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FROM THE EDITOR
Editor-in-Chief Enas Hashani Managing Director Maria Mahdaly Executive Editor Bassma Al Toaimi Destination Jeddah Editorial Manager Nessreen Tamano Destination Riyadh Editorial Manager Jou Pabalate Destination Sharqiya Editorial Manager Noura Al Joaib
EID MUBARAK! We barely felt the first half of this year go by. We’re sure you were also whisked through the wonderful changes and trying to keep up with the rapid pace our country has been on. And now, it seems we’re in for a June brimming not just with milestones and celebrations but the promise of new possibilities. We remember the night we listened to the royal order lifting the ban on women’s driving. The mood was congratulatory; jubilant. The following morning, it was free coffee and stacks of car fresheners for all the ladies in the house to celebrate. Fast forward to today, as women from all over the country take the wheel--- know that Destination is rooting for you. We’ve dedicated a special feature to you, which we hope will help you in your journey. As if that’s not enough to make this month special, we’re going to the World Cup and you’re coming with us! Yes, football fans, we have you covered with your very own guide to the matches.
Editors Dalia Darweesh Hajer Al Alwan Sumaiyya Naseem Staff Writers Safa Hassan Sakan Alkibsi Studio Manager Mohammed Fawzy Senior Graphic Designer Mohammed Rashad Graphic Designers Seem Hajjar Suzan Al Quasmi
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Last but never the least, this festive month comes with the blessings of Eid Al Fitr. The Destination family wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful time filled with laughter, joy, and love. Till next time, Riyadhis. Make everyday a reason to celebrate and be a blessing to others, always.
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F E AT U R E D C O N T E N T
THE TRAVEL ISSUE 30 44
• The Business of Travel: Saud Al Eidi • Quality of Life Program 2020
24 SPECIAL FEATURES
• World Cup Special 2018 • A-Z Driving Guide
for Women! FAQs on Women Driving in KSA
34 TRAVEL TRENDS • Travel News: A Kenyan Experience • Stay with Accor hotels in Bahrain • Backpackers on a Mission: Saudi Nomads
• Saudi Author: Ibrahim Al Bassam • Silver Screen Sweetheart • Colorizing photos with Abdullah Yasawy
66 La Crème de la Crème
THE BODY SHOP ARBER HAIR AND BODY WASH (MEN)
52 STYLE & BEAUTY
• HINDAMME Season III: Interview with Mohammed Khoja • Historic KSA: The Flower Crown
62 DINING AROUND TOWN • Scoop: Daily Goodness • Fall in love with European cream! • Farmers and Butchers!
72 HEALTHY LIVING
• Personal Fitness Trainers: How to Pick Your Trainer
52 72 How to pick your trainer
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ABOUT THE COVER The way we see it, the future of Saudi Arabia rests upon the inspiring wanderers and wonderers of our generation. This month’s cover captures the idea of young ambassadors like Saudi Available at Nomad taking us to the future. They Danube, Virgin represent a new generation willing to Megastore do things differently and changing the and Tamimi for world, one step at a time. only SR 10
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Attend an Islamic lecture
Prepare Eid gifts
Do some charity work
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Teach someone something new
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Take your friends out for suhoor
Visit a relative you have not seen in a while
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Be thankful throughout the day (a day without complaining)
Give someone a compliment
Volunteer with a group
Pick up something off the road
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Quit a bad habit
Tell the people you love, you love them
Give your house staff a day off
Develop one habit following the Prophet's sunnah (pbuh)
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Pay for someone’s meal
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Invite your neighbors for iftar
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
1. Egyptâ€™s National Arab Music Ensemble debuts in the Kingdom
Egyptâ€™s National Arab Music Ensemble (AME) of the Egyptian Opera House debuted in the Kingdom with the singer Nihad Fathy performing at King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh. The ensemble was led by famous conductor Moustafa Helmy, with singers, including Ahmed Effat and Mai Farouq.
2. 14th Annual MEFTEC
The Middle East Financial Technology Exhibition and Conference (MEFTEC), held in Saudi for the first time, discussed the future of the digital payments sector. The event brought forward ideas and industry-changing technologies that will pave the way to future methods used by banks, institutions and individuals.
3. Gulf Capital Acquires a Strategic Stake in Geidea
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Gulf Capital, one of the largest alternative asset managers in the Middle East, announced its strategic stake in Saudi Geidea, for a total transaction value that exceeds one billion Saudi riyals. The deal constitutes the largest acquisition in the Saudi Fintech sector to date.
4. 15th German Breakfast and Catalog Show 2018
The final ceremony of the 15th German Breakfast and Catalog Show 2018 held in Riyadh was the culmination of the three-week roadshow through the regional hubs of Dammam, Manama, and Jeddah. Opened by Oliver Oehms, Delegate of German Industry and Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, and the German Ambassador, H.E. Dieter W. Haller, 200 high-ranked business guests attended the show at the Crowne Plaza RDC Hotel & Convention.
5. Ayam Zaman
6. Between the Lines Exhibition 2018
Ayam Zaman is an annual event with a traditional Ramadan atmosphere that holds all our favourites from food, beverages, products, accessories, etc. The event included old Ramadan games, entertaining shows, and the classic cinema. Held in Al Faredah Hall, a roof tent was constructed for late dinner.
â€œBetween the Linesâ€? exhibition, was held at the Arts and Skills Institute (ASI) to celebrate the graduation of 13 students. The exhibition explored the interaction of the reader and the content of the literature that allows our imagination to translate words into visual arts. Arts and Skills Institute (ASI) is the first institute for the study of visual arts and fashion design in Saudi.
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
WOMEN POWER SUMMIT 50 speakers, 500 women, and infinite possibilities. The Kingdom of Bahrain was taken by storm last May with one of the most inspirational summits the region has seen. Obai and Hill hosted the Women Power Summit, powered by Imtiaz by Her, May 6 and 7 at the Isa Cultural Centre. It was the largest congregation of women leaders across various walks of life and had over 700 attendees on both days.
The summit has received support from partners that span across a diverse range of companies and startups from different industries such as Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism; Boost Bahrain; Startup MGZN; Juju; SME Society; Careem, Powerup Magazine; Perle Magazine; C5; Majra; PayTabs; Space 340; Manama
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Bahrainâ€™s leading corporations and institutions have extended their support to this landmark summit. Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company (Bahrain Credit) powered the summit through Imtiaz for Her, the countryâ€™s first-ever specialized ladies credit financing facility. Key strategic partners include Tamkeen, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, KPMG Fakhro, the Domain Hotel and Spa, Al Ayam Media Group, Woman This Month, and Ohlala Magazine.
Hub; Biz Bahrain; Gulf Daily News; Destination; Khaleejesque, amongst several others. The summit focused on three important pillars: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. The speakers included influential women leaders from Bahrain, the region, and from different countries around the globe. Dr. Fatima Al Balooshi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, former Minister of Social Development, Health, Human Rights; Mishaal Ashemimry Aerospace Engineer and Founder of MISHAAL Aerospace; Nehal AlOmari Founder & Creative Director of Papermoon; Alaa Balkhy, Founder of Fyunka; Dina Shabib, Managing Director and Founder of Etijah Coaching; Roaya Saleh, Chef and Owner of Villa Mamas International; all made an appearance at the summit as speakers in addition to an array of influential women speakers. Aside for the keynote speeches, panel discussions, and one-onone interview, the summit also included workshops, networking opportunities, and mentorship sessions. Obai and Hill CEO, Wafa AlObaidat stated: â€œI am honored and grateful with the overwhelmingly positive and encouraging support that the Women Power Summit powered by Imtiaz by Her has received. It is a proud and important focus to note
that a lot of the key institutions and decision making bodies in the country are aligned and are ready to invest in such initiatives, for growth that directly impacts the contributions made towards the growth of the national economy.â€? The Women Power Summit powered by Imtiaz for Her showcased new opportunities for investments, partnerships, and collaborations created by inspiring female entrepreneurs and investors. It managed to connect and empower women by providing them with access to a network and knowledge that can allow them to be innovative and succeed, as well as to unleash their power to create positive change. Web: womenpower-summit.com womenpowersummit wpowersummit
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ANCIENT MARKET Experience the shopping experience of the old days Time: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. Mob: +966-581440088 / +966-504685246 Location: Osha Event Hall Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KHEMAT THAMARAT RAMADAN Ramadan tent serving iftar and suhoor accompanied with activities and live guests. Time: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Location: Riyadh InterContinental’s Golf Course
MAY 21 – JUN 14
GHABGA Luxurious Ramadan activity including Hakawi Ramadan, Qarqayan, and Ahjaz shows. Time: 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. Location: Osha Event Hall
Time: 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center
MAY 16 – JUN 14
SEVEN MOONS Seven domes and each dome represents an era of Islamic times whether its food, fonts, or stories. Time: 8:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. Location: Near to King Abdullah Financial Dist.
JUN 14 – JUL 15
MOSCOW STADIUM FESTIVAL JUN 15
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A festival that presents the World Cup with the participation of Saudi. It features folkloric dances and songs as well as games for children and adults. Time: 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center
JUN 20 – JUL 22
SABEH SABEH PLAY Al Lambi performs a comic play about his life as a prisoner and how money was an issue after his release. Time: 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Location: King Fahad Cultural Center
JUN 10 – 13
RAMADAN FE HARTNA Fun Ramadan activity specially decorated with traditional Saudi heritage elements as well as entertainment and comedy shows.
The spirit of authenticity. Ramadan Mubarak.
The Future Iconic Entertainment Hub of the Kingdom
King Salman led the groundbreaking for the mega city of Qiddiya. The event brings us closer to what is set to be one of the biggest entertainment, sports, and cultural destination of its kind in the Kingdom. Spanning an area of 334 square kilometers, the new destination is just 40 kilometers west of Riyadh. The Public Investment Fund (PIF), which supports the project, affirmed that Qiddiya is a cultural, recreational, and social achievement that will strengthen the rich fabric of Saudi Arabia and meet the growing needs of Saudi citizens to develop their hobbies, test their talents, and enjoy domestic tourism and leisure activities. Qiddiya will also be a significant addition to the Saudi economy. More importantly, it is the center of a completely new economic sector that will also lead to the emergence of additional sectors and services as it develops.
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The Specialized Medical Center (SMC) once again organized a special event for the female patients with all types of arthritis. Dr. Lina El Kibbi chose the theme of the event â€˜Driving Comfortably and Safely with Arthritisâ€™ for patients in parallel to women driving in Saudi this month. Well-known speakers from the medical and professional fields shed light on pain and restriction of joint movement, managing car controls, and making your car athritis-friendly.
Saudi Explorers Embark on an Adventure Across Saudi Teamwork, adventure, and discovery is the mission of Saudi Explorers, a new animated TV series that has begun development starting with a creative workshop. The workshop was led by Robert Knezevic, co-founder of Vision Entertainment, whose credits include over 500 hours of international television production, including the famous remake of Iftah Ya Simsim.
Produced and conceptualized by Vision Entertainment, Saudi Explorers is a classic example of a 360-degree entertainment experience, featuring a team of young Saudi heroes who use their courage, talents, and teamwork as they encounter thrills and adventures set against the backdrop of Saudi’s natural wonders and historic treasures. According to Princess Sarah bint Faisal bin Bandar, the company’s co-founder, their aim is to create, explore, entertain and inspire.
CAS’s Clean-up drive
The Community and Service Committee (CAS) of Alfaisal University, organized a clean-up drive called Ematta to raise awareness among people to keep Riyadh clean. The aim of the campaign was to emphasize the importance of public hygiene and embedding it into our community’s moral values. Volunteers of all age groups and backgrounds participated in this campaign and helped remove environmental waste from Wadi Hanifa to support this cause.
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MOVERS & SHAKERS
KIDNEY FRIEND: SAAD AL SUBAIT A journey of strength, hopefulness and spreading awareness By Dalia Darweesh
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Tell us about yourself.
My name is Saad Al Subait, and I was born with one kidney. I was around 22 years old when I was diagnosed with kidney failure. My sister donated her kidney to me in December of 2016, and my life has been transformed ever since. I decided to start a Twitter and Instagram account, called Kidney Friend, strictly to help those with kidney failure, and to guide them on their journeys.
What helped you throughout your journey?
Acceptance. Coming from my side first and from those around me. I knew that I had to accept it, and to come to terms with the fact that this will be a life-changing experience, and that the only way to adjust to it, is to embrace it. Or, to let it consume me negatively. I chose to look at it as a new lifestyle. My family and those around me were very supportive, and never made me feel different.
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What made you want to help people?
When I was going to the hospital for my dialysis treatments, I had a habit of speaking to those who were coming for the same reason as me; I wanted to speak to someone who understood what I was going through. I was seeking guidance and support, aside from the medical help that I was receiving. I resorted to online research. After my kidney transplant surgery, I thought of starting a Twitter account called Kidney Friend, to help patients who are going through kidney failure.
Tell us more about Kidney Friend.
The account aims to spread awareness through educational, medical, and nutritional information, that benefit kidney failure patients. I started with a twitter account, by re-tweeting beneficial information, and tweeting some from my own personal experience as well. Throughout, I developed connections with doctors and specialists and decided to collaborate with them, to be able to provide comprehensive, beneficial content.
