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FROM THE EDITOR

How’s the breeze working out for you Riyadhis? Welcome to another edition of Destination’s Good Vibes issue. As you might have guessed already from its title, this issue is packed with feel-good stories that are sure to inspire you, or at least put a smile on your face. Change in our city has always been led by individuals who “dare” to challenge the status quo. These people and organizations have been on the forefront of progress, so it’s about time we met them. The announcement of the General Entertainment Authority has been surrounded by a lot of intrigue and speculation. And like the good journalists we are, we have brought you the scoop on the GEA and have, hopefully, demystified them for you. Also check out the Awesome Riyadhis article for our salutes to a number of Riyadhis who have shaped and helped our city. In celebration of our city, the Destination team has been working hard to create the video for our Try Local campaign. The Try Local campaign is essentially our public service announcement to get everyone to experience our beautiful city through its people, activities and language. To accompany the video, we’ve compiled a list of activities and places to visit in our Special Features section. We’ve been racking our brains trying to figure out the best way to sign off on our last issue of the year and we’ve been drawing blanks. So, we figured we’d keep it simple:

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• Dining Scoop - DR Pick: Hong • Food Truck Festival • Winter Hot Spots: Where Are You Dining? • Our Current Favorite Winter Treats

• Generation SE: Social Entrepreneurs • Sustainability in Saudi Arabia

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Special Features • Abdullah Al Jumah: Traveler, Author and More • Awesome Riyadhis: Read About Them • 10 Things Every Riyadhi Must Try

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Healthy Living • Mental and Emotional Health • Postpartum: How to Cope • Diaries of a Lazy Person • Sunan of Visiting the Market

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Arts & Entertainment • Special Places: Al Diriyah and Faisaliah • Moon Fame for Events

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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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1. Burj Rafal Hotel

2. Turkish Food Festival

Ottoman Kitchen Festival launched last month with the opening ceremony held in Tuğra and was attended by Turkish ambassador Yunus Demirer, and German ambassador Dieter Walter Haller. Chef Serdar Ongel with his team from Kempinski Çırağan Palace in Istanbul were also invited.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh welcomed media representatives and influencers during the launch of the Turkish Food Festival at The Grill restaurant. Tarek Bekhiet, regional director of marketing, is proud to have hosted the event along with Chef Husseyin Deniz who prepared a special menu so guests can experience Turkish cuisine.

Kempinski Launched Ottoman Kitchen Festival

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3. HungerStation and Hellofood Partner Up!

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HungerStation and Hellofood strengthened their operations in KSA through a strategic partnership. The merger was recently announced by foodpanda, the global group that originally started the brand hellofood in March 2013, and aims to consolidate the company’s market leadership in the region.

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4. iZone Opens New Store iZone opened its latest and largest store in Riyadh at The Boulevard on Prince Turki Ibn Abdulaziz Al Awwal Road. iZone now operates eight stores across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, three of which are now in Riyadh.

4. 5. Promoting Luxury Travel

6. Specialized Medical

In an exclusive event held at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh hotel, hosted by the German National Tourist Board and co-hosted by Lufthansa German Airlines, hand-selected guests were invited to experience Germany as a destination for luxury travel. The hosts emphasized the great variety of luxury travel opportunities in Germany and showcased the latest offers.

King Abdulaziz’s Quality Award sponsored by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and hosted by the minister of commerce and investment held its third annual forum where they awarded many medical facilities for their excellence. One of the winners is Specialized Medical Center.

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for Ferrari Vehicles in Saudi Arabia

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Fast Auto Technic opened their new cutting-edge car service center in Riyadh. The service center, at the total area of 2,848 square meters, has been installed with the latest state-of–the-art equipment and customer service standards.

8. The 9th Cycle of Ripples of Happiness Winners

Coca-Cola and Injaz Al Arab announced the winning teams of the program. Princess Noura University’s team won the university award, their project titled We Are All One, while Jeddah’s Thanaweyya 116 won the high school award for their project titled Daikhar.

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WOMEEX – 10TH EDITION FLUFFY BREAKS EVEN An initiative to support small Gabriel Iglesias, the internationally projects as well as creative and celebrated comedian, performs investment thoughts for women. stand-up comedy for locals. Location: Al Faisal University Tel: 920004373

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Location: Four Seasons Hotel Email: info@mee-sa.com Web: womeex.com

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MEED’S SAUDI ARABIA SUMMIT 2016 The premier event platform for those interested in the Middle East’s projects and priorities. Location: Mövenpick Hotel Email: meedevents@meed.com Web: saudiarabiasummit.meed.com

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CARNIVAL A fun carnival organized by the Social & Development Committee (SDC) at Al Faisal University. Location: Al Faisal University Palace Courtyard

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AL DAR EXPO The ideal destination for everyone interested in the construction sector. Location: Mövenpick Hotel Web: aldarexpo.com

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SAUDI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2016 The Kingdom’s largest vehicle and automobile show in the region. Location: Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events Tel: +966-12-6546384 Email: ace@acexpos.com Web: sims-arabia.com

COLORS OF SAUDI ARABIA FORUM 2016 Forum classified as the most important professional forum for Photography and short-films making in the kingdom Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center Mob: +966-558791823 Email: sales@colors.com


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ARABNET RIYADH 2016 ArabNet is the largest annual digital forum in Saudi Arabia focusing on digital business in the kingdom and gulf countries. Location: Four Seasons Hotel Email: salim@arabnet.me Web: arabnet.me

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SAUDI AEROSPACE SUMMIT 2016 The 2nd annual Saudi Aerospace Summit brings together the global and Saudi based aerospace companies involved in civilian and military aerospace. Location: Saqr Aljazeera Air Force Museum Mob: +966-582276565 Web: saudiaerosummit.com

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ALYA 2 EXPO Alya-Adam international exhibition is the most important specialist in the areas of concern to women in all their interests in the Kingdom. Location: Al Khozama Banqueting & Conference Center Email: info@alyatadam.com Web: alyatadam.com

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MIKE EPPS COMEDY SHOW Mike Epps, the famous American Stand up Comedian will be coming to Riyadh to perform. Location: Reem International Circuit

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MONTIJOON PRODUCERS EXHIBITION An exhibition that supports female investors and entrepreneurs, by activating their role in society in order to achieve national development. Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center Tel: +966-11-2692097 Web: montijoon.sa

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JAN. 6

AUTOMOBILE TRAINING PROGRAM Learn about vehicle basics, faults by sounds and various other automobile repair skills. Location: Ishbiliya American Compound, Exit 9 Mob: +966-559962228 Web: machomechanic.com

JAN. 9

WILTON CAKE DECORATING Wilton’s popular cake decoration class for beginners and decoration enthusiasts. Location: Tavola, Hayat Mall

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INTERNATIONAL COFFEE & CHOCOLATE EXHIBITION The exhibition integrates all aspects of coffee and chocolate under one roof and features the best equipment, services and products.


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COMMUNITY

If you've got something to say, send it our way! editor@destinationryd.com TAHLIA’S CULTURAL STREET

Like its name suggests, this open-air festival on Tahlia Street celebrates the cultural and historical aspect of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic world. With activities ranging from art and sculpting to literature, the eight-day festival attracted

TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS OFFERED to Female Customers in Riyadh Al Nahdi announced a strategic partnership with Careem to overcome transportation obstacles. Under this unique partnership, women in Riyadh can now download Careem’s application and request a ride to the nearest Nahdi pharmacy free of charge at any time. 14 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

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residents, families and tourists alike. The event also featured several campaigns that promote disease awareness (like cancer and Alzheimer’s), awareness on physiological illnesses and the importance of dental care.

BILLION STEP CHALLENGE by Al Nahdi!

Litsy App BOOKWORMS ARE LOVING IT Bookworms are meeting books because of Litsy, the smartest app for bibliophiles. The app lets readers do quick Twitter-style book reviews and provides a pretty accurate rating system with the options Pick, So-So, Pan or Bail. Check out what featured readers are up to! Available for iOS and Android

The challenge will take place Dec. 30 at the King Abdullah walkway. Don’t miss out, download the Nahdi app today. Every step counts!


THE TRIAGE PROJECT KSA

The Triage project is a local community service initiative that uses the patented Triage Software to train volunteers in clinical skills and practice in the field. This project serves the community participants with clinical screenings and referrals to government hospitals based on need. The project was launched in King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh to train over 200 volunteers led by 32 team leaders. They did a workshop training for theory and simulations in using the application and subsequently conducted field trips in groups to underprivileged neighborhoods to apply the learned skills.

THUMBS DOWN

Road Construction Seemingly Everywhere It seems like whatever direction you head in Riyadh, there is road construction or metro work going on. You find road blocks on your usual route and you have to literally go another mile to get to your destination. The poorly managed construction work could have been properly timed one area or street at a time.

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Behind the Scenes in Pictures We're always ready for some Firegrill. Go Nachos!

McDonald’s Initiates Creative Nurturing McDonald’s KSA’s latest campaign involves supporting art and artistic creativity in both the western and southern region. The campaign invites children of ages 3 - 10 to get creative on a plain happy meal box. Three creative children have the chance to become the official McDonald’s happy meal designers next year!

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BUSINESS

Over 45 years after his untimely death, his descendants continue to honor their father’s legacy in a manner befitting of his life: charity. Founded a year after his death, the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) is now considered one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world.

The greatness of a nation is not measured by the size of its material possessions, but by its role in the progress of mankind. — Khalid Bin Faisal, Chairman of King Faisal International Prize

A King Remembered With talks about a King Faisal movie in the works, we were inspired to take a look at his legacy. By Areeb Al Shathri

What does a French cab driver, a Palestinian business man and a Saudi 5-year-old have in common? Well, their namesake is one and the same: King Faisal. There is little to no argument that King Faisal holds a particularly special spot in the hearts of Saudis and Arabs in general. His bold political stances, his views on modernization, his strong character and his inclusiveness all add up to make him one of the most well respected monarchs we’ve ever seen.

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King Faisal Foundation Board of Directors


The prize is awarded to recognize achievements in five categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, and Science. Aimed at advancing and encouraging research and accomplishments in these five categories, the prize has been awarded to 247 laureates of 43 nationalities over the span of 38 years. Of the winners, 18 were also awarded Nobel Prizes among others.

King Khaled Al Saud, the first King to Recieve the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam.

Much like its namesake, there is no idea too big for KFF. One of their most important areas of focus is education. In an attempt to plan for the future of Saudi Arabia while still honoring its past, the foundation has collaborated with the International Baccalaureate Organization to merge an international education with local customs and religious values. Eighteen schools benefitted from their project to expand access to IB programs. King Faisal School, Alfaisal University and Jeddah’s Effat University (the first female only university in the Kingdom) are all products of KFF’s investment in education. They have also invested over SR 60 million in scholarships for students from different countries to pursue varied levels of education.

Professor Janet D. Rawley, first female winner of the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine.

“In human terms, four decades are equivalent to a generation, a span of time in which an individual is born and reaches maturity. This reference can be applied to the existence of King Faisal Foundation,” explained the foundation’s president, Khalid Bin Faisal.

“Our many diverse programs have directly or indirectly brought a rare gift of hope to men, women, and children who might otherwise have few opportunities that could alter the paths of their lives.” Location: King Fahd Branch Rd., Al Olaya, Riyadh

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GEN SE

The Social Entrepreneurs Generation What you teach a 9-year old can change the world. What we input into children will be the output of future economy, social harmony, and a country’s role on an international level. Some might argue that we’re giving 9-year olds much more importance than they deserve. However, the truth is how a child is raised is directly linked to who they become and how they function as a citizen. A community is made up of citizens; a nation is made of communities, and the world is made of several nations. Hence, what you teach children today can potentially cause the 2047 recession or the solution to climate change.

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So, how can we raise a generation of future social entrepreneurs?

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Sharing

Social entrepreneurs believe in putting others first, and in sharing all their knowledge, time and energy for a cause. From an early age a child must be taught to share their favorite items with siblings and friends. The concept “ mine” can progress to a lack of selfless spirit. They develop a faulted pride in ownership, in contrast with the joy of seeing others receive. Teach children to share, not when it is within their means, but when it is not convenient.

Giving

Giving is the sole concept of a social enterprise. It needs to be deeply rooted within a child’s character. To a social entrepreneur giving is a personal moral code. Unlike how charity is viewed, giving is utilizing yourself and making a very human investment regardless of its returns. Teach your child to always offer help to their siblings and friends. Involve your child in

charity and volunteering, but do not let them think of if it as pitying others, because a social entrepreneur sympathizes and then empowers those in need and provides them with a sustainable solution.

“I’m Capable”

A social entrepreneur does not wait for the government or those with higher official positions to support society. They view themselves as an active role in developing the community. When conversing about social issues with your children, make sure to ask, “What do you think we can do about this?” “How can you be of any help, even if a little bit?” Let them envision their

capabilities of creating social progress and realizing they have a lot worth giving.

Teach a child that they are superheroes, not victims of economy and world politics. Stimulate in them the problem solving skills, innovative thinking and allow them to imagine all kinds of solutions to social issues - the possible and impossible! The Author: Tasamy is a nonprofit organization that focuses on finding sustainable solutions to social problems by encouraging and empowering youth, leaders, private and governmental institutions to achieve social entrepreneurship. Web: tasamy.com

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SUSTAINABILITY IN SAUDI ARABIA It’s now or never. By Amr Banaja, VP Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, SEDCO

As Saudi Arabia witnesses one of its toughest economic challenges in recent history, the government has launched both Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020 to aid in shaping a new, more diversified, robust and sustainable economy. The vision has mainly been fueled by the recent drop in oil prices which historically uplifted the Saudi economy over the past eight decades reaching record highs of USD 145 a barrel in 2008.

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USD 28 per barrel

The very definition of sustainable development is to meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. As the Saudi government starts to take noticeable and transformational actions, a lot of companies in the private sector faced with the same predicament, are asking the same question, “how can we be sustainable?”


