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Adam Jawa, Mountain Conqueror

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Saudi 13-year-old, Adam Jawa, courageously tackles Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tell us more about deciding to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

While discussing possible locations in Africa with my family, my mom suggested climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. So, being the adventurous family we are, we made plans to climb the highest point in Africa, standing at 19,340 feet.

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What inspired you to take on such a difficult challenge?

Last summer, we traveled to climb the highest mountain in Morocco. While my parents completed the climb, I sadly couldn’t; I wasn’t well prepared. They returned with a beautifully scenic photograph of the view. That’s when I knew I didn’t want to look at the world via a lens; I wanted to capture nature’s beauty with my own eyes.

What strategies do you use to overcome the physical and mental challenges you face, climbing such high altitudes?

I focus on always being prepared. Having the right equipment, eating right and exercising. I gain strength and stamina by building strong muscle and extensive cardio exercises. Fitness tests are essential for self-improvement. Mental obstacles are overcome with confidence.

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What advice would you give to young boys and girls like yourself?

Most youth spend their time playing video games or munching on fast food. I would suggest prioritizing their health and becoming active. After all, a healthy mind lives in a healthy body.

Eat well. Sleep well. Exercise well.Adam Jawa

What is the significance of taking the Saudi flag and your school flag with you?

As a representative of my school, the British International School (BISJ), I carried their flag. I hope that this will be a positive influence and an inspiration to students to achieve anything they set their mind to.

I carried the Saudi flag to represent my country and its people. I wish to highlight the various achievements of Saudi individuals and to inspire people around the world to follow their dreams, no matter how big or small.

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What are your plans and aspirations for the future?

While exploring the Kingdom, I plan to highlight its natural beauty. Jabal Sawda in Abha is on my bucket list. While it connects me to the desert – my favorite landscape – it also serves as an escape; a disconnect from the industrialized world.

I aspire to be a successful movie director in the future. Being a movie fanatic, I’m constantly searching for new channels and ways to further polish my directing and filming skills. YouTube channels like ‘Rocket Jump’ and ‘Corridor Digital’ have inspired me.

In it for the hike, but more for the summit.Adam Jawa

 

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Fitness, Health Activities, Healthy Living

A Detailed List of Activities and Clubs For Kids in Jeddah

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From a young age, it is important for children to partake in a myriad of activities. However, we know that many of you mothers and fathers struggle to find the perfect place for your children to become well-rounded individuals. Worry no more, below we have organized for you a list of the different activities: their prices, availability and contact info. Remember, the children of today are tomorrow’s future.

SPORTS

3s Football Academy

Fees: 500 SR per month
Days: Tues and Thursday 5 – 7 p.m.
Ages: 7 – 12 years (Boys only)
Coaches: Saud Al Fadl, Sultan Al Fadl and Saud Al Hemayid
Location: King Road, Al Zahra Dist.
Tel: +966-545541422/ +966-592223322 / +966-582223322
Facebook:  FootballAcedemyJeddah

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Friends Zone

Fees: 800 SR per month
Days: Sunday and Tuesday
Ages: 3 – 12 years (girls and boys)
Location:  Al Naeem Dist.
Tel: +966-12-6224344
Email: friendszone75@gmail.com
Facebook:  Friendszonecenter
Instagram:  friendszone_kids

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Jeddah City Football Club

Fees:  500 SR per month  (8 sessions/twice a week)
Days: Sundays and Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m.
Ages: 4 – 16 yrs (boys) / 4 – 8 yrs (girls)
Coaches: Feras Yasain and Ibrahim Saleh
Location: Al Mohammadia Dist., close to Jarir mall
Tel: +966-501995834/ +966-566041112/ +966-569173016
Email:  Ibrahim@duplays.com, feras@duplays.com
Facebook:  JeddahCityFC
Web: 
duplaysjeddah.playpass.com

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Jeddah United Sports Company