What are your plans for the future?
My future plans entail getting more involved with the community, through different outreach programs. I want to be able to reach out, and help people as much as I can. My followers are very few now, but that doesnâ€™t matter to me, because I know that they are the ones who are benefiting from this account.
A piece of advice that you can give to our readers.
Awareness comes first. I would advise parents to be more aware with their children regarding their health; making sure to get regular check-ups. One thing that most people never pay attention to is drinking enough water; it is one of the contributing factors of kidney failure. Last words I would like to emphasis on: eat healthy, drink more water, exercise, and live happy. kidney_friend kidney.friend
PRINCESS ADELAH BINT ABDULLAH A driving force for social and cultural development work and women empowerment
HER FIRST SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
She joined the founders of The National Home Health Care Foundation (NHHCF). The foundation allows patients with stable health to be treated and cared for in the comfort of their homes. It first started out as a charity organization with 300 members but then grew into a wellequipped center. Prior to the foundation, this service was only provided at two hospitals, but now it is in almost all hospitals nationwide.
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CHANGES IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR
In the past, participation in the organized non-profit sector was low and its management was modest. The sector has now improved through developmental courses for its employees and management. Contact between this sector, its beneficiaries, and its supporters due to modern communication channels and techniques have enhanced. It no longer largely depends on donations, but on generating money through development and organized work.
The exhibition aims at stimulating the economy and helps members of society engage in commercial and touristic work, it also provides women with job opportunities. The event is also sponsored by The National Home Health Care Foundation as it believes in its importance and its role in economical growth.
Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association provides the needed care and support for children with cancer and their families of low income and encourages others to help them as well. Treatment results have shown an 80 percent increase in recovery regarding different types of cancers affecting children, which is a motivation to work harder.
“My father was my guiding force. He was fair, responsible and committed to high morals,” said Princess Adelah, who lives by these qualities.
She contributed in The National Family Safety Program to ensure the safety of families and help combat the consequences of broken and unsafe families, such as malignant and unpatriotic behaviour. She advocates the importance of a strong family unit and their involvement in their children’s lives.
Princess Adelah believes women need clear laws that guarantee their rights and facilitates their employment. Businesses must encourage female work force, train them and also develop their skills.
She understands that parenting gets more challenging with each new generation. She is trying to instil in her children the same morals that have been instilled in her and their father. To her, communication with kids is key as well as being a good role model to them.
CHALLENGES SHE FACED
These included false societal traditions that aren’t part of religion and only hinder development. Other obstacles were due to managerial problems. Princess Adelah sets an example on how women can lean on each other and be positive social enablers. Her dedication to lead development initiatives shows us that there is work to be done and we can be part of it.
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The Man Who Met Himself Saud Al Eidi, the traveler of worlds. By Tyma Hezam
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There’s a whole world out there, and there’s an unspoken one inside of us. Saud Al Eidi chose to wander in both. When I sat down with Al Eidi, the thousands of miles crossed were manifested in his calmness. With both pauses revealing a longing to be far away, and set intentions to stay grounded.
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I ask Al Eidi why he travels. “Who am I?” he semianswered, “that’s the question.” Ah yes, a question for an answer. I knew by now the story of the self-discovery voyage has already begun. “The human being will never stop looking for answers to that question. He will die not knowing, but at least in travel, he finds some sort of comfort. It’s an instinct.” he explained. Al Eidi decided to leave his Khobar-raised, drenched-inhometown-comfort, self behind and start his odyssey. “I am a man of many ponderings. Traveling is the only thing that fulfilled my hunger for answers.” Eighty-four countries and twelve mountain summits around the world later, he now sees home from a completely different lens. Al Eidi goes on discussing how the process of traveling in its true meaning can help an individual disassociate himself from his culture and customs to become an anthropologist in a place he once called home. It is a crucial, healthy, and very underestimated process. Where the human being starts to peel off his layers, and go back to basics: a traveler of
Al Eidi reasoned his passion behind Eastern Travelers, his establishment of travel and training agency. “I want to make sure more people around me experience this: to be a traveler in your own hometown.” Saud further explained, “I am not my travels, I am not the miles I crossed, I am ‘nothing to be mentioned’, therefore I will focus on what makes a place a place, the human being. And I aim, through my agency, to allow others to do the same thing.” Thus, Eastern Travelers strives to redefine travel, while introducing “adventure tourism” to the average traveler. Al Eidi organizes affordable life-changing journeys around the globe for all the wanderers out there.
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At the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayan Mountains
During a trip to Kathmandu, Nepal
worlds. Saud explained that there are three types of people: the traveler, the tourist, and the visitor. The traveler is about the people, the tourist is about the place, the visitor is about the task. The traveler becomes part of the community of the place he’s in. The tourist goes sightseeing. The visitor is on a particular mission with a time-limit. He discussed how many people believe they are “traveling” when in fact they are touring. The tourist Al Eidi once was, is long gone. “There is nothing wrong with tourism. It is just that most would consider traveling to be about the sights, but the truth is, it’s about the man. How did you affect the people you met, and vice versa.”
With kids of a refugee Camp in Greece
Leaving comfort zones, putting away structural trips, and carving one’s own path are some of the few mantras Al Eidi preaches. I asked him how he can afford his travels, as many use this as an excuse for it being too expensive, he broke it down in a simple manner. “If I didn’t learn it by having a very small amount of money, I wouldn’t be who I am today. It all started when I asked my father to lend me a small loan when I was young, and I began traveling very efficiently.” “Traveling requires a very small budget, if it goes over the limit, you are a tourist.” There was a certain type of shedding that happened
At the top of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
when Al Eidi transitioned from a tourist to a traveler. “You stop the sightseeing tours, and you start actually looking.” Al Eidi became a traveler when he crossed off his infamous list: “To-Detach List.” This list is a number of entities a traveler must be okay to detach themselves from. Starting with a routine, a desk job, family obligations, personal possessions, comfortable accommodation, and so on.
behind will free a traveler’s mind to explore, have no expectations, and truly let go of all notions of how a life should be.
Al Eidi went on and stressed the fact that any type of attachment, whether it’s for objects, a location, or human beings is lethal when it comes to traveling. Leaving that
Saud Al Eidi
Far away, miles through the Great Algerian desert, Saud Al Eidi found the reason for his longing to travel. The human. On the other side of the mountains, he met himself.
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Goals and Ambitions
The program ensures the implementation of its specific objectives in different regions of the Kingdom. Given the nature of the program, it will contribute to the wide range of goals and aspirations set out in Vision 2030. There are 23 Quality of Life Program objectives identified, including four objectives directly related to the concept of lifestyle: • Promotion of sporting activities • Excellence in several sports regionally and globally. • Development of diverse entertainment opportunities to meet the needs of the population.
FOUNDATIONS OF TOMORROW Investing in the Kingdom’s Quality of Life As part of the initiatives meant to fulfill the Vision 2030, the Council of Economic and Development Affairs launched the Quality of Life Program 2020. Its main goal is to strengthen cultural and economic foundations of the Kingdom. The Program is designed to promote new options for participation in cultural events as well as entertainment and sporting activities that contribute to the quality of life. The program also underlies the creation of jobs, and investment opportunities, as well as diversified economic 22 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
activities that will enhance the status of Saudi cities so that their international rankings rise in the most livable cities index. The total expenditure in sectors related to the Quality of Life Program 2020 will reach SR130 billion ($34.6 billion), of which SR74.5 billion will constitute direct investment in the program. Government capital expenditure will surpass SR50 billion by 2020, and investments available to the private sector will amount to around SR23.7 billion for the same period. QoL is also envisioned to increase the nonoil GDP by 20% by 2020.
Saudi Cities Among the Top 100 Cities in the World
The overarching goal of the Quality of Life Program 2020 is to see at least three Saudi cities included in the list of the world’s top 100 most livable cities by 2030. While the overall aspiration focuses on three cities, the program covers all aspects of Saudi society and is dedicated to improving the lifestyle of citizens and residents all over the country.
Attractive Investment Opportunities
Quality of Life 2020 aspires to provide economic and investment opportunities for sustainable growth and development. Creative industries have proved to
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• Enhancement of Saudi contribution to arts and culture.
In line with these projects, QoL will also focus on developing elite Saudi athletes that can compete on a global scale.
program seeks to create a water park, three theme parks and 16 family entertainment centers by 2020.
In the context of school athletics, the program promotes the participation of girls, aiming for 325,000 girls participating in physical education classes, qualifying 7,500 teachers and preparing 1,500 schools with fully equipped gymnasiums.
Development of Contribution to Arts and Culture
Different Entertainment Options
French footballer Thierry Henry
be key drivers of economic growth around the world. A number of funding models will be developed in order to stimulate the private sector to invest in both capital expenditures and operating expenses. The program encourages the private sector and foreign investors to invest in vital markets related to improving the quality of life. In addition, measures to improve the ease of business and investment processes will be undertaken.
The Program contributes to the development and diversification of entertainment opportunities in the Kingdom to suit all social segments in the different regions. To achieve this goal, the program encourages the private sector and foreign investors to play a major role in the development of entertainment facilities. The
The program also promotes the Kingdom's contribution to arts and culture through the elevation and development of seven cultural and artistic fields (visual arts, performing arts, filmmaking, poetry, literature, design, and national heritage). By refining the talents of both established and up-and- coming Saudi artists, the Kingdom’s presence on the international arts and culture stage will be greatly enhanced. The program includes plans for the creation of an island for arts and culture in Jeddah, the opening of 45 cinemas, 16 theaters, 42 libraries, and the Royal Arts Complex in Riyadh.
Supporting Sports Activities
The program aims to elevate the sports industry in the country, providing support for sports clubs, providing 491 suitable locations for training and practice, as well as giving the public access to international sporting events to be hosted within the Kingdom.
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READY, SET, DRIVE! FAQs on women driving in KSA Since last September with the historic announcement of lifting the driving ban for women, we’ve been counting the days till the dream turns into reality. We’re closer now to the hour when women can finally get behind the wheel! Here’s what you need to know.
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Where can women take driving lessons?
The universities have really stepped up and are the first to take the lead. Registration is now open!
The King Abdul Aziz University, along with the General Department of Traffic, set up the Jeddah Advanced Driving School located inside the campus. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: jeddahds.sa
The Princess Nourah University (PNU), in partnership with the Emirates Driving Institute in Dubai, set up the Saudi Driving School on PNU’s campus. PNU already has 150 instructors on board, with another 150 undergoing training. The number of applicants has reached around 54,126 since registration opened. Tel: 920011136 Price: 30 hours for SR 2,520 (VAT included) Web: sds.pnu.edu.sa
The Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Dammam has opened registration, with already 5,634 applicants and 43 driving instructors. Tel: +966-13-3338815 Web: sharq.iau.edu.sa
The General Department of Traffic has awarded Tabuk University a license to set up a driving school on campus. Tel: +966-14-4566020 Web: tabukds.sa
Is there an age limit?
There are 2 types of licenses – private license for self-use, and a public license for work purposes. The private license requires the applicant to be 18 years old, while the public one requires the applicant to be 21.
What’s the process of getting a license like?
Applicants have to sit for a series of practice classes and tests, accomplishing certain hours depending on their skill set and comprehension of the rules. The process is divided into 3 sections: theoretical, simulation, and practical, with each school following a different process.
What about those with international licenses?
Currently, there are 21 assessment centers to determine whether further training is required for international licence holders. If training is not required, they receive their Saudi license. Centers are available in Riyadh, Dammam, Al-Ahsa, Jubail, Buraidah, Unaizah,
Hail, Tabuk, Jeddah, Taif, Makkah, Madinah, Abha, Arar, Jazan, Najran, Qurayyat and Sakaka.
Driving schools around Saudi Arabia will offer: • A medical exam • Theoretical lectures (including simulations of different scenarios to prepare the driver) • A theoretical test • Practical training (including supervised driving on actual roads with vehicles and pedestrians) • A practical test (an obstacle course on the field) Hope you get your licences, your awesome car, and don’t forget your licence plates. Cruise around your city ladies and DRIVE SAFE!
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SHOW YOUR DRIVE Time to gear up Women driving is a milestone but we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. What you need is the right car that works for you!
Every parent wants the best for their kids, and they are always concerned about their children’s comfort. A roomy, 7-seater, big enough to fit the kids, their friends, and the extra equipment that they need for their extra-curricular activities would work best.
DODGE DURANGO ( SR 115k – 200k )
4 X 4 Vehicle V8 ENGINE
THE COLLEGE STUDENT
When you ask a university student what option they’re looking for, most likely, they’ll go for the affordable option. This car fits the bill, affordable, environmentally friendly, and best of all, doesn’t compromise on the style that you no doubt will look for.
MAZDA 6 ( SR 75k – 118k ) FUEL EFFECIENT
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We like living on the edge, but there are others, who take it to the next level, the adrenaline lovers (if we can't use junkie), those who race against time, need speed, endurance, and a clear mind. It might look like a uniquely designed car, but its more than that, it is a personality, a match made with your active lifestyle.
BMW Z4 ( SR 180k – 270k )
What makes a fashionista different? Well for the most part it's their sense of style and uniqueness. With this car, you can let loose and express your chic on the streets
MINI COOPER ( SR 136k – 175k )
A car made with the executive life in mind. When you want to show you mean business, an elegant benz is a classy classic you can roll in anytime.