The sustainability question for companies is not a single department or team responsibility, but that of the entire organization. Addressing competitive workforce means looking at workforce development, health and safety and equal opportunity. Social development requires strategic community investments that are measurable and impactful. Empowering local suppliers means having a responsible supply chain management system that supports local suppliers. Solid governance means that there is a commitment to best practices in governance and solid commitment to adhering to them. Lastly, responsible environment commitment means that there is a clear policy towards resource usage and conservation, and an approach to reuse, reduce and recycle. Now is the opportune time to tackle this question head on and address the main dimensions of sustainability that include social and environmental sustainability, in addition to the common question of economic sustainability. It is no longer possible for companies to simply meet the needs of today and wish the best for the future.

A proactive approach towards the fundamentals of economic, social and environmental sustainability means companies today have to address key issues such as addressing a locally competitive workforce, empowered local suppliers, responsible environmental practices, solid corporate governance and new and improved solutions for social development.

Just as the government took a positive approach in 2016 towards crafting a sustainable vision for the future of the domestic economy that involves a coming together of ministries, now is the time for companies and their leadership to rally their teams and departments towards a holistic and sustainable development for their future.

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THE KINGDOM IS CHANGING

KSA has undergone quite a few changes in the last decade. More so since Vision 2030 was announced. By Areeb Al Shathri

What is perhaps one of the most talked about points in the vision is the establishment of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA). With so much guesswork surrounding them, we figured we’d get the scoop on what the GEA has been cooking.

WHO ARE THEY?

The General Entertainment Authority is an autonomous government entity created back in April/May to help with elevating the customer experience and journey across many recreational and entertainment related activities. It is mandated to set up, build and grow, regulate and monitor the entertainment industry. Its goal is to help achieve the Vision 2030 goals and aspirations from an economic and social perspective.

WHO OVERSEES THEM?

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) reports directly to the cabinet of ministers in the Kingdom.

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WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY DOING?

The original mandate and initial by-laws of the GEA include, but are not limited to: • Setting the rules and regulations for monitoring the spectator activities, and helping establish a certain level of quality and experience. • Setting key performance indicators for measuring events management performance. Support, endorse and collaborate with related government entities and bodies to achieve their goals. • Setting up a one-stop shop for licensing and permitting entertainment activations. • Working closely with local, regional and international businesses and partners to further develop the entertainment industry.


UPCOMING EVENTS

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

The GEA is planning to host a working workshop with related stakeholders to discuss opportunities and areas of improvements and challenges facing the industry – this workshop will include the youth sector. Web: Saudi.gov.sa trfehsa

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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

Abdullah The Saudi Al Jumah Flashpacker Harvard Law alumnus, best-selling author and world traveler. By Jou Pabalate

Al Jumah has met many friends just by asking “Can you take my picture?�

Al Jumah first got bitten by the travel bug while he was studying at the University of Manchester. It was during this time that he backpacked across Europe, staying in hostels, living like a local in every destination he visits, and truly embracing the life of an

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A 1,200 km challenge across India, joined by Emirati producer Peyman Al Awadhi.

COURTESY PHOTOS

After months of living off his suitcase, Abdullah Al Jumah is back in his hometown, Riyadh. For someone who has traveled to over eight countries the month prior to the interview, he welcomes the familiarity of home and being able to reconnect with his family and friends.


adventurer. It was a personal journey first and foremost, a drive to discover places, people and inadvertently, himself.

He currently stars on Rahalah, a travel web series where he goes to different cities around the world. In its first season, the series consists of eight episodes spanning eight countries and has already gained notable praise and a loyal following.

“At one point I found myself in the middle of the jungle in Brazil, where I lived with a local tribe. Being unplugged and isolated from the rest of the world interestingly made me connect with myself and also opened my eyes to the sense of community each person fosters. You also realize that you’re merely a co-habitant on this planet and that strengthened my respect for all living things and the environment as a whole.”

Al Jumah in Machu Picchu, Peru

The experiences stuck to him and inspired Al Jumah to write the number one bestseller book in the Kingdom, entitled “Tales of a Saudi in Europe”. In the aftermath of his book’s success, Al Jumah was catapulted to media personality status. Named as one of the most influential Arabs by Arabian Business, he has attracted a huge following on both online and offline

platforms. Perhaps the appeal of Al Jumah’s travel stories is that it provides readers a chance to see the world through the eyes of someone they can relate to. As much as Al Jumah brings insightful import to the region, he is also able to give the people he encounters abroad a better understanding of the culture and genuinely represent what it means to be a Saudi.

“It was a nice opportunity to open up their minds and just reframe what they see on western media. It’s not that I even do it intentionally, it’s just regardless of where I am, I live as I would and be who I am. Sometimes people would ask and I would answer them about my faith, and I take that as an opportunity to let them learn about us, the same way I am learning about them.” In the end, Al Jumah inspires us to seek what lies beyond the horizon, without necessarily forgetting where home is. What this modern day nomad does is beyond taking us along on his journeys; Al Jumah bridges gaps, in distances and in cultures; and that’s just what everyone needs to feel a little less lost in translation. Hod YahlDar

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AWESOME RIYADHIS

What makes you one?

By Areeb Al Shathri and Jou Pabalate

At the end of this year, we found ourselves asking what it means to be an awesome Riyadhi. And we realized, it all boils down to loving this city, making it your home and doing what you can to make it even better. We thought it’s a great time to give a salute to people and local enterprises who we saw rise up to the challenge in their own special way. This great salad of a community we have is made great by the efforts big and small of individuals who choose to celebrate their differences, share their passion and focus on what can bring us together as a whole.

Keeping the Art Alive

Breaking Media Ground

TURKI ALMOHSEN

As a senior editor at Telfaz11, this guy and his team have almost single handedly changed the way Saudis consume media. With an array of hit YouTube shows, films and commercials under their belt, Almohsen and his rat pack are here to stay. 28 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

As an artist herself, Fatani realizes the importance of having a dedicated workspace. By transforming her late mother’s home into a studio, she found sanctuary in a not so happy situation. In turn, she decided to convert that sanctuary into an open studio for likeminded creative women to explore and work on their art. And so was the birth of Studio Lucha.

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DALIA FATANI


Healthy Tastemakers

HEALTH COUTURE

A clinical dietitian, a certified fitness trainer and a business administrator walk into a business… There’s no punch line here; this is in

fact the origin story of Health Couture. We’re giving them a tip of the hat as one of the first local healthy food providers with the foresight to take a leap when everyone else was holding back.

Passion for Fashion

NOJOUD ALRUMAIHI

Realizing that being an influencer without a purpose is not enough, Alrumaihi decided to use her newfound status to actually influence change. She teamed up with her husband, Abdullah Alrasheed, and together they founded Upbeat KSA, an event organizing company with a focus on educational, talent showcasing, female empowerment and charity events.

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EVERY RIYADHI MUST TRY # Tr y Lo c a l

Live and love local with this bucket list. Are you ready? By Jou Pabalate

WATCH THE SUN SET OR RISE AT EDGE OF THE WORLD It is breathtaking and will force you to unplug from the world, quite literally since there is no signal there. Watching the sun break through the horizon and cast its beams upon the cliffs is simply one of the most beautiful things you’ll lay your eyes upon in the city. Go with a professional local tour guide, like Amazing Tours or at least with local friends who have gone there once to avoid getting lost.

HAVE AN AUTHENTIC NAJDI FEAST For newcomers in the city or expatriates in general, we would always encourage you to embrace some warm Saudi hospitality. Likewise, if you’re a Saudi, open your home to your non-local friends. Nothing beats a Najdi grandma’s cooking but if a proper home invitation has eluded you, then go to the Najdi Village in Bujairy or Yasmin District. Do not leave until you’ve tried the jaraeesh, kabsa and hnieni. Disclaimer: You will get into a food coma after this. 30 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016


SOAK IN FOLK TRADITIONS Watch an Aarda, yes, Saudis know their beat. You’ll often see the traditional aarda dancers in cultural events, weddings or any special occasion. But don’t worry you can also experience it every Thursday in Bujairy after maghrib prayer. And while you’re chilling in this historical plaza, be on the lookout for vendors who sell traditional fabrics, handwoven local crafts and trinkets.

HORSEBACK RIDING

More a spectator than a rider?

Horseback riding is one of those activities any Riyadhi would’ve at least tried once in their lives. You can go to the Equestrian Club at Wadi Hanifah or drive further out to the Dirab Golf Course where they offer lessons and riding sessions. There are also the random ones along the roads of Al Thumamah District.

Racing season is now, watch the races at King Abdulaziz Race Course or attend the local showjumping competitions happening around town.

SEE RIYADH FROM ABOVE The Kingdom Tower and the water tower at the King Abdulaziz Cultural Center in Murbah offer stunning views of modern and old Riyadh. For the best view and experience, go flying in a gyro plane at the Land and Space Aviation. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 31


BARGAIN AT THE SOUKS Whether its oriental oils, textiles, wares and more, you’re bound to stumble upon cheap buys and local gems at Riyadh’s souks. Souq Al Zal has it all and the best part is it’s near the Masmak so all you have to do is crossover. While there, make sure to check out the local incense and oil shops, carpets and fabrics to truly marvel your senses.

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TAKE IN RIYADH’S HISTORY AT THE MASMAK

You can rent out a proper tent at Thumama, complete with a fire pit and insulation; or do it authentically on your own. Set up a bonfire, bust out the dallah and dates, wrap yourself in a farwah, roast some Faqah (desert mushrooms) and just be one with nature.

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Located in Ad Dira, the Old Riyadh district, the Masmak is considered to be the focal point for the establishment and unification of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Abdulaziz.


GO DATE PICKING Gahwa and dates is a Saudi staple but for you to truly appreciate how dates are considered a cultural gem, go pick them yourself. The best farms to experience this can be found in Qassim, around four hours from the capital. However, there are farms within the immediate outskirts where you’ll find date pickers expertly climbing the palms. Approach them and trust us, they will be more than happy to teach you a thing or two and let you give it a try yourself.

A NAJDI BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS We love that in Riyadh you can have a hearty breakfast for less than SR 20. Shakshouka (scrambled eggs with tomatoes), fool and tamees (beans and bread), kebdah (liver sandwich) are a must try. We encourage you to head to a regular hole in the wall but if you’re looking for a proper sit down breakfast, you can try Wadek on Tahliya Street or Bab Al Yemen Bujairy.

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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

Moon Fame

Teaching the (Fun)damentals Necessity is the mother of all invention. This certainly rings true in the case of Moon Fame.

Moon Fame’s story began when its founder, Princess Nouf Bint Miteb, saw a need that must be fulfilled. “As a mother, I wanted to start an activity with my children. To build bonds, open doors and find out what are their interests. What are their passions,” she explained. After bringing up the idea to her sisters, the princess was encouraged to push it even further. She saw that her need mirrored those of many parents in Saudi, and so was the birth of Moon Fame in 2015. 34 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

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By Areeb Al Shathri


Moon Fame is a nonprofit that organizes children’s events and activities that cultivate creativity, confidence, social skills, entrepreneurship, critical thinking and time management. So, how exactly does it do that?

After a child picks an interest in one of the categories (science, arts and crafts, games, food and beverage, drama, photography, media, or fashion design) and comes up with a project idea, they are assigned a mentor and begin working on their projects at home. This method enables the parents and the child to work together on a project and helps them build their relationship. Meetings with their mentors allow the child to benefit and learn from people who are also passionate in their chosen field.

“Education is more than what a child learns at school. It’s much bigger than that,” stressed the princess as she explained that this process allows the children to explore their interests outside the conventions of a classroom and incentivizes them to learn and research on their own. The next step is Event Day. On this day the children display their projects in an assigned booth and must present and sell it to all attendees of this open family event. This teaches them how to be entrepreneurs and, as an added benefit, helps them break out of their shells. “Social responsibility is one of our main objectives,” she said. At every event, the organization chooses a charity to attend as their special guests and donates all the ticket proceeds to them. Moon Fame also invites several children’s charities to participate in the event’s activities. “To be honest, no matter what we have planned for the future, everyday is a new day to us. We’re always looking to cater to the needs of children and families in Saudi.” Web: moonfame.com DESTINATIONKSA.COM 35


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AL DIRIYAH BIRTH OF A NATION To understand your present you must learn about your past. By Areeb Al Shathri

As the second place in Saudi Arabia to be stamped with a UNESCO World Heritage Site label, and the first capital the Kingdom has ever known, Al Diriyah is a must visit for visitors and residents alike.

Located 35 km north-west of Riyadh, Al Diriyah served as the capital for the first incarnation of Saudi Arabia, and was home to its founder Mohammed Bin Saud and his mentor Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdul Wahab.

Since then, Al Diriyah has undergone quite a few changes. With renovations starting as early as the ‘80s, today’s Historical Diriyah is a far cry from the “sand-blown Pompeii” ruins it used to be. Al Bujairy District, which was the home of Mohammed Bin 36 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

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After the fall of the first Saudi state, and Al Diriyah along with it, residents abandoned the ruins of what once was their city for the nearby settlement of Riyadh.


Abdul Wahab, has recently been opened for the public. With parks, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, and a research center dedicated to the area’s former resident the Sheikh, renovations have transformed the half destroyed mud houses into a lively center of activity. Al Turaif, which served as Mohammed Ibn Saud’s family home, is in the process of being transformed into an open-air museum which will include a museum of horses, commerce and finance, war and defense and a traditional market to complete the experience.

Among some of the other sites to check out is the wall. As the final defense line of Al Diriyah, this wall has managed to hold off against the Ottoman and Egyptian forces’ year-long siege in 1818. Al Diriyah stands tall in Saudi’s historic past. The secret in Diriyah’s appeal is that it represents the spirit of KSA. Much like the Kingdom, it was destroyed and burned to the ground twice before. And something tells us that just like the Kingdom, this current and third incarnation of Al Diriyah is here to stay.

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YOUR NEXT STAYCATION Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa offers pristine and luxurious setting for all. Located in Durrat Arriyadh, which translates to the Pearl of Riyadh, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa is raising the bar on hospitality in the Kingdom. Sprawled across a whopping area of 28 acres, the resort has 152 spacious guestrooms and luxury suites and 10 private villas at your disposal.

