​Respire to Aspire

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Passion for coffee matched by a passion for the planet.


Respire a unique eco-friendly addition to Riyadh’s coffee scene, a solar-powered lounge at Al Rabi district where you’ll find great quality coffee alongside a simplified menu of pastries, and light snacks, a minimalistic yet trendy and welcoming atmosphere.

The concept behind Respire’s green approach is to harness solar-powered processing to join the sustainability movement and integrate some unique environment-friendly technologies. The cafe has joined forces with Naqaa Solutions that specializes in sustainable architecture; a reliable innovative and leading sustainability enabler for delivering Kingdom’s Vision 2030.img-20210302-wa0232-copy

Founded in Jeddah almost ten years ago, Naqaa Solutions has been assisting advising companies in Saudi Arabia to design, plan, and implement innovative sustainable models and target goals in addition to taking part in community engagement campaigns, deliver workshops and organize online awareness campaigns. The environment-friendly technologies at Respire also include free electric car charging stations and the first of its kind Reverse Vending Machine (RVM). The best part about this is customers being rewarded with free coffee for using both facilities as a means of promoting and encouraging the sustainability culture.copy-of-dsc09865-copy

The cafe also looks forward to offering similar concepts and welcoming any local businesses that offer similar practices or services to clients – not only to spread awareness but to inspire like-minded people who aspire to accomplish their passion.

Instagram: respirelounge
Instagram: naqaasolutions

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Ready, Set, Create!

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Infusing a culture of innovation in communities.


Recently rising in popularity, Makerspaces are inviting spaces that call artists, techies, and just plain enthusiasts to gather to co-create, share resources and knowledge, work on projects, and develop skills and creativity. Bringing together a one-of-kind space and hub to facilitate and foster creativity, these are places where you can let loose your imagination.

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Ithra features endless opportunities and an intriguing public space where one can get their creative juices flowing and tinker to their heart’s content. Learn to carve Mangour wood, design jewelry making, pottery, or gain in-depth knowledge of several other exciting activities.

Location: Gharb Al Dhahran, Dhahran
Instagram: ithra
Web: ithra.com

jeddah_dksa_makerspaces_kham4_sourced_march2021Kham Space

Kham Space hosts a variety of classes and sponsors activities as well, along with a library that provides resources and vintage books for anyone in the creative and artistic field.

With facilities for pottery, sculpting, carpentry, including fun activities for children, Kham serves members of all ages and believes in the power of the creative mind, offers space and outlets for people to design, experiment, and partake in launching inspiring ideas.

Location: Saeed Ibn Zaqr, Mishrifah, Jeddah
Instagram: kham.space

riyadh_dksa_makerspaces_koun11_sourced_march2021Koun KSA

Koun KSA stirs up the inner muse by offering various workshops such as crochet, flower arrangement, painting, 3D printing, and laser cutting. Owned by a DIY-er at heart, Sarah AlDosary is always passionate about growing the community of makers and passing on the knowledge.

At Koun, you can also boost your creativity while sipping delicious coffee at Koun’s fully functional cafe that serves excellent beverages and snacks.

Location: King Abdullah Rd., Al Raed, Riyadh
Instagram: koun_ksa

almashtal-2021qaisaran-studio-2668AlMashtal Space

A hub for creative nomads and passion-preneurs, AlMashtal is an all-inclusive space providing a maker’s lab, library, cafe, co-working spaces, a retail outlet, hot desks, areas to hold and attend workshops, and even a gallery. The team behind AlMashtal took over a children’s nursery from the 80s in DQ and transformed it into a new hot spot for learning, creativity and more.

Location: Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh
Web: almashtal.io
Instagram: almashtal.space

jeddah_dksa_makerspaces_upgrade7_sourced_march2021Upgrade

At Upgrade, take the plunge, unleash your passion and commit to trying your hand at a new skill. From whisking your own desserts and rolling your own bread to pottery, fashion, jewelry making, candle-making, photography, and many more crafts, Upgrade is a perfect place committed to edutainment through workshops and interactive meetings.

Location:  Al Khalidiyah Center, Qaryat Miskah, Al Khalidiyyah, Jeddah
Instagram: upgrade.sa

riyadh_dksa_makerspaces4_catalystv_sourced_march2021Catalyst V

Whether it’s through building worlds with sculpting, 3D printing, or simply exploring creativity, Catalyst V’s goal is to offer several creative activities to those who are passionate to learn. It’s a pinch of art, a dash of tech, a drizzle of science, and a huge amount of fun.

