Work That Core

Why you should take up Pilates this summer.

The practice of Pilates was first created by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, who came up with the idea based on his knowledge of different fitness styles such as gymnastics and yoga and developed exercises that would strengthen mind and body through mental control, breathing and relaxation.

Pilates focuses on breathing, the correct posture of the body and the core deep muscles of the abdomen, back and hips.


The benefits of this workout are very comprehensive and wonderful and include toning muscles, correcting bad posture, elasticity, coordination and getting rid of abdomen fat quickly. Other benefits we should highlight are:

  • Practicing concentration on your movements and breathing control helps eliminate stress and improve your mood.
  • The deep breathing that you learn during practice will vastly improve your sleeping habits.
  • The more Pilates you do, the better posture you gain and the more confidence you have with your own body.pilatesrevolution_khobar_2017_aa-2


For any Pilates class, you need a spacious room that is well-lit, comfortable clothes and a mat. Some people like to wear socks but I personally feel more comfortable working out barefoot.

The first few classes usually start with some gentle warming movements, breathing control exercises and correctly aligning your body. Then you’ll move onto the basic exercises that will be the core of every session, helping you gradually gain confidence and elasticity with each class.

In your first classes, you may not have great flexibility, but don’t give up! Over time you’ll see progress and become much more aware of your body and happy with the changes that happen.

As you progress, different accessories, advanced exercises and even cardio workouts will be introduced to the class to make it more intense.aa-7

Who’s Pilates for?

Those who wish to tone, gain elasticity, lose fat and strengthen abdomen and, above all else, correct body posture. It’s especially useful for pregnant women.

Audrey Rincon:
Audrey Rincon is a health and fitness enthusiast from Colombia, with a background in cosmetology and nutrition. She currently lives in Khobar and is a full-time personal trainer.
Mob: +966-501469121



When these two worlds collide… mmmm.

Nothing beats a good piece of cool and juicy fruit when it’s hot and you need something refreshing. But, did you know there’s a savory side to fruits if you mix them with the right ingredients? We’ve got the low down on the best places to find these crazy sweet and savory dishes this summer.


Mille Feuille Crab Salad:
This isn’t your typical crab salad. It’s elegant and gorgeous – the bright colors of the mangos, avocados and lettuce are striking against the white of the crab. With ample crabmeat, a crispy crunchy layer and all topped with parmesan cheese, this salad is absolutely divine.crole_khobar_2017_aa-1

Summer Melon Salad:
Don’t dismiss this as your run of the mill fruit salad; this one practically screams summer! They use a variety of melons, matching them up with kiwi, cucumber and feta for that perfect contrast of sweet and salty. Simple, light, healthy and refreshing.crole_khobar_2017_aa-2

Location: Fouad Center, Prince Turki St., Khobar
Instagram: creole.alkhobar

Sushi Yoshi

Chicken Katsu Curry
This Japanese curry of green apple, banana and mango is totally different from your typical Thai or Indian curry, with a sauce that’s thicker and chunkier than usual. The dish itself is comprised of succulent chicken breast that’s golden-fried in breadcrumbs before being generously topped with the rich savory fruit curry sauce and served with Japanese steamed rice. Simple and totally delicious.sushiyoushi_khobar_2017_a-1

Location: King Faisal Rd., Khobar
Instagram: sushi_yoshi_ksa

Zaher Al Roman

Cherry Kabab (Kabab Bil Karaz)
We can’t have enough of Middle Eastern grills; we can’t go a week without popping into one or taking food to go. So, trust our experience when we say that you should bust out of your comfort zone and try a less than common specialty: cherry kebabs! Popular in Syrian and Armenian kitchens, hitting the right balance of sweet and sour is the key element to perfecting this dish.cherrykebab_zaheralroman_khobar_2017_aa-1

Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
Instagram: zaher_alroman

SN Café

Fig Vegetarian Pizza
With their huge menu selection, you’d think that by the time you got to their pizza selection there’d be no creativity left. Well, their vegetarian pizza with sweet fig and salty cheese begs to differ. Do not pass this one up as the mix of flavors, the cheesy goodness and the crispy crust all meld together into a sublimely sensational dish.sncafe_khobar_2017_aa

Location: Bashar Ibn Burd St., Khobar
Instagram: sncafe


Why We Love Ramadan

What are you looking forward to the most?

What’s Ramadan to you? Is it an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with Allah by fasting and praying, or a chance to reflect on the past year, both spiritually and materialistically? Maybe you want to reconnect with family and strengthen those relationships? Or perhaps you’re thinking broader and want to figure out your place in the community and how to give back to it?

