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AWJ EVENTS:

Unlocking Riyadh's Entertainment Scene

ISSUE 60 FEBRUARY 2018


FROM THE EDITOR

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

GET CREATIVE! Riyadh is boring? No it’s not. You just don’t know Riyadhis that well. Preparing this issue brought us back to when we first launched the magazine in 2013. There were tons of stories we could do but, at the time, we were unsure whether people would be okay with us featuring them. Because that’s the thing about Riyadh, it’s not that we were boring then and now all of a sudden we’re a fun city. We’ve always been fun, we just didn’t like talking about it. Flash forward to 2018 and we’re a capital being primed as the tipping point of change in here. Mainstream entertainment is becoming available alongside previously underground scenes that are now rising to the surface. We have filmmakers who are making their names abroad seeing the possibility of having their work screened in their hometowns. People like Maqam are doing their part to give musicians their chance to shine on stage. We have Awj Events who are on a mission to let Saudi Arabia experience fun in a way that is both unique and universal. These are all local talents who were just waiting for their moment, and indeed their moment has come to be recognized.

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This issue is dedicated to game changers, dreamers, and comfort zone breakers. Riyadh is your sandbox, build your castles.

Enas Hashani, Editor-in-Chief

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

THE ARTS ISSUE 24

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• AWJ Events: Young weavers of Experience

Mad Skills Center stage

18 SPECIAL FEATURES

• Taking Entertainment to The Streets: Riyadh’s Local Performers

Arab Designers on the Red Carpet

30 LIFESTYLE

• Music: MAQAM, the musical link

• Art: A Conversation with

34 Rocking the Kingdom's music scene.

artist Nisreen Ghandourah

40 STYLE & BEAUTY

• Grandma’s Beauty Secrets • Beard Lovin’ • Red Carpet Faves!

48 DINING AROUND TOWN

• Hits & Misses: Riyadh’s Latest Food Trends • Khulood Olaqi: Saudi Sushi Chef, Blogger, Entrepreneur

72 Visit Beit Kaki in Taif

56 HEALTHY LIVING

• Hitting Targets with the Saudi Archery Federation • Trail Spotting at the Diplomatic Quarters

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Food Trends!

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• Creme de la Creme: A Dairy Reverie in France • A Mauritian Heaven and Luxury Resort • A Journey to the Edge of the World • Visit Turkey in the Winter • Beit Kaki in Taif


HOMEGROWN FUN The success of the entertainment and cultural scenes in Riyadh lies in the hands of its homegrown talents and grassroot entrepreneurs like AWJ Events. We feel at ease Available at knowing that Riyadhis are Danube, Virgin at the forefront, taking the Megastore business of fun, seriously. and Tamimi for only SR 10

FRESHEN UP YOUR WALL WITH THIS MONTH'S POSTER!

Previous Posters

CONTRIBUTORS

Mohammed Mirza

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

Rozina Musthafa

As a freelance travel consultant, her love affair with travel and tourism started at an early age. From ticketing to holiday packages, she can never get enough to quench her thirst! Email: Rozina.musthafa@ gmail.com

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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

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1. Iqletto Gives An Authentic Taste of Saudi

Iqletto is Saudi’s first festival for traditional cuisines. Aside from the local dishes, the heritage of each Saudi region was displayed, with the UAE as the guest of honor during the event. The three-day event had many activities like performance arts, workshops and live cooking shows.

2. 1st Saudi Electronic Applications Expo

The First Saudi Electronic Applications Exhibition focused on innovation and creativity; in addition to shedding light on all new applications that keep up with global electronic markets. The exhibition hoped to develop the creative and innovative side of applications in Saudi.

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3. Shadowland by Pilobolus Internationally renowned dance company, Pilobolus made history as the first ever western dance company to perform in Riyadh, at the Princess Noura University Theatre. Organized by the Time Entertainment and IMG Artists, Shadowland combined multimedia, live projected shadow play, and front-ofscreen choreography in a wild evening of storytelling. 4

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4. Land of O’hara, Island Chillin’ in Riyadh

6. Careem supports its Captains’ with SR 105,000

Land of O'Hara was a diverse and thrilling festival that revolved around the concept of a bird flying through various activities that caters to everyone in the family. The event included stalls selling local items, food, drinks and plenty of other entertaining activities.

