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Abu Hamdan:

UNCONVENTIONAL PATHS TO SUCCESS

ISSUE 59 JANUARY 2018


FROM THE EDITOR

Editor-in-Chief Enas Hashani Managing Director Maria Mahdaly Executive Editor Bassma Al Toaimi

LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS... How do you define success? Is it rising up the corporate ladder and getting that executive parking spot? Is it earning enough for yourself and your family? Is it owning a blue chip company or having a brand everybody loves? Traditionally, we’ve looked up to people who are industry admirals, corporate leaders and visionaries who’ve made it. But we are entering a paradigm that re-evaluates how we measure wins in the business landscape. New Riyadh and its people have shown us that success isn’t just about who’s making the most money at the end of the year. It’s also who’s creating impact, pursuing one’s passion, and thriving, it’s the entrepreneurial spirit putting up a good fight, and taking unconventional paths to determine the future we see for ourselves. And so, for this business issue, we celebrate the people whose idea, big or small, is helping build the Riyadh of the future. We jumpstart things with social media genius, Abu Hamdan, whose path to success is by being extraordinarily average. We look at Riyadhis who are setting up the building blocks for sectors that are just beginning.

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

THE BUSINESS ISSUE 34

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Superheroes and Geeks Flock to Riyadh

A Riyadhi Do's and Dont's Guide to Dressing Smart

12 BUSINESS

• Our Competitive Advantage: Supporting The Kingdom’s SMEs and Startups

16 SPECIAL FEATURES

• The Story of Abu Hamdan: A Fruitloop in a bowl of Cheerios • New Riyadh: A city of grit and hustle

28 LIFESTYLE

• Music: Local band Mizan jams in the name of love

30 Rocking Sharqiya's music scene.

• Artist of the Month: Noufa Farhoud • Activity: Take a Hike! • Comic Con Arabia 2017

40 STYLE & BEAUTY

• Lazy Shopping 101 • A Riyadhi Working Man’s

Guide to dressing smart. • Riyadhi Make-up Artists • Shopping for Lazy Shopaholics

66 Top Places to Visit in Salalah

WINTER HUGS in a bowl!

48 DINING AROUND TOWN • Restaurants That Are Good for Meetings • Soups for the Soul

58 HEALTHY LIVING

• Your Guide to a Healthy Year • DR’s Productivity Secrets • Prevent Football Injuries

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62 TRAVEL TRENDS

• Travel News: Learn to Sail, Escape to Nature in Zanzibar

• Azmara Quest: A trip around the Mediterranean • Visit Salalah in Oman • Keeping Up with Yas Island • The Holy Qur’an Exhibition

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W H AT ’ S I N S I D E

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED We set out to uncover a different side of Abu Hamdan, only to discover that there isn’t any. He is what he is, and that’s refreshing! In true Abu Hamdan fashion we found ourselves Available at running around the streets. Danube, Virgin The result? A cover that is Megastore fun, raw, and captures the and Tamimi for authenticity of a Riyadhi taking only SR 10 the offbeaten path to success.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Naseema Shafi

is a writer fueled by her passion to write content that inspires, motivates and appeases the readers. After completing her internship, she took up the position of a freelance writer for Destination Riyadh.

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Nelly Attar

A health and fitness advocate, athlete, trainer turned entrepreneur, Nelly is on a mission to get and keep Riyadhis moving and active. She founded MOVE, the 1st bootcamp and dance studio in the city. shakeyojellywithnelly

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Mohammed Mirza

is a history junkie, food fanatic, and travel buff. His favorite word is ‘viral’ and considers himself a digital media guru. He is extremely talkative and has a new found love for books. me_mirza15

Norah Al Eissa

Norah Aleisa is a 23 year old who works in styling. She has worked in fashion, interior design and even film. She loves going out of her comfort zone and pushing boundaries. Norah lives on fashion and tea. norahaleisa


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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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1. Lumar Gallery Presents Forget Me Not

The Forget Me Not exhibition at Lumas Gallery presented artworks that preserve fragile beauty, keeping ahead of its impermanence. Art enthusiasts were stunned by artists Heiko Hellwig, Isabelle Menin, Rene Twigge, and Olaf Hajek. Hellwig gave an inspiring talk and attendees got a chance to win one of his signed artwork.

2. France, Made With Love

French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, HE François Gouyette hosted a French Gourmet Cocktail on behalf of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food at his residence. The event, organized by Business France, aimed to introduce the food specialities, delicacies, and beverages of France; in order to increase trade relations between the two nations.

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3. Servcorp Community

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Workspace solutions provider Servcorp launched “The Servcorp Community,” a unique and secure business directory and business platform that connects 40,000 Servcorp clients. At the launch was also the opening of the world’s very first all-ladies co-working space section for businesswomen in Saudi Arabia, which supports a large part of the business scene. 


4. KSACrossfit Gathered Saudi’s Strongest Women

The first crossfit competition for women in KSA was organized by Kore Studio. They brought together the toughest female athletes to battle it out in gruelling rounds of workouts. The winner these year are: Amal Shahrani (Crossfit Khobar, HybridBox) for Individual Rx, Tahani Ibrahim (KSACrossFit) for scaled, and KSACrossfit for Team. Sponsors included Reebok, Lean Meals, Kawn HealthCouture, Power Zone, Zero Worries, and Etzan.

5. ArabNet Riyadh 2017- The largest digital conference in the Kingdom

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For the sixth year in a row, ArabNet Riyadh gathered Saudi Arabia’s government, largest corporations and 1,600 regional/international digital professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs, to discuss the future of digital in the region. A key focus of the event was the progress of the National Transformation Plan and its visible achievements in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Saudi Arabia.

6. Saudi Health and Beauty Exhibition Debuts in Riyadh

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The exhibition (SHB) was inaugurated by Al Shareef Saud the son of Princess Bassma bint Abdulaziz at the AlFaisaliah Resort. Saudi Health and Beauty is the only meeting point for KSA’s professional Beauty and Wellness industry. More than 60 major local and international companies from more than 18 countries participated during the 2017 edition.

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7. Bringing Healthy Smiles!

The Saudi Dental Society (SDS) and Colgate have joined forces to launch a series of farreaching initiatives designed to significantly enhance oral healthcare habits across the Kingdom. The Pledge to Enhance Oral healthcare in KSA by 2023 was unveiled during a special signing event attended by representatives from SDS and Colgate.

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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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KINAN MALLS Live a unique experience this winter by engaging in fun activities and winning valuable prizes for children of all ages. Location: Rimal Center Mob: +966-599477212 Email: saad@fpsocial.com Web: fpsocial.com

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JAN. 4 – 6

HAYY An exhibition to showcase interactive design projects curated by a group of artists. Location: L’Art Pur Gallery Email: hayy_art@outlook.com

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JAN. 18 - 21

JAN. 21 – 24

JAN. 28 – 30

Location: Prince Sultan Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel Mob: +966-549577771 Email: info@awsaf.info Web: awsaf.info

SAUDI PLASTICS & PETROCHEM 2018 The 15th edition brings together industry professionals from all around the world, to raise awareness of sustainability.

SAUDI INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION FOR INTERNET OF THINGS (SAUDI IOT) An initiative to create a platform focusing on potential of the IoT revolution.

Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center Email: info@recexpo.com

Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center Email: info@saudiiot.com

AWSAF EXPO A distinctive Saudi-Turkish event, with famous artists, local, and international celebrities

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ALIA EXPO 3 The exhibition aims to stimulate traders, large companies, beauty centers, and women investors in Saudi and other Arab designers to display their products. Location: Holiday Inn Izdihar Hotel Mob: +966-542662228 Email: info@alyatadam.com Web: alyatadam.com/main/home/

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FEB. 18 – 20 FEB. 15 – 17

TRAVEL & TOURISM PIONEERS FORUM The leading Saudi platform for local and international tourism boards and agencies. Location: Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski Mob: +966-549577771 Web: alawsatexpo.com | ttpf-sa.com

SAUDI MEETINGS INDUSTRY CONVENTION An event specializing in the convention and exhibition industry and related businesses. Location: King Faisal Convention CenterInterContinental Hotel Mob: +966-11-4602332 Email: info@exicon-specialist.com Web: saudifranchiseexpo.com

FEBRUARY 2018

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COMMUNITY

CULTURAL STREET

Tahliya St. was transformed into a cultural avenue, where people got the chance to check out different booths, artworks, and social organizations. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, inaugurated the Cultural Street festival. Already in its second edition, it drew in Riyadhis with a variety of activities running throughout the event week.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

CINEMAS SET TO OPEN IN 2018 We knew this day would come sooner rather than later, yet we were still ecstatic when the news was finally announced. Yes, Riyadh, by next year you’ll be able to go to the cinemas and endure long lines at confectionery stands.

8TH RIYADH ECONOMIC FORUM FOCUSES ON VISION 2030 The annual Riyadh Economic Forum (REF) was organized by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) under the patronage of King Salman. Under the slogan, Tomorrow’s economy is built today,the forum tackled topics related to the government’s efforts to achieve the Kingdom’s Future Vision 2030.

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THUMBS UP PARKING FACILITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED

There are now a range of parking facilities available to people with disabilities around Riyadh. These parking areas are slightly wider than an average parking space to allow for easy access. The spaces are also clearly marked for use by disabled people by both signs and road markings. The traffic departments are now carrying out operations to establish a culture of respect for the rights of people with special needs. They recently seized around 500 vehicles parked in spaces reserved for people with disabilities.

#TRYLOCAL RIYADH WINS BEST SHORT FILM Yes, ladies and gents, we did it again! Try Local Riyadh directed by Otbah Rayess and produced in association with Lub Creative and Destination magazine, is a short film that captures the essence of the city through its language, people, places, and food has clinched the Best Short Film award at Colors of Saudi 2017. What’s next, you ask? We are heading East, people! Stay tuned.

KFMC ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

King Fahad Medical City Research Center organized its 12th KFMC Annual Research Symposium in December 2017. The aim of this event was to encourage the research experience of junior investigators, to enhance their knowledge about research methodology and management, and to motivate KFMC staff at all levels to communicate their research. The symposium included four keynote speakers: Prof. Nasser Al-Sanea, Prof. Yassen Arabi, Prof. Mohammed Abu Maree, and Prof. Mohammed Al Qattan.

AWJ EVENTPEOPLE HAVE STORIES

People have stories had a concept of an interactive theatre that was organized by Awj. Visitors were able to interact with the characters and their five different stories. What we loved about this exciting event was that it preserved live interaction as a prime force of entertainment.

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BUSINESS

We’ve been busy shaking up the business landscape lately, doing whatever it takes to realize Vision 2030. We’re walking – even running – into a new era, where technology and a knowledge-based and creative economy are in the spotlight.

Supporting our SMEs and Startups

The Saudi government has been supporting and investing in SMEs and startups across the country. The SME General Authority’s BIBAN interactive conference held in September last year looked at the importance of innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship and encouraged a nurturing environment and technical infrastructure to support competitiveness among the country’s SMEs.

Attendees

Speakers

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In November last year’s Misk Global Forum, over 100 speakers and 4,700 attendees from 75 countries participated in over 70 sessions, setting plans for the incorporation of technological innaovation to achieve a competitive advantage at both national

and international levels. Tech giant Bill Gates also took part in our journey with his foundation’s pledge of US$100,000 to support Saudi initiatives, projects, and startups in coming up with creative solutions to global challenges.