To us at Destination Sharqiya, Ramadan is all of the above and more. Irrespective of what Ramadan is to you, we can agree that there are certain aspects of this holy month that are universal; the little things that bind us together in Ramadan and that we love so much.

  • The spiritual experience that comes with praying taraweeh every night. This strengthens one’s connection with Allah and builds a connection with the community.
  • Friends and family are welcomed to drop by at all hours of the night. We end up staying late talking and laughing till dawn. Something we don’t normally do as Sharqawis, being early birds and all!
  • Gargee’an! (Non-Sharqawis: you wouldn’t understand.) whatweloveaboutramadan_khobar_2017_aa-1
  • An excuse to wear all those pretty jalabiyat every day!
  • Henna, all the time, every time. Usually we’d need a special occasion to get these beautiful and intricate patterns drawn on our hands. Thanks Ramadan!whatweloveaboutramadan_khobar_2017_aa-2
  • Seeing the spirit of Ramadan everywhere. From the lights on the trees and the decorations in restaurants and storefronts, to the offers and deals on food everywhere.
  • Ramadan futoor staples like gaimat, Vimto and samboosa!
  • Seeing volunteers in the street giving out Iftar boxes right before
  • Generosity, both material and in spirit, that manifest in thousands of Iftar tents popping up all over Sharqiya, and the joy on the faces of the hundreds of thousands of people that go to them.
  • The desire and joy that comes from spending time together with our families; whether it’s breaking our fast, watching Ramadan TV programs, going to pray together or arguing about which outing has the highest priority – shopping, visiting a relative or watching the game?Eidiyya! (Unless you’re the one giving it.)freej-characters
  • The aromatic scents of street food such as tikka, baleela and roasted corn filling the night air.whatweloveaboutramadan_dammam_2017_aa-6-copy
  • The self-reflection each and every one of us feels when we fast, when we pray and when we give, which is the hallmark and purpose of the holy month.


The Art of Henna

Our favorite body art by our favorite henna artists.

Practiced for centuries, henna art is full of rich tradition. In the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan, henna art remains a popular fixture in weddings and religious celebrations. The beautiful and intricate patterns have even gained popularity in the West over the past few decades.

Henna of the World

Indian/Pakistani: Mandalas with heavy intricate patterns along the fingers is a common Indian/Pakistani henna design, along with paisley designs.

Khaleeji: Khaleeji designs consist of floral patterns, usually repeated in different sizes, with fluid lines starting from the wrist to the fingers.

North African: Patterns here are popular for the geometric lines and angles. The motifs are usually applied to the back of the hand or fingers, only.

White Henna: White henna is a contemporary take on the beautiful tradition, mostly applied in delicate lace-like patterns.

The Artists

Here are a few of our favorite designs, as we get ready for Ramadan:

Ghazal is a beautician from Pakistan and has been residing in Khobar most of her life. She picked up the practice out of love for the art form and taught herself the different application methods. Aside from conventional henna art, Ghazal specializes in white henna.

Instagram: ghazals_art

Maryam is from Qatif and has been a henna artist for over a decade, starting at the age of 16. Maryam learned the art through practicing on friends and family before becoming a sought-after henna professional specialized in a range of designs.

Instagram: maryam_shbyb


Rise and Shine Best Breakfast Places In Sharqiya!

Best breakfast dishes around town.

Petit Paris KSA
Order: Egg Benedict Flo

petitparies_khobar_2017_aa-2This place really needs to rename themselves to Big Breakfast because that’s what you get every time you come here! Sure, they’ve got the atmosphere and service just right, but it’s the size of their dishes that keep you coming back. Not to mention that you can customize any aspect of the order to just how you like it, and forget eating at home ever again! Their Egg Benedict Flo dish, with its Hollandaise sauce and English muffins, is just the classic experience and can’t be passed up.

Location: 7th St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8957700

Zaatar W Zeit
Order: Baked Falafel, Halloumi

halloumi-rapSuch a great addition to Sharqiya breakfast places. The king of pastries, you’ll also find the best baked falafel wrap (in brown bread too just in case you’re trying to ease the guilt of all those pastries you just had).

Location: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
Tel: 920003542

Vicoli Lounge
Order: Kinder Pancake

vicolilounge_khobar_2017_aa-1Vicoli is one of those rare places that just exude peace and love. Start your day happy with the right atmosphere and the best pancakes. If you like kicking off your sugar high right from the get go, well you can’t do better than their Kinder Pancakes. Light and fluffy and sweet, this is one of those dishes we recommend NOT sharing with anyone else. Best of all? It’s served all day for you late-starters.

