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Hey, Hot Stuff: Poppin’ Pins


Our monthly column of favorite local picks and pretty things.

We consider this comeback a sidekick trend, brought about by the return of the denim. Pins allow us to personalize, it reveals our pop culture inclinations. It gives the basics personality, and at times, can be a playful insignia of our identity.


Bluest Store
A store by Saudis that sells a variety of cool stuff.
Instagram: blueststore

Smuug Pins
Started by an American expat living in the kingdom for 10 years who fell in love with the culture.
Instagram: smuugpins

Pretty Pins
An accessory brand based in Saudi.
Instagram: prettypins


Offbeat, Online Magazine

More Than a Clinic


Prioritizing both physical and mental health for all ages.

Caring for our children is everyone’s responsibility, and Andalusia Clinics leads the way as the first children’s wellness center in the Kingdom.imgl0313-copyUtilizing their pediatrician clinic to provide premium healthcare to children and adolescents, Andalusia Clinics regularly monitors your child’s progress through their many phases of development. The clinic boasts two floors fully dedicated to specialized services for your children, addressing issues like delayed speech and disabilities to provide a well-rounded treatment. imgl9828Offering services ranging from X-rays to preventive and therapeutic oral health care, Andalusia’s pediatric dentistry clinic goes above and beyond for your child’s dental care. The dentistry clinic is run by Dr. Mostafa Al Judeili, who has extensive experience in the field of dentistry. With over 2,000 successful cases and being himself a father of two, he works to provide the best possible care for his patients, whom he treats like his own.
Andalusia also offers counseling psychology services, led by MSc. Rawan Bondogji, whose extensive experience in counseling psychology focuses on understanding children’s emotional and cognitive needs, in order to deal with any behavioral issues that may arise.
imgl0202Andalusia not only provides medical treatment for children, they also have many after-school activities and programs to help children ages 4 to 12 with self-discovery. These programs are designed to help develop skills and interests your child might gravitate toward as they grow, and also give them a more productive way to utilize their free time once they’re out of school.
imgl0125Some of these programs involve children’s development in both emotional intelligence and verbal skills. They sharpen skills necessary for deeper communication, as the emotional intelligence program looks inward, while verbal skills would project outward.
imgl0109The programs also have more fun and entertainment-based activities, such as MasterChef classes, physical activities, and creative arts, giving your child an outlet to discover latent talents, skills, or simply things they want to do for fun. imgl0100

The Andalusia Clinics have garnered the trust of parents all around Jeddah thanks to their dedication to children’s health from all aspects – physical, dental, mental and creative. More than just a clinic, they are a community that looks out for your child’s well-being in a way that they can also enjoy.

Location: 3258 Sari St., Bawadi Dist.
Tel: +966-12-2166677
Facebook: andalusiackw


Offbeat, Online Magazine

Empowering Saudis


McDonald’s Serves Up Leadership Opportunities.

Reza Food Services Co. Ltd. is committed to supporting Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision, its story of Saudization beginning over 20 years ago. From the start, the company recognized the importance of hiring Saudis and providing youth with employment opportunities.

The McDonald’s system worldwide is an excellent launching pad for any young person looking to kickstart their career, and in Saudi Arabia, it is no different. They have hired thousands of young Saudis over the years and many of them have gone on to become very successful individuals in their own right. Today, McDonald’s branches in the Western & Sothern Regions employ over 1,200 Saudis across all functions of the business, including Operations, Marketing, HR, and Finance. This will continue as the company grows and leads the industry with regards to Saudi employment.

The Guest Experience Leader (GEL) Program

The GEL Program is a newly created position supporting the McDonald’s hospitality culture being entrenched in all its restaurants. The GEL position is just one of many tools they are utilizing to improve and enhance the overall customer experience in their stores, and is reserved for young Saudi women looking to enter the workforce and be productive in a fast-growing industry. This is just the beginning of their efforts to elevate and expand their Saudization program.

“I’m quitting unemployment… for a promising career path”

“I’m quitting unemployment… for a promising career path”

Development & Career Path

Training and development is not only a priority within McDonald’s, it is also an ongoing effort that takes place across all functions and areas of the business. “It is in our DNA, and we recognize that our most important asset is our People.We offer both international grade training that is offered as part of the McDonald’s system, but we also offer bespoke training programs designed specifically for our Saudi employees looking to develop and grow within our organization,” said a spokesperson for McDonald’s.

For those who show high potential and demonstrate the right attitude and values, they have programs such as the Fast Track program specifically designed to speed up development and career paths. This program aims to develop a young Saudi from a Manager Trainee position to a store manager position within 24 months, a process which would normally take up to 5 or 6 years.

Tel: +966-12-4208000
Web: www.McDonalds.Com
Facebook: mcdonaldsksa
Instagram: mcdonaldsksa
Snapchat: mcdonaldsksa


Offbeat, Online Magazine

A Legacy of Learning


Take a tour of the Children’s World School kindergarten section.