With the upcoming men’s spa, women’s spa, hair salons, kids club and tennis court there is no shortage of activities for the whole family. The resort offers several indoor and outdoor swimming pools including a large infinity-edge-pool. If your family likes its privacy, be sure to book one of the resort villas or pool chalets and enjoy your own private pool 38 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016 ADVERTORIAL

with its own lounge areas. You may choose to ride bikes, walk around the resort, feed the fish or enjoy watching ducks and flamingos at the lagoon. Boasting restaurants, cafés and a cigar lounge, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa satisfies every taste. Their flagship restaurant, Desert Palm, offers guests the chance to experience the best of international and traditional


cuisine. Voyage, their islandthemed restaurant, will be available as a unique venue for your child's next special group function. For the health conscience of you, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa hasn’t forgotten about you. Sit back at the Oasis cafe's terrace and enjoy the poolside view. Or, head over to Ibn Khaldoun, the lobby cafÊ, for some tea and home made pastries and enjoy the array of art pieces provided by Naila Art Gallery. Who knows, you might even take one home. But the true crown jewel of the resort is its relaxing landscape. Their lush greenery and eco friendly ponds and water features will entice even the most homebody guest to savor

the scene. Plus, they also have the bragging rights that come with having the first miniature golf course in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They say that Riyadh got its name by being

an oasis in the middle of the desert, and much like the city that encompasses it, so is Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa. Location: Durrat Al Riyadh Tel: +966-11-4118800

The Desert Palm restaurant offers and International buffet and menu that would appeal to the foodie in you.

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ARTIST’S CORNER MEET THIS MONTH’S EMERGING ARTIST!

NAME:

Sarah Al Maiman AGE: 24 ist CCUPATION: Dent O MEDIUM:

BLACK INK/ ILLUSTRATOR By Johara Almogbel

What got you started?

Why do you art?

Because without it I feel hopeless and empty.

Is your work the result of sudden inspiration, or long term planning? How do you think up your concepts?

Mostly, inspiration. I get inspired by the need to express myself in a tangible form.

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What is, in your opinion, the best thing you’ve ever created and why?

I still don’t have a favorite yet. But I’ve been through my artwork and I got amazed at how much it improved.

What do you think of the art scene in Riyadh? Anything you’d like to see changed? The art scene is developing but yet, I think artists still feel under appreciated.

WHAT DOES BEING CREATIVE MEAN TO YOU? Crossing the boundaries. Coloring outside the lines.

FAVORITE PIECE OF ARTWORK BY SOMEONE ELSE. Almond Blossom by Van Gogh. sarahmaiman

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I’m not sure what started it all. I’ve been drawing since forever; I honestly don’t remember when I first started drawing. But it wasn’t until recently people started taking notice of it.


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ALBUMS TO LOOK OUT FOR! by Big Hass of Re-Volt

We Got It from Here… A Tribe Called Quest Upcoming sixth and final Album by American hip-hop group. The album will include Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Andre 3000 & Busta Rhymes

24K Magic Bruno Mars 24K Magic is the upcoming third studio album by Atlantic Records. The 24K Magic Tour recently announced its tour destinations.

BOOKS

Hit The Ground - As Per Casper

Lost Somebody A Tribe Called Quest

Do’Do’ - Kolthoum

If Our Bodies Could Talk

Stories of Your Life and Others

by James Hamblin

by Ted Chiang

A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body... Described by the author as an FAQ for your body, this is a great reference to combat the misinformation and marketing “facts” we get bombarded with every day.

A superb selection of snacksized sci-fi short stories. What stands out in his writing is how he takes a simple, small change in reality and subtly unravels how complex and allencompassing those changes impacting the world and characters. The Expanse (Six-Book Series) by James S. A. Corey

The final book in this thrilling space opera comes out this month. Read and then watch the equally entertaining show based on the book series.

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NEW ON DVD

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Suicide Squad

DVDS

The Secret Life of Pets

IN THEATERS NOW

Film Facts! Assassin’s Creed

When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

This movie is based on a game with the same name. The actor Michael Fassbender had never played any of the nine games in the series until just before filming commenced.

GAMES

Owlboy

The story is charming, with unexpectedly deep developments; the art is lush and beautiful; and the gameplay, while it has its faults, is still fun and challenging. Available on PC.

Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game. The plot focuses on a infantry soldier named Jack Cooper, who aspires to be a pilot of a Titan, which are large mechas used for war. Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Dead Rising 4

Frank West is back for more of his patented silly, fun zombie action. If you’re new to the series, just know you’re in for a treat of a time with the best melee combat around as you craft your weapons out of whatever you find around you. Available on Xbox One and PC.

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STYLE & BEAUTY SCOOP

Maje

The Kooples and Maje Open One of Paris’ most acclaimed brands, The Kooples, and Parisian boho fashion brand, Maje, announce the opening of their first stores in Riyadh at Al Faisaliah Mall.

WINTER SKIN CARE PICKS Riyadh winter can be a tad bit harsh on your body. Don’t traverse

The Kooples

2. Get Hands on With Your Hands Your hands are one of the most sensitive skin surfaces, while regular lotion feels like it suffices, it’s best to get proper hand cream.

the cool winds without having these essentials:

We like the body shop collection and if you’re looking for something more accessible, pack a Vaseline mini in your bag.

1.Protect Your Face Wind burns are a real thing in Riyadh. Skin care products are an investment even for men. Grab a Sephora instant moisturizer or opt for some tea tree moisturizer from Body Shop. Either way, it’ll go a long way.

3. Sunscreen for Winter? YES!

DR Picks:

Neutrogena SPF 45, Malibu or Ponds BB Sunscreen

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Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the sun has stopped shining--- or emitting its UV rays. Winter in Riyadh is all about being outdoors so make sure you protect your skin with SPF 30 and up sunscreen.


First Sacoor Brothers Boutique Now Open at Granada Mall

Bentley’s Gift Collection Bentley has curated a gift collection worthy of the Bentley name. Their gift collection includes: home and business accessories, fragrances, clothing and even children’s toys.

AURA LAUNCHES FALL/WINTER COLLECTION The collection features brand new designs in addition to signature favorites brought to you with new colors and fabrics.

Sacoor Brothers is an international fashion lifestyle brand based out of Portugal. Creating elegant collections for both men and women, its Granada Mall store is only the first of four opening in Riyadh through the Majid Al Futtaim group.

Molton Brown, Rosa Absolute London-based fragrance brand Molton Brown, launches a new floral collection, Rosa Absolute, in stores.

INSTAGRAM PICK OF THE MONTH Baraboux

We love the Draft storeThe Saudi luxury bag brand has just launched their new winter/fall collection. Known for their combination of elegance and functionality, Baraboux is the brainchild of none other than Princess Reema Bint Bandar. These handmade works of art are now available exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Baraboux

DR Picks: The Reema is the perfect clutch. With interchangeable cuffs, it is your go-to formal clutch.

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LOCALS DO STREETWEAR These t-shirt brands are spreading positivity through their original designs inspired by Arabic culture. By Norah Al Eisa and Abdullah Al Saidi

MASCULINEFLORALS

T-shirt, Ain Clothing Pants, Vince Sneakers, Vans Strapback Baseball Hat, Stussy

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"I want to reintroduce the aesthetics of our language and culture to the youngsters. Streetwear has been a significant outlet for the younger generation to express themselves, so I’d like to see them represent the Arabic language and culture without feeling outdated." - Abdullah Al Saidi, Ain Clothing


CRYPTIC CALLIGRAPHY "We believe that Vehemence has more to bring to the table than what's already there. Clothing is a blank canvas for our creativity and we want to share that with the world." - Mohammed Alrubaish, Vehemence

T-shirt, Vehemence Sneakers, Vans Baseball Cap, White Blank

ABADI ALJOHAR "While in college I'd noticed that people wore t-shirts without unique phrases or designs, so I started drawing on t-shirts and, when it succeeded, I started my own clothing line." - Wala'a Fadel, Gemini T-shirts

Sweatshirt, Gemini T-shirts Sneakers, Nike SB By Stefan Janoski

MODEL: OMAR ASHOUR

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WINTER GLAM

The season of sparkle, dark shades and everything oh-so-glam! Saint Laurent SR 1,005

Rosantica SR 2,464

Christian Louboutin SR 3,438

Dolce and Gabbana SR 19,043

Johanna Ortiz SR 2,989

Saint Laurent SR 7,892

Peter Pilotto SR 9,318

Balmain SR 5,057

Sonia Rykiel SR 3,438

Johanna Ortiz SR 3,419 Aquazzura SR 2,313

Burberry SR 2,488

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Daizy Shely SR 1,769

N21 SR 1,962


Persol SR 1,064

Dries Van Noten SR 2,239

Alexander McQueen SR 655.45

Les Hommes SR 1,415

Opening Ceremony SR 1,454

Saint Laurent SR 7,117

Jil Sander SR 1,475

Jimmy Choo SR 2,289

Alexander McQueen SR 2,539

Alexander McQueen SR 1,535

Jean Shop SR 552

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MIDDLE EASTERN MYTHS OR MIRACLES Traditional beauty hacks vs. facts. By Areeb Al Shathri

Twas the night before my graduation, and a pimple right between my eyebrows haunted me. I began to panic when my mother, always the resourceful person, decided that myrrh was the only solution. She stood hunched over the sink like a mad scientist in her long floral nightgown, grinding myrrh and mixing it with water. She rubbed the mixture on my forehead overnight. It’s safe to say that I woke with the same pimple that now smelled foul, and access luggage under my eyes, which she also had a cure for. My mom’s concoction didn’t work that time, but it got me wondering. I compiled some of the Middle East’s traditional remedies and, in consultation with an expert, determined whether it was a miracle, or a myth. 50 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

Whitening With Lemon We each had lemon slices in our toilets. Twice a day, we would rub the lemon on our knees to whiten them. This routine is priceless in our household, much like the expression on my father’s face when he sees two boxes of lemons on the grocery list.

Expert Verdict: Miracle Our expert says lemon is loaded with vitamin C, which has antioxidants that fight free radicals that result in adult skin. Vitamin C also decreases the production of melanin. It gets rid of the accumulated dead skin cells on the surface of the dermis and tightens the pores.


Nail Biter I was a biter, a nail biter that is. My nails were always too short rendering them weak. She could never get me to stop, so instead she would dip my nails in dill and horsetail soaked in water. The taste would ward me off of biting them.

Expert Verdict: Miracle Our expert Carina Huwari, a pharmacist, says that dill has nailstrengthening agents. It has a high nutritional value of essential oils, fatty oils and mineral salts. As for horsetail it has silica, and is rich in vitamins and minerals as calcium, zinc and B5.

Homemade Mask For Wrinkles One of my mother's proudest achievements, other than her children, is her homemade mask. A strange, and I’m ashamed to say tasty, mixture of honey, cucumber, yogurt and rose water to soften skin and reduce wrinkles.

Expert Verdict: Miracle Honey has antibacterial properties due to high content of sugar. Its antioxidants serve as an anti-aging factor. Rich in water, vitamin E and other nutrients, cucumber provides hydration. The yogurt contains lactic acid, which exfoliates and smoothes the skin.

Despite the large target on my forehead in all my graduation pictures, there is merit in most of the traditional remedies my mother passed on to me. Maybe I should have listened to her more often because three out of four ain’t bad.

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Mixing Fun With Convenience Gadget hacks for the creative fam. Did you know reading just 20 minutes a day for one year can expose your child to one million words as well as increase spelling, grammar and writing skills?

Mark My Time SR 29

The biggest challenge facing busy parents is how to monitor and record daily reading homework, often for more than one child at a time. Mark My Time digital bookmark lets each child record reading minutes at the touch of a button.

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Introducing the convenient cure for minor mishaps! This minute kit is chockfull of necessity. Contents include: buttons, snaps, needles, thread, scissors, pins, threader, tweezers and more! Available in four grand colors.


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Color-it Sheet Magnets SR 29

A customizable magnet collection, offering 2 sheets of black and white designs that are easy to peel. Color yours today!

In a coffee shop or a business meeting keep your classy clutch off the ground by hanging it from the edge of a table up to 5cm deep. This hanger frees up your tabletop for more important things. It is made of tough stuff with a variety of colors, and can hold up to 15kg.

Caapoom SR 99

Enjoy a family-fun activity, suitable for ages of 9+. A card game that enables 2-5 players at a time, with 15 minute countdowns. Turn your family fun upside down! virginmegaksa

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DINING AROUND TOWN

DINING SCOOP HAKKASAN TO GRACE SAUDI ARABIA Our East Asian food scene is starting to look promising. Hakkasan, Yauatcha, and Sato No Hana are all set to open in Riyadh in partnership with Al Khozama Management Company and if all goes well, they will be open within the next five years.

Harry’s Pizza

Opening Soon!

BRICK

We first got to try them in The Gathering, and now we’re hooked! Brick opened up in the new Tamimi complex by Exit 2, and we absolutely love their branding. There’s seating for both singles and families but keep in mind, it gets very busy around dinner time. It looks like we’ll be getting a replacement for our beloved Rossopomodoro, after all! Harry’s Pizza, purveyor of authentic Italian, well… pizza, is slated to open soon,with a number of branches situated in various places in Riyadh. We’re very excited. Very, very excited. Stupendo!

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Bateel Snags Best Café Award Café Bateel, popular curator of gourmet cuisine, was awarded the coveted title of 2016’s Best Café by BBC Good Food Middle East. The award celebrates the best restaurants in the region.


HONG AT THE RITZ-CARLTON

JUICY PREMIUM BURGERS AT MCDONALD’S! McDonald’s has finally launched a signature collection of premium burgers that use Angus beef. The collection includes three burgers; The Mushroom, The Clubhouse and The Chicken Mexicano.

Hong, fine dining Chinese restaurant, is relaunching, complete with the best Peking Duck, a tea master and dimsum that we can't wait to review.

SERAFINA NOW OPEN!

Serafina's cuisine is Northern Italian, originating from family recipes handed down from generations of cooks and adapted by Vittorio Assaf and his team of professional chefs. Serafina’s creative pasta, pizza, risottos and desserts satisfy every craving.

Alreef Sweets EXPECTATIONS

R E A L IT

TOFFEE NUT LATTE

is our go-to companion for breezy evenings in Riyadh. It goes perfectly with a good book or a great companion.