Fees:  24 classes for 3 months; 1800 SR
Days: Sunday to Wednesday 5:15-7:15 p.m. (5-12 years)/ Sunday and Tuesday 5:15-7:15 p.m. (13+ years)
Ages: 5 years + (boys only)
Location: Al Andalous / Tahlia
Tel: +966-566600429/ +966-503692772
Email: info@jeddahunited.com
Facebook: Jeddah United Sports Company
Web: 
jeddahunited.com

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Nahdi Al Shams

Fees: 450 SR per month, 1100 SR for 3 months,1800 SR for 6 months and 3000 SR for a year (single activity fee only, if you enroll in more than one, program prices are different.)
Ages: 5 years – 16 years (classes also available for 17+)
Location: Al Zahra Dist.
Tel: +966-12-2562000

Red Sea Football

Fees:
700 SR; 10 lessons; one hour class (3-7 years)
800 SR;10 lessons; two hour classes. ( 8+ years)
Days:
3 – 6 years; Monday and Wednesday from 5 – 6 p.m.
6 – 7 years; Monday and Wednesday from 6 – 7 p.m.
8 – 11 years; Sunday and Tuesday from 5 – 7 p.m.
11 – 13 years; Sunday and Tuesday from 7 – 9 p.m.
14+ years; Monday and Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m.

Coach: Kareem Linjawi
Location: Al Khaldiyah Dist.
Tel: +966-505681150
Facebook: 
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Spanish Football Club/Dunk Playground

Fees: 1200 SR for 3 months
Days: Saturday to Thursday 5 – 7 p.m. and 7- 9 p.m.
Coach: Ahmed/Marzouk Al Otaibi/ Hazam
Location: Behind IKEA, Tahlia St.
Tel: +966-
555654651/ +966-535660119
Email:
ahmed@dunkplayground.com
Facebook: dunkplayground.sa

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Sporting United Academy

Age : 9 – 15 years
Coaches: Shabir Ai Lava  / Jamshad Mohammed
Location: Al Samer Dist.
Training: 8 session per week
Days: Friday and Saturday
Email: 
sportingjed@gmail.com
Facebook:  SportingUnitedJeddah

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The Private Club The Private Club is an exciting FIRST sport club in Jeddah for kids established in 2000

Age: All ages
Cost:
SR 1500/month; four games
SR 800/month; two games
SR 500/month; one game
SR 63/day; one game
Location: Al Malik Road‬, next to Al Naghi Company ‬
Sports: Soccer, yoga, ballet, salsa, gymnastic, kickboxing, basketball, hiphop, gym, tennis, karate, self defence, volleyball, aerobics and baseball
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Days: Throughout the year.
Mob: +966-506359280
Tel: +966-12-6223589
Web:
theprivateclubsa.com

Fitness Time – Junior

Fitness Time Junior is a special sports and fitness center designed for children and young adults.
Ages: 6 -15 years
Training: Football, spinning, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, swimming, group classes, self-defense, indoor track, cardio and gym
Costs:
3 months; 1350 SR
6 months; 2100 SR
12 months; 3550 SR
Location: Ghornata St. , Al Aziziyah Dist.
Hours: Friday : 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. , 
Saturday: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Tel: 920003131
Email:
info@fitnesstime.com.sa

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MUSIC

Guitar
Ahmed Zeeshan

Tel: +966-534817768
Location:  Al Safa Dist.
Lesson Duration: 2 hours
Rates: 200 SR/lesson at teacher’s home (Al Safaa), 250 SR/lesson at student’s home
Minimum Age: 9 years
Additional Info: Ahmed has been teaching boys and girls aged 9-18 years old over the last 2 years. He is from India and fluent in English and Urdu/Hindi.

Ali Arif

Tel: +966-599010466
Student Age: 12 years +
Lesson Duration: 1 hour per week
Rates: 100 SR per class/ 400 SR per month
Additional Info: Mr. Arif has been playing guitar for ten years and has a recording studio in Pakistan.

