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ISSUE 11 JAN 2014

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FROM THE EDITOR LIVE LIGHTHEARTEDLY! January is an opportunity to start fresh and have a more positive outlook on life. Every now and then, we all need a break to find ourselves sharing moments of laughter and merriment with our family and friends. For 2014, we decided to kick off with an issue that will help you do just that. This is the Entertainment Edition of Destination Riyadh and we invite you to take in all that is fun, fascinating and amusing in the city. We have filled the pages of the magazine with interesting and relevant articles that would truly inspire you to live lightheartedly and make time for leisure. From an exclusive interview with Haifaa Al Mansour, first female Saudi director of the Oscar nominated film “Wadjda,” up to a showcase of some of the best Saudi entertainers of this generation. You can be guaranteed that this is one star-studded issue.

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Saudi Entertainers, P. 30

Outdoor Activities, P. 44

Le Grand QuartierParis, P. 70




Haifaa Al Mansour

Our Favorite Cities Secrets-Paris

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Saudi Silver Screen


Useful Information


You Said It & City Facts

The Dinner Club by No. 57


DR News

Forbes Awards Young Saudi Businesses

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ArabNet, Riyadh Writing Club, Saudi Silver Screen


Special Feature

Dining Around Town Fun Dining


Travel Trends

Saudi Entertainers

The Dinner Club by No. 57 Our Favorite Cities Secrets



Arts & Entertainment

Outdoor Activities, Kiddie Entertainment Guide

Healthy Living

Camel Milk: An Elixir from the Desert



Special Places


King Abdullah Malaz Park

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The who's who of the digital arab world are here at the Arabnet 2013! One of our favorite booths at the ArabNet 2013, Feel it App! Mohammed Al Kadi and Dima Al Othaimeen. Latest FF2013 Trends at the Style Stardust Workshop with Sabina Marini at Faisaliah Suites. NOW DJ and DR available at Meed stores in Jeddah and Riyadh! Must Try! It’s the season to crave for that warm fuzzy feeling… The RitzCarlton Riyadh's hot chocolate is just winter wonderland in a cup. Share your Thoughts... Words associated with the film “Wadjda” include “phenomenal,” “terrific” and “simply unmissable.” What are your thoughts? Tweet your thoughts @destinationryd SUBSCRIBE 12 ISSUES O N E Y E A R F O R O N LY S R 1 0 0

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Once upon a time, matte finish cars looked “cool.” The keywords in that sentence are once upon a time.

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS LEGAL BITS Alaa Adnan Yamani Lawyer & Legal Advisor twitter: @AlaaYam


VALID REASON It is not legal to arrest, search, detain, or imprison a person without a legally valid reason.


GO VINTAGE... Things we thou gh bygones, are BAt were CK! 1- Round Glasses

SEARCH WARRANT An investigation officer cannot enter or search any private property without a search warrant specifying the reasons.

DETENTION Detention or imprisonment shall be only in places designated for such purposes and for the period set by the competent authority.

2- Polaroid cameras 3- Headphones

(Phones are thinner now and headphones are bigger)

4- Vintage hairstyles

PUNISHMENT No punishment should be imposed without a final court judgment.


5- Reading a book instead of using kindle and iPad

No person shall be arrested or detained without an order from the competent authority.

HARM A person under arrest shall not be subjected to any physical or oral harm, torture or degrading treatment.

6- Army print clothes

7- Casio watches

DEFENCE The accused person has the right to seek the assistance of a lawyer to defend him during investigation and trial. DESTINATION RIYADH 7


THUMBS UP TO THE USE OF ONLINE PLATFORMS KSA has recently witnessed a huge increase in the use of online platforms such as YouTube. In fact, statistics show that Saudi Arabia has the highest viewership in the world with 90 million views per day! But it’s not the views we’re talking about here. It’s the fact that Saudis are using a variety of online platforms and through them, they are speaking up and getting their messages across to the world.

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P.O.Box: 4113 Jeddah 21491, Saudi Arabia








Under the auspices of Prince Khaled bin Bandar, Forbes Middle East held a celebratory event in honor of young Saudi businessmen and women to encourage and support business owners throughout. The magazine will publish a feature on the chosen businesses.

LATEST PRODUCT NO7’S No7 continues to develop new standards and discoveries in anti-ageing skincare. They recently launched the new "super serum" Lift and Luminate day and night. The product is available at Boots.

THIS JUST IN! DO MORE NATIONAL TOURISM RECEIVES INTL. AWARD DoMore received the International Quality Crown Award in the Gold Category for its commitment to quality, leadership, technology and innovation. The award was presented by the Business Initiative Directions. 12 DESTINATION RIYADH


WITH MARRIOT Marriot Hotels and Resorts have created a new smartphone application filled with rewards and benefits for their guests. Check-in to your room before you arrive and just pick up the card key on your way up!

EXCLUSIVE OUD SCENTS AT PARIS GALLERY The leading luxury retailer in the region has launched an exclusive collection of five perfumes with the Arabic Oud as a key ingredient. The aromas are a blend of Eastern charms and French passion, bottled in a luxurious packaging for your inhaling pleasure.

NOBEL SMILE CLINIC WINS AWARD Nobel Smile Dental Care Clinic (NSDCC) won the 2013 International Star Award for Quality (ISAQ) award in the gold category for commitment to quality, leadership, technology and innovation.

PROPERTIES BY DAMAC DAMAC Properties, one of the largest luxury real estate developers in the Middle East, launches Park Life Living at AKOYA by DAMAC, consisting of a 4.3-million-square-foot private park to provide exclusive gardens for AKOYA Park villas.




FOUNDATION WINS PEACE PRIZE For its outstanding contribution to cultural and intellectual development and the promotion of culture of dialogue, the Arab Thought Foundation was awarded the international Gusi Peace Prize for Social Services and Humanitiarianism for 2013.

As part of a new strategy to promote Jaguar vehicles, the Mohammed Youssef Naghi Group is giving a portion of their target market a chance to drive their XJ or XF models for 24 hours and survey them afterwards.

SONY’S NEW WIRELESS, SPLASH-PROOF SPEAKERS With the new SRS-BTS50 speakers from Sony. You can stream music wireless from your phones and tablets. DESTINATION RIYADH 13



STYLE STARDUSTFASHION STYLING WORKSHOP: International fashion stylist and image consultant Sabina Marini rendered a style and fall/winter trends workshop at the Faisaliah Suites, Rosewood Hotels last Dec. 4. The exclusive event for ladies offered styling tips for different body types and gave a rundown of the top trends this season. Guests were treated to mocktails and canapés.



ARTIST AHMAD MOUALLA HOLDS SOLO EXHIBITION, “RIPPLES DERIVING SECRETS”: Painter Ahmad Moualla presents the latest addition to his “atelier” through a solo exhibition at the Naila Art Gallery. His work, which focuses on the commitment to art and man, ran from Dec. 9 to 18. “Ripples Deriving Secrets” is the product of the artist’s experiences and his passion for translating the human condition into canvas. 14 DESTINATION RIYADH

7 FOR ALL MANKIND HOLDS OPENING FOR NEW KIDS COLLECTION: 7 for all Mankind introduced the latest new kids denim collection in its Olaya store on Nov. 30, in collaboration with The Voice of Down Syndrome Society (SAUT). Children and parents got to enjoy the photo booth that was specially set up for the event.


PHILIPPINE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN IN RIYADH: In a move to further show the Philippines as a must visit destination, Glen Agustin, chief tourism operation officer, and his team visited Riyadh to officially launch its Middle East campaign.


CAROLINA HERRERA LAUNCHES NEW COLLECTION: The new spring/summer collection 2014 was unveiled at the Luthan Hotel for its VIP clientele in the city on Dec. 5. The event gave guests the opportunity to shop the items in advance as well as preview the designs through a simple yet elegant fashion walk.


GLUE LIVE PAINTING ARTIST MICHAEL RAIVARD PERFORMS AT IBTIKAR: Michael Raivard wowed audiences with his live painting performance using glue and glitters. The show lasted two to four minutes with a surprise ending of a masterpiece. In the Riyadh edition made specially for the Ibtikar exhibition, Michael produced two portraits of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.


MONTEGRAPPA OPENS FIRST BOUTIQUE: The Italian luxury pen brand, Montegrappa, opens its first boutique in Saudi Arabia. The Italian company said that there was a large demand for the brand to be available in the Kingdom. The legendary Montegrappa opened in 1912, and employs the finest craftsmen to create one of the most luxurious pens in the world. DESTINATION RIYADH 15



JAN. 4 – 6 Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) Course Postgraduate Education Academic Affairs announces the 2014 schedule of Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) Course. Location: Postgraduate Training Center. Email:

5 JAN. 5 – 7 The Leading Public Transport Projects in Saudi Arabia Exhibition & Forum Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center – RICEC Web:

12 JAN. 12 – 14 The International Federation for Cervical Pathology & Colposcopy Course Location: KAUH – Clinical Skill Center

18 20 29 JAN. 18 - 20 The 7th Annual GCF 2014 A showcase of local business leaders. Location: Four Seasons Hotel Web: JAN. 18 – 23 La Cucina – Italian Chef Emanuele Lattanzi Lebanese Chef Joe Barza.

JAN. 20 – 21 The Mining Arabia 2014 A three-day symposium dedicated to providing critical market commentary and real insight into the Kingdom’s mining opportunities.

Location: The Globe, Al Faisaliah Rosewood Hotel

Location: Al Faisaliah Hotel Web:

28 31 JAN. 28 – 30 AMEX World Luxury Expo in association with SAIB The second American Express World Luxury Expo in association with the Saudi Investment Bank showcasing the world’s leading luxury brands.

JAN. 31 – FEB. 3 Saudi Astex Saudi Astex, The 9th Arabian Security, Civil Defense & Life Safety Technology Exhibition.

Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Location: Riyadh Exhibition Center


JAN. 29 – 31 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Arabian Horse Festival This festival aims to restore equestrian disciplines and the importance of the Arabian horse. Location: Al Khalediah Farm, Tebark Web:



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The Who’s Who of the digital Arab world unite in Riyadh When the Who’s Who of the digital world unite with inspiring startups and subject matter experts, you are bound to have an event that’s bursting with insight, energy and a whole lot of innovation. Digital professionals from all over the region and beyond convened at the Kingdom capital for the second installment of the ArabNet Digital Summit held at the Four Seasons Hotel Dec. 3 to 4. From the get-go, ArabNet focused on the hot topics in the Kingdom. The event kicked off with a panel session on “Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia”. Panelists reached a consensus to empower the Saudi youth to take the road less traveled and pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations. 18 DESTINATION RIYADH

A prevailing subject throughout the first day of the conference was the current role and status of women in entrepreneurship. Panelists during the first session were quick to highlight this, with Riyadh Al Zamil, founder and chairman of Raz Holding Group, asserting that Saudi female entrepreneurs tend to be more serious and better than their male counterparts. Furthermore, the potential of female entrepreneurs were further given notice with a session later in the day on “Women in Technology”.

In order to promote startups, a culture of risk taking needs to be appreciated. - Omar Christidis, CEO ArabNet

Following through with the emphasis on entrepreneurship, an Ideathon and StartUp Competition was also held and gave an opportunity for creative and innovative entrepreneurs to showcase their work. Noticeable in the direction taken by these inspiring ventures is the focus on service driven platforms that aim to connect people together. One of the summit favorites is FeelIt, a social networking application that allows

you to share and trade relevant content that is anchored on feelings. Mohammed Al Qadi, the young Saudi behind the app, showed the makings of a promising new generation of tech entrepreneurs in the Kingdom, smart and creative with a friendly and positive demeanor that was simply contagious when we visited their booth. While the other startups equally deserve a standing ovation for the great strides they’ve made, FeelIt won the Ideathon as the best startup in the event. Sessions on digital marketing, social media and advertising in the era of the Internet were widely attended discussions throughout the remainder of the first day and flowed all the way to the second round of sessions. Day two of ArabNet gained a huge kick off audience with the much-anticipated “Instagram Commerce� session. Marketers and social media enthusiasts listened in DESTINATION RIYADH 19

on the predicted trends for 2014 and the strategies that would redefine the use of the application for business and organizations. An emphasis was also given to producing regionally relevant digital material that engages and caters to the local sensibilities in the Middle East. One topic was the development of Arabic digital content. It highlighted the strides bigger web companies have taken as well as the efforts being rendered by local communities to carve a space that’s specially designed for the Arab world. With two halls simultaneously offering captivating panel discussions, the audience had the choice to sit in on a variety of topics. During the afternoon, people had the chance to choose between advertising and branding topics or to take part in the equally interesting forum on gaming and children’s content. The social media buzz and digital media is no longer just a medium or a passing trend. It has become a huge part of the market and society itself. In the last sessions of ArabNet, the cameras were turned on the producers and tastemakers that are shaping our digital consumption. YouTube mavericks like Kaswara Al Khatib, founder of the YouTube channel, U-turn, took center stage to impart their Internet wisdom. The Middle East is positioned to be one of the most potent regions for innovation and investment. It is both a hub for innovation while also being seen as an emerging market that ought to be focused on. At the end of the conference, there was no doubt that the future looks bright for innovative entrepreneurs. Digital professionals can no longer view the trends of e-marketing and social media as mere tools but are in fact a domain to master in order to push forward as an organization, a business or even as an individual participating in this era of connectivity and digital age.



Riyadh Writing Club: Hala Abdullah By Zareen Muzaffar

Hala Abdullah and Mashael Al Blehed, co-founders.

In Riyadh, sometimes the silent voices resonate the loudest. Armed with a desire to create a sanctuary for creativity and an avenue to express themselves, the ladies of the Riyadh Writing Club are making their voices heard and people are indeed listening. At the helm of this group is its founder, Hala Abdullah, who shares with us how they're pushing the boundaries one literary word at a time.

Tell us about yourself:

I am the founder and co-president of the Riyadh Writing Club, which was established on Dec. 9, 2010 and have supervised the extensions of our club to our sister clubs in Kuwait and Jeddah. I am a 22-year-old Saudi Marketing student with a passion for the English language. I started writing seriously at the age of 15 - really took it on as a part of my identity. In addition to writing poetry, I enjoy performing it.


What inspired you to start the club?