Countries that participated

Sessions on technological innovation

Misk Global Forum

The SME sector represents 99.2% of businesses in Saudi Arabia, contributing 20% to the GDP, despite some challenges that they face – lack of knowledge about government systems, weak communication among stakeholders, among others. More than just pushing forward buzz words in the business arena, these recent initiatives backed by the government aim to help SMEs overcome these obstacles, and, importantly, understand the local market’s needs and the opportunities available to them.

Bill Gates’ pledge through his foundation, to support Saudi initiatives

Things are definitely changing at a rapid pace in Saudi Arabia as it focuses on these smaller businesses and revives that age-old entrepreneurial spirit. As our economy continues to go through these changes, our growing pains can only help us become stronger and better than ever before.

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Here are some organizations and initiatives that are focused on helping SMEs and startups.

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Raed

A corporate venture capital firm providing funding for early stage start-ups. Location: 2881 King Fahd Rd, Dammam, AlFaisaliyah Email: info@raed.vc Web: raed.vc RaedVC Raed Ventures

Oqal Group

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

THE STORY OF

ABU HAMDAN

A Fruitloop in a bowl of Cheerios By Duha AlHosainy

Abu Hamdan Fact:

He studied Media in college.

Weirdest fan encounter:

At a restaurant someone asked the DJ to play Awafi then the person turned to him and said, “This is for you.”

Weirdest thing anyone asked you?

“Are you stupid?”

If you wrote a book about yourself, what would the title be?

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“How to Be Smart”

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If Abu Hamdan were a ghost he would chase… Chndy.

Last show he watched:

The Office and One Piece.

Favorite smell?

Bokhour (Incense).

How free time is spent by Abu Hamdan:

As a kid, his mom used to put on Egyptian-dubbed Disney movies and Kuwaiti plays to entertain him while she was away. His free time has been spent the same since then.

If you can be anyone in the world for one day, who would you be? Andy from Toy Story.

Abu Hamdan’s idol:

Saud, his brother, who leads a free-spirited life, who inspires him and makes him laugh.

If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? •A farm with animals •A cook •An airplane

Saudi’s funniest Mohammed, 24-year-old Mohammed “Abu Hamdan” Al Hamdan, has been all over social media for the past two years, starting from zero to hero minus the ego. The reason behind his 3.5 million followers is because he is so average it’s extraordinary (he’s also hilarious, have we mentioned that?). To really know Abu Hamdan, we need to go 4 years back. After moving jobs from a bookstore to McDonald’s, he set a goal for himself. He wanted to be promoted as a fast food chain manager, so he can wear the cap with the big yellow “M.” Even though he spent a whole week facing fries, he got promoted within three months. A year later, he was forced to change jobs again to fit his college hours, so he went to apply at another restaurant wearing his CV – his McDonald’s manager clothes (take note: how to dress up for an interview). After bouncing around through different restaurants, he found himself working in a real estate company. He lived in a farm, woke up early, ate breakfast, watched the news, and had the same day on repeat, like a retiree but at the age of 22. He got a call from a production company where he first worked as a video editor, then transitioned into acting and even went the extra mile to direct and style his own photoshoots that trended all over tumblr (it was epic!). DESTINATIONKSA.COM 17


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This is when the persona of “Abu Hamdan” started going public. Inspired to be the whole package, Abu Hamdan always implements ideas that have never been done before, like the music video parody he recently released, Awafi, featuring him (and his humor), which got over 25 million views online. Stirring social media even more, Mohammed did a Louis Vuitton fashion shoot with his two friends, Chndy and Cheb Moha, which turned out to be his favorite project so far. Fresh out of the box, Abu Hamdan is releasing an app called Hemoji keyboard, an Arabic app where people can send GIFs of Abu Hamdan (watch out for Abu Hamdan’s face all over your timeline and message feed). So if you ask Mohammed what his job is? It’s doing what he loves, singing, dancing, collecting vintage pieces… and sometimes even drawing! And so our story of Mohammed Al Hamdan stops here, but he did not leave without telling us how to live the Abu Hamdan way. “Put your ego aside, be neutral, be humble and live your life simply.” warchieff DESTINATIONKSA.COM 19


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

A city of grit and hustle. There is no denying that Saudi Arabia has changed drastically in recent months. The past two years have ushered in progress, as the country attempts to loosen its dependency on oil and diversify the economy.

Indeed, mega projects like NEOM, the entertainment city, or what is being anticipated as the largest IPO in history, courtesy of ARAMCO, are on the horizon. While we’re enthused with what these major developments can bring, the government recognizes

that simultaneously, economic progress can really be achieved through the involvement and success of startups, SMEs, and innovators. In fact, one of the major benefactors of the SR 72B stimulus package allotted for the private sector are for these quickly rising players in the market. And so we turn to the homegrown enterprises, lifestyle startups, who are braving the new frontier. These Riyadhis are a sampling of the minds who are redefining what meaning business, means in the city:

Nelly Attar was a clinical psychologist by profession, she left a full time job at a social enterprise to open up a dance and boot camp studio, the first of its kind in Riyadh. Despite being a trainer and an active member in the health and fitness community, it was a still a leap for her to join the ranks of entrepreneurs in an industry that is relatively new. “Everyday, I learn something new, I even had to relearn things I thought I knew. The operational side of things can be daunting but without it, what you have is a dream not a business.” 20 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018


Bader Assery, Alhanouf Alrassan, and Abdullah Almhqani are the passiondriven, enthusiastic, and young university students who created Chillville. “We came up with the idea of a clothing line in my club house at 3 a.m.” Badr laughs as he recalls the memory. Alhanouf highlighted their outfits as, “an everyday, casual, streetwear OOTD.” “I feel great when I see a man wearing our pink cap. They’re breaking stereotypes,” Abdullah says. These friends want to motivate the Saudi youth to follow their heart and inspire them to start their own start-ups.

Waad Aljuaid, Ghadah AlMoqbel, Hawazin Al-Saif, Sarah Al-Arifi, Athir Al-Ariefy and Najla Al-Ariefy, a group of six ladies, who also happen to be university students, came up with an innovative entertainment solution: Elixir. Keeping in mind Saudi Vision 2030, they aimed to create games that inspire, educate, and entertain, via Elixir. They created high-energy, immersive & interactive games for people stay fit and active, while at the same time developing their team-work skills.

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“Step into the future of conserving energy, without spending too much or compromising on luxury.” – Saleh Al Wallan

Whether you’re busy, energy-conscious, or simply lazy, ControlleX has created a smart solution for smarter, easier living. A young Saudi entrepreneur, Saleh Al Wallan, wanted to create a product that helps people conserve energy and that results in 100% Return on Investment within a month of buying it. With help from his friend, Mohannad Balkhi, Saleh created ControlleX; an app that helps control the electronics at home or work through a tap on your smartphone. With their app, they can help you turn any room into a smart room. You can access the air conditioning, lights, and other paired devices like television from anywhere around the world. If you’re too busy to switch off electronics manually from your phone, you can set timings for that and leave the rest to ControlleX. 22 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018


Tourism will be one of the biggest sectors in Saudi Arabia, and at the heart of it are the service providers and operators. Founded by Abdulrahman AlShaya, Horizon Tours had the foresight to apply for the SCTH license ahead of everyone else, and now they’re one of the first to be accredited by the ministry. Abdulrahman is an example of what happens when you find what you love and pursue it. He left a lucrative career as a hotelier, took a job as paralegal, so he can focus on building a company based on his passions: the desert and exploration. His love for what he does shows in the experience he provides, and he puts the knowledge he has amassed about the past to good use.

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LIFESTYLE

MUSIC

Jammin’ in the Name of Love Exclusive sit-down with local band Mizan By Dalia Darweesh

What happens when talent, passion, and harmony (pun intended) collide? We got to find out when we had a sitdown with Sharqiya’s vibrant and up-to-the-minute band,

Mizan. Mizan, Arabic for scale, is inspired by wazin, the balance, structure, and rhythm of a song. “It also means a lot to us, as we try to make that balance in our lives,” they said.

Feras Al Twaim

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Fahad Al Mohawis

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Because we’ve been playing together for so long, we’ve built this chemistry that makes us in sync. We become completely lost in the process, and the music drives us. Faisal Al Musa

Raif Bukhari

Shaker Bukhari

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With different backgrounds, interests, and personalities, Mizan’s members collectively make up a unique sound, becoming the hip band that they are today. Raif Bukhari, Fahad Al Mohawis, Feras Al Twaim, Shaker Bukhari, and Faisal Al Musa share with

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us their story and, of course, their love for music. It’s all about how you feel when you listen to their music. “We like to make people forget about their worries. We want them to enjoy the moment, at least for a couple of minutes.” Mizan officially started as a band in November 2017, but the members have a long history of music. From weekend jam sessions to creating their own music, the idea of starting a band came

naturally to them. Mizan plays a fusion of different genres, from progressive rock, to jazz, blues, and funk. This is a contributing factor caused by the diverse range of music the band listens to. Some of their favorite artists include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and The Aristocrats.


Whatever you’re in the mood for, you will find something that will automatically make you enjoy the music. “We want to make music that really allows a person to feel the rhythm and dance to it, but we also want it to affect them on a deeper level. Make them feel something they haven’t felt in a while.” “Our music-making process is organized chaos,” they said jokingly. What’s beautiful about it is that it begins with a feeling. They use their emotions, from anger to sadness or happiness, and in return, they express their feelings through playing an instrument. Starting from one person with a drum beat followed by the guitar, the music takes a life of its own. “Because we’ve been playing together for so long, we’ve built this chemistry that makes us in sync. We become completely lost in the process, and the music drives us.” Live music performances are relatively new and uncommon in the Kingdom, especially in Sharqiya. Still, cultural boundaries exist in the region, such as public acceptance and awareness of the music industry. Mizan says that the music scene in Sharqiya has always been underground. “We have some great musicians in the area, but they don’t get exposure.” With all the events, festivals, and exhibitions held throughout Sharqiya, we are noticing the rise of musicians performing publicly. However, it’s still a grey area on

whether performing publicly is officially allowed or not – another challenge Mizan is facing. “We’re kind of still in limbo and it’s all happening so fast, so we jumped into the river with everyone else.”

the near future. “We don’t want our music to be superficial, we want it to have a lasting impact on the person listening.”

Mizan expressed their enthusiasm about this emerging change in Sharqiya. “There’s nothing that can really stop us,” they tell us.

Another ultimate direction for the band is starting their first Saudi record label for jazz and blues – having an official recording studio, creating a platform for musicians to produce songs, and also interacting with other artists.

Mizan also shared with us their plans on making an album in

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LIFESTYLE

ARTIST’S CORNER

NOUF FARHOUD

and the Fifty Shades of Feelings In conversation with our emerging artist of the month. By Reema Al Humaid

What do you do other than art?

When I’m not in my art corner I like to read books, preferably horror or mystery, and I also love helping out my friends with their projects.

You say you don’t do specific art.

I don’t confine myself to a certain style of art; most of my work revolves around the methods of expressionism, abstract and digital art. I do plan on experimenting with different methods in the future.

