Fitness, Healthy Living, Online Magazine

Saudi Superhumans – Saudi Para-Athletes Heroes

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These para-athletes are just a few of the heroes bringing pride to our nation.


Nour Al Sana

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“Every one of us has an inner talent that can be awakened by practice.”

With years of training, young athlete and engineer Nour Al Sana has become the Paralympics champion of the Kingdom for long-distance running. Sport for Al Sana is more than just a hobby, it’s his passion. Despite suffering from muscular atrophy, he managed to break the world record in the 800m at the first West Asian Paralympic Games. Recently, he participated in the London World Championship 2017 and became one of the fastest 400m runner. He believes sports are therapeutic and empowering. Drawing inspiration from his coach Hajj Hamemmi Sahrawi, he hopes to pass on his love for the sport to all children.

Fahad Saad Al Ganaidl

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“Don’t ever give up, don’t be disappointed and be patient, because these sports are tough.”

“As long as you are working hard, your day to shine will come at the right time. Be patient and don’t lose hope.”

This Saudi Paralympics star rose to fame for his spectacular performance in Wheelchair racing. The constant support he received from his family and friends made him work and train hard enough to qualify at the 2002 Paraolympics. The years in training have been tough on him. Ever since, he has won lots of medals worldwide. He won his first bronze medal in 2002 and after two years, he won his first gold at the 2004 Gulf Championship. He states that sports are necessary for everyone, especially the disabled, as it helps develop muscles and makes you stronger.

“I don’t like it when the society labels us with the term ‘handicapped.’ It’s something you shouldn’t be embarrassed of.”   

Abdullah Alafifi

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“No pain, no gain.”

Abdullah Alafifi is a testament that, with hard work and a determination, you can achieve anything. A versatile para-athlete, Alafifi has won gold medals in the GCC, Arab, and Asian Championships. He also got a bronze medal in the world championship and qualified in the London Paraolympic Games. He believes that sports is for everyone and a vital part of maintaining your health. Abdullah places emphasis on fostering an inclusive society, “treat us as normal individuals; institutions should prioritize making their establishments accessible to people with disabilities. This includes making social events that allow para-athletes and people of disabilities to engage with others in an impactful way.”

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We All Can Be Champions – The Saudi Paralympics

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The Saudi Paralympic Vision.


Part of the Kingdom’s 2030 vision is to create a society where citizens are able to live healthy and be healthy. We imagine a future where everyone is able to participate in sports and activities, their well-being not an afterthought but a priority.paralympic-november-health-20172

We see a future that is inclusive, where people with disabilities are able to take part in building the nation. The Paralympic Committee of Saudi Arabia is one of the many ways the Government ensures that people with disabilities are able to explore their full potential. Established in 2014, its goal is to raise the level of sports for disabled persons and increase public awareness of people with special needs and sport.

Goal ball is a sport for the visually impaired using a ball fitted with bells. The Saudi Goal Ball team is the first in the gulf and has won 8 championships.

Goal ball is a sport for the visually impaired using a ball fitted with bells.
The Saudi Goal Ball team is the first in the gulf and has won 8 championships.

This isn’t necessarily a new undertaking but simply a renewed and more focused interest in para-athletes. For over two decades, these superhumans have already brought pride to the nation. Hani Al Nakhli, for example, won the silver medal during London 2012 and a bronze in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Add to this our para-football team, which has won the world championships three times in a row.

In line with this, the Saudi Paralympic Committee has entered multiple strategic agreements since 2015, to strengthen the support given to our athletes. As the president of the committee, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Muqrin says, “We seek to provide opportunities for sports participation and success for all people with special needs, focusing on what they can do and maximizing their abilities.”paralympic-november-health-201713

This November, the first Saudi Paralympic Games will be held for the first time in the Kingdom. The competitions will include: Athletics, Basketball chairs, Volleyball seating, Weightlifting, Swimming, Table Tenner, Football, and Goal Ball.