After finishing high school, I took a gap year where I just stayed home to write. To my frustration, I found the lack of inspiration to be overwhelming. I needed writers around me. In a place where creativity is seen to have no value and is not in the least way encouraged or appreciated, I needed to get over my lack of inspiration by finding people who understood what I was going through, and who thought the way I did: through writing. I needed to be surrounded by people who appreciated words - like me and who found salvation in writing.

How long did it take to gather club members?

We started off as four members; myself, my best friend and co-president, and two other girls. By the end of our first year we had about 15 members, and the number has been increasing steadily since then.

Did you use social media or word of mouth to invite more members to the group?

We use social media to put the writers' projects out in the world. Through Twitter, we reach both our members and our audience. We notify members of meeting times and venues and we notify our readers of projects being published on our blog. It's been very helpful having such easy-to-use tools at our disposal.

How many members are currently part of the writing club?

Currently, we are approximately 30 members in Riyadh, 30 in Kuwait and about four in Jeddah.

Can you explain a typical writing club meeting. What happens during the meeting?

Meshael Al Blehed, my co-president, usually starts off the meeting by reciting her piece out loud. The members of the club offer their constructive criticism; tell her what they thought of the piece. All members then read out their pieces. Finally, I finish off the recitations by reading my piece. As soon as the members tell me what they thought, I begin to tell them what inspired me to write about our project this way, why I chose to go about it in this manner rather than another, what I was doing when inspiration hit me - maybe even what song I was listening to.

Then every member shares their story, too. Once we're done, we as a club get to pitch in ideas for next month's project. Every member cites their own suggestion and we take it up to a vote. Majority wins.

Are the writings primarily works of fiction or non-fiction? How are the creative thoughts encouraged via the club?

That is completely up to the members. We encourage our girls to write whatever they want, however they want it (censorship begone!). So we get a mix of both usually. Our girls write fantasy, autobiographical work, existentialist poetry, feminist poetry, romantic poetry and prose, and so on and so forth. We do not limit our members to a style or genre, but rather urge them to go about their projects from a completely out-of-thebox perspective. It has paid off!

What are some of the challenges or drawbacks (if any) you may have faced?

I have to say, even though I had the great luck of getting heart-warming support from my family, not all my members have been as fortunate. Some parents did not support their daughters' decisions to join and that has been a difficulty we've had to overcome. The society hasn't been supportive either. Mind you, we are aware that we have our loyal readers, but still: our society as a whole doesn't recognize us still. Given that we haven't found any place willing to have us host our meetings we've had to comfort the parents by asking them to accompany their daughters to a few meetings if they so pleased. WEB: TWITTER: @TheWritingClub FACEBOOK: Riyadh Writing Club



AUDI ILVER CREEN Unlike Iran and Egypt, with their rich cinematic history and worldwide influence in filmmaking, Saudi Arabia is not regarded as a Middle East country that encourages the art of making movies.

THE GHOST OF CINEMAS PAST Cinemas thrived in Jeddah and Riyadh once, and mostly screened Egyptian, Indian and Turkish films without government intervention of supervision. These theaters have been closed since the 1980s Islamic revival movement. However, there a few theaters that are for exclusive members, such as in KAUST and at the American Consulate. Interestingly enough, the last few major shopping malls in KSA have been built with room for a movie theater in anticipation and readiness. For the time being they’re used as bowling alleys and arcades, so who knows what may happen next. 24 DESTINATION RIYADH

Yet, during the past decade, Saudis have emerged with stories to tell with a camera. These Saudis stubbornly cling to their vision that the Kingdom today is ready for a film movement using Saudi talent in front of and behind the camera. If the recent success of Haifaa Al Mansour and the myriad mini-movies produced on YouTube are any indication, Saudi Arabia is on the cusp of developing an industry that will unleash extraordinary talent in the visual arts.

Nate Parker, Mohammed Al Turki, Nicholas Jarecki and Richard Gere



Saudi producer Mohammed Al Turki, a leading force behind the Richard Gere film “Arbitrage,” was born in Saudi Arabia and educated in London and the US, then broke in the movie industry with the 2010 “The Imperialists are Alive!” He has told journalists that being from Saudi Arabia has led him to stand out, and he seems to be on a roll with nine films under his belt as either executive producer or co-producer. Al Turki recently created RAV Raw Film Fund that will produce up to five movies a year over the next five years.

Passionate Saudi filmmakers also rely on YouTube as a platform to release their work. The successful production company U-Turn’s series about the life and times of Saudi youth, titled “Takki,” has almost 420,000 subscribers and has completed its first season of 14 20-minute episodes.

A Saudi film director who has addressed the issues of Arabic cinema is Abdullah Al Eyaf Al Qahtani. His 42-minute documentary titled “Cinema 500km” follows a young Saudi film fan as he visits a theater for the very first time abroad. He has also directed short films, some of which went on to be successful at film festivals. His last project “Aayesh” won best short at the Gulf Film Festival in 2010. Saudi director, the 22-year-old Riyadh native Al Mutaz Al Jifri, recently completed his well-received short film, “Officer Jack,” and actor/director/writer Tareq Melfi has also become a significant Saudi presence in Hollywood.

Arabic filmmakers have lately been moving away from heavy political and religious topics, which seemed to be the trend the last decade with international favorites such as “Paradise Now” and “Ajami," besides Nadine Labaki’s romantic comedy, “Caramel.” With “Wadjda,”Al Turki’s new projects and the general vibe of many Saudi YouTubers, audiences are eager for accurate portrayals of Arabs. The emerging Saudi filmmaker is providing those stories.

Tareq Melfi (right)

Kate Hudson and Mohammed Al Turki

Mohammed Al Turki and Bill Clinton

Al Mutaz Al Jifri

Tareq Melfi (right)





The passionate Saudi director is making headlines around the world, and she’s sharing her thoughts with us here. 26 DESTINATION RIYADH

Haifaa Al Mansour is a Bahrain-based Saudi-born film director. She is the first Saudi female director to direct a full-length feature film. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the American University in Cairo and a Master’s degree in Directing and Film Studies from the University of Sydney. She directed three shorts, a documentary titled “Women Without Shadows” and the latest award-winning film “Wadjda.”

“Wadjda” is a sweet and easy story about a 10-year-old girl who just wants to ride her own bicycle, but it’s enjoying a much bigger achievement. “Wadjda” is a contender for best foreign film at the Oscars and Golden Globes and has a whopping 99 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. It is apparent that the world is ready to hear the personal stories of Saudi Arabia. “Wadjda” is a film that doesn’t protest and shout, unlike other Arabic films that have gained international attention. Not since Nadine Labaki’s 2007 “Caramel” has a celebrated Arabic film portrayed the region’s people in a humanizing everyday life kind of way. Al Mansour says she wanted to make “people laugh and maybe cry a little.” The first feature-length Saudi film directed by a Saudi woman is groundbreaking because it does not intend to provoke, but instead express relatable struggles and personal triumphs. The following are excerpts of Destination’s interview with Al Mansour: ON THE WORLD’S REACTION


Among all of the various challenges of developing the first film ever shot in Saudi Arabia, my biggest fear was that outside audiences would have a hard time relating to this foreign and hidden world that I come from. So for me there is nothing more rewarding than to see people all around the world reacting positively to the film and finding points of commonality in the story.

I really look for films that are true to where they come from and try as much as possible to capture the spirit of the place they represent. Visually I am drawn to films that have a neo-realistic, almost documentary feel. I like to feel as if I have found a window into a previously unknown world through a film. In Saudi Arabia a lot of artists practice selfcensorship, and try to play it safe, not knowing that making any type of art is putting out an opinion -- an idea. Even the most basic art forms somehow talk about the world and a person’s search for a place within it. If your goal is solely entertainment, your work will still have a perspective, full of comments and opinions. Not only in Saudi Arabia, but in the entire Gulf region you see that people are reluctant to form an individual opinion. These are tribal societies where individuality is vilified, where groupthink is seen as a positive part of the culture. So stepping out of that can be a painful, scary process, but ultimately extremely rewarding and beneficial to the society’s development.

Of course, I have been really excited to see people’s reactions inside the Kingdom to the film. We showed the film through a number of different embassies in the Kingdom, and we premiered the film in the region at the Dubai International Film Festival. I was so happy to see Saudis turn up at screenings and festivals all around the world. One Saudi student told me at a screening, “Now I know how Americans feel when they watch an American film at the theater.” That really made me proud and emotional!


"Wadjda" international movie posters from around the world.

ON SAUDI CINEMA We need to continue to build up an infrastructure for a film industry inside the country. That means both the physical infrastructure and the theoretical understanding of the craft. There is a whole new generation of young people making films in Saudi Arabia, particularly younger kids putting videos and clips online. I think the most interesting ones are those in which the filmmakers talk about their own lives and issues, and the world they live in. Some of the shows are getting really popular, and they are really funny! It makes me really optimistic about the future of the country. We need to continue to nurture these voices and provide platforms for them to tell their stories. Film is a great medium to present new ideas and perspectives, as it is a universally assessable medium. I hope that my film makes the medium itself less threatening to people who think it is intrinsically evil or misleading, and I hope it gives Saudis pride to see themselves and their world represented on the big screen. 28 DESTINATION RIYADH

ON CHANGING OPINIONS I’ve been very surprised by how much international audiences are open to foreign film, especially films from the Middle East. I think there is a misconception here in the region that our stories and films “won’t travel.” And there is no market to distribute our work. Having traveled quite a bit with the film now I feel like there is definitely an audience eager to hear from people in this region. I think film is a very valuable tool for combating misconceptions and for presenting a first-hand view of our perspective. I really wanted to put a human face on some of the issues that we talk about in such a theoretical way, and you don’t have to explain why a little girl would see riding a bike as something that might be fun. As the script developed I constantly tried to look at it from the outside, to the universal themes that it spoke to. I didn’t want to give foreign audiences the false impression that it would be an easy or acceptable thing for a girl to ride a bike around Riyadh, so it was hard not to want to put in a bleaker end to her journey. But I think the positive aspects of the film help

audiences relate to the story more and ultimately enjoy watching the film. Western audiences have ideas and concepts about women in Saudi but don’t know much about the day-to-day life of women in the Kingdom. It is hard to be a woman in Saudi Arabia and I want the world to know how strong the women are in my country. I’m not sure if there are misconceptions, but I don’t think people realize how strong Saudi women are. They are tough and sassy and the new generation has a whole new outlook and window to the world. They are empowered and motivated to improve their status within society in ways my generation could never have imagined. They are survivors. ON THE FUTURE I hope to continue making as many movies as I can in Saudi Arabia. It is such a ripe environment for drama, and there are so many untold stories yet to be told. The interplay between tradition and modernity creates just the right amount of tension for great stories. “Wadjda” is available on DVD starting from Jan. 20 on






What got you started as a comedian? Theater productions in middle school and high school. From there I got interested in stand-up comedy in college by going to open mic nights in local comedy clubs.

Based on your performances, what topic gets the most laughs locally from your audience? I think the most popular topics are ones that show the differences between males and females. Because as a conservative society, males and females don't really mix. So when you shed a light on these differences, they are funny to people. In addition to that, family subjects are popular.

How would your describe the general humor of people in Saudi Arabia? The general humor of people in KSA is pretty sarcastic with a slight interest in word play and social themes.

As an artist how would you define success? I would define success by the reactions of people. If you manage to garner the admiration of the majority and to upset the rest of them, then you have pretty much achieved success because without controversy you don't have real success.

What do you think is the biggest break you've had so far in your career? The biggest break I had in my career is managing to get a lead role in a regional cinematic production for the movie “From A. to B.� by director Ali Mustafa. DESTINATION RIYADH 31

R&B. The type of music I like to perform is my own, the songs I write and produce and the songs that I make with my team and my producer Ayham Homsi “AY The Producer.” And just to add to the information, a lot of people around here think that Hip Hop and R&B are the same thing but they are different genres. To give an example of two artists, 2Pac is Hip Hop and Boys II Men are R&B/Soul. If you listen to both you will realize the difference.

Can you tell us what you’ve been up to recently in terms of performances?

HAMZA “AYZEE” HAWSAWI THE SOUND How would you describe the local status of the Saudi music scene? I would say that it is being built -- slowly but steadily -- with a firm base by the artists themselves.

How would you describe your style and genre? What type of songs do you like performing? My music style and sound as Ayzee is R&B/ Soul. I am a member of the music group called J-Fam and collectively our sound is a mix of Arabic and English Hip Hop and 32 DESTINATION RIYADH

I have been releasing a song every week on my social media pages and Soundcloud account, and working on videos on my YouTube channel. I have been collaborating with other artists in the region and performing in a number of shows, last of these shows was on the finale of “Arabs Got Talent” as the opening performance of the show. I performed with my big brother Qusai who's been one of the pillars of support in my music career. Together we sang “Eve,” one of the singles in his last album. It was an incredible show, we had a great time performing in it and the feedback was very overwhelming.

What genre or artist can you not stand to listen to? Now my answer might sound like a very diplomatic cliche response by a musician, but I made a decision to have an ear for all types of music. Only then I will be able to experiment and be innovative and create new ideas mixing different types of music and styles together.

Can you complete this sentence: Saudi Arabia needs music because _____________. It needs expression.


fun ways. Putting a nail through my head gets a gasping reaction from the audience, but it's disgusting.

What got you interested in magic and the art of illusions?

As an illusionist or an entertainer in general, is there anything special you hope to accomplish?

Honestly, it was curiosity. I always wanted to understand and figure out how tricks were executed and this propelled my ambition to succeed in this competitive field.

What do you think are the most important elements to have in order to put on a good show in Saudi Arabia?

I hope to perform a trick on the world stage that challenges science or even nature and to have my name in Guinness Book of World Records. I also hope to start acting in the future.

The most important thing is the culture’s mentality. In KSA it’s hard to accept anything that is strange. I like to consider it a God-given skill, not some form of evil black magic voodoo (laughs). It is human nature to be afraid and to avoid anything that seems unexplainable. However, all my tricks and skills were acquired from years of training. Another important element is to have the support of the Saudi government for more entertainment venues and shows in the Kingdom.

What is the most memorable reaction you’ve had from the audience? Someone once fainted! That’s a reaction I’ll never forget. Young women always ask me the same thing: to read their palms and predict who their future husbands will be. I think they have a misconception of the term magic and what I do. Older women always ask if their husbands have other wives. For the men, they are always trying to reveal my tricks and show that they are clever.