Location: Prince Fahad Bin Mohammed, Hittin, Riyadh
Instagram: catalystv.sa

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Home Ground Holiday Retreat

Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort

It’s time to plan the ultimate stay cation.


A few things have changed as we vacation in the new normal– expect contactless services, strict attention to social distancing and hygiene, flexible booking options. However, overall you’ll still be able to have a luxurious getaway within city limits. Seas, greenery, and wildlife; these listed staycation venues have it all.

Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort – Riyadh

Majestic dunes, sprawling green lawns, a soft breeze, a cozy villa with an adjoining African safari park in the midst of it all; doesn’t it sound exotic? Well, that’s exactly what Radisson Collection Resort is! Nofa Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Resort, is located 45 minutes from downtown Riyadh and feels like you are in a different place altogether – a nature lover’s paradise! The resort features secluded luxury bungalows and villas complete with private pools, a jacuzzi, and gardens for business or leisure travelers. Other leisure facilities include restaurants, a large beach pool, two freshwater lakes, horseback riding, and a challenging 18-hole golf course.

Location: Riyadh Makkah Highway, Exit 857, Riyadh
Instagramradissoncollectionriyadh

photo by Mokhtar Chahine / www.mchahine.com

photo by Mokhtar Chahine / www.mchahine.com

Aseel Resort – Riyadh

With both the Wadi Hanifa and the Salwa Palace in view, Aseel Resort is the perfect hideout in the heart of Diriyah. Enjoy a variety of farm-like private villas that simulates heritage with modern amenities.

www.mchahine.comOffering its guests a truly rejuvenating experience, the idea behind the resort is to blend in as seamlessly as possible with nature. You can choose to lounge with your family around the pool or enjoy your time dining at the Aseel Garden Lounge.

Location: Wadi Hanifa Rd., Riyadh
Instagramaseel_resort

sharqiya_dksa_staycations_dana-beach1_sourced_march2021Dana Beach Resort – Sharqiyah

With magnificent views of Half Moon Bay, the Dana Beach Resort serves up a slice of serenity and is a perfect choice for a staycation in Sharqiyah to soak up some vitamin sea. Whether you are planning for a villa vacation, a long weekend, or a romantic retreat, Dana features a stunning resort comprising more than 100 contemporary and elegant family villas surrounded by lush landscaped gardens and exceptional beachfront views.

A stay at Dana Beach Resort comes loaded with a variety of water sport activities, dining by the beach, children’s play areas, and the cherry on the icing, Dana Beach Resort also plays host to the Loopagoon Water Park featuring an exciting mix of thrilling water slides and attractions for the whole family.

Location: Half Moon Beach, Al Khobar, Dhahran
Instagram: danabeachresort

jeddah_dksa_staycations_narcissus-resort-and-spa1_sourced_march2021Narcissus Resort and Spa – Jeddah

Narcissus Resort attracts two kinds of travelers – those who love the sea and those who desire solitude during their staycation. Narcissus Resort is the ideal location to soak in some luxury without leaving the city overlooking the pristine beach. This beach resort has something for everyone, including a health club, massage room, and separate swimming pools for men, women and children. Don’t forget to pamper yourself at the Narci Spa, a place where you can relax and bask in ultimate relaxation. jeddah_dksa_staycations_narcissus-resort-and-spa3_sourced_march2021

Location: Prince Abdullah Al Faisal St., Jeddah
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jeddah_dksa_staycations_intercontinental_sourced_march2021InterContinental Hotel  – Jeddah

Featuring breathtaking views of the Red Seafront and the iconic King Fahad’s Fountain, the Intercontinental Jeddah is resplendent with gorgeous accommodation set in exquisite surroundings.The hotel offers standard and executive rooms and plush suites to its guests; some rooms have an enviable balcony with views of the sea and King Fahad Fountain. While you’re staying here, you can enjoy the optimal experience through the essential amenities, including spa services, a fitness center, and dining outlets, where you can savor breakfast and dinner served in your room or the restaurant. As a bonus, kids eat free.