Goal Ball Saudi National Team

Goal ball, also known as Bell, is a para-sport for visually impaired people. It involves two teams, consisting of three main players and three reserves. The game uses a special ball for the blind, fitted with bells inside. The Saudi National team is the first of its kind in the gulf. They have eight Gulf championships under their belt, and have in fact won six consecutive times in a row.

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Twitter: paralympic_sa

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Chillaxing Games

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By Al Bandary Khaled Al Johar

These games will put you in the right chill frame of mind.


With great power comes great responsibility; with great responsibility comes great stress. If you keep letting all that stress build up, your head may pop like popcorn kernels, and I’m sure you don’t want that do you? To reduce stress, some people workout, others meditate, and the cool folk play video games. We have created a list of games that you can play to help you de-stress.

1- The Sims 4 (PC)

12080162The Sims is the ultimate virtual reality game, which existed even before the VR headset was a thing. It allows you to live the life of your dream without any judgments. It contains social interactions, like friendships or relationships. It’s a better way to develop your imagination no matter how crazy you are.

2-The Last Guardian (PS4)

91syjhzlwel-_ac_sl1500_We all know that the Japanese excel in fantasy; so you know that you’re in for a treat. It consists of a beautiful plot with the combination of adventure, spectacular graphics, and musical score. Indulge in The Last Guardian’s mystical land and spend time with your gigantic feathered friend, when reality gets too stressful.

3- Pigment (iOS/Android/Pc)

pigment-phoneTake a break from stress and relax with this digital coloring book. Unlike other apps where you need to tap the required area to fill it with color, Pigment allows you to have the real experience. It’s the right game to discover your artistic side and to express yourself creatively. It’s a great art therapy for your mind.

4- Animal Crossing (3DS/Wii)

file_7893_animal_crossing_new_leaf1Animal Crossing is a game where you can relive your childhood memories. You can enjoy the virtual life, without being under stress of losing. Here, you can interact with cute animals who, by the way, are villagers. . You also get to own your own farm. It’s way better than Farmville.

5- Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox360/Xbox1)

fantasia-key-artHere’s a game where there’s no such thing as losing. It’s a musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated movie, ‘Fantasia’. It’s created to let you express your dancing skills.

6- Silk 2 – Interactive Generative Art (iOS/PC)

prima-interactive-disney-gaming-disney-fantasia-music-evolved-xbox-one-24628103246_2048x2048Here’s another game for the artists. Using the illustration program, you can rediscover your artistic side. Their magic brush will help you relax, express yourself, and create mandalas and wallpapers, with just the swish of a finger.

Gamer Tips!

  1. You can buy these titles from Jarir, Extra, or Tokyo Games.
  2. There are rows of gaming stores on Suleimaniya Street where you can actually bargain. And it’s also a great place to trade in games and buy secondhand ones.

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Hair & Makeup, Online Magazine, Self Care

Beyond Basics: Shaving, Micro Braids and Colors

These braids can last two months as they are somewhat permanent, but not more.

By Yara Alhazmi

A shift from the mainstream.


This summer, the heat should be the least of your worries as hairstylists have come up with extremely cool hair trends: shaving, micro braids and fascinating hair colors. These hairstyles have taken over.

  • Shaving

Shaving is not just a hairstyle, it’s a statement. A lady’s beauty is not measured by the length of her hair. If you’re feeling ballsy shave your head completely. If not, shave a part. Your head is a stencil; make it a masterpiece.

Sahar Al Nasser

Sahar Al Nasser

Sahar Al Nasser, a Saudi hairstylist, learned the art of shaving. She is a young pioneer who acquired her skills from a workshop in Dubai and two years of practice; from the basics like how to hold the scissors perfectly to studying different equipments and face shapes. Grateful for the constant support of her parents, she hopes to achieve a Masters in hairstyling and starting her own salon.

Mob: +966-545546169
Instagram: zay.shave

  • Hair Coloring

michellecarey-haircolorist-beyondbasics-september-riyadh-2017-courtesyThe hair coloring game gets better. Bold, daring and bright hair colors tend to give you a new personality and make you feel more confident.