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For the first time in the transport sector, Careem held competitions for its drivers at the Novotel Al Anoud hotel. In addition to the current benefits and advantages Careem offers, it's now aiming to support the emerging entrepreneurs with seed funding.

5. Barney Live in Riyadh

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TEG Life Like Touring and Hit Entertainment brought the internationally “tee-rific” TV series, Barney & Friends to life in a new premiere stage show, BARNEY LIVE in Riyadh! Barney fans were delighted to join in on this dino-mite adventure with Barney and his lovable friends BJ, Baby Bop and Riff. There was a lot of musical fun, with both classic and much-loved Barney songs featured, along with some fun new original songs, and all with dancing along the way.

7. Saudi Hawks in Action

The 4th Saudi Aviation forum, inaugurated by the Governor of Riyadh, Prince Faisal bin Bandar at the Thumamah Airport is the largest of its kind in the region and the most important gathering for aviation enthusiasts. The forum consisted of over 60 airplanes and aerobatic teams from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, that took part in air and ground shows. The activities included air shows with various types of aircrafts, an exhibition of the sponsors, parachute jumps, paragliding, remote-controlled aircraft, in addition to the air and ground show.

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8. ‘Shop Bahrain’ GCC Roadshow Rolls into Town

The 4th Bahrain Shopping Festival was announced last month, during a press conference in Riyadh. The press conference was part of a GCC roadshow held by the organizers to announce events and showcase Bahrain as a family destination for Gulf nationals and residents.

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Location: Holiday Inn Izdihar Hotel Mob: +966-542662228 Email: info@alyatadam.com Web: alyatadam.com/main/home

Time: 7:30PM - 11PM, 3:30PM - 7PM Location: King Fahd International Stadium Email: info@raceofchampions.com Web: raceofchampions.com

ALIA EXPO The exhibition aims to stimulate traders, large companies, beauty centers, and women investors in Saudi and other Arab designers to display their products.

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RACE OF CHAMPIONS RIYADH The ROC features four-wheeler stunts by some of the biggest names in global motorsport.

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FEB. 6 - 9

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AUTOMECHANIKA RIYADH A regional trade fair for the automotive industry. Location: RICEC Web: automechanikariyadh.com

SPORTS EXHIBITION FOR LADIES FASHION The largest women's sports and entertainment event supported by the American Sports Federation. Time: 5 - 10 p.m. Location: Inaya Medical College Email: info@equalizerevent.com Web: selffashion.online

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SAUDI HEALTH INSURANCE CONFERENCE A conference highlighting the health insurance market and industry in the Kingdom. Location: AlFaisaliah Hotel Tel: +966-11-4602332 Email: Info@shic.org.sa Web: shic.org.sa

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

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7TH ANNUAL CAREER EXPO 2018 The career expo is an enriching experience connecting potential employers with job seekers.

MAR. 6 - 8

Location: Alfaisal University Email: aprteam@alfaisal.edu Web: alfaisal.edu

Time: 4 - 10 p.m. Location: AlFaisaliah Hotel Email: khulud.durri@reedsunaidiexpo.com

DECOFAIR-2018 Decofair is Saudi Arabia's exclusive International design trade show


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Saudi Arabia's 3 rd Edition Exhibition

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JAN. 25 - FEB. 3

IMAGINE An entertaining event to provide the individuals of the community a chance to express themselves. Time: 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Location: The Intercontinental Palms Golf & Country Club Mob: +966-508900681 Web: luxuryksa.com

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SAUDI FRANCHISE EXPO A trade expo for international franchises seeking to enter or expand in the Kingdom Location: Riyadh International Conference & Exhibition Center (RICEC) Web: redexpo.com

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MADE IN KSA To support ideas of Saudi individuals and offering investment opportunities from government and private sectors. Location: Alfaisal University Email: info@alfaisal.edu Web: alfaisal.edu

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AFED 2018 The Armed Forces exhibition for diversity and capabilities.

Time: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Location: Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center Tel: +966-11-4425827 Email: riyadhbookfair@moci.gov.sa Web: riyadhbookfair.org.sa

15th, 16th,17th February 2018 Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski Riyadh www.ttpf-sa.com

Travel and Tourism Organized by Pioneers Forum 3 rd Edition Exhibition

Location: Riyadh International Conference & Exhibition Center (RICEC) Web: afed.com.sa

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RIYADH INTERNATIONAL BOOKFAIR 2018 The Riyadh International Book Fair is the largest yearly cultural event to facilitate and promote exchange between authors, publishers etc.