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Piano

Friend Zone

Tel: +966-12-6224344/ +966-12-6224345
Location: Al Naeem Dist.
Fees: 1 month one time a week;1000 SR

 1 month two times a week; 2000 SR
3 months one time a week; 2800 SR

3 months two times a week; 5600 SR
Day: Monday and Wednesday
Email:  friendszone75@gmail.com
Facebook:  Friendszonecenter
Instagram:  friendszone_kids

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Violin

Bassam Saad

Tel: +966-542576644
Student Age: 5 years +
Lesson Duration: 1 hour, once or twice weekly
Fee: 250 SR/ hour
Location: Andomi Compound; Madinah Road and Sari intersection
Additional Info:
Mr. Saad has more than 32 years experience in teaching the technique of violin playing as per Russian, British and Japanese methods. He was a member of many Symphony and Chamber Orchestras; performing in Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, France and Canada.

Students should have their own violin, music stand and shoulder rest. Books will be provided unless they have their own.

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ART

Binte Hava

Location: Al Aziziya Dist.
Mob: +966-546037489

Friends Zone

Ages: 3-12 years
Day:  Wednesday
Times:  4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Fees: 1000 SR for 4 classes
Location:  Al Naeem Dist.
Tel:  +966-12-6224344 / +966-12-6224345 / +966-12-6624346 / +966-533657700
Email:  friendszone75@gmail.com
Facebook:  Friendszonecenter
Instagram:  friendszone_kids

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Motion Boutique (Art and Ballet Together)

Ages: 3 years +
Fees: 350 SR/month and up depending on number of times per week and dancing level of child.
Location: Al Naseem Dist.
Tel: +966-592693380
Facebook: Motion Boutique & Jeddah Ballet Academy

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Saudi Center for Fine Arts

Tel: +966-12-661 2041
Location: Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz St, Al Andalus Dist.

Young Rembrandt

Alif Center off of Malak Road
Ages: 4 – 12 years
Fee: 1 month; 500 SR

2 months; 900 SR

3 months; 1200 SR
Schedule: Monday 4 – 6:30 p.m., Saturday 11 – 12:30 p.m.
Tel: +966-542153779
Facebook: YR Saudia

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My Library

Al Rawdah Dist.
Treet in the Elegant Home building, across from Saudi French Bank.
Fee is 800 SR for My Library Members or 1500 SR for non-members.(Two month program where classes are held once a week.)
Tel: +966-550565110 or +966-12-2631709

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Uzma Noman

Ages: Girls and boys (under 12 years old)
Mastering mediums such as Acrylic, water colors, oil paints, etc. Private classes held with a Fine Arts expert.
Fees: SR 75 per class.
Times: Weekdays; before 8 pm, Saturdays; before 1 pm. (Sessions are 2 hours)
Location: Al Hamra Dist.
Tel: +966-504149834


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Dynamic Code Center

Ages:  3 years +
Fees:  Unknown–only private individual or private group (6 or more) classes are available.
Location: Behind Jeddah Hilton
Tel: +966-12-6076450
Facebook: dcodecenter

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Chamelle Plaza

Ages: 4.5 years +
Fees:  900 SR for 10 classes
Location: Tahlia St.
Tel: +966-12-6634355

Enchanted Garden

Ages:  3 years +
Fees:  500 SR /month (term packages also available for 1500 SR ) –once a week
Location: Tahlia St.
Tel: +966-12-6916812

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Expressions Fitness Club in Saraia Compound

Day:  Monday
Time:  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  Al Rawdah Dist.
Tel: +966-551930502/ +966-505660039

Friends Zone

Ages:  3-12 years
Fees: 600 SR/Month – twice a week
Location:  Al Naeem Dist.
Tel: +966-12-6224344
Email:  friendszone75@gmail.com
Facebook:  Friendszonecenter
Instagram:  friendszone_kids

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Little Caterpillars

Ages: 3-7 years
Fees: Given upon request
Location: Al Rawdah Dist.
Tel:  +966-540997755
Instagram: littlecaterpillarsclub