Children’s World School Kindergarten section was established more than 35 years ago. The Program is collaborative, developmentally appropriate, and built on the tenets of teaching a child in every aspect.

Our KG campus hosts  grades 1,2, and 3 for  boys, national and  international sections.

Our KG campus hosts grades 1,2, and 3 for boys, national and international sections.

Through our day we engage and laugh with them, listen to their stories and allow space for the unique facets of each child to blossom. Our classroom environment is enriched by playful inquiry, social and emotional support. Thus, the children in our kindergarten grow to be inquisitive, reflective and critical thinkers.the-hall

At CWS, we uphold the following goals that guide our curriculum design and your child’s learning:

• Shape relationships built on trust, inquiry, joy and respect
• Enable them to be active and curious learners
• Encourage student to be critical and creative thinkers
• Learn the tools needed to be successful in the 21st century



Offbeat, Online Magazine

Renaissance to Vision


A proud Saudi academic institution rising to realize the objectives of Vision 2030. Meet Nahda Academy.

As Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wrote in his introduction to the 2030 Vision document recently, “All success stories start with a vision, and successful visions are based on strong pillars.” Nahda Academy is the result of a vision; a vision of Ms. Fatima Naghi to contribute to her beloved Saudi Arabia, with a generation of children who are ambassadors for their country, both locally and globally. Children who are proud of their Saudi cultural heritage and strong enough to take on the responsibility of driving Vision 2030 forward.

Let the vision of Nahda  Academy become your  vision and watch your child create the future  of the nation.

Let the vision of Nahda Academy become your vision and watch your child create the future of the nation.

The strong pillars of Nahda’s foundation include a desire to dramatically change the way children learn and a determination to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required to lead Saudi Arabia in the 21st Century. We believe that it is vital to teach our youngsters, to be proud, knowledgeable, and informed Saudi citizens who are active members of society.

Our nation’s future is in their hands, and we want them to roll up their sleeves and claim their roles. The future for our children is probably the most exciting it has ever been; limitless opportunities are being opened up and environments conducive to maximize learning are being created. What is it, then, that we as responsible educators should be offering these children?

The future for our children is probably the most exciting it has ever been.

The future for our children is probably the most exciting it has ever been.

As members of Nahda Academy, a community of passionate, lifelong learners, we understand the importance of providing our pupils with the skills required to enter the 21st Century with confidence to successfully secure their future paths and careers.

We need to ensure that each and every one of them is empowered to become a morally responsible and emotionally resilient member of society, who is armored with the highest ethics; a natural result of immersion within our Saudi culture and Islamic values.
We are dedicated to providing first -hand experiences, never in isolation but with clear educational purpose and a connection to prior knowledge. As such, our children will develop their sense of curiosity, fuel their creativity, and nurture their inquiring and growing mind. Being emotionally literate, they work collaboratively with a spirit of mutual respect, and a strong belief in moderation, tolerance and respect.dsc_3051
These children benefit from a customized, integrated curriculum; a curriculum of much thought and research that will propel our children into the future. Fully equipped for every situation, these active global citizens will benefit from the security of knowing their true identity as Arab Saudis. We therefore immerse our pupils in Saudi history, culture, heritage and traditions. We then link them with their roots, while also giving high emphasis to our Arab identity  in all aspects of our school’s daily life and academic program.

Location: Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz St., Andalus Dist.
Twitter: nahdaacademysa
Instagram: nahdaacademysa


Events & Happenings, Offbeat, Online Magazine,

A State of the Art Campus


The American International School of Jeddah’s New Home.

The American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) has moved to a new state-of-the-art campus for the 2018-2019 school year, boasting a capacity of up to 1,750 students and 50,000 m² of prime facilities.

Years of meticulous planning have culminated in an environment conducive of a first-class, 21st Century American international learning experience. The features of the new campus include a standard-sized swimming and training pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, squash courts, soccer fields, indoor and outdoor tracks, a dance/aerobics studio, fitness gyms, a professional 700-person theater-style auditorium, large media centers, video production labs, expansive playground areas, STEAM fully-equipped science labs, design and maker-space workshop areas, indoor and outdoor courtyards with abundant natural light, strategically designed classrooms, robust wireless and technology capabilities, and much more.

In line with the AISJ vision, the new campus is sure to further distinguish them as a learning community committed to excellence, innovation, and collaboration. Monti Hallberg, Superintendent of AISJ, invites the community to share in the excitement that is surrounding the new campus, “The possibilities that lie before us inspire me, and I hope you will join us on our journey of excellence, passion, learning, and fun.”