What’s the best illusion you’ve done so far? The best trick I do is with the cups and balls, it is a classic. It can be performed in many DESTINATION RIYADH 33

VINYL MODE THE MUSICIANS How would you describe the local status of the Saudi music scene? Things have changed a lot the last couple of years. Since DJs started to appear in local magazines, we haven’t stopped hearing about new DJs everyday. This is good in a sense because it’s nice to see people getting more into the electronic music scene.

How would you describe your style and genre? What type of music do you like producing? Our style is a mix of house and techno. We love heavy thumping baselines that make your waist move, warm deep melodies that create our mysterious atmosphere, techno and minimal tunes that compose the underground feeling that we support, and the ultimate sound of the drums that set the pace and take you to a tribal experience. “Deep Inside my Soul”, our coming EP is a good example of our style.

Can you tell us what you’ve been up to recently in terms of performances and/or achievements? We have an EP coming out in April; we also finished a CD compilation that is coming out soon with Design magazine. Since the beginning of the summer we’ve been working on our weekly radio show “Mykonian Sessions.” Our monthly podcast “Tune Your Senses” has its own life by now. The past few months we participated in a few fashion shows with Ot Kutyr, Vicomte A and Louboutin.We also had the chance to participate in a benefit event, collaborating with the Zahra foundation and Ot Kutyr. Last but not least, we were preparing for the heavy end-of-the-year party season with two gigs; one in Beirut, Lebanon and one in Athens, Greece so far. 34 DESTINATION RIYADH

What genre or artist can you not stand to listen to? All the new progressive house DJs and producers that only create noise that destroys our precious ears.

Can you complete this sentence: Saudi Arabia needs music because _____________. It really needs it!

AL FARABI BAND VOCAL ENTERTAINERS How would you describe the local status of the Saudi music scene? The local music scene is developing. It’s filled with great talents and lots of potential, but of course we as musicians are lacking some support in terms of live performances, sponsorship and local support.

If you were asked to sing one song that would make or break your career as an artist, what song would you choose and why? Saher: Vertigo, because it inspires me. Diya: Ya Adela Emad: Generally, I would choose a song about encouraging teamwork. From our songs, I would choose Ya Adela. Thamer: Of Fair

How would you describe your band's style and genre? What type of songs do you like performing? Our musical genre is a fusion of alternative Arabic music, a combination of classical rock with Arabic flavors – you can call it Farabian Flavor. We perform balanced songs filled with rich musical compositions.

What genre or artist can you not stand to listen to? Saher: I generally enjoy all music genres, but if I had to choose a specific genre I least prefer, I would say Arabic Najdi music. Diya: I would listen to any positive and inspirational music genre. However, sometimes I can’t stand mainstream music. Emad: I would also say I don’t really prefer mainstream, whether it’s Arabic or international. Thamer: To be honest, I don’t really like Fayrouz.

Can you complete this sentence: Saudi Arabia needs music because _____________.

Music is a common language of feeling and it’s what our soul feeds on. DESTINATION RIYADH 35

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HOMEBREW GAMES 2013 We thought long and hard about what we could write about in entertainment. Books? Movies? TV shows? Really annoying talking oranges? The recent decline in public taste that will lead us all into an apocalypse where everything is in different shades of neon, studs are the national uniform and the Nyan Cat as president and mushrooms are an accepted size changers. Wait. Mushrooms! Mario! Games! Games are awesome and they're entertainment! [We admit that it was a rather shortish brainstorm session]. And what better should we feature our game article about than the wonderful stuff we’ve been seeing from Saudi game developers recently? Read on to see our picks this month, and what we think of them.




y, n He x fa bo ".. "X boy

You’re thinking about games when you’re not playing games.


People refer to you by your game nickname in real life.



Your thumbs are always sore.

You’d rather play a game than renew your passport.


When you’re invited to play football, you assume it’s on PlayStation.



Everyone knows candy gives instant happiness. It’s practically part of the definition! (If only the people at Merriam Webster see it our way.) Turn the candy evil and what do you get? An awesome short game where you spend three levels trying to dodge homicidal candy to get to the end. More impressive is the age of the game’s maker, a cool 14. And I thought knowing how to press ctrl-alt-delete for the task manager was advanced programming when I was at that age. Tester’s tip: It’s all about timing and precision. And we love chocolate.

Brilliant, brilliant concept, graphics and execution with quite an important message. I can’t explain much to not give anything away, but you most definitely will not regret playing the game. In the beginning, I thought I was hearing my own heartbeat, but then I realized the sound was coming from the game. My only regret is I wish there was a longer storyline, or a sequel, or something so I could play more. Or maybe, cough hint cough, a point-and-click game in the same style? Tester’s tip: Headphones are strongly recommended.

DURATION: 10 minutes DEVELOPER: Abdullah Babrouk CAN BE FOUND AT: games/ixabris/candy-survival

DURATION: 5 minutes not including attempts DEVELOPER: Hako Games CAN BE FOUND AT: Google Play, App Store, games: Mulled


FRAT ZOMBIES Short, fun timewaster. Protect the last Xbox from a horde of frat boy zombies. Tester’s tip: The bullets don’t kill the zombies, just pushes them away. Extra info: This game is a side project from the same guy who runs Game Tako. DURATION: 1 minute DEVELOPER: Abdullah Hamed WEB: /frat-zombies OTHER GAMES: Rescue Them.

PIXEL UP Where should we start with this one? You play as a blue-ish pixel character that was kicked out of his land, and is trying to climb its way back up. On one hand, the game is really well designed. The main character looks adorable, and navigating through the main menu is quite fun. On the other… this is not an easy game. I don’t know if it’s a horrible lack of precision from me or just a general sadistic streak in the game developers, but my fingers had to be pried from the keyboard with a wrench near the end. If you’re up for a challenge, this is the game for you. Tester’s tip: Develop a rhythm to get past the numerous obstacles. Also, you can skip some of the levels. And don’t give up. DURATION: 5 hours (and some) DEVELOPER: Funktion Games CAN BE FOUND AT: funktiongames.blogspot. com/p/pixel-up.html OTHER GAMES: Game of Loss (Game Tako)


ZOMBIE FLY Deceptively easy game. Protect you precioussss – we mean, jar of "netala" from the horde of evil hazelnut slurping zombie flies. It starts off really slow, with snailpaced flies attempting to get near the jar one by one and you wondering if you’re in a frozen Bollywood fight scene, and then… You’ll find out. DURATION: 2 minutes DEVELOPER: Ammar Alsharekh CAN BE FOUND AT: (Also available on Google Play) Other games: Gergey3an, Riyadh Traffic, Fajwat Althalam (Blackhole), Huryat Shehab.

HIMMA Another young’un designed this one. Play a portly man trying to transport wood from a truck to his empty lot and picking up free bricks along the way, all the while dodging snails in overalls and very deadly open manholes. Gameplay is easy for this one, you move by tilting your device. DURATION: We were too busy yelling at the snails to set a timer. Woops. DEVELOPER: Omar Balfaqih CAN BE FOUND AT: Google Play, www.

BALLAD OF LOST HEROES Another great project from Golden Sands Studio. You’re an amnesiac character called Adam, who teams up with a thief called Sara to find out what you’d written in a journal you were carrying. Along the way you pick up other people and fight monsters and find out who exactly you are, and what you were doing in this fun rpg. My favorite part is, SPOILER, a certain mini-quest where you get to play in an apocalyptic version of Riyadh, with a great message included. DURATION: 2 hours DEVELOPER: Golden Sands Studio CAN BE FOUND AT: golden-sands-studio. html DESTINATION RIYADH 39

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STREET ART RYD As magazine writer Jennifer Berke once said, “Loving life in Austin Texas, where the graffiti encourages people to eat more kale.” So when it comes to street art, most of us assume graffiti. If you do too, then congratulations, you’re wrong! Street art is fresh and constantly portrayed through many mediums. Nowadays, one can coin it as guerilla art with a touch of bourgeois. 40 DESTINATION RIYADH

Similar to rap, street art emerged as the voice of urban youth influenced by the underground. As it was once the signature move of skateboard culture, hipsters emulated this urban ambiance into individualism. All in all, street art is a lifestyle statement addressing social tensions.

Banksy, as spontaneous as he is, can be dubbed as the founding father of guerilla art. While on his residency in New York, he turned the city streets into his very own wonderland. One can stroll around and call toll-free numbers listed by each of his installations to listen to his rationales. Another one of my favorites is the

unconventional Redball Project by Kurt Perschke. Though unlike the norm where street art should be conveying a subliminal message, his style is more of perception in the eye of the beholder.


Performance art also considered so, from self-painted artists staying sedentary to musicians playing live on street corners. In “The Artist is Present,” her last piece documented, Ana Abramovic challenges the urban trance of a fast-paced life. We see each other everyday on the subway, in a restaurant, crossing the street but we never take the time to actually connect with the person across from us. After all, eyes are the windows to the soul. Nonetheless, the most common form of street art is graffiti, and so calligraphies took the Arab world by storm as evident as it is in post revolution Egypt and Tunisia. The scene in Saudi has yet to make a bang. We have seen it go from writings on the wall to professional installations. A native colleague of mine, who is a graphic designer, used to design Arabic tattoos for clients while on his studies in London. It was rewarding for him to see his illustrations eternalized on moving canvases. However, Maison Bo-M was the first to commercialize the movement locally by launching (ISWAP: Impact Street With Artistic People) street wear in 2009. During its run, it was a good platform for emerging designers and artists around the region. Taking on Riyadh, Mystery Bin Bansky has been out and about expressing taboo issues of society. He took graffiti from gangster wannabes to full-fledged controversy. His stencil paintings force us to confront injustice. Another local phenomenon is contemporary artist Abdulnasser Gharem. He experiments with installations inspired by the development boom in the gulf region, conveying subliminal messages of individualism as part of his ongoing series “Restored Behavior.” He is known for his public stunt “Flora and Fauna,” where he wrapped himself and a tree in plastic.


One more talent putting the A in art is Ahmed Mater. His approach is evidence-based art. This is apparent in his work “Evolution of Man,” where the origin of oil connects with the theory of evolution. One of his central themes is the profound conflict of materialism, as he goes on to show in his installation and performance project “Yellow Cow” where he painted an actual cow yellow and opened a convenience store with Yellow Cow dairy products. I leave you with the words of Paul Cézanne as he said it best: “All pictures painted inside the studio will never be as good as those done outside.”


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The season has now turned and with that comes the opportunity to get out, get active and have an adventure. With the wonderful weather we’re having, Destination pulls you off the couches and invites you to take a break and embrace the great outdoors! 44 DESTINATION RIYADH


Thumama Airport is home to some private aviation centers as well as SAFA (Saudi Arabian Flight Academy). You can head on out to Thumama with your friends and discover flights on a per session rate. This would give you the chance to get a quick lesson on flying a plane, have a scenic bird’s eye view of the city and yes, take control of the craft and slice through the clouds. SAFA TEL: +966-11-4151987 WEB:


The outskirts of Riyadh make an ideal place for overnight escapades and weekend trips. You can rent one of the special khaima (tents) that are equipped with a grilling station, a fireplace to roast some wild mushroom and s’mores, and has insulated walls to shelter you from the cold. Another option is dust off your boots and tents and just drive out, find a spot and set up camp. WHERE TO BUY STUFF: SACO and Home Center WHERE TO GO: Thumama Resort, Thumama Deserts



Dune bashing means riding up and down sand dunes in a four-wheel drive car. A note of caution, though, this is an activity that requires practice in sand driving and the proper conditioning of your vehicle. Our advice is that you join a four-wheel drive club; they know the terrain better and will help you get started. CLUBS: The Range Rovers, 4WD Riyadh ALTERNATIVE: Quad Riding; quad bikes are usually available for rentals near public desert areas, an option for those wanting to enjoy frolicking in the sand at 30 miles per hour.



CLUBS: Riyadh Hashers, Internations FAMOUS TREKS: Edge of the World, Riyadh Hidden Valley

WHERE TO GO: Al Yamama Desert, Al Nigga Desert WHERE TO GET A BOARD: Podium Outdoor, Uruba St.

Riyadh has very interesting rock formations and off beaten tracks to conquer. If you decide to hike or trek, you can easily join an activity group that usually goes out on weekends to various sites. There are also forests that you can visit for long walks if you are not yet ready to take on a more mountainous challenge.

We don’t have an ocean here but we do have sand. Similar to snowboarding, sand surfing is all about riding down a dune while strapped to a customized board. It’s a real recreation sport by the way and competitions are held in other parts of the world. If you ask us, Riyadh can easily become the sand boarding capital of the world.



King Abdullah Malaz Park KSA’S LARGEST PARK

Stretched out over 318,000 square meters, the new King Abdullah Malaz Park (KAMP) is the largest park of its kind in the Kingdom. Located in the Al-Malaz District near Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, the park literally is a breath of fresh air!

Take a break from the chaos of traffic and busy urban life in Riyadh and head out for a fun outdoorsy experience the whole family will surely enjoy.


Once through the main gates, a 12-meterwide pedestrian pathway wraps around the beautifully landscaped hills and greenery. Your family will then discover and enjoy the several children's playgrounds, sports areas, special shaded areas and the big restaurant within the grounds. The kids will especially have fun running around the spacious square overlooking the lake, which features the park’s main attraction - the water fountains. Starting daily at 6:15 p.m., the dancing water fountain - complete with colorful lights and lasers, is a fantastic show that promises to entertain both kids and adults. For the best seat in the house, climb up the stairs to the podium carrying the 37-meter long Saudi flag.

Small benches are scattered around the park but you are welcome to sit and enjoy a casual picnic wherever you like. Additional facilities include an events center, VIP building and the park exploratory. So why not take advantage of the wonderful weather (while it lasts) and pack up a picnic basket, gather friends and family and spend a leisure day at the park.