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NAME: Nouf Farhou AGE: 18 OCCUPATION:

Architecture student

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I’ve always wanted to “leave a mark” and now that I know how to, I won’t leave a canvas blank.

I believe that bright colors attract attention and show confidence. Most of these paintings are based on stressful or sorrowful moments contradictory to the vivid colors, and I really like the idea of throwing people off and having them question my methods. This, however, wasn’t planned. It just happened based on instinct.

COURTESY PHOTO • NAWWAF AL FARRAJ

Why do you like using bright colors?


Are there stories behind your pieces?

Yes, I share my stories in a more creative way – through my paintings. Most of my work is based on stories or people I’ve met. For instance, in this painting, one of my more recent ones, I tried to express the anxiety I faced recently; using bright colors helps me relieve some of the stress and look at the issue with a more optimistic approach.

Which of your pieces is your favorite? Why?

My favorite painting is a selfportrait that can be viewed in many different ways. It’s almost like the “half empty or half full glass” – I am either the ship, stable yet completely out of balance, or I rise above like the sun and moon. This was my first painting using the expressionism style, so I guess this is where it all began.

Artists play an important part in the society-- they can lead, uplift or provoke with their art they also add emotions and color to their community.

If you’ve just started, be different, don’t force it. Join as many art events and galleries as possible, be confident in yourself and your work, and socialize, socialize, socialize! — Nouf Farhoud

What work of art do you wish you owned?

Any canvas of George Condo’s would be a dream come true.

What projects have you been up to recently?

I’ve been trying to have more people notice my art and the only way to do that is by participating in different events and projects. Three of my art works were showcased at the art is generosity2 event in PSU, and a project I found very interesting is the levels project where artists with different art styles get together to paint a parking lot in Riyadh. art.by.nouf DESTINATIONKSA.COM 29


LIFESTYLE

TAKE A HIKE!

Hiking clubs and touring services to get you exploring like a true Riyadhi. By Naseema Shafi and Jou Pabalate

It’s the winter season, and those who love the sun can finally play under it without any apprehension. This is the season for all the outdoor adventures that a Riyadhi can dream of, and that means it’s officially the time for hiking, camping and adventuring.

Horizon Tours

Abdulrahman AlShaya started Horizon Tours because of his love for the desert. It is one of the first touring services to be licensed by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage this year. They offer central region tours but also cater to other parts of Saudi Arabia, like Shuwaimis and the empty quarter.

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Horizon took us on a Rock Art tour where we saw awe-

inspiring petroglyphs and went to a secret valley that felt like an open museum. The Horizon crew is amazing when it comes to giving you a full and authentic historical, cultural, and entertaining experience. Expect to learn about pre-Islamic folklore, listen to legends around the bonfire, feast on authentic Kabsa, and enjoy the desert like a true Bedouin.

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Masarat Club

Masarat club was created with passion and fervor to explore. A group of friends who loved hiking came together to start the club in April 2017. Their hiking adventures are thrilling, exciting, soulful, and educational. With them, we got to explore mountains that we never knew existed here.

Price for the hiking trip per head: SR 400

DR Fave for taking your hikes to the next level

The tour guides of the club are always curious, so they try to discover as many hiking trails and historical sites as possible. If you’re lucky to hike on a mountain close tosuch a site, then you can have the pleasure to explore more. Masarat Club’s guides are fully equipped with all the hiking equipment and first-aid, so if you’re concerned about your safety, no worries, they’ve got your back. The club also takes people here on global trips; next up they’ve got Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus in their books, so get ready to register yourself if interested! Masaratclub

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Riyadh Hiking Club

Price for the tour per head: SR 100 inclusive of food, refreshments, and transportation (if needed)

This group organizes trips on a weekly basis. The locations and type of hikes they do vary between the sand dunes, sunset excursions, fossil gardens, valley hikes, and sometimes, in city cultural trips and activities. The one we were invited to join was at the Edge of the World, followed by a barbecue, where people got to socialize and enjoy a campfire with warm tea. The people are culturally diverse, friendly and welcoming, so you won’t feel left out even if it’s your first time hiking in Riyadh. Another cool thing about Riyadh Hiking Club is that they’re the most affordable option between all the tours we’ve tried. Riyadh.Hiking.Club

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DR Fave for newbies and social butterflies


DR fave for most things to do

Ghazi Tours

Ghazi tours is majorly formed by the Ghazi family hailing from the Northern part of the country. Their trips highly focus on bringing people together from diverse cultures and entertaining them. Destination tried their trip to the Red Sands called Saad, where we got to sand-ski, ride quad bikes, drift (in a safe manner of course), sing and dance. They are a group of explorers who offer camping trips and one day trips filled with fun and adventure in which you get to explore places in and around Riyadh. When you’re on a trip with them, there’s more time for laughter, fun and socializing than exhausting yourself on a trail. Ghazi Tours is passionate about its culture and they aren’t hesitant to be loud, hence, their folklores and folk dances are authentic and amusing. Safe, fun, social and exciting- they are a classic in what they do.

Price for the tour per head: SR 220 inclusive of meal

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LIFESTYLE

COMIC CON ARABIA 2017 Superheroes and Geeks Unite! Comic Con Arabia lured cosplayers and fandoms from all over Saudi to Riyadh. The geekiest event of 2017 introduced us to several subcultures in the city and proves that when it comes to pop culture, we aren’t just keeping up, we’re setting the pace.

OUR FAVORITE HIGHLIGHTS:

• Fans went gaga over Jason Momoa. He is mostly known for his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and the title role in the recently released movie Aquaman. While his poses at Comic Con had us smiling, it’s really his trip to Thumama and effort to try authentic kabsa that won us over.

Kevin Sussman

Jason Momoa

• Cosplayers, you awesome people. A for effort, creativity, and staying in character. International cosplay stars were also present, making sure they left the local community with tips and hacks to up their game. Hulkbuster, you blew our minds away. • Local comic book artists, katana sellers, action-figure collectors, anime lovers, game developers, SFX make-up artists – you name it, they were there. 34 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

PHOTO / ABDULLAH AL GHAMDI • MUZNA QAMAR

• Kevin Sussman, a.k.a. Stuart from Big Bang Theory, wins darling of the crowd. He was funny, friendly, and even shared a couple of laughs with the audience while on stage.


Qusai came to represent and, as expected, everyone loved it!

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FAST TALK WITH PILOU ASBAEK: Is this your first time in KSA/Middle East?

First time in Saudi, but I’ve been to Bahrain.

What did you expect to see in Riyadh?

I hoped to see a nice hotel as soon as I landed, and thank God I did! I expected to see a lot of fans who have interests in games, comics, and fantasy. That’s why I’m here, to support and meet the fans.

How is your experience in Comic Con Arabia so far?

It’s been a great opportunity for international actors to meet fans.

If Saudi Arabia was part of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones, which house do you think would rule it and why?

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LIFESTYLE

THE WRITTEN WORD

POETRY FOR LIFE Sara Abuljadayel talks about her poetry and writing process NAME: Sara Abuljadayel AGE: 36 PROFESSION: Project

Sara Abuljadayel is a Saudi poet who recently did a booksigning event at the Sharjah Book Fair, the world’s third largest book fair, where she met some of her readers. Her poetry and prose collection, Just Wondering About It All, contains earnest writing that offers a comforting and uplifting perspective on life. 38 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

When writing her first collection Abuljadayel knew she’d have to find a balance between her full-time job and creative writing, “I would go to the office early so I could get time to write. On less hectic days, I’d take a coffee break to write down some lines.” The trick that worked for her was to find a few minutes a day when

she could clear her head and write without interruptions. Being in a corporate environment doesn’t seem very inspiring for a poet, she explains, “Everything inspires me, whether it’s positive or negative. I believe you need to have an open mind to look around you and find what makes the world spin.”

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Information Coordinator BOOK: Just Wondering About It All (2016, Sail Publishing)


will end it.” Another poem, “The World’s New Symphony”, puts across an inspiring message, “The world’s new symphony is a reminder to have a heart, to share compassion, to make a difference.” When it comes to reading and writing poetry, Abuljadayel talks about a shift in perspective, “I have to put myself in the reader’s shoes and see how they might relate to my poems.” Speaking to her Saudi and international readers has revealed a common response, “They relate to the journey you take from one phase of life to the next. They are also able to see themselves in some of the situations I write about.”

Just Wondering About It All is available on most ebook platforms. A hard copy can be bought from Jamalon for SR 60.

Web: jamalon.com

Writing in English, the language of her education, allows her to reach a wider and more international audience. Abuljadayel’s writing process usually begins with a word or situation that keeps coming back to her, “I like writing about life instances and situations, and how they affect people, how people can learn

from them to carry on in life.” While that might give you the impression of a self-help book, her poetry is actually an expressive exploration of life. For instance, the poem “The Strange Void” ends with an encouraging declaration, “However long it takes, everything has an end. Your part in it is to choose how you

Getting published is, of course, not a simple matter; Abuljadayel was used to writing for her family and close friends, but knowing that a larger audience would read her work concerned her, “My friends and family would give me direct feedback. When people around the world read my work, I’m not sure what they think or if their response is similar to my closer circle’s.” We couldn’t help but ask about her current read, “I’m reading Emirati writer Aysha Al Jahani’s book on parenting, The First Years Last Forever.” Sara Abuljadayel also enjoys the works of novelist Paulo Coelho, photographer Paul Reiffer, and artist Christian Lassen. saranabuljadayel

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LIFESTYLE

Radio: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow The evolution of radio in Saudi Arabia By Nadia Sakkal

Radio growth is at 35% every year in listenership and in ad revenue. And we have consistent growth from the day we launched to today. — Rasha Al Emam Alf Alf

Before TV, radio gathered our grandparents and their families, who were eager to listen to the king’s speech or Um Kalthoum’s latest song. Since then, the way we consume media on a daily basis has considerably changed.

United by Distance

While there is a variety of media available to us today, radio remains among the world’s favorites. In fact, people still like to engage in conversations and share their opinions with other listeners. Rasha Al Emam, Alif Alif FM’s Executive Director and a key player in the foundation of radio in Saudi Arabia, iterates that radio hosts ask questions relevant to anyone sitting at home or in their car. Listeners call back, share a good laugh, and want to listen to the same program by the same presenter the day after. “You feel the whole country is with you on the line,” says Al Emam.

Online Radio

Everything is online now, including radio. Podcasting, a relatively new phenomenon gaining popularity in the Middle East, is when a radio show is uploaded to a platform on the internet, allowing followers to download episodes and listen at their time and place of convenience. Alf Alif FM upload all their content online. To gain a better understanding of why there

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is such high demand for podcasts, Mstdfr Podcasting Network host and producer, Khayra Bundakji explains that we live in the gig economy, where people are more likely to have temporary, flexible jobs – e.g. freelancing or contract based – and therefore flexible, less “normal” schedules. Whereas in the past we gathered at particular times to follow a show from start to end, it’s not as common anymore. This makes a personal solution with minimal distraction so important, thus the podcast.

OUR FAVORITE PODCASTS Azzbda

soundcloud.com/mstdfr

on her microphone, records an interesting episode, uploads it online for free, for the whole world to listen to. One of her episodes goes viral, until a reputed radio host is interested to receive her as a guest, which helps her gain influence and countless opportunities.