Travel And Tourism Pioneers Forum

Alawsat Group for Expos and Conferences Management For His Royal Highness Prince Dr. Saif Al Islam bin Saud Al Saud

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AKALEEL EXHIBITION 2018 A family expo showcasing top fashion, perfumes, sweets, clothing and jewelry. Time: 4 - 10 p.m. Location: Four Seasons Hotel Mob: +966-558139680 Email: ns.expo2014@gmail.com

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COMMUNITY

SCOOP

MISS CAMEL HOPE FLOATS WITH BABY RECOVERY 2018,BEAUTY HANEEN’S The parasitic infant twins surgical team was led by the wellGaza were successfully known surgeon, Dr. Abdullah OF THEBEASTS! from surgically separated at the King Al Rabeeah, who successfully The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival has been eagerly looked forward to and the event attracted not only camel owners and participants from around the GCC but also over half a million visitors. The main attraction of the festival is the Camel Beauty pageant, known globally as “Miss Camel.” This year, the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival had 26,898 camels competing for the prize money amounting to almost 120 million riyals.

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Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital in Riyadh. The surgery was conducted following the royal order of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The

separated baby Haneen from her sister who passed away. Baby Haneen has now been transferred to Children’s Hospital for rehabilitation.


THUMBS DOWN TO MESSY ADVENTURERS

The Edge of the World is not your bedroom, the desert is not your kitchen, the Heet cave is definitely not your bathroom, the outdoors is not your trash can. Yes, it would be great to have bins in these areas, but if there aren’t any, then haul your garbage with you when you leave. If we want pretty things, Riyadhis, we have to know how to take care of them. Another man’s trash, is yours too if you choose to ignore it. This is your city, take responsibility.

THUMBS UP HERE’S A GOOD WAY TO BE AWARE OF YOUR WEIGHT Prince Sultan University’s and King Fahad Medical City’s walkway has been equipped with paid weighing machines. You can use it after inserting the mentioned amount of money and it’ll tell you your weight. Seems to be a good way to keep up with your new year’s resolution.

APP NEWS: SAUDI VAT APP The General Authority for Zakat and Tax has created an app that provides users with tax-related services. It’s a tool that helps in assisting entities to calculate the Value Added Tax. Using the VAT registration number or CR and QR scan, you can check the VAT registration of entities. This app also enables you to report any VAT violations through the app.

SHARING THE WARMTH A winter drive campaign was organized by the female students of Prince Sultan University to help the less fortunate who cannot afford to buy warm clothes. The students collected gently used winter essentials such as coats, scarves, blankets etc. After the collection period, the donated clothes were initially sorted for distribution among the less fortunate. A similar initiative was taken by a mysterious Riyadhi who hung brand new blankets on trees in an attempt to help the needy.

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COMMUNITY

SHE CHEERS,

HE CHEERS:

GOAL!

Die-Hard Female Football Fans Take Riyadh Sports Stadium by Storm Thousands of cheering and flag-waving female football fans took King Fahd International Stadium by a storm on January 13 to support their favorite team in the professional league game that pitted Al-Hilal against Al-Ittihad, the first ever Saudi ‘Classico’ game of top teams attended by women in the Kingdom’s history. Scores of women in small and big groups waved Al-Ittihad’s yellow and black banners or Al-Hilal’s blue and white flags, lifting their arms in the air each time it looked a goal was in progress. The women joined other family members in enthusiastically singing their team anthems intermittently. The spirited game between two of the country’s top football clubs ended in a 1-1 draw. Teams of female ushers, wearing blue tops over their black abayas, guided the women and other family members to their seats in special sections of the stadium. According to the organizers, more than 7,000 seats were allocated for women in the stadium that has a capacity of over 68,000. “I am extremely glad to be here where the history 10 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

A girl gets her face painted with her favorite team’s colors ahead of a historic football game between Al Hilal and Al Ittihad on Jan.13 at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium.