From cinnamon to platinum, Michelle Carey does it all. She is a licensed hairstylist from Paul Mitchell School. This American cosmetologist, who resides in Riyadh, is more than just a stylist. She is passionate about making people happy and satisfied by playing with their hair.blue-hair-copy-2

The best thing about her: she knows how to give you the color you want without damaging your hair. Besides, she makes the sessions fun.

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Michelle Tips:

  • Washing colored hair with cold water won’t shed as much pigment as compared to hot water.
  • Take a shower every other day. It’s best for all hair type.
  • While bleaching, take it slow and know of what to expect. Besides, don’t forget Olaplex.

Email: monica184@hotmail.com
Instagram: Haircologist

  • Micro Braid

These braids can last two months as they are somewhat permanent, but not more.

These braids can last two months as they are somewhat permanent, but not more.

To be honest, braiding is one of the best ways to deal with frizz or an oily scalp. By adding color and lengthy extensions to your hair, you can make your braids look unique. The process is long, but totally worth it. There’s bound to be some tugging, but your hair will always be on fleek.

Asma, a Riyadhi hairstylist, has aced the braid game. She makes the process fun and gets through it quickly.

DR TIP: These braids can last two months as they are somewhat permanent, but not more.

Mob: +966-551586682

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Healthy Living, Online Magazine, Wellness

SWEET, ENOUGH

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By Khadija Kareem

Get off your sugar high and start living right.


Sugar is addictive, which is why getting it out of your system requires conscious effort. Once you stay constant though, your body will automatically develop a new habit and it will get easier for you to have a healthier lifestyle.

Ease yourself off it slowly:

Slower changes, tend to last. It’s better for you to take it a step by step. This will help your brain accept the change and your body has time to adjust. By diminishing the amount gradually, it will be less noticeable and your cravings will lessen too. If you’re used to adding two spoons of sugar in your tea or coffee, try cutting it to one spoon for a week, then keep reducing the amount to zero or use sweetening alternatives such as, honey, cinnamon, vanilla extract or a slice of orange for a refreshing sweetness.

Drink more water:

Hydrating properly with water gives you energy, quell your appetite, help with your sugar cravings and boost your metabolism. Sometimes, we mistake dehydration as hunger or food craving. Have a big bottle of water next to you. For flavor lovers, squeeze half a lemon or add slices of ginger and mint leaves.

Eating a good breakfast:

The best way to start your day is to have a breakfast full of lean protein (eggs, turkey, tuna) and healthy fats (nuts, dairy, olives), instead of a typical meal of carbs and sugary food. You will feel more satisfied and energetic, it will also help with your blood sugar levels and prevent cravings throughout the day.

Give yourself rules:

It is essential that you set clear rules about desserts in order to stick to them. Give yourself cheat days to have desserts, like weekends or special occasions. Or you can choose the have one candy a day or a small portion of a dessert trick, just to stave of the craving.

Move your body:

Exercise, do some yoga or even dance. Whatever movement your little heart desires will help boost your energy, reducing tension and decreases the need for a sugar lift.shutterstock_404779225

Dont keep treats in the house:

  • It’s difficult to snack on things that aren’t there! If you have a bucket of Baskin Robbins in your freezer, it makes total sense to devour it. Don’t keep unhealthy snacks in your home or office and trade it with the good stuff. Make your own or if you don’t have time get it from these places (disclaimer: clean treats come with a not so cheap price tag)
  • Biotic SA
    Location
    : Prince Nasser Bin Farhan St.
  • Tamimi Health Section
    Location
    : All around the city.
  • Oats and Oats
    Instagram:
    Oatsndoats
  • Health Couture
    Location
    : In major gyms and Biotic SA

Bargain and Barter

Trade natural sweeteners with sugar. Dates are loaded with potassium, copper, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6 and we have a ton of it at home. I encourage you to make your own dessert or sweeteners.

  • Date & coffee muffins
  • Date paste
  • Skinny oat cookies

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Game Review, Online Magazine

Over-aged and Under-gamed

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By Yara Jan

Young or old, you’ll still buy these games.


Most of the board games and card games are usually thought of as “lame”, but you need to realize that the games industry is changing and emerging big time. If you’re not sure where to start and what games you should get, here are some of our personal recommendations.