Location: 8310 Prince Sultan Rd, Muhammadiyah Dist.
Tel: +966-12-2889722
Facebook: aisj.jeddah   
Twitter: aisjeddah
Instagram: aisjeddah


Community, Offbeat

SEDCO Holding and Jeddah Traffic Department Organize an Awareness Lecture


SEDCO Holding organized an awareness lecture on traffic regulations and violations for the Group’s employees in collaboration with Jeddah Traffic Department on Tuesday October 2, 2018 with the aim of enriching their knowledge of traffic laws and regulations as well as increasing their awareness of the importance of following them, and the consequences of their violations.

Col. Zaid Mohammad Al-Hamzi, Head of Public Relations at the Traffic Department in Jeddah, explained that the lecture comes within the efforts of the Ministry of the Interior represented by the General Directorate of Traffic to enhance road traffic culture of citizens and residents in the Kingdom and encourage them to abide by the traffic regulations and avoid their violations, which will curb road traffic accidents, limit traffic congestion and other negative traffic phenomena.dsc_7221

From his side, Amro Jamil Kandil, VP of Human Resources at SEDCO said that the Group is committed to providing the team with everything that will enhance their sense of responsibility and belonging to the community, including increasing their awareness and ways of thinking when it comes to driving a vehicle as they are confident that this initiative will pay off.

Abdullah Ali Al-Ghamdi, Support Services Manager at SEDCO and the lecture organizer appreciated the visit of Colonel Zaid and presenting the lecture about raising awareness of traffic safety, in addition to explaining traffic regulations and violations in detail as well as answering all inquiries of the attendees.

At the end of the presentation, Amro Kandil and Abdullah Al-Ghamdi awarded Jeddah Traffic Department with commemorative shields on behalf of SEDCO Holding Group.

About SEDCO Holding

SEDCO, the Saudi Economic and Development Company, is a leading private wealth management organization that conducts its business according to Islamic guidelines widely known as Shari’ah. SEDCO was established in 1976. It manages a wide and diversified spectrum of real estate investments, investments in equities, and other businesses in Saudi Arabia and around the world. It is located in the Red Sea Mall building, Kings Road, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Its investee companies have more than 6,000 employees. SEDCO Holding Group mainly operates through three lines of business: direct investment, real estate investments, and financial investments. Direct investments are in multiple sectors and industries, including real estate, pharmaceuticals, automobile leasing, travel and tourism, hospitality and casual dining in Saudi Arabia and around the world

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Rosewood Jeddah Celebrates The 88th KSA National Day


Rosewood Hotel Jeddah, one of the most luxurious hotels in Jeddah, celebrated the 88th National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 23rd September as part of his leading role in promoting tourism and providing premium and distinctive hotel services.

The event, which was held at “Soleil Lounge”, was attended by representatives of several consulates in Jeddah, senior officials and executives of the hotel, as well as representatives of the major media houses in Saudi Arabia. The attendees chanted the national anthem of the Kingdom before cutting the cake.

“It is a great honor for us to celebrate this national occasion, which gave us the opportunity to express our pride and appreciation to the Kingdom in general and to all Saudis in particular. We enjoyed celebrating every moment with the Saudi Community”. Said Al Allam. jad_2365-e

Allam added: “On this great occasion & On behalf of all employees of Rosewood Jeddah, I would like to extend my best wishes and sincere congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and to all Saudi community, may Allah Almighty preserve prosperity, safety and peace for all eternity.”

About Rosewood Jeddah

Rosewood Jeddah is a flawless combination of spectacular design and unprecedented sophistication. Ideal for both the business and leisure travelers, the hotel is situated on the Jeddah Corniche, one of the city’s most impressive locales, which runs parallel to the Red Sea for over 20 miles. It is within easy reach of key business, diplomatic, government and designer shopping districts.

The hotel features individually designed and handcrafted rooms. The 101 guest rooms and 26 suites are elegantly furnished and reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Many offer stunning views of the Red Sea and all enjoy unrivalled 24-hour butler service and state-of-the-art entertainment and business solutions. The Health and Fitness Centre is located on the 17th floor and there is also a stunning outdoor rooftop swimming pool.

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Connect with us: RosewoodJeddah  

Twitter: RWJeddah



BISJ Students, Ivy League Bound!


BISJ students receive offers from MIT, Cambridge, Oxford and Stanford, Harvard, Yale and John Hopkins.

The British International School of Jeddah celebrates forty years this year. The school has grown from a small villa, with a few pupils to offering IGCSE at age 16 and now culminating in the International Baccalaureate exams. Over sixty nationalities now are registered for a British style Education which prepares students for universities around the world. It is fitting in this fortieth year that we are also celebrating university offers from some of the top universities around the world. From left to right in the picture, Salma Islam, MIT, Hija Ali, Cambridge, Hafiz Muhammad Amri, Oxford, and Jad Abdel Jawad, Stanford and Harvard. These offers show that students who study at any school in the kingdom should keep their sights on the best universities in the world. The Year 13 students are now on study leave preparing for the remainder of their IB exams which begin this Friday, the students that have studied Art as one of their courses have already had their exhibition.