Location: Al Kurnaysh Rd., Al-Hamra, Jeddah
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unnamed-copyShaden Desert Resort – AlUla

Nestled against the rugged terrain of AlUla, the Shaden Resort with great views of magnificent rock formations is one of AlUla’s most luxurious desert retreats. The grounds feature well-designed luxury villas, suites and rooms that offer private patios to an enormous pool, diverse dining options and numerous services aimed at a multigenerational clientele.

Location: Hail St., Al Ula
Instagram: shadenresort

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Dessert Queen: Dareen Shaker

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A passionate baker in Jeddah, Dareen Shaker has a special knack for effortlessly creating tantalizing favorites from quick-and-easy scrumptious recipes.


She has been winning over hearts and tummies with her delicious baked goods. As a self-taught baker, Dareen is dedicated to providing well-tested recipes and sharing everything from video tutorials, helpful tips, and enticing food photos along the way.

After ten years of successfully time constraints and other later, Dareen’s Instagram page is a thriving food blog anchored by love for family and – what else? – yummy freshly baked goodies.

Dareen reveals her obsession for tahina, “I’m fond of adding tahina to my recipes, and so I came up with the Tahini Brownie recipe, which was a huge hit and soon became my signature dish.”

Her guests are spoiled for choice when they visit her and always look forward to devouring her cookies, brownies, and Nutella banana bread (Well, we don’t blame them).

Instagram: dees_cakesnbakes

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The Nikkei Flair: Chef Eddie Castro

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Chef Eddie is an experienced, skilled, and long-time promoter of Nikkei cuisine working at Kuuru, a Japanese-Peruvian culinary sensation that aims to introduce the cuisine in Jeddah.


Eddie embarked on this culinary career more than 20 years ago and has adored his journey towards Nikkei cuisine ever since, traveling and working in many countries, including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, and Bolivia.

His memories about cooking stem from his childhood, cooking at home for their family culinary techniques. He recalls tasting everything that came through the kitchen doors, discovering the multitudes of them in the future.

A passion for perfection, an eye for each detail, and a creative cooking. Taking inspiration from everything around him, Eddie says, “at any given a painting, listen to music, it is dinners, tasting, touching, and around me all the time, are also a great source for my creativity.” An advocate of Nikkei cuisine, the Japanese migrants tried to Peruvian products.The one heart is Pachamanca (Pacha in Quechua), an ancient, unique, in soil using hot stones. If you the traditional Peruvian plates that Chef Eddie cooks at Kuuru.

“Let yourself be enveloped by the Nikkei flavor and techniques. All the dishes have a heavenly mix of tradition and strong history.”

Instagram: edcastroch
Instagram: kuuruksa

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Amazon Brings Saudi Customers the Best of Shopping and Entertainment

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Earlier this week, Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Prime in Saudi Arabia providing the best retail experiences to customers.


Featuring an unlimited one-day delivery membership program for about a million products, making the rapid delivery an everyday experience—rather than an occasional indulgence.

With Prime, Amazon has introduced three top things in Saudi Arabia: first — it has sped things up offering one-day delivery in all key metropolitan areas; second — members will have access to popular and award-winning entertainment with Arabic subtitles and dubbing on Prime Video; third— Amazon made it unlimited with the annual membership of SAR 140.

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Prime membership includes access to an unparalleled combination of exclusive deals on a wide range of categories from daily essentials to electronics, apparel, home, and kitchen, as well as the hottest video games with Prime Gaming.

The membership program offers unlimited free one-day and two-day delivery to all key areas, in addition to a 50% discount on same-day delivery on orders made until 12:00 PM for customers in Riyadh and Jeddah.

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Prime members are also eligible for free delivery on over 7 million international items available directly on Amazon.sa which are shipped from Amazon US and Amazon UAE, as part of the Amazon Global Store. Free International Delivery options for Amazon Prime in Saudi Arabia include free delivery in 2 business days for Prime-eligible orders over SAR 200 shipped from Amazon UAE and free delivery in 7 business days for Prime-eligible orders over SAR 200 shipped from Amazon US.

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All of these benefits, and more such as exclusive access to special shopping deals and events including Prime Day, are available as part of the Prime membership program for only SAR 16 per month, while customers can also save by purchasing an annual membership.

Everyone can try Prime and enjoy all of the benefits by signing up for a free 30-day trial at amazon.sa/prime.

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An All-day Cantonese Dining Experience at Yauatcha

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Yauatcha (pronounced as: “yow-atcha.”) is the latest chic Chinese concept by the Hakkasan Group in partnership with Al Khozama Management company.


