Mounirah Mosly Exhibition – Hafez Gallery Jeddah

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Makkah born Mounriah Mosly, College of Fine Arts Cairo graduate, staged her first private exhibition in Jeddah in 1972 at Al Shams Gallery. Since then, she’s been an active traveller and contributor to the Middle Eastern art scene. Being a pioneer alongside Safia Bin Zagr, they held the first female art exhibition during their school years.

Her evolution as an identity and an individual is reflected deeply in this exhibition. As you tour the gallery, you will travel alongside her: wooden windows from Ha’il, papyrus from Egypt, reflections on her time in Spain, and leather skins and mixed fabrics from various countries picked up along the way. These tokens allowed visitors to catch a glimpse of her fruitful life.

Tips:
  1. Check out our favorite piece – “A Wound Like A Long Night 2”

  2. Don’t forget to take a look at the section dedicated to her artistic story showcasing her preliminary sketches.

  3. Don’t miss out on the screening of her directorial video at the backend of the gallery.

  4. Pick up the exhibition catalogue on the way out.

Location: Hafez Galley, 2nd floor, Bougenvillea, Malik Rd.
Dates: 16 February – 22 March 2016
Opening Hours:
Weekdays 10 – 9

Saturday- 5 – 9

 

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Tamashee: Bringing The Madaas Back In Style

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 “Preserve Identity • Represent Culture • Color Lives”

Muneera Al Tamimi, Ali Al Youha, Mohammed Kazim and Amine Mamlouk have come together, as a creative design team, to bring back a traditional element of Arabian clothing to the spotlight.

The madaas, also known as najdeiya, na3l and zbairiya, has been given a modern fashionable makeover, allowing the masses to wear them in all types of occasions and environments. Bringing forward both a women’s and men’s collection, they are available in The Kingdom exclusively at Rubaiyat Jeddah and Harvey Nichols Riyadh.

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Here is what you need to know about this Dubai-based brand, Tamashee, as they take the Arabian fashion scene by storm:
  • Leathers: Unlike many brands, Tamashee uses various leathers, even those that are deemed unusable. They utilize camel leather, which is often overlooked for its imperfections, cow leather for the inner sole to create comfort, lambskin for functionality (rings to join the sole with the upper shoe) and ostrich leather for color and texture.

  • Colors: Tamshee is all about vibrancy and bright colors. This is reflected in their recent collection; pinks, oranges, greens, yellows and mustards. An instant pop of color to complete simple outfits, adding modernity to any look be it traditional or casual. All shoes are handmade using natural dyes, and manufactured in Spain.

  • Teak wood: An Arabian staple wood was used to build stools at Tamshee’s launches. Fun fact: The stools used in their Dubai pop-up launch was used in their Jeddah launch. Saudi artist Mashail Bukhari, an Islamic Art graduate, was present at the Jeddah event and was showcasing her crafting talents.

  • Social causes: Tamashee’s founders emphasize the importance of supporting emerging talents in the Gulf area by collaborating with local artists. They also endeavor to increase awareness in regards to the Gulf’s rich history and traditions. Last, but not least, Tamashee is working to increase awareness and social understanding for those with special needs.

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Instagram: Tamashee
Website: tamashee.com (online shopping)
Suppliers:
KSA: Jeddah – Rubaiyat, Stars Avenue Mall

Riyadh – Harvey Nicols, Al Faisaliah Mall
Emirates: Dubai – Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall
Qatar: Doha – 51 East, Lagoona Mall

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The Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Charity extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire.”Saheeh Al Jaami, 5136

Mawakeb Al Ajer was established with the intentions of giving back to the community and helping those in need. Tucked away, behind the Al Badriyah complex on Al Rawdah street, it is side-by-side with the Al Taif orphans “Aytaam Al Taif’ organization.

Before you walk in, mentally prepare yourself to be blown away.

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Yes, the two-storey building boasts several rooms full of secondhand (used and unused) items, but that’s not what will leave you needing a second to digest your surroundings.

As you go from room to room, you will see cleanliness and organization that high street retailers should aspire to. Take that in, along with the beautiful Qur’an recitation playing, the smell of bukhoor and the well-presented and helpful assistants; remember why you are there. Yes, Mawakeb offers an endless amount of bargains, but it’s the charity. All of this aimed at helping others.

All sales’ proceeds go to charity: Aytam Al Taif and the community.