Helpful KAMP Tips:

Open daily from 4 - 11 p.m. (children and singles twice a week, and families five times a week) Fountain show times: 6:15 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. Bikes, scooters and soccer balls are NOT allowed; however you are allowed to bring kites, lightweight balls, chairs and food. DESTINATION RIYADH 47

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DR's Guide

TO KIDDIE ENTERTAINMENT The two words that come out of every child's mouth at one time or another is, "Mom, I'm bored!" And although research shows that boredom is the catalyst for creativity, we ultimately want our kids to happily enjoy their carefree childhood days. So why not spend some quality time as a family and treat your kids to a fun day out! Take a break from the usual amusement parks and try our list of favorite kids entertainment spots in Riyadh.


Located between exits 13 and 14, Jammoly World is a 12,000-square-meter educational center that gives kids ages 4 to 12 the chance to suit up and role play certain adult professions. Children can choose to "work" in a number of realistic "jobs" and actually get paid just like adults. Brining future careers as close to reality as possible in a creative and educating way. Children practice professions such as doctors, firemen, reporters, police officers and paramedics. It's also home to a huge 800-seat theater that hosts special performances and celebrations. TEL: +966-11-2262825 WEB:


Also located in Sahara Mall, Cafe Ceramique is part-cafe, part-art studio where both kids and adults can tap into their artistic talents and enjoy a delicious meal all in one place. Simply choose a pottery item from their extensive range of kitchen wear and decorative items, have a seat at your table and the waiters will provide you with paint, brushes, sponges and anything else you might need. Not much of an artist? No worries, you can look through their templates and art books for ideas. Once you are done painting, you give the waiter your "piece of art" to be glazed and set, and it will be ready for pick up a week later. MOB: +966-501236611 WEB: 48 DESTINATION RIYADH


This specially designed indoor football field is a football fanatic's dream come true. Goal! Junior is safe and fun facility in Sahara Mall that offers kids aged 5 to 15 the chance to bend it like Beckham in 15-minute football matches. Drop in with your kids anytime and they will enjoy a friendly yet “professional” match, complete with colored team aprons, a grass field, referee, scoreboard and sometimes even a commentator. An exciting setting where everyone has fun and leaves a winner. TEL: +966-11-4520714


Much more than a stationary store, Stationary Fantasies located on the second floor of Al Azizia Mall, offers one of the most unique entertaining and learning experiences in Riyadh. Children can choose to play in a number of specially set up and supervised activity rooms; some of which teach them specific skills like baking, arts and crafts and soap making and other rooms have sports activities, carting and sand play. You can have a cup of coffee while safely watching the kids have fun through the glass doors of every room. Pass by the stationary store for your own entertainment, where you can shop for gifts, books, home accessories and furniture. TEL: +966-11-2291942


From the coolest arcade games and hi-tech simulator rides to safe kiddy rides for the little ones, Chuck E Cheese is the ultimate fun-stop for kids of all ages. Children particularly enjoy “winning” tickets after each game, which they collect in exchange of a fun prize on their way out. And after all the games have been played, the cheesiest pizza in town has been eaten and cool prizes have been won, everyone in the family will be leaving completely satisfied. LOCATION: Olaya St. Exit 13 TEL: +966-11-2167733


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Whenever Saudis were mentioned in Western media back in the 1970s and '80s, a picture of a grim sheikh and his slightly grubby son and a woman in an abaya would usually be accompanied. Looking at those depictions now, you’d think we were rather humorless with very serious children. The good news is, we actually know how to play! And since there isn’t a record of the games children used to play back then, we decided to put together a few examples for you, taken from the memories of our parents and grandparents.


WHO’S THE WOLF Items Needed:

• • •

People A screen or wall A large space.

How to Play:

One child would be chosen as the “lumberjack” (usually the eldest or the coolest kid in the bunch) and the other kids would be designated as “wolves.” The wolves would hide behind the wall that would stand as the door. The lumberjack then knocks on the door, calls out “who’s the wolf” and guesses a color. If one of the wolves happened to be wearing the color guessed, that person then


had to run out in a full circle across the room and try not to get caught by the lumberjack. The game ends

when all the wolves get caught, and the first one tagged plays the lumberjack the next time.


Items Needed:



• • •

Seven cans or flattish Stones A small plastic ball, Two teams (minimum of two players on each team)

How to Play:

It’s like an odd mixture of jenga, tag, cricket and a shoot’em fair game. To begin with the stones or cans are stacked in a pyramid, then each team member takes a turn throwing the plastic ball at the pyramid carefully enough as to avoid knocking over any stones. If a team knocks over the pyramid, then an opposite team member would try to grab the ball and take out an “enemy” before they manage to rearrange the pyramid. If the standby team tags one of the offending team, they win. If the offending team restacks the pyramid on time, they win!

• •

A used cheddar cheese can (opened from both

sides and then flattened)

A used bicycle tire Stick of some sort

How to Play:

This game is one of the oldest and probably the most rare to find kids playing with nowadays. The cheese can, after being flattened, would be inserted at the end of the stick and hooked into the old bike tire or rim to make a wheel that can move with the kid. The contraption would then be used as a car in mockplay, or a bike, bus, train or even in races.



ONE CHIP (MEN) = 10 points RED CHIP (QUEEN) = 50 points



Items Needed: • Carrom board • 19 game chips (nine white, nine black, one red) • One white “puck” • Talcum powder (to smooth the board)


Carrom is sort of reminiscent of a billiards table, if billiards were a lot cheaper, smaller, and you played it with your fingers. The general idea of the game is to collect as many points as possible by flicking your own carrom chips into an assigned pocket. There are two opposing members (or teams), and each member gets nine carrom chips. The chips


are arranged on the board within the circle with the red chip in the middle. Players go in turns from their side using the white puck to flick the chips. There’s a catch, though. Whoever gets the red chip must immediately pocket one of their own chips or otherwise the red one goes back into the middle of the board. The person or team with the most points, of course, wins!



It’s kind of hard to illustrate without large hand gestures and actual demonstrations. We hope you do get a chance to try any of these wonderful old pas vtimes out though, and do drop us a line telling us how it went if you do! And remember, if you get stuck, just ask the nearest elder person, I’m sure they’ll be more than obliging.


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Designer: ufff marra kateeer! Today I'm in the mood for Astrid Andersen alsara7a Style Icon: my current muse these days has to be Syrian singer Omar Souleyman Current trend: Arabian Swag aka #arabfever Classic timeless trend: Black on Black on Black Jewelry: I love rings! All kinds of them! Shoes: I must admit I'm a converse addict, it's part of my body now. Bag: Cast of vices shopper Nail Polish: Matte black Fashion Magazine: i-D forever! City: London Musician: Shaaban Abdulraheem Film: To Wong Foo, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar Series: Revenge (cuz I have a major crush on Aiden) Flower: Takara's rockin', dancin', sunglasses wearing flowers Color: Rainboooooow!

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THE BOND One Trunk Show to Rule them All

It’s always a delight and inspiration to stumble upon young Riyadhis who not only strive to pursue their dreams but in the process bring the city to new heights. At the Bond Trunk Show held Dec. 17 - 19 at the Maison Bo-M Gallery, we witnessed the coming together of the next generation of designers that will place Riyadh on the map as a fashion capital. The Bond represents the gathering and coming of age of promising local designers who share a flair for unique, edgy and fashion forward designs. The collections had a touch of international influences synergized with the cosmopolitan local scene. Harboring a common history, friendship and love for fashion and the arts, they have united their distinct identities in order to usher in a new fashion movement to the city of Riyadh. The whole air of the event spoke of high fashion and each designer was an absolute pleasure to talk to. Mishael Al Rajhi shared with us the story of the twins and their polarized style identities that is captured by Micci & Mishi. This results in a high casual

fashion line that is able to be chic and edgy all at the same time. Her latest collection is an automotive interpretation through shades and textiles with a touch of urban grunge. Mishael is a promising designer that everyone should watch out for. Another interesting designer we’ve had the pleasure of meeting is Haifa Fahad, the style genius behind YooYoo. Her latest fall/winter collection was true to the whole idea of being punk grunge sophisticated meshed with a Japanese avant-garde cut. Highness by Haifa Al Ibrahim showcased chic and elegant designs that gave us a feeling of warm glitz and soft glam. For Dolls and Skulls, the designer Amal Goblan went playful with her collection, it was sweet and hip … and yes, we loved the prints. Last but not the least is Didi Assay, a designer who wowed us with her the elegantly flowing ensembles. Destination Riyadh is seeing a fabulous year ahead for the fashionistas of Riyadh. Surely, with local designers like these pushing the boundaries of style, it won’t be long before these artisans invade the international arena. LOCATION: Maison BoM Gallery, Nojoud Mall TEL: +966-11-2021205 INSTAGRAM: @MaisonBoM FACEBOOK: Maison.BoM



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Karoto Vegetable Sharpener & Peeler SR 30 Karoto is a giant pencil sharpener shaped vegetable peeler with which you can peel carrots, courgettes, cucumbers, those long radish things and other similar shaped vegetables. It also allows you to sharpen and curl ribbons of your chosen veg to decorate and add a bit of fun to your salads and dishes. Available at

Extension Power Cord SR 75 Specially designed for Apple’s MacBook, this Extension Power Cord makes it easier the next time around when you’ll need an adapter to charge your MacBook. This power adapter is designed to pump up to 45W, 60W and 85W of current and is automated to adapt and adjust as per the device you charge. Available at 60 DESTINATION RIYADH

Clip Desk Wire

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Anywhere you wish to have cables temporarily held yet easily removed or extended, CableDrop gently grasps your power and peripheral cords so they do not fall off your desk every time you unplug your laptop. The ever-popular CableDrop manages your wires and cables easily solving your cable management needs. Available at

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It’s always a pick-me-up for Riyadhis to find one stop shops that give us both a dining experience as well as a little entertainment. The Destination team went around the city again to find you some interesting places that bring “Eat and be Merry” to life:


An all-male sports bar that also doubles as a multiplex. The main attraction in Fans Up is its 100-seat cinema for guys who’d like to go XXXL on their football watching experience. They serve up basic café food and the hot drinks on their menu, particularly the mocha is all the rave among young Riyadhis. LOCATION: King Abdullah Rd. TEL: +966-11-2295329



It has an indoor cinema that the guys love as well as small rooms that families and couples can rent for private entertainment. They have an iPad menu that’s pretty cool although the food items can be quite pricey. Y20 is more about the ambience and privacy you get to have on such a busy street like Tahliya. LOCATION:Tahliya St. TEL: +11-2002020 Ext. 2


A very family friendly sports lounge, Strike is more than a bowling alley open to families with Saturdays and Tuesdays reserved for women. Apart from the bowling lanes they have a Tex-Mex restaurant, a play area for kids, a 100inch television that is a hit among football-loving ladies on game night and Wii consoles. TIP: You must try their homemade ice cream. LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton TEL: +966-11-8028020


Where do we begin with this one? Stepping inside feels like entering a surreal parallel universe where Starship Enterprise lands into bedrock with a whole lot of Lady Gaga vibe going on. The dÊcor itself is entertaining enough. Imagine huge shining shimmering horses and chess pieces surrounding you while you dine. They have a shabu-shabu bar where you can basically cook your own food as well as singing and drumming waiters if you’re celebrating a special occasion. Lastly, for a dose of exclusivity, you can rent their Penthouse, a 20-seating entertainment and dining room complete with a large TV, pool table and you can even play some music. LOCATION: Takhassusi St. TEL: +966-11-2057051

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Having a dinner in an abandoned pool or on the back of a truck may not sound like your idea of a fancy dinner, but the two women behind The Dinner Club by No. 57 have managed to organize dreamlike dinners in the most unusual settings around the world. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind project, we spoke to the two hosts who have been organizing these ethereal dinners for a year now, Buthaina Al Mazrui and Alamira Noor Bani Hashim.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves.

We’re a two-woman team who love to design/ decorate (Noor) and cook (Buthaina). We have completely different personalities – we balance each other out. We both trust the other’s taste 100 percent, and never question anything that the other one envisions. We love, love, love a good burger, but we’ll never agree on our Coke (Buthaina) versus Diet Coke (Noor) argument. Or on an Instagram filter!

What’s the idea of the Dinner Club?

It is a new way of experiencing food by way of an underground supper club. Every month, the hosts choose a different location, gather a group of unique individuals, and serve delicious food. Think of it as a surprise underground party for your senses. But better. 66 DESTINATION RIYADH

How did you two come up with the idea?

We were getting restless about the opening of our café, No. 57, (in Abu Dhabi), that we decided to take matters in our own hands and started planning dinners, which meant we could still entertain and feed people, not in a café, but in a different location each time. What differentiates The Dinner Club from other supper clubs around the globe is that we host dinners in crazy locations rather that a restaurant or a home.

Why “57”? That is part of the mystery of our brand! We’ll tell you once our café, No. 57, opens. Maybe.

Where do you find inspiration for your dinner events?

We come up with an ideal setting first and then try to find where that location is available. Once Noor steps foot in the location, it comes to her. It gets tweaked a little bit as we work on the test set up, but the theme is always concrete from that original moment of seeing the place. By now, although every dinner has a different set up, we’ve developed a kinda of “dinner club-y” look and feel but it really comes from the space we find.

What do you look for when you’re choosing a location?

We never hosted it at a restaurant or a home. That’s part of The Dinner Club rules. We always host it in places you’d never expect to have a meal. The older, the more broken down, the better. And the sky has been the limit for us, hamdillah. We’ve hosted a dinner in a construction site, in an abandoned pool, in a film studio, in a bus, in a wind tower and recently on an abandoned dhow parked in the fish market. We look for places that we can transform, or that we can juxtapose a beautiful table against.

Buthaina Al Mazrui and Alamira Noor Bani Hashim

What kinds of obstacles have you faced so far? And how do you deal with them?

We’re always challenged obviously with our choice of location and the logistics that goes behind it all. For example, gutting out a bus and filling the roof with flowers and making it look pretty for a photo shoot then driving the bus, filled with all the fine China inside, very carefully to a different, more secluded location, or our generator going out right before guests arrive. We wish we had a better answer but really we just have to deal with things on the spot and hope for the best. Guests are always so wonderful and most of the time they don’t even realize what went wrong. The energy of our dinners is so beautiful. We are so thankful, so nothing can really get in the way of ruining it for us once the first song is played, and the guests start to arrive. DESTINATION RIYADH 67

What was your favorite dinner to organize so far?