Children pose in front of a poster of the Al Hilal


is being made. Attending sports matches is not just an opportunity for women to show their support to their teams but also to be part of the historical social reforms lead by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” said Manal Al Buraik, Saudi Entrepreneur, 40. Outside the stadium, there was a festive atmosphere as women painted hearts on the faces of children with the colours of their favorite teams, among other activities organised by the General Sports Authority and the sports federation headed by Princess Reema Bint Bandar, who was also in attendance.

Princess Reema bint Bandar (right), an advocate for women’s sports and appointed last year as President of Saudi Federation for Mass Participation, and Haifa Alsabab, CEO of the Saudi Federation for Mass Participation and Chief of Staff of Princess Reema, attending the game in Riyadh

In October of last year, the General Sports Authority (GSA) issued a decision that as of early 2018 the three stadiums, previously male-only facilities, will be prepared to be ready for families, including allocation of special places for seating and entrances. “I was worried about attending a football match because I didn’t know how things going to be organized,” said Roaa Al Harbi, a law student, 23. “Now, I feel very optimistic about the upcoming sports events. I can attend matches and have fun at the same. Also, I have discovered that it’s not just a match but it’s an entertainment experience as well.” “A great development has taken place in our country. It’s a historic moment for all of us. This is all about an inclusive society,” said Abdulrahman Mohammed, a 30-year-old banker who accompanied

Saudi women sign a board before the game.

three female relatives next to him to the stadium.

A young girl gestures, during the game.

“It’s a brilliant experience. I was raised in this country, but never have I ever experienced such a phenomenon. It feels satisfying. It feels fulfilling. It’s my adopted homeland, so this inclusivity and recognition has a huge significance for me. We have really come a long way,” said Fatemah Khan, 26, a Pakistani expatriate and a management professional attending the football match. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 11


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Jawaher Abdulrahman

Sara (Team member)

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Abdulaziz

Haifa (Team member)


AWJ EVENTS ENTERTAINMENT WEAVERS A sit-down with AWJ Events, crafters of new experiences. By Jou Pabalate

Their interactive theater caught our attention so we just had to find out who they were. The team behind AWJ are young entrepreneurs out to change the game side by side big players in the entertainment industry. And you know what we think? They’ll be winning. Arwa

Can you tell us about yourselves?

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We are four co-founders Abdulrahman, Abdulaziz, Jawaher and Arwa. It all started when we were in Alfaisal University in Riyadh. Each one of us joined a student committee where we all held lead roles and responsibilities. We were planning and executing various events on and off the campus throughout our years studying in the university. This experience is what brought the four of us together. We all held a great passion to implement our ideas to reality and we wanted to continue in the event planning field.

What inspired you to create AWJ Events?

The impact of the events we held on the community, we wanted to continue delivering a new and worthwhile experience to the audience.

Our ambition is to help reshape the concept of entertainment in the Kingdom. We hope to add more value to the world of event planning by creating interactive experiences that understand the culture and interests of our audience. As for the name “Awj”; it is an Arabic word that means “the peak”, or “the highest point”. We wanted the company to hold a name from our first language this is still relatable with our goals and vision.

How do you see the entertainment industry developing in the Kingdom? What are your challenges?

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held. In very short months we are seeing so many events happening at the same time. And we do expect it to continue this way for the upcoming months. The challenge arising with having many events is that a lot of people have lost interest because of the repetitive concepts happening. Today competitors are not only other events, but any other form of entertainment one has at home. The current support we need may include a facilitator in the form of governmental entities. When implementing new ideas that have never happened in the Kingdom before, there are no clear processes for such types of events, so we had to take a rather difficult route and put more effort to receive legal licenses and governmental approvals. We also hope that more spaces for holding events will be made available. With the current increase in events, there are not enough spaces to support having them.

What expectations did you have in the beginning?

We were expecting the governmental process of the events approval is clear; and that there is support from some governmental entities, companies, and groups for our concept. Last, we thought that the people would be very excited for trying a new journey through our events.

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The reality was, the licensing process wasn’t that clear and we had some issues. But we still got the got the support from some government entities, companies, and groups and they where excited about our concept. Lastly, the feedback of the people was amazing. They were excited, but we faced some problems in explaining this concept to people, and now we are planning to run an educational campaign to avoid this kind of issues.

What are some of the things you didn't quite anticipate as entrepreneurs?