Mawakeb boasts an outdoor front yard full of furniture pieces, from garden swings to bikes and pottery pieces. Once you enter, you’ll be greeted with the rooms dedicated to different items. On the first floor, you will find: kitchenware (full china sets for SR 300, picnic baskets, pots and pans, coffeemakers, etc.) cutlery, menswear (shirts, jackets, trousers and shoes), the Al Warraq bookstore, furniture and antiques. The second floor is dedicated to womenswear (abayas, dresses and shoes: designer and highstreet) and children’s clothes and toys.

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May Allah shower those who go with the intention of helping another person with blessings and abundance in reward. May Allah grant those who organize, volunteer and donate many blessings in this life and the next.

Mawakeb Al Ajer servies:

  1. Accept material donations (except damaged wooden items)
  2. Rent out secondhand bridal gowns
  3. A 2-storey store selling secondhand goods
  4. Their Al Warraq bookstore holds book fairs
  5. Recycling collection (paper, cardboard, plastic and metal)
  6. Volunteering opportunities
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Location: Behind Al Badriyah building, Al Rawdah St., Al Khalediyah Dist.
Tel: +966-12-6062433
Tel: +966-12-6062430
Email: mawakebalajer@hotmail.com
Instagram: mawakebAlajer
Twitter: mawakebAlajer
Facebook: Mawakeb Alajer
Opening hours:
Saturday- Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 4 – 8 p.m.

 

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Things you need to take on a camping trip

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So we all know camping trips are not easy, especially for families. The number of things you have to remember to pack with you, is never-ending. To help you out and to make sure there isn’t an “Oh no!! I forgot to bring it!” moment, we’ve put this mini list of all the necessities you should definitely take with you.

1. Sunblock Lotion SPF 30 - 50+
It s something that should be in your daily routine, regardless of the weather and the amount of sunshine. So, if you’re planning to head out to the barr, stack it up. Make sure to blend it in.. otherwise you might give someone a fright. Sunblock lotions can be found in Danube, pharmacies and even with most international beauty brands available in Sephora, Wojooh and select pharmacies.

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2. Mosquito repellent
Unless you enjoy being bitten all over and having to spend the day trying to resist the urge to itch.. we suggest using a strong repellent spray. ARS repellent spray is super-strong and lasts for up to 10 hours (can be found in supermarkets and pharmacies) Take that mossies!
Photo Credit: articles.mercola.com

Photo Credit: articles.mercola.com

3. Water
Even thought this is a no-brainer, try to take as much water as possible. The last thing you want is to have to go off looking for a natural spring because you only took two bottles of water.

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4. Vaseline
No one likes the feeling of dry lips. Stay hydrated throughout the day and moisturize your skin to keep it soft.
Photo Credit: mygym.co.uk

Photo Credit: mygym.co.uk

5. Sunglasses
We suggest taking an extra pair, especially if you’re going to be doing activities. You never know what might happen, sunglasses fly off all the time, and you don’t want to be stuck looking at the ground because the sun is just too bright. Plus, sunglasses always make you look cool; have a look at Rayban, Dior and Miu Miu for stylish glasses this season.

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6. Scarf
Don’t underestimate the power of protection a scarf can give you. Having sand thrown in your face as you surf the sand dune is super not-cool, so to stay safe and to keep your face sand-less, we suggest using the scarf to wrap your mouth, nose and hair. For hijab wearers, turbans are a good idea as they stay put even in the windiest conditions.

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7. Hat / Cap
No one likes the idea of sand making your scalp itchy or your hair dirty, and no one likes the sun directly on the face especially when it’s 30-40 degrees; so make sure to take wide-brimmed caps or straw fedora hats.

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8. Comfy shoes
Since you’re mostly likely to be running and walking around, plus sand erodes leathers, it will definitely be a great idea to wear trainers or plimsolls (for those who don’t own trainers like me.)

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9. Power bank
“Oh no. My battery is dying” is the worst feeling, particularly if you still have the whole day worth of pictures and videos to take. Bring a charger or a power bank along, you might even need an adapter.

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10. Bluetooth speakers
Unless you like the sound of silence in the desert, we recommend taking speakers to keep up the vibe and zone out scary sounds.

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11. Camera
I think this is self-explanatory.

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12. Sat-nav
We can’t imagine a world without Sat-nav. Stay safe and if it’s not installed in your car, make sure to have Google Maps and GPS switched on while out in the middle of nowhere.

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13. Backpacks/ messenger bags
You’re probably going to have a lot of things to carry around: your ID, money, phone, vaseline, water, etc. Keep all of this in a compact-sized bag, be it be a backpack or a messenger bag.

