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ATHARNA

A STORY OF IDENTITY, COMMUNITY AND DIGNITY

ISSUE 50 APRIL 2017


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FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to our social responsibility issue Riyadhis! With spring comes spring-cleaning. And we, my dear Riyadhis, need to clean up more than our dusty corners. We as a community need to collectively clean up our act. It is each of our social responsibility. This is the issue where we shed light on some of our community saviors. These fighters struggle on our behalf to either pave the way for us or help us carry unseen loads. Check out our special feature for a pan KSA solute to some do-gooders, from individuals to companies. It features people who have contributed significantly to each respective region in their own way. Our business section, however, is dedicated to Saudi pioneer and trailblazer Deemah Alyahya as she recounts her journey as a Saudi female first, from obstacles to victories. If you’re a proactive Riyadhi that loves food, as always we’ve got you covered. From curbing food waste in Respect the Bread to eating healthy in Socially Conscious Foodie, we’re offering up solutions. Living better is a community effort. We all need to pitch in and help propel each other forward. If there’s one thing we know about us Riyadhis, it’s that we stick together. Let’s show them how glue works, and band together.

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Editor-in-Chief Enas Hashani Managing Director Maria Mahdaly Executive Editor Bassma Al Toaimi Regional Editorial Manager Jou Pabalate Regional Editor Areeb Al Shathri Senior Editor Caroline Hillier Contributing Writers Alwaleed Alkaied Hajer Al Alwan Haseena Bano Lina Al Faris Mohammed Mirza Nelly Attar Nour Kouatli Reem Zahid Seyma Saricimen Sumaiyya Naseem Art Director Reem Al Assal Junior Art Director Salma Ghulman Studio Manager Mohamed Fawzy Senior Graphic Designer Mohammed Rashad Graphic Designers Abdulaziz Dhabban Lama Alsharqawi Suzan Al Quasmi Photographers Abdulrahman Ba’Ali Alzahra Aldawood Areeb Al Shathri Hajer Al Alwan Lina Mohammed Mohammed Deghaishim Nawaf Al Farraj Rayan Nawawi Digital Marketing Executive Hurreia Balouch Social Media Agent Reema Al Humaid Web Admin/Associate Editor Swalah Eshki Zahra Anwer Editorial Contribution editor@destinationksa.com Public Relations and Events pr@destinationksa.com

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F E AT U R E D C O N T E N T

THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ISSUE 14 BUSINESS

52 DINING AROUND TOWN

• Scoop: Shake Shack Opens New Locations • The Socially Conscious Foodie: Be Responsible • Cooking With a Cause: Eman Gazzaz and Saudi Cuisine

• Be Indispensable - Meet Deemah Alyahya, the First Saudi Woman Leader at Microsoft Arabia

18 SPECIAL FEATURE

• Social Responsibility Personalized: A Look Into Saudi Arabia’s Outstanding Citizens and Initiatives

62 HEALTHY LIVING • A Healthier You:

Shake That Salt Habit • Your Monthly Dose of Fitness: Eco-Friendly • Fitbits With Fitlee: Office Workouts

28 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Our Talk with Princess Najla

bint Ahmad, Founder of Atharna • In the Spotlight: Short Saudi Film, “Tongue”

HANA'A ISKANDER, CARRYING THE TORCH OF A LEGACY, P. 18

A one-on-one with the talented men behind Sand Geist on p. 34

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Fashion Forward Dubai • Saudi Represented at London Modest Fashion Week

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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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1. Fitness First Launches Women Only Gyms in KSA

2. The Great Tedx Took Place at PSU

The Middle East’s largest fitness brand confirmed the launch of women only clubs, coming soon in KSA. This revolutionary announcement is set to make an enormous impact on the Saudi female population. Fitness First has always been one of the best in the country; we're glad women will finally be included.

Tedx at Prince Sultan University (PSU) brought together great people with great ideas to share and inspire the audience to do more, to be better and to live more successfully. The annual event took place at PSU campus for students and the public on Feb. 25. It was an interesting event and we demand more!

2. 3. A’raba Food Truck Festival

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This festival was a one of a kind event that featured the widest range of food trucks Riyadh has ever seen alongside aircraft, parachute and even comedy shows! It was for all family members to enjoy, providing an old school arcade and all-the-rage VR games.


4. IKEA Donates a Whopping SR 350,000 to Charity IKEA wrapped up their Let’s Play for Change campaign and it was revealed that the Saudi Arabian edition of the company donated SR 350,000 to Disabled Children Association (DCA).

4. 5. Al Faisal Sixth Career Fair

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Al Faisal University opened its doors to anyone who was jumping into the business world and provided career options as part of the university's efforts in community service and promoting social responsibility. Students had the opportunity to link with exhibitors.

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6. International Book Fair Is Back at It The annual book fair once again opened its doors to the booklovers of Riyadh, bringing publishers from across the world at the Riyadh International Exhibition Center. With their selection of Arabic, English, education books and novels, the focus on children's books was definitely a major plus.

8. 7. Muse Art Expo

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Muse art exhibition was held at Prince Sultan University Women's college, organized by the art club in collaboration with the ID department. The event supported PSU emerging artists. It held many activities such as live art show, music, interactive games as well as food trucks and cafes.

8. McDonald’s Happy Meal Box Artists An event was held to celebrate the winners, Arwa Fadaag, Omnia Radwan, and Joe Al Feghaly, and it was attended by representatives from the Chamber of Commerce. Their artwork was featured on Happy Meal boxes from March 11 24. The Happy Meal artists left happy indeed.

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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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RIYADH TRAVEL FAIR 2017 Countries gather with regional and international exhibitors representing tourism authorities and companies.

REVEAL An opportunity to experience Riyadh in five different Zones: fashion, health, technology and entertainment.

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ANTIGRAVITY FITNESS FUNDAMENTAL 1 The basics of antigravity. Location: Spectrum Tel: +966-11-2165522 Mob: +966-532579914 Web: spectrum4women.com

HR INNOVATION SUMMIT GLOWORK A two-day program specially designed to create opportunities to meet and learn from regional HR business leaders. Location: Narcissus Hotel Web: hrisglowork.com

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ARABIAN NIGHTS The carnival is inspired by the diversity and beauty of our rich Arabian culture and aims to support local and international NGOs. Location: Al Faris International School Mob: +966-553310575 Email: fisarabian@gmail.com

ART OF ORIGINALITY EXHIBITION The exhibition will gather top upscale selection of the latest designs of abayas, jelabeyat and dresses. Location: Al Khozama Banqueting and Conference Mob: +966-563037142 Email: artoforiginality@gmail.com


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FITNESS INSTRUCTOR SPECIALIST TRAINING Train and become a specialist. Location: Spectrum Tel: +966-11-2165522‫‫‬ Mob: +966- 532579914 Web: spectrum4women.com

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VOX An interactive art event hosted by 2 artists collaborating for the first time targeting all art enthusiasts. Location: Naila Art Gallery Mob: +966-505472277 Web: voxevent.sa@gmail.com

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AKALEEL EXHIBITION 2017 Exhibition to showcase top fashion, perfume, designs, jewelers, medical centers and sweets. Location: Four Seasons Hotel Mob: +966-558139680

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BURHA An art event held in the new artspace that just opened in town. Location: Wamdah Artspace

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Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tel: +966-11-2795129 Email: riyadh@world-luxury-group.com Web: world-luxury-expo.com

Location: Al Khozama Hall Time: 4 - 11 p.m. Email: info@hekayhebdaa.com

AMERICAN EXPRESS WORLD LUXURY EXPO An exhibition featuring the world’s ultra-luxury brands.

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HAKAYA RAMADAN EXPO The exhibition will include everything related to Ramadan, from jewelry and decorations to delicious food.

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COMMUNITY

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CAMEL FESTIVAL Riyadh is going to witness beauty of the beasts this year.

Mazayen Al Ibl, which once was a local desert custom, has now evolved into a full fledged contest, being organized under the patronage of the Riyadh-based King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (KAFRA). With the aim of promoting the history and heritage of the Kingdom, the Arabian Peninsula, as well as the wider Arab and Islamic world, KAFRA was founded in 1972 and is under the management of a board of directors, chaired by King Salman. And what’s more exciting is the fact that this year, our very own Riyadh is going to host the heritage festival. With an expected participation of over 30,000 camels, the 8

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festival is being held till April 15. The beauty pageant style Camel Festival attracts a large number of proud camel owners throughout the GCC, who travel long distances with the hopes of having their camels outshine the rest. The event also attracts over 2 million attendees from across the globe. The organizers of the festival plan to transform the event into an international festival within the framework of the Saudi Vision 2030.

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ALZHEIMER CONFERENCE IN RIYADH

HAND IN HAND, WE CAN

Six of Saudi's top athletes teamed up as part of a new campaign to inspire the Saudi youth and celebrate their unity. Titled Hand in Hand, We Can, the initiative aims to support the wave of positivity among the youth in KSA. Pepsi is also set to build the biggest digital screen in KSA. Saudis can share their message of personal

achievement and national pride on the screen by using Consumers can use the hashtag with the geo-targeted filter on Pepsi Arabia’s Snapchat account to join the campaign. Inspired by the collective conversation generated through this, a Saudi artist and singer/songwriter will compose KSA’s first crowdsourced national song.

Under the patronage of Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Charity Society for Alzheimer Patients held a threeday conference starting from Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 in Riyadh. The event discussed international developments in the diagnosis, treatment and optimal caretaking of patients.

THUMBS DOWN

THUMBS UP

DIRTY HIGHWAY SERVICE STATION TOILETS The conditions of the toilets on the way from Riyadh to Makkah or Madinah are outrageously and shockingly dirty. Let’s make sure that the condition of the toilets does not tarnish the image of Saudi and Muslims. As a traveler make sure you’re not being part of the problem as well. We hope motorists and pilgrims will soon see upgraded rest stops offering hygienic toilets, clean mosques, good food and quality car repair services on the highways.

Reuse of Damaged Tables What a wonderful creative idea by an arts teacher to recycle damaged desks and turn them into file organizers. The director of education in Riyadh also praised this initiative.

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YES, SHE CAN A historic event highlighting Saudi women. By Hajer Al Alwan

Thanks to the patronage of Princess Lamia bint Majed, CEO of Alwaleed Philanthropies, Saudi Arabia recently had its very first Saudi Women Conference at the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue in Riyadh.

The conference held two panels: one about the evolving role of Saudi women in the business market and the challenges they face today, and the other about the role of Saudi women in the media.

Adwa Al Dahkeel continues to inspire crowds.

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Strategic Partnership Division at the United Nations; and guest of honor Monique Villa, a journalist and CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Thomson Reuters Foundation and Alwaleed Philanthropies partnered and initiated the first women’s course on journalism in Saudi Arabia called Reporting Women, where a number of Saudi women journalists were selected to receive extensive advanced training on reporting strategies and tactics. The course encouraged them to take on the market of journalism on a larger and more in depth scale.

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Under the theme of Saudi Women Can, the conference highlighted Saudi women’s achievements and growth through history in education and the job market. More importantly, the event hosted several Saudi women icons, from entrepreneurs to mountain climbers and inventors to journalists, which filled the space with an inspiring and compelling energy we all drew from and went back home feeling very empowered.