REA

Y

Donuts have been on our brains all month… So donuts it was. We looked here, there, everywhere and settled for one of the crazy options. That’s right...We decided to try out Alreef Sweets’ donut cake, because helloooo! Donut. Cake. Little stacked donuts smothered in Nutella is our jam. We immediately had to sign up for

it! The verdict? These tasted good. Not very donut-y and more cake-y than anything but to fulfil a craving they do hit the spot and they were generously covered in Nutella. For the price, though, we wish there were more donuts in the stack. Price: SR 150 Delivery: N/A Rating: 3.5 alreef_sweet

LITY

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DINING AROUND TOWN

A Rally of Yum

AT THE

Food Truck Festival

Our report of the event. You will be impressed!

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We're not sure if you've noticed, but we at DR have a very healthy appreciation for food trucks. There's something absolutely enchanting about ordering our quota of yum from a small window of an airstream, or a bus that constantly moves around like a fun city-wide guessing game, and we have never been prouder of our generation than when we saw young Saudis operating and running these themselves.


With that in mind, we made our way to the new Riyadh Food Truck Festival, and we are so glad to report it did not disappoint! The tickets were slightly steep at SR 85, but it did help limit the crowds to those truly interested. Set in Alyamamah University, the festival boasted almost every food truck known in Riyadh, and even a couple of new ones. With the food trucks still working on their licenses to serve the eagerly awaiting public, the festival was an opportunity for everyone to finally catch them in one place. This is a community that’s well on its way to becoming a mainstay in the Riyadh dining scene and we cannot be more excited. Apart from being able to whip out their concoctions for visitors to enjoy, it allowed

these mostly young Saudi business owners to network and open up avenues to get customers. Most of them are only able to park and serve during events or when hired for private gatherings. The trucks that stood out were the Diamond Sponsor, Zeno Pizza, a personal favorite because the concept of pizza on wheels makes us happy, M5m5a, with UNO and Carrom on their tables, Ice Roll, because watching our ice cream being made RIGHT THERE is incredible, Burger Bus, Yummy Potato, Mini Pancakes, and our new obsession: Juicery Street. Juicery Street had the cutest branding and delicious heatsealed awar galb (a popular kuwaiti concoction that literally translates into heart pain).

We came, we saw, we ate, we conquered; immense fun (and food coma) was had by the whole team. We can't wait for the next festival! Food on wheels is our new obsession. foodtruckfestv

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE: Areej Creation's Brick Oven and Rotiserrie trucks, Hungry Truck, One Way, Big Smoke Burger, The Sandwich Company, Newport, Yummy Truck, Juicoo Frutoo, Volume, Pick'N'Go, as well as the party bus The Project, the Fashion Truck, and Dee Bazaar. There was pretty outdoor seating provided by Jalsat Outdoor.

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Hakkasan Group and Al Khozama ARE TEAMING UP! Five new foodie spots are opening in KSA.

From left to right: Prince Bandar Bin Saud, Abdulaziz Al Habib, Neil Moffitt, Nick McCabe

Al Khozama Management Company announced that it is working with Hakkasan Group, a global hospitality company, to open five new restaurants in the Kingdom, including Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Sato No Hana, in the next five years. This move marks Hakkasan Group’s first step into Saudi Arabia.

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Hakkasan Group is a worldwide hospitality company with establishments located across the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Its name is taken from its Michelin star restaurant that set the highlevel standard for the group’s collection of diverse brands. This milestone collaboration

and the strategic relationship between the two businesses comes at a perfect time in Saudi Arabia’s transition. “Vision 2030 is fuelling pursuits of ambition, excellence and opportunites all round,” explained Al Khozama’s CEO Abdulaziz Al Habib. “Our relationship with Hakkasan Group will enable us to reach new heights in delivering on our promise to our country, our society and all visitors of the Kingdom.”


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Winter Hotspots Winter is coming, and we are going out! By Areeb Al Shathri

There are so many songs and reasons to celebrate summer, but aside from “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” winter seems to be the neglected middle child. But unlike the rest of the world, Riyadhis know that winter isn’t the season to curl up under a blanket and enjoy a hot drink. For us, it’s our opportunity to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Here are some of our favorite spots.

IL TERRAZZO A unique Brazilian restaurant at the top of Al Faisaliah Hotel. They offer top quality meat and a delicious meal with the added benefit of enjoying the twinkling lights of Riyadh. The lavish restaurant overlooks Al Faisaliah Center’s landscape plaza. The slow-roasted meats are cooked to perfection on an open fire. They will also spoil you with a fur cloak that will keep you warm and happy all night. Tel: +966-11-2732222

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we’ve tasted. Sip a brew or hot chocolate underneath a 400-year-old olive tree. Please note though that they have a minimum charge of SR 150 in the evenings. Tel: +966-11-8028020

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Make any winter evening perfect; sit under the starry sky with a hot cuppa and a friend.


THE GRILL Another great addition to the winter bliss list is The Grill. If you’re a fan of steakhouses, this is among the best ones. Located in Kingdom Tower, this restaurant is what you might call fancy. With a poolside outdoor seating area, this must-try is the perfect location for lunch with your closest carnivorous friends. Tel: +966-11-2115000

FIORENZA LA PIAZZA Recently opened on Takhassusi, and it’s already a hit! We’ve pretty much covered the opening of almost every cafe, pastry shop and restaurants there. This Italian themed plaza will keep you coming all year round. Have brunch at Paul’s outdoor section, then grab a cup of coffee and dessert from any of the endless choices and seal the deal with Amorino ice cream. Location: Takhassusi St.

LUSIN Lusin is always a good idea, but with winter around the corner, their outdoor seating will be booked solid for the entire duration. Lusin offers Armenian food with high-end service and setting. Book your outdoor table to guarantee the best view of Tahlia traffic. Tel: 920002690

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WINTER

Wonder Treats When the temperature drops, how do you stay warm? Hot Chocolate AMORINO

Nothing is more comforting than a mug of hot chocolate. Amorinos warm cup of chocolate will make you all fuzzy inside with their options of dark, milk or white melted chocolate made of love. The rich, dense and creamy aroma of the chocolate hits you before you even take the first sip. Amorino pairs up their hot chocolate with gelato macarons for those who like to mix up their hot with cold.

DID YOU KNOW? A daily cup of hot chocolate could help to starve off heart disease, so close your eyes to the calories and melt with it.

Location: Fiorenza La Piazza, Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-4443425

EDITOR’S PICK

Banana Cream Pie MAGNOLIA

While Magnolia Bakery is known for its delicious cupcakes and treats, it’s the bakery’s luscious creamy banana pie that holds its showstopper title. If you haven’t tried it, trust us — this will become your new favorite dessert. It will graciously satisfy your heart, soul and stomach. If you’re looking for a warmer option this winter, try out their delicious apple pie. Location: Fiorenza La Piazza, Takhassusi St. Tel: +966-11-2292157

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Onion Soup PAUL

It’s winter, your nose is cold, you’re wrapped up in layers and all you need for complete bliss is a warm bowl of soup. Paul serves its French onion soup resplendent with caramelized onions and topped with melted cheese, served in a bowl made of bread. A rich, creamy and delicious treat for a belly in need of warmth on a cold night in or out. Locations: Fiorenza La Piazza, Takhassusi St., and Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-4169125

Fondue MELTING POT

If gooey cheese and decadent chocolates sound like your kind of scene, get your family or friends and dip in to the experience of the Art of Fondue at the Melting Pot. When you dine at the Melting Pot, you can choose between the steamy savory or the sweet fondue or enjoy both. Besides the usual cheese and chocolate fondue, their customizable menu includes cook-it-yourself main course. Location: Tahlia St, Al Olaya Tel: 920002690

Spinach Pie PIE DAYS

Served warm, the flaky, crumbly pastry is stuffed with a generous amount of spinach and cheese. The cheese is pleasingly gooey, not at all greasy, and hits all the right spots. With its thick and creamy consistency, you will not regret this pie, or the next one, or the next four. Location: Sulaimaniyah St. Tel: +966-11-4646993 DESTINATIONKSA.COM 63


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Are You Emotionally Well? How many of you think about enhancing your emotional and mental health? By Reem Zahid

What is it?

Mental or emotional wellbeing alludes to your general mental prosperity. It incorporates the way you feel about yourself, the nature of your connections with others, your capacity to oversee sentiments and manage challenges/difficulties, and how much satisfaction and happiness you get from life. Mental and emotional issues regularly emerge when your sensory system has been traded off by the overpowering measures of anxiety, without knowing how to manage it. 64 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

Is it normal?

Anybody can experience the ill effects of mental or emotional health issues, and the vast majority of us will. This year alone, around one in seven of us will suffer from a diagnosable mental issue such as gloominess, bipolar issues or moodiness. Regardless of how many people are affected by these problems, most make no effort to enhance their circumstances. We disregard the emotional messages that let us know something isn't right, and take a stab at toughing it out by distracting ourselves or self-medicating. We bottle things up with the expectation that it will heal itself. We don’t realize that these issues have an adverse reaction on our daily lives, and the lives of the people around us. It impacts how we treat the world around us, which in turn impacts how we feel about ourselves.

Know how to handle it.

Being emotionally and mentally healthy doesn't mean failing to go through awful times or encountering passionate issues. Great emotional well-being doesn’t mean lack of sadness or tension, it could be the acquisition of positive qualities such as the ability to adapt to life's difficulties, handle stress, build solid connections and recover from mishaps.


Just as physically healthy individuals are less susceptible to disease or harm, mentally and emotionally healthy individuals are better equipped to handle difficulties and anxiety. They are in control of their conduct and feelings. They are engaged, adaptable and imaginative in terrible times and in great. They can deal with life's difficulties, construct solid connections, and recoup from misfortunes. Enhancing your mental and emotional health boosts your state of mind, builds flexibility and adds to your general happiness regarding life.

Boost up.

Self-love is needed more than anything, and, sadly, it’s the most neglected. Fixing yourself from the inside out is the only way to achieve true happiness. Learn to be solid, to be tough, tougher than life and its downs. Teach yourself how to love yourself and know your own worth first. Be flexible with whatever you face and know everything has an end, and every problem has a solution. Learn that your situation won't get any better by being angry, anxious or dramatic, and that these emotions can destroy you emotionally and mentally.

Life is a challenge that is won by owning it and owning yourself.

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have I done to myself?” I love my baby more than anything but I couldn’t get over the exhaustion. With my baby waking up every two hours for feeding, I obsessed over what to do while my baby was asleep. I often ended up just staring at her instead of getting anything done.

ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR ME WAS DELEGATING

POSTPARTUM

What They Don’t Tell You.

Having a baby wasn’t an easy journey. I’ve had my private moments of bawling thinking that motherhood was just not in the cards, while cleverly wearing a poker face. One day, I finally saw the two lines that meant I tested positive. Like a little child learning how to count, I kept repeating to myself “two lines!” So it began; the preparations, classes, readings and one common keyword typed in my Google. After nine months, and right after watching Jon Snow come back to life, my water broke. Giving birth was profoundly exhausting. Yet

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it was coated by delight the minute they placed my baby on my chest. That night, I couldn’t sleep and I almost didn’t want to blink as I finally understood Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” After going back home, an indescribable feeling started creeping in. I persistently kept asking myself “Why am I not able to enjoy this?” I started to struggle with a cluster of feelings. I was torn by guilt and confusion. Add to the mix the pressure to show everybody how blissful I was. I lost my freedom and was left with this baby who solely dependent on me for everything. On many nights, I just stayed up thinking “What

While my husband offered every bit of help, I constantly insisted that I was managing well. I didn’t want anyone to think that I need a break from the very thing I prayed for.

When I finally went for my postpartum follow up, I broke down. It was obvious that I had postpartum depression. I had to swallow my pride with the first pill. Things eventually got better. While it’s quite common, some mothers view postpartum depression as taboo, but it’s nothing to feel guilty or ashamed of. Talk to someone close and get professional help if you further require it. Your hormones will make you feel like it’s the toughest thing you’ve been through, but with time you will start enjoying your little bundle of joy. Safinaz Murshid is a freelance writer and an amateur photographer. Her travel photos were displayed at the Brazilian Embassy and the US Embassy is Riyadh. Web: safinazmurshid.com


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Diaries of a Lazy Person Hello, my name is Areeb and I am a recovering lazy person. By Areeb Al Shathri

180-degree

“How lazy can you really be, Areeb?” you ask. Well, my default position has always been at a 180-degree angle. To come to think of it I don’t think I’ve ever watched TV sitting up…

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Don’t get me wrong, lazy was working for me. Friends and family knew not to ask me for things that require getting up. I single handedly legitimized “because I’m lazy” as an excuse. So, what’s changed? Well, I made a conscious decision to be less lazy.

I had to reprogram myself not to “ugh” at any form of physical activity. If you’re a fellow lazy person, hop on this ride with me (don’t worry it’s motorized so you don’t have to pedal), and maybe some of these tricks will work for you too.


Ugh #1 If I’m comfortable, I’m not moving. The couch will still be there when you get back. If you’re lazy, literal baby steps is the best way to get more active. If you want something, go and get it. It might not seem like much, but over the course of the day you rack up a little amount of activity (or so says my Apple watch). Slowly, but surely, physical activity will become less daunting.

Ugh #2 Exercise is boring. This still rings true for me, and I hate being bored almost as much as I liked being lazy. My only solution was to trick myself into exercising. If you like a particular sport, practice it! If sports aren’t your thing,

try dancing. Put on a YouTube video tutorial and practice the choreography. It’s okay if you, like me, have no sense of rhythm; the point is to try.

Ugh #3 Gyms are cesspools for self-obsessed humans. The trick is to find the right gym. Gym selection is 50 percent of the problem. Picking the wrong one can make you feel discouraged and hopeless. Find a gym that makes you comfortable. For me, a smaller, more personalized experience helps. It allows you to be on a first name basis with everyone, so your presence and absence is noticed (which is great if you’re lazy and need to be held accountable).

Ugh #4 Being healthy is no fun. You know what’s really fun though? Being able to climb a few flights of stairs without buckling over trying to catch your breath. Make sure the people around you know what you’re trying to do so they can help you stay on track.