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14. Marshmallows
No camping trip is complete without a bonfire moment with marshmallows on sticks. YUMMM. Take cookies to make marshmallow sandwiches. YUMMM.

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Camping Jeddawi style

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Many people, especially families, have told to me about the barr camping trips they go on regularly. To be honest, I never thought the day would come were I would be able to say… yes, I’ve done it too.

We, the Destination team, headed out in our jeeps and 4*4s via King Road, at around 3 p.m. Fortunately, we arrived at our destination (Bahra) within an hour. The journey was filled with moments of awws, ooos and wows. Personally, every time I looked at the surrounding landscape I couldn’t help, but mutter SubhanaAllah over and over. The mountains, the sand dunes and the cool breezy weather really did create the perfect setting for our trip.

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Upon arrival, we were greeted by an organizer who led us to the campsite. A huge tent was put up: a section for seating, one for praying and putting your bags/luggage and a food prep section.

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The day was filled with adrenaline rush activities: dune buggy rides, Jeeps, horse-riding -they even had a pony-, karaoke, a falcon show and an evening BBQ meal that really was the icing to the cake.

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This is Sheikha. Throughout the day she was perched on her wooden post, observing us as we went about our activities. Funny story alert. At the end of the night, her trainer called out for her and guess what? She flew off into the night. We were told she would fly back to her post in the morning.

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We would like to thank the organizers for the great day they planned for us. The whole team thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We advise our followers who are looking for a bit of a thrill, to go out and experience it. Take a big group of friends and have a great time in the barr.

IG: Jeddah_safari_club
Website: talaea3.com
Tel: +966- 566775977

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“Let’s walk the walk together 4” – Help Center’s marathon

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On January 28th, we witnessed an inspiring event organized by Help Center, celebrating the athletic talent of its students. The “Lets Walk the Walk Together 4” marathon took place on Prince Naif Street, off Malik Road.

Starting at 9 a.m., it was moving and motivational to see the participants and their families keeping up the enthusiasm even till the afternoon. The sounds of cheers resonated throughout the event.

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We would like to thank all those who took part in organizing this event. We wish to see many more just like it. To the participants and runners: we congratulate you on your never-wavering courage and look forward to walking alongside you again.

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Check Out How People Dance In The Different Regions of Saudi Arabia

Photo Credits: sauditourism.sa

You’ve probably come across the video of Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) fully dressed in traditional Saudi clothing, dancing away. If not, you should probably have a look, for entertainment’s sake obviously.

First of all, culture-wise, The kingdom can be split into the regions of Hijaz, Najd, South, Sharqiyah and the North. Based on this, there are numerous styles of folklore arts such as Al 3ardah, Al Houti, Al Fasl, Al Naqour and poetic debates.

So what is the “3ardah”? Its’ a form of folkoric dance; performed by men and typically in two rows facing each other, while they wield swords, daggers and canes (depending on the region). All of this is complimented with poetry recitals and drumbeats. Even though, this was usually performed as a going into combat motivation, it has become a segment of most traditional celebrations.

3ardah terminology you need to know:

“Al Sabhah”: The group of men line dup for dance.

“Al Takhmir”: Beating the drum twice.

“ Al Tathlith”: Beating the drum thrice.


Najdi dance:

The “3ardah Al Najdiyah” is common in the areas of Riyadh, Al Kharj, Wadi Al Duwaiser, Shaqra, Al Zulfi and Buraidah. The men hold weapons that were used in the past, such as guns, swords, daggers and a flag. The opposing rows sing poetry and wave their swords, as those in the middle focus on their drums.

Some areas like Unaizah, have the “Al Samiri dance” which is similar, but different to the 3ardah.

There are also the folkloric “Al Hati”, “ Al Fasl” and “ Al Naqour” which are popular in the Najdi region.


Hijazi dance:

This “Majroor 3ardah” is popular in Madinah, Makkah and especially Taif.

“6arab Ynba3wi” is popular in the areas of Yanbu and recently Jeddah.

Here, they use the “Al Samsamiya”; a string instrument used for melody as the men dance in the form of waves.

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There are also the “Al Sahab”, “ Al Zeer” and “Al Hajlah” dances, which are common in Hijazi culture.


Southern area dance:

This region includes: Abha, Najran, Jizan and Khamis. They enjoy the 3ardah, “Al-Mu’ashsha”, “Al Azawi” dances, which are energetic performances and the “Lu’bat Al Saif” which is performed silently to the beats of the drums. These dances are usually executed in a sequence that encourages enthusiasm, pride and patriotism, as they wield weapons and guns.