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Alf Darb and Volunteering By Alf Khair

Alf Darb, Alf Khair’s core initiative, is a training curriculum aimed at individuals who want to join the workforce or improve their engagement and productivity levels at work, with a focus on values and attitudes for excellence. The Alf Khair team recently finished training nearly 100 individuals from numerous backgrounds. Some of the organizations that collaborated with Alf Darb include LV, Carrefour and Princess Nourah University. Here are some volunteering tips from Alf Khair to help you get started:

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ORGANIZATIONS 1. Identify

• Purpose and benefits of having volunteers on board. • Volunteer profiles (i.e. age, gender, background, etc.) • Where to find your potential volunteers.

2. Outreach

• Make an announcement calling for volunteers. • Reach out to organizations, universities, and/or schools. • Ensure there is a main contact person from your organization, to attend to all volunteer requests.

3. Meeting Time

• Meet with potential volunteers and give them a general briefing about your organization, why you are scouting volunteers, and benefits of helping your organization. This step is essential to the process.

• Introduce the various roles. • Inform volunteers of the next few steps, mention follow-up trainings.

4. Follow Up Training • Task-specific training.

• Designate team leaders, and inform all volunteers of the sequence and chain of volunteers. • All ambiguity should be addressed at this time. Provide FAQ sheet for volunteers to review and refer to. • Rehearse at the venue.

5. Appreciation

• Certificates for volunteering, post event. • Maintain a fruitful relationship. • Involve them in other activities, and call for further support in other occasions.

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Tips from the team of experts.


During the demanding and stressful hours of volunteering, remember: VOLUNTEERS 1. Identify

• How much spare time do you have? • Why do you want to volunteer? What can you contribute? • What are your strengths and weaknesses? • What companies are aligned with your values?

• You are all giving back to society.

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• You are learning valuable skills.

3. Meeting Time/Follow Up Trainings

• Make a good first impression. • Attend all volunteer meetings and trainings. • BE ON TIME, always. Volunteering your time is not an excuse for being late.

4. Appreciation

2. Outreach

• Don’t just provide the bare minimum. Go the extra mile.

• Drop the company a call or an email. Be proactive, not passive.

• Remain in contact with the companies you volunteer for, and build a good business network.

• Reach out!

• Volunteering connects you with others in your community. • It brings fun and fulfillment to everyone’s life.

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BUSINESS

BE INDISPENSABLE Meet the first Saudi woman leader at Microsoft Arabia. By Areeb Al Shathri

Tech pioneer Deemah Alyahya is what we like to call an OG. She fell in love with computers before the Internet was even introduced to Saudi. For the millennials reading this, she fell in love with the bulky machine that only showed green letters against a black screen. Now that’s real love, my friends.

Deemah Alyahya

At 12-years old, Alyahya had a clear life goal: “I wanted to be Bill Gates, or at least work with him.” After graduating high school, although she had dreams of studying artificial intelligence, the reality of her situation necessitated scaling back to the only major she could find that was related to her interest: computer science.

Working at the bank ignited new interests in her, including an appreciation for Tadawul (Saudi Stock Exchange). When she applied for a position, she was turned away because they didn’t hire women. Undeterred, she kept applying until salvation came in the 14 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

form of then King Abdullah’s decree to open up the doors for women in all industries. Still, even after applying again, she was rejected because they didn’t have the right facilities to accommodate women. Taking matters into her own hand, she crafted a strategy for their tech department and submitted it with her latest application. “This is what I can

do,” Alyahya explained. “I told them that even if they didn’t want to hire me, they’re free to use it.” Her persistence and vision earned her the position she wanted. After Tadawul, Alyahya went on to run the E-Services Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, securing yet another “first” trophy. The struggles and obstacles never

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Degree in hand, Alyahya accepted an IT position as a software engineer with Samba, thus securing her first figurative trophy as a “first”; she was the first and only female in the IT department at the time.


wavered, though. “I would call people and they’d hang up the moment they heard my voice,” she said. Alyahya was faced with skepticism at every turn and colleagues wouldn’t take her seriously because they would assume she was a quota hire. She often wasn’t allowed to attend meetings, and in some cases had to have an escort present with her.

old girl finally had her wish of working with Bill Gates – though indirectly – come true. She began her journey with Microsoft as a Professional Development Resource Manager for about a year before earning her latest “first” trophy; being promoted to Executive Director of Developer Experience and Digital Innovation.

Alyahya chose the high road at every turn and fought for her right to be there, using her ideas and her work to speak for her. One fateful day, she received a phone call from Microsoft offering her a position. The 12-year

She was the first Saudi woman in a leadership role in Microsoft Arabia. Alyahya urges our readers that fighting for something shouldn’t be about conflict, but rather about proving your worth. Show – don’t tell – others how

valuable you are. She also urges women, especially those interested in the tech industry, to get ahead of the curve. Choose areas and fields where there is a shortage, build up your skills and leave them no option but to hire you. To encourage the efforts of women seeking a career in technology, Alyahya facilitated, through a partnership between Saudi Hollandi Bank (now Alawwal Bank) and Microsoft Arabia, the Women Spark initiative that helps teach tech-driven women the skills that are needed in the job market to make them indispensable. Dalyahya

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NAHDI’S NABDAT AMAL

The 5-year corporate social sustainability initiative is an energetic agent of change.

Nahdi, the leading Saudi pharmaceutical retailer, is well known for its socially responsible health initiatives. CEO Eng. Yasser Joharji, recently announced the launch of Nahdi’s 5-year Corporate Social Sustainability Strategy, known as the Nabdat Amal (Beat of Hope in Arabic).

Arabia’s Vision 2030. The CEO commented, “We aim to support the goals of the vision with our 5-year strategy. We want to empower people with knowledge and belief in both their capacity and ability to improve their quality of life, through effective health awareness programs.”

The new initiative was developed in line with Saudi

Through its widespread network across the Kingdom,

Nahdi is equipping people with the knowledge and the tools to take control of their health and lifestyle. The concept of the project lies in the idea of adding “beats” to the people’s hearts. Nahdi believes that empowering people is the key to help them achieve the change that will add value to their lives.

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Yasser Joharji, CEO


THE THREE MAIN PILLARS OF NAHDI’S CSR STRATEGY

NABDAT AMAL

Our Past The Health pillar creates substantial shift in patient knowledge and chronic disease management. “Ya Ana Ya Sukari” (I Challenge Diabetes) is a program that was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Joslin Diabetes Center, the largest in the world. NABDAT AMAL

Our Present The Wellness pillar promotes healthier lifestyles, improved nutrition and fitness to decrease obesity rates across the country. Programs include Wazin Hayatak (Balance Your Life) and the Billion Step Challenge, in cooperation with the General Presidency of Youth Welfare. NABDAT AMAL

Our Future The Mom and Babe pillar focuses on maternal and infant wellness and health. It bridges the knowledge gap of nurturing the child’s growing mind and body.

Nahdi’s community focus began years ago with the goal to enhance business performance and improve accessibility to medication. Nahdi’s influence has only grown over the years. The pharmaceutical giant’s Corporate Social Sustainability is a business approach that contributes to current and future generations, to create healthy and livable communities and to meet the triple bottom line, “People, planet and economic impact.” Sarah Turkistani, the head of health community service commented, ‘’Although our Corporate Social Sustainability Plan is structured with local population’s insights to address problems in the country, the challenges it seeks to tackle are not unique to Saudi Arabia. In fact, they are global priorities. The United Nation’s 2030

Agenda, commonly known as the Sustainable Development Goals, will drive action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance to humanity and the planet. Of the 17 goals, Nabdat Amal is supporting efforts toward Goal 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.” Joharji comments, “Our work here is critical. The impact we aim to achieve will not come easy. By living our values and acting with purpose, we at Nahdi are creating meaning within our own story and changing the face of health and wellness across Saudi Arabia.” By 2020, Nahdi plans to transform health and wellness and touch the lives of 5 million people. Web: nahdi.sa

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

Social responsibility, personalized.

CARRYING THE TORCH OF A LEGACY

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By Sumaiyya Naseem

“We were almost like twins, but born 11 months apart,” said Hana’a Iskander, about her brother Hamza Iskander, who recently passed away at the age of 25.

Hamza’s Fight

I got the feeling that I was not like them. So I started helping families of cancer patients instead, because that was something I understood. — Hana’a Iskander

Cancer was not her brother’s first fight; Hamza, sick since he was a baby, had to get a prosthetic valve at age six. Despite having a difficult early life, he stayed positive and through a Facebook page called Heart Society, Hamza sought out other patients to lend them a listening ear and a supportive shoulder. Later, when he was diagnosed with cancer, he maintained his positivity. “He would find cancer patients and research their cancer before visiting them,” Hana’a recalled.

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After he passed away, Hamza’s family received a call from an orphanage in Jeddah. It turned out he had been visiting the orphanage every two weeks, just to spend time with the children. Hana’a played an important role in his campaigns by organizing multiple projects and using her background in graphic design to create the logos. However, she maintains that she felt like an outsider during meetings with cancer patients. That changed when she found out she had stage four angiosarcoma. “Subhan Allah, I feel like Allah gave me cancer so I could continue Hamza’s work after he passed away, because I need to feel their pain.”

Current Projects

Now, Hana’a is working harder than ever to carry their projects forward. Perhaps the most important of which is her brother’s dream of a cancer support center. She explains, “It’s everything a hospital doesn’t have. It’s basically the fun part of being a cancer patient.” The main purpose will be to help families and patients transition from the initial shock of diagnosis, to acceptance. Hana’a adopted this as her graduation project so she could remain devoted to the cause while pursuing her degree in architecture. A project that’s nearing fruition is the cancer support room in Dar Al Hekma. “The university provided us with a room that we are furnishing with activities, like a PC and board games. It’ll be a very clean room because cancer patients have sensitive immune systems. A nurse will also be present.” Hana’a is working on many smaller campaigns, like Smile for Hamza and the Bandana Campaign, to raise money for her brother’s cancer support center. When Hana’a asked her brother, “How will I survive?” his reply summed up the sense of social responsibility we should all embody: “Embrace who you are and survive by helping other people. Don’t think about how you’re going to survive, help other people survive and you’ll forget about your worries.” hanaaisk DESTINATIONKSA.COM 19


By Jou Pabalate

In 2007, a group of young Saudi students from Al Yamamah University came together over their love for football. The objective then was simple: create a team and play. Little did they know that their initiative then was laying the foundation for community groups in the Kingdom a decade later. When majority of the core members graduated, they began to accept members from other universities and schools. Eventually, in 2014, the club was opened for youth team players aged 12-14.

Recognizing the need to create a stronger community in order for them to actually play locally, they co-founded the Riyadh Football Committee as well as supported the establishment of new clubs in the city. It did not stop there; Al Yamamah FC also worked on building their own guidelines, rule books, and a referee committee. How far they have come is a mixture of being relentless but also a dedication to improving not just themselves but the community at large.

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In the years since its establishment, Al Yamamah FC participated and consistently won in games and competitions held within the gulf. The team has over 16 championships under their belt. All these they had achieved on their own, with minimal to no sponsorships at times.