We get asked that a lot and it is so hard to choose! I think our favorite was the first dinner we held in the construction site of Noor’s new villa, because we had no idea what we had just created and we were doing it purely for the love and passion we have for décor and food and hosting guests. We recently celebrated our big one-year anniversary, and held it at the same location as our first dinner, to come full circle, except this time we transformed the place into a Museum of Natural History and had elements from each of our dinners there. We invited 57 guests. It was really humbling to see how far we have come and that we still have the same passion and intensity for it.

What’s next for the Dinner Club?

Expect a few more international dinners. Other than that, we can’t reveal anymore. The mystery is all part of the experience!

Did you have any dinners in Saudi?

We haven’t, no, but we have done one in collaboration with the Saudi designer Razan Alazzouni in Delhi a few months ago. We do have something planned in the works for Saudi but we can’t reveal anything yet.


Do you have any tips to share with those interested in gastronomy and organizing events?

Make sure you consider transportation of your food (if you are hosting a dinner somewhere other than your home). Avoid things that need to be served piping hot. Try to avoid doing what everybody else is doing and come up with something on your own. Embrace DIY! People love when they see the effort and time you have put into something, and don’t take yourself too seriously! Have fun! FOLLOW THE DINNER CLUB BY NO. 57 ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER TO STAY UPDATED ON THEIR UPCOMING DINNERS: @thedinnerclub57

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CITIES' SECRETS We all have our favorite travel destinations, and sometimes we can be repeat offenders and go a few more times, but that can get a bit boring. And when going on an extravagant trip, we gotta make it worth it! So after you’ve checked out all the usual tourist spots (and traps!) here a few more options that even locals don’t always experience.

LOS ANGELES, USA The Channel Islands & Catalina

For a break from the city and Southern California, and for something that looks different, take a little trip to one of the eight islands along the Santa Barbara Channel. Catalina has luxurious restaurants, resorts and also a cool zip line eco tour. The other islands are great for secluded beaching, hiking, boat rides and photography.


LOS ANGELES, USA Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Wanna visit your “Friends” at the real Central Perk? The Stars Hallow town square from “Gilmore Girls”? Where hundreds of films and TV shows are made? Yeah of course! Be sure to get the VIP tour for a really amazing experience. This is more of a real working studio so each time you go there’s something new going on.

PARIS, FRANCE Fly on Balloon Air du Paris

For a crazy special experience, hop aboard the largest hot air balloon in the world! When you first arrive in Paris, take one of these tours to get a real view of the map you’ve been looking at. Sounds like the best view in Paris. Prices are amazing as well! And seriously? Flying a hot air balloon over Paris?! Only a few things could be cooler.


Underground Tour, Basilica Cistern


For an otherworldly, and mystically creepy look into Istanbul’s past, explore this underground waterway that used to bring drinking water into Istanbul. Three-hundred thirty-six columns are dimly lit as you walk around canals that are alive with flittering fish. As if that wasn’t creepy enough, watch out for the upside down statue of Medussa.

Explore The Big Neighborhood

For a slice of the more authentic and less touristy Paris, definitely cut up a large wedge of the Northern parts. What some call “le grand quartier,” the 9th, 10th, 17th, 18th and 19th quarters are where you need to be. Don’t be afraid to wander away from the city center. DESTINATION RIYADH 71

LONDON, UK Frolic at Richmond Park


For a break from the city, you can go horseback riding, cycling, fishing, play rugby like a Brit, or just about anything you’d like to do at a park at Richmond. There is a lot more space than Hyde Park, it’s three times bigger! You’ll also encounter herds of Red and Fawn deer. You’ll also find the Pembrook Lodge restaurant with its glorious views of the Thames Valley.

The Prince’s Islands Mystical forests, horseback riding, cycling and fantastic seafood await you at the Prince’s Islands! Go on the weekdays to avoid the crowds and go for Buyukada, which has many fish restaurants by the water and historical sights, or Heybeliada with its beautiful wooden mansions covered with forests. And it’s only $2 for a ferry ride!

LONDON, UK Time Travel at Inns of Court

For an inside and immersive look into London history, check out the Hogwarts-like Inns of Court. Established in the 1300s, the walled compound still hosts judges and barristers. Step into an Elizabethan banquet room to check out how the high court used to party.

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CAMEL MILK AN ELIXIR FROM THE DESERT By Layla The knowledge of the healing powers and nutritious benefits of camel milk have been known to nomadic peoples from Mongolia to Africa for thousands of years. The Bedouin saying, “water is the soul, milk is the life” may prove to be true due to the miraculous properties of camel milk. Reports of the healing powers of camel milk have been recorded from the times of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

Camel milk is growing in popularity worldwide and has even been dubbed the new super food because it’s high in nutrients and minerals as well as having numerous healing properties. This wondermilk has also shown the ability to help heal food allergies and chronic gastrointestinal problems. Scientists have been conducting research after finding new conditions and diseases that can be treated, prevented or even cured with consumption of camel’s milk. The latest studies have found that camel milk inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells; in one study it

was found the tumors shrank 56 percent in just two days of high doses of camel milk. Parents of autistic children have found camel milk to help their children perform better and to alleviate symptoms of autism. Camel’s milk is by far the closest to human breast milk than any other animal’s milk, yet to most people camel milk still remains a mysterious and strange substance, which many are afraid to try. Not only is camel milk easier for the human body to digest, making it suitable for lactose intolerant CAMEL'S MILK HAS NUMEROUS HEALING FACTORS WITH ANTIVIRAL, ANTI-FUNGAL AND ANTI-BACTERIAL PROPERTIES. DID YOU KNOW THAT CAMEL’S MILK IS BY FAR THE CLOSEST TO HUMAN BREAST MILK THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL’S MILK


people as well, it’s also rich in vitamins and minerals, containing 10 times as much iron and three times as much vitamin C as cow’s milk.

is high in lactic bacteria, which have been shown to be effective against pathogens including Bacillus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella and Escherichia.

The most beneficial and nutritious camel’s milk comes from camels that graze freely on a certain type of grass; they are commonly referred to as milch camels. Freshly milked, unpasteurized milk has the most health benefits. However, caution should be practiced as the freshly milked version might in rare cases contain parasites if the camels have not been kept well and healthy. Unfortunately, pasteurizing the milk does remove some of the health benefits but it’s still advised to go with the pasteurized version. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid unpasteurized camel milk.

The most well-known health benefit of camel milk is probably its use as adjuvant therapy in management of both Type 1 and 2 diabetes. The milk contains 52 units of insulin per liter and is as a result a very effective and all-natural way to control blood sugar levels.

Camel's milk has numerous healing factors with anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Fermented camel milk

Perhaps the most remarkable property of camel’s milk lies in its ability to kill cancer cells and reduce tumor size. In recent years Saudi scientist Dr. Faten Abdul-Rahman, a researcher of the healing properties camel milk and urine, found in her studies that the most powerful anticancer effect comes when camel’s milk and a small amount of urine are consumed together. In addition to the internal benefits, camel’s milk and even urine can also be used as external healers for the skin. Thanks to the natural moisturizing and whitening properties, camel's milk and urine as beauty ingredients is on the rise. Not only does camel's milk make for more moisturized and supple skin, it's also said to have anti-aging benefits, thanks to elastin, vitamin C and lanolin. Bedouin women have used camel urine for centuries as a beauty product, which whitens the skin and lightens the hair. To get your dose of the miracle milk in Riyadh check the Al Watania stores, which stock pasteurized camel milk. If you’re looking for the raw and freshly milked version, visit Riyadh’s camel souq on Thumamah Road during Maghrib prayer when the camels are milked. It’s a good idea to bring your own containers. The milk lasts for about three days in the refrigerator and it can be frozen for later use. DESTINATION RIYADH 75

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HOSS INTROPIA Tel: +966-11-4658122 JACADI BOUTIQUE Garanada Center Hayat Mall Sahara Mall LA-BOUTIQUE Al Nahda Rd. Facebook: La-Boutique Riyadh LA COQUETTE Kingdom Centre MODERN US DESIGNERS Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4612079

NAYYARA Al Raed St. Tel: +966-11-4806655

MONTBLANC King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2111080

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SADA SHOP (ONLINE) Tel: +966-11-4411940

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ALPINA CHOCOLATE King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2013452 CANNELLE Prince Sultan St. Tel: +966-11-4664491 CHOCOLATE DREAM CANDY BOUQUET Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4197237


CAFE’ BLANC Prince Mohamad Bin Abdulaziz St. Tel: +966-11-4633426 CAFE’ PASCUCCI Tahllia Tel: +966-11-4620555 COLONY COFFEE Sultan Bin Salman St. Mob: +966-597452311

PAPPAROTI Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2936452 PARDON CAFE’ Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4 160933 RICHONY Makkah Rd. Tel: +966-11-8801062 SHANGAI CAFE’ Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-2934734 TEA LOUNGE Four Seasons Hotel Tel: +966-11-2115000 THE DIAMOND CAFE’ Localizer Mall Tel: +966-11-2170125 TUTTI CAFE’ Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2160666 VERSAI CAFE ‘ Exit 4 Tel: +966-11-4703853 YMMY Riyadh Gallery Mob: +966-553333998

FAST FOOD AL TAZAJ King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-2254769 BABY BURGER Imam Rd. Tel: +966-11-4941129 BREAKFAST TO BREAKFAST Tahliah St. Tel: +966-11-2178233

BURGER KING Al Ahsaa Rd. Tel: +966-11-4732506 ELEVATION BURGER Tahliah St. Tel: +966-11-2885859 FATBURGER Bustan Center, Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-2154176 GOLDEN SAJ Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4807441 HARDEE’S Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-2929900 HERFY Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4816826 HOTDOG EXPRESS Al Ahsaa St. Tel: +966-11-2912565 HUNGRY BURGER Tel: +966-11-5485999 JAN BURGER King Abdul Aziz St. Tel: 920006765 JOHNNY ROCKETS Tahliah St. Tel: +966-11-2016667 JOLLIBEE 2nd Floor, Alrajhi Building Tel: +966-11-4057420 KFC Takhasoussi St. Tel: 920021111 KUDU Al Muhamadiyyah Dist. Tel: 920006999

CENTRO Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4658488

MAMA NOURA Dabab St., Suleimania Tel: +966-11-4628144

COCOS Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2939444

MANOOSHA Localizer Mall Tel: +966-11-2190491

CRISTAL Al Faisaliah Hotel Tel: +966-11-2732222

MCDONALD’S Al Ahsaa Rd. Tel: 920000001

ELEMENTS Four Seasons Hotel Tel: +966-11-2115500

MY BURGER Imam Mohamed bn Saud Road-Exit 9 Tel: +966-11-4503324

HEDIARD Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2173933

MY WAY Uruba St. Tel: +966-11-4643824

LA BRASSERIE Al Faisaliah Tower Tel: +966-11-2732222

PANINI Prince Turki Al’awl Rd. Tel: +966-11-4809909

LIVING COLORS Faisaliyah Tower Tel: +966-11-2734410

PANINO’S Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-2734388

LOBBY LOUNGE Four Seasons Hotel Tel: +966-11-2115591

PENGUIN Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4829843 QUIZNOS SUB King Saud University Tel: +966-11-4824741 SAJ AL BALAD Jaber St., King Saud University SHUNEEZ Tahliah St. Tel: +966-11-4648989 TEXAS CHICKEN Turki bin Abdulaziz Rd. Tel: +966-11-2545454 THE SANDWICH CO. King Abdullah Rd. Mob: +966-558442255


LITTLE CAESARS Al Ahsa St. Tel: +966-11-4765112

CAFE’ LENOTRE Centria Mall. Tel: +966-11-2791108 L’ECLUSE Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4657648 LE RELAIS DE L’ENTRECOTE Almas Plaza. Tel: +966-11-4615058

FUSION PIZZA FUSION Thalateen St. Tel: +966-11-4633329

ICE CREAM BASKIN ROBBINS Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4801138


FRESH BERRY Garnada Mall Tel: +966-11-2535587



Tahlia St. Hayat Mall Tel: +966-11-4656491 Mob: +966-559333344

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4538746 PINK BERRY Garnada Mall Tel: +966-11-2534783

INTERNATIONAL AL-BUSTAN Sheraton Riyadh, King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4543300 AL-DANA Holiday Inn Hotel Tel: +966-11-4612000 AL-DIWAN Al Sahara Hotel Tel: +966-11-2204500 AL-ORJOUAN Makkah Rd., inside The Ritz Carlton Tel: +966-11-8028020 CAFE CERAMIQUE Sahara Mall Tel: +966-11-4520677

MIRAGE Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4834127 OASIS GRILL Hilton Garden Inn Tel: +966-11-2935533 PANORAMIC Makarem Riyadh Hotel Tel: +966-11-2204500 PAVILLION Intercontinental Hotel Tel: +966-11-4655000 RUSSIAN CORNER Olaya, Abdullah Al Hamdan St. Tel: +966-11-4658387 SENSES Luthan Hotel Tel: +966-11-4807799 SIZZLER HOUSE Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4661133 SPAZIO Kingdom Tower77th Floor Tel: +966-11-2111180


THE GLOBE Al Faisaliah Tower Tel: +966-11-2732222

LA CAMPAGNA Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4624339

ROSSO Four Seasons Hotel Tel: +966-11-2115500

AL-MANSAF Al Sulamaniyya Tel: +966-11-4630345

THE LOUNGE Sheraton Riyadh, King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4543300

LA CASTA Al Rahmaniya Dist. Tel: +966-11-4198016

ROSSOPOMODORO Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2939565

AL-NAKHEEL Al Khozama Center Tel: +966-11-4654650

LA CUCINA Al Faisaliah Hotel Tel: +966-11-2732222

SANTINO’S Hayat Mall Tel: +966-11-2057497

AL-NASEEM Marriott Hotel Tel: +966-11-4779300

TRADER VICS Panorama Mall Tel: +966-11-2814782

LA PIAZZA Sheraton Riyadh, King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4543300

CAFE BLANC Prince Mohamad Bin Abdulaziz St. Tel: +966-11-4633426

WATERLEMON Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2194444

LIOLIMPO Al Dabab St. Tel: +966-11-4166222

SPAZIO 77 77th floor in Kingdom Tower-Riyadh Tel: +966-11-2111888 Tel: +966-11-2111181


MBCO Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al Hamdan St. Tel: +966-11-2936506

THE WINDROSE Al Faisaliah Hotel Tel: +966-11-2732222

SHERAZ Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Bin Hamdan St. Tel: +966-11-4655886