Playing Cards

Your classic deck of cards have brought people together for ages, adding to their sleepovers, gatherings, or even long road trips and flights. What’s special about these cards is you can play SO many games with it. The famous Baloot, KonKan, Harb and Ghamza are all games we used to play as kids and still do as adults! And let’s not forget about Tarneeb, the crown jewel of non-gender card games.

T7t Lt7t

t7tlt7t-box-and-elementsA game of bluffing and disguise. Pretending to be a character you are not whilst trying to eliminate other players before they eliminate you. Are you good at bluffing? There’s only one way to find out. I guarantee you, it is a very fun game just try not get caught lying, or else… you’re out.

Sheesh

sheeshRemember our old-style kind of games? Ladder and snake, and so? Sheesh shares the same concept. What is special about it is that you play colored pins, qnd the board is a stuffed swatch of fabric. For you to win the game, your team has to eliminate all eight characters of the other team before they reach the goal. What also makes it special, personally speaking, is that the game’s materials are recycled. What’s better than taking care of our planet?

Tar Min Agli

game-cardsYou think you memorize all the daily brands of products you use? Well, you thought wrong. This game is made to challenge you as a group to immediately mention names of specific products when you get a matching card with someone else. It is a game full of laughs, confusions and tongue twists. What’s more pleasing are the colors and graphics of the game. I’m telling you, it’s the first thing you’ll notice.

Jalsah

5053a341930851-57bb9faf32288-copyOkay, let’s say you don’t have the time to go and buy a physical game and you spent all your money on food and ice-cream (cause, well, I do). It’s okay. just download the Jalsah app for free and enjoy a mixture of charades and truth or dare. But, here’s the twist: someone can create his or her own card to surprisingly challenge the rest!

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Crème de la Crème

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Destination goes on indulgent odyssey in Singapore to discover the wonders of European cream.


Every pastry chef is different. Each one has a unique style of his or her own—ideas, techniques, and whatnot are as varied as they come. However, when it comes to using the ingredients, there is a consensus. Culinary masters agree that the use of fresh high quality dairy products is essential to making the finest desserts.singapore-creamofeurope-september-2017-courtesy4

To help us understand the delicate beauty of European cream, Destination was whisked away to Singapore. There, renowned pastry chefs from different countries convened at the At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy for the La Crème de la Crème pastry event.

The three-day gastronomic adventure successfully showcased the superiority of European cream. Ten International chefs, including Chef Mayada Badr from Saudi Arabia, were challenged to present their interpretation of this year’s theme: Blanc de Blanc (white on white). More than just a classic, white is, more than ever, in the spirit of time. It offers its own culinary range and proposes new gastronomic sensations – an invitation to the Chefs to use their pure imagination. The Chefs are given complete free reign to create absolute masterpieces using a combination of new and classic recipes, and traditional and contemporary baking techniques. The cream, which is the hero ingredient, remains as the integral element in each cake – discreet, glossy, unctuous, and reassuring.singapore-creamofeurope-september-2017-jp3

We witnessed in awe as the pastry chefs defined, reimagined, and ultimately created dreamy interpretations of the theme. They hustled and bustled in a kitchen that felt like an episode from Iron Chef.

Another highlight of this edition was a special workshop with one of Paris’ top pastry, Nicolas Bacheyre.  We were able to see how European cream is able to elevate every creation. Our senses were titillated – surrounded by the scent of fresh vanilla and visually captivated as Chef Nicolas showed us how he has mastered the use of cream.

More than just a classic, white is, more than ever, in the spirit of time.

More than just a classic, white is, more than ever, in the spirit of time.

European cream is instantly recognizable by its texture and highly developed aromas, characterized by its roundness, smoothness and a bright, fresh taste. Due to its high standards, authenticity and quality, European cream carries strong values that reflect the professionalism of the top pastry chefs, who are assured of the best quality. Through the workshop, we indeed saw the difference the choice of ingredient makes especially in a delicate culinary art such us pastries.