MERCEDES BENZ E- CLASS ( SR 196k – 300k )
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READY, BEACH, GO Private and secluded is the order for the perfect getaway, and that is what the JW Mariott Resort & Spa promises, featuring overwater villas with private pools on the beautiful Vagaru Island. A Spa, a kid’s club, and a range of activities assure that there will never be a dull moment of the holiday. The hotel is set to open by the end of 2018, just in time for a quick trip!
Parisian Day In
Le Royale Monceau – Raffles understands that a proper holiday means a pampering session, which is why till the 30th of September, you’ll have the option to have an hour yoga/pilates, an hour Clarins massage, pool/sauna/hammam, a beauty case with Clarins products, and some tapas at Bar Long for SR 1,550.
FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES
Fascinated by horses? Check out the five-day Royal Ascot Elite horse racing show this summer, from 19-23 June in Ascot, UK. You can book your tickets now. Web: ascot.co.uk
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SOUL OF THE OLD SILK ROAD
Shaza Al Madina, one of Al Madina’s leading hotels nabbed two awards at the World Travel Awards last month at the Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Medina’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2018 and Saudi Arabia’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2018 were awarded graciously for the quality services that they provide.
If it is summer here, it is winter there. Here are three things to escape the summer heat wave Enjoy deep sea diving in and enjoy the coolness Exmouth/Ningaloo with in Australia. extraordinary sea creatures.
Head on over to Greenland. Visit 1770 for an amazing, long walk on the beach.
Visit Sydney’s the Rocks district and enjoy the views and the artisan markets.
Hottest Hotel in Bali Reopens The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa reopened recently – enjoy Bali’s coastal rawness with the resort’s fantastic beach-side location, spectacular ocean vistas and lush gardens. The Seminyak resort is also equipped with full amenities and services, which includes fresh dining service. You can choose from 2 villas, 26 suites, and 68 rooms for the perfect stay.
A KENYAN EXPERIENCE
BACH FEST IN THE SUMMER Enjoy classical music with worldclass musicians at the Bach Fest this summer in Leipzig, Germany. The music festival will take place from 8-17 June. Tickets are available now. Web: bachfestleipzig.de
Last month saw the opening of the first Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts in Nairobi. Located in the thriving hub of the city entertainment, the hotel is a short distance from the city center and diplomatic districts. Staying true to the city, the hotel employs African culture in its culinary services and the rich décor to make for an authentic experience. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 35
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The Sports & Entertainment Forum The future of the industry in Saudi.
In line with the Kingdom’s leap towards development and the multiple programs of Vision 2030, the Saudi Training Law Center organized the Second Sports and Entertainment Forum in London. Held last May, the event discussed the investment opportunities in the Kingdom. It gathered a constellation of experts from the fields of management, entertainment, law, sports, and investment. In his speech, Eng. Raed Abuzinadah, Chairman of the Events and Entertainment Committee at the Chamber of Commerce, mentioned the importance of the visit by Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the United Kingdom The latter greatly strengthened the ties between the two Kingdoms in diverse areas. The forum’s chairman and lawyer, Majed Garoub, 36 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
mentioned that the forum’s partners from Saudi Arabia and the UK called for the initiation of an investment fund worth SR 1 billion in value.This fund will be used for sport related activities including buying a Saudi club, establishing academies for individual sports and organizing tournaments for different kinds of sporting events.In addition, it will provide support through investment, administrative, and sports advisory to improve the quality of clubs. The third session of the forum will be held in Rome, Italy on June 21, to discuss the influence of media and technology on the entertainment and sport industry. Various stakeholders and experts will once again be gathered, including training guru and engineerand engineer Raed Abuzinadah, lawyer Majed Garoub and Romy Gai, executive director of the
Professionals Association as well as Mario Gallavotti, partner of the Gallavotti Law Office who is an expert on media and sports, and Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich, professor of comparative law at the Law Faculty of Roma Tre University.
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Experience Bahrain Stay with Accor Hotels Bahrain is a place of many adventures. Whether you are going for business or a family trip, you can choose to stay at either of the three Accor Group hotels: Ibis Styles, Mercure Seef Hotel, and Novotel Hotel and Resort.
With its contemporary style and bright colors, the 25-floor buildingâ€™s rooms are an artwork in themselves, as each one tells the story of Bahrain. Enjoy the best dining view on the 24th floor!
Something different from the usual, every room at Mercure hotel is a suite featuring unique interiors that is themed classical Moroccan. The family-friendly hotel is a five-minute walk to Seef Mall and a five-minute drive to Avenue Mall.
A hotel and a resort with three restaurants that have international cuisines, this is the only four-star hotel in Bahrain with a beach. The interiorâ€™s theme is a good mix of beach house, local, and contemporary.
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Indian Ocean's Leading Family Resort
Maldives' Leading Resort
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World's Leading Water Villa Resort
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SAUDI NOMAD Backpackers on a Mission
Ibrahim Al Shaya
Creating a new breed of Saudi globetrotters By Jou Pabalate
Enter Saudi Nomad, a social enterprise on a mission to strengthen and promote the culture of backpacking among the Saudi youth. It was first conceived by Saif Al Qarawi and Ibrahim Al Shaya, who were later joined by a participant turned guide, Ibrahim Matsah. These young men recently graduated from KFUPM in Sharqiya, with bachelor degrees in software engineering.
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"We started backpacking as students; on average, the uni provides around SR 800 as a stipend. We'd save some of it till we had enough for a trip. To make that budget work, you'll need to plan right â€“ prioritize your needs over your wants," said Al Shaya. Having a shared passion for backpacking, they decided to start Saudi Nomad to encourage people to look at traveling in a different light. They saw it as an opportunity for their peers to broaden their horizons and understanding of other cultures, while in a way re-introducing Saudis to the global community. "You learn so much about yourself when you get out of your comfort zone. You don't have to spend a fortune to go on an adventure," said Al Qarawi. There's a difference between having a passion and actually running a sustainable business based on it, though. The demarcation is not lost on these socialpreneurs.
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In the past, travel was considered a luxury reserved for the deep-pocketed. The thought of taking a trip to multiple destinations on a shoestring budget seemed like a far-fetched dream. Saudi travelers in particular have been stereotyped as opulent vacationers, often preferring the comfort of 5-star hotels and shopping adventures on Oxford Street or Champs Elysses. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the finer things in life, nowadays, adventurers can discover the world without breaking their bank accounts.
For their first trip, Saudi Nomad took a group of 10 to India, exploring not just the major cities but also passing through villages and experiencing the country like a local. “Saudi Nomad is about having a real backpacking experience, while at the same time having 42 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
Eating local isn’t just a great intro to culture, it also saves you a fortune
"As an enterprise, we provide affordable trips for travelers who are new to backpacking, or would like to experience a new place with a group. To make it sustainable, Saudi Nomad shouldn't be about us three – we'd like to get more guides who can run their own trips and we can eventually pass on the torch to them, and so on."
On our trip to India, we hitchhiked, commuted, ate local food, and stayed in hostels. We knew there would be bumps along the way, and in fact, that's the beauty of backpacking – you learn to roll with and appreciate the unexpected. Once, our group got stuck in a café in a tiny village, and it was our favorite time together – just huddled there, sharing stories, laughing, and being in the moment. — Saif Al Qarawi
Making their way through India, travel tip #2 use public transportation and your feet.
a support system to ease you through the process. You’ll depart as strangers and return as a tight crew,” according to Matsah.
Female Saudi Nomads hitting the streets of New Delhi
By the time this story is published, Saudi Nomad would be deep in the thick of Nepal. The booking for which was full within two days of its announcement. When asked what their dream trip to organize is, the unanimous answer was South America. “We’re planning a few trips in the future, before eventually stepping back ourselves and letting other experienced backpackers take Saudi Nomad forward. Our focus is getting people interested in this form of traveling. When someone from the group embarks on their own trip, it means we’ve succeeded in what we’ve set out to do.”
The first Saudi Nomads
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SILVER SCREEN SWEETHEART Abdulmohsen Al Nemer, gracing television for decades. By Dalia Darweesh
Who else remembers the days and nights where we would anxiously await our favorite TV show to start? May it be during Ramadan, where we all gather right after futoor, or in the summer, where we meet with friends, and catch up on our favorite shows. We had the pleasure of meeting Abdulmohsen Al Nemer, Khaleeji television superstar, and during this exclusive interview, we learned more about him personally, his acting style, and his thoughts on what Saudi has been witnessing lately. “When a person is born, they’re born with certain interests, likes and dislikes; it’s human nature. There might be things that dictate what we choose to play when we’re young,” Abdulmohsen told us. Abdulmohsen’s acting style is what distinguishes him from other actors, hence, why we anticipate his shows, every year. From a very young age, he was interested in acting, unlike the kids in his neighborhood, who were very passionate about football. Abdulmohsen’s first plunge towards acting wasn’t a typical one. In fact, since he couldn’t learn acting back in the day, he had no other option but to perform a small play, in his neighborhood, in the hopes of being discovered by Nasser Al Mubarak, who was a producer in the neighborhood then. “I was expecting him to pick me for his next show. Unfortunately,
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Abdulmohsen is known for his strong, influential, and unique performances, that makes him the notable actor we know today.
Scene from Al Dama’a Al Hamra
, Ramadan of 2016
he didn’t, and it was a big shock to me.” Nasser came to find out, and later made it up, by offering Abdulmohsen a role in one of his plays, titled Bait Min Leef. It was the second theatrical production by the Saudi Association for Culture and Arts in Dammam, back in 1980. After the success of Abdulmohsen’s acting, in 1981, Mohammed Al Mufarreh, an actor and screenwriter, asked him to star in a series titled Al Shatir Hassan. From that point onwards, Abdulmohsen knew that he was going through a transitional point in his life. He couldn’t walk around without being recognized. Since this fame came at the early age of 14, it costed
him his teenagehood, “what comes with fame is the image that you’re responsible of portraying; you’re looked at as a role model.” As an actor with vast roles, we wondered what Abdulmohsen’s favorite role was. Finjan Al Damm won, directed by Laith Hijjo and written by Adnan Al Oudahm; Abdulmohsen was the only Khaleeji actor on it, “I truly loved seeing myself in this role.” The reason why Abdulmohsen resonated well with his role is the fact that it reminded him of a story about a man from central Spain called Don Quixote, obsessed with chivalrous acts, as he tries to accomplish his goals, and goes on a quest of self-searching.
His Ramadan shows for 2018 include Etir Al Rooh, costarring Huda Hussain and produced by Mohammed Al Gaffas, a Bahraini producer. He also starred in Al Khataya Al Ahsr, on MBC, written by Hussain Al Mahdy and produced by Ali Al Ali. Another exciting role he played this Ramadan is in the series Haroon Al Rasheed. We asked Abdulmohsen about his thoughts on the recent developments in Saudi, “these are not changes. They’re simply ways of spreading awareness, on what already exists in Saudi; the curtains are only being lifted.” He explained how Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s courage is unveiling matters that have already been present in Saudi, for years. On his thoughts about movie theaters in Saudi, “we have skilled Saudi talent, from actors and producers, to photographers and screenwriters. This new law provides an outlet for these talents, to produce, improve, and grow.” His future goal is not to only be an actor, but also a filmmaker.
He left us with some words of advice, for all aspiring actors wanting to pursue an acting career: “Don’t rush into fame. Fame can be easy, but it won’t make you a good actor.” abdulmohsen_alnemer abdulmohsen_nmr
MEET SAUDI AUTHOR
IBRAHIM AL BASSAM
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By Dalia Darweesh
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They say that traveling is the best education you will get. Meeting new people, visiting new places, and experiencing unique and fun adventures are perhaps things that are outside of one’s comfort zone, but not for author Ibrahim Al Bassam. Born in Kuwait, he has lived in Iraq, Jordan, Korea, and Holland for parts of his life. After studying Industrial Engineering, he obtained his MBA in Marketing. Since a very young age, he loved books, especially comics. However, he never identified himself as an author, until 2016. As an avid cyclist, he decided one day to travel to Europe on his bicycle.“When I hit the biking road in Switzerland, I had overwhelming thoughts and feelings. I felt like I needed to document my experience.” Ibrahim received some great feedback on his first book, A Bicycle Journey into Europe, from his friends and those around him. But he discounted their opinions at first, thinking they were biased. “It is interesting that I had absolutely no idea whether readers would enjoy it or not,” he told me. However, one day, a friend sent him a tweet from the Embassy of Switzerland in Riyadh, recommending his book to European travelers. When the legislation of women driving first came out, Ibrahim was sharing his thoughts and ideas with a friend, on the different obstacles and difficulties that women might face in Saudi. Hence, an idea formed in Ibrahim’s head. Why
not, write a book, a guide, from his own personal experiences with driving in Saudi, dedicated to women in Saudi. He shared The Six Golden Rules to Avoid Dangers on Saudi Roads, in his latest book, Your Green Way. When we asked him about his inspiration for writing these books, he said, “I believe that my engineering background has influenced the types of books I read and write. My books are based on practical experiences and true stories. One might wonder what Ibrahim’s writing process is: “I have to get in a certain mood to write. Not anywhere, and not anytime.” He explained to us that he thinks of his writing experience as an escape, to disconnect from life. He switches off his phone, and sits at a place where he can be alone, but still surrounded by people; a coffee shop would be an ideal place, he said. Ibrahim’s reading preferences vary through time. Currently, he’s reading on history sociology, and travel. His all time favorite publication is The Economist, in addition to
articles by Najeeb Al Zamil and Abdullah Al Maghlooth. “Many people approach me saying, I want to write a book, just like you did,” Ibrahim said. However, he believes that the challenges that face writers here are perhaps the lack of guidance and information given on writing and publishing. Readers and writers also lack a platform to meet and connect. Ibrahim suggests book fairs as an option. “I think that we lack the borrowing culture. If it’s implemented, I think it will boost reading in Saudi.” Lastly, some great advice Ibrahim has left us with: “Always try something new. Life happens outside of your comfort zone.” We can find Ibrahim Al Bassam’s books at Jarir Bookstore, and different book fairs. They’re also available in Ibrahim’s accessories store COCO88 in Rashid Mall and Dhahran Mall. Email: email@example.com ibrahim.albassam
A Bicycle Journey into Europe and Your Green Way (The Six Golden Rules to Avoid Dangers on Saudi Roads)
JOTUN’S WORLD of Color, Innocence and Imagination A collection created by kids, curated by Jotun. Jotun, the region’s leading paint manufacturer, invited everyone to immerse into a world of color, innocence and imagination with the launch of their latest color collection for kids. Based on the theme “A World of Wonders,” this collection explores boundless imagination and the unexplored fairy tales of children. The new collection has been inspired by artists, inventors, explorers and dreamers of our time: children. The three beautiful themes derived from their vivid imagination, and unique opinions, are Sky Rainbow, The Three Little Colors, and Dinosaurs and Lollipops.