The team has a strong social responsibility program that’s aligned with their vision to create a healthy and encouraging environment for youth and females of Riyadh to play football in, along the way developing a model to ensure that the number of participants grow year after year. Their initiatives range from spreading awareness about the sport for women through events, which also acts as fundraising activities for charities. On top of this, the Al Yamamah FC management comprising of Adwa Al Arifi, Aliya Al Rasheed, Reem Abdullah, Lama Al Hanaki, Lamia Al Bhian and Nadine El Derbas; has also created an After School Youth Program, a first for a Saudi female club in the city. These approaches do not only give back to the community but also

positively influence how society views women in sports. After school programs like these will shape the minds of the next generation. So far, these projects are being done pro bono and through players volunteering their time and energy. The founders and management of YFC may have made the journey look easier than it really was. They are keen to focus on the future rather than the past. However, truth be told; these women are inspiring because despite being given every reason to quit, they kept going. When obstacles were placed before them, they tackled them on their own—whether it meant going over, under, around; it didn’t matter. Their goal was to go beyond. As Adwa Al Arifi, president of the club reinforced, “Can’t is not in our dictionary.”

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By Jou Pabalate

Saudi women have not just been smashing through glass ceilings in the country recently, they’re also peacefully breaking down walls of convention. Just how, you may ask? By deciding that they can and will lace up their trainers and run. Last March 8, the Riyadh Running Collective led by Doaa Naeem organized the first International Women’s Day Run (IWDRUN) in Riyadh at The Walk on King Abdullah Road; in unison with runs of the same kind happening in Jeddah and Madinah. The objective was pretty simple: gather a bunch of girls and women running or walking together. Easy social pace, no pressure. As our city heads into the future, change will be inevitable – some of them simple, some of them sweeping. As Riyadhis,

we can sit back and watch it unfold or be part of the change we want to see. What the IWDRUN and Riyadh Running Collective achieved is celebrate the wins of women while also showing the possibilities that lay before them. We’re happy to note that this won’t be the last time you’ll be seeing Riyadh Running Collective burning up the pavement. With the positive outcome and amazing interest shown by the community, more runs are being organized as we speak and we hope you’ll try and be a part of it. Seeing women come together to do something as simple as run was for lack of a better term: beautifully normal. And for us, long as we keep on supporting each other this way, Riyadh is well on its way to becoming the city we’ve always believed it could be. riyadhrunningcollective

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By Hajer Al Alwan

“Is there any place for us?” When Christine Boyd arrived in Dhahran six years ago, she asked this question to every family with a special learning needs child she met. Having three sons with autism, it was difficult for her family to cope without proper support facilities in the area. “No, we’re all on our own,” the families would tell her. Compelled to take action, the Boyds decided to start a support group to finally answer their own question in a positive way and call it “A Place 4 Us,” (AP4U). “The organization we founded is not just for children with autism, but for children with all types of special learning needs.” In December 2013, AP4U was recognized by Saudi Aramco as an official group, but could only serve families within the Aramco camps.

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“Now, AP4U has a monthly event at a park in Dhahran Hills where there are games and fun activities for the children with the help of volunteers,” said Brett Boyd. “It gives the parents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the park while their children have fun.”


Dr. Rigamonti is a mother of three children, one of whom is intellectually delayed, has a visual impairment and is autistic. She is very passionate about the cause and has done a lot of philanthropy and worked on many school and community boards. She holds MSc degrees in public health and business, and does a lot of leadership development, facilitation and coaching for caregivers of people with disabilities or chronic health problems.

I don’t think anyone is disabled, as much as they are dis-abled; they are not as able as someone else, but we all have our abilities and weaknesses — Dr. Karen Rigamonti

“I always find myself working with special needs groups to better their abilities to comingle in society, and I strongly believe that every individual is unique, including my son,” said Dr. Rigamonti. “Although he cannot read and write, has a delayed response, and does not necessarily have meaningful conversations, he still has many strengths and can teach people a lot about life.”

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“We’re working with other self-directed groups here to get the children involved with the community, because my dream is for everyone to feel included regardless of race, religion, education or even ability,” said Dr. Rigamonti. The support group has monthly lunch meetings where parents meet with special guest speakers. AP4U speeches have been both live and on Skype, and speakers include Harvard Medical School professors and doctors, as well as local specialists and physicians. The presentations are usually followed by Q&A sessions and discussions. Email: krigamonti@gmail.com

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By Areeb Al Shathri

Down Syndrome Charity Association (DSCA) celebrates its 15th official birthday this year, and we believe they deserve 15 years worth of standing ovations for what they've done. DSCA began as a push from parents and interested parties to supplement the growing need for specialized centers. They became fully operational after a four-year trial run. Their aim is to develop and provide training, information and support to families of children with Down Syndrome. To get there, DSCA provides early intervention classes, classes to prep for educational initiation, domestic training, individual sessions and a training program to prepare early childhood teachers.

If you cannot sponsor someone, show your support by donating money or toys (check the list of appropriate toys on their website) or by volunteering your time to the charity association. Web: dsca.org.sa 26 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

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Basically, they teach parents how best to approach their children, as well as empower children with Down Syndrome to be a part of society and help them create meaningful and special encounters. The cost is an obstacle to many children who require the DSCA's services. Due to the demand and limited resources, the association looks for sponsors to help cover these costs, which start at SR 500, to aid some of the families.


By Jou Pabalate

One of the first animal adoption centers in Riyadh, Open Paws has been at the forefront of rescuing, helping, and caring for animals in the city.

and around homes every year because people don’t consider the consequences of continued breeding or the responsibility of animal ownership.

Open Paws has a 360 approach in engaging society to become more involved in animal welfare. They have awareness campaigns and continuously try to educate people, pet owners and individuals to properly care for animals, treat them with respect, etc. The center also aims to help in alleviating the problem of stray pets in the city, which is almost unregulated breeding and abandonment. As the team notes, thousands of cats are born in compounds

How can you get involved?

Open Paws has a shelter filled with the cutest pets waiting for their next owner. There is an adoption fee, which is how Open Paws is able to sustain its operations. If you can’t commit long-term, Open Paws also needs foster parents, now c’mon how can you say no to having a fluffy pal? Email: help@openpaws.org Web: openpaws.org Open.Paws

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I N C O N V E R S AT I O N W I T H PRINCESS NAJLA BINT AHMAD Atharna preserves traditional crafts and cultural heritage. By Sumaiyya Naseem

Princess Najla, an academic at heart, pursued a degree in Anthropology at Durham University. She then worked at the National Museum in Riyadh, and completed an internship at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. It was 28 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

at UNESCO that she saw the importance of international organizations working to preserve cultural heritage. However, she felt that she could add the most value on a smaller scale where her background in anthropology and local cultural knowledge would allow her to create the most impact. Later, while working at Turquoise Mountain, a charity founded by Prince Charles, Princess Najla discovered how the culture of postwar Afghanistan was being rebuilt by the preservation

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Atharna, meaning Our Heritage, is an organization that documents the Middle Eastern cultural narrative and supports artisans in order to preserve traditional craftsmanship. Princess Najla started Atharna as a small project, but its growth has been swift and strong.


of its crafts and artisans. She said, “Turquoise Mountain has done an incredible job of training and aiding artisans in Afghanistan, and now they are working closely with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities to research on the crafts industry in Saudi.” The quality of these artisanal pieces are clear; they have even been commissioned by hotels such as The Connaught in London. However, the prestige aspect is not what Princess Najla finds important. She recalls, “As long as the crafts are being sold, used and continuously needed, we have done our job well.” DESTINATIONKSA.COM 29


Many people buy traditional looking products. While it’s great that people are taking an interest in their heritage, a true impact is made when we also support the local, traditional artisans. It’s not just about the end result of how something looks in your home, but about the people, the story and the historical skill set that went into the creation of it. — Princess Najla bint Ahmad

Atharna was born when Princess Najla realized the need for someone to connect Middle Eastern crafts with a wider audience. With this in mind, she began working with local artisans operating on two levels: independently and in affiliation with organizations like the Jordan River Foundation and Art of Heritage. When working directly with artisans, Princess Najla visits them, builds a 30 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

relationship with them and ensures that their craft is both local and functional. She believes it’s important to work directly with them. “Personal conversations with the artisans enable us to understand and communicate to the world the authenticity of the crafts and the history behind them.”

as poor artisans you need to feel bad for and help to survive. We showcase them for who they are; artists and fair trade businesspeople, who have created a livelihood for themselves with their hands. These traditional skills they have are incredible. It’s something I wish I could do.”

Princess Najla speaks very passionately when she says, “We’re not showcasing them

Traditional artisans are not just creating beautiful and practical work. They’re also telling the


The desert landscape is the artisan’s inspiration.

with craftswomen I ask them if they have taught their skill to their daughters, and the answer is usually no.” Princess Najla explains that the younger generation doesn’t see a sustainable future in the traditional crafts trade. Without projects like Atharna, the preservation of our cultural heritage would be at risk.

“You get to know the stories behind the crafts and how they came to be. The artisans give you the narrative behind it, and it’s more important because it makes you realize that if you don’t support their work, you don’t believe in the story behind it.”

To protect this cultural narrative, the Princess collaborated with Brown Book Magazine, an organization that shares the beliefs, ideas and future that she sees for Atharna. “We created an online journal where we explore Middle Eastern culture, either by looking at it directly or by using the crafts as a lens.” She maintains that this journal is more important than the online store that is launching soon. “If people don’t learn about the culture and care about it, they won’t invest in the product.”

It’s essential to acknowledge the steady disappearance of traditional crafts. She comments, “When I work

Atharna’s goal is not to sell, and they’re not fast-fashion either. Atharna is for anyone who is open to other cultures,

story of a culture. Princess Najla has learned a lot about her own culture since she began working with these individuals.

appreciates traditional craft, and fair trade. With current operations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and the UAE, Atharna hopes to expand to more countries in the Middle East. Atharna’s online store will make Middle Eastern crafts more accessible to all. Princess Najla, who is currently pursuing her Masters degree at Cambridge, says her dream is to one day be able to sit in a room and say, “Everything here is made by artisans and supported by Atharna.”

MY LENS My Lens is a Middle Eastwide project that uses photography to tell the story of a culture. Atharna provided participants with a disposal camera with which they documented their narrative, while reflecting on their identity and culture. Visit Atharna’s Journal to view the profiles. Email: info@atharna.com Web: atharna.com atharna

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SPOTLIGHT: Short Saudi Film Newly produced “Tongue,” screened at the Saudi Film Festival. By Rawan Nasser

We sat down with the film’s young director, Mohammed Al Salman, to learn more about the process of creating a film and what this creative outlet means to him. As a 26 year-old graduate of KFUPM and Colorado School of Mines, Al Salman has shifted his career from electrical engineering to the risky business of making films, a passion that grew with him from a young age.

Director Mohammed Al Salman

Where did your journey start with filmmaking and what was the first film you worked on?

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I joined a student-run art club while I was studying at KFUPM. We were a group of like-minded people that explored many forms of art such as music and theater. The first production I worked on was a short film that shed light on traditional craftsmen in Saudi.


finds himself being led down a path that puts him face to face with his darkest fears. The film was shot over a period of five days and we focused predominantly on the visuals and presenting a new, authentic experience for the viewers.

Where did the idea for the film come from? I was visiting a farm in Al Ahsa and the beauty of the area captured my imagination. I knew I wanted to film something there. I had been interested in cults at the time, the anthropology of magic to be more precise. The history of magic in different cultures fascinated me and I decided to explore this topic through film.

What was the significance of the location in the film?

Isn’t magic a controversial topic to delve into?

We wanted to capture a certain time in our history, when life was simple and people were not as distracted as they are today. We shot many scenes outdoors because there were lots of captivating elements: a randomness that only nature is able to produce.

We are presenting it as a dark comedy. Besides, this is a topic that we often discuss in society. In any family gathering you will find people reciting stories about scary incidents that they swear happened, while others think is nonsense. The purpose of the film is to reflect a piece of our culture, to pose a question and let the audience answer it for themselves.