In conclusion, I’d like to reiterate my opening sentence and say: Hello, my name is Areeb and I am a recovering lazy person.

Disclaimer: The girl in the photo is not Areeb.

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SPIRITUALITY

Sunan of

Visiting Markets

Read this before your next shopping spree.

The behavior of Muslims is significant since it represents Islam. Muslims have been gifted with the Quran and Sunnah as two major sources of guidance. They are the ultimate source of guidance for being a productive Muslim. As a Muslim, one cannot single out the impact of Sunnah and hence it should be incorporated into our daily lives.

Following are the Sunnan of visiting and dealing in market places.

• Reciting the Dua While Entering the Market The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Whoever enters the market and says: 70 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all sovereignty and praise. He gives life and causes death, and He is living and does not die. In His hand is all good and He is Omnipotent over all things. Allah will wipe a million bad deeds from his record and grant him a million good deeds, and will elevate him.’”

• Do Not Be Extravagant While Shopping One should know that extravagance is a sin that is disliked and advised against by the great Allah. “O children of Adam! Attend to your embellishments at every time of prayer, and

eat and drink and be not extravagant; surely He does not love the extravagant.” (Surat Al Araf, Verse 31)

• Set Just Prices for the Products to be Sold

On learning that his companion Bilal had traded poor quality dates for high quality dates, the Prophet (peace be upon him) chided him for deceiving the buyers. Islam has no place for fraud and hoax. Hence, it is sternly advised not to swindle the buyers in the market place. May Allah make us steadfast upon our religion and make us among the inhabitants of Jannah. Ameen Web: aateam.org theislamicteam


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TRAVEL NEWS The World’s Longest Nonstop Air Journey Dubai-based Emirates airlines launched the world’s longest nonstop flight, estimated at 17 hours and 35 minutes, with its brand new service from its home base to

VISA-FREE VISIT TO GEORGIA George Janjgava, Georgia’s firstever ambassador to the Kingdom, revealed news of visa-free travel for Saudis and other GCC nationalities, allowing up to a 90 day stay per entry.

Panama City. Kicking off Feb. 1, the daily flight will travel a distance of 13,800 km and is capable of transporting up to 15 tons of cargo in addition to passengers.

Flynas & Pegasus Plans A new agreement between Pegasus and Flynas airlines allows Pegasus guests to fly to Riyadh and Jeddah via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, while

Flynas guests traveling from Riyadh and Jeddah can fly to Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Hatay and Trabzon via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen.

ALBANIAN AMBASSADOR CALLS ON SAUDI TOURISM In a recent interview with Sami Shiba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Albania to KSA, called upon Saudi travelers to explore Albania since it's a visa-free travel destination for Saudi citizens.

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Four destinations under four hours away (From the UAE) Beirut, Lebanon

Flight Time: 3 hours 10 minutes Price: SR 1,600 return, Emirates Airlines Stay Here: Phonenicia Hotel is located in downtown Beirut, presenting royal-like hospitality with rooms starting from SR 900.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Flight Time: 4 hours Price: SR 1,633, Fly Dubai Stay Here: Dating back to the 13th century, Dwarika’s Hotel presents traditional rooms starting from SR 1,225.

Amman, Jordan

Goa, India

Flight Time: 2 hours 55 minutes Price: SR 1,838 return, Emirates Airlines Stay Here: Four Seasons Amman offers classic luxury with striking views of the city’s Roman ruins. Rooms starting from SR 1,225.

Flight Time: 2 hours 50 minutes Price: SR 1,531 return, Air India Stay Here: Capella is tucked away in a private forest hill surrounded by jasmine and mango trees with rooms starting from SR 296.

4 TRAVEL DEALS TO CURB YOUR SAVINGS 1. London, England

3. Spain

Explore one of the busiest cities in the world with a package deal (flight and stay) starting from SR 2,041 per person for 3 nights and 4 days.

Get lost in Spain’s timeless towns of Madrid, Cordoba, and Barcelona for a stay starting from SR 2,593 per person 8 days and 7 nights tour flights starting from SR 1,309 per person.

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2. Sofia, Bulgaria

4. Thailand

Check out the ancient city of Sofia for a staggering package deal (flight and stay) starting from SR 2,952 per person for 3 nights and 4 days.

Adventure through the busy city of Bangkok and Pattaya with a package deal (flights and stay) starting from SR 2,920 per person for 4 nights and 5 days.

Web: musafir

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#CheeseOfEurope: CHEESE AND SWEATER WEATHER Camembert de Normandie, Livarot, Comté… Ooh La La! By Sumaiyya Naseem

DAY 1 Isigny-Sainte-Marie The dairy is located in Normandy, which was once considered one of the largest wetlands in Europe. The dairy farm is known for its butter, cream and cheese, all produced using the rich milk that comes from white and brown Normandy cows. The dairy produces two PDO approved cheeses; the Normandy Camembert and the Pont L’Eveque, the oldest Norman cheese still in production.

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The PDO is the highest grade of cheese certification in the EU.

The Famous Normandy Cow

Graindorge The Graindorge cheese plant is located in the Pays d’Auge countryside, in the heart of Normandy. At the dairy we learned the secrets behind producing PDO cheeses like Livarot and Camembert. The Graindorge is a family run business that has expanded over three generations of cheese makers. Using high quality raw milk, the dairy specializes in four PDO cheeses: Livarot, Pont L’Eveque, Camembert de Normandie and the Neufchatel.

Graindorge Cheese Plant

STAFF PHOTO/SUZAN ALQUASMI

The only cheese I ever knew was Almarai spread and the mozzarella on my pizza. The Cheese of Europe trip introduced me to a world of cheese with no limits. Our cheesy expedition was organized by Sopexa Middle East and sponsored by the European Union and CNEIL, the French Dairy Board.


DAY 2 Fromagerie Gaury We made our way to the Dijon Region where we visited the Fromageri Gaury. Raymond and Odette Gaury started the company in late 1940’s. In the ‘50s Raymond Gaury developed a soft cheese using washed rind, inspired by farmers who produced the famous Epoisses and Langres cheeses. Upon its discovery, the cheese gained popularity and is still produced today by Fromagerie Gaury. They are one of the few that still produce raw milk Epoisses.

DAY 3 Fromagerie Janin We journeyed deeper into Burgandy, into the Jura region with the Vosges mountain range in the periphery. Janin is another family run business that has been running for five generations of cheese makers who are passionate about Jura cheeses. They specialize in the PDO Morbier. In order to enahnce the taste, they add salt water to the

Janin Cheese Cave

wood that holds the cheeses. Typically, the cheese stays in the cellar for 60 days.

The Janin Family

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Fort des Rousses Our next stop was the Fort des Rousses, a cave-like structure that was built in 1841. It was previously used as a military fort near the Swiss border, and once housed 3000 men and 2500 horses. In the late 90’s, the impressive structure was converted into a cheese cellar for Arnaud dairy. The majestic stone arches give a natural “vault effect”, a condition that favors ideal cellar atmosphere for maturing cheese. Large machines are used to regularly flip the cheese on its shelf. The cheese available at Fort des Rousses are the PDO cheeses Comté, Mont d’Or and Morbier.

DAY 4 Caves Mons

Jean-Charles Arnaud, Manager of the Fort

Cheese making at Mons.

Old cheese making tools.

Mons employee washing the cheese with salt water.

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On the last day of the cheese tour we visited the Caves Mons, a cheese business started by Hubert Mons and his wife whose passion for cheese led them to turn it into a full-fledged enterprise. Mons cheeses are essentially made using raw milk with farmstead or traditional method. The cheeses are matured with a balanced alchemy between three decisive natural elements: water, air and temperature. The Mons cheeses include PDO Comte, PDO Mont d’Or and PDO Morbier.


Living Life on the Wedge Cheesemonger Francois Robin answers all your ‘cheesy’ questions.

What is a cheesemonger? A cheesemonger is a cheese specialist who can help customers find the perfect cheese for their taste.

How should cheese be stored at home? Store it in original wrapping, preferably with vegetables, but no direct contact. You can use food paper or plastic film but not aluminum foil.

Is it okay to eat the cheese rind? The only “rind” you cannot eat is the wax rind of Goudas and aluminum foils for blue cheeses. For all the French cheeses, especially PDO's, try a little bit of the rind and combine it with the middle part if you like the taste.

What affects the quality of the cheese?

The quality of a cheese is connected with the quality of

Francois Robin at the Mons Cheese tasting.

the milk, or rather the quality of food the animals are eating.

What’s the best cheese for Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?

The Brillat-Savarin (a double-cream cheese with an incredible texture and delicate milk taste), a Comté cheese aged around 18 months (buttery texture and crunchy crystals, easy to eat), and a semi-dry goat cheese such as Chabichou du Poitou, Picodon or Sainte-Maure de Touraine.

Robin with the #CheeseOf Europe tour.

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The World Renowned

Ja Manafaru

Luxury that celebrates the family. By Mehvish Irshad

The JA Resorts and Hotels prides itself on providing family friendly holidays with activities that cater to both adults and children of all ages. There is a CoolZone for children ages 3-12, the Chill Zone for children ages 8-16, along with a babysitting service, a dedicated pool service and daily activities that allow plenty of downtime for the parents while the little ones enjoy themselves.

A picture of idyllic Maldivian luxury, the JA Manafaru Hotel, located in Haa Alif, has 84 luxury beach villas, beach suites and over water villas that have private pools and spacious accommodation for the entire family. Making its mark on the world travel and tourism industry, JA Manafaru has received acclaim at the World Travel Awards 2016 by winning the title of the Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite and the Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite for its Royal Island Suite while the Enchanted Island Resort in Seychelles, also managed by JA Manafaru also won the award for Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2016 for its Owner’s Signature Villa. It has also carved a niche for

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Food lovers can dine in any of the seven lavish restaurants that also cater to the taste buds of children by offering a special menu that will suit the palettes of all children. They currently offer a Kids Go Free option where children can stay for free as long as they are accompanied by parents. The offer is valid until April 30, 2017. itself with its children friendly activities and entertainment which won it recognition as the Top Hotel/Resort for Families at the 2015 Travel Agents Choice Awards.

The acclaim and appreciation that JA Manafaru has received through awards is a testament to the heartfelt hospitality they offer their guests. Web: jaresortshotels.com


THE FIRST AUGMENTED REALITY ENABLED MAGAZINE IN KSA

Look for the Destination KSA AR+ logo on magazine pages

Download Destination KSA AR+ app Available on Google play for Android devices through the below QR Code

WHAT IS AUGMENTED REALITY?

Augmented reality is an advanced technology that enhances digital information with a live video. In other words, AR utilizes an existing picture and blends new data into it. This technology can offer numerous benefits for businesses; as it helps customers experience what your product has to offer in an entertaining attractive method. Experts refer to augmented reality as an artificial environment presented through the combination of real world and digital data.

WHAT IS DESTINATION KSA AR+?

Destination KSA AR+ is a mobile application through which Desitnation magazines evolved to Augmented Reality enabled magazines. We believe that through AR technologies the perception of printed media can be altered to the best. Combining printed media with AR technologies will enhance the reader experience enormously through: - Circularity of communication - Dynamic contents

Open the application and point the camera to the page with the AR+ icon and experience the magic.

- High degree of interactivity - Active enjoyment - Multi-mediality So enabling Destination magazines with AR technologies through the use of Destination KSA AR+ will definitely revolutionize the perception of its readers. Follow the instructions below to download the application and enjoy a whole new experience of Destination magazines. Reality has been Updated.

Scan the QR code to download the application from the App Store and Google Play, Destination KSA AR+ Application is developed and powered by Zeedia platform. www.zeedia.net

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EXPLORE KSA

BAY LA SUN HOTEL & MARINA award-winning getaway The perfect destination for business and leisure. Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina is managed by Saudi Arabia’s award-winning Al Khozama Management Company. It is the first deluxe hotel to welcome guests at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina was recognized as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Business and Leisure Hotel at the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards Ceremony in Dubai. The win was followed by yet another prestigious award; the Best MICE Hotel during the Haute Grandeur Awards’ Ceremony in Abu Dhabi. 80 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina enjoys success as one of the country’s leading destination hotels for both corporate and leisure guests. Dr. Nagy Arafat, the general manager of the hotel, commented on the occasion, “It’s an honor to receive such wonderful awards, especially that we were competing with some of the most established hotels in the Kingdom and the world. We’re truly thankful to everyone who contributed to our success, including our esteemed guests and our distinguished partners Emaar the Economic City, Al Khozama Management Company, and the Economic Cities Authority.” ADVERTORIAL

This double achievement is indeed an exceptional end -of-year reward for the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina management and staff, but surely not the first of its kind for the prestigious establishment. World Travel Awards recognized the hotel as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Destination Hotel 2014 and Saudi Arabia’s New Leading Hotel 2015. The hotel’s unique location in KAEC, the largest privately developed city in the world, contributes to its staggering success. Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina offers 189 deluxe


guest rooms and six executive suites. These are designed and furnished in a functional yet contemporary style with arabesque details, unobstructed panoramic sea views, and a luxury range of amenities.

Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina has earned its place on the local, regional and international hospitality map as a preferred “work, rest and play” destination.

Guests are welcome to enjoy dining and entertainment options like the Veranda Terrace, Seasons Restaurant, Corojo Cigar Lounge and Le Café Lounge are also available. Business community aside, the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina has also become a relaxing getaway for leisure travelers

and the premier destination for families and social events, north of Jeddah. A great variety of outdoor and indoor facilities await young and old whether on the marina promenade or at the neighboring Juman Park, where guests can enjoy green spaces, cycling and walking trails, a swimming pool, a mini golf zone and various other adventurous activities. Location: King Abdullah Economic City, Juman St. Tel: +966-12-5106400 Email: info@baylasunhotel.com Web: baylasunhotel.com baylasunhotel

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BAIT AL KATIB Once Home to King Faisal Of a gem hiding in Taif. By Mohammed Mirza

After seeing a photo of Bait Al Katib, my cousin asked, “this is Shobra Palace, right?” It was pretty surprising to me considering that he’s spent much of his life in Taif and has not only never seen it but doesn’t even know about it. To add to that, Bait Al Katib sits right in the heart of the city, in fact quite close to his own residence. The royal mansion sits so inconspicuously that one may just pass by it without even noticing it. A large tree obscures the view to the grandeur that is behind it. Perhaps the place may soar 82 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

in popularity once its doors are thrown open to tourists, especially amongst those who want more from Taif apart from the regular amusement parks and farm excursions.