After two days of preparations  and for us, a journey of discovery, the international chefs presented their masterpieces during at Forlino. Their final recipes will published in an illustrated recipe book, which will be a training tool for students annual workshops.singapore-creamofeurope-september-2017-jp13

Needless to say, as much as we revelled in the stunning aesthetics of each dessert, we looked forward to indulging our palettes. Indeed, we were not disappointed. The complex techniques achieved flavors that take you through a process, others were surprises folded under cream that renders it simple yet elegant all at the same time.

The dessert of Chef Sarah Ni from China wowed us with its intricate concept behind her work. The five elements were aptly represented through varying layers and flavors — all coming together nonetheless with the finesse use of the cream. When it comes to gorgeous sweetness, Michelin star chef Nicolas Lambert created a pavlova that was insta-ready.

As always, we were impressed and left with a better understanding of fine ingredients and what Europe has to offer. But equally important perhaps is the gastronomic diplomacy that takes place through these events. The way European cream was adapted and honed by our star chefs to complement and in ways, infuse with their respective countries’ culture and palette is quintessential.

European cream and at that, the use of quality ingredients is not a practice or preference limited by geography. Rather, it is a universally accepted fact – top pastry chefs only use the best products to create the most wonderful desserts.

Chef Mayada’s “Huda”

We would have to say though that in terms of flavor, taste, and clever use of cultural elements (this always is a thumbs up in our books), Chef Mayada’s Huda is unforgettable, with its ice cream infused with hints of rosewater, a gahwa and halawa core that to this day, we’re still craving. It was a showstopper.

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  1. Mayada Badr (Saudi Arabia)
  2. Nicolas Lambert (Hong Kong)
  3. Nicolas Bacheyre (France)
  4. Julien Perrinet (Taiwan)
  5. Sarah Ni (China)
  6. Waddah Bou Saad (UAE)
  7. Cheryl Koh (Singapore)
  8. Talita Setyadi (Indonesia)
  9. Jewook Ko (South Korea)
  10. Paul Gardin (Malaysia)

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Awesome Eats Under 10

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Riyadh can be one fancy schmancy dining scene— but what we love about it is that it can go on the exact opposite direction! We are a city that can serve up some good hearty meals and snacking options on the cheap.


 Next time you’re on a budget, here’s some awesome eats for ten Riyals or less:

Felafel (1-3 SR)

Photo Credits: The Spruce

Photo Credits: The Spruce

Falafel is one of the most popular Middle Eastern snacks. Each patty is made from fava beans, shaped and deep-fried to golden perfection. They’re either wrapped in a pita with some veggies and drizzled with tahini as a sandwich for 6 SR or bought on its own at 1-3 riyals for about five pieces. This will keep you full for hours.

Foul and Tamees (2 SR for the foul, 1 SR for the tamees)

 

Traditionally for breakfast or dinner, foul is definitely as filling and cheap as it gets.

Although its preparation varies from region to region, whether wholly soaked in lemon and garlic, or mashed with tomatoes, onions and spices, one thing about this fava bean dish remains the same– it is the food of the people. Foul does all enjoy a budget friendly food.

Kebdah Sandwich (3 – 6 SR)

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Also for beef lovers who are on a budget, we recommend a kebdah sandwich. Kebdah is tender beef liver seasoned and served on a fresh bakery roll that’s available at most local fast food joints. So while cruising in the car feeling hungry we suggest you stop and try one of Riyadh’s favorite sandwiches.

Masoub (5 – 8 SR) – Mo

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Masoub is a Saudi traditional food from the Hijaz region that most people usually eat for breakfast. It’s a sweet dish made with bananas, honey and sugar. This dish will leave you feeling full and it’s easy on the wallet. Masoub can be found in most foul and tamees places.

Manageesh (4 – 6 SR)

 

This is a lovely Lebanese tradition made out of bread that comes in different toppings like zaatar spice mix, cheese or labneh. It can be eaten any time of the day or night. You can easily find it in most bakeries.

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For a more traditionally Saudi and very tasty meal, we recommend Motabag. It’s dough filled with different ingredients like cheese, beef, bananas or even veggies. It comes in small square pieces and can be found all over the city at any foul and tamees joints and most of our local fast food places.