Hussain Alyahya plays the main character Khalil, who is shown here in one scene in the film.

I was fortunate to have a passionate and hardworking crew. Without their creativity and hard work this film would have never seen the light of day. — Mohammed Al Salman

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SHAPING SOUND A designer and an engineer by day, sound shapers and music lovers by night. By Areeb Al Shathri

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Meet Sand Geist, Riyadh’s own sound engineers and producers. Riyadhis at birth, they met at a young age when playing music was all that they wanted to do, only to be reunited around a decade later to create music together. Both trained and skilled in their field, they utilized their trained visual and hearing senses to express themselves musically, allowing the experience to go

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these guys. It enabled them to appreciate and embrace art and music in all its diverse forms.

They went from growing up with grandparents playing records and tapes of classical and folk music, to their parents sharing the joyous sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Being exposed to that as children, the concept of capturing an experience in sound became an obsession.

As they grew so did their understanding and appreciation for music. They both played instruments and records in their teens so they decided to analyze their equipment and instruments, only to dive into the exploration of electronic music. They studied the mechanisms of hardware instruments from its analog and digital point of view. Since music was always in their lives, there was never a moment where they chose to pursue it. Even in their daytime professions, their passion for music and sound design has helped them excel in the technicalities of their job. It enabled them to have a ping pong effect between their jobs and having to create experiences through music. To take a step further, they both incorporate sound design in their profession, and work on

launching their expertise and sound a service in the near future. Since their work is a reflection of life itself, the only obstacles they faced where the ones they placed in their own paths. Things as profound as a shift in their perspectives, professional ambition and success as well as trying to stand out in a field that is currently full of noise. Sometimes it is as silly as finding the appropriate name for a track or not finding enough time to sleep, but their aim to be a collective has pulled through and helped them build stronger bridges. When it comes to the future of the music scene in Riyadh, Sand Geist have left the decision in our hands. “It's not our place to say, we're just desert dwellers. We just happen to capture moments or create them musically and share them every now and then.” sandgeist

beyond the musical spectrum and tapping into it from a variety of angles. Their experiences combined include the influence of the artistic movements and musical scenes of Berlin, Beirut, Montréal and France to name a few. Growing up with families from different cultural backgrounds has also come with some perks for DESTINATIONKSA.COM 35


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In “Eyes Like Mine”, the author wrote Nora Watts as a complex indigenous woman with a dark past. The story follows Watts as she finds out the daughter she gave up for adoption 15 years ago has gone missing. Watts feels torn between not wanting to get involved and knowing that she may be the only one who can find her. Watts takes up the investigation and her past is unraveled in the process. “Eyes Like Mine” proved to be an intense study of Watts’ dark character, to the extent that the missing girl’s storyline becomes secondary. Nora Watts is a leading female character that is “nobody’s sidekick”, as Kamal pointed out in an article. The novel’s strength also lies in its uncovering of the social issues surrounding indigenous women in Canada, a topic we almost never see in crime fiction.

MY ANTICIPATED APRIL RELEASES

UNRAVELING NORA WATTS Kamal’s debut thriller gives birth to a new heroine. By Sumaiyya Naseem

In the past year, crime fiction and thrillers have quickly become a genre I’m always looking out for. I’m interested in how writers can take something as gruesome as murder and kidnapping and 36 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

turn it into a story, complete with twists and heart-stopping moments that you get lost in. I recently read “Eyes Like Mine” by Sheena Kamal, a refreshing genre-reforming crime fiction.

“A Line Made by Walking” by Sara Baume “Waking Gods” by Sylvain Neuvel

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“Anything is Possible” by Elizabeth Strout


IN GAMING CUSTODY: NIOH AND NIER We have arrested these games because they’re just that good!

NIER: AUTOMATA 2B OR NOT 2B

NIOH - YOKAI SLAYING REDEFINED

Nioh can easily be compared to its most obvious source of inspiration, Dark Souls, but it's a game that stands strong without compromising its identity. Nioh shines brightly in its deep and customizable combat system, offering many ways to approach combat encounters. It manages to deliver a challenging experience that never feels unfair. Despite its hectic and incoherent narrative, Nioh's alternate take on the Japanese Sengoku era is incredibly detailed, mixing historical figures and events, with Japanese Folklore such as The Yokai. Nioh is challenging and brutal, but it's also a deep and rewarding action RPG.

Yoko Taro and his games are no strangers to weird design decisions and bizarre storylines. Nier: Automata is no exception. With its sophisticated and weird narrative, Nier delivers a compelling story with countless endings that act as intersections rather than finales. Its predecessor suffered greatly from stale combat and gameplay, but with Platinum Games handling the gameplay this time, Automata excels spectacularly in its intricate fast paced combat. Poor pacing and a slow beginning are the only things holding the game back from being perfect. If you're looking for a bizarre Hack'n'Slash action-RPG, Nier: Automata can't be missed. The Author:

Abdulmalik Zubailah Obsessed with stories, storytelling, video games, and music. Host of The Gaming Recess podcast, vocalist of Skeleton Crowd band, and GameDevJeddah Co-Organizer. Email: zubailah@gmail.com

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DIA’S Digital Digest The latest in digital media consumption, from gaming and movies to podcasts and long reads.

LET’S HEAD OUT! ART IN GAMES FIREWATCH I hate to feed stereotypes, but as a nerd-ish geek, I’m not one for hiking. Still, this game set in a Wyoming Forest where you play a volunteer park ranger, roaming around and stumbling upon a nail-biting mystery? Riveting! It helps that the writing is some of the best from 2016 and the voice acting of the main two characters is all at once engaging and touching.

GOOGLE EARTH VR Right now this is my favorite virtual reality (VR) app. I virtually walked down the streets of my college campus; then I floated high above, grabbed the sun and pushed it out of the way to change the scene to night; and finally, I teleported myself to the top of a mountain cliff and nervously fought my real bodily instinct by stepping off. The app is thrilling and is a great use of VR.

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PLATFORMS PS4, Xbox One and PC.


ART IN TV SHOWS

PLANET EARTH 2 Granted, recommending you experience the grandeur that is our planet by watching it on a screen may seem counterintuitive. Sir David Attenborough narrating you each step of the way. Special award goes to the best action sequence in 2016: an iguana being chased by snakes in the first episode.

THE EXPANSE For me, space is the greatest frontier that we’ve got, and this show explores that in spades. Engrossing space opera about Earth, Mars and beyond, mixed in with crazy alien plot device and political intrigue to boot. This is some of the best worldbuilding I’ve come across. Bonus: the books this show is based on are an awesome read!

ART IN PODCASTS THE FIRST 40 MILES

THE DIRTBAG DIARIES

There’s very little that could possibly drag me into the sunny outdoors and away from my creature comforts, but this podcast gets pretty close to inspiring me. Lots of tips and basic support to help you get started. So build up your confidence to brave the beautiful outdoors!

This is the granddaddy of outdoors podcasts. It’s been going for ten years now and is chockfull of fascinating stories and interviews with famous athletes as well as engaging short tales from amateur enthusiasts.

The Author:

Ahmad Dialdin Saudi editor, writer and tech/gaming geek. Words are his playthings (also, Legos) and he voraciously consumes digital media. Ahmad also copyedits this magazine.

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New Furniture, New Aura Aura launched its spring/summer collection which offers colors that exude a ‘back to nature’ feel along with more modern tones. The collection features outdoor furniture for the first time. Location: Panorama Mall

Spruce Up Your Spring Wardrobe with H&M Springtime is synonymous with festival season, when blossoming settings have us feeling flowing feminine maxi-dresses, off-shoulder tops, and free-spirited accessories! The new H&M collection will have you stepping into spring in style with beautiful colors of blush pinks, yellows, whites, beiges and khakis. 40 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017


SCENT OF THE MONTH Ghawali Perfumes Ghawali develop their own unique shower gels, oud, bokhour and perfumes using ingredients such as Indian oud, Damask rose and sandalwood. Visit their store at Aknaz Center, Tahlia.

Boucheron Celebrates its Grand Opening Maison Boucheron celebrated the grand opening of its first boutique in Riyadh on March 7. The boutique is located on Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Road, facing Centria Mall. It's one of the largest Boucheron boutiques in the Middle-East.

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Tous Opens at Panorama Mall

So Pink is the brain child for six Saudi sisters who wanted to create a place where people can freely express themselves.

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THE REGION’S RUNWAY Saudi designers showcase at Fashion Forward Dubai.

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Four fashion designers from Saudi Arabia showcased their apparel collections at Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD) last month in March. The event provides exposure, development and a progressive direction for those in the industry. The Saudi designers were among 30 other new designers chosen to take part. FFWD was established in 2013 as a resource for emerging talent in the region.

1. BY SADEEM This prêt-a-couture fashion brand was created by Saudi designer Sadeem Al Shehail. The versatile attire includes collectible high-end pieces for confident, elegant and sophisticated women. An advocate of sustainable design, Al Shehail embraces ethical practices, collaborating with companies that share the same principles. Al Shehail’s fabrics are non-toxic.

Featuring all year round pieces that are timeless, the collection from Royaled is crafted for today's modern day woman. Royaled founder, Renad Hefni, is from Jeddah and as her brand essence “crown your confidence” suggests, she’s fully committed to empowering all women. 42 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

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3. ARWA AL BANAWI If you follow local fashion personalities on social media, you will probably fondly remember Arwa Al Banawi as a fashion and lifestyle blogger who inspired many young women. Once she realized her true passion in design, Al Banawi launched her ready-towear suits and shirts in 2015. Growing up in Jeddah and also spending much of her time in Switzerland, she’s often inspired by her travels. Al Banawi's parents also inspired the young designers sense of style. What stands out about her designs is the sharp twists and the bold yet intricate details. She recently created the contemporary women's readyto-wear label tailored for "The Suitable Woman."

4. GHUDFAH Sarah Albaz is the designer behind Ghudfah, a luxurious abaya and ready-to-wear line that's transforming local style. Albaz was born and raised in Riyadh, but lived in many countries around the world, which gave her a multicultural background and inspiration to work with. The line is known for its intricacy of details, selection of luxurious fabrics, and high-end finishing. Many women are turning to Sarah Albaz's gorgeous and graceful designs because they retain a fine balance between the traditional abaya and a stylish edge. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 43


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MODESTY GOES MAINSTREAM Designers from Saudi Arabia showcase at London Modest Fashion Week. By Caroline Hillier

It’s not common that models walk down runways in the UK wearing hijabs. But that’s exactly what happened at the first ever London Modest Fashion Week (LMFW) in February. The event is proof there’s a modest fashion revolution underway that’s not only taking the Middle East by storm, but the western world too. Two labels based in KSA – Foulard and the Art of Heritage – showcased their beautiful work at LMFW.

FOUL ARD As models dressed in Sara Rayess’ designs stepped onto the runway, her heart raced from a mix of excitement and nervousness. But at the end of the show, when she emerged from backstage to walk down the runway herself, feelings of pride took over.

Veil Validation As a teenager, Rayess strolled through malls and browsed online to find fashionable scarves to match her outfits but she wasn’t happy with the options available and started to design her own scarves. 44 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

We’ve wanted to enter the market in western countries and this is the first step to going globally. Sara Rayess


In 2011, Rayess, who is Syrian-German and was born and raised in Jeddah, founded and established Foulard (which means scarf in French). Her scarf collection represents more than fashion and beauty. She weaves in her identity and religion into each piece of fabric.