The Sky Rainbow theme is comprised of sky-powdered blues, serene lilac pinks and fluffy cotton greens, all of which synergize perfectly with dreams of little angles.
The Three Little Colors
This palette is made of wild reds, deep ocean blues and calming teals to fit little boys with a wild spirit and the softest heart.
Dinosaurs and Lollipops
Frequently used for wooden surfaces such as cupboards, chairs or shelves, the Dinosaurs and Lollipops collection pulls together a warm, wild and dreamy palette of purples, peaches and pinks. These three themes were crafted by interpreting children’s stories into a fresh and delightful collection to decorate their rooms in ways that are limitless as their imagination. The colors of the latest Kids Collection are essentially created by kids and curated by Jotun. Web: jotun.com
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SCOOP PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
THE BODY SHOP ARBER HAIR AND BODY WASH (MEN)
TRAVEL IN STYLE
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Very Troubled Child creates one of a kind travel bags and personalized leather accessories as well as leisurewear and travel robes. All their bags are made of 100% genuine leather and come in all shapes and sizes customized to make your personal belongings a little bit more personal.
This 3-in-1 cleanser, shampoo and skin conditioner moisturises the skin leaving an earthy, woody fragrance with a touch of citrus behind. Exactly what your fresh summer skin needs!
Available at: The Body Shop Price: SR 52
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Giordano’s Pre-Summer 2018 Offering The summer is all about staying cool and stylish and this is all possible with Giordano’s Linen collection. Linen is generally combined with cotton, which provides comfort and softness while staying cool due to high absorbency. The fabric is perfect for tropical or middle eastern countries where all you need is light wear. Specific details like the updated band collar and fits like slim and tapered will make anyone look stylishly dapper . 52 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
At Giordano, clothing in linen fabrication is available all year round specifically this summer. Check out the collection and color variety so you can express yourself with this summer’s dapper roundup. Make this summer dashingly, stylishly, and amazingly yours. Stay cool and stylish in linen, visit a Giordano store near you! Web: giordano.com.sa Tel: 8001110128 giordanosaudi giosaudi
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DE BEERS DIAMOND JEWELLERS DAZZLE RIYADH Saudi Jawahir Trading Company has opened a De Beers store at Centria Mall in Riyadh, the brandâ€™s first location in Saudi Arabia. The new store reflects the heritage of De Beers and showcases a varied array
of its timeless jewelry creations in an atmosphere of welcoming elegance and warmth. Every aspect of the store has been carefully tailored to guide the jewelry devotee around its unique High Jewellery pieces iconic collections, including the Talisman and the Enchanted Lotus, and the wondrous Bridal diamond creations. Location: Centria Mall
Dynamite has opened in Dhahran Mall! The Canadian fashion retailer and sister brand of Garage takes pride in constantly evolving their brand to best suit the lifestyle of aspiring young women.
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HINDAMME SEASON III A talk about fashion and Saudi, with designer Mohammed Khoja. By Dalia Darweesh
Hindamme Season III takes us to faraway galaxies, with astrological symbols, and a touch of our Arabian culture. Mohammed Khoja also released a series of collectible bomber jackets, commemorating Saudi women driving.. 54 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
Tell us about Season III of HINDAMME.
Season III continues my East meets West concept for HINDAMME by exploring the role of the universe and its relationship in the lives of early Arabs, and what it means to us today. An otherworldly narrative, inspired heavily by mysticism. A few recurring signature themes include vintage space travel-related stamps from the Arabian Gulf, gold zodiac embroidered pieces, kimono style shirts for men, couture style sequin bombers and Arabic calligraphy statement pieces and T-shirts. A bold take in terms of fabrics and detailing, yet I feel is very wearable and versatile, with a clash between high fashion and streetwear. I want to create a sense of escapism to my wearer.
What are your thoughts on current improvements in Saudi?
I am extremely optimistic about the potential of the Kingdom. With this new progressive push, I hope there will be more efforts to support the establishment of a fashion infrastructure. I hope to become a part of that, and help shape it.
Let's talk about your exclusive "June 24, 2018" bomber jackets; the message and the vision.
I was personally very moved by the decision of his Majesty King Salman to lift the ban on women to drive in Saudi Arabia. I wanted to commemorate this decision
in my own way by creating a series of collectible jackets that pay tribute to the symbolic date, in which women will be able to start their engines in both its Gregorian format in English and Hijri in Arabic. I’d like to show the world that we are proud of our progress and direction. As a designer, I want to be able to project people’s energy. To me, these bombers are not only a reflection of Saudi society alone, as I feel they pay tribute to a decision that represents the general concept of empowerment.
I created three different color ways, one with a black and green gradient featuring embroidered Saudi medals that I designed in gold, and two other black ones which are subtler and feature platinum embroidered medals or gold.
Any Exclusive Sneak Peeks for Destination?
Although I haven’t revealed my references for the next season yet, I’m willing to give you a preview! I am focusing on wildlife, flora and fauna of the Arabian Peninsula as an inspiration, while consulting with a new age Saudi traveler and artist. I’m also working closely with a furniture designer to hopefully create a line of collectible furniture pieces that feature Al Qatt Al Aseeri and Sadu patterns. Looking forward, I want to focus on positioning HINDAMME as a global fashion brand; not to limit myself to fashion alone. I want to prove to myself that someone from this region can reach global influence, with work that is locally inspired. Web: hindamme.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org moekhoja
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SHOES DRAMA AND
THE RETAIL APOCALYPSE A millennial’s perspective.
Us millennials can’t recall the last time we cruised the mall to shop. For us, we prefer the “in and out,” method – and that’s if we even go ourselves. Often times we prefer to send our drivers with our cash in an envelope or armed with our credit card and pin number. Our purchase has already been made via WhatsApp “VIP” customer service, or
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a casual DM on Instagram. This is how we shop. This is our on-the-ground retail experience; and it’s currently non-existent. Many retailers and brands may not like this “doomsday” outlook when it comes to their brick & mortar, old school approach, but the truth is in the numbers: In 2017, 8,642 malls closed down in the United
States alone, and a 25 percent of malls are expected to close in the next five years. The Kingdom’s mega malls just seem to be expanding, but while they are increasing by the square foot, foot traffic is not – as many retailers have been reporting stagnate sales. The complete shutdown of physical retail stores and a
shift toward total dependence on e-commerce in the future would seem inevitable; especially when you can just as easily get that same dopamine-fueled “shopper’s high” when you unbox an Ounass package, as you get walking out of AlKhayyat Center with a new Chanel oversized bag and Dior kitten heels. Yet, why is Amazon, the e-commerce genius, suddenly opening retail stores? Why is H&M fooling people with non-branded pop-ups across London? Because physical points-of-sale are still relevant to the millennial shoppers. To understand why, just take a look at our Instagram feed; it’s filled with picture-perfect bloggers with daily pictures of their avocado toast brunch, hot Saudi “dentists” we’re mentally dating, and modelthin brunettes with sponsored #OOTD pictures all over London. And what do they have in common? They’re part of the in-crowd. Us millennials no longer relate to promotions or extended sales, Rubaiyat! Or visual merchandising spectacles, no matter how cool they are, Gucci! We want the lifestyle, not just the outfit. We want to be with the cool people at the cool pop-up, where we can be seen… through a Snapchat filter, of course. We want the YSL mini specs, but most importantly
H&M Beach Pop Up Store at the Hague’s coastal suburb of Scheveningen
we want the attitude and #GirlSquad that goes with it. We want the Yeezys almost as much as we want the hype around the story of how we acquired them. We want our collections “dropped,” not launched. It’s basic retail Darwinism: stores need to evolve before they go extinct. So what can brands and boutiques do? Hold a bazaar every other week; curate interactive pop-ups in the middle of Red Sea Mall; or create capsule collections
targeting Instagram street style addicts; basically implement a more integrated in-store shopping experience that focuses on inclusion. iMirror, Memomi, and Size Stream are some of the ways technology is being used to enhance the retail experience for the Snap-addicted generation. So retailers, shoesanddrama. com are giving you the very simple, winning formula: Sell us the experience, and we’ll happily purchase that $2,000 designer bag we don’t actually need!
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WE ARE WITH YOU,
SAUDI ARABIA! Giordano’s Soccer Polo Collection It’s that time in every four years again! One of the world’s biggest sport events will take place this month – the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Football enthusiasts from all over the world are ready and geared up for the month. Giordano, the global apparel retailer and one of the top five clothing brands operating almost 100 stores across Saudi Arabia, is paying tribute to the greatness of the game by coming up with a very relevant collection this month, the Soccer Polo. The brand is well known to advocate sports through its assortment; making it a point that anyone can express their support to a team or patriotism to their country by wearing their product. Polo, an article of clothing that will always have the sporty feel and look to it due to its origin, is the best choice to make such a statement. Whether
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you support Germany, France, England and of course, Saudi Arabia, their arrays of Soccer Polo with special emblems have got you covered. Regardless from where you’ll be watching the matches, you can look and feel cool, especially when you coordinate the soccer polo with any of Giordano’s pants such as denim or khakis. Or if you’re watching the games at a café or at home you can wear a pair of Giordano’s comfortable joggers or shorts. Either way you’ll be comfortable, while supporting your favorite team or country, displaying their flag emblem on your chest with pride!
The Saudi Arabia soccer team fans can paint the town green with the polo exclusively designed for them. Get into the soccer fever and keep the team spirit’s high by cheering “Kulluna Maak Ya Akhdar!”
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you. All in all, it’s just a great opportunity to show off your creativity by coming up with unique herb and flower combinations that complement each other.
WHEN? The Usbah that you would wear for evening occasions and weddings is different from what’s worn during the day when your head is constantly under the sun. Not all flowers handle the heat and keep their good smell, while other flowers surprise you by only smelling better then.
Be sure to wear flowers in your hair By Lamies Ali
I introduce to you: the Usbah.
An Usbah is a crown made with different flowers and herbs and worn proudly on the head. It uses many common types including the Hala tree flower (kadi), basil and the various types of Arabian Jasmine (foll), as well as the likes of rue, coleus, hyacinths, elder and daffodils.
Think flower crowns can’t be masculine? The men of Tihamah happily prove you wrong as Usbahs are worn by both men and women. While men’s crowns are generally narrower, there aren’t any strict rules about it. Ladies, however, occasionally add a matching flower necklace to the Usbah on their head for extra glamour on special occasions.
Usbahs are part of the folk wear in the Tihamah regions (southern areas of the Kingdom), popping up more and more the closer you get to the mountains.
Not only does an Usbah make you look nice, it also makes you smell nice. And, if you’re suffering from a headache or cold, all the herb-y goodness soothes the pain and calms
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Al Hantoul Flowers Location: Next to Al Rajhi Bank, Badiyah District, Dammam Mob: +966-503160592 / +966-505314327
Pioneering French researcher and photographer Thierry Mauger spent years exploring the southern region of the Kingdom, particularly the Asiri culture. In 1989, Mauger published Flowered Men and Green Slopes of Arabia, depicting inhabitants of Asir in none other than an array of beautiful flower crowns; the Usbah.
PHOTO BY THIERRY MAUGER
THE FLOWER CROWN
Get the look: Wondering where you can get your own traditional flower crown in Sharqiya? Ali and Abdu of Al Hantoul Flowers get fresh Usbahs – and other charming flower accessories – semi-weekly straight from Jizan! Their store definitely deserves a visit.