First, we tried to take a new challenge and try a different route from others. But being unique costs a lot so we spent more time in explaining and educating people about what an “Interactive Theater� is. Second, we avoided using any social media influencers to promote us and our services. We used other strategies to reach out the people such as word of mouth. Apparently our strategy works in a long-term campaigns and not the short ones. Also, we focused to include the youth as much as possible in all aspects of the events, so a lot of our stakeholders are from the youth. Web: awjevent.com


We hope to add more value to the world of event planning by creating interactive experiences that understand the culture and interests of our audience.

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Tips on how to survive it By Maha Adham

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With the current startup ecosystem, an entrepreneurship hype was developed. The word entrepreneur became viral and the number of local start-ups emerging is quite astonishing. How will you ensure your business sees it through the

woods? Being your own boss is great, but building a sustainable business is not easy, especially when the economic situation is difficult, competition is high, and the market is extremely demanding.

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THE STARTUP BOOM


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SET YOUR GOALS AND DEVISE A PLAN

SMART NETWORKING

You need to know where you are heading. When and how will you reach your goals. Track your progress and be aware of your environment – what will deviate you from reaching your goals? How will you manage challenges?

Be in the right place at the right time. Make an effort to introduce yourself to the right people, let them know what you can offer. Network with people who will benefit from your offering and also with people who may help your business grow.

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KNOW THE FUNDAMENTALS

DO YOUR RESEARCH

What are your key performance indicators? For healthy business growth, you need to know your numbers. When will you break even? What are your customer acquisition costs? Growth rate? Expected revenue? Target market Percentage?

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do not leave your job – yet! Bring your idea to life; once your startup is successfully growing and you can financially support yourself and your business, make the decision.

TIME MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS FROM THE OUTSET

Your offering needs to be launched at the right time, your business operations need to eliminate waste, and you must be able to make decisions fast. Ultimately, opportunities will be lost if this is not mastered. Moreover, your reputation will be impacted once your business is up and running. You need to be a trustworthy entrepreneur and so does your brand.

Make sure there is place for your startup in the market. Validate your value proposition – will the target market truly benefit from your offering? If this cannot be validated, reconsider your idea. Startup is only a phase. Set your goals, meet them, and move to the next level. Despite the hype, it is not an easy journey. Be smart in the decisions you make, believe in yourself, and stand strong through the rough times. Riyadh can offer you so much to support you through the startup phase. Look for accelerators and/ or mentors, and attend online courses and startup events. Most of all, take care of yourself, to be able to take care of your business and enjoy the journey.

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

SAUDI CINEMA Rolling out the red carpet for the country’s filmmakers

It’s a great time to be part of the Saudi entertainment industry, especially now that cinemas are officially coming to the country. Here are some of the country’s filmmakers who have already said the three golden words: lights, camera, action!

Mohammed Salman

Ali Kalthami

Co-founder of Telfaz11, a Saudi production house that releases content online, Kalthami is a filmmaker, director, and writer. His recent short film, Wasati (2016), was funded by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. The film is based on real events that led to the shutting down of a theater where a play was being performed. It was screened in Los Angeles and at the same theater at Al Yamamah

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University in Riyadh, nearly two decades after the event. Some of the online series that he has directed include Khambalah and La Yekthar. He directed and co-wrote Suwailem Al Talga, which received Gold Awards in Dubai Lynx and the Lorez Award Ceremony. Kalthami is a positive influence on Saudi filmmaking, proving that we can create culturally sound and entertaining content without an official cinema industry. kalthami

Mohammed Salman has directed and produced several short films, including The Wedding Dress (2017), Yellow (2016) and Epouvantail (2014). Salman has also worked as a photographer, guitarist and composer. He has received many awards for his work, including the Best Documentary Award for Yellow at the Saudi Film Festival in 2016, the Best Script Award for Epouvantail in the Tangier Film Festival in Morocco in 2016, and also the Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film award for Epouvantail at the 2016 London International Film Festival. Web: salmanmo.com


Ayman Tamano

Ayman Tamano is the director of Madayen, a found-footage narrative set in the notoriously haunted Madain Saleh ruins. Madayen, which was written by actor Abdulhakeem Jomah (who also played the leading role), was his first feature film. It gained recognition from various international film festivals, including receiving the Bronze Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Festival 2017, Official Selection in the Los Angeles Arab Film Festival 2017, Best Narrative Feature at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017, and 4th Best Foreign Film in the Horror Hotel Film Festival 2017. Tamano was the Director of Photography (DOP) for Saudi hip hop artist Qusai’s music videos, like Berlin to Jeddah and Dreams. He is currently working as a director and writer for another Saudi feature film and is writing a novel. ayman_tamano