“Representing my religion in a good way has always been my aim. I’ve always wanted to encourage girls to get into hijab and dress in a good way to represent their religion,” said Rayess. Noting that ‘modest fashion’ is less about style and more about a lifestyle, Rayess balances fashion with religion. “I want to redefine the meaning of ‘veiled women’ since some think that a veiled woman has to dress ugly rather than stylish, so I want to change this idea. Even if you wear a scarf, you can be very trendy and even go crazy with your fashion and style!”

Midnight Collection At LMFW, Foulard showcased its haute couture scarves. Inspired by the texture and movement of flies, the highend scarves are for special occasions like weddings.

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Foulard’s collection is available online and is also in a retail store in Chelsea, England. With many existing customers in the United Kingdom, Rayess’ plan is to eventually expand even to North America. While scarves have been her main passion, she plans to branch out and start designing and selling her own clothes. Stay tuned! Web: foulardstore.com Foulard_f

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AR T OF HERITAGE At the Art of Heritage fashion show at LMFW, Somaya Badr’s job was to double check the model’s outfits before they walked down the catwalk and showed off Saudi Arabia’s traditional clothes to a London audience for the first time.

and textiles of Saudi Arabia. Another mission is to empower Saudi women, by showing them traditional techniques and giving them the skills to create handicrafts.

Showing off Saudi Traditions

“We have some pieces that are difficult to be worn. The jackets and pants are easy but some of the dresses are difficult, so I was backstage making sure the dresses and accessories were perfect on the models,” said Badr, the general manager of Art of Heritage.

In its efforts to preserve traditions, the group is also eager to introduce those traditions to the western world. Badr explains that some are surprised to find out the bright colors and rich embroidery are from Saudi Arabia, noting many people think the traditional fashion may be black abayas.

Based in Riyadh, Art of Heritage was established in 1990 to preserve the craft

Having already shown off the fashion in New York, and now London, the group plans to

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continue having their work on runways around the globe. “This is the first step. Next, we want to introduce out things in Paris, Milan and other places with an interest in fashion.� Art of Heritage showcased designs from the new spring collection at LMFW, which included traditional thobes and kaftans with a modern interpretation. Because styles are vastly different from each region in Saudi, different regions are represented in the colors and embroideries. Web: artofheritage.com.sa artofheritage Art of Heritage

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LA VIE EN BLUSH Soft delicate hues of pink blush for spring. By Nour Kouatli

See by Chloé SR 1,076

Joseph SR 1,403

Giambattista Valli SR 8,703

Balmain SR 5,400

Givenchy SR 21,425

J Brand SR 1,286

Stella McCartney SR 3,827

Sara Battaglia SR 2,545

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Maison Michel SR 2,113

JW Anderson SR 4,892

Chloé SR 1,175

Saint Laurent SR 9,880

Osman SR 2,319 Valentino SR 8,025

Fendi SR 7,461

Lanvin SR 1,815

Moncler SR 1,593

Nike SR 456

OFF White SR 2,343

Theory SR 1,222

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BE A GOOD HOST A three-step solution to entertaining.

There is nothing worse than arriving late to a party and finding nowhere to sit. It automatically makes your guests want to hurry out. It’s always better to have too much seating, allowing people to spread out, as opposed to too little seating and forcing people to squeeze or stand. I highly recommend a mismatched look to your seating. This will make your pieces more versatile, and it means you can use them again in different configurations. And don’t be afraid to go bold with seating types either.

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What defines a space of entertainment is its ability to invite people in and make them feel welcomed. The best way to do that is to make sure everything they need is available.

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SURFACE SPACE

BACKDROPS!

Make sure you provide enough surfaces for food and drinks.

Finally, provide some sort of a backdrop for social media worthy posts.

Coffee tables, side tables, shelves, any flat surface basically. Think back to a time you were standing at a party and the service didn’t come around fast enough to take your empty glass and you had nowhere to put it… not a good move, host!

Make them fun, colorful and memorable!

We all know that social media is taking over our lives, but instead of fighting the Instagram craze at a party, why not embrace it? Give you guests something to Instagram, whether it’s a pretty table setting or a selfie worthy wallpaper, it’s always fun to see something of your own in someone else’s post.

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THINGS ARE FINALLY IHOP-ING IN RIYADH IHOP finally opened in Riyadh last month and opened its first branch in Rubeen Plaza at Exit 2. Known for the only place that offers breakfast all day long, this place is quite packed and people have to put their names on the waiting list in case there is no seating available.

I Don’t Want Your Buns For those of you who are on a low card diet, we decided to recommend a few burger joints that let you substitute the buns for a healthier option. Burger Fuel and Big Smoke Burger offer to substitute their buns with lettuce, tomatoes and healthy veggies. If you’re looking for something healthier than regular bun but have bread separation anxiety, Broburgers offer customers the option to switch out their buns for brown bread. 52 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

Raising Cane’s Debuts at the Rubeen Plaza

Raising Cane's is an International fast food chain that serves only one main dish: Chicken strips. The deep-fried and battered chicken is accompanied by crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, Cane's Sauce and your choice of beverage. Don’t miss the goldenbrown buttery Texas toast!


InterContinental Riyadh Holds French Food Festival

This season InterContinental Riyadh hosted world renowned French Food Festival - Goût de France, from March 20 – 28 at Al Bustan restaurant. Celebrity Chef Laurent Bunel was flown in to delight your eyes and taste buds with authentic French cuisine.

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MARRIOTT HOTEL HOSTS BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL Brazilian Food Festival enticed food lovers at Riyadh Marriott Hotel in cooperation with the Brazilian Embassy. Brazilian chef Thomas Leao showcased his signature dishes. Guests were able to savor authentic Brazilian flavors and had a grilling station that featured the renowned beef of the country.

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Offering everything from daily meal packages to finger foods, Best Sala ds is one of the most versatile we’ve seen.

New Locations!

Shack fans rejoice as the brand expands its reach in the Kingdom with recently opened three new stores in Riyadh. The recently opened restaurants located at Al Bustan Center, Aliah Plaza and Rubeen Plaza follow the brand’s recent launches at Al Faisaliah Mall and Localizer Mall.

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Luxury Dining at Azzuro Chef Riccardo Pinna announces a new era for Italian fine dining in the city.

The delicious Azzurro at the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh presents expansive views of the stunning indoor pool on the ground level, which features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows that compliments the phenomenal royal blue schemes of its

interior design. The restaurant’s setting is warm and graceful with blend of comfortable built-in sofas and chairs that give you the feel of intimate luxury. Azzurro’s ambiance, service, offerings and taste simply form the authentic Italian experience that guests look for when choosing to dine at an Italian restaurant. Azzurro menu offers a fusion of dishes from the most famous gastronomic regions of Italy with great emphasis on the southern region that takes you through a journey of authenticity with a modern twist.

Chef Riccardo Pinna

A vast variety of dishes from homemade pasta to Neapolitan pizza, and the traditional Ossobuco Alla Milanese (Milanese specialty of crosscut veal shanks) with saffron risotto and parmigiano fondue, tuna steak and beef tenderloin. Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh Tel: +966-11-8028020 Web: ritzcarlton.com

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The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh revealed a new landmark in the Kingdom’s gastronomic scene with many brand new offerings at Azzuro, the Italian fine dining restaurant. With a new chef at its helm and a menu on offer, Azzurro plates up Italy’s best-loved dishes with dollops of panache and flavor, under the culinary vision of Riccardo Pinna.


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Socially conscious eating starts with going organic. Eating organic isn’t a just a new trend that’s bound to disappear like culottes. It might seem hyper tedious to eat organic, but it is far easier than you think it is.

Before you step out the house for your grocery run, make sure you grab your reusable bag with you. What was once a typical Saudi move to bring your own bag has now for some reason become a social faux pas. Plastic bags are a waste of a finite resource and can take up to one thousand years to decompose.

THE SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS FOODIE This is your definitive guide to being a socially conscious foodie in the city! By Areeb Al Shathri and Jou Pabalate

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If you’re shopping for fresh produce, head to the local farmer’s market or the local produce aisle in the stores. Aside from the fact that local products contain less preservatives and pesticides since they don’t need overseas transport, we need to support our local farming industry. Remember that bruised fruit and veggies are NOT spoiled. Despite being slightly less aesthetically pleasing, they will taste exactly the same. For other organic products, Danube, Tamimi and Lulu markets all have designated sections for organic as well as gluten free products.

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Head to the District local farmers’ markets. One of the biggest ones is in Rabwa, Exit 14.

DINING Okay we know some Riyadhis don’t have time to prepare a home cooked meal. So your solution may well be to order. Now instead of opting for fast food (your waistline will be crying), there are different organizations these days who will deliver straight to your homes and offices on a regular basis. And the best part? Proceeds usually go to less fortunate families.

Tunyat Bunyan

(Bunyan’s Chefs) is a project by Bunyan Charity

Organization. They do everything from packed lunches and catering to pickled goods. The cooks comprise of women who have been trained by the organization and whatever earnings they generate goes directly to these amazing women.

Milwan is an

organization that helps divorced women and widows by training them to become cooks and providing a kitchen from which they can prepare food to sell. The same kitchen is part of Khiyrat (goodness), which is another

program under the organization that picks up surplus food from parties, repackage these items and distribute them to less fortunate families in the poor areas in Riyadh and neighboring towns.

Now if you want to dine out, why not support restaurants that give back to the community. Assaraya provides a free meal once a day to people in need. So if you’re craving authentic Turkish grilled food, eat your heart out here, make sure to order the buttered hummus, so good!

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RESPECT THE BREAD Stop wasting food.

We just wasted 35 percent of these two pages and look at the result. This represents how much food we waste.

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There are many factors that contribute to food wastage. From farmers and retailers who discard less than idyllic produce because of their appearance or redundant sell by dates, to the food industry overstocking. These factors may not be entirely into your hands, unless you are a food supplier yourself, but one of the main factors is in fact in our hands.


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A study showed that thousands of tons of food is wasted in the country every day, especially in Ramadan. Whether you’re in the food industry or just a consumer, there are ways we can curb our waste, contribute to a solution and even save a couple of coins along the way.

FIRST METHOD: COOK SMALLER PORTIONS

SECOND METHOD: ALWAYS DONATE LEFTOVERS

The first and easiest method is to reduce the amount of food you cook. If you or your families have leftovers more often than not, then just cook less food. One food item we often waste is rice. The abundance of it and the culture have made it a staple in every home. Rice is a good food item to buy because it lasts quite a long time. The issue begins to appear when we cook too much of it. An average portion of uncooked rice is half a cup per person; keep that in mind the next time you think of cooking kabsa.

The second option is to donate leftovers. This option is particularly helpful if you eat out since you often cannot control your portions. Take your leftovers to a nearby mosque, or better yet set up a neighborhood food donation system by donating a fridge to hold food for whoever needs it.

Shawaya House… For Example Certain restaurants and hotels donate their leftovers, others like Shawaya House, use perfectly usable groceries that supermarkets won’t

sell due to consume by dates. They also allow you to control your portions which reduces their waste. NEVER WASTE FOOD. YOU CAN ALWAYS DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Shawaya House is on a mission to help curb this serious problem. All help is encouraged, whether you’re an individual or a business.