Shawarma (4 SR)

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Gone are the days when you used to find 2 SR shawarmas on the street but okay, 4 SR as an average isn’t so bad. This is a weekly staple for some and simply the quickest fix for a hungry Riyadhi any time of the day. While we’ve seen a lot of mutations but nothing beats the good ol’ classic chicken, pickles and fries with a wallop of garlic sauce.

DR Tip: Our favorite shawarmas are from Mama Noura, Luluoa, bayt shawarma. They also have jumbo size ones at 7 SR a pop, match that with the 3 SR juice and you’ll be satisfied.

A Box of Hummus and Bread (8 SR)

Photo credit: Bon Appetit

Photo credit: Bon Appetit

Hummus is awesome and while this chickpeas concoction blended with tahini, olive oil and lemon juice is originally intended to be a dip or appetizer, it has evolved to be a dish on its own for a lot of folks. All you really need is some bread and you’re good to go. Oh and it has a lot of health benefits especially for those who are watching their weight.

DR Tip: The House of Hummus lives up to its name by being a home to any kind of Hummus you’re looking for in the city. Another, less healthy but irresistible option is the buttered hummus at Assaraya topped with pine nuts. It’s sinfully good.

Hamburgini’s Hamburger (9 SR)

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We first met Hamburgini during the burger wars last year and it emerged victorious as the Burger to beat. It’s tasty, it’s filling and it’s the stuff of cravings. Its long lines resemble the queues for the release of the iPhone, only this one happens everyday and worth it for 9 riyals of instant tummy gratification.

Siopao and Empanada (3 SR)

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If you want heavy snacks and are within the Batha area or little Manila, you should grab some Chinese Siopao and Spanish Empanada from a local Filipino bakeshop. Actually, everything you’ll find in one of these Asian bakeries is almost always below 10 SR and they are filling. Siopao is made chicken meat and egg inside a white soft bun and an Empanada is a pastry with meat and veggie fillings.

DR Tip: The Blue Ribbon near the Military hospital is a favorite among locals.

Cheap Eats for Groups

Mathbi – Roast Chicken and Rice (25 SR, good for 3 persons)

A favorite among locals wanting to have a cheap by hefty lunch, this group option would total 25 SR but is good for 3 people. So you really only end up spending 8 SR per person. The gracious serving is made of Roast Chicken with rice and you can pair it with Laban. Some of our sources insist that we try dipping the chicken in honey; sounds like an odd combination but it may just surprise you (in a good way).

DR TIP: Can be found in just about any local food joint, although the local go to place would be Romansiah and Al Sharaya Restaurant.

Bukhari Chicken (18 SR, good for 2-3 persons)

Photo Credits: Bon Appetit

Photo Credits: Bon Appetit

What list of cheap food in Riyadh can be complete without the bukhari? At 18 SR, getting a tray of rice and a half a chicken is indeed a bargain. This is a meal meant to be shared; we have witnessed people getting in a food coma for attempting to consume this on their own. 

DR TIP: When it comes to Bukhari or any local rice dish, we really don’t care about cutlery and quite frankly, there’s something about eating this traditionally with your hands that make the dish more delish. So please, for your own sake, don’t be a pansy.


 

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Community, Online Magazine

THE FIX

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By Mohammed Shamsi

Saudi app Morni is your summer road savior.


“I got a flat tire.” That’s how Salman Al Suhaibaney, founder and CEO of Morni, described his eureka moment, in August 2013, when he first thought of his now thriving app.

“I couldn’t fix the tire myself, so I drove to the closest gas station looking for a tow truck. I couldn’t find any. I thought to myself ‘Why can’t it be as easy as Uber?’ Being stuck in the middle of nowhere, I was reminded how Uber tracks your location exactly, making the process much easier. This was the problem we were trying to solve.”

Towing cars, tire repairs (on the spot), battery charging and replacement, car transportation, plus petrol pumping (for those who forget to fill their gas tanks) are the main services provided by Morni, who aim to become “the automotive hub” of the region, as Al Suhaibaney put it (Morni is now active across the GCC, along with Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt). morniapp-riyadh-2017-courtesy1

Uber was the inspiration. Morni used a similar business model. “That way, we can track the quality of the experience with our customers while ensuring that no abuses happen, pricing-wise.” Development began in April 2014, launching in July 2015.