OUR FAVORITE RADIO CHANNELS • Alif Alif FM – 101.0 MHz • Rotana FM – 88 MHz • Panorama FM – 102 MHz

Considering we’re a podcast, we expected our audience age group to be very young. We were very surprised to learn it went from 16 to 45 years old. People who listen to us on big platforms like Soundcloud don’t necessarily know we’re a podcast. — Khayra Bundakji Mstdfr

soundcloud.com/japanesy (japanesy)

podcast.thmanyah.com/ (Fanjaan with Abdulrahman Abu Maleh)

Radio Will Always Connect People

When asked where she thinks traditional radio is heading in the near future, Bundakji says, ‘There’s going to be overlap. I don’t think radio can die,’ as it is the first mass communication medium that made its way into people’s homes, giving it sentimental value. Moreover, Bundakji foretells radio will support podcasters the same way TV has helped YouTubers. A teenager turns DESTINATIONKSA.COM 41


ST YLE & BEAUT Y

SCOOP

JINO’S 4TH FASHION SHOW CELEBRATES THE

“PROUD AND CAPABLE SAUDI WOMAN” The 4th Jino fashion show entitled, “Originally a Leader” was well-attended by elite guests, dignitaries, and social movers. Organized by founders, Princess Noura bint Talal bin Saud and Aljoharah Abdulrahman Alsilaytin, the event aimed to showcase the pride and strength of Saudi women through a vibrant collection.

MONTBLANC LAUNCHES ITS

TIMEWALKER WATCH COLLECTION

BEAUTY FIND: NATURAL SCRUBS FROM ORGANICS BEAUTY

For an all-natural cleanse and irresistible fragrance that’ll get you addicted to your shower time, try out these products. Their body scrubs and body butter will help you reconnect with Mother Nature while nourishing your body. Organicsbeauty_

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The TimeWalker Collection finds its inspiration in timepieces from Montblanc’s watchmaking Minerva Manufacture, which was known as an exclusive workshop producing high-quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision. The renowned “Rally Timer”, a stopwatch that was created to time motor racing with precision, is the perfect example of this heritage. Location: Panorama Mall


NO NONSENSE THREADS AT

RUFF BOUTIQUE RUFF is a lifestyle streetwear store for all the free souls of Riyadh. Its how you imagine a fashion blogger’s closet to be and much more. They feature local and international brands including but not limited to Yeezy, Balenciaga, A Bathing Ape, Supreme, Represent, Other UK, Pleasures, C2H4, limited edition Adidas and Nike, Customized Sneakers and Off-white. They also offer personal shoppers by hiring staff that are experts in street trends and styles. And for those who take style seriously, RUFF offers on-demand VIP stylist and personal shopper in a private VIP room. ruff.boutique

PICK OF THE MONTH

the_stationery It’s hard not to fall in love with this account, especially if you’re a notebook and paper junkie like us. The Instagram account is a fine representation of this homegrown specialty shop and please, retailers of Riyadh--look at it and take notes.


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RIYADHI MAKE-UP ARTISTS Time to look even more flawless this new year. By: Safa Hassan

Finding a makeup artist who can get you glam and cam ready for a special day can be stressful. Don’t worry, we got you, Destination has rounded up some makeup artists from around Riyadh to help you look great for every occasion.

MAI ALKHUWAIR Mai Alkhuwair’s eyes lights up when she talks about how happy her clients make her. She’s certified and licensed by the World Health Organization – California, in makeup, microblading, and cosmetic tattooing. She enjoys being a makeup artist, not only because of her love for makeup, but because of the way her clients are comfortable around her and involve her in their personal life. For her, it’s the complete experience that counts. Her makeup style is inspired by MUA Hanan Alnajadah; she keeps it classic. Mai focuses on enhancing her client’s natural features.

Don’t use a primer every day. Make sure that you remove your makeup using micellar water before sleeping. makeup__by__mai

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MAI MAKEUP TIP:


YARA IBRAHIM ALNAMLAH This MUA will help you shine bright like a diamond. Yara works to give her clients a naturally flushed and perfectly bronzed look. In addition to party makeup, she specializes in bridal makeup. Her goal: to give brides the ultimate wedding glow. Currently, Yara’s favorite look is creating a sun-kissed skin tone and applying a glowy highlight. Her makeup techniques keep changing depending on the latest trends. She tries her best to incorporate these trends with Arab features to enhance her clients’ natural beauty. yara.makeup

MANAL MUBARAK Chill and outgoing best describes this MUA. Manal didn’t have access to technology when she started learning professional makeup. She learned techniques from fashion magazines, and practised by drawing eyes and filling color around them. Her style is to keep it simple; instead of modifying the person’s features with contour, she tries to enhance them. She also incorporates the crazy-multicolored eyeshade trend to an everyday-look. She gives one-on-one makeup training sessions. Whether it’s a graduation, birthday, or a weekend get together, this MUA has your back. manalblog

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FASHION

Look Sharp

A Riyadhi Working Man’s Guide to dressing smart. By Norah Al Eissa and Duha Al Hosainy

Need to up your professional-attire game? About to go to an interview? Or you’re just a lost cause and need some instructions on how to dress? Well, you’re about to rip off these pages and keep it in your pocket because everything you need to know is right here.

COLLAR

Do: Close the buttons of your

collar for a put-together look. This is also a hack to force you to keep your posture right.

Don’t: Once the edges of the collar start to fray and bubble, it’s time for a new thobe.

SHAMAGH

Do: Wear an ironed shamagh or style your hair.

Don’t: Wear caps or come

with your bedhead. Believe us, waking up 5 minutes earlier will change your world.

THOBE

Do: Wear the right fit, which looks flat and straight from the chest to the bottom of the thobe. The perfect thobe length is just below the ankle.

Don’t: Wear transparent or shiny fabrics and a huhe no “haleeb shahi” colored thobe! 46 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018


Where to Get Your Outfit: It’s good to have a couple of thobes in your closet, with the complete ensemble, consider it an investment:

FACE

Do: Groom your facial hair – everyone loves a fresh shave!

Don’t: Show up with a beard that hasn’t been touched for a week. It’s the first thing people see, and they don’t want to see a caveman.

RAHAL Web: rahalksa.com

LOMAR Location: Localizer Mall, Tahliya St. Web: lomar.sa

DUWALI

ACCESSORIES

Do: Cufflinks, pen, and a

No online presence but they’re all around the city.

Don’t: Have long nails

There are thobe tailors where you can have yours made to measure. You can find them in

watch on the left arm – these are the ingredients for a man ready for anything! – even on girls it’s unprofessional. And don’t add bling with flashy accessories, minimalism is the key.

STAFF PHOTO/NAWWAF AL FARRAJ

UNDERGARMENTS

Do: Wear white trunks shorter

than your thobe (the ones made specially for a thobe).

Don’t: Wear colored

undergarments. We can all see it, don’t try to convince yourself otherwise.

Tahliya St, Thalateen St, and Takhassussi St. among others.

While there don’t forget to pick up a shamagh (in white and red)

SOCKS

SHOES

Do: Dress socks or low-cut socks are the only kinds you can wear with a thobe. Stick to those and you’ll be alright.

Do: Go for either laced shoes, or mix comfort with professionalism with either loafers or sneakers.

don’t want people to think you’re dressing up as a ghost.

sandals. We’re serious. Never do that.

Don’t: White socks! You

Don’t: Wear trainers or

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LAZY SHOPPING

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Turtles all the way down, shopaholic, click and be merry. By Rawan Alzubaidi and Safa Hassan

Many of us love shopping, but the only problem is: we're lazy. We dread walking down the aisles, being cluttered in the crowd, and being mindboggled by all the colors. Thanks to e-commerce, our life saver, we can now shop without interacting with anyone, right from the comfort of our bedroom.


JARIR BOOKSTORE SOUQ

This is your online department store. Souq has a large selection of leading brands and categories will have you scrolling for hours. You can shop for almost everything here: fashion and beauty, electronics, furniture, toys, sports accessories, car accessories, and even the basic shelf groceries. Every item of theirs has a variety of sellers for you to choose from according to your price preference. Keep an eye out for their daily ‘deal of the day’ which consists of unbelievable discounts on exclusive brands and items.

NAMSHI

With thousands of trendy items and new arrivals stepping in everyday, Namshi has become every shopper’s online fashion destination. It has an impressive selection of products along with some big brands; from sportswear brands like Nike and Adidas, to British high street brands. The Beauty and lifestyle categories add a certain charisma to the whole site. Stay on top of the #OOTD game with Namshi.

This place is not just a bookstore and it has proven it, yet again. Jarir Bookstore allows you to shop online via their website or smartphone app. The online store also helps you stay updated with their discount offers. It’s got all the categories and subcategories well organized on its app. You don’t have to juggle between floors and aisles while battling a large crowd to get to your favorite section, anymore; it’s all a click away.

DR SUGGESTS

For a pocket-friendly version of souq, visit the e-commerce store, Wadi.

DANUBE

It’s time to say goodbye to lugging carts and waiting in long queues at billing counters. With Danube’s smartphone app you can purchase weekly grocery and have them delivered. If it’s on their shelves and freezers, it’s on their app, so you can get everything in one go. In addition, they provide health and beauty essentials, and cleansing requirements. They also notify you about all of their ongoing promotions.

SACO

Your ultimate one-stop, totalsolution home-improvement superstore in your pocket. Digital, sports, home and living, and anything related to lifestyle can be found on Saco platforms. You can easily find cost-effective trendy items with exclusive deals and massive discounts on their online store. It is ideal for eccentric gift ideas, too. There’s something for everyone here. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 49


DINING AROUND TOWN

EAST MEETS WEST CUISINES Offering guests an innovative new dining experience, Spectrum Restaurant opened at the Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana, where East meets West with five international cuisines to choose from. The restaurant’s menu features an impressive selection of gourmet

CHINESE

FOOD FESTIVAL

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creations from Thai to Indian, to Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. An enticing sushi bar adds to the appeal of this high-dining experience that entertains as well as stimulates the senses. Location: 6767 Khadar, Al Izdihar

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski launched the Chinese food festival at Aroma Restaurant, with Chef Wilson and his team from Kempinski Beijing giving guests an authentic Chinese experience of appetizers and main dishes such as pan-fried beef with black pepper sauce and Chinese North West fried noodles.


PICK F O O D T RU C K TH OF THE MON

PICK OF THE MONTH

Tartefolle THE BEST OF DOWN UNDER

We always end up with more than one order of their dynamite shrimp and eating the lettuce wrapped in the sauce of our best foodie dreams. Appetite also serves a mean double patty burger and we recommend just pulling up a chair by the side of the road and gorging. Where to Find: Turki Al Awwal Rd.

Horticulture Innovation Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia, Dairy Australia, and the State Government of Victoria in partnership with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) launched the first ever Taste Australia roadshow at the Australian Embassy in the Diplomatic Quarter. The event gave guests and members of the press an opportunity to sample and indulge in Australian specialties. We look forward to tasting them ribeye steaks and cheeses again soon!

A slice of sunshine on your plate! Tartefolle offers a variety of sweet and savory artisanal tarts. They are homemade by Nadine Batal Yaman and delivered if needed.