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Motion Boutique

Ages: 3 years +
Fees: 350 SR/month and up depending on number of times per week and dancing level of child.
Location: Al Naseem Dist.
Tel: +966-592693380
Facebook: Motion Boutique & Jeddah Ballet Academy

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Chamelle Plaza

Days: Saturdays
Times: Girls: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (6-8 years)
12  – 1 p.m. for girls (9-13 years).
Fee: 700 SR for 10 classes
Tel: +966-12-6634355 / +966-12-6634356
Facebook: chamelle club & Spa

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Private classes can be arranged for you and your friends.  A minimum of 6 people are needed to set up the class. They were unwilling to give me a price quote.
Tel: +966-12-6076450

Expressions Fitness Club/ Saraia Compound

Day:  Monday and Wednesday
Time:  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location:  AL Rawdah Dist.
Tel:  +966-551930502/ +966-505660039

Friends Zone

Ages:  5-12 years  (boys and girls– currently only girls in class)
Day:  Sunday and Tuesday
Fees:  500 SR/month or buy 3 month package for 1300 SR
Tel: +966-533657700
Email:  friendszone75@gmail.com
Facebook:  Friendszonecenter
Instagram:  friendszone_kids

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Fun Center

Days: Sundays & Tuesdays
Times:  5 – 6 p.m. children + (mother with daughter)
Fees: 75 SR single class
4 week membership: SR 600
8 week membership: SR 1100
12 week membership: SR 1500
Tel: +966-555118415 / +966-554655889
Facebook: Fun Fun Center

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Fun Is Us

Days: Twice per week (awaiting details)
Times: Awaiting details
Fees: 650 SR per month
Tel: +966-555022353
Instagram: fun.is.us

Saudi City Playgroup

Ages: 3-9 years  (boys and girls)
Days/Times:  Mondays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday’s 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Fee:  500 SR / month for 8 classes (2 times a week)
Location:  Al Khalidiyah Dist.
Tel: +966-569769775 (call between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ONLY)


Source: This article is sourced from the very helpful blog JeddahForKids: jeddahforkids.wordpress.com

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Why It's Better To Start University In Spring Semester

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Although it is unlikely for most people to start college during the spring semester, it is not uncommon.

In fact, more and more universities around the world are making a spring start a possible option to consider. Still though, most people prefer to embark on their new academic journey during the fall arguing the many drawbacks of starting later in the year.  While that can be partially true, starting in the spring is not a total fallback. And just like beginning in the spring is not fit for everyone, neither is beginning in the fall.

If you are amongst the growing minority faced with the option of a spring start and feel like you need a list of pros and cons, we’ve got it!

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Pros:
  • The weather is usually pleasant. Spring is right around the corner.
  • You can take a semester off to think about what it is that you really want to do. 
  • You can travel, participate in some exchange program, or even do some volunteer work that will make you more whole and add to your memory book.
  • You can get a job and save up for the upcoming semester.
  • You have a higher chance of being accepted to your chosen programs since there are fewer applicants.
  • Everyone is less stressed as the summer break is right around the corner.
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Cons:
  • Because you’re the new person in, you feel awkward and out of place. Those who made it in the fall semester have built enough connection with certain groups and bonded with some students.
  • Depending on where you’ll be attending college, It might be really cold.
  • You feel lost. Everybody knows where the administration building is and what you need to do to get a library card and so on, except you. They had the fall semester experience to build on that.
  • The best orientation events, welcome parties, and other celebrations happen in the fall.
  • It takes longer to graduate than people your age.
  • Courses offered in fall may not be offered in spring.

Whether you end up having a fall start or a spring start, don’t stress it. Your college years will be among your best. Give it a rest and embark onto the beginning of a new chapter in your new life with joy and excitement.

 

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Things To Do

Authentic Arabic Picnic Foods

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The season of good weather is right around the corner and what better way to enjoy the cool breeze than with a picnic!