  • Ardat Al Razfah from Al Najran:

The “Al Zamil” 3ardah, is used specifically by the people of Al Najran, to welcome guests from other areas. They wear ostentatious clothing and build a fire at the center of the field.

There is also the “Al Khatwa” dance popular in the Al Aseer district, which translates to the “Steps” dance in which drums, daggers and sticks are used.


Northern area dance:

Here the 3ardah, along with the “Al Samiri” and “Al Dahha” dances are popular.

  • Al Dahhah dance:

As you can see from the video, the dancers move their feet and hands together in a consistent rhythm.

Photo Credits: toledoblade.com

Photo Credits: toledoblade.com The Rababa is used to play numerous tunes, including Al-Hujaini, Al-Zawba’I, and Al-Mashoub.


Eastern Province dance:

As the Eastern province overlooks the coast and has a huge emphasis on agriculture, this is reflected in their arts. Their dances are heavily traditional, such as “Dag Al-Hab”, “Al Hasad”, “Al Liwah”, “Al Farisah”, and “Al Saw”.

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Using tar drums, hand clapping and movements that reflect the rhythms of Al Qawafeed (tree branches), they also use “Al Manaheez” and “Al Mahabeesh”; both of which are used for grinding and harvesting.

“Al Fareesa” dance, immensely popular in the Eastern region and from the older times, has the “Al Menz” which is a cage that usually has a dancer who acts as the horse. The other men stand in a circle to dance round him, performing the “ Al Liwah”. Using the Surnai, Oud and Mirwas, two men from each of the two rows perform to their rhythm.

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Al Surani, Oud, Tar drum, and Mirwas

 

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Kunna Keda 3 Festival: Reliving The Hijaz

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Location: Al Balad
Dates: 7th – 16th January 2016
Times: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Historical Jeddah festival “kunna keda” was bought back to town for the third year; bigger, better and stronger than ever. The festival consisted of two parts: The “Souq Ahalina” sponsored by NCB and the walkthrough in Al Mathloum district where visitors got the opportunity to relive the Hijazi lifestyle and traditions.

We started at the souq, where they were holding the Al Balad Comedy Show (two shows per day; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.), food booths (Kalila and Aseil with their Hijazi mutabbags, Al Khayal with their shawermas, Abu Riyal food truck with their ice creams and Nescafe with their much loved qahwa offerings.) Also businesses and organizations were given the chance to showcase their products in small booths, such as traditional clothing, customized T-shirts and cultural artifacts.

We were then ushered, by a very helpful volunteer, who stopped traffic to give visitors a safe path to cross the very busy streets (Thank you.) We were then greeted by the majestic city gate; Baab Al Madina in Historical Jeddah – a UNESCO site. A tour guide (Mohammedamin A Turkistani) generously offered to guide us through the city landmarks. This was the beginning of our great adventure.

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(1) Nescafe offering Arabic coffee to visitors. (2) The hijazi postman and his bike. (3) An escape tunnel built in the Al Matbouli house.

One of the things that literally pulled at our heartstrings was the consistent and continuous effort the organizers had made to cater to those with special needs. Making them feel involved in the festivities, they organized a play for them and a folklore and mizmar performance.

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We were lucky to meet the Mayor of the Sham Al Madloum District; Malak Baissa. He was gracious enough to welcome us to the event. (He usually sits outside his office)

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(4) The mayor, Malak Baissa, with us.

As Maghreb started, a kind antique shop owner allowed us to take refuge in her store. It was hospitality at its best. She offered Qahwa and several variations of the traditional ma3mool. To add to this, she surprised us; explaining that the traditional majlas could actually be rented as a meeting space for those looking for a Hijazi experience while working.

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As we turned one of the many corners, we were met with the stunning view of the photography street. Both walls were covered with beautiful shots taken by Saudi artists.

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For Saudis, the Family wall would probably be one of their highlights. They were given the chance to find their family name and tag it with their own names.

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(5) Our amazing tour guide volunteer Mr. Mohammadamin Turkistani.

Last but not least, our tour guide took us to visit the oldest houses in the area (400 years old). The Al Matbouli family were kind enough to give us a special tour of their home.

Along the way, we met several expats who were thoroughly enjoying this discovery of Hijaz experience.