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Meet the Taste of Traditional Turkish Delights Turkish Taste – Dondurmaci Halil is a family-owned patisserie/restaurant specializing in authentic Turkish dishes, sweets, pastries and traditional ice cream. It’s a great choice for a quick tasty treat when you want a reasonable Turkish fix. Our favorite pick from here is their Simit burger special with succulent marinated meat, tantuni and yogurt sauce served on a hot plate.
THE SEASON OF GRAND IFTAR TENTS
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Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski’s tent portrays unique Arabic heritage, and is a great example of mixing traditional with modern attributes. At the open buffet, visitors can enjoy a wide range of Saudi, Arabic and International dishes. This year they are introducing a pavilion for children to be active, joyful, and adult supervision. burjrafalhotelkempinski
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AlFaisaliah Like every year, Al Faisaliah Hotel invites guests to experience Ramadan. Guests looking to break their fast at Al Faisaliah Hotel can enjoy a delicious grand Iftar buffet at Fawanees, located in the Prince Sultan Grand Hall. Guests can also enjoy Suhoor with their loved ones by indulging in a lavish buffet at La Cucina which includes healthy and delicious options from both Arabic and International cuisines. alfaisaliahhotel
Four Seasons This year, Ramadan tent by the Four Seasons has a bright affair featuring a new colour scheme and modern Arabesque inspired decoration designed by BelleGate. The Ramadan Tent has a generous buffet setup and dedicated live cooking stations catering to all your cravings. Beyond the beautiful transformation of our Ramadan Tent, Executive Chef Ahmed Fawzy is giving you a new dining experience. Fsriyadh
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house_ofsouffle Craving homemade soufflés? Check out House of Soufflés and feast your eyes! They also have mini pancakes and brownies on their menu.
Delicious Veal With Worldwide Allure Riyadh Marriott launched the Dutch Veal Week sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Riyadh, and Van Drie Group that controls high quality veal around Europe and world-wide. The VanDrie Group Dutch Veal Week was officially inaugurated by ambassador, Joost Reintjes,
together with Dutch chef Edgar Buhrs. During the event, a special veal-based menu was served every evening for guests at the Marriott Hotel’s steak restaurant, , Terrace Grill.
We received a special delivery on a Monday afternoon by Chunk and it took all our Monday blues away! Chunk has recently introduced milk cakes in Ramadan and we got to taste it. Our verdict? Undeniably delicious! It’s an ultra-light cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with cream with the right amounts of sweetness and splendor. The cake comes in four Chunk-y flavors; vanilla, cereal, coconut and zaffran.
Chunk Bakery & Café has introduced a new addition to the menu.
DINING AROUND TOWN
MEATS AND GREENS Discover your friendly neighborhood butchers and farmers.
bargaining their way with sellers. There are stalls for just about anything you may need, from dates and honeycombs to in-season fruits and green staples. Nuts, grains, and local spices are also lined up in between the open corridors. If you’re buying in bulk, there’s a good chance you can get a
good discount, although as it is, prices tend to be 20-30% less than in supermarkets. Locations: RABWA VEGETABLE MARKET Exit 14 ATEEQA VEGETABLE MARKET Baday Ibn Mudyah FARM MARKET 58 Al Muruj
At Destination, we’re particularly fond of buying local and having produce from the community at the center of the dining table. Turn your weekend errand of stocking the fridge into a family activity – check out these places for your market needs.
Weekend Farmers’ Market
Now, most of the bigger markets have had a reboot, making them even more family-friendly, and offering fresh fruits and vegetables that have the organic seal of approval. If you hit the farmers market at the crack of dawn, you’ll find the farmers arriving in their wanet pick-up trucks and unloading their harvests. The morning rush of shoppers is also worth experiencing. You’ll find men and women toting their bags and trolleys, 64 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
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Heading to the neighborhood market is an age-old tradition a lot of our fathers and grandfathers still uphold. They buy fresh produce by the bulk to last for the entire week or two, and talk shop with vendors. There’s a community feel to the whole affair.
For shoppers who have hesitations about the cleanliness of local butchers and meat houses in the city, allow us to put your worries at rest. The baladiya or sanitation authority in the capital is quite spot-on in making sure slaughterhouses and sellers are up to standards. Most of the shops we’ve visited were spotless and the staff follows proper dress code – hairnets, gloves, etc. Butcher shops are mostly available alongside vegetable markets, or you can head to the Muruj district where you’ll find a strip of poultry, lamb, and beef shops. If you’re looking for certain meats that are not as common, you can head to the northern market and Thumairi. A favorite for barbecue lovers is Forsan, which had recently opened a branch on Turki Al Awwal Road. They have amazing sausages and ready patties, and their lamb chops are always tender. Certain restaurants also offer their meat for sale; one of our picks is Butcher Shop – they’re pretty good at living up to their name!
Feast, fellow carnivores! Locations: NORTHERN FARMERS MARKET Northern Ring Rd. BUTCHER SHOP Tahliya St. FORSAN Turki Al Awwal St.
DINING AROUND TOWN
de la Crème Cream never tasted this good. By Dalia Darweesh
We were lucky to be taken away to Singapore, for a wonderful experience that involved meeting International chefs, experiencing new cultures, and last but certainly not least, eating lots of dessert! La Crème de la Crème is a yearly event organized by the French Dairy Board (CNIEL) that brings together 11 critically acclaimed chefs to create perfectly tasteful and delicious pastries for a new edition of La Crème de la Crème recipe book. French, soft, velvety cream, and Valrhona chocolate, were the themes for this year’s event. On the first day, we headed to the Food & Hotel Asia Exhibition at Singapore Expo, where the Asian Pastry Cup was also taking place; different chefs were competing to present the best pastries in front of a panel. We toured around the Food & Hotel Asia Exhibition, where different exhibitors showcased delicious pastries. Anything you can think of from croissants, to breads, sweet and savory pastries, you’ll find there; it was pastry heaven. We also attended a cheese-pairing presentation
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The 11 chefs on the final day of La Crème de la Crème, with their pastries for the recipe book.
by François Robin, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Fromagerie. He paired goat cheese, with sourdough bread, drizzled with honey on top. The Camembert cheese was paired with a paste of portobello mushrooms and fresh cheese.
The next day, we witnessed an extraordinary experience that took place in the kitchen with La Crème de la Crème’s chefs from France, South Korea, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, and the UAE, and observed
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their techniques of masterfully creating variations of delectable chocolate pastries and creams. We were given an exciting pastry and creammaking course right after, by Nicolas Bachyere, Chef pâtissier Un dimanche à Paris.
Two-layered cake with coffee, cream, and chocolate ganache, topped with praline and coffee.
Gluten-free whipped ganache cake with hazelnut, stuffed with hazelnut cream and salt flower, the base is made with almond and hazelnut.
The third and final day of La CrĂ¨me de la CrĂ¨me, was when all the chefs showcased their delectable desserts, using different types of chocolates. There was a chocolate cake with a hint of vanilla, light smoked vanilla mousse, chocolate sponge, and charcoal chocolate; a baked cheesecake with white chocolate mousse, topped with French cream; a two-layered cake, with coffee, cream, and chocolate ganache on the top and chocolate cake with mousse, coffee, cream and coffee ganache on the bottom, topped with praline, and coffee. Chef Antoine created a base of chocolate brownie,
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Chef Antoine: A base of chocolate brownie, topped with vanilla mousse.
topped with vanilla mousse. Chef Vincent created a cake with cream, milk, hazelnut biscuit, and a thin layer of Iranian black lemon, topped with hazelnut and cream. Yum! I had the great privilege to speak to two chefs based in the Middle East, to learn more about their techniques. Chef Antoine Chassonnery from FAUCHON Paris is currently an Executive Pastry Chef for FAUCHON Middle East. He has been based in Dubai for FAUCHON for the past 5 years, but has experience of 15 years. Antoine explained that he modifies recipes to create pastries that cater to consumers in the Middle East, for example, by adding halwa or dates. Antoine travels twice a year to Paris, to stay up to date on latest
recipes and newest techniques. Chef Vincent Cockenpot, Executive Pastry Chef at Bateel, has an experience of 16 years. Vincent shared with us his experiences in dealing with pastries away from France, explaining that dry products are not an issue, but fresh products like strawberries can sometimes be difficult, since it depends on the season. Vincent takes training courses sometimes in Dubai, explaining that there are many workshops, and also in France.
they hold the best of products. Since the French have a strong culture ingrained in food and, specifically, the world of patisseries, they uphold to techniques and practices that distinguishes them. The use of the right ingredients like cream and chocolate reigns high in said practices. Ensuring high-quality ingredients, such as European cream, is key to creating the most delectable of foods. To make the best, one needs to use nothing but the best.
French pastry is favored by everyone around the world, and specifically in the Middle East, but why is that? Antoine and Vincent shared their opinions with us. French products are in high demand, because they are A crumble of almond and chocolate, with a chocolate sponge made with Alpaco chocolate, passion fruit and mango jelly, milk chocolate cream, and Alpaco chocolate mousse.
Chef Camille Cheng while creating her pastry made with Varhona Manjari 64% with Taiwanese honey tea, and black rice crispy.
H E A LT H Y L I V I N G
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINERS Pick the best one for you! By Mai Kholief
Exercising regularly with an expert ensures you reach your goals, keeps you motivated, and decreases injury risks. Over the past couple of years, the number of fitness trainers, studios, and gyms has increased significantly in Jeddah as we are becoming more aware of the importance of exercise and healthy diets.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind before choosing a personal trainer: 72 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
This is by far THE most important one on the list. A fitness trainer needs to take courses from accredited organizations (e.g. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), The American Council on Exercise (ACE), and International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)), before being able to coach people. Other specialized courses such as CrossFit or Les Mills also provide trainers with a strong base. Donâ€™t be afraid to ask where your trainer got their certification from.
Consider your habits carefully â€“ are you willing to take a car for more than 20-30 minutes to get to your workout? Do you prefer a location within walking distance from your home? Or do you prefer working out immediately after finishing work?
Based on experience, costs can range vastly between trainers depending on their certifications, specialty, and location. Before you start searching, make sure you have a budget range in mind.
Practice makes perfect; the more trainers coach, the more experience they have. Another vital aspect of experience is the ability to provide the best cues – modifying exercises according to your level and needs, and showing and correcting good form.
This is a very personal one. Consider things like what motivates you – do you prefer a coach on the tougher side, or do you do well under positive reinforcement? For best results, your trainer should appreciate your progress and also push you outside of your comfort zone.
Your trainer needs a tracking method to see if your hard work is paying off. It also allows you to be accountable and motivates you towards the right direction.
Being consistent with your training program and attending classes is vital to reaching your goals. It is useful to check with the trainer their schedule, how many clients have in one class, and if you can set a schedule and/or make changes regularly. Also ask how far in advance you have to book your spot and what the cancellation policy is. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a fitness trainer and ask them questions to guide you through your fitness journey. Make sure it’s someone who will bring out the best in you!
H E A LT H Y L I V I N G
RINCE IN RIYADH Irish dancing for fitness.
Irish dance, while originating in Ireland, is popular all over the world and has enjoyed a revival over the last two decades due to the popularity of dance shows such as ‘Riverdance’, ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Spirit of the Dance’, which recently performed to audiences in Riyadh and Jeddah. While rooted in Irish tradition, in more recent years, Irish dance has been influenced by other forms of dance including hip-hop, R&B and afro beats, bringing a new and vibrant twist to this form of dance. Irish dance can be enjoyed at all ages, as a group or solo activity and for those who are interested, also provides an opportunity to compete at regional, national and world championship level. Caroline McGroary, started Irish dancing at the age of 3 and danced competitively from the age of 15 to 28. During this time she won a number of provincial and national titles and developed a true passion for this form of dance. She says that while competition is an integral part of how Irish dance has evolved and grown over the years, the true essence of Irish dance is as a social activity and an opportunity to embrace Irish culture. Caroline came to Riyadh in August 2013 as part of a university collaboration between Princess Nourah 74 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
University (PNU), Riyadh and Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. During this time has held the position of Programme Director and Lecturer in Accounting, Finance and Business Strategy in the Riyadh campus. Caroline has also been actively involved in the local Saudi and Irish community . For example, helping to set up the Irish Business Network-Saudi Arabia (IBN-SA), volunteering and playing for the local Gaelic football club, Naomh Alee, and most recently teaching Irish dance classes to both the Saudi and expat community. The key focus of Caroline’s classes is ‘dancing for fun and fitness’ The key focus of Caroline’s classes is ‘dancing for fun and fitness’ and they are open to all ages and abilities. A typical class lasts 45 minutes. The warm up includes some basic Irish dance steps, which focus on flexibility and stretching. The main session allows dancers to learn up to three choreographed steps which are then danced together at the end of the class to make up a full dance. The class ends with a freestyle session where all dancers are encouraged to make up their own steps, choose their favorite music and express their individuality. Not only is it a fun cardio workout but it also improves muscle tone, core strength, posture, stamina and flexibility. Email: email@example.com Mob: +9665331115340 moveriyadh DESTINATIONKSA.COM 75
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A Relic Revived
Nokia is a product of our nostalgia for the olden, golden days. You can now get your hands on revamped, brand new Nokia phones â€“ Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 6, and Nokia 7 plus. The Android phones are available at retailers in KSA.