Their biggest challenge? Ensuring their platform keeps on working. “There was no documentation,” says CTO Abdullah Al Yahya. “When I first joined, I had to learn the coding language for the platform over six months. The mobile version was another headache; it was a black box that we needed to figure out.”

Redevelopment began in July last year. “Starting from scratch; that was the biggest challenge we had. But it was worth it, because now we know our code inside out.”morniapp-riyadh-2017-courtesy2

“We jumped off a cliff, building our wings on the way down,” was how Al Suhaibaney put it. “Today, we’re better, faster, smoother and more user-friendly.” 

“Our success was from word of mouth; from customers who are using the service. Our focus was on ensuring a quality experience for individuals and corporate customers: in terms of follow up with customer care, providing more services, proposing value rides for people who need us. In terms of advertisements, we have sponsorships in motorsports.app-morni

The Saudi Champion in Drifting for 2016 was a Morni driver, along with motorsports events (The local Dodge club among them).

They’re also considered a strategic service provider for some companies, as they’re very active in the transportation and logistics for the automotive industry, with tens of trips daily going from warehouses to branches and customers, especially for the exotic car market.” 

What do you owe your success to?
Good team, with passion to drive growth of the business; that’s our biggest success factor.

What made you choose this business?
It’s a green field. There are no standards or benchmarks; we want to be the standard. We want to be the AAA of the region.

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Artist & Musicians, Arts & Music, Online Magazine

Artistry Connect: A Platform for Artists and Art Lovers

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Young duo creates digital art platform.


Who are the folks behind Artistry Connect?
Omar Abdulrahman Al Mutlaq, an accountant who recently graduated in May from Prince Sultan University. Maram Khalid Al Nemer, an emerging artist, a senior student at Prince Sultan University studying Interior Design, College of Engineering.

What’s the inspiration behind this project? What do you plan to achieve or impact with this website?
Our main inspiration is simply art. And we aim to create an elite platform for all artists. Artistry Connect focuses on connecting art collectors with their favorite artists and art pieces. The platform is also concerned with connecting people and informing them about upcoming events in all the regions. We also plan to create a close worldwide network of artists, art collectors, and art.

What do you think of the art community in Saudi Arabia, particularly in Riyadh?
The art scene is currently expanding with a lot of new emerging artists and world renowned artists. Saudi Arabia, Riyadh in particular, is beginning to acknowledge artists and give them a chance to display their work in multiple growing galleries. Art, in our opinion, is slowly gaining the fame and acknowledgement that it deserves and we, as supporters of art, want to spread it even wider to reach all kinds of people._dsc0461

Where do you see yourselves taking this project to in the years to come?
We are aiming to connect our artistic platform with the GCC starting with Saudi Arabia, no doubt. All artists in that region will be recognized and supported. Artistry Connect will help people know about any upcoming art events happening in the country. We, hopefully, plan on expanding to include many other countries. We aspire to create one platform that houses art pieces and artists where they all can be connected worldwide.

How do you plan to sustain the initiative?
We plan on sustaining it by arranging exhibitions, workshops, art galleries, studio visits, talks, auctions, and many other events for those who enjoy art, create it, or collect it. Our platform will not only be “online based” we plan to reach out to all the talented people, their art, and the people who appreciate it, where they can be connected and reach out to one another in person as well.

What do you think are the challenges art and artists face in Saudi Arabia and what can be done to solve them?
Many people in Saudi Arabia appreciate art, but simultaneously a lot don’t. The art community is small compared to other communities. Not a lot of people understand the importance and significance of art, and so this can be challenging for many artists. Reaching out to the part of society that doesn’t care much for art isn’t easy. But we hope that this will change over time.

“Art must be recognized an appreciated, because it holds the great power of expression.” – Omar Abdulrahman Al Mutlaq

Web: artistryconnect.co
Email: info@artistryconnect.co

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