Location: Prince Humud St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8556999

Ble Café
Order Name: Crofil Tower

blecafe_khobar_2017_aa-1Looking for a more unique start to your day? Check out Ble Café with their awesome scrambled eggs that are served with crunchy puff pastry instead of toast, melted cheese and topped off with crunchy chips instead of hash browns. So good!

Location: Prince Musaid St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-813838

Eydaam Restaurant
Order Name: Khoboz Ourok Mfantak

eydam_khobar_2017_aa-3Eydaam is where you go for your traditional fix served in a modern way. You have to try their traditional Kuwaiti dish, Khoboz Orouk, which is basically deep-fried vegetables with eggs (modernized by being poached). Grab a side of rocket salad with feta cheese and balsamic dressing on the side and you’re ready to start your day.

Location: Makkah Al Mukarramah St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8990204

Order Name: Mexican Frittata

tuxedo_khobar_2017_aa-1A common piece of advice about grocery shopping is never to shop hungry. Well, with Tuxedo conveniently located next to Carrefour, you can do just that! Get their Mexican Frittata, which is like having an omelet but four times as tasty. Fluffy and light and just the right mix of spices and flavors.

Location: Next to Carrefour, Al Rashid Mall, Alshihab Altaifi St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8896044

Dallat Alfaris Café
Order Name: Al Faris Traditional Breakfast

dallatalfaris_khobar_2017_aa-1For each time you want to try something new, you’ll have those moments when you want something nice and traditional. Dallat Alfaris has you covered with their Traditional Breakfast, served every day with all the goodies that make you feel right at home. Their breakfast for two comes with drinks included and is one of the best breakfast deals you’ll find around town.

Location: Prince Sultan Bin Fahd St., Khobar
Mob: +966-535144406

Bistro Lounge
Order Name: Falafel Flat Bread

bistrolounge_khobar_2017_aa-1If you’ve ever eaten here before, you’ll know they love to present their food like art. Their freshly baked flat bread is no exception and we especially love the falafel one, with its fresh rocket leaves and yummy tahini sauce.

Location: Prince Sultan Bin Fahd St., Khobar
Mob: +966-584271953

Circle Café
Order Name: Sha Sha Shakshouka

circle_khobar_2017_aa-1Baked Shakshouka with their signature bagels is a match made in heaven. No, wait, it’s the eggs, the bagels and their red pepper & chili salsa; now that’s a match made in sinfully delicious and spicy heaven.

Location: Fouad Center, Prince Turki St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8977711


The World Between Two Slices

Close the menu, trust us and order these sandwiches.


uptown_khobar_2017_aa-1Order: Uptown Club Sandwich

We’re going ahead and crowning this the best sandwich of all time. Sure, you find club sandwiches in almost every menu in town, but you won’t find a tastier one than Uptown’s. You can choose between chicken or tuna, but fries on the side is a must. We also recommend their halloumi and salmon sandwiches, and don’t miss out on their selection of wraps and bagels.

Location: 16th Street & Prince Turki St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8891155

Big Chefs

Order: Steak Wrap

bigchefs-_khobar_2017_aa-1This is primo lunch territory. Who said that you can’t be creative with kebabs; these ones are filled with melted cheese! Ah, this sandwich has everything going just right. Filling and delicious, blink and the whole sandwich will be gone in a flash.

Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8023322

Madeleine French Bakery & Brasserie

Order: Paprika Chicken

madeleineksa_khobar_2017_aa-2This café always raises the bar in yummy dishes, making it a de-facto winner for family lunches or dinners. Their Paprika chicken with slices of roasted potato and avocado is the perfect choice for any occasion. And, if you are looking for fresh flavor with a bite, go for their pesto chicken sandwich that comes with fresh tomatoes and rocket leaves.

Location: King Fahd Rd., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8492211


Order: Spin Rep

ihop_khobar_2017_aa-2Breakfast all day? Yay! You must try their Spin Rep sandwich: an opulent omelet combined with rostered red peppers, all inside a crispy, buttered, pan-fried cheesy bread. Prepare to be knocked off your feet.

Location: Next to Panda, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar

French Bakery

Order: Caesar Bloomer Sandwich

cioconatlaoungesa_khobar_2017_aa-1Are you a person who can’t resist ordering Caesar salad in every restaurant? Well, now you can have that in a sandwich for breakfast! Roasted chicken breast, iceberg lettuce, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing, all between two fat pieces of cereal bread. Your salad-sandwich hybrid is complete.