Audi joins Key Rent a Car
MG at Bubble Festival
Working towards a better presence in the community, Taajeer Group, dealers of MG cars, sponsored Bubble Festival. Held for the first time in the country, MG cars were displayed at the festival where attendees had the chance to view the cars, hear about the latest deals, and coolest features.
Key Rent a Car has added a line of Audi A6 cars to their ever-growing options. Looking to the company for its excellent performance and stylish design, the partnership is the result of years of popular demand from companyâ€™s clients, and they have supplied.
Last month, MCM opened its first shop in Jeddah in El Khayyat Center. The German brand is known for its uniqueness. The event featured a line of different bags mainly, from purses to backpacks, and some articles of clothing. 76 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
Saudia Airlines won the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Best Stand Award in Dubai this year, recognized for being hospitable, enthusiastic, and having polite staff. They were notable for their uniqueness, excellence and knowledgeable personnel.
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A New Era for Sports
Saudi Arabia has launched its first E-Sports league, Electronic Saudi Professional League (ESPL), under the direction of Prince Faisal bin Bandar, and the Football Federation president Adel Ezzat.
The Rise of Cinema
Effat University hosted its fifth Annual Showreel Student Film Festival under the Visual and Digital Production (VDP) department, which was a successful event, it showcased local Saudi talent and myriads of talents from different backgrounds. There is a bright future for Saudi Cinema.
Al Hokair Steps Up its Game
In an attempt to remind drivers of the importance of the seatbelt wearing, no mobile phones, and proper driving speed, Almajdouie Motors have launched a campaign under the slogan Life is Precious. The campaign hopes to remind drivers of the responsibility they have towards themselves and others.
Better Transit, Better Future
Aligning with Vision 2030, Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery partnered with HIGER Bus, top manufacturers of buses and coaches in China, to better the situation of public transport in Saudi Arabia. This includes catering to the large number of pilgrims that come into the country.
A trusted name in hospitality, Al Hokair is planning an expansion of their MENA Hotels & Resorts. Working towards doubling the size of their operations, the group unveiled their plans last month during the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. 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). ///coconut.respects.helper
GODIVA Godiva thrills the senses and captivates the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere. • Tel: +966-11-281 2000 ///baseline.sizing.voices
PATCHI Embrace a culture and
KING KHALID GRAND MOSQUE One of the most
unique heritage of exceptional chocolate gifts that make life exquisite. • Tel: +966-11-4834464 ///dominate.kinks.jabs
PRINCESS LATIFA BINT SULTAN MOSQUE
CHORISIA LOUNGE Coffee
beloved mosques in the city. ///scouts.braved.fragment
COFFEE & TEA SHOPS
One of the most beautiful mosques in Riyadh. ///apply.rush.denote
Shop & Afternoon Tea • Tel: +966 11 8028333. ///villas.skinny.quibble
THE AL RAJHI GRAND MOSQUE The largest Mosque
STARBUCKS COFFEE The true essence of coffee. • Tel: +966-112754367. ///gearing.agents.names
in Riyadh. • Web: grajhi.org.sa ///mainland.goods.chest
AMERICAN 19TH CENTURY BURGER
Here’s where the classic taste of minced beef patties combined with fresh buns are available to you. • Tel: 9200 33900 ///hype.cardinal.skater
56TH AVENUE DINER
A contemporary American Diner restaurant offering a well-known American comfort food. Hyatt Regency Riyadh • Tel: +966-112881234. ///promoted.home.anode
Serves great all-American food in a timeless and fun environment. • Tel: +966-11-2016667. ///honestly.usage.traded
SHAKE SHACK Serves the most
delicious burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard and more! ///headset.royal.averages
STEAK HOUSE Steaks grilled to perfection over open fire to sear in the natural juices. • Tel: 92000 7733. ///verse.aspect.geology. THE COUNTER Create your own burgers and make them special! • Tel: +966-11-4643117. ///full.passages.blubber
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. • Tel: +966-11-2732222. ///tried.pictured.frizz
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. • Tel: +966-11-4163484. ///hinted.prepare.extend
CHOCOLINE Flavor and
refinement meet to create an outstanding range of luxury chocolates. • Tel: +966-11-4641172 ///sweeping.insurers.stitch
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TEA GSCHWENDNER Their tea shops are staffed with tea enthusiasts dedicated to exploring the world of loose leaf tea. ///earl.identify.explain
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
TALAH DATES Dates, sweets, drinks, and the finest Arabian coffee. • Tel: +966-11-2173303 ///iceberg.stand.visitors
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. • Tel: +966-11-2936355. • Tel: +966-11-4103021. ///earl.identify.explain
PANINO’S Hot sandwiches, salads
and gourmet pizza. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-482 2100
PAPA JOHN’S The third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world. Takhassousi Rd. • Tel: +966-11-229 4409
PIZZA HUT At Pizza Hut,
we have one mission: to bring more flavor to life. • Tel: 9200 00910 ///shave.kilts.estate
SUBWAY Excellent taste, nutritious food choices. • Tel: 9200 12782. ///mondays.damage.textiles
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
CAFE BATEEL Deluxe
chocolates, delectable dates, superb pastries and a vast selection of gourmet foods. • Tel: +966-11-2936355• Tel: +96611-8107090 • Tel: +966-11-2112042 ///earl.identify.explain
and the best of tradition whilst embracing the greatest of what modern technology and thinking has to offer. • Tel: +966-11 464 1441 ///cringe.prestige.slid
FRENCH CORNER Riyadhs French
LENÔTRE Cakes and chocolate for all tastes. • Tel: +966-11- 279 1108. ///dating.kneeled.prom
experience • Tel: +966-11- 415 2213 ///spoke.such.debater
TERRACE GRILL Best fine
dining restaurant. A Premier restaurant of Riyadh. • Tel: +966-11477 9300. ///lovely.jokes.conquest
THE ELEMENTS This multi-buffet
KFC The largest chicken restaurant
I’m lovin’ it! • Tel: Takhassousi St. ///response.rival.swells
FRENCH BAKERY Top quality
NOZOMI The best Fine Dining
• Tel: +966-9200-02690. ///coached.nesting.widest
THE GLOBE Located within the
sandwiches, pastas, salads as well as sweets. • Tel: +966-11-465 6665 ///dialect.brothers.horn
bakery pastry with an a la carte attractive french dishes. • Tel: +96611-464 5322. ///date.coffee.safe
food chain restaurants. Salah AlDin AlAyyubi Rd., Ar Rabi, King Fahd Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11479 3682 / 9200 01213
brand in the world. • Tel: 920021111 ///tourist.coast.asking
FAUCHON A French cafe serving
LUSIN Armenian Restaurant
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. • Tel: +966-11211 5500. ///earl.identify.explain
HARDEE’S One of the best fast
ERIC KAYSER Boutique bakery tradition meets global reputation at Maison Kayser, where the craft of exceptional quality is baked fresh every day. • Tel: 966-054 590 8907. ///chills.escape.valley
spectacular golden sphere that tops Al Faisaliah Tower, the Globe serves up delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city. • Tel: +966-112732222. ///turkey.imparts.majority
AROMA Based on a unique fusion of traditional recipes and modern culinary delights • Tel: +966-11-511 7777. ///deeper.exposing.rehearsal THE GRILL restaurant reflects the
spirit and energy of the flourishing international business city of Riyadh in its contemporary design with a traditional twist. Tel: +966-112115500. ///earl.identify.explain
TUGRA Emanating from the heart of the royal Ottoman Empire, Tugra is the calligraphic seal of the era’s Ottoman sultans. • Tel: 966-11-511 7777. ///deeper.exposing.rehearsal
FRENCH ANTHURIUM A french
restaurant Hidden with in the streets of Riyadh. • Tel: +966-114661473. ///bothered.harmless.vivid
APETITE KITCHEN A Parisian
inspired restaurant and lounge concieved to offer a unique and exclusive experience of lifestyle • Tel: +966-11-465 6491. ///ramp.causes.clashes
CRÊPE CAFÉ Casual authentic crêperie. • Tel: 966-11-207 8329. ///prance.courage.snapper
LE RELAIS DE L’ENTRECÔTE
Charming Parisian simplicity of unique dining in the cozy and warm interior of Entrecôte. • Tel: +966-11 461 5058. ///heats.thumps.grass
PAUL French Restaurant, Cafe & Bakery. • Tel: +966-11-416 9125 ///souk.helpers.poodle
INTERNATIONAL AL BUSTAN RESTAURANT
Sumptuous international buffet renowned in the market for its quality and taste. • Tel: +966-11454 3300. ///lifters.misty.hardens
AL ORJOUAN International &
Oriental Buffet Diner • Tel: +966-118028333. ///villas.skinny.quibble
ART CAFE An Artistic Unique Concept Store and Cafe in Riyadh • Tel: +966-11-416 2990. ///coached.nesting.widest 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. • Tel: +966-11-2732222. ///popular.reserved.developer
FUDDRUCKERS An American
International serving platters to your heart’s extent. • Tel: +966-114641650. ///blocks.terminology.rally
MOSAIC MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT • Tel: +966-11-477 9300. ///lovely.jokes.conquest
ORJOUAN International Buffet • Tel: + 966-11-802 3833. ///villas.skinny.quibble SPAZIO Exceptional fine dining in Riyadh, with a unique ambiance which could not be matched anywhere else in the City.• Tel: +96611-211 1888. ///earl.identify.explain
TOASTED An innovative and fresh approach to food. • Mob: +966-12-2616747. ///changes.things.homing
TRADER VICS Trader Vic’s restaurant is recognized across the globe through exotic cuisines and happily imbibe from a collection of expertly crafted libations. • Tel: +966-11-281 4782. ///colleague.grownup.batches
ICE CREAM AMORINO Delicious and unique Gelato flavors • Tel: +966-11-444 3425. ///cares.plunge.heap
BASKIN ROBBINS STORE Offers desserts like fondue, affogato and cakes, all in a family friendly restaurant environment. • Tel: +966-11-478 0108. ///village.skips.avocado DACTYLIFERA Chocolate and
Mini Icecream bites • Tel: +966-11269 8566. ///discouraged.texted.gravy
FRESH BERRY Frozen yoghurt
with over 25 topping choices. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-253 5578
GODIVA The ultimate destination for chocolate lovers. • Tel: +966-11281 2000. ///baseline.sizing.voices
ice cream parlor. • Mob: +966559576854. ///loaders.broken.tribal
MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY
Bringing happiness to every cup, cone, cake and pint. • Tel: +966-11453 8746. ///coolest.punk.curtail
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. • Tel: +966-11-253 4783 ///avoid.applies.slime