Simply said, we were blown away. We couldn’t have asked for more, except maybe for Snapchat not to crash while we were covering the event (our 80 snaps from the first visit were all deleted 🙁 )

We would like to thank every single organizer and volunteer who helped create such a phenomenal event; us Jeddawis really appreciate all the hard work. We would also like to thank the Mayor Malak Baissa for welcoming us and all Jeddawis to this event. Last but not least, a very HUGE thank you to Mr Mohammedamin Turkistani for guiding us not once, but twice through the streets of Al Balad; Thank you for all the information you gave us and thank you for being so patient with us as we tried to soak in all our surroundings.

We look forward to next year’s event and encourage everyone to visit; it’s definitely worth every second of leg cramps.

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A List Of All Saudi Airports

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Since most of us are frequent flyers, we’ve all had our fair share of experiences with The Kingdom’s airports. In Saudi Arabia, airports can be categorized into 4 types: international, domestic, Aramco and Military. Most of us will only be using the first two, with the latter two being for specific persons with special access and permission to use them.

Name Food Court Lounges + WiFi Landmarks Distance from city Telephone number
Riyadh – King Khalid International Airport Yes Al Fursan Lounge: T2 and T3.

Premier First/Business Class Lounge:T1

Plaza Premium Lounge (international flyers): Opening soon.

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The indoor fountain

35 km north of Riyadh +966-11-2211000
Jeddah – King Abdul Aziz International Airport Yes North Terminal : First class Lounge.

South Terminal: Al Fursan Gold Lounge

Plaza Premium Lounge (international flyers) : Opening soon.

Hajj terminal 19 km north of the city center 9211233
Dammam- King Fahd International Airport Yes Al Fursan Lounge: Gate 17 and 18.

Plaza Premium Lounge (international flyers): opening soon.

Its own plant nursery 20 km northwest of the city +966-13-8831000
Medina – Prince Mohammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport Yes Plaza Premium Lounge (international flyers): Opening soon. The canapé-like pillars 17.5 km
Yanbu- Prince Abdul Mohsin Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport Yes TasHeel Lounge

Plaza Premium Lounge(Domestic flyers): Opening soon.

The sea view 33.8 km +966-14-3225753
Al Ahsa – Al Ahsa International Airport Yes Al Fursan Lounge It’s closeness to the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. 32.5 km +966-13-5710001
Abha International Airport Yes TasHeel Lounge

Plaza Premium Lounge (Domestic flyers): Opening soon.

The sci-fi like building and setting – May the Force be with you. 23 km

At international airports, parking is priced at SR 3/ hour. (Day and pre-paid passes are available too.)

In regards to Wi-Fi facilities, most of the airports claim to have free Wi-Fi coverage. However, we haven’t really been able to access it – ever… If you are one of the lucky few who have unlocked the secret to accessing Wi-Fi at these airports, please share the knowledge.


Domestic airports:
  • Abha Regional Airport
  • Al Baha Domestic Airport
  • Al Jawf Domestic Airport
  • Arar Domestic Airport
  • Al Qaisumah/Hafr Al Batin Airport
  • Bisha Domestic Airport
  • Dawadmi – King Salman bin Abdul AzizDomestic Airport Domestic Airport
  • Gurayat Domestic Airport
  • Ha’il Regional Airport
  • King Abdullah International Airport Jizan Regional Airport
  • Najran Domestic Airport
  • Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz Domestic Airport
  • Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
  • Rabigh Regional Airport
  • Rafha Domestic Airport
  • Sharurah Domestic Airport
  • Tabuk – Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Regional Airport
  • Tabuk- Al Wajh Domestic Airport
  • Ta’if Regional Airport
  • Turaif Domestic Airport
  • Wadi al-Dawasir Domestic Airport

The numerous amount of domestic and regional airports, allows travelling within The Kingdom extremely easy. Most of these airports are small-sized and much quieter, in comparison to the international airports listed previously.


Aramco airports:

These are airports solely for Aramco and their employees use.

Photo Credit: foursquare.com

Photo Credit: foursquare.com


Military airports:
  1. Dhahran – King Abdul Aziz airbase ( Royal Saudi Air Force base)
  2. Hafar Al Batin – King Khalid Military City Airport ( military base and limited domestic flights)
  3. Jubail – Jubail Airport (military base and private aviation)
  4. Jubail – King AbdulAziz Naval Base (military only)
  5. Ras Mishab – Ras Mishab Airport (In the Naval complex)

Private aviation airports:
  1. Saudi Private Aviation (SPA):

With 4 main FBOs: Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Dammam, they also have 22 stations in domestic airports with 60 international stations via partners.

Web: spa.sa

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  1. Arabsco:

A pioneer in business aviation services, they provide services in Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, Dammam and Yanbu.

Web: arabasco.aero

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  1. Nasjet:

The first private company in The Kingdom to be granted an Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC); they specialize in everything regarding corporate aviation services.

Web: nasjet.com

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Photo Credit: flygosh.com

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Saudi Resolutions We Fail To Commit To Every Time

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As the New Year creeps up on us, many of us tend to compile a list of things we want to change in the next year. However, most of us fail to even accomplish one of them by the end of the year- shocker right?

Here’s a list of the most common resolutions we are guilty of setting:

1- “I’m going to go to Umrah at least once a month…”

Being that people spend years saving to travel to The Kingdom just to get a glimpse of the Holy Ka’bah and the Prophet’s mosque, do we really have a justification for not going more often? May Allah give us the strength to stick to this resolution to the best of our abilities.

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2- “I’m going to go camping/star gazing…”

Too many of us are quick to look outside of The Kingdom for places to explore, forgetting that we live in a place that isn’t just desert, but desert with interesting places to visit. Hiking, camping, barbecuing… under the night stars… amidst Mother Nature… Heyy.. Are you still with me?

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Photo Credit: monumentvalleyview.com


3- “I’m going to walk to the bagala, instead of going with the car…”

Stretch those legs and tone those muscles.

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4- “I’m going to spend more time with my family.”

We know listening to the constant bickering between the uncles and aunts, the noisy and hectic atmosphere as children run around the house and the never-ending “Are you getting married soon?” enquiries are annoying, but still they’re family.

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5- “I’m going to stop Snapchatting every moment of my life”.

Three words: Internet is life.

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6- “I’m going to wear more colors… starting with my abayas”

Don’t give into peer pressure. Black will always be the new black.
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7- “I’m going to stop wearing shishib outside the house…”

There’s a difference between outdoor shoes and home shoes, let’s keep them separate. Especially when you’re wearing socks.

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8- “I’m going to be more productive at work.”

Uturn and Tilfaz are huge bundles of fun and laughter….but I think we get paid to work.

 

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9- “I’m going to stop blaming my driver for everything.”

Why are you late? Why didn’t you get the things I asked you for? Why did it take so long? Why are you not home yet? All of these questions have a common denominator answer, “my driver”. Haram 3alaikum.

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10 “I’m going to stop binge eating on Al Baik.”

A lot us have McDonalds, KFC, Hardees and all the other fast food joints on speed dial. Healthy lifestyle what?

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11- “I’m going to explore places other than Dubai and Bahrain.”

These two places have been overtaken by Saudis looking for quick getaways to change the jaww. Let’s not forget Europe, Africa and Asia are quite close too.

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12- “I’m going to stop running to Sephora everytime I feel sad…”

How many times have we ran to Sephora and bought 10 new lipsticks , only to go home and find we already have them and possibly more than one of them.

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13- “I’m going to try and remember to bring my pen/ calculator/ book to class.”

Nothing says you’re prepared for life, as going to school/university empty-handed. Who needs a pen these days anyway?

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14- “I’m going to stop treating the roads, e.g. Tahlia, like they’re my personal racing track.”

Who cares about pedestrians and other drivers, you need to bring Need for Speed to life and Jeddah is full of smooth roads perfect for just that.

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15- “I’m going to remain calm, no matter what happens on the road.”

At this point, I think generally we’re just addicted to road rage. Nothing beats opening the window and screaming at the other driver, who most probably can’t understand or even hear you..

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16- “I’m going to stop using my phone so much when I’m with people.”

Anti-social much? We’re thinking it’s time we started relying on face-to-face interactions, rather than keyboard-to-keyboard if you know what we mean.


17- “I’m going to try and be on time more..or at least less than 30 minutes late..”

There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of running (or pretending to run, but really you’re strolling in slow motion), shouting at the driver to drive faster and explaining why you were late. Seriously, it’s addictive.

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18- “I’m going to stop using ‘zahma’ as an excuse for being late.”

We all know you weren’t even on your way. That eyeliner took one whole hour to perfect or maybe you overslept and just couldn’t face being roasted by your chums for it happening..again.

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19- “I’m going to stop relying on coffee to be my alarm.”

Starbucks, Costa, Medd Café, Barnie’s and all other coffee stops are blessings and they’re not in disguise.

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