HAPPY FILLS Abu Jbara is another Jordanian restaurant in Riyadh specializing in traditional food like hummus, foul, and falafel. We recommend their lipsmacking hummus Beiruti, falafel tortilla,

and sandwiches. The crunchy texture of the falafel, when combined with the smoothness of hummus and the sauces, all enclosed within a satisfying sandwich, was

like a party on the tastebuds. Abu Jbara is worth a visit for a delicious and affordable munch during your next food stroll. abujbara_restaurant

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Let’s Meet

Refreshing ideas on where to organize your next meeting. By Safa Hassan & Naseema Shafi

Whether it’s for your business meetings, or remotely working with your team, Riyadh has a few places with the perfect vibe. Go for one of these cafes if you want to impress a client or amp-up your productivity.

DR Suggests Energy balls and chocolate croissants

Draft Café

This café is full of positive vibes that’ll elevate the mood of your colleagues and aid you to set a positive tone. There are accessible power outlets all around, including the terrace. 52 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

It’s well lit and for casual meetings, you can opt for their cozy couches. Location: Al Ayinah, As Sulimaniyah Tel: +966-11-2111873 DraftCafé


Urth Caffe

Urth Caffe provides a conference table set in a space large enough for meetings and it’s also equipped with a TV. The caffe’s green and brown hues of trees add an earthy vibe to it. This is one of the ideal places to work from on the move, especially if you prefer healthy snacking and vegan options.

PHOTO/MUZNA QAMAR

Location: Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, As Sulimaniyah Tel: 920007498 urthcaffesaudi

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Kanakah Cafe

Exclusively for ladies, Kanakah is a great place for meetings. While you’re there, energize yourselves with their amazing brewed coffee combined with the cozy and rightly lit ambience of the place. We recommend it for long work sessions, brainstorming, and the occasional world domination scheming --- after all, who run the world? Girls. Location: King Abdul Aziz Road, Ar Rabi’ Tel: +966-556663491 Email: info@kanakah.net Web: kanakah.net kanakah.cafe 54 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

DR Bonus Place for Ladies: Nabt Fenjan


White Foam Café This café is effortlessly casual and mellow. This is best for folks who need a steady supply of good, roastery level coffee while they work. Their coffee is brewed to perfection and the latte redefines love, which is enough reason to organize a meeting there. It’s got a warm and friendly ambience, plus, with White Foam’s vegan menu, everyone can make healthier choices, complete with gluten free coffee options. Location: 2956 Ash Shaikh Abdullah Al Anqari, Salah Ad Din Tel: +966- 555261060 Email: info@whitefoam.me Web: whitefoam.me

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What’Soup? Comfort in a bowl With winter season in full throttle, our foodie hearts have been craving soups everyday, and we do know a lot of you are feeling the same. Here are our favorite picks to warm your cold city nights.

CRAB MISO SOUP YOKARI

Miso is a staple soup in almost every Japanese restaurant in the city. Yokari takes it to another level with their version, which is served with grilled crab and prawns. The result is miso just the way you like it, with a nice surprise twist. Other Miso favorite: Tokyo Location: Centria Mall yokari_restaurant

Alternative Asian pick: Shrimp Laksa, Agus

SHRIMP SOUP WITH CREAM PIZZA ROMA

Alternative Pick: Seafood Soup from Scalini, Diplomatic Quarter

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Considered to be one of the oldest Italian restaurants in downtown Riyadh, their Shrimp Soup with Cream is the favorite among locals. However, you won’t be amiss for trying their mushroom soup, and Lobster with shrimp and cream soup, which have their own share of fervent loyalists. Location: Abdullah Ibn Sulaiman Al Hamadan, cor. Tahliya St.


FRENCH ONION PAUL

Alternative pick: The Grill, Four Seasons Hotel

It’s gravy-like soup in a bread bowl topped with melted cheese – what’s not to like? If you’re looking for something savory and filling, you can’t go wrong with a French onion. While there are a quite a lot of restaurants serving it, we like how Paul is right on the money with its thickness, zero lumps, and just the right seasoning. paularabia

FRENCH ALPS APPETIT KITCHEN

This French restaurant is one of our go-to places for soup. Their French Alps soup made with pumpkin, chestnut, and ravioli stuffed with foie gras is perfect for sweater weather. Location: Louloua Center, Tahliya St. AppetitKitchen

CREAMY BROCCOLI AND CHEESE FRIDAY’S

TGIFriday’s soup offering is especially made for people who like it salty, thick, and butter-licious. This is southwestern goodness and a great way to thaw after enduring the now-normal biting chill outside. Location: Takhassussi St.

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H E A LT H Y L I V I N G

PHYSICAL HEALTH • Get moving! Whether you engage in an intensive 45-minute circuit training session, or walk for a good hour, get moving 3-6 days a week. Being active will not only improve your vital signs, hormone levels, and fitness level, it also helps with mental health, too. DR FAVORITES: Body weight training, outdoor training, and dance classes: @moveriyadh Crossfit: Interval, Beam, Arena, Kore

Your Guide to a Healthy Year By Nelly Attar

I’m recovering from a horrible flu as I write this, ironic as that may sound. Health is not just a physical state, it’s also mental, social, and environmental. To be healthy, you need to maintain a decent balance between these four interdependent factors. For example, you might sleep well and have an excellent 58 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

training session in the morning (good physical health factors), but arguing with a family member (social and mental health factor) a few hours later may taint your whole day and weigh you down emotionally and physically. Here are some tips for improving your health levels this 2018:

Walkways: Diplomatic Quarter, Prince Sultan University Hiking: Edge of the World, red sands, camel trails

• Sleep at least 8 hours a day – it replenishes our physical and cognitive functions. Without enough sleep, our mood, memory, comprehension levels, strength, and overall functioning will take a pretty bad hit. • Eat natural and nonrefined food whenever possible. As a rule of thumb, try to consume mainly plantbased and organic/GMO-free food. Avoid sugar at least 80% of the time. DR FAVORITES: Biotic, Urth Café, Circle Café, Bateel

• Hydrate! Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water – drink #alldayeryday.


MENTAL HEALTH • Meditate regularly. That can take many forms depending on how meditation works for you – yoga, breathing exercises, and so on. • Make leisure time a priority. Invest in a hobby or passion. • Manage your time by setting weekly and daily goals/priorities. • Learn to say NO and refrain from overextending yourself. • Make Work/Life balance a priority. Too much work isn't healthy, too much play isn't healthy either. • Engage in work that is meaningful to you. You wouldn’t want to be spending 40+ hours a week doing something you dread doing. • Seek professional help when your mental health seems to be at risk. Remember, it’s as important as physical health.

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SOCIAL HEALTH •Regular face-to-face interaction is essential; online communication can never replace its benefits. •Maintain a decent network of acquaintances, friends, and close friends. •Be a joiner! Join networking, social, or special interest groups. That’s actually how I built my network of sports and adventure junkies. It’s definitely a great way to meet like-minded individuals. •Spend quality time with the people you love (family and friends). Cast your mobile aside during those times!

•Volunteer to help others (at schools, mosques, charitable organizations, and so on).

OPPORTUNITIES AT: Takafuf

• Care for a pet (yup, pets are social beings too). Love and care for your animal companions; spending quality time with them can be very rewarding and therapeutic.

Tel: +966-11-2023344 Email: info@sv.org.sa

Women Skills Bureau Web: volunteer.wsbksa.com

Riyadh Rescue Email: riyadh.rescues@gmail.com Mob: +966-554993397 RiyadhShelter

Bunyan BunyanCharity

Sanad Sanadccsa

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ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH • Increase your comfort level at home and work (e.g. ergonomics + comfortable bed and furniture). Given how much time we spend at home and at the office, yes that can make a huge difference for your wellbeing. • Cut the clutter. Visual noise increases stress. • Delight your senses. Add colors, photos, objects, sounds, and artwork to your home and work environments. • Enhance the light. Daylight is associated with better mood, lower fatigue, enhanced morale, and reduced eyestrain. • Reduce your waste and ecological footprint. Resort to recycling whenever possible, and aim to live with a minimalist approach (less usage and less overall wastage). Remember, less is more. • Maintain good overall hygiene not just at home, but wherever you go. Always keep yourself and your environment neat and clean! All these aspects are interlinked and interdependent – not one can replace the other, and each factor affects the other. I hope these tips have given you some ideas on improving your lifestyle, and I wish you all great health for the new year! DESTINATIONKSA.COM 61


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PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS Fact: This article was conceived while pulling off a sun warrior pose, during work hours, in the middle of our office. NAPPING IS A GOOD WAY TO GET THINGS DONE. Post-lunch dips are real. It takes more time and effort trying to stay awake than it does to just take a nap already. Proven fact: naps give employees an energy boost in the middle of the day and maintain their mental edge. At our office, we have a couch equipped with throws and comfy pillows. Instead of sneaking around, our staff tells us if they need a 15-minute power nap and they wake up refreshed to give their 100% again.

HAVE A FRUIT BASKET Oranges, apples, grapes and bananas are part of our pantry list. It gives our team an energy source, plus, considering how eating is part of our jobs, it staves off the weight gain (ideally). Providing snacks for your team is a positive reinforcement and they will really appreciate the incentive. And from experience, fruit baskets are both healthy and cost-effective compared to all that junk food that sometimes gets passed around. 62 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

Fresh fruits can be delivered to your office weekly through the Danube App.


WORK OUT AT WORK. We’ve all heard it before – exercising in the office is good for you. Realistically, if you haven’t developed the habit yet, busting out of your chair to do burpees isn’t going to happen. To enable our team to get physical, we have yoga mats and they let out their stress with a punching bag in the common room.

DON’T GLUE YOUR TEAM TO THEIR DESKS. Ambient noise is proven to help people focus and deviating from routine ups creativity. Case in point: when our team feels stuck, we send them out to work remotely. As a team, we shake things up by hosting one in a café. Our favorite out of office workplaces: Draft Café, Gloria Jeans Coffee, King Fahd Library

WHY HELLO, FURRY FRIENDS! An office pet increases the positive vibe in the office and are great for hugs. We have fostered cats and bring in our pets on some days. This serves as a nice ice-breaker and shared responsibility brings the team together. In case of allergies, too bad! But you can still get a fish or a plant. You can foster or adopt from @open_paws

Lastly, subtly leave this issue on your boss’ desk, coincidentally opened to this spread. You’re welcome.

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PREVENT FOOTBALL INJURIES Even CR7 Gets Injured! By Nadia Sakkal

We like to watch football, and play it ourselves or as our favorite player’s avatar. We might take this competitive sport quite seriously, but we’re not really experts on preventing injuries and we’re not all privileged with a professional coach to help us do so. Whether you’re a child or a grown-up, here are some tips, and hopefully, you’ll thank us later.

ANKLE INJURY / SPRAIN

HAMSTRING STRAINS

Especially for those who have a sensitive ankle or a history of ankle injuries.

If hamstrings are stretched beyond their limits, the muscle tissue can be torn. This can keep you away from football as long as 3 months.

• Tape or brace the ankle. (Find ankle tapes and braces at Nahdi Pharmacy.) • Wobble-board training assists in regaining balance and poise. (Find one at Sport Ghornatah.)

• Warm up for a minimum of 20 minutes. Start slow and finish at full pace. Not everyone will do it, you should.

• Rehabilitation with a chartered physiotherapist (You can check out PTC Specialists.)