Famous for being home to King Faisal, Bait Al Katib is one of the most remarkable historic structures in the city, second only to the Shobra Palace in terms of historic architecture.


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On our trip to it we first stopped over at a historic fort near Ash Shafa, which was much of a disappointment to us. What was left of the fort were its outer walls, some of which manage to stand despite years of rain, winds and encroachments. Turns out that we shouldn’t have followed the GPS to the fort as it was easily accessible via the main road that connects Ash Shafa to Taif. The GPS showed us a way through rough terrain, which felt even more rough in a sedan. Despite our GPS letting us down on our earlier visit to the fort, we still continued to abide by the GPS to take us to Bait Al Katib. This time it led us DESTINATIONKSA.COM 83


straight to the mansion. We hardly found any markings to it on the way. Right in front of it however was a board set up by the SCTA giving a brief description of the monument. There were school buses parked all around the house and a few people were sitting in its shade. It was one of those rare warm days in Taif. Though its wooden windows have faded in color, they still manage to create a striking contrast to the whitewashed walls. The lush trees just add to the composition. The structure is heavily influenced by ancient Roman architecture; the Roman pillars are an example of such. However, it’s not only limited to that as the building also carries Islamic designs and elements of archetypal Hijazi architecture as well. Bait Al Katib was constructed over a century ago in around 1897 AD by Mohammed Bin Abdul Wahed, a clerk of the Emir of the Hijaz. Taking 84 DESTINATION RIYADH DECEMBER 2016

around three years to build, the house heavily used the expertise of Turkish builders in using a combination of stone, lime and wood. The three storied palace is believed to have 45 rooms and was once surrounded by farms and orchards. The farms and orchards have been pushed away to the outskirts of the city and only a small garden can be seen next to the mansion. A few decades after its construction Bait Al Katib housed King Faisal when he was the viceroy of the Hijaz. It was eventually abandoned in the late 1960s and continues to remain in that state to this very day, except for the visitors picnicking in the luxuriant garden next to it. As per a news report in an Arabic daily, a Spanish company has been handed over the restoration works for the

mansion. Once restored it is to house a center for history. The main entrance of the mansion is on the rear side, next to a girl’s school, whose buses have surrounded the parking spots around the mansion. The palace seems to have been whitewashed recently, the cracks in its walls hiding behind the coated paint. But apart from its Roman columns one of its most striking features are its windows, arched and beautifully crafted. The niches of windows on each floor are distinctive from the others. Definitely, a sight worth seeing in the unofficial summer capital of the country. COORDINATES 21.268861, 40.399694


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THE STORY BEHIND THE SAUDI ARABIAN

NATIONAL ANTHEM Where did it come from? By Mohammed Mirza

The roots of the Saudi national anthem can be traced back to the year 1947, when King Abdulaziz was on a visit to Egypt. Next, the Egyptian composer Abdul Rahman Al Khateeb was approached to create a national anthem for Saudi Arabia and the tune of Aash Al Malek (Long Live the King) was born.

Fahd, poet Ibrahim Al Khafaji wrote the lyrics in 1984, which is the one that is still in use today. In current vernacular trend, the Saudi national anthem is referred to as Saar’ey, based on its incipit which literally means ‘hasten’.

It was officially adopted as the national anthem in 1950 but carried no lyrics at that time.

Hasten, To glory and supremacy. Glorify the Creator of the heavens

The music in the anthem carried a typical Arabian fanfare style, similar to the national anthems of other Arab states. The brass instrument version that we hear today is a later change made by Saudi musician Seraj Omar. Lyrics were added in 1958 that were written by Mohammed Talat, but these were rarely heard. Then at the order of King

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION

And raise the green flag, Carrying the written light reflecting guidance. Repeat: Allahu Akbar O my country, My country, Live as the glory of Muslims. Long live the King, For the flag And the homeland.


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MOSQUES IMAM TURKI BIN ABDULLAH MOSQUE One of the oldest

mosques in the city that is a reminder of Diriyah (old Riyadh). • Diriyah

KING KHALID GRAND MOSQUE One of the most

beloved mosques in the city. Umm Al Hamam

PRINCESS LATIFA BINT SULTAN MOSQUE

One of the most beautiful mosques in Riyadh. Adjacent to King Fahd entrance • Takhassussi St.

THE AL RAJHI GRAND MOSQUE The largest

Mosque in Riyadh. Kudai Rd.• Exit 15 • Web: grajhi.org.sa

AMERICAN 19TH CENTURY BURGER

Here’s where the classic taste of minced beef patties combined with fresh buns are available to you. Al Olaya. • Tel: 9200 33900

CHILI’S Classic American,

Texan and international tastes. As Sulimaniyah. • Tel: +966-11-293 4849

JOHNNY ROCKETS

Serve great all-American food in a timeless and fun environment. Al Olaya. • Tel: +966-11-2016667

SHAKE SHACK Serves the most

delicious burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard and more!. Localizer, Tahlia St.

STEAK HOUSE Steaks grilled to perfection over open fire to sear in the natural juices. Olaya, Thalatheen st. • Tel: 92000 7733 THE COUNTER Create your own burgers and make them special! Tahliah St. • Tel: +966-11-4643117

BRAZILIAN IL TERRAZZO A Brazilian barbecue restaurant overlooking Al Faisaliah Center’s beautifully landscaped plaza. . Al Olaya • Tel: 966-11-273 2222

CHOCOLATES ANOOSH Anoosh offers a variety of chocolates and mouth watering cookies. Al Imam Saud Ibn Abdulaziz Brandh Rd.. • Tel: 966-11263 1051 BOSTANI CHOCOLATE & GIFTS For chocolates, gifts and more. Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966-114163484

CHOCOLINE Flavor and

refinement meet to create an outstanding range of luxury chocolates. Al Olaya St.. • Tel: +966-11-4641172

GODIVA Godiva thrills thesenses and captivates the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere. Takhassousi St.. • Tel: +966-11-281 2000

PATCHI Embrace a culture and unique heritage of exceptional chocolate gifts that make life exquisite. Takhassousi St. • Tel: +966-11-4834464

COFFEE & TEA SHOPS STARBUCKS COFFEE

The true essence of coffee. Nothern Ring Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-112754367

TEA GSCHWENDNER

Their tea shops are staffed with tea enthusiasts dedicated to exploring the world of loose leaf tea. Al Olaya St.

FAST FOOD DOMINO’S PIZZA

An American pizza restaurant chain. AlUrouba St., Salah AlDin St., Khalid Ibn Alwaleed St., Prince Sultan St.• Tel: +966-11-419 3311 / +966-11478 1618 / +966-11-209 2420 / +966-11-464 0463

HARDEE’S

One of the best fastfood chain restaurants. Salah AlDin AlAyyubi Rd., Ar Rabi, King Fahd Branch Rd.• Tel: +966-11-479 3682 / 9200 01213

KFC

The largest chicken restaurant brand in the world. King Abdul Aziz Rd. • Tel: 920021111

MCDONALD’S

CAFE BATEEL Deluxe

chocolates, delectable dates, superb pastries and a vast selection of gourmet foods. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11-2936355 • Thalateen St. • Tel: +966-118107090 • Kingdom Center • Tel: +966-11-2112042

TALAH DATES Dates,

sweets, drinks, and the finest Arabian coffee. Al Orubah St. • Tel: +966-11-2173303

TMRYA TMREYA blends

authentic Arabian delicacies with contemporary global flavors to bring forth a unique world of confectionaries. Al Jawhara Complex, Al Alya • Tel: +966-112018299

FINE DINING CAFE BATEEL Provides a warm ambiance where you can enjoy extraordinary gourmet cuisine. A seamless blend of Mediterranean cuisine. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-112936355. • Olaya Dist., Tel: +96611-4103021

CRISTAL Award-winning

Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer incorporates the luxe ingredients into contemporary French fare with a Northern Spanish twist. Al Faisaliya Hotel • Tel: +966-11-273 2222

IL TERRAZZO A Brazilian

barbecue restaurant overlooking Al Faisaliah Center’s beautifully landscaped plaza. Al Faisaliya Hotel. • Tel: +966-11-273 2222

LA CUCINA One of the trendiest

restaurants in Riyadh with a contemporary, sophisticated design combined with innovative, modern Italian cuisine. Al Faisaliya Hotel. • Tel: +966-11-273 2000

I ’m lovin’ it! King Abdul Aziz Rd. • Tel: Takhassousi St.

NOZOMI The best Fine Dining

PANINO’S Hot sandwiches, salads and gourmet pizza. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-482 2100

TERRACE GRILL Best fine

PAPA JOHN’S

The third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world. Takhassousi Rd. • Tel: +966-11-480537

PIZZA HUT At Pizza Hut, we have one mission: to bring more flavor to life. Thumamah Rd. • Tel: 9200 00910 SUBWAY

Excellent taste, nutritious food choices. Olaya St. • Tel: 9200 12782

DATES ALWANI DATES Alwani dates

has its own farms, which produce many of the world famous verities of dates. Thalathin St. • Tel: +96611-293 2428

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experience As Sulimaniyah • Tel: +966-11- 415 2213

dining restaurant. A Premier restaurant of Riyadh. Marriott Hotel • Tel: +966-11-477 9300

THE ELEMENTS This multi-buffet

concept restaurant is the first of its kind in Riyadh, and serves up global cuisines from China, Japan, India and the Middle East, prepared to order from fresh ingredients. Four Seasons Hotel • Tel: +966-11-211 5500

THE GLOBE lords over dramatic

panoramic views of Riyadh Al Faisaliya Hotel • Tel: +966-11-273 2222

THE GRAND BAsed on a unique fusion of traditional recipes and modern culinary delights Burj Rafal, Hotel Kempinski • Tel: +966-11-511 7777 THE GRILL restaurant reflects the

spirit and energy of the flourishing international business city of Riyadh in its contemporary design with a traditional twist. Four Seasons hotel Tel: +966-11-2115500

TUGRA Emanating from the heart of the royal Ottoman Empire, Tugra is the calligraphic seal of the era’s Ottoman sultans. Burj Rafal, Hotel Kempinski • Tel: 966-11-511 7777

FRENCH ANTHURIUM TA french

restaurant Hidden with in the streets of Riyadh. Abdullah Al-Hamdan Street • Tel: +966-114661473

APETITE KITCHEN A Parisian inspired restaurant and lounge concieved to offer a unique and exclusive experience of lifestyle Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11-465 6491 CRÊPE CAFÉ Casual authentic crêperie. Riyadh Gallery • Tel: +96612-2634989 ERIC KAYSER Boutique bakery tradition meets global reputation at Maison Kayser, where the craft of exceptional quality is baked fresh every day. Garnada Mall Tel: 966-054 590 8907 FAUCHON A French cafe serving sandwiches, pastas, salads as well as sweets. Tahlia St. Tel: +966-11-465 6665

FRENCH BAKERY Top quality

and the best of tradition whilst embracing the greatest of what modern technology and thinking has to offer. Takhassusi Rd. Tel: +966-11 464 1441

FRENCH CORNER Riyadhs

French bakery pastry with an a la carte attractive french dishes.As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-464 5322

LENÔTRE

Cakes and chocolate for all tastes. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11- 279 1108

LE RELAIS DE L’ENTRECÔTE

Charming Parisian simplicity of unique dining in the cozy and warm interior of Entrecôte. Almas Plaza, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11 461 5058

PAUL French Restaurant, Cafe

& Bakery. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11416 9125

INTERNATIONAL AL BUSTAN RESTAURANT

Sumptuous international buffet renowned in the market for its quality and taste. King Abdullah Road • Tel: +966-11-454 3300

ART CAFE An Artistic Unique Concept Store and Cafe in Riyadh Centria Mall • Tel: +966-11-416 2990 BITE ME Fresh, handmade goodness, delivered to your doorstep King Khalid Rd. • Tel: +96611-440 4222


FUDDRUCKERS An American

International serving platters to your hearts extent. Sahara Mall • Tel: +966-11-4641650

LA BRASSERIE

One of the oldest International Restaurants in riyadh. King Fahad Road. • Tel: +966-11-273 2000

MOSAIC MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Al Wazarat District • Tel: +966-11-477 9300

ORJOUAN International Buffet Ritz Carlton Hotel • Tel: + 966-11-802 3833 SPAZIO Exceptional fine dining

in Riyadh, with a unique ambiance which could not be matched anywhere else in the City. Kingdom Tower • Tel: +966-11-211 1888

TOASTED An innovative and fresh approach to food. Rawdah St. • Mob: +966-12-2616747 TRADER VICS Trader Vic’s

restaurants is recognized across the globe through exotic cuisines and happily imbibe from a collection of expertly crafted libations. Panorama Mall. • Tel: +966-11-281 4782

ICE CREAM AMORINO Delicious and unique Gelato flavors Al Muhammadiyah

BASKIN ROBBINS STORE

Offers desserts like fondue, affogato and cakes, all in a family friendly restaurant environment. Ar Rabwa • Tel: +966-11-478 0108

ITALIAN AL FORNO CO Italian Pasta

restaurant Al Hamra • Tel: +966055 844 2255

FORCHETTA Fine Italian Dining you could find in the capital Khurais Rd. • Tel: +966-11-492 0097

IL GABBIANO Indulge in true

Italian flavor with a relaxing classic atmosphere. Al Olaya St.• Tel: +96611-461 6066

ITALIAN HOUSE Restuarant

with a unique Italian taste. King Fahad Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-419 8016

PIATTO Generous servings of fresh and authentic Italian dishes. Northern Ring Rd. • Tel: +966-11- 200 6868 PIZZA EXPRESS