Although picnics can be a lot of fun, we know the hassle of preparing for one. We’ve found ways for you to prepare food simply and hassle free while keeping the flavors close to home. And although food remains at the heart of any good picnic, remember it is never complete without your loved ones and some great outdoor activitites to enjoy with every delicious bite.

Here is what we narrowed the food list down to:

  • Easy to package
  • Easy to eat
  • Durable
  • Simple to prepare
  • Light, but filling
  • Exclusive to Arab cuisine

Mana’eesh:


Pastries (moa’ajanat):

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Qahwa (coffee):

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Adani Tea:


Tabouleh:

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Hummus:

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Meats for the grill:

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Kebbeh:

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Wara’a Enab (Stuffed Grape Leaves):

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Ka’ak:

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Mokasarat (Nuts):

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Maamool:

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Dates Cake:

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Baklava and other Arab sweets:

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Mtabag:

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Lemonade – the picnic classic:

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Travel Tips, Travel Trends

Places To Avoid The Cold Season: Choose Your Next Destination.

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Winter holiday is right around the corner.


But if you’re one to trade snow boots for flip-flops and winter coats for a bathing suit or hiking boots, keep reading.  Whether you are planning for a family vacation, a wild adventure or you just need some time off for yourself, we’ve got the perfect places and away from the cold too.

North and South America

Argentina, Buenos Aires

December to January, Buenos Aires will be at the height of the sultry summer season.  Unique in its culture, Argentina will drag you to the art of tango; make sure to take lessons and blend into its one of a kind culture.

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Brazil, Rio De Janeiro

Immerse in Brazil’s culture and enjoy its samba shows as well as its soccer games.  Also, partake in helicopter tours, rainforest tours and hiking. Visit riodejaneiro.com for more detailed info.’

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Hawaii, Hawaii

While vacationing in Hawaii you can go on multiple adventures such as island tours, dolphin excursions, helicopter tours, and snorkeling. For more detailed info visit Hawaii.com

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Other places:

Colombia, Cartagena
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Mexico, Riviera Maya

Caribbean

Costa Rica

Costa Rica has it all: from vibrant rainforests to diverse wildlife and white sandy beaches.  Disconnect from the virtual world and fall deep into its wilderness.  Costa Rica is particularly best for adventure lovers.

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Jamaica

Rich in culture, Jamaica will allow you to immerse in its delicious cuisines while soaking up some reggae music under the sun. Jazz festivals are particularly popular in Montego Bay during January.  As for adventure lovers, enjoy hiking the Blue Mountains or go zip lining in its rainforests and enjoy the wildlife! – visitjamaica.com for more detailed info.

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Bonaire

Colorful reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving in its beautiful oceans.


Other places:

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dominican Republic
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Africa

Madagascar

Whether you are looking to go on an adventure or a relaxing trip Madagascar is the perfect place to go visit. For adventure lovers: you can explore the wildlife in its vast forests.  As for water sport lovers: surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and diving are offered for you to enjoy. Madagascar also allows for cruises, wale watching, fishing, or simply relaxing by the beach – Madagascar has it all!

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South Africa, Cape Town

As Cape Town embraces history, food, and culture, the New York Times undoubtedly named it the best place to visit. December to January fall during Cape Town’s summer season, which means you get to enjoy its clean, white summer beaches. Boulder’s Beach is a must visit, especially with its African Penguins.

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Mozambique

December to March is during Mozambique’s summer season.  Summer in Mozambique is ideal to explore the Marine rivers and go for scuba diving, snorkeling, and water sports.  It is also a perfect honeymoon destination with luxurious villas and the opportunity to swim with dolphins too.


Asia

Laos

Home to two UNESCO world heritages: the temples of Luang Prabang and the ancient temple complex of Wat Phu, Laos is perfect for historic adventurers. During December to January coincides with lower hotel costs, small crowds and an excellent chance of good weather. Also, don’t miss the Mekong River.