Contact them at abdullah@ shawayahouse.com and solve the issue! Tel: +966-11-4776333 Web: shawayahouse.com shawayahouse

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With the maker of Saudi Food with Eman comes a conversation with Eman. By Areeb Al Shathri

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Ever since Eman Gazzaz was young, as a diplomat’s child, she was always reminded that she is an ambassador to her country. A reminder that still sticks with her even when she’s in her cozy kitchen with her three kids attempting to contain the inevitable chaos.

With over 25,000 subscribers and almost two million views on her cooking channel on YouTube, Gazzaz is no ordinary working mom. With simple how to videos, she attempts to teach the world how to create authentic Saudi dishes. We’ll let you in on a

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COOKING with a cause


into art in some way,” she explained. Both her mother and sister were artists. The de facto family business added another dimension when Gazzaz traded in her oil and canvas for some pans and veggies. After finally living in Saudi for the first time as an adult, Gazzaz felt disconnected. “I felt like a minority in my own country.” That’s when opportunity came knocking in the form of a friend with an online cooking show visiting her from Morocco while on a one-month exchange program. The host of the newly established Cooking With Alia asked Gazzaz if she would be interested in being in one of her videos. Her viewers were interested in Saudi cooking, and Gazzaz saw that as her opportunity to ask, “What’s YouTube?”

This is my home. These are my kids running around, and this is my kitchen. — Eman Gazzaz

little secret though… she’s not doing it just for the food.

food, but I never knew that I really wanted to get into it.”

Cooking always interested Gazzaz. Living and growing up in over seven countries, she was always exposed to food and diverse flavors. “I always felt I had a direction towards

Before venturing into the culinary sphere, Gazzaz was, and still is, an artist with a number of international exhibitions under her belt. “The family was always

The feedback from that one episode led to several collaborations between the two over the month. During that time when Gazzaz was acting as a culinary ambassador, she was also playing the role of an ambassador to her visiting friend. The two seemed so inherently similar that Gazzaz decided to open up the doors to her kitchen, and her family, to the rest of the world. Her cooking show is best described as Saudi cuisine made easy. By choosing to teach in English, she had expanded the invitation into her home for anyone who is interested. SaudiFoodEman SaudiFoodWithEman Saudi Food With Eman DESTINATIONKSA.COM 61


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12 MONTHS to a Healthier You Add or remove a habit every month. By Mai Kholief

TOPIC OF THE MONTH:

Shake That Salt Habit

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As part of the “12 Months to a Healthier You” campaign, April is all about eliminating salt from your diet.

be sharing some tips on how to avoid exceeding your maximum daily intake unknowingly.

It shouldn’t be news to anyone that a high sodium diet raises blood pressure, which in turn may lead to numerous health issues. No need to worry! I’m not just here to highlight some of the effects of sodium over-consumption, but I will

According to the American Heart Association, an adult’s ‘ideal’ daily sodium intake should not exceed 1,500 mg. To put that into perspective, 1,500 mg of sodium is less than ¾ of a teaspoon. We are not just talking about salt from a salt shaker, the ideal daily intake also covers the salt that’s already


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in many of the foods we eat. Not only do manufacturers add salt to packaged foods to enhance taste and flavor, but also do so to prolong shelf-life. This makes economical sense, and could be the reason why packaged foods are usually less expensive, but unfortunately our health ends up bearing the cost. Let’s use this month to begin taking control of how much salt we include in our diet. I have to be honest, it won’t be easy. Research tells us that salt intake releases dopamine, which leads to an endless

spiral of craving more and more salt-ridden foods, which ultimately leads to thirst. Feeling thirsty wouldn’t be a problem, if we always turned to water. This isn’t the case. Guess what? Diet sodas are also full of sodium! Supermarket Tips: The first thing to do when buying any packaged item? Read the label. When buying nuts? Go for unsalted. Looking for a snack? Grab some fruit or vegetables. Try substituting with different spices such as cumin, black pepper, oregano and cinnamon to enhance flavors.

When we make a conscious effort to quantify how much sodium we consume, and ensure it does not surpass the ideal daily intake, we should immediately experience positive effects. The positive effects include feeling slimmer, and less bloated as less sodium means less water retention. Gradually, your taste buds will begin to appreciate the natural flavor of foods, without the need for added salt. And, before you know it, the only time you’ll reach out to grab some salt, it’ll be for that relaxing day at the spa.

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FIT BITS WITH

FITLEE Quick office workouts to combat the hazard of prolong sitting.

Did you know that sitting in your office from 9 – 5 p.m. can do much harm to your body in the long run than you thought? Office spaces are set up to require little movement, making the idea of being active an afterthought. The weight gain is something you don’t realize until the clothes start getting tighter and it’s off to the stores you must go. Apart from the increased weight and inches, desk jobs also puts strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck, and can result in a general loss of muscle tone. Prolong sitting is also linked to diabetes, heart diseases, metabolic syndrome, rheumatic disorders, obesity and cancer.

To combat the adverse effects of the 9 – 5 routine, it’s important to exercise. But when can you find the time? Workplace workouts helps you maximize your limited hours and are perfect for quick breaks. We know space may be a problem and you don’t want to get sweaty and tired. Don’t worry, we got your back! Here’s a quick workout you can do in your formal clothing. It’’s easy, everyone can do it, and it doesn’t take much of your time. All you really have to do is get up every 60 minutes and do these four exercises for 10 repetitions only.

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Chair Squats 2- Lower yourself down till your butt hits the edge of the chair. 3- Stand up again and repeat.

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1- Stand in front of your chair.


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Leg Extensions 1- Straighten your leg while sitting. 2- Hold it for 10 seconds then lower it down and repeat on other side.

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Rear Raise 1- Hold any two objects that are equal in weight. 2- Raise upper arms to sides until elbows are shoulder height.

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Front Raise 1- While sitting, hold a book or any object that has some weight. 2- Raise it to shoulder level. 3- Lower it down and repeat.

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LIFESTYLE TIP OF THE MONTH

ECO-FRIENDLY LIFE Your monthly dose of health.

Earth is in serious need of our help, and we can all pitch in. Everything you do, no matter how big or small, makes a difference! Here are some easy and effective habits that will help you contribute towards a more eco-friendly world and a healthier life.

HERE ARE 11 SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP YOU START LIVING A MORE ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE, FROM TODAY: 1. Use a reusable grocery bag when you go shopping (no to plastic bags).

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2. Use a water bottle you can refill; no, to buying plastic bottled water.


5. Cut down on printing; save the trees and use an alternative to printing (e.g. e-tickets).

MOBILITY MONTH

6. Turn off appliances and lights that you are not using (energy efficiency).

Being mobile is a crucial aspect of our health and wellbeing. Our mobility effects the range of motion of our joints and muscles, and our posture overall. Regular mobility training, even for a few minutes, goes a long way. It can alleviate 'everyday' aches and pains as well as improve our body awareness. Here is a brief mobility session from the NTC+ (Nike Training Club) application that you can perform anywhere anytime! To see a live demonstration of the moves listed below and other great mobility moves, tune into the NTC+ app.

7. Carpool and rely less on your car whenever possible. Ride your bike, walk, or even run to get to places. Get moving people, literally.

18 MINUTES; NO EQUIPMENT; ACTIVE RECOVERY WU 8. Volunteer at or support local animal-shelters. 9. Recycle, recycle, recycle. There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it always ends up somewhere. 10. Conserve household water use. 11. Take extinction off your plate; eat less meat.

• 2-3 minutes of pulse-raising exercises (cardio-based)

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3x (30 SECONDS EACH) • Dynamic runner lunge (alternate)

• World’s greatest stretch (elbow to instep, internal torso rotation with reach, to a hamstring and calf stretch); 1 minute

• Walkouts to push-up

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• YTW with arms • Lateral hip openers

The body achieves what the mind believes.

• Crab reaches • Crab toe touches • Bird dogs (alternating)

Nelly Attar Fitness ambassador, trainer, healthy living advocate. Always on the run. shakeyojellywithnelly

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Wait, O Aishah, for Allah loves kindness in all things. By Zahra Anwer

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These were the words spoken by the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) to console his wife, Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) when she got angry at a group of people who had said to him: “Assaamu alaikum” (death be upon you).

The mercy, kindness and gentleness of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was the reason why people entered Islam. If it wasn’t for these, he would have put off the people around him, and they would have never taken interest in his message.

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HOW TO BE A DECENT HUMAN BEING ONLINE


Here are some things to remember when we’re online:

1. ALWAYS SPEAK (OR TYPE) ON THE SIDE OF KINDNESS

We have hundreds of friends online, the diversity means varying opinions and posts that we won’t always agree with. While social media encourages us to engage, always keep in mind that “how” we comment is half of the message. So choose your words wisely and always side with empathy. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “and (saying) a good word is also a charity.” [Al Bukhari and Muslim]

2. COUNTING PEOPLE’S SINS DOESN’T MAKE YOU A SAINT Never rebuke others, list their mistakes publicly and go as far as calling people names like kaafir. Determining whether someone is a kaafir or a faasiq is not up to you. It’s

up to Allah and His Messenger (PBUH). Having a bitter tone and behavior only pushes people away from the message. Most importantly, we have no right to judge others.

3. TROLLING TROLLS MAKES YOU A TROLL

The issue sometimes is we don’t have a fundamental education in our own religion. We don’t always know that our deen makes us civil, makes us decent, makes us patient, makes us patient and not reactionary. It gives us control over our emotions and prevents us from becoming behind-the-scene critics that are more concerned with commenting than constructing. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A true believer is not involved in taunting, or frequently cursing (others) or in indecency or abusing.” [Tirmidhi]

AS MUSLIMS, NEVER LET DISAGREEMENTS TAINT YOUR CHARACTER. It is encouraged to serve the deen, be involved in dawah, help others people through Islamic values, but for that you need to learn the basics. The solution is relatively simple: Unplug every once in a while, get involved in your communities, help and serve your people in real life.

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EXPO 2017 ASTANA TO THE WORLD Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan and host of the next Expo is undergoing rapid developments to welcome the massive influx of visitors. The expanding projects include doubling airport passenger traffic to seven million a year and listing 15,975 operational rooms in hotels and hostels.

THE UAE’S FIRST THEME PARK HOTEL OPENS ITS DOORS Located in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, Lapita Hotel’s design is engineered for families and groups planning to stay close to the park’s

activities and attractions. Boasting 504 rooms and suites and colorful motif, Lapita is bound to present a captivating experience.

NOFA RESORT AND CLUB

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Nofa is a luxury private members club and resort. Located 84 kilometers from the capital city, Nofa consists of 57 villas, all ranging from 170 to 1,600 square meters and they offer complete privacy.

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Located at the bottom of one of the world’s deepest pools at the Nemo 33 pool facility in Brussels, the Pearl offers a one of a kind dining experience. Diners must gear up for the five meter dive underwater, and are then escorted to their table encapsulated inside a tethered pod.


WORLD’S TALLEST BEACH TOWER QATAR AIRWAYS LAUNCHES FLIGHT TO NYC Qatar Airways made New York accessible to travelers from Riyadh with two daily flights departing from Hamad International Airport in Doha. Travelers can conveniently access four connecting flights a day from King Khalid International Airport.

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently announced the development of yet another iconic project. The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will slightly surpass Burj Khalifa, offering boundless views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina.

EXPLORE AFRICA ON A BUDGET Point of Departure: Dubai

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1. JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

3. SEYCHELLES, EAST AFRICA

5. CAIRO, EGYPT

DIVE INTO TURQUOISE WATERS AND ENJOY CREOLE CUISINE FOR FIVE DAYS

DISCOVER THE BUSTLING CITY AND DO SOME EXPLORING FOR FOUR DAYS

Starting from SR 3,471

Starting from SR 7,141

Starting from SR 3,778

Stay four nights at the Hilton Sandton and receive daily breakfast, return transfers, and return flight fare.