• Wear warm pants to support your hamstrings and repair your muscles. (You can find warm pants at Nahdi Pharmacy.)

Nahdi Pharmacy

PTC Specialists

Location: Ibn Sina, Al Masif Tel: 8001191198

Location: Olaya Dist. Tel: +966-11-2930010 Web: ptcsaudi.business.site

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HEAD, NECK AND FACE INJURIES

Includes cuts and bruises, fractures, neck sprains and concussions. Note: Not all those who experience a concussion necessarily lose consciousness. • Think twice before you do a strong headkick!

• Keep your eyes wide open and reflexes ready!

KEEP THIS IN MIND New to sports? Remember these! 1. Warm up, warm up, and warm

up some more! Do it for at least 15 minutes and make sure you stretch the muscles you’ll be using most.

2. Don’t go full force from the beginning. Follow the

10% rule: start slow and increase intensity by 10% every week.

3. Do your body a favor and keep it hydrated – this is

especially important in our hot, humid weather. Dehydration can lead to further injuries or make you more vulnerable to illness after your exercise.

4. Invest in proper basic equipment. You’ll need shoes

that are appropriate to the sports you’ll play. The older you get, the better it is to buy sporting guards, like ankle braces.

5. Cooling down after a good

sweat is very important to reduce soreness in muscles. Take 10 minutes for this activity by giving a quick walk or a set of stretches.

KNEE CARTILAGE TEAR (TORN MENISCUS)

Knee injuries can vary from small tears – which may heal with rest – to larger cartilage tears. In this case, there is disruption with joint movement. What you really need are strong knees.

4 warm-ups you can do. • Leg press -no need for a machine – 2 sets of 12 reps • Single-Leg Stance - balance exercise – 2 sets of 60 seconds • Calf Stretch – 3 sets of 20 seconds for each leg • Hamstring Stretch – 2 sets of 20 seconds for each leg

You can never be too cautious. If you have doubts on the seriousness of your injury, check out: Sulaiman Habib Hospital Location: Takhassussi St. Tel: +966-11-2833333 Web: hmg.com

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CHINESE NEW YEAR IN PARIS

Fill your holidays with joy at the La Réserve Paris; from chauffeurdriven rides to a VIP welcome from the Chinese-speaking staff, hotel guests are in for a luxurious surprise. Enjo your Chinese breakfast at La Pagode de Cos, and browse through Chinese channels on the TV while relaxing in your room.

TREAT YOURSELF Dust Hotels & Resorts worldwide is launching new spa packages featuring six distinctive treatments that use premium ingredients from age-old Thai recipes and medicines called

“ Tamrab.” Guaranteed to leave your mind and body relaxed, the Devarana Spas are all available in Thailand, Guam, the Philippines, the Maldives, Nairobi, and Cairo.

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ESCAPE TO NATURE Constance Aiyana, a haven of luxury and tranquility nestled in lush vegetation, is the latest of the Constance Hotels & Resorts, located on the

island of Pemba in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The 5-star hotel was created around a beautiful garden at the edge of a turquoise blue sea.


FAIRMONT IN TURKEY Fairmont Quasar, a luxurious addition to Istanbul’s glittering skyline, rises above the slopes of The Bosphorus and unites the sophistication of modern Istanbul with the unique lineage of its location, steeped in centuries of sacred history. Stay here to have access to the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district and its storied urban culture.

VISIT JAZAN! Saudi Arabia’s new low-fare airline flyadeal has announced its fourth destination: the Southern port city of Jazan. Part of the steady expansion of their services across the Kingdom, flyadeal will have two daily flights between Jeddah and Jazan, and two flights between Riyadh and Jazan. RYD

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JAZAN

BEST LUXURY RESORT Al Nakhla Residential Resort in Riyadh was awarded Best Luxury Residential Resort in the Middle East and Best Residential Resort in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony held in Dubai on Oct. 29. The resort, in addition to its 1,169 units, offers a range of leisure and retail attractions for shopping and entertainment.

BY THE BAY SAIL AWAY

Want to learn to sail, hone your skills, or simply enjoy the pleasure that sailing brings? The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club offers a Stay & Sail package, suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, with a program designed to teach you sailing techniques in the beautiful UNESCOprotected Book Bay.

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Azamara Quest A spectacular trip around the Mediterranean Story By Majed Mahdaly Written By Abdulaziz Hammad

Azamara Quest takes hardcore voyagers for eight nights in a cruise trip beyond imagination, in the depths of Venice and around the astonishing coasts of the Mediterranean and its pure water luster.

The quest begins from Venice, the romantic Italian city of canals, which marries art with epic history, then the tour continues to Kotor, Corfu, Giardini Naxo, Amalfi coast and, finally, it concludes at Rome, the eternal city. The Azamara Quest tour starts with a warm welcome by captain Jose Vilarinho and his professional staff. 68 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

White night


The passengers of the cruise live an unforgettable journey; the cruise includes a life show made singers and dancers with the DJ expert Marcio. Musical nights performed by guitarists and pianists, movies played on the the deck, every day there is a new shore excursion where passengers can take tours around the different destinations in cities they visit, or enjoy a unique shopping experience inside the cruise, or they can just relax with a spa and massage treatment, drink some cold beverages in the open air, also attend stand-up comedy shows. At the end of the quest the staff conducts the spectacular white night celebration.

Captain Jose Vilarinho

The captain of the Azamara Quest Jose Vilarinho knows Azamara Club Cruises inside and out, not only as ship master, but also as part of the original team that oversaw construction of Azamara’s ships. “I consider myself a very lucky guy, doing what I love. I have the job of my dreams,” Captain Jose said. The cruise director Russ Thomas Grieve is always excited to be aboard the Azamara Quest, which he joined after finishing a sevenyear run in the broadway musical Mamma Mia. Russ

The cruise has a lot of sculptures and paintings by the legendary artist Salvador Dali.

was an original cast member of the Las Vegas company playing the priest as well as the roles of Sam and Harry. Every night, passengers have the opportunity to try a unique dining experience from a variety of authentic traditional cuisines cooked with modern touches from Italy, France, Californian and China, made by the finest chefs and served under the supervision of Thomas Browning, Food & Beverage Manager, a certified professional in hospitality. Thomas was the master of ceremonies of more than 300 weddings, and was the Site Operations Manager forall the catering and housekeeping services of the world’s largest petrochemical plant in Abu Dhabi. Thomas joined Azamara in 2016. “I always wanted to be at the pinnacle of hospitality so Azamara Club Cruises was the next logical step,” he said. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 69


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VISIT SALALAH IN OMAN Land of Greenery By Rozina Musthafa

Salalah is the 2nd largest city of Oman, and it’s also a coastal city. Unique climatic factors make it a magical spot and the jewel of the Arabian Sea. On the northern side of it is a mountain range, with greenery, springs, and waterfalls (in Khareef), and on the southern side are pristine white-sand beaches. It’s blessed with a natural park with spectacular views of waterfalls, lakes, mountains, caves, vegetation, and plenty of wildlife.

The Salalah Festival is an yearly tradition that welcomes the cooler months. It lasts from July to September when the temperature drops to 23ºC, while the rest of Oman and the Gulf countries experience considerably hotter climates. Rain also turns Salalah into a completely green area. Omanis prepare some cultural and traditional shows to celebrate this monsoon season and welcome tourists and visitors from all over the world.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN SALALAH

AL BALEED ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK

Al Baleed Archaeological Park is an open air Archaeological site across the Arabian Sea that displays various artifacts discovered in the Al Balid and Sumharam ruins, as well as a whole section covering Omani maritime history including beautiful models of Omani ships past and present. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-visit.

SOUQ AL HAFFA/ AL HUSN SOUQ

This is the main market in Salalah and the place for buying traditional Omani items from clothing to gold and silver handicrafts, and of course a wide variety of frankincense! If you are here during the Salalah Tourism Festival, you may also see a traditional Dhofari dancing performance. 70 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018


SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE

The largest mosque in Salalah, it is located in the city center. It’s named after the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos, and has a very nice architectural composition. The prayer hall is wonderfully decorated with chandeliers, green carpets, and wall patterns.

ITTIN

Apart from the Ittin Cave, which is located above a picturesque mountain, the newly built Ittin walkway is the area’s newest attraction. There is another lovely walkway called Ayn Garziz, which is the central attraction within this lush wonderland, popular for its verdant greenery.

WADI DARBAT

See waterfalls, caves, lakes, and mountains at the Wadi Darbat natural park, around 20 km east of Salalah. The 100-meter tall waterfall is a treat to watch, and is the most beautiful and scenic spot for mountain and spring lovers in the Dhofar Region.

SUMHARAM ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE / KHOUR RORI

Khour Rori, an ancient fortified port dating from 100 BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s located near Wadi Darbat / Taqa, a ruin of the ancient port city of Sumhuram dating back to the 1st century AD. In Khour Rori lie ruins of the palace reputed to be that of the Queen of Sheba. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 71


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KEEPING UP WITH YAS ISLAND The next big destination for the world Yas Island has quickly become a leading destination for high-octane activities, leisure, play and luxury. With it’s rich portfolio of theme parks and attractions, Yas Island is now the number one family destination in the Middle East. Saudis and the rest of the world are flocking to this man-made island to explore its wonders. The Island’s action-packed events appeal to all ages and tastes. CEO of Miral, Mohamed Al Zaabi, talked about their vision, “Our journey to create a global destination for entertainment continues. We work closely with our partners to continue expanding and growing the portfolio of experiences, and to offer compelling and immersive experiences to visitors from Saudi Arabia, the region and the world.”

Yas Island is set to attract more than 48 million visits by 2022.

The two major attractions are the theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. This year two new attractions are set to open, the muchawaited Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB, which will feature the tallest indoor climbing wall ad widest indoor flight chamber.

Aside from the adrenaline rush, you can relax and rejuvenate at the world-class hotels and resorts, luxurious golf course and clubhouse with floodlit practice ranges and take advantage of retail therapy at the luxurious shopping destinations. Smart connectivity and state of the art mobility solutions on Yas Island create a seamlessly connected ‘wall-less’ destination, where you can 72 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

plan your visit with ease on your smartphone or device. The journey of experience and adventure is endless at Yas Island. The coming years look very promising and will witness the addition of more thrilling theme parks and developments, including SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and Yas Bay, a new mix-use project. Email: hello@yasisland.ae Web: yasisland.ae yasislandae yasisland


Saudi Football The Early Years By Mohammed Mirza

SOURCE PHOTO/AHDAAF

Before football, the main sports of the local population were falconry and horse and camel racing.

The King’s Cup commemorates Saudi Arabia’s most popular sport.

When the oil boom began, workers from many different parts of the world came to the Kingdom; this furthered the popularity of the sport among the masses.

Football, as we know it now, is the most popular sport played in Saudi.

1920

Football was picked up and played on the streets of Makkah, introduced by Indonesian and Malaysian pilgrims.

1927

Sports clubs that would become prominent in the current Saudi football scene came into the fray, including Jeddah-based Al Ittihad Club.

Late 1920s to early 1930s

Full-fledged Arab football teams sprang up in Jeddah and Makkah. Sponsors, usually local businessmen, pitched in and tournaments began.

1939

The sport was introduced in the Eastern Province by Aramco employees, who are believed to have picked it up from British expats living in nearby Bahrain.