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India, Goa

Explore Goa by biking, hiking, or even going on a jungle adventure.  India and particularly Goa is known for its elephants (this is for all animal lovers) and beaches! Goa does not fall short off sea adventures either.

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Other places:

Thailand, Kao Tao
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Indonesia, Bali

Middle East

UAE, Dubai
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Egypt, Sharm Sheikh
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Business, Business Talks, Reviews, Uncategorized

Best Apps For Finance Management, Start Saving Today!

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Ever fished your wallet for money you can swear you had, but all of a sudden it disappeared?


We all struggle to keep our wallets fat with money or our bank accounts balance number higher than three digits.  Luckily for you, we found the perfect apps to load on your devices to help you budget and manage your finances efficiently.

Mint: FREE

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Mint simply works to money manage, budget, and personal finance.  Mint easily allows you to place your accounts, cards, and investments into one place in order for you to track your spending, create a budget, receive bill reminders and alerts, as well as get customized tips for saving money.  


Daily Budget: FREE

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Daily Budget will calculate your ‘daily budget’ based on your income and fixed costs. It will also help you plan how to spend your money efficiently.


Money Manager Pro: $2.99

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This app has it all for those in desperate need of financial assistance and money management.  It encompasses a PC editing function, which allows you to track as well as make changes from your PC.  Amongst the many functions, Money Manager possesses budget management and credit/debit card management functions too.  If you need to alternate the currency, Money manager has a function for that too!


GoodBudget: FREE

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Goodbudget is a personal finance app designed especially for budget planning and money management.  It allows you to share a budget with a spouse, family member, or a friend across multiple devices.  Goodbudget’s budgeting system follows the envelope system – this is the same idea as the old fashioned method of putting cash into different envelopes for different categories (groceries, shopping, entertainment, etc).


LearnVest: FREE

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This app allows you to securely link your financial accounts to it, which will then allow you to set up ‘Smart Budget’ with goals based on your preferences.  Your spending is automatically tracked and categorized allowing you to see how much you spend on average each month.  You can also track your progress – how far/close you are to meeting the goals you’ve set.  Once you have set up your account, LearnVest gives you the opportunity to schedule a free call with one of their experts to receive personalized help to reach your goals.


LevelMoney:

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LevelMoney is an award-winning app that acts as a mobile money meter. It connects to your credit, debit, and banking accounts; each transaction adjusts the money meter correspondingly for you to see how well you are doing with your budget. LevelMoney calculates your estimated income and subtracts the expenses leaving you with the total money remaining to spend. Finally, it breaks down your finances on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to help you stay on track.

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Meaningful Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones

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Picking and choosing the perfect gift goes a long way beyond just the price tag.


If you think you need to spend a fortune on getting the perfect, meaningful and touching gift, think again. Below are some great ideas to spend your money right, or not spend it at all, while still tickling the heart of the person you’re gifting.  Remember: it’s the thought that counts!

Do it yourself.

Low on cash? That’s okay.  Put your hands at work and get creative, making the perfect, one of a kind, customized gift.


Experiences = Memories.

Memories can last a lifetime, and while many people think they can’t be gifted, we think otherwise.  Instead of spending money on items, objects or materialistic things, how about taking them on a once in a lifetime experience/adventure.


Give the gift of giving.

If the person you’re gifting is a philanthropist, this is best gift to give. Put their name to good use for a good cause and donate to a charity (could be their favorite) on their behalf. Few excellent websites include www.Justgive.org, www.networkforgood.org, www.greatergood.org. You can donate, create a fundraiser and do so much more for a better world. All that, while still buying the most heart-warming present there is.  

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Frame the moments.

If the connection you have with the person is built on memories upon better memories, framing a collage of pictures is the perfect gift to go.  You can guarantee they will never forget you or the wonderful moments you shared together.

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Photo Credit: freshmommyblog.com


Bucket list: check.