Stay four nights at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, with daily breakfast, return airport transfers and return airfare.

Spend three nights at the Barcelo Cairo Pyramids Hotel with daily breakfast and receive return airfare and return airport transfers.

2. ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

4. MAURITIUS, EAST AFRICA

6. BAMBURI, KENYA

Starting from SR 6,534

Starting from SR 9,699

Starting from SR 5,769

The package includes three nights’ at the Residence Zanzibar, daily half-board meal plan, return airport transfers and return airfare.

Enjoy four nights’ accommodation at Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre with daily half board meal plans, return airfare and return transfers.

The package includes two nights at Severin Tsavo Road Safari, safari vehicle with a trained driver, and return economy class airfare.

VISIT AND DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA’S BIGGEST CITY

RELAX ON WHITE SAND BEACHES AND ENJOY THE ISLAND

UNWIND ON THE ISLAND FILLED WITH BEACHES AND REEFS

SPEND SEVEN NIGHTS OF BEACH AND BUSH EXPLORATION

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Discover unspoiled beaches, lush forests and timeless ruins. By Caroline Hillier

Northern Sri Lanka is on the brink of a tourism boom, with locals eager to finally show off the island’s magnificent beauty. Surrounded by the idyllic Indian Ocean, the island of Sri Lanka is a secret piece of paradise offering endless opportunities and diverse experiences to locals and tourists. After years of conflict and natural disaster, Northern Sri Lanka has started to reveal its vibrant colours, unspoiled beaches and intense hospitality. Realizing the potential, luxury hotels and resorts have started popping up in the northern part of the country. It doesn’t hurt that Sri Lankans are some of the friendliest people that you’ll meet on your travels.

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Stunning Sri Lanka


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SUN AQUA PASIKUDAH In order to truly experience the history and culture that Sri Lanka has to offer, it’s best to hunker down in a hotel that sits in the heart of everything. Sun Aqua Pasikudah, a luxury boutique property offering five-star suites, is the perfect place to stay while visiting the island. Perched on the mysterious, calm shallow waters of Pasikudah beach, the serene atmosphere allows for total relaxation. The resort features an outdoor pool, fitness center with a tennis court and a spa. Guests experience gourmet dining at the in-house restaurant, which offers authentic Sri Lankan food and international dishes. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 73


After landing in Colombo airport, visitors can either drive or fly to Sun Aqua Pasikudah. The scenic drive takes you through multiple charming villages, bursting with color and local life. Wildlife runs free, so during the drive you’re bound to see peacocks and elephants wandering around. Those who opt for the onehour sea-plane flight will witness beautiful aerial views of Sri Lanka’s luscious forest and abundant nature.

GO OFF THE BEATEN PATH While guests at Sun Aqua Pasikudah will find plenty to do on the resort grounds, they’re encouraged to take forest treks, and make visits to local monuments, markets and villages. Guests can also enjoy the marine life rich with colorful corals and shipwrecks. The welcoming and helpful staff are ready to help plan unique private excursions through jungles, mountains and underwater terrains. Sri Lanka’s lush jungles are full of wildlife, including elephants, peacocks, monkeys, leopards, sloth bears and more. While the island is a true haven for nature and wildlife lovers, jungle safaris are easily the highlight of anyone’s visit.

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Sigiriya rock fortress


SRI LANKA Capital: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Currency: Sri Lankan rupee Official Languages: Sinhala, Tamil, English GET THERE • All major airlines fly from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prices start from approximately SR 1,500. MUST HAVE

Cultural travelers will also find lots to explore in Sri Lanka. There are diverse spiritual attractions and bustling markets selling fish, produce and clothing.

Spiritual Temple.

Sigiriya rock fortress.

The most visited attraction in the country is the Sigiriya rock fortress. The ruined royal palace sits on top of a giant rock in the middle of hill country. After climbing to the top, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of the countryside, and a look at an impressive fortress. Ask anyone, the Sri Lankan experience is incomplete without sampling the authentic local cuisine which boasts fiery curry and rice dishes, coconut, fresh seafood, native fruits and vegetables.

• Visas are required to travel from Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka, for any non-Sri Lankan traveller. • Good pair of walking shoes. • Electricity is 230. 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. Bring a stabilizer if you’re travelling with a laptop. KEEP IN MIND • Don’t drink tap water. • Explore the wilderness. • Locals are really friendly so don’t hesitate to start a conversation. • If you’re planning to rent a car, you’ll need an International Driving Permit in addition to your home country driving license.

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EXPLORE KSA

8

Things to Experience in

ABHA

The 2017 Arab Capital of Tourism By Mohammed Mirza

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See the Landscape from the Tallest Peak of the Country Reaching a whopping height of 9,843 feet, Jabal Souda is widely believed to be the tallest peak in the Kingdom. Once atop this peak, you’ll forget for a moment that you’re in Saudi Arabia. Rugged yet beautiful mountains pervade the backdrop, misty clouds comb the hills and snaking roads pass through the precarious mountainscape. 76 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

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Feed the Hamadryas Baboon These baboons are native to the region. They dwell in the mountain ranges and can be found in hordes on the outskirts of Abha. Feeding these baboons is a popular pastime for tourists. These mammals eat almost all types of food that is given to them. You can even give them a closed water bottle and see how they open it and drink it or watch how they open a packet of biscuits and enjoy its sugary coating.


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3 Understand Asiri Architecture In and around Abha, every now and then one will come across pockets of age-old houses, some of which are over 300 years old. These houses used indigenous construction techniques as per the raw materials available at their disposal. Today, some of these houses have been renovated to allow for modern amenities like air conditioning systems and electrical cables to be installed, which makes for an interesting sight of how the past is integrated with the present.

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4 Eat Fresh Produce From the Farms

There are also dedicated markets in the city that sell produce sourced from these farms.

Abha’s farms are unique. While much of Saudi Arabia is known for its drip irrigated farms, in Abha crops are grown on terraced farms. As Abha receives a decent amount of rainfall, the farmers capitalized on this particular farming technique that allows them to fight surface runoffs and retain water at the same time. The farms, however, end up looking like a series of steps. Eating the fresh local produce from them should definitely be on a bucket list for all visiting Abha.

5 Dine by the Clouds at the Green Mountain It’s more like a hill rather than a mountain that sits right in the core of the city. There is a restaurant on top of the hill that offers breathtaking views and is at times surrounded by fog. It is one of those places where the location presides over the food. At night, the hill is lit by a green light, hence the name ‘Green Mountain’.

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Clinging to a cliff face, this village is found in one of the last places where one would expect to find habitation. It is commonly believed that a location like this was used to settle so as hide from the invading armies of the Ottomans. Hide it did and did it well, remaining a mystery for a long time. Today, the only means to access the isolated abode is via a cable car that plunges 300 meters downwards to the base of the village. 78 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

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Plunge Down to the Hanging Village of Habalah


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Explore the Stone Village of Rijal Alma on Foot

7 Go Souvenir Shopping at Abha’s Traditional Souks Traditional markets are still a crucial part of daily life in Abha. Be prepared for some interesting finds in these souks. From culturally inspired paraphernalia

to Asir’s prized honey, the souk alleys hold many secrets. For tourists, the favored souk is the Tuesday Market or Souk Al Thulatha as it’s referred to locally. Every Tuesday, traders gather here and sell most things that Abha is famous for.

If the Kingdom were to have its own 7 wonders list, this village will definitely be on it. Nestled deep in the Asir Mountains some 57 kilometers from Abha, Rijal Alma evokes the feel of it being stuck in time as a good portion of the heritage village is in much the same condition as it once was. Walking around Rijal Alma feels like going back in time, with only small details like cars that remind you of the time. The village is accessible from the cable car that extends from the Souda National Park complex or one can take the snaking road down the cliff side from Jabal Souda. COORDINATES 18.2465° N, 42.5117° E

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HISTORIC KSA

CHARTING ARABIA Mapping a land riddled with mysteries.

Idrisi explaining the spherical shape of Earth in Roger II Hall.

By Mohammed Mirza

Arabia has always been considered one of the toughest places to map, housing some of the most uninhabitable terrains and river-less lands. Barren desert and blistering heat weren’t only obstacles to cartographers and explorers – even colonizers were daunted by them. From housing lakes in the middle of vast deserts to widely exaggerated sizes especially of the southern regions, Arabia has been mapped considerably differently by cartographers. One of the earliest most notable maps is of Ptolemy, who came up with a fairly sound depiction of Arabia in his map of the known world. His works were long forgotten and were only picked up during the Golden Age of the Muslim civilization. During the same time frame, many Arab scholars started making maps as well. The most famous of which was Al Idrisi’s map that was considered one of the most accurate maps of its time. 80 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

However, after the Muslim Golden Age, Arab scholarly achievements in the field became negligible and cartography was considered to be a European fixation. Even the most well documented of maps made by the Europeans would chart the coastal areas with a decent amount of accuracy, but miss out on inland villages of the peninsula, relying only on hearsay reports to depict them.

With time the accuracy of the maps produced by the Europeans increased. Charles Doughty was one of the first to cover the peninsula’s inland area with much accuracy as he recorded many of Arabia’s topographical features and gained knowledge of the region directly from the Bedouins, which was unknown to most Europeans before him.

Today, most historic maps made of Arabia by the Arabs and Europeans alike are found in King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh.


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NISSAN DISCOVERS

DESERT CAMEL POWER

We have great news for offroading enthusiasts: Nissan Middle East has discovered the Desert Camel Power. It’s a radical new concept that will eventually bring much advancement to understanding off-road performance. For a start, the concept developed by Nissan will revolutionize the way vehicles are evaluated for desert performance, using a scientifically proven formula.

There have been endless discussions about inherent off-road capabilities of SUVs in the Gulf, the Desert Camel Power brings clarity to the table. Just like horsepower can be calculated scientifically, so can Desert Camel Power. This raises the prospects of an at-aglance indication of whether the vehicle is fit for the desert. Want a car that can perform off-road? Just check the Desert Camel Power. The engineers also worked with scientists in the field of metrology to find ways to measure Desert Camel Power.

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Their finding is undergoing procedures under the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology to standardize the unit on a regional and global basis. What’s next? All Nissan Middle East showrooms and marketing literature will soon begin using Desert Camel Power to define the desert capabilities of a vehicle. Offroad enthusiasts will have an easier time picking out their next car! Web: nissan-me.com NissanME

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The concept that measures off-road capabilities.

Engineers and researchers at Nissan had been researching the elements that make vehicles well suited to desert driving. They found a number of factors, including the vehicle weight, velocity, trajectory and of course, the skill of the driver and maneuverability.


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The newcomer is aimed squarely at urban driving environments and combines a robust exterior and elevated driving position with compact dimensions for agile performance and manoeuvrability. Designed to perfection with a symmetrical fluid blend between polished metal and stunning glass, the HTC Sense Companion is a personal companion with voice recognition that learns the preferences and patterns of its user.

Jotun Adds Beauty and Luxury to Saudi Arabian Home

The First Saudi Woman to Become a General Manager in Hospitality

Elevating home décor across the region and globally, Jotun expands its interior paints portfolio with two new interior paint innovations debuting for Saudi Arabian homes.