1941

Football came to Riyadh when Aramco officials were transferred to the capital.

1950

So many football clubs and tournaments were established that the Ministry of Interior set up the country’s first office for sports affairs. This eventually became the Directorate of Youth Affairs.

1954

The King’s Cup was established; it’s one of the region’s most coveted tournaments. Football became national and clubs and all-star teams began playing with neighboring countries. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 73


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EXPLORE KSA

THE HOLY QUR’AN An exhibition in Madinah

On a recent trip to Madinah, as we stepped out of Masjid An Nabawi after prayer, we heard a bilingual representative of the mosque announcing a freeentry Qur’an exhibition further ahead. Intrigued, we decided to go take a look. Upon entering, we heard a guide addressing a number of visitors about the Quran and its significance. Most of our fellow visitors were pilgrims from abroad who perhaps were visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time.Our guide went through the exhibition and the visitors, some of them elderly, tried to match his pace as he walked through several halls each covering a different 74 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

aspect of the Quran. Some highlighted its miracles and others showed the contribution of the Saudi government towards the preservation of the Qur’an.

another round of spiritual upliftment – another round as it is, as we had just come out of Masjid An Nabawi feeling the peace and serenity that Madinah is famous for.

There were guided tours every few minutes or so as groups upon groups led by guides entered the exhibition. The tours were conducted in a number of languages.

Accompanying the posters were several interactive visual displays, each having its own audio outlets to provide visitors with an audio-visual experience. Seeing that and other state-of-the-art installations in the exhibition, we could see that huge amounts of money, skill, and expertise were invested in setting the place up to make it a top-notch experience. But at the pace in which our guide was leading us, we

There were, nonetheless, some visitors who couldn’t understand the languages that the tours were being conducted in, so they wandered inside the maze-like halls on their own. The posters in each hall were so edifying, it almost felt like

COURTESY PHOTO/YOUTUBE.COM

By Mohammed Mirza


unfortunately barely managed to read the posters, let alone have time to listen to the available audio clips. We reached a hall where they kept one of the largest handwritten manuscripts of the Quran. Weighing over 154 kilograms, it was written by an Afghan, Ghulam Mohiuddin, almost 200 years ago. The manuscript was so intricate and beautiful that we were left in awe. The next hall displayed many age-old manuscripts, some of them dating back to just a few centuries after the hijra. These manuscripts were brought in from all around the Muslim World and were written by some of the most well-known calligraphers of the time.

STAFF PHOTO//MOHAMMED MIRZA

We stopped in a room with a gigantic screen to watch a short documentary on the Quran. Our next stop was a small souvenir shop with memorabilia themed onthe exhibition. Walking through the exhibition was like going through a book, turning page after page starting from when the Quran was first revealed to how it was compiled and to how organizations today are contributing to its upkeep. Definitely, a good addition to Madinah’s growing list of places to visit. On our exit we passed an exhibition under construction. We found out it might focus on the history of Masjid An Nabawi, so there’s more to look forward to. Location: Coordinates: 24.465873, 39.609205

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Classified Pages Islamic Financial Banking

Effat University signed an MoU with the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI) on Dec. 21 at the 3rd Islamic Finance Conference. CIBAFI will provide the Effat students with courses on Islamic financial banking to empower women and boost their skills and knowledge.

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Rooftop Challenge

Marketing students from Effat University under the supervision of Dr. Manzar Ahmed, Chair of Marketing at the university, won SR 10,000 for designing and strategically planning the set-up and running of a rooftop of a new 5-star hotel in Jeddah, as a separate business entity. The competition was held by marketing and training consultancy Mazaya Marketing.

Starbucks Supports Vision 2030

Marriott Rewards Guests

Starbucks confirmed its commitment to employ 400 Saudis in its branches around the Kingdom as part of its plans to support the National Transition Program and Vision 2030.

MENA Information Security Conference Partner

Celebrity and pop star Gwen Stefani performed a private concert at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai for Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members, as part of a series of ultimate, exclusive experiences. 76 DESTINATION RIYADH JANUARY 2018

The 2017 MENAISC partnered with W7Worldwide for their strategic marketing communications, which was one of the tools of the conference’s qualitative success. Their campaign design contributed to the preparation of the Saudi Cyber Security Community for the event.


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Hyundai Scores Win

Binzagr Invests in KAEC

Hyundai ended its World Rally Championship season with a thrilling Rally Australia win by Thierry Neuville, who drove a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, sealing second place in both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships.

Binzagr Company purchased land in the Industrial Valley at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) as part of its strategic expansion plans to serve markets in Saudi Arabia and MENA. Binzagr will establish a new state-of-the-art logistics center that provides premium customer service.

Shell Saudi Arabia Hosts Guests

Rolls-Royce Phantom in Oman

Nothing says motorsport tradition like Shell entertaining 88 guests from Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Guests were given a premium hospitality package across the race weekend.

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom made its debut in Oman, following its recent global debut in London. The Who’s Who of Oman’s society gathered to be some of the first to see the new Phantom – the world’s leading luxury item.

A Jaguar Performance

First UAE-Built Sports Car

Authorized Jaguar Land Rover dealer Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company hosted Jaguar’s renowned The Art of Performance Tour: Season 2 in Riyadh and Jeddah. Jaguar owners and brand enthusiasts got to experience the latest models through a set of unique and dynamic challenges and activities.

The keys to the Jannarelly Design-1, the first UAE-designed and manufactured sports care, were handed to its owner recently. Classi car aficionado Gaurav Dhar now owns the open-top, two-seater. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 77


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

CHOCOLINE Flavor and

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

GODIVA Godiva thrills the

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

PATCHI Embrace a culture and 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

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

COFFEE & TEA SHOPS CHORISIA LOUNGE Coffee Shop & Afternoon Tea • The RitzCarlton, Riyadh • Tel: +966 11 8028333 STARBUCKS COFFEE The true

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

56TH AVENUE DINER

A contemporary American Diner restaurant offering a well-known American comfort food. Hyatt Regency Riyadh • Olaya Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2881234

JOHNNY ROCKETS

Serves 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: +966-11-2732222

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

essence of coffee. • Nothern Ring Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2754367

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

FAST FOOD DOMINO’S PIZZA

An American pizza restaurant chain. AlUrouba St., Salah AlDin St., Khalid Ibn Alwaleed St., Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966-11-419 3311 / +966-11-478 1618 / +966-11-209 2420 / +966-11-464 0463

HARDEE’S One of the best fast

food chain restaurants. Salah AlDin AlAyyubi Rd., Ar Rabi, King Fahd Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11479 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

CAFE BATEEL Deluxe

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

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

TMREYA 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

AROMA 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

PAPA JOHN’S

The third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world. Takhassousi Rd. • Tel: +966-11-229 4409

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

PIZZA HUT At Pizza Hut,

TUGRA Emanating from the heart

we have one mission: to bring more flavor to life. Thumamah Rd. • Tel: 9200 00910

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

SUBWAY Excellent taste,

nutritious food choices. Olaya St. • Tel: 9200 12782

DATES ALWANI DATES Alwani dates

has its own farms, which produce many of the world famous varieties of dates. Thalathin St. • Tel: +966-11-293 2428

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FRENCH ANTHURIUM A french restaurant

Hidden with in the streets of Riyadh. Abdullah Al-Hamdan St. • Tel: +96611-4661473

APETITE KITCHEN A Parisian inspired restaurant and lounge concieved to offer a unique and exclusive experience of lifestyle Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11-465 6491 CRÊPE CAFÉ

Casual authentic crêperie. Riyadh Gallery • Tel: 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: +966-11-416 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

AL ORJOUAN International

& Oriental Buffet Diner • The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh • Tel: +966-118028333

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: +966-11-440 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: +966-11-2732222

FUDDRUCKERS

An American International serving platters to your heart’s extent. Sahara Mall • Tel: +966-11-4641650


MOSAIC MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Al Wazarat District

AZZURRO Classic Italian Fare

• Tel: +966-11-477 9300

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.• Tel: +96611- 8028333

ORJOUAN

FORCHETTA Fine Italian Dining

International Buffet Ritz Carlton Hotel • Tel: + 966-11-802 3833

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

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

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

IL GABBIANO Indulge in true Italian flavor with a relaxing classic atmosphere. Al Olaya St. • Tel: +966-11-461 6066

TOASTED An innovative and fresh approach to food. Rawdah St. • Mob: +966-12-2616747

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

Aegean-inspired cuisine that pulls its influences from Greece and Turkey, the menu provides a refreshing retreat from the mundane. Hyatt Regency Riyadh • Olaya Rd, Olaya Dist. • Tel: +966-11288 1234

LA CUCINA La Cucina is the

GULLUOGLU Turkish restaurant

TRADER VICS Trader Vic’s restaurant 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

FRESH BERRY

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

GODIVA

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

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

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY

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

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

PINKBERRY Pinkberry is a non

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

STICK HOUSE

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

ITALIAN

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: +966-11200 6868

AZURE 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:+966-11-288 6418

TOP KAPI Blending history and

PIZZA FUSION

culture with a fresh outlook and savory cuisine. Tahlia St • Tel:+966-11-288 5457

PIZZA ROMA

ASIANAT A Humble Asian

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

CHINESE

INDIAN PALACE FOOD

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

LA SANI

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

SHEZAN

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

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

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

Restaurant in northern Riyadh. As Sahafa Dist. • Tel: +966-11-410 8404

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

ROMA Authentic Italian

DIAMOND Chinese restaurant.

NOZOMI The best Fine Dining

ROSSO Discover and taste the

GULF ROYAL CHINESE RESTAURANTAuthentic Chinese

Restaurant in the city Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-464 1133 freshest flavours, the hottest ingredients and the most talented Four Seasons chefs from around the globe. Four Seasons Hotel • Tel: +966-11-211 5500

ROSSOPOMODORO All our

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

MIDDLE EASTERN BURJ AL HAMMAM

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

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

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

HONG RESTAURANT

Traditional Chinese Cuisine • The Ritz-Carlton • Tel: +966-11-8028333

MIRAGE The perfect Asian taste

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

NOODLE BOX A fusion of Thai, Indonesian, Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese dishes with a modern look. Al Khalijiah Plaza • Tel: +96611-456 2920

FLAMINGO RESTAURANT

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

GRAND LEBANON RESTAURANT Lebanese

THE NOODLE HOUSE

Al Olaya. • Tel: +966-11-461 2277

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

AL FORNO CO

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

Italian Pasta restaurant. Al Hamra • Tel: +966055 844 2255

WADEK A Gulf inspired

Restaurant at the heart of Riyadh Al Olaya966-11-463 4848

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 A contemporary yet sophisticated dining experience in 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

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 DESTINATIONKSA.COM 79


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

SWEETS OF ARABIA Authentic Oriental Sweets • The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh• Tel:+966-11-8028333

SAADEDDIN PASTRY The best

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

SUGAR SPRINKLES

The cupcake shop. Takhassousi St. • Tel:+966-11-229 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

TERRA ECLAT Offers a wide

selection of unique hand crafted jewelry. Sahara Mall, Gate 3 • Mob: +966-543766773 • Web: terra-eclat.com

CUSTOM THOBES AJLAN & BROS Great fabrics

and quality. Olaya Dist. • Tel: +96611-4665555 • Web: ajlanbros.com

LOMAR Creative and modern

MIX FLOWERS For pretty

flowers. Ar-Rayan • Mob: +966-114916410 • Web: Mix_Flowers

NARDEEN FLOWERS GARDEN Flower shop.