NINO Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2016662

SQUISITO King Fahad Rd., Across Ovotel Tel: +966-11-2160111 THE PIZZA COMPANY Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4642952 VECCHIA ROMA Al Sulamaniyyah


Z PIZZA PIATTO Exit 5, Northern Ring Rd. King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4881199 Tel: +966-11-2006868

AL FORNO King Abdullah Rd. Mob: +966-558442255

PIZZA ERA King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4542233

AMORE Tahlia St., Olaya Intersection Tel: +966-11-4653082

PIZZA INN Dabbab St., Opposite Medical City Tel: 920001601

ANTHURIUM Abdulla Alhamdan St. Tel: +966-11-4661473

PIZZA ROMA Abdullah Al Hamdan St. Tel: +966-11-4629032

AZZURRO The Ritz Carlton Hotel Tel: +966-11-8028020

PIZZA STOCKHOLM King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-2811888

CENTO PER CENTO Olaya Rd., Behind Jarir Tel: +966-11-4644159

PIZZERIA NAPOLI Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz St. Tel: +966-11-2172288

DA PINO Al Khozama Center Tel: +966-11-2732222 IL GABBIANO Olaya Dist. Tel: +966-11-4616066 L’OLIVIO Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4634240 84 DESTINATION RIYADH

QUATTRO Four Seasons Hotel Tel: +966-11-2115599 ROMA Mussa Bin Nusair St. Tel: +966-11-4641133 ROMA WAY Al Rabwah, Othaim Mall Tel: 920000129

MEXICAN BUFFALO’S Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2792123 EL CHICO’S Exit 5 Tel: +966-11-4640385 FAJITA AVENUE Al Hamra Tel: +966-11-4644999 TAKO HUT Faisaliyyah Mall Tel: 920000129

EATZAH Al Ghaz St. Mob: +966-531224433 FAIROUZ GARDEN King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2167171 GAD Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4641212 GARDEN BARBECUE Hotel Al Khozama Tel: +966-11-2732222 GHOUZI Al Rawdah, Khuraish St. Tel: +966-11-4934162 KARAM BEIRUT Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4161717 KOSHARY EXPRESS Jarir St. Tel: +966-11-4728881 LEBANESE CORNER Olaya (Talateen St.) MAMA NOURA Dabab St. Tel: +966-11-4622195 MAREEZ King Abdullah St. Tel: +966-11-4508877


SHAWERMA HOUSE Prince Mamdouh St. Tel: +966-11-2191999

ABDUL WAHAB Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2934111

SHAWERMAMA Abdullah Bin Rawaha St Tel: +966-11-2936644

AL-HAJ DAWOOD Imam Saud St. Tel: +966-11-4943691

SIT AL-SHAM Prince Sultan St. Tel: 920000399

YAMAL AL-SHAM Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4613292

MARHABA Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4622070


SAMURAI Faisaliah Mall and Kingdom Mall Tel: +966-11-2734386

KOREAN PALACE Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4198878

SHOGUN Radisson Blu Hotel Tel: +966-11-4791234


SUSHI YOSHI Al Dabab St. Tel: +966-11-8120055


ALADDIN Kingdom Center Tel: +966-11-2112150

TOKYO Ouruba St. Tel: +966-11-4605672

AVADH Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4654109 COPPER CHANDNI Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4167000

SAUDI AL SUDDA Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4800111

CROWN GARDEN Suliamaniyah Tel: +966-11-4616334

SHAWAYA HOUSE Khalid Bin Al Waleed St. Mob: +966-557819214

DARBAR Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-2930249

SHEIKH AL MANDY Dabab St. Tel: +966-11-4644099

INDIAN GARDEN Riyadh Gallery Tel: +966-11-2161112 INDIAN STYLE Sheikh Abdullah Al Angary St. Tel: +966-11-4561138 INDIAN SUMMER Suliamaniyah Tel: +966-11-4652328 RED ONION Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-2176644 TAMARIND Prince Faisal Bin Turki St. Tel: +966-11-4738770 TANDOOR Al Ahsa St. Tel: +966-11-4734531 TULAITELAH Al Wazarat Dist. Tel: +966-11-4082968

CHINESE: CANTON Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4520584

SEA FOOD CHINESE GOLDEN PALACE Olaya Dist. Tel: +966-11-4655127 GOLDEN DRAGON Olaya Dist. Tel: +966-11-4645136 GULF ROYAL Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4631622 MIRAGE RESTAURANT Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4834127 NOODLE HOUSE Centria Mall, Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-2939969 PEKING Suliamaniyah Tel: +966-11-4765250 SEASONS Madina St., Exit 28

TAAL Olaya Dist. Tel: +966-11-2734383 YUMMY WOK Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4889166

JAPANESE: FURUSATO Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4657648 HAYAT Prince Mansoor bin Abdul Aziz St. Tel: +966-11-4042655 KHAN’S Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al Hamdan St. Tel: +966-11-2937880 LA SANI King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4655666

AMO HAMZA Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-2316148 DOE King Abdullah St. Tel: +966-11-4887080 DR. OCEAN Takhasoussi St. Tel: +966-11-4708647 FOUNTAIN FISH Al Malaz Dist. Tel: +966-11-2158888 LONDON FISH & CHIPS Tel: +966-11-2102480 JASMIN WHITE PALACE White Palace Hotel Tel: +966-11-4787800 DESTINATION RIYADH 85

SWEETS/ DESSERTS & BAKERIES AL-HALLAB Tel: +966-11-4725559 ANOOSH Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4609588 Al-Rabwa Tel: +966-11-4971649 Al-Hamra Tel: +966-11-2784297 Al-Bade’ah Tel: +996-11-2679689 Khurais Rd. Tel: +996-11-2080833

LADUREE Centria Mall Tel: +966-11-2885075

CARAVAN Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4658856

LE CROISSANT SHOP Sulaimania, Al-Ameer Mamdouh St. Tel: +966-11-4655328

KÖŞEBAŞI Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2886418

MAYA Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-2113311

SALEHIA DATES King Fahad Rd. Tel: 8004308888

COOKIES N’ CREAM Faisalyah Mall

SUGAR DREAMIN Khurais Rd. Mob: +966-553383749

TALAH FOR DATES Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-2173303

DIXIE CREAM Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4661192

TMREYA Prince Sultan St. Tel: 920000652

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS TORTA & MORE Al Hassan Ben Ali St. Prince Sultan St. Tel: +966-11-2080003 Tel: +966-11-4643131 WOODEN BAKERY FRENCH CORNER Intersection of Saleh Dabab St. El Din Al Ayoubi St. Tel: +966-11-4645322 Tel: +966-11-4725559 GOLDEN BROWN BAKERY YUMMY TUMMY Prince Sultan bin Takhassusi St. Abdul Aziz St. Tel: +966-11-4538720 Mob: +966-569337314


KITSCH CUPCAKES Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4633838

ANATOLIA TURKISH GRILL Granada Mall. Tel: +966-11-2535527

KRISPY KREME Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4610409

ASSARAYA Thalateen St. Tel: +966-11-4649336


Tel: +966 - 556899914 Email:

SUGAR SPRINKLES Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-2290505

DIPLOMAT Orouba St. Tel: +966-11-4652411

KABBANI Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4816892


PANE PIATTO Al Thalateen St. Tel: +966-11-4168882

BEN’S COOKIES Exit 7 Tel: +966-11-2084862

CREPAWAY Bustan Center, Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-2010505


MUNCH BAKERY Abdullah Al Hamdan St. Tel: 920015010

AL-MAKTABA BOOKSTORE Sitteen St. AL-RAQEEM BOOKSTORE Olaya Main St. AL-SHAGREY BOOKSTORE Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4611717

REEMA BOOKSTORE Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4705228 TUTTIE Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4613976


MY HOME FLOWER King Abdul Aziz Rd. OCCASIONS Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4654555 PAPERMOON Sahara Mall Tel: +966-11-4520393 PARTY TIME Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4659101

AL-WATANIYAH BOOKSTORE Aswaq Al Majd Tel: +966-11-4450619

THE FINAL TOUCH ALFA CASSETTES King Fahad Rd. Batha Commercial Center Tel: +966-11-4641023 ANAMEL ARTS OF THE GIFT CEREMICS Thalatheen St. Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4615859 ARTS Al Andalus Center

DAR AL-HDRAMA Jareer St. Tel: +966-11-4788510

ART LINE GALLERY Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4622573

DAR AL-QASEM King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4092000

CHINA TOWN Euromarche

AL-SHARQ BOOKSTORE Al Malaz Tel: +966-11-4720538

DAR AL-MINHAJ FOR USED BOOKS Prince Abdullah Rd. DAR AL-SHAWAF LIBRARY Thalatheen St. Tel: +966-11-4622667 DAR ELEM BOOKSTORE Prince Abdullah Rd. GOLDEN PAGES Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4631917 ISLAMIC BOOK CENTER Sitteen St. JARIR BOOKSTORE Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4626000 Prince Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-2645807 MEDICAL BOOKSTORE Prince Abdullah Rd. NAJD BOOKSTORE Jareer St. OBEKAN BOOKSTORE King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4160018

COOL Prince Abdullah Rd. DAR AL-MASKUKAT Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4651166 EASTERN GIFT HOUSE Oruba Plaza FANTASTIC WORLD Thalatheen St. GIFT HOUSE Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4661316 GIFT VILLAGE King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4620219 HERITAGE TOUCH Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Hamdan Tel: +966-11-4612930 KONOUZ Tahlia St. LUXURY EVENTS Mob: +966-509421214 MAGIC ART Sahara Mall


AL-SEWAIDI Sudair St. Tel: +966-11-4251263 DAR BEN JAWZI Prince Saud bin Mohammed St. Tel: +966-11-2107228 KING ABDUL AZIZ LIBRARY King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4050188 KING FAHAD NATIONAL LIBRARY King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4891455 THE CENTERAL TALKING LIBERARY Dabab St. Tel: +966-11-4020997

THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY Abu Bakr Al Sedeeq Rd. Tel: +966-11-4944614 THE BAZAAR Akkariya Buildings THE ORIENTALIST HOUSE Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4634228 TUNISEN ANTIQUE HOUSE Euromarche VILLAGE GALLERY Thalatheen St. WONDER CASTLE CORPORATION Dabbab St. ZAMANI ART GALLERY Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4613057 ZEKRAYAT FRAMES Tahlia St.




MUSEUMS & ART VENUES 7 STAR ART GALLERY Akkariya Buildings ART VISION Kingdom Centre Tel: +966-11-2112412 LAMSA EXHIBITION Al Faisaliah Tel: +966-11-2734239



AIRLINES AIR ARABIA Tel: 920013322 AIR CANADA Tel: +966-11-4772228

GULF AIR Tel: +966-11-4626666

ROYAL AIR MOROCCO Tel: +966-11-47741100


JAPAN AIRLINES–JAL Tel: +966-11-4645056

ROYAL JORDANIAN Tel: +966-11-2180850

ABC TRAVEL AGENCY & CARGO Tel: +966-11-4631600

SAUDI ARABIAN KENYA AIRWAYS AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4772228 AIR FRANCE Tel: 920022222 Tel: +966-11-2885218 KLM ROYAL DUTCH SINGAPORE AIRLINES AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4734102 AIR INDIA Tel: +966-11-4771026 Tel: +966-11-4786409 SOUTH AFRICAN KOREAN AIR AIRWAYS – SAA AIR NIGERIA Tel: +966-11-4658222 Tel: +966-11-4633133 Tel: +966-11-4626165 KUWAIT AIRWAYS SRILANKAN AIRLINES AMERICAN AIRLINES–AA Tel: +966-11-4631218 Tel: +966-11-4625993 SUDAN AIRWAYS LUFTHANSA Tel: +966-11-4720040 BIMAN BANGLADESH Tel: +966-11-2202686 AIRLINES SWISS AIR Tel: +966-11-4623537 MALAYSIA AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4789745 Tel: +966-11-4784039 BRITISH AIRWAYS TAM BRAZILIAN Tel: +966-11-4645550 MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4633133 Tel: +966-11-4614670 CYPRUS AIRWAYS Tel: +966-11-4640391 TAROM ROMANIAN NAS AIR AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-2171800 Tel: +966-11-5788935 DELTA AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4613688 OLYMPIC AIR THAI AIRWAYS Tel: +966-11-4644596 Tel: +966-11-4766766 EGYPT AIR Tel: +966-11-4784004 OMAN AIR TUNIS AIR Tel: +966-11-4733133 Tel: +966-11-4626165 EMIRATES AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4655485 PAKISTAN TURKISH AIRLINES INT’L AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4000287 ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4659600 Tel: +966-11-4782140 UNITED AIRLINES PHILIPPINE AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-4772228 ETIHAD AIRWAYS Tel: +966-11-2160530 Tel: +966-11-4197722 www.philippine YEMENIA AIRWAYS Tel: +966-11-4039282 GARUDA INDONESIA QANTAS AIRWAYS Tel: +966-11-2937690 Tel: +966-11-4772228 QATAR AIRWAYS GERMANWINGS AIRLINES Tel: +966-11-21180424 Tel: +966-11-4632004


ACE TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4648701 AL-ABBAD TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4778736 AL-AHMADIAH TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4656668 AL-MOUWASAT TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4160580 AL-NAIEM TRAVEL & TOURISM Tel: +966-11-4655698 AL-RAJHI TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4566900 AL-RASHEED AWNINGS FACTORY Tel: +966-11-4059031 AL-ROMAIZAN TRAVEL AGENCY Tel: +966-11-4652100 AL-SARH TRAVEL & TOURISM Tel: +966-11-4941111 AL-SAGER TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4827979 AL-SARAH TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4647480 AL-SARH TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4627000 AL-TASHELAT TRAVELS Tel: +966-11-4034477 AL-TAYYAR TRAVEL Tel: +966-11-4633133 AMJAD TRAVEL & TOURISM Tel: +966-11-41161737 FURSAN TRAVEL Tel: 920000442 HAYA TOUR Al Nozha Dist. Tel: +966-11-4507176


AL-MASHREQ BOUTIQUE HOTEL Orubah Road Tel: +966-11-2834777 CORAL GULF RIYADH King Abdul Aziz St., Ministries Area Tel: +966-11-4121000