It is always a good idea to help someone check something off their bucket list.  Trust me, they will highly appreciate it and never forget you for it.

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Engrave it; customize it.

Accessories and jewelry are known to be a generic gift for anyone, anytime.  However, you can personalize this generic gift, making it more special and thoughtful, by engraving words, phrases or dates on it.

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Photo Credit: etsy.com


The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach.

Who doesn’t love food, even just a little? Jump into the kitchen, get your hands dirty and cook that special someone his or her favorite meal! We guarantee to win their heart (and stomach) over.

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Photo Credit: 7-themes.com


Name a star.

Yes an actual star floating in the vast galaxy and space. Simply, you can purchase a star through www.star-registration.com and name it after them: unique, special and shining ever so bright for eternity.

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Photo Credit: amazon.com


Needs over wants.

Why buy things that will sit on a shelf or the back of the closet for years? Make sure you purchase something they need and are probably saving up for!

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Photo Credit: craftbuds.com


A daily reminder.

Fill a mason jar or make a handmade sketch book listing 365 things you love about the person you’re gifting.  This will make their day for each day of the year to come.


Arrange the meet-up of their dreams.

While being extremely difficult to execute, it is not entirely impossible.  Attempt to arrange a meet up – for the person you’re gifting – with their biggest role mode or favorite celebrity – this would be ideal if you’re a person with many connections. Plus, we live in a social media empire; use it to your advantage.

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Roundup of Jeddah's Dining Scene 2015

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A brief roundup of restaurants and cafes that opened this year.

arabiaeats.comSultan’s Steakhouse
Recently opened, this steakhouse comes straight out of Turkey for all the meat lovers out there.

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12Sandwich Gallery
This is your destination for a selection of sandwiches, deserts and appetizers inverted from different places around the world.

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5Bagel Bar Coffee House
Be it for a quick bite or a cup of coffee with friends, Bagel Bar coffee house offers a variety of bagels, wraps, paninis, sandwiches, desserts, coffee, and more for you to enjoy.

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8Crave
Crave offers a diverse menu ranging from chicken wraps, hot dogs and especially their special juicy burgers prepared right in front of you.

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11Brain Freeze
Uniquely identified, you might mistake this ice cream parlor for a food truck. Head there for a variety of cold treats, slushy mixes and ice creams.

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4Nadia Ottoman Cuisine
This unique place offers your favorite original Turkish dishes with a modern twist.

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ahwakAhwak Cafe
Ahwak transforms traditional Lebanese dishes into contemporary, trendy ones.

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2Sura Korean
At Sura you will feel right in Korea with their Chabudai table set up and traditional Korean cooking.

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RossopomodoroSARossopomodoro
This restaurant brings back the Italian comfort food – inspired by Naples cooking – you have always enjoyed.

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9Hanisan
Hanisan successfully transforms classic Japanese cooking into contemporary innovative dishes like no other.

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fireFire Grill

Fire Grill offers a variety of Mexican classics with a Californian touch customized to your own liking.

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boxThe Box

Have your favorite Chinese noodles or rice customized to your own preference in this shoebox of a noodle house.

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6Noodle House
An international favorite for all Asian cuisine lovers. Indulge in the flavors of Southeast Asia at Noodle House.

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13Rude Shake
With a slogan like theirs – “we make a milkshake out of everything” – do not be afraid to get creative and customize your own milkshake to your crazy way.

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shakerThe Shaker
This joint offers anything from juices, milkshakes, smoothies, Italian sodas, protein shakes and salads. It will certainly respond to your anything-fresh appetites.

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7Medd Café
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this café while indulging in a fresh cup of coffee and treats.

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10Sara’s Corner
Serving everything from sandwiches to beverages, Sara’s Corner is the perfect hangout spot for women. Ladies night never tasted so good!

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1Moussallati Gourmet Shop
Having 35 years experience and cooking from the heart, Moussallati’s chef ensures the dishes are authentically Syrian and 100 percent traditional from their hometown, Aleppo.