STICK HOUSE A fun way to
enjoy ice cream. • Tel: +966-59 818 2204. ///vehicle.typhoon.trains
ITALIAN AL FORNO CO Italian Pasta restaurant. • Tel: +966055 844 2255 ///deployed.visions.pursuing AZZURRO Classic Italian Fare • Tel: +966-11- 8028333. ///villas.skinny.quibble
FORCHETTA Fine Italian Dining you could find in the capital • Tel: +966-11-492 0097. ///blues.stunning.ramble
IL GABBIANO Indulge in true
Italian flavor with a relaxing classic atmosphere. • Tel: +966-11-461 6066. ///booster.lies.improves
ITALIAN HOUSE Restuarant with
a unique Italian taste. • Tel: +966-11419 8016. ///firm.cucumber.royal
LA CUCINA La Cucina is the
finest Italian restaurant in Riyadh and the only restaurant in KSA to be awarded the Ospitalita Italiano seal of authenticity. • Tel: +966-11-2732222 ///popular.reserved.developer
L’OLIVO ITALIAN SANDWICHES Known for its gourmet deli style sandwiches and salads. Takeaway and delivery services only. • Tel: +96611-4634240 • Mob: +966-552707026 • Web: lolivosandwiches.com. ///link.engages.ladder
PIATTO Generous servings of fresh and authentic Italian dishes. • Tel: +966-11- 200 6868. ///lashed.misted.observe PIZZA FUSION Pizza Fusion:
fresh, organic and eco-friendly. Al Olaya.• Tel: +966-11-463 3329
PIZZA ROMA Go-to pizza place in town. • Tel: +966-11-462 9032. ///between.then.minerals
ROMA Authentic Italian
Restaurant in the city • Tel: +96611-464 1133. ///petted.twins.backed
ROSSO Discover and taste the
freshest flavours, the hottest ingredients and the most talented Four Seasons chefs from around the globe. • Tel: +966-11-211 5500 ///earl.identify.explain
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 ///achieving.mentions.speaker
FLAMINGO RESTAURANT • Tel: +966-11-461 2277. ///loosed.voted.libraries
GRAND LEBANON RESTAURANT Lebanese
Restaurant. • Tel: +966-11-463 1888. ///divides.dreamer.palaces
KARAM BEIRUT Mediterranean
Restaurant • Tel: +966-11-416 1717 ///asks.nursery.stressed
Lebanese Armenian Restaurant • Tel: +966-11-4667071. ///edits.monday.pebble
WADEK A Gulf inspired
Restaurant at the heart of Riyadh • Tel: +966-11-463 4848. ///outdone.ruby.another
TURKISH ANATOLIA TURKISH GRILL
One of the leading restaurants offering a truly memorable authentic Turkish dining experience. • Tel: +966-11-4626339. ///dining.closets.impulses
AZURE RESTAURANT Aegeaninspired cuisine that pulls its influences from Greece and Turkey, the menu provides a refreshing retreat from the mundane. Hyatt Regency Riyadh • • Tel: +966-11-288 1234. ///promoted.home.anode
SHEZAN Let the aroma of mixed spices drive you to the wonderful experience and delicacies of an Indian kitchen. • Tel: +966-11-462 6608. ///fracture.coarser.goodness
GULLUOGLU Turkish restaurant
Indian food. • Tel: +966-11-222 2332 ///locker.quickly.conclude
& cafe known for its Baklawas • Tel: +966-11-419 7840. ///blues.contact.trailers
KOSEBASI A restaurant chain that is true to the traditional recipes of south Anatolia. • Tel:+966-11-288 6418. ///photo.ramming.cute
TOP KAPI Blending history and culture with a fresh outlook and savory cuisine. • Tel:+966-11-288 5457. ///buyers.addicted.rashers
CHINESE ASIANAT A Humble Asian
Restaurant in northern Riyadh. As Sahafa Dist. • Tel: +966-11-410 8404
DIAMOND Chinese restaurant. • Tel: +966-11-217 0125. ///central.upper.song
GULF ROYAL CHINESE RESTAURANTAuthentic Chinese restaurant. •Tel: +966-11-419 5288 / +966-13-8988887 / +966-138988887. ///handy.beats.logged
Traditional Chinese Cuisine • Tel: +966-11-8028333. ///villas.skinny.quibble
MIRAGE The perfect Asian taste
in the city. • Tel: +966-11-483 4127. ///rider.dressy.napkins
NOODLE BOX A fusion of Thai,
Indonesian, Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese dishes with a modern look. • Tel: +966-11-456 2920. ///spotty.myself.home
PANDA EXPRESS Chinese international franchise. • Tel: +96611-415 4100. ///yell.nobody.foremost THE NOODLE HOUSE
Authentic Southeast Asian dishes over an open flame and in full view of the guests. Al Olaya St. • Tel: +966-11-293 9969
Yummy Wok offers variety of Asian cuisine. • Tel: +966-11-488 9166 ///richly.chin.escaping
INDIAN COPPER CHANDNI An
Indian experience you wont find anywhere else. • Tel: +966-11-416 7000. ///keener.noting.washing
INDIAN PALACE FOOD
Authentic Indian restaurant • Tel: +966-50 -211 2020. ///intro.mess.changes
All time marvelous Indian restaurant! • Tel: + 966-11-464 6187
SILVER SPOON INDIAN CUISINE The best
ZAIKA Indian food and dining
offering a high quality service and atmosphere. • Tel: +966-11-461 6066. ///waitress.slipped.magnetic
JAPANESE BENIHANA Benihana restaurants
are traditional Japanese Hibachi steakhouses, featuring the Japanese cooking:”teppanyaki.” • Tel: +966-11415 7878. ///clash.romance.tourist
KAMPAI Gourmet journey you won’t forget anytime soon! • Tel: +966-11-461 7581. ///farmland.powers.jump
NOZOMI The best Fine Dining
experience. • Tel:+966-11-415 2213 ///spoke.such.debater
SUSHI YOSHI Sushi Yoshi is a leading Japanese restaurant with its own unique design that stands out from the rest.• Tel: +966-11-812 0055. ///lasts.letters.starting TOKYO A contemporary yet sophisticated dining experience in the heart of Riyadh with a choice of a cooking station seating. • Tel:+96611-4605672. ///winded.flushes.dark
DESSERTS & BAKERIES ANOOSH One of the best
Chocolate shops in the Kingdom selling the best cookies. King Abdullah Branch Rd. • Tel:+966-11278 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. • Tel: +966-11-203 3652 ///fallen.trimmer.votes
HELEN’S BAKERY We only bake original recipes using the best and freshest ingredients in the market. • Tel:+966-11-416 9734. ///snitch.handbag.example JAREER SWEETS A reputation for great taste, authenticity and value became a leading chain of pastry shops within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. • Tel:+966-11-477 3310 ///times.yours.crouch MUNCH BAKERY If you are a
person with a sweet tooth then here’s a haven you can indulge in. • Tel:+966-9200 15010. ///takers.skips.evenings
SWEETS OF ARABIA Authentic Oriental Sweets • Tel:+966-118028333. ///villas.skinny.quibble
SAADEDDIN PASTRY The best pastry and sweets in the city only in Saadeddin Pastry. • Tel:+966-11471 4649. ///cabin.sprawls.loaf
The cupcake shop. • Tel:+966-11229 0505. ///scenes.think.embarks
BOUTIQUES BRIDAL COUTURE BOUTIQUE BRIDAL GOWNS AND veils. • Mob: +966-504308630 • Web: bridalcouture.com.sa. ///really.prefix.annoys
HARVEY NICHOLS International
luxury lifestyle stores specialising in brand name merchandise. • Tel: +966-11-2734444 • Web: harveynichols.com.sa. ///cookers.reports.segments
RIVA A unique brand for ladies and kids wear.• Tel: +966-112078519 • Web: rivafashion.com/ stores. ///fully.frantic.tags
TERRA ECLAT Offers a wide
selection of unique hand crafted jewelry. • Mob: +966-543766773 • Web: terra-eclat.com. ///enormous.erupts.tripped
CUSTOM THOBES AJLAN & BROS Great fabrics and
quality. • Tel: +966-11-4665555 • Web: ajlanbros.com. ///cling.text.notices
LOMAR Creative and modern thobes. • Tel: 920000554 • Web: lomar.sa. ///level.lunging.sadly
TOBY Classic and modern brought together. Tahlia St • Mob: +966-53621 2007 • Web: tobybyhatem.com
FLORISTS ALWAN 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
For nice springy flowers. Musaed Al Angari St. • Mob: +966-11-2791024 • Web: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIX FLOWERS For pretty flowers. • Mob: +966-11-4916410 • Web: Mix_Flowers. ///wash.fellow.cloud
NARDEEN FLOWERS GARDEN Flower shop.
Al Rowdah Dist. • Mob: +966-112490972 • Web: Mix_Flowers
80 DESTINATION RIYADH JUNE 2018
Young seasoned photographer. Centria Mall • Mob: +966-555441211
BODYMASTERS Offer a wide range of fitness services to its members. • Tel: 9200 006269 • Web: bodymastersksa.com. ///swimmer.cloak.speeds
TULIP For your celebrations.
FITNESS FIRST One of the
Provide patients with high-quality health care services. As Sulaimaniya. • Tel: +966-11-201 6677 • Web: abadclinics.com
world’s leading health and fitness companies. • Tel: 966-11-217 9674 • Web: fitnessfirstme.com. ///prance.courage.snapper
AJMAL CLINICS A range of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. • Tel: 9200 10029 • Web: ajmalclinic.com. ///topping.rafters.perform
FITNESS TIME Provide the best sports and fitness services. • Tel: 9200 03131 • Web: fitnesstime.com.sa. ///succeed.herring.staring
AVENUE MEDICAL CLINIC
GOLD’S GYM ELITE Designed
Dedicated to enriching the quality of life of Riyadh community members and visitors.• Tel: +96611-200 0099 • Web: avenue.com.sa. ///usual.bedrooms.just
to empower and guide women to reach their personal health and wellness goals. • Tel: +966-11-219 0044 • Web: goldsgym.com/riyadh. ///toolbar.daylight.vibrates
KORE STUDIO Boutique health club. • Tel: +966-11-482 0003 • Web: korestudios.net. ///deflect.leafing.helm
DERMA CLINIC Hair and skin care. • Tel: +966-11-465 0000 • Web: derma-clinic.com. ///wiped.herbs.trainer
Offers personalized approach to total body transformation.• Tel: +966-11-480 7799 ext.312 • Web: luthanhotel-spa.com. ///dressy.cargo.forgets
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. • Tel: +966-11-229 8457. ///broccoli.prefix.manual
ABYAT Biggest selection of
building supplies and home furnishing. • Tel: 8001215555 • Web: abyatonline.com. ///removing.uniforms.engaging
AYAR FURNITURE Custom
made fine furniture. Tahlia St. Intersection, Takhassusi St. • Mob: +966-11-4612757 • Web: ayar.com
CLOSET WORLD Costumize
your own closet. • Mob: +966-114889516 • Web: closetworld.com.sa. ///trees.roving.suitcase
CITIES Modern furtnitures. • Mob: +966-11-2180007 • Web: zoom-cities.com. ///coached.nesting.widest
HOSHAN FURNITURE For
the first online portal for flowers and gifting in Saudi Arabia. • Mob: +966-583992223/ +966-593811137 • Web: littleflora.com. ///flame.trooper.track
Tahlia St. • Mob: +966-11-293 1500
work with you every step of the way. • Mob: +966-54 104 8687 • Web: sa.9round.com. ///hotels.totals.disclose
ABAD SPECIALIZED CLINICS
set of flowers. Musaed Al Angari St. • Mob: +966-504237071
GARDENIA For pretty and fancy
LITTLE FLORA Little Flora is
REEMA STUDIO For portraits.
GYM & HEALTH CENTERS 9ROUND Personal trainers who
Young passionate Saudi photographer. • Mob: +966554991154.
DAR AL HADAYA For
ILUBA FLOWERS Longlife flowers live for over a year without water. • Mob: +966-11-281 7771 • Web: email@example.com. ///joins.castle.teacher
For women. • Mob: +966-553005522 • Web: malamehalfan.com. ///shifting.stops.adults
STYLE FLOWERS For a stylish
Pick and fall in love. Al-Sulimaniah, Abu Baker Alrazi St. • Tel: +966 11 2167410 • Web: alwanco.com.sa
flowers. • Tel: +966-11-216 6996 • Web: gardeniaonline.com. ///shining.episode.interest
MALAMEH ALFAN STUDIO
modernized furnitures. • Mob: +96611-2155550. ///dust.rested.pursuit
classic furnitures.• Mob: +966-112933939. • Web: hoshangroup.com. ///retire.unravel.exist
ID DESIGN For modern furniture.
