike to the top is relatively short.



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Must-Do In Madinah


Discover the Enlightened City.

Known as “The City of the Prophet” and the second holiest Islamic city after Makkah, Madinah is situated in Central Hejaz, and is a popular destination for tourists looking to explore religion, heritage, and history. If you’re thinking of visiting, here’s a basic checklist.

1- Al Masjid Al Nabawi (The Prophet’s Mosque)
One of the largest mosques in the world, this is a must-visit in Madinah, especially now that it is newly expanded and renovated.

2- Take the train!
The Haramain High Speed Railway is now operational, taking passengers from Jeddah and Makkah straight to Madinah. Ticket fares range between SR63 to SR 125, depending on the station and seat class. Book your tickets online. tq0_5631

3- The Old Bazaar
Take a stroll through Madinah’s popular bazaar to shop for traditional trinkets, spices, jalabiyas, and more.

4- Madinah Eats
Saleeg, foul, manto, and yaghmoush are some of the best Hejazi dishes to try while you’re in town. A popular restaurant is Arabesque, that overlooks Al Masjid Al Nabawi. saleeg_04

5- Take a Tour
A Hop-On Hop-Off bus takes visitors to 12 attractions throughout the holy city. Book your tickets online.madinah-bus



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Hidden Treasures Await


At Dar Al-Madinah Museum.

In Dar Al-Madinah Museum, visitors and researchers can learn about the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Islamic civilization and Madinah’s urban culture.

It is “the first and largest specialized museum of the history and cultural heritage of Madinah and the landmarks of the prophet’s life,” Hassan Taher, executive director.

The museum, which has four main halls, publishes specialized periodicals on Madinah’s history and landmarks, and holds seminars and forums in this field.1w7o2090

The hall on the prophet’s life includes a collection of rare paintings and images of Madinah, and unique collections from Islamic history.

Another hall contains an open courtyard where visitors can enjoy nature and Madinah’s ancient architecture. The museum has “a highly skilled, informed cadre capable of communicating with the public based on documented sources and real scientific references,” Taher said.

The team includes speakers of seven languages, including Arabic, English, Turkish and Urdu, he added.Visitors include Madinah residents, Umrah and Hajj pilgrims, official delegations, families, university students and schools from outside and inside the city, he said. The museum is located on King Abdul Aziz Road in Madinah Knowledge Economic City.

Open from Saturdays -Thursdays
Timings: 9:00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Entry fee: SR 25

For information and reservation please contact us at:


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Lifestyle Developers


Raising the Standards of Living.

Lifestyle Developers is full-service residential and commercial development firm that raises the standards of living. It inspires the young generation by developing innovative sustainable communities for our current and future generations. al-zahra

With their talent and skills combined, they bring to life the core elements of Lifestyle Developers – Design, Quality, Affordability, and Community – ensuring that their residents and tenants can enjoy and indulge in the perks of Lifestyle living in the Kingdom. When it comes to design, they take inspiration from both the past and the future, and combine this with quality and affordability, to maximize the value of each of their developments for their residents and tenants.

Most of all, Lifestyle Developers foster a sense of community, including mixed use projects that emphasize on the concept of live, work, and unwind. They offer facilities that guarantee safety and peace of mind, while completely respecting Arabian culture and tradition. sultan-batterjee-park

Looking for a new, exclusive address? Get one from the various Lifestyle Developers grand properties situated in prime locations around the city of Jeddah, and soon in Riyadh, UAE, Egypt; and begin to live your best life.

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Your family community in the heart of Jeddah.

With its signature outdoor areas and themed gardens, Gardenia allows families to enjoy convenient living in a comfortable space at an affordable price designed especially for families. Situated in the vibrant neighborhood of Al Salamah District in the heart of the city, with direct access to Madinah Road, the residential apartments at Gardenia provides the comfort and safety of a compound, with integrated outdoor facilities that cater to different tastes and needs.