Tucked inside the AlFaisaliah Mall – Mode, Yauatcha is a contemporary dim sum tea house that combines two great things; dim sums and cocktails. This place is seriously stunning and has a relaxed vibe despite being a fine dining restaurant. The menu features an array of dumpling creations along with soups and some wok-fried classics like sesame prawn toast and crispy mushroom spring rolls. There are baked, grilled, and fried dumplings on the menu, while fillings are modern and creative.sesame-prawntoast

Alongside the dumplings there’s a massive cocktail menu, that is crafted by Yauatcha’s talented beverage mixology team, who prepare the ingredients fresh from scratch each day. We were excited to know that Yauatcha will be hosting an exclusive cocktail masterclass next year in which attendees can learn the art of cocktail making (and drink it too!).21577_duckroll_bkgrd_original

It also has a very welcoming ambiance that is suitable for a nice business lunch, family dinner, or a casual catch up with friends. The music playing at the restaurant is a custom-made playlist created by their very own music team based in Las Vegas. char-sui-bun-basket

The open-air terrace with a retractable sunshade boasts magnificent views, which is another reason why Yauatcha is one of our favorites._43b5237_preview_maxwidth_1600_maxheight_1600

In a few days, Yauatcha will be launching a special menu from December 27 till January 2, 2021._x2a2493_preview_maxwidth_1600_maxheight_1600

Web: yauatcha.sa
Instagram: Yauatcha

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The All-New BISR Campus At the DQ

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The British International School (BISR) is ready to welcome students to their new campus in the heart of the Diplomatic Quarter (DQ) in Riyadh.


We visited the new campus and the DQ Primary Leadership Team was kind enough to give us an in-person campus tour. If you follow us on Instagram, you must have already seen our coverage of the excellent school premises.

The BISR-DQ Campus is a modern, vibrant, and nurturing environment for learning that stands tall after undergoing an extensive renovation process over the last few months and is now ready to welcome students.dsc08653

“We were aware that some of our students had challenges because Riyadh is quite a big city, and getting across the city can be quite challenging for some of our families. And when we had the opportunity to work with the DQ general authority, we knew that they wanted to develop an international school provision in the DQ,” shared Ms. Helen Olds, the Principal of BISR-DQdsc08794

For the school year 2020-2021, the BISR-DQ campus will cater to children from ages 3-11, following the same curriculum as the other primary campuses; the English Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for the youngest children and the English National Curriculum (NC) for Years 1 to 6, adapted for our local and International Context. During the coming year, the campus will introduce grades 7 and 8; the first two years of senior school, and then in the next five years, the campus will grow into a full senior school. The programs for children in grades 7-11 will be the same as the Al Hamra campus, and for the senior students, BISR will offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. Students who wish to study A-Levels can move to Al Hamra campus, and students can transfer to the DQ campus to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, hence providing greater levels of choice to the students in the future.

img_20201013_155005At the DQ campus, facilities include 12 primary classrooms, conducive to providing an excellent free play facility, to nurture better learning. In addition, the campus caters to a modern open indoor and outdoor facility for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) along with 5 specialist rooms for art, design and food technology, and learning support. The school also features a well-stocked library and a large multi-purpose hall. Sports facilities include a basketball court-sized indoor gym, an outdoor AstroTurf, an indoor 25-meter swimming pool, and an outdoor basketball court. The entire campus will be Wi-Fi enabled with bandwidth capability to support a full one-to-one device ICT program.

dsc08656The BISR supports learning in a wide range of ways, through its three pillars; learning, wellbeing, and co-curricular activities. These activities enhance learning and provide a holistic education for the students to excel and flourish.

“Our REACH motto is a core aspect of our academic and pastoral provision and helps children develop holistically to become the best versions of themselves,” says Ms. Helen Olds, the Principal of BISR-DQimg_20201013_151441

The motto REACH represents respect, excellence, accountability, challenge, and happiness and the BISR’s team believes that all of these things are the key ingredients for the well-being of a child’s day-to-day lives.

For more information and admission details, contact: registrar@bisr.com.sa

Location: Alradeef St., Al Safarat
Instagram: bisr_reach
Web: bisr.com.sa

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The All-New Persistently Patriotic Collection

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A collaboration that is all about women supporting each other.