• Mob: +966-11-480 4885 • Web: iddesign.com. ///loops.bluffs.paddock
IKEA C’mon, it’s Ikea. • Mob:
+966-11-2442233. • Web: ikea.com. ///vehicle.scan.tall
PHOTOGRAPHERS ADWA STUDIO Females only • Tel: +966-11-4653691• Web: adwaa-studio.com.sa. ///match.hopping.flips
events, Sports, products and fashion. • Tel: +966-590007001 • Web: exposuresa.com
Healthcare facilities.• Tel: +966-11-465 9100 • Web: consulting-clinics.com. ///shapes.chase.vineyard
DIMA DENTAL A group of
specialized dentists in all aspects of dentistry. • Tel: +966-11-466 1200 • Web: dimadental.com. ///behaving.cloak.blues
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. • Tel: +966-11466 1664 • Web: muroona.com.sa ///flaked.retain.guess
NOBLE SMILE DENTAL CARE
A high standard of care oriented practice providing patients with the up-most care utilizing the latest dental technologies. • Tel: +966 -11-419 7740 • Mob: + 966-54050911. ///scatter.detect.likewise
SIGAL DENTAL CLINIC To
provide dental care for our patients in a convenient place. • Tel: +966-11-464 8060 • Web: sigalclinics.net. ///traders.scans.stitch
One of the newest and finest medical centers in Riyadh. • Mob: +966-56 215 4241 • Web: spclinic.net. ///migrants.itself.putter
FIT FOREVER FITNESS One of the most professional gyms in Riyadh. • Tel: +966-11-810 0111 • Web: fffksa. com. ///surfer.styled.reports
LUTHAN WELLBEING STUDIO
NUYU A stunning chain of fitness
centres, inspiring the women of Riyadh to get active and stay active. • Tel: +966-11-214 3710 • Web: nuyuksa.com. ///gangway.forecast.guides
SPECTRUM WELLNESS FOR WOMEN Fitness center for women
in Riyadh and Khobar. • Tel: +966-11216 5522 • Web: spectrum4women. com. ///gangway.forecast.guides
HOSPITALS AL JAFEL INTERNATIONAL HOTEL Safe and high quality
healthcare services. • Tel: +966-11430 0387 • Web: jafel-hospital.sa. ///bronzes.thuds.buzzer
AL JAZEERA HOSPITAL Provide healthcare. • Tel: +966-11-238 8888 • Web: aljazeerah-hospital.com. ///boomers.sour.ramble
DALLAH HOSPITAL Bring
peace of mind for the thousands of patients everyday. • Tel: 9200 12222 • Web: dallah-hospital.com. ///singers.ends.highs
KINGDOM HOSPITAL To deliver
high quality cost effective healthcare with a sense ofcompassion and dignity. • Tel: +966-11-2751111 • Web: khccgroup.com. ///revise.mulls.trumpet
KING FAISAL SPECIALIST
RESEARCH CENTER Enables users to access their health care records anywhere anytime. • Tel: 9200 12312 • Web: kfshrc.edu.sa. ///wolf.spicy.aquatic RIYADH CARE HOSPITAL One
of the leading hospitals in the Kingdom. • Tel: 9200 00459 • Web: riyadhcare.med.sa. ///science.scarves.snipped
OLAYA MEDICAL CENTER
A multi-specialty medical centre. • Tel: +966-11-464 5501 • Web: omc. com.sa. ///trouser.requested.parent
SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL The largest leading heath provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. • Tel: +96611-2685555 • Web: ryd.sghgroup.com. sa. ///tell.surveyed.whizzed
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. ///divided.ranged.reader
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. • Mob: +966-56561 1193 • Web: beautyou-ksa.com. ///bicker.worth.dips
DIAMOND BEAUTY CLINIC
• Tel: 9200 1 25 25 • Web: dbclinics.com. ///sticky.money.scowls
FOUR SPA Spa treatments, nails, hair and beauty salon. • Tel: +96611-2014444 • Web: four.com.sa. ///shovels.defeat.credited GERMANY BEAUTY CENTER
Rejuvunating the mind and body. • Tel: +966-11-4646 0204. ///skunks.secretly.stunning
HAIR & SKIN CARE CENTER
Deals with all skin problems. • Tel: 9200 00037. ///dabbing.ducks.wishing
HOT STONE Offers the finest
treatments and services delivered by Licensed Estheticians, Massage Therapists, Hair Stylists and Nail Technicians. • Tel: +966-11-419 7335 • Web: hotstone-spa.com. ///ranking.rich.samples
LUTHAN WELLNESS SANCTUARY The Wellness
Sanctuary is an all-encompassing life enhancement center. • Tel: +966-11480 7799 ext.240 • Web: luthanhotelspa.com. ///dressy.cargo.forgets
MATAM BEAUTY SALON
Beauty services. • Tel: +966-11-492 4089. ///purest.mountain.estimate
MY NAIL SPA All things nails
- beauty and care. • Mob: +96653582 3333 • ///incline.savers.pine
WESAM WORLD FASHION
The first integrated women’s center that gather all the requirements of modern women in fashion, fitness and beauty. • Tel: 9200 02486 • Web: wesamfashion.com/index.php. ///guardian.badge.adopt
PEST CONTROL HIT PEST CONTROL
One of the leading pest & termite control establishments. •Tel: +96611-471 6853 • Web: hitpest.com
TRAP PEST CONTROL Become one of the leading pest control companies in Saudi Arabia. • Tel: +966-11-228 2420 • Web: trappestcontrol.com. ///propose.tablespoon.streamline
HOTELS AL FAISALIYA HOTEL
Featuring 224 rooms and suites, standstoday at the intersection of ancient Middle Eastern tradition and cosmopolitan sophistication. • Tel: +966-11-273 2000 • Web: alfaisaliahhotels.com. ///popular.reserved.developer
BURJ RAFAL HOTEL
KEMPINSKI Situated in the heart of Riyadh offering a spa and signature restaurants. • Tel: +966-11-511 7777 • Web: kempinski.com/burjrafal. ///deeper.exposing.rehearsal FOUR SEASONS HOTEL A luxury hotel and resort around the globe for your vacation, wedding or business travel. • Mob: +966-11211 5000 • Web: fourseasons.com/ riyadh. ///earl.identify.explain HOLIDAY INN OLAYA Offers
a tranquil base right in the heart of Riyadh. • Tel: +966-11 4612000 • Web: holiday-inn.com / ihg.com. ///afford.joggers.cigar
HOTEL IBIS RIYADH An oasis of comfort and amenities in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s. • Tel: +966-11-419 9995 • Web: accorhotels.com. ///stoops.nest.larger
HOTEL NOVOTEL RIYADH
Combines 21st-century facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality. • Tel: +966-11-4655000 • Web: ihg.com. ///lifters.misty.hardens
RIYADH MARRIOTT HOTEL
Combines style and substance, with 5-star accommodations and the unparalleled level of service. • Tel: +966-11-4779300 • Web: marriott.com. ///lovely.jokes.conquest
SHERATON RIYADH HOTEL & TOWERS Located in the heart of Riyadh. • Tel: +966-11-4543300 • Web: sheratonriyadh.com. ///bluffs.limped.blinking
THE RITZ-CARLTON, RIYADH Luxury hotel suites that capture the essence of the city • Tel: +9668028020 • Web: ritzcarlton.com/ riyadh. ///villas.skinny.quibble
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
AUTO WORLD RENT A CAR
Car rental to get around the city. • Tel: +966-11-492 8080 • Web: autoworld.com.sa. ///tinted.expanded.hunt
Offer customized travel solutions for both independent and corporate travelers. King Faisal Road • Tel: +96611-4818600 • Web: cozmotravel.com
AVIS A stress-free car rental
experience by providing superior services that cater to the customers’ individual needs. • Tel: +966-114549614 • Web: avis.com.sa. ///grounded.scouts.dine
A leading travel management company in KSA. Abi Bakr As Siddiq Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-112636211 • Web: fursan.com.sa
BEST RENT A CAR Car Rental.
operator and travel agency. Dammam Rd. • Mob: +966-50 248 5555 • Web: intagency.com
BUDGET Provide the flexible leasing program to meet your specific long term car rental needs. • Tel: +966-11-4036664 • Web: budgetsaudi.com. ///plunge.snuggle.tolls
SAUDI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AGENCY
• Tel: +966-11-2245212 • Web: bestrentacar.com.sa. ///director.fatter.pebbles
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
HYATT REGENCY RIYADH OLAYA A contemporary business
V-KOOL SAUDI Glass solar
of the world’s leading global hotel brands. • Tel: +966-11-4791234 • Web: radissonblu.com. ///sugars.invest.tabloid
AL KHALAF TOURS
car rental across Saudi Arabia. • Tel: +966-11-4012949 • Web: alwefaq. com. ///grabs.market.scorch
HERTZ Car rental ith all the best
RADISSON BLU HOTEL One
Agency with locations throughout the kingdom; includes online air travel, hotel reservations and car rental. As Sulaimaniya •Tel: 920002278 • Web: ace-travel.com
AL WEFAQ RENT A CAR Local
With 166 elegant rooms and refined suites, the 5-star Novotel Riyadh Al Anoud is sure to please every guest. • Tel: +966-11-2882323 • Web: novotel.com. ///headline.train.reviews
hotel at the heart of the city. • Tel: +966-11-2881234 • Web: riyadholaya. regency.hyatt.com. ///promoted.home.anode
TRAVEL AGENCIES ACE TRAVEL
offers and deals on cars. • Tel: 9200 05561 • Web: hertz.com. ///persistence.shorts.resign
control window films. • Tel: +966-11293 6969 • Web: v-kool.com. ///marathon.washing.enacted
UBER To passengers, Uber is essentially synonymous with taxis, and to drivers, it’s basically a referral service. • Web: uber.com/ cities/riyadh
INTA A professional tour
One of the leading companies in travel & tourism. King Abdul Aziz • Mob: +966-533264028
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
COMPOUNDS AL BUSTAN VILLAGE One of the most sought after compounds in Riyadh. • Web: albustanvillage.com. ///avoiding.penned.nasal
SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES
ABDULAZIZ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL English schools from Pre-KG to Grade 12. • Tel: +966-114738555 • Web: aisriyadh-sabis.net. ///solder.postcard.shares
AL HAMRA OASIS VILLAGE
AL NOOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 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. • Tel: +966-11-2490440 • Web: alhamra.com.sa. ///falls.stubbed.cherub
AL JAZEERA BADR SUPER DELUXE VILLAS Two floor villas that are furnished luxuriosly in the east of Riyadh. St. • Tel: +966-11492 1135 • Web: badercompound. com/en/Pages/default.aspx. ///owes.voter.resist
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. • Mob: +966-501991771. ///such.displays.napped
AL NAKHEEL VILLAGE
with high values in the capital. Al Wisham • Tel: +966-11-4030673
AL YASMEAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL The School offers
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Beautifully landscaped lush green areas and all the elements of comfort to residents. • Tel: +966-112403478 • Web: nakheelvillage.com. ///fixtures.treat.maple
AL WAHA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND Fully facilitated
residential compound with a 24 hour security. • Tel: +966-114864711 • Web: areco-alwaha.com. ///loaders.period.agree
CALIFORNIA RESORT One of
the most unique and prestigious compounds in Riyadh. • Tel: +966-11248 4444 • Web: california-riyadh.com/ index.php. ///skips.responds.hostels
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. • Tel: +966-11-2406500. ///skater.wins.regime
Luxury residential community in a contemporary western accommodation. • Tel: +966-114914400 • Web: lapalma.sa/riyadhen. ///mammoth.animated.author
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SCHOOL - RIYADH Since 1963 AIS-R has been educating and inspiring students to be responsible, productive and ethical global citizens with the skills and passion to think creatively, reason critically, communicate effectively and learn continuously.• Tel: +966-11-459-7500 • www.aisr.org. ///stencil.join.claps DREAM INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOLS Specialists who have a certain vision to create a healthy, educational and attractive environment. • Branch Rd. • Tel: +96611-4545608 • Web: dream-schools. com.sa. ///soothing.basin.exact KINGDOM SCHOOL Provide
AL RABWA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND An established
residential compound comprising 63 luxury double storey fully furnished expatriate villas in Downtown Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. • Mob: +966595527767 • Email: a.nahdi@areic. com.sa. ///scare.sailed.kebab
wholesome education that takes care of the all-round development of every child. • Tel: +966-11-478 8815 / +966-11-292 1510 • Web: alyasmin. org. ///wishes.farmland.badge
RANCO VILLAGE COMPOUND Rich selectuon
of affordable villas which consist of restaurants, a mini shopping mall, parks and other facilities. • Tel: +966-11-492 4411 • Web: ranvil.com. ///developer.keys.snips
THE REEF COMPOUND
Attractive & traditional Villas • Mob: +966-562222077 • Web: reefcompound.com. ///bathroom.wrestle.impasses
KINDERGARTENS AL FURSAN International
DRAGON FLY Pre-school and Kindergarten • Mob: +966-504189863 • Facebook: Dragonfly English Kindergarten. ///dean.retire.plea GROWING MINDS Pre-
School and Activity Center • Tel: +966-11-248 4806 • Web: growingmindsriyadh.com. ///glides.unwell.gain
Multinational School in Riyadh. • Tel: +966-11-240 6960 • Web: mnskgr.com. ///skater.wins.regime
schools and preschool. • Tel: 92000 4202 • Web: fis.sch.sa/ PRE-KINDERGARTEN. ///solving.tries.booklet
KIDS WORLD The program is playbased with lots of different activities to encourage learning. • Tel: +966-400 6000 • Web: kidsworldschool.net. ///confined.intro.helpers
BLOSSOMS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN A place, which
LITTLE ANGELS A Montessori
is designed to foster language & social development. • Tel: +966-112146665 • Web: blossomsksa.com. ///miracles.sailors.notched
CHILDHOOD STEPS Designed to provide fun, good health, safety and the best education needed in early childhood. • Tel: +966-11-415 7255 • Web: childhoodsteps.com. ///bronzes.safe.jumped
Preschool. Eid Compound • Tel: +966-11-2493400 • Web: littleangelsriyadh.com. ///vocab.helper.cloth
MAMA ET MOI A vibrant
quality education that is based on highly qualified teachers, comprehensive curricula and effective learning methods. Tel: +966-11-2755555 • Web: kingdomschools.edu.sa. ///overhead.card.streaks
KING FAISAL SCHOOL
A rigorous national and international program of study. • Tel: +966-11-4820802 • Web: kfs.sch.sa. ///include.dock.words
MANARAT AL RIYADH
One of the top international schools in the city. • Tel: +966-11-4509916 • Web: manaratriyadhen.maarif.com.sa
Welcoming all children to achieve their ambitions and reach their full potential. • Tel: +966-11-2751751 • Web: mns-r.com. ///mess.drift.molars
MY LITTLE SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL MLS offers a
trilingual program and a unique learning environment applying holistic approach to student education. • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. sa • Tel: +966-11-48 22820 • Web: www.mls.com.sa. ///ensemble.keen.stretch
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
RIYADH NAJED SCHOOL
MY SCHOOL A Kindergarten
Empowering students to think creatively, to value diversity, and to pursue passion. • Uthman Ibn affan Rd. • Tel: 9200 33011 • Web: rowadalkhaleej.edu.sa
following a Montessori method of education. • Tel: +966-11-2005565 • Web: myschool.com.sa. ///handle.rises.scraper
Delivering top quality Education and Growth. • Tel: +966-11-2491616 • Web: rns.sch.sa. ///gadgets.likely.food
ROWAD AL KHALEEJ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
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.
CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN AL SAUD
POPULATION GROWTH: 2.31%
Makkah and Madinah
TIME ZONE: GMT +3
2,149,690 sq km
7.3million. It is the largest city in Saudi Arabia
HEAD OF REGION: Prince Faisal Bin Bandar
The center of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau. Distance between Riyadh and Jeddah: 853 km Distance between Riyadh and Dammam: 386 km
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 15
TV: National TV: Saudi channel 1, Saudi channel 2 (English), Saudi channel 3 (sports), Al Ekhbariya news.
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.
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
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