Fresh pizzas. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2617037

PIZZA FUSION

Pizza Fusion: fresh, organic and eco-friendly. Al Olaya. • Tel: +966-11-463 3329

PIZZA ROMA

Go-to pizza place in town. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-462 9032

ROMA Authentic Italian

Restaurant in the city Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-464 1133

ROSSO Discover Taste the

Mini Icecream bites Takhassousi St.

freshest flavours, the hottest ingredients and the most talented Four Seasons chefs from around the globe. Four Seasons Hotel • Tel: +966-11-211 5500

FRESH BERRY Frozen yoghurt

ROSSOPOMODORO All our

DACTYLIFERA Chocolate and

with over 25 topping choices. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-253 5578

GODIVA The ultimate destination for chocolate lovers. Takhassousi St. • Tel: +966-11-281 2000

HAAGEN-DAZS Premium ice cream parlor. Stars Hayat Mall • Mob: +966-559576854

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY

Bringing happiness to every cup, cone, cake and pint. Takhassousi St. • Tel: +966-11-453 8746

MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT Frozen Yogurt made with our custom blend of flavors.Hitteen Plaza

PINKBERRY Pinkberry is a non fat frozen yogurt concept that offers a light and refreshing guilt free treat. Granada Mall • Tel: +966-11-253 4783

STICK HOUSE

A fun way to enjoying ice cream. Panorama Mall • Tel: +966-59 818 2204

ingredients come directly from the Neapolitan region of Campania. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-293 9565

MIDDLE EASTERN BURJ AL HAMMAM

Lebanese cuisine. • Tel: +966-114418441 / +966-11-4411401

FLAMINGO RESTAURANT

Al Olaya. • Tel: +966-11-461 2277

GRAND LEBANON RESTAURANT Lebanese

Restaurant. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-463 1888

KARAM BEIRUT

Mediterranean Restaurant As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-416 1717

LUSIN

Armenian Restaurant Centria Mall • Tel: +966-9200-02690

TAHIL RESTAURANT

Lebanese Armenian Restaurant Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-4667071

WADEK

A Gulf inspired Restaurant at the heart of riyadh Al Olaya966-11-463 4848

TURKISH ANATOLIA TURKISH GRILL One of the leading restaurants offering a truly memorable authentic Turkish dining experience. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-4626339

GULLUOGLU

INDIAN PALACE FOOD

Authentic Indian restaurant Al Quds.• Tel: +966-50 -211 2020

LA SANI

All time marvelous indian restaurant! Tel: + 966-11-464 6187

SHEZAN

Let the aroma of mixed spices drive you to the wonderful experience and delicacies of an Indian kitchen. Al Olaya. • Tel: +966-11-462 6608

Turkish Restaurant & Cafe known for its Baklawas King Fahad Road • Tel: +966-11-419 7840

SILVER SPOON INDIAN CUISINE

A restaurant chain that is true to the traditional recipes of south Anatolia. Tahlia St • Tel:+966-11288 6418

ZAIKA

KOSEBASI

TOP KAPI Blending history and

culture with a fresh outlook and a savory cuisine. Tahlia St • Tel:+96611-288 5457

CHINESE ASIANAT A Humble Asian Restaurant in northern Riyadh. As Sahafa district • Tel: +966-11-410 8404 DIAMOND Chinese Restaurant. Localizer Mall • Tel: +966-11-217 0125

GULF ROYAL CHINESE RESTAURANTAuthentic chinese

Restaurant. King Fahad BRanch Rd • Tel: +966-11-419 5288 / +966-138988887 / +966-13-8988887

MIRAGE The perfect Asian taste

in the city. Al Urubah Rd.• Tel: +96611-483 4127

NOODLE BOX

A fusion of Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese dishes with a modern look. Al Khalijiah Plaza. • Tel: +966-11-456 2920

PANDA EXPRESS

Chinese international franchise. As Sulaimaniya.• Tel: +966-11-415 4100

THE NOODLE HOUSE

Authentic Southeast Asian dishes over an open flame and in full view of the guests. Al Olaya St.• Tel: +966-11-293 9969

YUMMY WOK

Yummy Wok offers variety of Asian cuisine. Makkah Al Mukartamah Branch Rd.• Tel: +966-11-488 9166

INDIAN COPPER CHANDNI

An indian experience you wont find anywhere else. As Sulaimaniya. • Tel: +966-11-416 7000

The best indian food. Tel: +966-11-222 2332

Indian food and dining offering a high quality service and atmosphere. Al Olaya.• Tel: +966-11-461 6066

JAPANESE BENIHANA

Benihana restaurants are traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouses, featuring the Japanese cooking:”teppanyaki.” Northern ring branch Rd.• Tel: +96611-415 7878

KAMPAI Gourmet journey you

won’t forget anytime soon! As Sulaimaniya.• Tel: +966-11-461 7581

NOZOMI The best Fine Dining experience. As Sulimaniyah.• Tel:+966-11-415 2213

SUSHI YOSHI Sushi Yoshi is a leading Japanese restaurant with its own unique design that stands out from the rest. As Sulaimaniya.• Tel: +966-11-812 0055 TOKYO Acontemporary yet sophisticated dining experience to the heart of riyadh with a choice of a cooking station seating. Al Urubah Rd.• Tel:+966-11-4605672

DESSERTS & BAKERIES ANOOSH One of the best

Chocolate shops in the Kingdom selling the best cookies. King Abdullah Branch Rd. • Tel:+966-11-278 4297

CALIFORNIA BAKERY CAFE The Best cheesecakes in town. Al Faisaliya. • Tel: +966-11-293 4420

DIPLOMAT

One of the best sweets in town with amazing Baklawas. Al Ghadir.• Tel: +966-11-203 3652

HELEN’S BAKERY

We only bake original recipes using the best and freshest ingredients in the market. Al Urubah Rd. • Tel:+966-11-416 9734

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JAREER SWEETS A reputation for great taste, authenticity and value became a leading chain of pastry shops within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Malaz. • Tel:+966-11-477 3310

LITTLE FLORA Little Flora is the first online portal for flowers and gifting in Saudi Arabia. Ar-Rahmaniyah • Mob: +966583992223/ +966-593811137 • Web: littleflora.com

IKEA C’mon, it’s Ikea. East Ring Rd. Exit 16. • Mob: +96611-2442233. • Web: ikea.com

MUNCH BAKERY

MIX FLOWERS For pretty flowrs.

King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: +966-114653691 • Web: adwaa-studio. com.sa

If you are a person with a sweet tooth then here’s a haven you can indulge in. Abdullah Al Hamdan St.• Tel:+966-9200 15010

SAADEDDIN PASTRY

The best pastry and sweets in the city only in Saadeddin Pastry. Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman AlAwal branch Rd. • Tel:+966-11-471 4649

SUGAR SPRINKLES The cupcake shop. Takhassousi St.• Tel:+966-11229 0505

BOUTIQUES BRIDAL COUTURE BOUTIQUE Bridal gowns and veils. Al Olaya • Mob: +966-504308630 • Web: bridalcouture.com.sa

HARVEY NICHOLS

International luxury lifestyle stores specialising in brand name merchandise. Al Faisaliya Mall • Tel: +966-11-2734444 • Web: harveynichols.com.sa

RIVA

A unique brand for ladies and kids wear. Galleria Mall• Tel: +966-11-2078519 • Web: rivafashion.com/stores

CUSTOM THOBES AJLAN & BROS

Great fabrincs and quality. Olaya Dist. • Tel: +966-11-4665555 • Web: ajlanbros.com

LOMAR

Creative and modern thobes. Localizer Mall As Sulimaniyah King Abdulaziz Rd, Ar Rabi. • Tel: 920000554 • Web: lomar.sa

TOBY

Classic and modern brought together. Thalia St • Mob: +966-53621 2007 • Web: tobybyhatem.com

FLORISTS ALWAN FLOWERS

Pick and fall in love. Al-Sulimaniah, Abu Baker Alrazi St. • Tel: +966 11 2167410 • Web: alwanco.com.sa

GARDENIA

For pretty and fancy flowers. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11-216 6996 • Web: gardeniaonline.com

ILUBA FLOWERS

Longlife flowers live for over a year without water. Ar-Rahmaniyah • Mob: +966-11-281 7771 • Web: info@ilubasa.com

Ar-Rayan • Mob: +966-11-4916410 • Web: Mix_Flowers

NARDEEN FLOWERS GARDEN Flower shop. Al Rowdah Dist. • Mob: +966-112490972 • Web: Mix_Flowers

SPRING ROSE

PHOTOGRAPHERS ADWA STUDIO Females only

EXPOSURESA

Weddings, events, Sports, products and fashion.• Tel: +966590007001 • Web: exposuresa.com

MALAMEH ALFAN STUDIO

Moderate to high. Khurais st. - ALRayyan Dist. King Fahd st. - AL-Olaya Dist. King Abdullah st. - Al Warood Dist. Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz st. - Al-Nakheel Dist. • Tel: +966-112088369 / +966- 11-2167777 / +96611-4709029 / +966-11-4702226 • Web: springrose.com.sa

For women. Abdullah Ibn Sulaiman Al Hamadan Riyadh. • Mob: +966-553005522 • Web: malamehalfan.com

SPRING’S WEDDING

SARATOQA PHOTOGRAPHY

REEMA STUDIO

For portraits. Tahlia St. • Mob: +96611-293 1500

For nice springy flowers. Musaed Al Angari St. • Mob: +966-11-2791024 • Web: spring-weddings@hotmail.com

Young seasoned photographer. Centria Mall • Mob: +966-555441211

STYLE FLOWERS

SULTANA PHOTOGRAPHER

For a stylish set of flowers. Musaed Al Angari St. • Mob: +966-504237071

TULIP

For your celebrations. Musa Bin Naseer st. - AL-Olaya Dist. Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz st. - Al-Nakheel Dist. • Tel: +966-11-4645628 / +966-11-472230

FURNITURE @ROOM Furniture showroom. King Abdulaziz Rd. North. • Tel: +966-11-229 8457

ABYAT

Biggest selection of building supplies and home furnishing. Northern Ring Rd. Exit 6. • Tel: 8001215555 • Web: abyatonline.com

AYAR FURNITURE

Custom made fine furniture. Tahlia St. Intersection, Takhassusi St. • Mob: +966-11-4612757 • Web: ayar.comm

CLOSET WORLD

Costumize your own closet. Takhassusi St • Mob: +966-114889516 • Web: closetworld.com.sa

CITIES

Modern furtnitures. Centria Mall • Mob: +966-11-2180007 • Web: zoomcities.com

DAR AL HADAYA For modernized furnitures. • AlWoroud. Mob: +966-11-2155550. HOSHAN FURNITURE For

classic furnitures • Tahlia St. • Mob: +966-11-2933939. • Web: hoshangroup.com

ID DESIGN For modern furniture. • King Abduallah Rd. Raed Dist. Mob: +966-11-480 4885. • Web: iddesign.com

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Young passionate Saudi photographer. • Mob: +966554991154.

CLINICS ABAD SPECIALIZED CLINICS Provide patients with high-quality health care services. As Sulaimaniya. • Tel: +966-11-201 6677 • Web: abadclinics.com

AJMAL CLINICS

A range of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: 9200 10029 • Web: ajmalclinic.com

AVENUE MEDICAL CLINIC

Dedicated to enriching the quality of life of Riyadh community members and visitors. al Muruj • Tel: +966-11-200 0099 • Web: avenue.com.sa

CONSULTING CLINICS

Healthcare facilities. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-465 9100 • Web: consulting-clinics.com

DERMA CLINIC

Hair and skin care. Prince Sultan St. - Bin Homran Center • Tel: +966-11-465 0000 • Web: derma-clinic.com

DIMA DENTAL

A group of specialized dentists in all aspects of dentistry. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-466 1200 • Web: dimadental.com

HALA CLINICS

Medical and health care facilities. Takhassousi St. • Mob: +966-56 527 0000 • Web: halahclinics.com

MUROONA SPINE & JOINT Specializing in CLINIC

Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Rock Taping, and Foot Orthotics treatment for a hands-on, drug free rehabilitation. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-466 1664 • Web: muroona.com.sa

SIGAL DENTAL CLINIC

To provide dental care for our patients in a convenient place. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-464 8060 • Web: sigalclinics.net

SPECIALIZED CLINICS

One of the newest and finest medical centers in Riyadh. Kharaid Rd. • Mob: +966-56 215 4241 • Web: spclinic.net

GYM & HEALTH CENTERS 9ROUND

Personal trainers who work with you every step of the way. Al Wahah. • Mob: +966-54 104 8687 • Web: sa.9round.com

BODYMASTERS

Offer a wide range of fitness services to its members. As Sahafah • Tel: 9200 006269 • Web: bodymastersksa.com

FIT FOREVER FITNESS

One of the most professional gyms in Riyadh. King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11810 0111 • Web: fffksa.com

FITNESS FIRST One of the world’s leading health and fitness companies. Riyadh Gallery • Tel: 966-11-217 9674 • Web: fitnessfirstme.com FITNESS TIME P rovide the best sports and fitness services. King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd. • Tel: 9200 03131 • Web: fitnesstime.com.sa GOLD’S GYM ELITE

Designed to empower and guide women to reach their personal health and wellness goals. Al Khaldiaha • Tel: +966-11-219 0044 • Web: goldsgym.com/riyadh

KORE STUDIO

Boutique health club. Al Khuzama Dist. • Tel: +966-11-482 0003 • Web: korestudios.net

LUTHAN WELLBEING STUDIO

Offers personalized approach to total body transformation. Al Raed Rd. • Tel: +966-11-480 7799 ext.312 • Web: luthanhotel-spa.com

NUYU

A stunning chain of fitness centres, inspiring the women of Riyadh to get active and stay active. Al Muruj • Tel: +966-11214 3710 • Web: nuyu-ksa.com

SPECTRUM WELLNESS FOR Fitness center WOMEN

for women in Riyadh and Khobar. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-216 5522 • Web: spectrum4women.com

HOSPITALS AL JAFEL INTERNATIONAL Safe and high HOTEL

quality healthcare services. Western Ring Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-430 0387 • Web: jafel-hospital.sa