Al Rowdah Dist. • Mob: +966-112490972 • Web: Mix_Flowers

SPRING ROSE A variety of

flowers for every price range. Khurais st. - AL-Rayyan Dist. King Fahd st. - AL-Olaya Dist. King Abdullah st. - Al Warood Dist. Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz st. - Al-Nakheel Dist. • Tel: +966-11-2088369 / +966- 11-2167777 / +966-11-4709029 / +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. - AlNakheel Dist. • Tel: +966-11-4645628 / +966-11-472230

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

ABYAT Biggest selection of

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

AYAR FURNITURE Custom

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

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

CLOSET WORLD Costumize

TOBY Classic and modern

CITIES Modern furtnitures.

brought together. Tahlia 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

your own closet. Takhassusi St • Mob: +966-11-4889516 • Web: closetworld.com.sa

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

DAR AL HADAYA For

modernized furnitures. Al-Woroud. • Mob: +966-11-2155550

HOSHAN FURNITURE

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

ID DESIGN For modern furniture. • King Abduallah Rd. Raed Dist. Mob: +966-11-480 4885 • Web: iddesign.com IKEA C’mon, it’s Ikea. East Ring Rd. Exit 16. • Mob: +966-11-2442233. • Web: ikea.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS ADWA STUDIO Females only King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: +966-11-4653691 • Web: adwaa-studio.com.sa

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EXPOSURESA

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

MALAMEH ALFAN STUDIO

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

REEMA STUDIO For portraits.

Tahlia St. • Mob: +966-11-293 1500

SARATOQA PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

SPECIALIZED CLINICS

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

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

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

of the most professional gyms in Riyadh. King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-810 0111 • Web: fffksa.com

FITNESS FIRST One of the

CLINICS ABAD SPECIALIZED CLINICS

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

AJMAL CLINICS A range of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: 9200 10029 • Web: ajmalclinic.com AVENUE MEDICAL CLINIC

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

CONSULTING CLINICS

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

DERMA CLINIC Hair and skin care. Prince Sultan St. - Bin Homran Center • Tel: +966-11-465 0000 • Web: derma-clinic.com DIMA DENTAL A group of

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

HALA CLINICS Medical and

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

MUROONA SPINE & JOINT CLINIC Specializing in

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

NOBLE SMILE DENTAL CARE

A high standard of care oriented practice providing patients with the up-most care utilizing the latest dental technologies. Abdullah Ankari Rd. Al Worude • Tel: +966 -11419 7740 • Mob: + 966-540509111

SIGAL DENTAL CLINIC

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

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 LUTHAN WELLBEING STUDIO

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

NUYU A stunning chain of fitness

centres, inspiring the women of Riyadh to get active and stay active. Al Muruj • Tel: +966-11-214 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 costeffective healthcare with a sense ofcompassion 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

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 • Instagram: 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 HIT PEST CONTROL

A multi-specialty medical centre. As Sulaimaniya • Tel: +966-11-464 5501 • Web: omc.com.sa

One of the leading pest & termite control establishments. •Tel: +966-11-471 6853 • Web: hitpest.com

SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL

TRAP PEST CONTROL

OLAYA MEDICAL CENTER

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 • Tel: +966-11-4343800 • Web: smc.com.sa

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

6946 AlKurnaysh Rd, Ash Shati Dist. • Tel: 9200 1 25 25 • 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

HOT STONE

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

LUTHAN WELLNESS SANCTUARY

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

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

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

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

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 HOTEL KEMPINSKI Situated in the

heart of Riyadh offering a spa and signature restaurants. As Sahafah • Tel: +966-11-511 7777 • Web: kempinski.com/burjrafal

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

A luxury hotel and resort around the globe for your vacation, wedding or business travel. Kingdom tower • Mob: +966-11-211 5000 • Web: fourseasons.com/riyadh

HOLIDAY INN OLAYA Offers a

tranquil base right in the heart of Riyadh. Olaya • Tel: +966-11 4612000 • Web: holiday-inn.com / ihg.com

HOTEL IBIS RIYADH

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

HOTEL NOVOTEL RIYADH

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

HYATT REGENCY RIYADH OLAYA A contemporary business

hotel at the heart of the city. Olaya Rd., Olaya Dist. • Tel: +966-11-2881234 • Web: riyadholaya.regency.hyatt.com

One of the leading companies in travel & tourism. King Abdul Aziz • Mob: +966-533264028

INTERCONTINENTAL RIYADH

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: +966-11-4543300 • Web: sheratonriyadh.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON, RIYADH

Luxury hotel suites that capture the essence of the city • Makkah Road • Tel: +966-8028020 • Web: ritzcarlton. com/riyadh

HOTELS AL FAISALIYA HOTEL

SAUDI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AGENCY

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

FURSAN TRAVEL

A leading travel management company in KSA. Abi Bakr As Siddiq Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-112636211 • Web: fursan.com.sa

INTA A professional tour

operator and travel agency. 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 Arabia. 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: +966-114012949 • 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: +966-114549614 • Web: avis.com.sa

BEST RENT A CAR Car Rental. Al Ghadeer Dt. • Tel: +966-112245212 • 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

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

SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL English schools from Pre-KG to Grade 12. King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: +966-11-4738555 • Web: aisriyadh-sabis.net

COMPOUNDS AL BUSTAN VILLAGE

AL NOOR INTERNATIONAL

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

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

AL HAMRA OASIS VILLAGE

AL YASMEAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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: +96611-2490440 • Web: alhamra.com.sa

The School offers wholesome education that takes care of the allround development of every child. ASalah Aldin al Ayyubi • Tel: +966-11-478 8815 / +966-11-292 1510 • Web: alyasmin.org

AL JAZEERA BADR SUPER DELUXE VILLAS Two floor

DREAM INTERNATIONAL

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

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

AL MOROUJ COMPOUND

Al Morouj compound is well established expacts compound located in al Ahsa area , that deliver a 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Unit with all the leisure facility in a secure and private environment. • Al moubaraz area, Mahssen, near al riyada school • Mob: +966-501991771

KINGDOM SCHOOL

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

KING FAISAL SCHOOL

AL NAKHEEL VILLAGE

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

AL RABWA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND An established

accommodation. North of Riyadh • Tel: +966-11-4914400 • Web: lapalma.sa/riyadh-en

residential compound comprising 63 luxury double storey fully furnished expatriate villas in Downtown Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alrabwa dist. • Mob: +966-595527767 • Email: a.nahdi@areic.com.sa

RANCO VILLAGE COMPOUND

AL WAHA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND Fully facilitated

THE REEF COMPOUND

residential compound with a 24 hour security. Al-Khuzama • Tel: +966-11-4864711 • Web: areco-alwaha.com

CALIFORNIA RESORT

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

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

KINDERGARTENS AL FURSAN

DRAGON FLY Pre-school and Kindergarten • Mob: +966-504189863 • Facebook: Dragonfly English Kindergarten GROWING MINDS Pre-School

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

ISHBILIA KINDERGARTEN

Multinational School in Riyadh. Al Baraka St. • Tel: +966-11-240 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

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

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

LITTLE ANGELS A Montessori

ISHBILIA COMPOUND

BLOSSOMS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN A place, which

MAMA ET MOI A vibrant

Conveniently tucked-in away from street noise, 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

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

CHILDHOOD STEPS Designed to

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

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

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: +966-112005565 • Web: myschool.com.sa

A rigorous national and international program of study. Diplmoatic Quarters • Tel: +966-11-4820802 • Web: kfs.sch.sa

MANARAT AL RIYADH

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

MULTINATIONAL SCHOOL

Welcoming all children to achieve their ambitions and reach their full potential. Al Falah • Tel: +966-112751751 • Web: mns-r.com

MY LITTLE SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL

MLS offers a trilingual program and a unique learning environment applying holistic approach to student education. Darin, Ar Raid, Riyadh 12352 • Email: admin@mls.com.sa • Tel: +966-11-48 22820 • Web: www.mls.com.sa

RIYADH NAJED SCHOOL

Delivering top quality Education and Growth. Al Hamra • Tel: +966-11-2491616 • Web: rns.sch.sa

ROWAD AL KHALEEJ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


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COUNTRY OF SAUDI ARABIA CITY OF RIYADH

KING OF STATE KING SALMAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD

CURRENCY: Saudi Riyal (SR) divided into: 100 Halalas; notes printed in: 1 (one) – 5 (five) – 10 (ten) 50 (fifty) – 100 (hundred) 500 (five hundred) Riyal Denominations.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN AL SAUD

POPULATION: 31,742,308

POPULATION GROWTH: 2.31%

HOLY CITIES:

Makkah and Madinah

TIME ZONE: GMT +3

AREA:

2,149,690 sq km

RIYADH POPULATION:

7.3million. It is the largest city in Saudi Arabia

HEAD OF REGION: Prince Faisal Bin Bandar

LOCATION:

The center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. Distance between Riyadh and Jeddah: 853 km Distance between Riyadh and Dammam: 386 km

INHABITED AREA:

1,550 sq km – Largest urban center in Riyadh province.

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$1.00 USD = SR 3.75 €1.00 Eur o= SR 4.03 £1.00 British Pound = SR 4.67 ₹1.00 Indian Rupee = SR 0.06 ₱1.00 Philip. Peso = SR 0.08

IMPORTANT DATES: National Day: Sept. 23 Ramadan: May 27 Eid Al Fitr: June 25

TV: National TV: Saudi channel 1, Saudi channel 2 (English), Saudi channel 3 (sports), Al Ekhbariya news.

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:

RIYADH: King Khaled Int’l. Airport JEDDAH: King AbdulAziz Int’l Airport MADINAH: Prince Muhammed Bin Abdul Aziz Airport – DAMMAM: King Fahad Int’l Airport

RADIO STATIONS: STATION

FM CHANNEL TYPE

Rotana Quran SaudiRadio AFN Panorama MBC FM MBC FM MBC FM Mix Fm Alif Alif

88.0 Arabic pop 89.0 Religious 92.6 National news 93.7 Western music 102.0 Arabic pop 103.0 Khaliji music 103.9 Western music 107.0 Techno music 105.5 Western + Arabic 101/0 Arabic mix

BUSINESS HOURS: BUSINESS + BANKING HOURS: 8/9 a.m. -4/5 p.m. (Sun - Thur) WEEKEND: Friday – Saturday Shopping hours: 10 a.m – 1 p.m. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

PHONE CODES:

INFORMATION / MAINTENANCE:

Country code: +966 City codes: Riyadh 011 Jeddah and Makkah 012 Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar and Jubail 013 Madinah And Yanbu 014 Abha and Najran 017

STC Inquiry information 905 Speaking clock 1222 Mobily 1100 STC 900 Zain 959

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic, English is the second official language.

EMERGENCY Ambulance 997 Najm (car accidents) 920000560 General emergency 911 Cut along the lines, and keep it in your wallet


Saudi Arabia  

DR Issue 59 - January 2018

Saudi Arabia  

DR Issue 59 - January 2018

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