RIXON TOUR NETWORK CORP EXECUTIVE Tel: 920029993 DEIRA HOTEL Al Batha St. TRAVEL PORT Tel: +966-11-4141500 Tel: +966-11-4163810 COURTYARD RIYADH DIPLOMATIC QUARTER THE ORIENTALIST Al-Hada Dist., HOUSE Abdullah bin Hothafa St. Tel: +966-11-4634228 Tel: +966-11-2817300 TOP TRAVEL CROWNE PLAZA Tel: +966-11-4641969 HOTEL RIYADH MINHA TUNISEN ANTIQUE HOUSE Tel: +966-11-4825247 VILLAGE GALLERY Tel: +966-11-4631089 WONDER CASTLE CORPORATION Tel: +966-11-2790482 ZAHID TRAVEL GROUP Tel: +966-11-4602829 ZAHRAN AIR TRAVEL & CARGO CO. Tel: +966-11-4659614 ZAMANI ART GALLERY Tel: +966-11-4613057 ZEKRAYAT FRAMES Tel: +966-11-4661196

HOTELS AL-FAISALIAH ROSEWOOD HOTEL King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2732000 AL-KHOZAMA HOTEL Olaya Rd. Tel: +966-11-4654650

Old Airport Rd. Tel: +966-11-8749200

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Kingdom Center Tel: +966-11-2115000 GOLDEN TULIP ANDALUSIA Olaya Rd. Tel: +966-11-4611000 HOLIDAY INN RIYADH IZDIHAR Abdulwahab Bin Abdullah St., Unit One Tel: +966-11-4625000

MENA GRAND - KHALDIA Khazzan St. (Immam Faisal bin Turki) Tel: +966-11-2682222 MERCURE VALUE HOTEL Exit 9, Eastern Ring Rd., Close to Granada Center. Tel: +966-11-2773300 NOVOTEL ALANOUD King Fahd Rd. Tel: +966-11-2882323 RADISSON BLU HOTEL Al Mubarakiah Plaza King Abdul Aziz St. Tel: +966-11-4791234 RIYADH MARRIOTT HOTEL Al Maather St. Tel: +966-11-4779300 RIYADH PALACE HOTEL Ministries Area Tel: +966-11-4054444



SHERATON RIYADH HOTEL & TOWERS Olaya Junction of King Fahad & King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4543300 THE RITZ-CARLTON RIYADH Hada Area, Makkah Rd. Tel: +966-11-8028020

INTERCONTINENTAL RIYADH Al Maather St. Tel: +966-11-4655000 LUTHAN HOTEL AND SPA A WOMEN ONLY HOTEL Orubah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4807799 MADAREEM CROWN HOTEL King Khalid International Airport Rd. Tel: +966-11-2758888 MAKARIM RIYADH HOTEL Near To King Khalid International Airport Tel: +966-11-2204500



BEAUTY CLINICS AL-MANIHAL CENTER Diplomatic Quarter Tel: +966-11-4881069 AL-SAFEER Tel: +966-11-2050810 APOLLO Tel: 920027070 AYAN CONSULTATIVE King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2725555 AYMA CONSULTATIVE King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-2635555 BEAUTY CORNER King Fahad Rd. Mob: +966-543300557

MAYIEZ MEDICAL Olaya Tel: +966-11-2169999 PEARL’S SMILE Sulaimaniya Tel: +966-11-4646334 RIYADH MEDICAL Orouba St. Tel: +966-11-4653060 SAUDI SUGEONS Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4653030 SSC Tel: +966-11-2335000 URANUS MEDICAL Orouba St. Tel: +966-11-4657000

WHITE WING MEDICAL Takhassusi St. FOUR SALON & NAIL SPA Tel: +966-11-4834286 Diplomatic Quarter Tel: +966-11-2014444 DENTAL CLINICS MALESA Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4888831 MED ART CLINICS Olaya Main St. Tel: 920000045

AAGI DENTAL CENTER Tel: +966-11-2080107 DIMA DENTAL Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4661200

OBAGI HOSPITAL Makkah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4627111

NOBLE SMILE Sheikh Abdullah Al Angary St. Tel: +966 11 4197740

PLATINIUM Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-2097777

RAMAH DENTAL Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4800931

THE BRITISH CENTER King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2795555

CLINICS ATTADAWE King Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-2780211 CONSULTING CENTER Tel: +966-11-4555545 CZECH CENTER Infront of King Saud University Tel: 920002737 ENT CENTER Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4802229 90 DESTINATION RIYADH

SANAYA DENTAL Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-2174888

EYE CARE AL-HOKAMA Mallaz Tel: +966-11-4797777 MENSHAF EYE CARE Al Rawda Mob: +966-565869059 THE EYE CENTER Tel: +966-11-4623094


MY GYM Panorama Mall Tel: +966-11-42814870


APPLE FITNESS Tel: +966-11-4538800 BODY MASTERS Tel: 920000626 Tel: +966-11-4875531 FITNESS TIME Tel: 920003131

ALAMAL COMPLEX FOR MENTAL HEALTH Al Khuzami Dist. Tel: +966-11-4804548 AL-FALAH INT’L Tel: +966-11-4463737 AL-HAMMADI HOSPITAL Khalid ibn Yazid Muawiyah St. Tel: +966-11-4643312 AL-JAFEL HOSPITAL Western Ring Rd. Tel: +966-11-4322222

GOLD’S GYM Tel: +966-11-6912077

AL-MOUWASAT HOSPITAL Western Ring Rd., Exit 114 Tel: +966-11-4455555

LIFE FITNESS Tel: +966-11-2061133

DALLAH HOSPITAL Tel: +966-11-4720777

UP SCALE CLUB King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4871502



Tel: +966-11-4657700 http://drabdulrahman

AL-MANIHAL CENTER Diplomatic Quarter Tel: +966-11-4881069 CURVES Olaya St. Tel: +966-11-4633219 KINETICO Tel: +966-11-2815595 Mob: + 966-530034010 LUTHAN HOTEL & SPA Tel: +966-11-4807799 LUMIERE Olaya Tel: +966-11-2169030 SCENTED Tel: +966-11-2112003 YIBREEN Off of Takhassusi St.

Tel: +966-11-4411115

HOSPITALS ABAS MEDICAL GROUP Rawda-Hamra-Dabab Tel: 920000172 ADMA Makkah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4660000

Olaya Dist.

DR. SULAIMAN AL HABIB Olaya Medical Complex Tel: +966-11-4622224 www.drsulaiman GREEN CRESCENT Abdul Malik Bin Marwan St. Tel: +966-11-4644434 KING ABDULAZIZ UNIVERSITY King Abdul Aziz Rd. Tel: +966-11-4775524 KING FAHAD MEDICAL CITY (KFMC) Makkah Rd. Tel: 8001277000 KINGDOM HOSPITAL Tel: +966-11-2751111 KING FAISAL SHRC Al Zahrawi St. Tel: +966-11-4647272 KING KHALED EYE SPECIALIST HOSPITAL Oruba Branch St. Tel: +966-11-4821234

MAGHRABI HOSPITAL Tel: +966-11-4455049 NATIONAL GUARD HEALTH King Abdulaziz Medical City Tel: +966-11-8011111 OBIED SPECIALIZED Al Farazdaq Rd. Tel: +966-11-4767222 PRINCE SULTAN CARDIAC CENTER Makkah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4783000 RIYADH CARE HOSPITAL Tel: +966-11-4933000 RIYADH MILITARY Makkah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4791000 S.B.H King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-4636666 SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITALS GROUP King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-2685555 www.ryd.sghgroup. SPECIALIZED M.C.H King Fahad Rd. Tel: +966-11-41164000 SULTAN BIN ABDULAZIZ HUMANITARIAN CITY Exit 6 Tel: +966-11-5620000

PHARMACIES ADHWAA AL SEHA Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4887455 AL-DIMISHQI Prince Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4707887 AL-FARABI Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4880843 AL-HOZAIMI Ibn Sulaiman Commercial Center Tel: +966-11-4722054 AL-JAZA Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4642072 AL-LIZAM Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4655595 AL-MOWASA 3 Prince Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4568598 AL-MUTANABBI Jareer St. Tel: +966-11-2910981 AL-OLAYA Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-46411501 AL-RAJA NO 2 Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4624942 AL-RAWABI Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4828028

AL-SHAMSIA Jamal Center Tel: +966-11-4057296

RIYADH CORNER Jareer St. Tel: +966-11-4780759

ARAC HEALTH CARE Talatheen St. Tel: +966-11-4645107

SARA SPECTRUM MEDICAL PHARMACY Akkariya Buildings Tel: +966-11-4601018

ASIR PHARMACY Prince Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4811629 DAR AL DANA Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al Hamdan Tel: +966-11-4643373

UNIVERSITY (2) Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4626338

MEDICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICE Dabbab St. Tel: +966-11-4629680

WARDAT AL-OROBA Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4622904

MEDICINE TIME Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4569140

WHITES PHARMACY Tel: +966-11-2886877 / 4895994/ 4897750/ 4897751

MOHAMMMED AL HOZAIMI Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4628758

ZAHRAT AL RAWDA PHARMACY Prince Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4804935

NABRA PHARMACY Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4887329

ZAHRAT SAMI Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4653060

NAZAAR PHARMACY Al Awais Market Tel: +966-11-4541408 NEO (NEOINTERNATIONAL) Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4615089

AL-SAGGAF Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4640716

NISSAH PHARMACY Al-Rajhi Five Buildings Tel: +966-11-4041573

AL-SAGGAF 25 Talatheen St. Tel: +966-11-4645274

NOORANA PHARMACY Al Malaz Tel: +966-11-4785006

AL-SHAMEEAH Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4880595

OLAYA INTERNATIONAL Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4160349

AL-THALATHEEN Talatheen St. Tel: +966-11-4623529

UNIVERSITY PHARMACY Akkariya Buildings Tel: +966-11-4191944

MAZIN PHARMACY Olaya Main St. Tel: +966-11-4624562

AL-RIYADH Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4643108

AL-TERIAQ Prince Abdullah Rd. Tel: +966-11-4828289

SHRAZAD Sitteen St. Tel: +966-11-4787047


KING SAUD MEDICAL CITY Al Imam Abdul Aziz ibn Saud St. Tel: +966-11-4355555

PRINCE PHARMACY Talatheen St. Tel: +966-11-4611418


RAJAA PHARMACY 2 Oruba St. Tel: +966-11-4624942 DESTINATION RIYADH 91




AL-INMA BANK Tel: +966-11-2185000

PORSCHE Tel: +966-11-4667788

AUDI Tel: +966-11-4660044

RAM Khurais Rd. & Dabbab St. Tel: +966-11-2332222

AL-JAZIRA BANK Tel: +966-11-4317474

BG Khurais Rd. Exit 30 Tel: +966-11-2300000 BMW Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-2391000

AL-RAJHI BANK Tel: +966-11-4603333 CADILLAC ARAB NATIONAL BANK Tel: +966-11-4924048 Tel: +966-11-4029000 CHEVROLET Khurais Rd. BANK AL BILAD Tel: +966-11-4971905 BANQUE SAUDI FRANSI Tel: +966-11-2899999 NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK Tel: 920001000 RIYADH BANK Tel: +966-11-4013030 SABB Tel: +966-11-2764356 SAMBA Tel: 8001242000

Tel: +966-11-4454040

RENAULT Khurais Rd. Tel: 8002445050 ROLLS ROYCE Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-2391000 SEAT Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-2301515 SKODA Tel: +966-11-2301515

CHRYSLER Khurais Rd. & Dabbab St. SUBARU Tel: +966-11-2332222 Tel: +966-11-2300000 DODGE TOYOTA Khurais Rd. & Dabbab St. Tel: +966-11-2486777 Tel: +966-11-2332222 VOLKS WAGEN FUSO Tel: 920000380 Tel: 8002440060 GMS Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-4454040

VOLVO Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-4923539

HARLEY-DAVIDSON North Ring Rd. Exit 5 Tel: +966-11-4554499

UNIC Tel: +966-11-2300000

HONDA Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-4454646


ISUZU Tel: +966-11-2300000

AL FALAH Tel: 920001678

AL MODDARRAJ SAUDI HOLLANDI BANK Tel: +966-11-2548500 JEEP Tel: +966-11-4779902 Khurais Rd. & Dabbab St. AVIS Tel: +966-11-2332222 Tel: +966-11-4884887 LEXUS CAR Fahad Rd. Exit 9 BEST RENT A CAR ACCESSORIES King Tel: +966-11-4566600 Tel: 8001249955 3M MAZDA Tel: +966-11-2884135 DIPLOMAT Khurais Rd. Khurais Rd. AUTO GARD Tel: +966-11-4968888 Tel: 920008008 Tel: +966-11-2924343 MINI COOPER EUROPCAR LLUMAR Khurais Rd. Al Ahsaa St. Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-2391000 Tel: +966-11-2912929 Tel: 920000153 MITSUBISHI RED CAP Khurais Rd. FAZ Khurais Rd. Prince Sultan St. Tel: 8002440060 Tel: +966-11-4913212 Tel: +966-11-2912679 MOPAR SOLAR CONTROL Khurais Rd. & Dabbab St. ICAR Khurais Rd. Tel: +966-11-2332222 Tel: +966-11-4966633 Tel: +966-11-4561099 SAJIL PEUGEOT UNIQUE YOUR CAR Tel: +966-11-4666614 Mob: +966-566225544 Tel: +966-11-4935222


THEEB RENT A CAR Khurais Rd. Tel: 920000572

COMPOUNDS ISHBILIA Tel: +966-11-2406000 Mob: +966-593111389 AL-HAMRA OASIS VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-2490440 AL-ISSA COMPOUND Tel: +966-11-4918400 AL-JAZEERA BADER Tel: +966-11-4921135 AL-MANAR Tel: +966-11-2460100 AL-MOHAEYA Tel: +966-11-4821222 AL-MOSTAQBAL HOMES Tel: +966-11-4816666 AL-NAKHEEL RESIDENCE Tel: +966-11-4704191 AL-OLA NO 7 Tel: +966-11-4608095 AL-RABWA Al Rabwa Area, Exit 14 close to Nahda Rd. Mob: +966-544096296 AL-RAYAN RESIDENTIAL Tel: +966-11-2089027 AL-WAHA VILLAGE VILLAS ROSSAS Tel: +966-11-4864711 AL-YAMAMA VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-4012550 www.alyamamavillage .com ARAB INVESTMENT Tel: +966-11-4823444 ARIZONA GOLF RESORT Tel: +966-11-2484444 ASASCO VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-4199000