Gardenia is a collaborative project between top Saudi companies as it is owned by Alahli Sedco Residential Development Fund, developed by Sedco Development.grdna-rsd-0039

“The development is designed to meet the needs of small or new families as well as retirees, with three major communities that hold a total of 372 units. Each one has a children’s playground and multi-purpose communal area, and allocated parking spaces with a total capacity of 546 cars, serving both residents and their guests,” according to Mr. Nabeel Bukhari, Wessal’s Sales Director.grdna-rsd-0649

Gardenia boasts above-average, spacious apartments, with 3-bedroom units starting at 163m, and 4-bedroom units starting at 215m. There are also five different layouts available for families interested in 4-bedroom penthouses. grdna-rsd-1369-clean

In addition to 24/7 security, access control and facilities that Gardenia provides, they have designed all outdoor areas to be above ground, ensuring added privacy for its residents. The developers have taken extra care to provide these features that are typically only found in luxury compounds, but at Gardenia’s signature affordable prices. If you’re looking for a residential complex in a convenient location, Gardenia is your spot! It is easily accessible to Jeddah’s main business centers, schools, shopping complexes, restaurants, and sports clubs. Units are now open for viewing and bookings!

Location: 3822 Umar Abdul Jabar St., Salamah Dist., Jeddah
Tel: 920000369
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Saudi X Design: Putting the spotlight on local design talents


At Saudi Design Week 2018, we stumbled upon the most promising emerging designers in the Kingdom. These creative talents are at the forefront of their craft and placing the Saudi design community through their products on the radar.

by Radhwa Kabli

the-chair-by-radhwa_kabli-no-top2Radhwa Kabli is an interior architect, with passion for furniture design. In 2014, Radhwa launched her first furniture collection and she got the opportunity to exhibit her work in Jeddah, Dubai and Milan. Hailing from Madinah, the main concept of her unique pieces of furniture is presenting the beauty of geometric design by creating harmony and illusion of movement. The repetitive and intricate design of her furniture collection is dynamic.

by Efreez Studio

zmzmya-by-efreez-copy“As artists, we seek in Efreez Art Studio to introduce various types of arts through our unique, high-quality work that tells our stories and narrative, and has a useful value.” The team of Efreez Studio consists of three professional artists who specialize in Islamic arts and design: Sondos Alfraedy, Bashair Alaqily, and Haneen Ayman. We are always happy to work and collaborate with local artists, and exchange ideas that could improve and elevate artworks and pieces.

Zmzmya was born out of a greater need for choice, personalization and a sustainable lifestyle. We are thinking beyond the beverage and setting out to redefine the way we drink, by building a global brand that connects the dots between wellness and versatility, while trying to balance the needs of both people and the planet. It is a small canteen that keeps water cold for hours and can be carried almost everywhere. With simple and minimalist design in mind, Zmzmya is made on Potter’s wheel, topped with a natural cork stopper.

by Sara  AlQarawi

alkaynuna-_-image-2Jewelry has taken an important stature throughout human history and among different cultures. Preening was not the only reason of wearing golden and silver jewelry. They were also symbolizing important and holy meanings.

Al Kaynuna Jewelry is a renovation and an extension to this concept as it represents jewelry pieces that were designed to symbolize semitic meanings to remind us of our values and help us to fulfill ourselves. “In my turn as a designer I would love to participate in simplifying future and making it clearer through designing pieces that carry essential meanings helping the person to explore oneself and reminding him of the meanings that motivate him to face rapid and changing life challenges with a conscious spirit.”

Abadia by
Neama AlShuhail

image-1Abadia is a Saudi contemporary luxury RTW label. They are committed to preserving the craftsmanship of the region by providing artisans with a sustainable source of income. The women they work with use traditional weaving and embroidery techniques that have been practiced for generations. They incorporate these handmade details into modern designs that celebrate culture and heritage.

Abadia is known for our iconic farwa. We have adapted the design for the contemporary woman and aim to bring this modern take on a Saudi tradition to the world. At SDW, we plan to showcase this traditional garment, and its design evolution.

El Masnad
by Sana Yousif Alabdulwahed

%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bsdw2-5-el_masnad-by-sana-alabdulwahed-2015Sana Alabdulwahed created El_Masnad Lounge Carpet, which is a Silver A’ Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2015. El_Masnad, Lounge Carpet, inspired by the way, Saudis, lean on Masnads. It celebrates the Middle East leisure lifestyle. It has been exhibited in Nine cities around the world.
The designer worked in Los Angeles as a R&D computational designer, where she gained a lot of experience in Parametric design, a Visual programming editor, digital fabrication and advanced manufacturing.