Xperia XZ Premium: Best New Smartphone

The Rezidor Hotel Group marks a new milestone in its history by appointing its first Saudi female GM in the company and the hospitality industry, Maram Kokandi as the GM of a new Park Inn by Radisson Hotel in Jeddah.

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The GSMA announced that Xperia XZ Premium is the “Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017” at the annual Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards).


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Sloanes Ready to Hand Over Bayat Plaza to Investors by Q4

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Careem Launches New Type of Car Fitted with Baby Seats

The region’s leading chauffeur-driven car booking service, is adding to its fleet 30 cars fitted with baby seats. The specially adapted cars have seats for 1-2 babies and will be driven by the 30 top-tier.

OSN Brings the Thrills of Drone Racing League

Sloanes has announced that its iconic residential twin-towers, Bayat Plaza, is now 90 percent complete and on schedule for handing over to investors by December this year.

OSN is the first network to bring the high-speed, action sport of Drone Racing to the region, another first for its subscribers, and reflecting the network’s customer-first approach to deliver additional value and exclusive content.

Rolls-Royce Demonstrates the Many Facets of its Capabilities

Renault-Nissan Alliance

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Rolls-Royce showcased the full breadth of its bespoke capabilities. The facets of tailoring, engineering and jewelery demonstrates to every Rolls-Royce connoisseur that they can count on having their desire for a personal motor car.

Group Renault, Nissan Motors and Mitsubishi Motors together create a new force in the global auto industry. The alliance brands accounted for about one in nine cars sold worldwide last year.

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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

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.

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 Overlooking Al Faisaliah’s gorgeous landscaped plaza, IL Terrazzo’s succulent meats are seasoned and slow-roasted to perfection over an open fire. Al Faisaliya Hotel, Olaya • Tel: +96611-2732222

CHOCOLATES ANOOSH Anoosh offers a variety

of chocolates and mouth watering cookies. Al Imam Saud Ibn Abdulaziz Brandh Rd.. • Tel: 966-11-263 1051

BOSTANI CHOCOLATE & GIFTS For chocolates, gifts and more. Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966-114163484

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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

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

PANINO’S Hot sandwiches, salads and gourmet pizza. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-482 2100 PAPA JOHN’S The third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world. Takhassousi Rd. • Tel: +966-11-229 4409

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

FRENCH ANTHURIUM TA french

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

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

CAFE BATEEL Deluxe

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

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: +96611-2173303

TMRYA TMREYA blends authentic Arabian delicacies with contemporary global flavors to bring forth a unique world of confectionaries. Al Jawhara Complex, Al Alya • Tel: +966-11-2018299

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

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

TERRACE GRILL Best fine

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 Located within the spectacular golden sphere that tops Al Faisaliah Tower, the Globe serves up delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city. Al Faisaliya Hotel, Olaya • Tel: +966-11-2732222 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

CRÊPE CAFÉ Casual authentic crêperie. Riyadh Gallery • Tel: 966-11-207 8329 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 CRISTAL Offers a buffet that

has something for everyone thanks to its extensive variety of international cuisines and flavors. Open for breakfast and lunch. Al Faisaliya Hotel, Olaya • Tel: +96611-2732222


FUDDRUCKERS An American

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

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 • Tel: +966-11-444 3425

BASKIN ROBBINS STORE

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

DACTYLIFERA Chocolate and

Mini Icecream bites Takhassousi St. • Tel: +966-11-269 8566

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

LA CUCINA La Cucina is the

finest Italian restaurant in Riyadh and the only restaurant in KSA to be awarded the Ospitalita Italiano seal of authenticity. Al Faisaliya Hotel, Olaya • Tel: +966-11-2732222

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

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

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

KOSEBASI

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

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

NOODLE BOX

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

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

SILVER SPOON INDIAN CUISINE The best indian food. Tel: +966-11-222 2332

ZAIKA

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: +966-11-415 7878

KAMPAI Gourmet journey you

NOZOMI The best Fine Dining

ROSSOPOMODORO All our

cream parlor. Stars Hayat Mall • Mob: +966-559576854

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

GULF ROYAL CHINESE RESTAURANTAuthentic chinese

GODIVA The ultimate destination

HAAGEN-DAZS Premium ice

SHEZAN

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

Localizer Mall • Tel: +966-11-217 0125

MIRAGE The perfect Asian taste

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

LA SANI

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

DIAMOND Chinese Restaurant.

with over 25 topping choices. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-253 5578 for chocolate lovers. Takhassousi St. • Tel: +966-11-281 2000

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

TOP KAPI Blending history and

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

INDIAN PALACE FOOD

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

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

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 MUNCH BAKERY

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: +96611-4665555 • 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

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 88 DESTINATION RIYADH APRIL 2017

MIX FLOWERS For pretty flowrs. 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

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

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

STYLE FLOWERS 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 / +96611-472230

PHOTOGRAPHERS ADWA STUDIO Females only

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

EXPOSURESA Weddings,

events, Sports, products and fashion.• Tel: +966-590007001 • Web: exposuresa.com

MALAMEH ALFAN STUDIO

@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: +966-11-4889516 • Web: closetworld.com.sa

CITIES Modern furtnitures.

Centria Mall • Mob: +966-112180007 • Web: zoom-cities.com

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

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

REEMA STUDIO For portraits.

FIT FOREVER FITNESS One

Tahlia St. • Mob: +966-11-293 1500

SARATOQA PHOTOGRAPHY Young seasoned photographer. Centria Mall • Mob: +966555441211

SULTANA PHOTOGRAPHER Young passionate Saudi photographer. • Mob: +966554991154.

CLINICS Provide patients with highquality 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

of the most professional gyms in Riyadh. King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-810 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 Provide 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: +96611-482 0003 • Web: korestudios.net

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

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

CONSULTING CLINICS

NUYU A stunning chain of fitness

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

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

MUROONA SPINE & JOINT CLINIC Specializing in

Exit 16. • Mob: +966-11-2442233. • Web: ikea.com

GYM & HEALTH CENTERS 9ROUND Personal trainers who

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

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

IKEA C’mon, it’s Ikea. East Ring Rd.

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

For women. Abdullah Ibn Sulaiman Al Hamadan Riyadh. • Mob: +966553005522 • Web: malamehalfan. com

ABAD SPECIALIZED CLINICS

FURNITURE

SPECIALIZED CLINICS One

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

LUTHAN WELLBEING STUDIO

centres, inspiring the women of Riyadh to get active and stay active. Al Muruj • Tel: +966-11-214 3710 • Web: nuyu-ksa.com

SPECTRUM WELLNESS FOR

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

HOSPITALS AL JAFEL INTERNATIONAL HOTEL Safe and high 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 cost-effective healthcare with a sense of compassion and dignity. Ar Rabi • Tel: +966-11-2751111 • Web: khccgroup.com

KING FAISAL SPECIALIST RESEARCH CENTER 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

RIYADH CARE HOSPITAL

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

MATAM BEAUTY SALON

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

MY NAIL SPA All things nails

- beauty and care. Exit 2 • Mob: +966-53582 3333 • Web: instagram. com/my_nails_spa

WESAM WORLD FASHION

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

PEST CONTROL

OLAYA MEDICAL CENTER A

HIT PEST CONTROL One of

SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL

TRAP PEST CONTROL Become

multi-specialty medical centre. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-464 5501 • Web: omc.com.sa The largest leading heath provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As Sahafah • Tel: +966-11-2685555 • Web: ryd.sghgroup.com.sa

SPECIALIZED MEDICAL CENTER (SMC)

The symbol of trust in Healthcare. SMC is the largest Academic Private Hospital in Riyadh Web: smc.com.sa • Tel: +966-11-4343800

SULAIMAN AL HABIB HOSPITAL Complete medical

care. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-462 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

the leading pest & termite control establishments. •Tel: +966-11-471 6853 • Web: hitpest.com 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: +966-11-211 5000 • Web: fourseasons.com/riyadh

HOLIDAY INN Offers a tranquil base right in the heart of Riyadh. Location: Olaya • Tel: +966-11 4612000 • Web: holiday-inn.com / ihg.com HOTEL IBIS RIYADH An oasis

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

RIYADH MARRIOTT HOTEL

Combines style and substance, with 5-star accommodations and the unparalleled level of service. King Saud Road• Tel: +966-114779300 • Web: marriott.com

SHERATON RIYADH HOTEL & TOWERS Located in the heart

of Riyadh. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-114543300 • 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

AL TAYYAR TRAVEL Book your

flights and hotels online. Kharis Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2653926 • Web: altayyargroup.com

ATTAR TRAVEL 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

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

HOTEL NOVOTEL RIYADH

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

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

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

LUTHAN WELLNESS SANCTUARY The Wellness

of the world’s leading global hotel brands. AbdulAziz St. • Tel: +966-114791234 • Web: radissonblu.com

Sanctuary is an all-encompassing life enhancement center.Al Raed Rd. • Tel: +966-11-480 7799 ext.240 • Web: luthanhotel-spa.com

INTERCONTINENTAL RIYADH

RADISSON BLU HOTEL One

travel agency. King Fahad Branch Rd. • Tel: 9200 25959 • Web: flyin.com

INTA A professional tour

operator and travel agent. Dammam Rd. • Mob: +966-50 248 5555 • Web: intagency.com

TOUR OPERATORS HAYA TOUR A licensed tour

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

BEST RENT A CAR Car Rental. Al Ghadeer Dt. • Tel: +966-11-2245212 • Web: bestrentacar.com.sa BUDGET Provide the flexible leasing program to meet your specific long term car rental needs. Al Murabba • Tel: +966-11-4036664 • Web: budgetsaudi.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

HERTZ Car rental ith all the best offers and deals on cars. King Khaled Airport • Tel: 9200 05561 • Web: hertz.com

V-KOOL SAUDI glass solar control window films. As Sulaimaniyaha • Tel: +966-11-293 6969 • Web: v-kool.com UBER To passengers, Uber is essentially synonymous with taxis, and to drivers, it’s basically a referral service. • Web: uber.com/ cities/riyadh

SAUDI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AGENCY One of the

leading companies in travel & tourism. King Abdul Aziz • Mob: +966533264028 • Web: ritzcarlton.com DESTINATIONKSA.COM 89


COMPOUNDS

SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES

AL BUSTAN VILLAGE One of

ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL English schools from

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 DELUXE VILLAS Two 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

AL NAKHEEL VILLAGE

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 WAHA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND Fully facilitated

KINGDOM SCHOOL

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

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

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

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

LAPALMA VILLAGE 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

KING FAISAL SCHOOL

KINDERGARTENS AL FURSAN International

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

BLOSSOMS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN A place, which is designed to foster language & social development. Mohammed Ibn Uthaim St. • Tel: +966-112146665 • Web: blossomsksa.com

CHILDHOOD STEPS Designed to provide fun, good health, safety and the best education needed in early childhood. Al Tougably • Tel: +966-11-415 7255 • Web: childhoodsteps.com

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

DRAGON FLY Pre-school and Kindergarten • Mob: +966504189863 • Web: facebook. com/Dragonfly-EnglishKindergarten-185160721532918

THE REEF COMPOUND

GROWING MINDS Pre-School

Attractive & traditional Villas • Al Waseel Rd. • Mob: +966-562222077 • Web: reefcompound.com

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: +966-11-240 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

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

LITTLE ANGELS

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

MAMA ET MOI

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

A Montessori Preschool. Eid Compound • Tel: +966-11-2493400 • Web: littleangelsriyadh.com 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

MY SCHOOL

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

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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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