AL JAZEERA HOSPITAL

Provide healthcare. Al Nasim Al Gharbi • Tel: +966-11-238 8888 • Web: aljazeerah-hospital.com

DALLAH HOSPITAL

Bring peace of mind for the thousands of patients everyday. Nakhil • Tel: 9200 12222 • Web: dallah-hospital.com

KINGDOM HOSPITAL

To deliver high quality costeffective healthcare with a sense of compassion and dignity. Ar Rabi • Tel: +966-11-2751111 • Web: khccgroup.com

KING FAISAL SPECIALIST RESEARCH CENTER

HOT STONE Offers the finest treatments and services delivered by Licensed Estheticians, Massage Therapists, Hair Stylists and Nail Technicians. Takhassousi Rd. • Tel: +966-11-419 7335• Web: hotstone-spa.com LUTHAN WELLNESS The SANCTUARY

Wellness Sanctuary is an allencompassing life enhancement center.Al Raed Rd. • Tel: +966-11480 7799 ext.240 • Web: luthanhotelspa.com

MATAM BEAUTY SALON

Beauty services. Abi Dhar Al Ghaffara • Tel: +966-11-492 4089

Enables users to access their health care records anywhere anytime. Makkah Al Mukarramah Branch Rd. • Tel: 9200 12312 • Web: kfshrc.edu.sa/ wps/portal/En

MY NAIL SPA All things nails - beauty and care. Exit 2 • Mob: +966-53582 3333 • Web: instagram.com/my_nails_spa

RIYADH CARE HOSPITAL

The first integrated women’s center that gather all the requirements of modern women in fashion, fitness and beauty. Al Athra • Tel: 9200 02486 • Web: wesamfashion.com/index.php

One of the leading hospitals in the Kingdom. Unayzah St. • Tel: 9200 00459 • Web: riyadhcare.med.sa

OLAYA MEDICAL CENTER

A multi-specialty medical centre. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +96611-464 5501 • Web: omc.com.sa

SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL

The largest leading heath provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As Sahafah • Tel: +966-112685555 • Web: ryd.sghgroup.com.sa

SPECIALIZED MEDICAL CENTER (SMC)

The largest private hospital in Riyadh with 500 beds capacity. Web: smc.com.sa • Tel: +966-11-4160300

SULAIMAN AL HABIB Complete HOSPITAL

medical care. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11462 2224 • Web: hmg.com.sa

SPA & BEAUTY CENTERS BEAUTYOU

A warm and friendly beauty & spa center. Musa Ibn Nusair • Mob: +966-56561 1193 • Web: beautyou-ksa.com

DIAMOND BEAUTY CLINIC

Offer state of the art beauty services. Exit 5 • Tel: +966-114955044 • Web: dbclinics.com

FOUR SPA

Spa treatments, nails, hair and beauty salon. Diplomatic Quarter • Tel: +966-11-2014444 • Web: four.com.sa

GERMANY BEAUTY CENTER

Rejuvunating the mind and body. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-4646 0204

HAIR & SKIN CARE CENTER

Deals with all skin problems. Al Hajjaj Al Fahri • Tel: 9200 00037

WESAM WORLD FASHION

PEST CONTROL HIT PEST CONTROL

One of the leading pest & termite control establishments. •Tel: +96611-471 6853 • Web: hitpest.com

TRAP PEST CONTROL

Become one of the leading pest control companies in Saudi Arabia. • Tel: +966-11-228 2420 • Web: trappestcontrol.com

HOTELS AL FAISALIYA HOTEL Featuring 224 rooms and suites, standstoday at the intersection of ancient Middle Eastern tradition and cosmopolitan sophistication. King Fahad Road • Tel: +966-11-273 2000 • Web: alfaisaliahhotels.com

BURJ RAFAL KEMPINSKI Situated in the heart of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia offering a spa and signature restaurants. As Sahafah • Tel: +966-12-694 4777 • Web: kempinski.com

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL A luxury hotel or resort around the globe for your vacation, wedding or business travel. Kingdom tower • Mob: +96611-211 5000 • Web: fourseasons. com/riyadh

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL One of the world’s leading global hotel brands. AbdulAziz St. • Tel: +966-11-4791234 • Web: radissonblu.com

RIYADH INTERCONTINENTAL

INTA A professional tour operator and travel agent. Dammam Rd. • Mob: +966-50 248 5555 • Web: intagency.com SAUDI INTERNATIONAL One TRAVEL AGENCY

Combines 21stcentury facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality. Al Mutamarat • Tel: +966-11-4655000 • Web: ihg.com

of the leading companies in travel & tourism. King Abdul Aziz • Mob: +966533264028 • Web: ritzcarlton.com

RIYADH MARRIOTT HOTEL

HAYA TOUR A licensed tour

Combines style and substance, with 5-star accommodations and the unparalleled level of service. King Saud Road• Tel: +966-11-4779300 • Web: marriott.com

SHERATON RIYADH HOTEL & TOWERS Located

in the heart of Riyadh. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-4543300 • Web: sheratonriyadh.com

THE RITZ CARLTON

Catering to discerning guests is at the foundation of The Ritz-Carlton. Makkah Road • Tel: +966-11-802 8020 • Web: ritzcarlton.com

TRAVEL AGENCIES ACE TRAVEL

Agency with locations throughout the kingdom; includes online air travel, hotel reservations and car rental. As Sulaimaniya• Tel: 920002278 • Web: ace-travel.com

AL KHALAF TOURS

Travel and transportation agency. Awf Ibn Abdulrahman • Tel: +966-112877700 • Web: alkhalaftravel.com

AL MAJDOUIE TRAVEL AGENCY A reputable

travel agent who provides complete solution for travel needs. Al Malaz • Mob: +966-11-4780965 • Web: almajdouie.com

TOUR OPERATORS operator in Riyadh. Al Nozha Dist. • Tel: +966-11-450 7167 • Web: hayatour.com

JAWLAH TOURS First destination

management company in Saudi. Awf Ibn Abdulrahman • Tel: +966-114816508 • Web: jawlahtours.com

MASAWIFE TOUR OPERATOR

Providing comprehensive service for group and individuals from and to the country. Al Wadi • Mob: +966-53 2771133 • Web: masawife.com

SARH COMPANY One of the leading tour operators of Saudi Arabia. Kharis Branch Rd. • Tel: +96611-4341111 • Web: alsarhtours.com

CAR SERVICES AL WEFAQ RENT A CAR Local

car rental across Saudi Arabia King Fahd St. • Tel: +966-11-4012949 • Web: alwefaq.com

AUTO WORLD RENT A CAR Car rental to get around the city. Eastern ring Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-492 8080 • Web: autoworld.com.sa

AVIS A stress-free car rental

experience by providing superior services that cater to the customers’ individual needs. King Abdul Aziz St. • Tel: +966-11-4549614 • Web: avis.com.sa

AL TAYYAR TRAVEL

BEST RENT A CAR Car Rental. Al Ghadeer Dt. • Tel: +966-11-2245212 • Web: bestrentacar.com.sa

ATTAR TRAVEL

BUDGET Provide the flexible leasing program to meet your specific long term car rental needs. Al Murabba • Tel: +966-11-4036664 • Web: budgetsaudi.com

Book your flights and hotels online. Kharis Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2653926 • Web: altayyargroup.com The first and oldest travel agency in Saudi Arabia. Al Olaya• Mob: +966-53 2661217 • Web: attartravel.com

COZMO TRAVEL

Offer customized travel solutions for both independent and corporate travelers. King Faisal Road • Tel: +96611-4818600 • Web: cozmotravel.com

CAREEM The Middle East’s leading private car booking service. • Tel: 9200 33786 • Web: careem.com/riyadh EASY TAXI The number one taxi

solution for customers. AlMurabba • Tel: +966-11-2719333 • Web: easytaxi.com

An oasis of comfort and amenities in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-419 9995 • Web: accorhotels.com

FLYIN.COM

First and only online travel agency. King Fahad Branch Rd. • Tel: 9200 25959 • Web: flyin.com

HERTZ Car rental ith all the best

HOTEL NOVOTEL RIYADH

FURSAN TRAVEL

V-KOOL SAUDI glass solar control window films. As Sulaimaniyaha • Tel: +966-11-293 6969 • Web: v-kool.com

With 166 elegant rooms and refined suites, the 5-star Novotel Riyadh Al Anoud is sure to please every guest.King Fahad Road Tower• Tel: +966-11-2882323 • Web: novotel.com

A leading travel management company in KSA. Abi Bakr As Siddiq Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2636211 • Web: fursan.com.sa

offers and deals on cars. King Khaled Airport • Tel: 9200 05561 • Web: hertz.com

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UBER To passengers, Uber is essentially synonymous with taxis, and to drivers, it’s basically a referral service. • Web: uber.com/ cities/riyadh

A Kindergarten following a Montessori method of education. • Al Wady Dt. • Tel: +966-11-2005565 • Web: myschool.com.sa

SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES

COMPOUNDS

ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL English schools from

AL BUSTAN VILLAGE

One of the most sought after compounds in Riyadh. Al Arid • Web: albustanvillage.com

Pre-KG to Grade 12. King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: +966-11-4738555 • Web: aisriyadh-sabis.net

AL HAMRA OASIS VILLAGE

AL NOOR INTERNATIONAL

One of Riyadh’s premier compounds consisting of 404 residential units: all of which have very tasteful furniture and fittings, meeting high standards. Ash Shuhada. • Tel: +966-11-2490440 • Web: alhamra.com.sa

SCHOOL International School with high values in the capital. Al Wisham • Tel: +966-11-4030673 AL YASMEAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

The School offers wholesome education that takes care of the all-round development of every child. ASalah Aldin al Ayyubi • Tel: +966-11-478 8815 / +966-11292 1510 • Web: alyasmin.org

AL JAZEERA BADR SUPER Two DELUXE VILLAS

floor villas that are furnished luxuriosly in the east of Riyadh. Al Rayyan St. • Tel: +966-11-492 1135 • Web: badercompound.com/en/ Pages/default.aspx

DREAM INTERNATIONAL

SCHOOLS Specialists who have a certain vision to create healthy, Educational and attractive environment. • Abi Bakr As Siddiq Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-4545608 • Web: dream-schools.com.sa

AL NAKHEEL VILLAGE

Beautifully landscaped lush green areas and all the elements of comfort to residents. Garnata Dt. • Tel: +966-11-2403478 • Web: nakheelvillage.com

KINGDOM SCHOOL

AL WAHA RESIDENTIAL Fully COMPOUND

facilitated residential compound with a 24 hour security. Al-Khuzama • Tel: +966-11-4864711 • Web: arecoalwaha.com/Home/Contact

CALIFORNIA RESORT One of

the most unique and prestigious compounds in Riyadh. • Qortuba Area Tel: +966-11-248 4444• Web: california-riyadh.com/index.php

ISHBILIA COMPOUND

THE REEF COMPOUND

Attractive & traditional Villas • Al Waseel Rd. • Mob: +966562222077 • Web: reefcompound.com

KINDERGARTENS

Conveniently tucked-in away from street noice, midway between the city of Riyadh. It offers beautifully landscaped lush green areas and all the elements of comfort to residents. King Abdullah Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2406500

AL FURSAN

LAPALMA VILLAGE

place, which is designed to foster language & social development. Mohammed Ibn Uthaim St. • Tel: +966-11-2146665 • Web: blossomsksa.com

Luxury residential community in a contemporary western accommodation, carefully designed from the ground – up for the enjoyment and safety for future residents. North of Riyadh • Tel: +966-11-4914400 • Web: lapalma.sa/riyadh-en

RANCO VILLAGE COMPOUND

Rich selectuon of affordable villas which consist of restaurants, mini shopping mall, parks and other facilities. Khurais Rd. • Tel: +966-11-492 4411 • Web: ranvil.com

International schools and pre school. Al Izdehar • Tel: 92000 4202 • Web: fis.sch.sa/ PRE-KINDERGARTEN

BLOSSOMS PRESCHOOL & A KINDERGARTEN

CHILDHOOD STEPS

Designed to provide fun, good health, safety and the best education needed in early childhood. Al Tougably • Tel: +966-11415 7255 • Web: childhoodsteps.com

DRAGON FLY Preschool and Kindergarten • Mob: +966-504189863 • Web: facebook.com/Dragonfly-EnglishKindergarten-185160721532918

GROWING MINDS

Pre-School and Activity Center Northern Ring Rd. Exit 9 • Tel: +966-11-248 4806 • Web: growingmindsriyadh.com

ISHBILIA KINDERGARTEN

Multinational School in Riyadh. • Al Baraka St. • Tel: +966-11240 6960 • Web: mns-kgr.com

KIDS WORLD

The program is play-based with lots of different activities to encourage learning. Sulaimaniya Area • Tel: +966-400 6000 • Web: kidsworldschool.net

LITTLE ANGELS A Montessori Preschool. Eid Compound • Tel: +966-11-2493400 • Web: littleangelsriyadh.com MAMA ET MOI

A vibrant community, where children learn not only the skills but also the values that will prepare them for the next stage of their lives at school and beyond. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-4649666 • Web: britishislamicschool.com

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Provide quality education that is based on highly qualified teachers, comprehensive curricula and effective learning methods. Al Andalus St. - Maghrabi Dist. • Tel: +966-11-2755555 • Web: kingdomschools.edu.sa

KING FAISAL SCHOOL

A rigorous national and international program of study. Diplmoatic Quarters • Tel: +966-114820802 • Web: kfs.sch.sa

MANARAT AL RIYADH One

of the top international schools in the city. • Tel: +966-11-4509916 • Web: manaratriyadhen.maarif.com.sa

MULTINATIONAL SCHOOL Welcoming all children to achieve their ambitions and reach their full potential. Al Falah • Tel: +966-11-2751751 • Web: mns-r.com

RIYADH NAJED SCHOOL

Delivering top quality Education and Growth. Al Hamra • Tel: +966-112491616 • Web: rns.sch.sa

ROWAD AL KHALEEJ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Empowering students to think creatively, to value diversity, and to pursue passion. • Uthman Ibn affan Rd. • Tel: 9200 33011 • Web: rowadalkhaleej.edu.sa

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