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Offbeat

How Not To Look Like Your Passport Photo Upon Arrival

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Unless you’re traveling on an Emirates flight, on a first class ticket where showering in mid air is possible only for you and other elites like you, then you’ll probably not going to look like a superstar when you step off board.


But, there are some little things that you can do that just might save you from looking like your flight experience.

Get enough sleep the day before your flight

The best way to avoid dark circles under your eyes is to arrive at the airport having had enough sleep and rest (especially if you have a long flight ahead of you).

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Small, simple and fresh essentials

Travel size moisturizer/lotion, Travel size perfume, Travel size hand sanitizer/Travel size tissue pack, Oil blotting wipes to keep your skin fresh, Lip balm, Mini hairbrush. Blindfolds for a deeper snooze and a more relaxed face.

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Photo Credit: flickr.com


Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated at all times to keep your skin glowing and moisturized. Keep a water bottle on you, as airplane air and pressure can get really dry. Moisturize constantly.

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Photo Credit: forbes.com


Pack extras

We’ve all had moments on the plane where we wish we had an extra everything. Don’t risk awkward situations and pack an extra shirt and delicates.

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Sunglasses can do so much more than hide sunlight

With sunglasses, you can add vibrancy and sharpness to your look while also hiding those tired eyes. They save you the hassle of putting makeup on too. Arrive like a true celebrity.

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Hats, hats and more hats

The air inside an airplane is electrically charged, making a bad hair day a very possible scenario. Hats are perfect for those little frizzes that can’t be tamed. Just throw on a funky hat and you’re good to go. Whether you are lazy to work on your hair, or just don’t have time for it, hats will always add a finished touch to your look with no effort at all.

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Photo Credit: gakud.com


Don’t suffocate in what you wear

Tight clothing can restrict healthy blood flow, making you look pale as ever. It is not uncommon to experience bloatedness or puffiness during your travel, so plan accordingly. Wear loosely fitted yet stylish clothing. Keep in mind: comfort always comes first.

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Make a travel hair do

Search for travel hairstyles.

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Go for the smart look – avoid contact lenses

Airplane air can get really dry and that can be dangerous if you regularly wear contact lenses. Eyeglasses can be stylish; so do not be afraid to rock them. However, if you must stick to lenses, make sure you keep eye drops with you at all times.

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Master the art of good make-up

While traveling, keep your make up goods at a minimum. Remember, you are keeping a natural look. Also, leave doing your make up till the very end of your flight or freshen up you look at the airport when you land. This will avoid you sweating with makeup on or smudged make up, but instead maintaining the sharp, put together look you are aiming for.

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Travel like a zen master: don’t create unnecessary hassle

  • The Casual Abaya (fitting arms for easy maneuvering).
  • Stylish, but always comfy a.k.a NEVER wear heels.
  • Light, large bags over small heavy ones. Comfort is key, especially when you have connecting flights at large airports. Opt for large bags with light material, a zipper and long handles (to hang on your shoulders).
  • Be organized: have anything you might need within hands reach, easy to access and hassle-free.
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Keep the blood flowing with some inflight yoga

Blood flow is sure to concentrate at your feet when sitting for long hours. This will surely drain the color from your face, something you really should avoid. Move around as much as you can, but also opt for some simple inflight yoga that will keep the flowing and your cheeks rosy.

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Stay warm

It can get quite cold for many of us on airplanes, so use airline blankets to stay warm and avoid an upset stomach or bloating. This will also insure your face doesn’t get paler as your get colder.

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Keep it healthy, keep it light

Overeating or eating the wrong foods can cause stomach discomfort or bloating. Then, blood flow is focused in your abdomen instead of your skin. You also don’t want to panic in these situations. Pack healthy snacks beforehand; eat small portions regularly to avoid hunger and overeating. Airplane food is worth the hassle anyway.

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Finally, don’t stress it. Just enjoy it.

 

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