Offbeat, Online Magazine, Spirituality

Hajj: A Journey Of Spirituality And Discovery


By Noura Al Joaib and Basma Baarma

Saudi Arabia welcomes the world.

Ritual. It is a powerful word. It conveys an image of people, coming together with a single purpose; a state of mind fueled by shared beliefs, a place of gravitas, and a sacred sequence of activities with meaning that cannot be explained, only understood. Rituals are common to all the world’s communities, irrespective of their binding factors or sizes; and, they are as varied as the people of the world. The Maori people of New Zealand’s wedding haka is an ancient ritual where the men from the bride’s family stomp their feet and stick out their tongues in a display of respect to the groom, welcoming him into their tribe. This ritual is no less significant than the one that compels three generations of a Saudi family to come together every Friday at the home of the 87-year-old woman whom they all call some variation of “mother”, a generation or two removed.

Dr. Bassam Ghulman, Deputy Minister for Transportation, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Dr. Bassam Ghulman, Deputy Minister for Transportation, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Now, imagine with me, if you will, a ritual whose history spans thousands of years, and whose community numbers in the billions. It is a ritual that compels people who share no common language, who are spread to literally every corner of this spinning blue sphere we call Earth, and for whom poverty and affluence cease to have meaning; it compels them to come together, in the Holiest of Lands, to reflect on their lives, their faith, and their relationship with humanity, through a series of actions and prayers that test them physically and spiritually. This once-in-a-lifetime ritual transforms those who undertake it, if they are willing; it is the ultimate test of equality and humility. This is Hajj, the journey of pilgrimage and one of the five pillars of Islam.av9i3920

Yet, this is but one side to Hajj. Hajj has, since its beginnings, had another side to it, a critical side, that is often overlooked. While the pilgrims who come from all over the globe are often the focus of Hajj, and rightly so, this ritual would not be possible without those whose privilege it is to serve Allah’s guests. Since before the time of Islam, providing for the needs of pilgrims making the then perilous journey to Makkah, has always been deemed an honor. tq0_5641

Ensuring the pilgrims’ security, providing them with food and drink, and, perhaps most critically of all, religious guidance on the intricate rituals of Hajj, has long been a critical priority for each society, caliphate, and nation that has had Makkah contained within its borders. During his reign, King Fahad, Allah have mercy on his soul, adopted the title of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque, in the ultimate display of humility and service to Allah. This side of the Hajj ritual has enabled people to perform this holiest of pilgrimages uninterrupted for over a thousand years.dl1w3979-copy

The Hajj is a unique ritual. It has remained largely unchanged since the birth of Islam, yet has managed to embrace technology and innovation to introduce convenience to the pilgrims where possible without sacrificing the spiritual development that comes from this ritual. It is through this careful balance of revere for the Hajj and the desire to continuously improve the Hajj experience, that the number of pilgrims exceeded 2.35 million in 2017.dl1w4120-copy

Dr. Bassam Ghulman, the Deputy Minister for Transportation for the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, is working diligently to introduce the next critical technological enhancement to support the pilgrims performing Hajj. As the Director General of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, Dr. Bassam has been responsible for the development of this 60-billion-riyal project, the largest in the Middle East.

One of the stations of the Haramain High-Speed Railway Project, which will transport Hajj pilgrims

One of the stations of the Haramain High-Speed Railway Project, which will transport Hajj pilgrims

This network will operate 35 high-speed trains that will shuttle more than 1.16 million pilgrims between Makkah, Jeddah, Rabigh, and Madinah. “Currently,” Dr. Bassam tells us, “to provide transportation services to more than 2 million pilgrims during Hajj and Umrah seasons, we need over 20,000 buses. We’re working towards providing a shuttle service that will reduce this number, and increase efficiency and safety for the pilgrims.”dl1w4125-copy

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to enhance and develop the Hajj experience for pilgrims from all over the world for the foreseeable future, while maintaining the sanctity of Hajj itself. Yet, ultimately, Hajj is a truly personal experience. No two individuals who have ever been to Hajj will tell you the same story, yet they will each tell you that it was a profound experience that changed their lives forever. dl1w4137-copy

Whether you chose to attend Hajj this year, or you stand in support of a loved one who is going through this marvelous spiritual journey, or you have chosen to financially sponsor the pilgrimage of a stranger who can’t afford to pay his or her own way to complete this one-in-a-lifetime ritual (a stranger whom you will probably never meet but whose life you will change forever), or if you have chosen to simply observe the masses of people on TV as they come together in the most spectacular ritual in history, I promise you, that you will be forever changed by this experience, if you allow yourself to be.

Hajj mabroor and Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones!