Modern Day Picnic


Before you get in, you need to find the secret key.

At Parker’s, you have to work hard to get your food, but it’s so worth it. Before you get to this unique food spot, you have to go on a scavenger hunt to locate the secret key to get in. Amal Al Marri answers questions about this fun restaurant.

How did you come up with the idea for Parkers?
The idea came from the name itself. We realized that parks have been sorely ignored and we wanted to give people a reason to go back and enjoy the beauty of the simplest things. So, we came up with the concept of people going on scavenger hunts in places like parks to find the keys.

04-ds-march-2017-48-63-5What are your thoughts on using social media in business?
Social media plays a very important role, especially with our concept. We use Snapchat to facilitate our key hunts and the rest of our channels to listen to guest requests, feedback and critiques, making sure to interact with our patrons and ensure they know they’re being heard.

Whats a must-try at Parkers?
That would have to be the Choco x Coffee Slider.04-ds-march-2017-48-63-7

What do you recommend for dessert?
Each of our dessert options have their own story and place in our hearts.

Lotus Drama: While people thought using Lotus biscuits was just a trend, we believe that it’s here to stay. It’s a controversial stance, hence the drama title.

Back to School: A really fun and interesting presentation of large chocolate pencils and sharpener.

Chocolate Chips Volcano: Just like we used to experiment with tastes as kids, this one merges sweet and salty in just the right way.

Smores Pzza: Pizza for dessert? The child in us says: why not!foooood

Do you update your menus regularly?
We are constantly innovating and working to present new dishes. Our most recent masterpiece was Mac & Cheetos.

What’s your goal and vision?
We want people to enjoy parks again. And we want them to hunt for our keys in all the parks we can find!

Location: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8820260
Instagram: byparkers


Kids Just Wanna Have Fun


Busy mommies and bored children? We’ve got the solution!

Children’s events planner: Why Grow Up

WhyGrowUp_Khobar_2016_AA-1Kids parties can be quite a challenge to plan when you’re a busy mother with a full schedule. Don’t you just wish there was someone who could take care of all that for you? Why Grow Up is our favorite children’s events planner, from her incredible attention to detail to her phenomenal creativity when it comes to different themes.

Tel: +966-13-8494070


Development Programs: Gymboree Khobar

GymboreePlayAndLearn_Khobar_2016_AA-1For children ages 0-5, Gymboree is the global leader in childhood development programs, where they provide a safe environment for your children to play and explore.
Location: Al Subaei Building, King Fahd Rd., Khobar

Tel: +966-13-8873830

Horseback Riding

Aljwhara_Khobar_2016_AA-2Enrolling children in horseback riding classes provides an endless amount of character development, boosts to their physical and mental capabilities, and is just a whole lot of fun!

Al Faris Equine Center
Mob: +966-500549030
Aljawhara Riding Club
Location: Aziziyah, Khobar
Mob: +966-533941795


_Barracuda-Swimming-School_Sorce_2016_2You don’t need us to sell you on swimming. No childhood memory is complete without water activities and dips in the pool for your dose of fun exercise.
Barracuda Swimming Schools

Mobile: +966-532293297


Grandmasstories_Khobar_2016_AA-2Immerse your children in the world of storytelling with these fun and educational programs which will surely spark their interest in books.

Grandma’s Stories
Mob: +966-505633880
Kan Yama

Workout classes: Spectrum Wellness for Women Gym

spectrum4women_Source_1Spectrum Gym offers a whole range of classes to women and to their children as well, including ballet, Zumba and even karate.

Location: Baseel Tower, Firas ibn Al Nudur St., Khobar

Science and Math

bricks4kids_Source_2016-2This Jubail-based group’s motto is “We learn, we build, we play with LEGO bricks” where they cover subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You can enroll your child in their pre-school classes, after-school programs and camps.

Bricks 4 Kidz
Mob: +966-551999998

Art: Gallery Azman

p02ts4m0Feed your child’s creativity and imagination by enrolling them in Gallery Azman’s fun and educational art workshops.