BONITA VILLAGE Mob: +966-597721361 CORDOBA OASIS VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-24834711 DELTA - 11 ESTATE VILLAS ROSSAS Tel: +966-11-4803201 DELTA - 2 ESTATE VILLAS ROSSAS Tel: +966-11-4804084 EID VILLAS Tel: +966-11-2483366 EURO COMPOUND Tel: +966-11-4780718 FAL COMPOUND Tel: +966-11-2490091 GRANADA VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-2488387 GREEN CITY Olaya - Rahmaniah Dist. Mob: +966-559623393 www.gccompound. JADAWEL COMPOUND Tel: +966-11-2406000

ROC COMPOUND Tel: +966-11-2412800

DigiNet Tel: +966-11-4192009

SAHARA TOWERS Tel: +966-11-4625666

GO Tel: 8111011180

SEDER VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-2280000

Gulfnet KSA Tel: +966-11-4628562


Nesma Tel: +966-11-4633100

VILLAS ROSAS AL-WADI Nour Net Tel: +966-11-4728900 Tel: +966-11-4881139 NTG National Technology Group COURIER Tel: +966-11-4763777 ARABIAN HALA Tel: +966-11-4884887 Oger Tel Tel: +966-11-4889826 ARAMEX Tel: +966-11-4160353 PrimeNet Tel: +966-11-4193000 DHL WORLDWIDE EXPRESS Saudi Internet Company Tel: +966-11-4654200 Tel: +966-11-4603031 FEDEX Saudi Net Tel: +966-11-4633999 Tel: +966-11-2180300 OVERSEAS Shabakah Net COURIER SERVICE Tel: +966-11-4193193 Tel: +966-11-4647193 UPS GLOBAL Tel: +966-11-4626655


EMBASSIES ALGERIA Tel: +966-11-4887171

BRUNEI Tel: +966-11-4560814 BURKINA FASO Tel: +966-11-4652244 CAMEROON Tel: +966-11-4880022 CANADA Tel: +966-11-4882288 CHINA Tel: +966-11-4832126 CZECH REPUBLIC Tel: +966-11-4503617 DENMARK Tel: +966-11-4880101 Ext 111163 DJIBOUTI Tel: +966-11-4543182 EGYPT Tel: +966-11-4810159 Tel: +966-11-4831458 ERITREA Tel: +966-11-4801731 ETHIOPIA Tel: +966-11-4824055 FINLAND Tel: +966-11-4881515 Ext 9 FRANCE Tel: +966-11-4881255 GABON Tel: +966-11-4567173 GAMBIA Tel: +966-11-2052158

ARGENTINA Tel: +966-11-4652600

GERMANY Tel: +966-11-4880700

AUSTRALIA Tel: +966-11-4887788

GHANA Tel: +966-11-4545122

Arabic Computer Systems (ACS) Tel: +966-11-4763777

AUSTRIA Tel: +966-11-4801217 BAHRAIN Tel: +966-11-4880044

GREECE Tel: +966-11-4801975

RANCO VILLAGE Tel: +966-11-4924411

Atheer Tel: +966-11-4198000

BANGLADESH Tel: +966-11-4195300

RIYADH VILLAGE Khurais Road, off exit 36 Tel: 08111010101 Mob: +966-541362462

Awal Tel: +966-11-4600111 CYBERIA Tel: 8001248124

KINGDOM CITY Tel: +966-11-2750275 NAJD COMPOUND Tel: +966-11- 2481040 PALM COURT Tel: +966-11-4850288

Advance Telecom Company (ATC) Tel: +966-11-4601877

BELGIUM Tel: +966-11-4882888 BRAZIL Tel: +966-11-4880018


BARADA VILLAGE ARABIAN HOMES Tel: +966-11-4541888 www.arabian-homes. com

GUINEA Tel: +966-11-4881121 HUNGARY Tel: +966-11-4546707 INDIA Tel: +966-11-4884144

BRITAIN Tel: +966-11-4880077 DESTINATION RIYADH 93

INDONESIA Tel: +966-11-4882282

OMAN Tel: +966-11-4823120

UGANDA Tel: +966-11-4544910

LITTLE ROSAS Tel: +966-11-4865128

IRAN Tel: +966-11-4881444

PAKISTAN Tel: +966-11-4884111

UKRAINE Tel: +966-11-4508536

MY HOME Mob: +966-569598011

IRELAND Tel: +966-11-4882300

PHILIPPINES Tel: +966-11-4823559

ITALY Tel: +966-11-4881212

PORTUGAL Tel: +966-11-4826964

JAPAN Tel: +966-11-4881100

QATAR Tel: +966-11-4825544

JORDAN Tel: +966-11-4880071

RUSSIA Tel: +966-11-4811432

KENYA Tel: +966-11-4882484

SENEGAL Tel: +966-11-4880146

KOREA Tel: +966-11-4882211

SIERRA LEONE Tel: +966-11-4643982

KUWAIT Tel: +966-11-4883500

SINGAPORE Tel: +966-11-4803855

LEBANON Tel: +966-11-4804060

SOUTH AFRICA Tel: +966-11-4429728

MALAYSIA Tel: +966-11-4887100

SPAIN Tel: +966-11-4880606

MALI Tel: +966-11-2290753

SRI LANKA Tel: +966-11-4608232

MALTA Tel: +966-11-4615315

SUDAN Tel: +966-11-4887979

MAURITANIA Tel: +966-11-4646749

SWEDEN Tel: +966-11-8806700 Ext 204

MEXICO Tel: +966-11-4808822 MOROCCO Tel: +966-11-4826382 NEPAL Tel: +966-11-4645170 NETHERLANDS Tel: +966-11-4880011 NEW ZELAND Tel: +966-11-4887988 NIGERIA Tel: +966-11-4823024 NORWAY Tel: +966-11-4881904 Ext 300 94 DESTINATION RIYADH

SWITZERLAND Tel: +966-11-4881291 SYRIA Tel: +966-11-4887481 TANZANIA Tel: +966-11-4542833 THAILAND Tel: +966-11-4881174 TUNISIA Tel: +966-11-4887900 TURKEY Tel: +966-11-4820101 UAE Tel: +966-11-4881227

URUGUAY Tel: +966-11-4620739 USA Tel: +966-11-4801831 YEMEN Tel: +966-11-4881769

PLAY HOUSE Mob: +966-556365035 PLAY N LEARN Mob: +966-564684094 SM NURSERY Mob: +966-558391591

SUPER KIDS GROUND TRANSPORTATION Mob: +966-564460167 AILAF Tel: +966-11-2713377 Blue Connect Tel: 920004948 www.the-blueconnect .com London Cab Club Tel: +966-11-4966670 http://londoncabclub .com SAPTCO Tel: +966-11-2884400

KINDERGARTENS BABY DAY CARE Mob: +966-582657594 BIRDS OF HOPE Mob: +966-569754506 BRITISH ISLAMIC Tel: +966-11-4649666 www.britishislamic BUSYBEE Tel: +966-11-2193900 DAZZLING STARS Mob: +966-545682945 FIRST STEP Mob: +966-500320566 KIDS WORLD Tel: +966-11-4006000

www.superkidseducation TARBIA PRE-SCHOOL Tel: +966-11-4199017 TINY TOTS Mob: +966-580473602 TWINKLE KINDERGARTEN Mob: +966-559268188 WHITE ROSE PLAY Mob: +966-563296205

MINISTRIES AGRICULTURE Tel: +966-11-4016666 CIVIL SERVICE Tel: +966-11-4026900 COMMERCE Tel: +966-11-4012220 COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Tel: +966-11-4637225 CULTURE AND INFORMATION Tel: +966-11-4014440 DEFENSE Tel: +966-11-4785900 EDUCATION Tel: +966-11-4042888 FINANCE Tel: +966-11-4050000 FOREIGN AFFAIRS Tel: +966-11-4067777

HAJJ Tel: +966-11-4022200

AL-OLAYA NATIONAL Tel: +966-11-4538867

HEALTH Tel: +966-11-4012220


HIGHER EDUCATION Tel: +966-11-4644444

AMERICAN INT’L Mob: +966-567990096

INDUSTRY Tel: +966-11-4772722 INTERIOR Tel: +966-11-4011944 ISLAMIC AFFAIRS, ENDOWMENTS, CALL AND GUIDANCE Tel: +966-11-4730401 JUSTICE Tel: +966-11-4057777 LABOR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS Tel: +966-11-4771480 MUNICIPAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS Tel: +966-11-4415434 TRANSPORT Tel: +966-11-4042928 WATER AND ELECTRICITY Tel: +966-11-4016666


SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES AL-ALAMEEN INT’L Tel: +966-11-4649666 AL-AMJAD NATIONAL Tel: +966-11-2494188




ABERR CHARITY SOCIETY Tel: +966-11-5448654 AL-BIR CHARITY Tel: +966-11-4056666

ELITE INTERNATIONAL Tel: +966-11-4627224

AL-NAHDA Tel: +966-11-4650029

FURSAN AL JAZEERAH Tel: +966-11-5457505

AL-WAFA Tel: +966-11-4650029

FUTURE WINDOW Tel: +966-11-2063371


INTERNATIONAL INDIAN BOYS SECTION Tel: +966-11-4934688 GIRLS SECTION Tel: +966-11-2323248 KING FAISAL SCHOOL Tel: +966-11-4820802 KING SAUD INT’L Tel: +966-11-4633180 KINGDOM SCHOOL Tel: +966-11-2755555 www.kingdomschools. MANAHEL AL-ELM Tel: +966-11-4770419 MANARAT AL-RIYADH Tel: +966-11-4509916 MIDDLE EAST MODERN EDUCATION Tel: +966-11-4622815 NAJD NATIONAL Tel: +966-11-4914434

NOUR AL MAAREF RIYADH AL-ANDALUS NATIONAL Tel: +966-11-4028411 Tel: +966-11-4936585 www.riyadhschools AL-KHALEEJ NATIONAL Tel: +966-11-2012112




Reach2Change Coaching Center & Support Group Tel: +966-11-4627922


Accommodations Close to the Two Holy Mosques:



Dar Al-Taqwa InterContinental AL-AMEEN CROM HOTEL Off Al-Siteen St. Markazeyah al Gharbiyah Tel: +966-14-8291111 Tel: +966-14-8198000 DURRAT ANDALUS AL-ANSAR GOLDEN HOTEL Few steps away from King Fahad St. Al-Haram Tel: +966-14-8291114 Tel: +966-14-8290177 GREEN PALACE HOTEL AL-ANSAR NEW PLACE Abi Zar St. Al-Siteen St. Tel: +966-14-8269040 Tel: +966-14-8207770 HILTON MADINAH AL-HARAM HOTEL King Fahad Road Abi Zar Road Few steps away from Tel: +966-14-8182300 Al-Haram Tel: +966-14-8201000 AL-KARAM HOTEL King Abdulaziz St. HOTEL ELAF TAIBAH Tel: +966-14-8155500 Saad Bin Maaz St.

Tel: +966-14-8180050 AL-MADINAH CROM Markazeyah Al-Gharbiyah LE MERIDIEN MADINAH Tel: +966-14-8192020 Khalid Bin El-Waleed St. Tel: +966-14-8460777 ANDALUS CLASSY HOTEL MARRIOTT MADINAH King Fahad St. Omer Ibn Al-Khatab St. Tel: +966-14-8290000 Tel: +966-14-8180000 ANDALUS DAR MOVENPICK AL-KHAIR HOTEL In front of Al-Safeya Few steps away from Bridge, Opposite Al-Haram Al-Haram Tel: +966-14-8181114 Tel: +966-14-8188888 ANWAR AL-MADINAH RAMADA AL-HAMRA MOVENPICK Abi Zar St. The Courtyard of Tel: +966-14-8208084 Al-Haram Tel: +966-14-8181000 RAMADA AL-QIBLA Islamic Court St. BARAKAT ANDALUS Tel: +966-14-8160008 Al-Siteen St. Tel: +966-14-8208884

DALLAH TAIBAH HOTEL King Fahad St., crossing Al-Siteen St. Tel: +966-14-8290180 DAR AL-HIJRA INTERCONTINENTAL King Fahad St. Tel: +966-14-8207777 DAR AL-IMAN INTERCONTINENTAL Off Al-Siteen St. Tel: +966-14-8206666


THE MADINAH OBEROI Abi Zar St. Tel: +966-14-8282222

MAKKAH AJYAD MAKKAH Ibrahim Al-Khalil St. Tel: +966-12-5720500 AL-JAAD CROM HOTEL NAQA Al-Sulaimaneyah St. Tel: +966-12-5705555 AL-SHOHADA HOTEL Ajyad St. Tel: +966-12-5744401 DAR AL-MANASEK HOTEL Ibrahim Al-Khalil St. Tel: +966-12-5394444 ELAF AJYAD HOTEL Al-Masafi St. Tel: +966-12-5722200 ELAF AL-SUD HOTEL Ajayad Al-Sud St. Tel: +966-12-5708586

MERCURE GRAND UM AL-QURA Al-Jamaiza St. Tel: +966-12-5702212 MERCURE HIBATULLAH HOTEL Um Al-Qura St. Tel: +966-12-5498855 RAFFLES MAKKAH PALACE King Abdulaziz Endowment Tel: +966-12-5717888 SWISSOTEL MAKKAH King Abdulaziz Endowment Tel: +966-12-5718000 ZAM ZAM GRAND SUITES Adjiad St. Tel: +966-12-5715555

ELAF KINDAH HOTEL Al-Messyaal St. Tel: +966-12-5745555 HILTON MAKKAH & TOWERS Hijrah St. Tel: +966-12-5340000 INTERCONTINENTAL DAR AL-TAWHID Ibrahim Al-Khalil St. Tel: +966-12-5411111 LE MERIDIEN MAKKAH Ajyad St. Tel: +966-12-5751111 LE MERIDIEN TOWERS HOTEL Rawabi Ajyad Road Tel: +966-12-5399999 MAKKAH CLOCK ROYAL TOWER King Abdulaziz Endowment Tel: +966-12-5717777 MANAZEL AL-AIN MESRCURE Al-Azizia St. Tel: +966-12-5578000

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