Location: King Faisal Rd., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8493934

Savor Bakery

Order: Turkey / Mozzarella Sandwiches

savorbakery_khobar_2017_aa-1Do not overlook this little bakery shop. Sure, there are a lot of options around it, but nothing beats having your bread baked for you fresh that very day. Their turkey sandwich comes with beetroot, and their mozzarella one has fresh basil and tomato with a hint of balsamic vinegar.

Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8822231

Cioconat Lounge

Order Name: Broccoli Cheese Sandwich

cioconatlaoungesa_khobar_2017_aa-1I know, this is going to be way out of your comfort zone, but you have to try this sandwich. Fresh broccoli with two types of cheeses and mashed potato, all served on locally-baked brown bread. Light and memorable. Enjoy it at their delightful location with outdoor seating that’s perfect on a wintery-spring day.

Location: Zaid bin Alkhattab St. & 21st St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8820885

Café Liwan

Order: Mexican Chicken Sandwich

cafeliwansa_khobar_2017_aa-2As kids, we used to love making up our own sandwiches, like tossing Doritos chips in a cheese sandwich. Looks like Café Liwan wants to bring back our childhoods again, thanks to their spicy chicken sandwich stuffed with Doritos chips. Ah, nostalgia.

Location: Gate 6, Mall of Dhahran, King Saud St., Dhahran

Saj 3almazaj

Order: Fajitas + Philly Cheesesteak

saj3almazaj-_khobar_2017_aa-1Awesome spot where you can create your own sandwich the way you like it. Perfect place for those who like to have light meals. Of special note is their chicken fajitas which are juicy and tender and their Philly cheesesteak which is wonderfully spiced and seasoned.

Location: 22nd St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8981318


Proof is in the Pudding

You’re never far away from delicious date puddings.


Uptwon966_Khobar_2016_AA-1Looking for that homemade taste just like mom used to make? Step into Uptown966 and warm yourself up from the winter weather with their cozy pudding cake. Oh, and don’t forget the vanilla ice cream and extra helping of caramel sauce on the side. Shh, we won’t tell if you don’t.

Location: 16th St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8891155

Maltoot Cafe

maltootCafe_Khobar_2016_AA-1Decorated with Islamic patterns and marble tables, Maltoot is where you can find the perfect mix between authentic tradition and modern atmosphere. Their pudding will warm you up with a spongy texture and a hit of crunch, dripping with a delicious homemade toffee sauce.

Location: Prince Turki St., Khobar

Café Bateel

Cafebateel_alShaikhAvenue_Khobar_2016_AA-1You do know that Café Bateel opened, right? Well, make sure to pass by and try their famous date pudding with homemade frozen yogurt. We recommend enjoying it with their top-notch Arabic coffee; it’s a match made in heaven.

Location: Al Shaikh Avenue Plaza, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Rd., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8021625

Viola Cafe

Viola_cafe_Khobar_2016_AA-2Tired of your traditional family afternoon gathering of tea, Arabic coffee and dates? Mix things up with Viola Café’s addition of their excellent date pudding that stands out above the crowd.

Location: 7th St., Khobar
Mob: +966-540088889


The Grown Ups’ Table

For when you’ve been to Chuck E. Cheese’s six nights in a row.

Sometimes you just want a fun night out or a nice and quiet date night without children. Here are some of Sharqiya’s best cafes that feel the same way and provide the atmosphere to match. Take a break; you deserve it!

Delle Rose Cafe

One of the most popular cafes in the Saihat area, Delle Rose is the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth (and savory too) in a delightfully child-free setting.

Children 10 and up only

Location: King Abdulaziz Rd., Saihat
Tel: +966-13-837-3327
Instagram: dellerosecafe

Bistro Lounge

Try their Dynamite Shrimp then head straight for the burgers  for more yumminess.

Location: Prince Sultan Bin Fahd Street, Khobar
Instagram: bistrolounge

Alley Cafe

Everything on their menu is a hit – try their delicious pastries or, if you’re hungry, go for the pastas and pizzas.

Location: Prince Turki St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8969766
Instagram: alleycafe1

Cafe De Paris


Cafe De Paris is sure to make your night out an extra special occasion. Live a little!

Location: Le Méridien Al Khobar Hotel, Prince Turki St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8969000

I Wish Grill & Café

Don’t even open the menu. You have to get the Double I Wish Burger and Dynamite Shrimps – the best in town!

Children are not allowed on the ground floor.

Location: Hafith Ibrahim St., Khobar
Tel: +966-13-8939889
Instagram: i_wish_cafe