Tel: +966-13-8962111
Mob: +966-539374442
Location: Prince Fawaz St., Khobar

Islamic, Arabic, and Music Lessons: SMARTS Learning Center

Students Mapping A Right Start (SMARTS) is a great after-school destination for your kids! An all-encompassing learning center where your child can learn Quran recitation and memorization; Arabic lessons in reading, writing, composition, listening, grammar, and calligraphy; and music lessons in piano, voice and choir.

Location: Villa 4, Alyasmeen Compound, Khobar
Mob: +966-56978111


Pinterest-Worthy Table


Good enough to eat off of and post pics of online.

We’ve all been there. You see a dining table setting on your Instagram timeline and think, “Pshh, this looks easy!” But, when it comes to actually doing it, you get lost. No worries. All it takes is a good plan and you’ll be golden. We’ve collaborated with Nebras Aljoaib Studio to bring you a breakdown of how you can pull off a Pinterest-worthy table setting with three easy steps.

Step 1: Stay within a neutral color palette for an easily-achievable look.
Step 2: Add some depth to your table setting by layering different textures and mixed metals.
Step 3: Incorporate touches of greenery to make your table setting more lively and refreshing.

Extra Tip: DIY nametags are an easy and charming way to surprise your guests.
Marble Table: Accents Nebras Aljoaib
Plates: Zara Home
Fabric Napkins: Zara Home
Cups: Zara Home
Metal Basket: Accents Nebras Aljoaib
Wooden Coaster: Accents Nebras Aljoaib


Where Art Meets Reality


An absolutely lovely chat with interior designer Nebras Aljoaib.

What made you decide to pursue a career in interior design?
I loved everything related to art and design growing up, so I decided to pursue a degree in interior design. I felt then, and strongly believe now, that as an interior designer, I get to be a designer, a painter, an artist, a furniture-maker and buyer, a contractor and a decorator all at once. And that’s both challenging and fun.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_13

Tell us a bit about your first project as a freelancer.
I worked on two residential projects in parallel: the Abu Dhabi project and the Man Cave project. Both were super challenging but made me realize that I was on the right track and I would be doing this for the rest of my life.

Describe the Nebras Aljoaib Design identity in three words.
Timeless, tasteful and artistic.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_6

You’ve previously defined your work studio as a multifunctional design space, not an office. Can you tell us more about that?
I don’t like the word office; it’s rigid and boring. When I first began looking for a space to move my business to in order to both expand my operations and horizons, I was adamant in finding a space that would leave me inspired. Interiors play a big role, definitely, but location and structure were very important as well. Once I had found the right spot and designed and decorated it, I had the studio of my dreams.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_9

The studio comprises of operational areas for design work, but there are many nooks and open spaces to be utilized for showcasing as well as small events. Also, my designers have the flexibility to move around the studio to any area that brings out their creative best, may it be in front of the wide windows or in a quiet corner.

Have you considered doing collaborations?
I would love to collaborate with an architect or jewelry designer someday.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_14

What sort of project would you like to collaborate on?
I’d love to collaborate with an architect on a furniture line. As for jewelry, I’d love to bring together different elements using materials I’d use in my spaces, like earrings out of marble and brass for instance or bangles out of wood and wire.

Do you prefer doing commercial or residential projects?
Commercial because they give me design freedom mixed with reasonable timeframes, plus I get to go all out.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_15

Which colors, textures and furniture pieces do you mostly gravitate towards?
: I usually start with either black or white and gradually add a scheme of neutrals. Then I accent the space with pops of color, blue being my all-time favorite.

Textures: I love layering and I love patterns. As for texture I usually go with raw against refined.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_17

Furniture: I am all about mixing old with new. I don’t like overly-themed spaces. My design aesthetic revolves around creating a space that is artsy, effortless, easy on the eyes and most importantly, gives off the feeling that it’s a collection brought together over the years.

What design magazine do you hope to see your work in?
Architectural Digest.NebrasAljoaib_Khobar_2016_AA_18

Your top business advice to creative entering the design industry?

Location: Bashar Ibn Burd St., Al Ulaya, Khobar