On the occasion of the Saudi National Day, the Untitled Project store, an Eco-friendly clothing line based in Jeddah by Israa Allaf, teamed up with Marriam Mossalli of Under The Abaya and Nada Baeshen of The Huntress to model the patriotism for Saudi and what it means to break boundaries as a Saudi woman.img_8462

According to Marriam Mossalli, as a #GirlBoss, she has always championed the female entrepreneurship and the Untitled Project by Israa Allaf, was no exception. Marriam expressed that she’s proud to see Israa take what she’s learned and implemented to create a truly unique offering with her nationalistic collection that is 100% vegan and sustainable. img_7581

Women found businesses have been growing at an impressive rate, and Marriam and Nada, not only act as influencers but also as inspirational figures to many aspiring girls. Saudi female entrepreneurs are more assured to be following their dreams when they see other Saudi women take a step into the industry, and cultivate their place in their business while claiming their success. img_8463

Being advocates for local businesses, Israa feels it is their duty, to encourage a unified movement, in the local community while being consulted for other local startups for advice and inspiring others to take their first step into launching sustainable businesses.

When asked about what this initiative would accomplish, Israa says:

Many people have been scared to take their first step into owning their success, and we wish a campaign like this would evoke other Saudi entrepreneurs to emerge into the scene, and reinforce the power of localization. We don’t believe in the difference between 500 followers or 500k; everyone is an influencer, and we would love to support and collaborate with small businesses to grow and emerge within KSA.”img_8468

When starting the Untitled Project’s clothing line, Israa researched the value of environmental safety and have founded the store upon that; which is why maintaining ethical production and sustainable practices is a priority.

“We aim to build a community that will grant awareness about our social initiatives, and ultimately look forward to expanding our creative innovation in many other ways, not just through clothes, but also through art, videography, styling, and other humanitarian initiatives”. 

Instagram: theuntitledproject.store
Web: theuntitledproject.store

Photography : Hanen Majdi 
MUA: Safaa Alireza
Hairstylist: Ghada Ismaeel
Videography: Ray Jahri
Shot at: Atarek 

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Detox Dreams Come True

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Powerful immunity booster to add to your diet routine.


Our friends at @greenswheatgrass, a trusted supplier of wheatgrass juice in Khobar, offered us to try out the nutritious wheatgrass juice that everybody’s raving about and we thought of giving it a try. For starters, wheatgrass packs a heap of nutrients and the health benefits of this natural energy drink are dime a dozen. The promises: detox, weight loss, and everything in between, are intriguing, so we decided to embark on a wheatgrass juice journey to reset our health regime after the lockdown.

We all know that leafy greens are super healthy, however, who knew about green… grass?img-20200928-wa0061

Keep scrolling to know some of the top five health benefits that wheatgrass offers:

  1. It packs a punch

Wheatgrass packs a heap of nutrients that helps your body to be healthy. It contains thirteen different vitamins including, Potassium, Fiber, Vitamin A, C, E, K, B1 (Thiamin), B6, Zinc, Iron, magnesium, calcium, amino acids, and the list goes on.

Additionally, wheatgrass helps strengthen the bones by neutralizing the body’s PH levels. img-20200928-wa0063

  1. Improves Immunity

A daily robust immunity, wheatgrass juice strengthens our body’s internal defense mechanism and helps it ward off infections and diseases.

Furthermore, wheatgrass also contains chlorophyll, an anti-bacterial property that not only fortifies the immune system but also proves to be a great companion for detox by removing toxins and bad bacteria from the body.

  1. Boosts Metabolism & Helps in Weight Loss

Wheatgrass contains proteins and antioxidants and is said to elevate metabolism which in turn might help burn a few extra calories.

In addition, because of it being nutrient-dense, a shot makes you feel fuller and you have fewer cravings during the day.

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  1. Good for Digestion

On top of all the nutrients wheatgrass also consists of a very high fiber content that improves digestion by consuming it regularly.

However, consuming it too much may cause stomach issues like diarrhea.

  1. A Cure of Cancer

The @greenswheatgrass team shared that most of their customers are cancer patients as wheatgrass is high in antioxidants and is said to play a significant role in fighting cancer. It also lowers myelotoxicity that is caused by chemotherapy. Myelotoxicity causes bone marrow suppression and can increase the risk of infection.

To place your orders and try out the wheatgrass juice, contact: @greenswheatgrass

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