Bader Alhomoud

Bader Alhomoud is a filmmaker and cinematographer who has written and directed several short films and commercials. In 2016, he received the Best Muhr Gulf Short award at the Dubai Film Festival for his film The Bliss Of Being

Nada Al Mojadedi

Born and raised in Jeddah, Al Mojadedi moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to pursue an MFA in filmmaking. Her first short film, Zaina’s Cake (2015), was nominated

No One. He directed, wrote, and produced the film, which follows a young man who meets an aging man while dealing with the loss of his entire family. His film Scrap won an award at the Gulf Film Festival in 2013. baderalhomoud

for the best Muhr Gulf Short Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. The film follows Zaina, a recent college graduate in Jeddah struggling to launch a cake-baking business without the approval of her father.

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Fahmi Farahat

Fahmi Farahat is a SaudiGerman director & producer. After directing two awardwinning films at university, he picked up right after he graduated to direct and produce his first full-length film, Saudis in America, in 2007. A year later, Fahmi joined the crew and started working on the coproduction of A Father Taken, a short film which received the Audience Choice Award in a film festival in California and was previously premiered in several countries. During his time in the U.S., Fahmi has worked on several other films including Ahmad’s Xmas Carol, Lulu’s Curls, Eid ElUm, and Three Veils.

Reem Al Bayyat

Director Reem Al Bayyat won Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film award at the Milan Film Festival (MFF) for Wake Me Up, starring actors Ibrahim Al Hasawi, Samar Al Bayyat, and Ahd Kamel. Last year, Al Bayyat was also named Best Director in the Short Foreign Language Film category at the 20 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

After moving back to Saudi Arabia in 2011, Fahmi worked on several award-winning films and projects which were screened internationally, including Winak?, The Corporation, and One Man’s Tricycle. He recently produced The Wedding Dress along with director Mohammed Salman, a surrealist drama about a seamstress who believes that sewing a wedding dress for her daughter would kill her. He is currently working on a short film titled A Marriage of Convenience, filmed in Sharqiya, that follows a newlywed Saudi couple meeting for the first time on their wedding night. Web: filmsbyfahmi.com

Madrid Film Festival for the same movie, which is the story of Salam, a single woman in her early 40s, whose sons and daughters alike live far away from her. Salam is lonely and comes across as bitter against the world. However, amid her mid-life crisis, Salam finds herself rekindling her passion

for dance, only to then be faced with society’s judgments and a sense of guilt. Al Bayyat directed the film, wrote the script, and co-wrote the screenplay. Wake Me Up was first shown at the Dubai Film Festival (DFF) held recently, and was among the best GCC short films. ReemSalbayyat


Meshal Al Jaser

When you watch viral short films of YouTube channel Folaim, it’s hard to imagine that behind it is a 22-year-old named Mashael Al Jaser. This Saudi film director, writer, and actor pushes the boundaries of filmmaking, often exploring social themes using dark humor, eccentric aesthetics, and a sharp wit. His latest trending film Can I go out? is a musical parody of sorts that tackles issues young Saudi women encounter. On the international front, he was the youngest director to to debut at the Saudi Film Days Festival. Al Jaser’s Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? was selected by Paramount Pictures to be screened at their studios and in Ace Theatre in Los Angeles. The film also won the top prize for Qumrah. Currently, Meshal is based in L.A., where he is completing his BFA in screenwriting. MeshalAljaser

Maha Al Saati

Maha Al Saati considers herself to be “an independent experimental filmmaker striving to make low-budget films and videos in an increasingly commercial world.” She directed and co-produced Fear: Audibly, a thriller that explores the experimental ruminations of the end of days. The film was screened at the 4th Saudi Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and The Arab

Film Festival in Rotterdam. Al Saati also filmed Elo’s Nest, a short horror film about two girls who learn of the myth of the headless Aswang. Apart from being a filmmaker and, at some point, an interior designer, she is also a member of the academe, teaching and writing in the field of media studies, interactive narratives, and adventure games. She holds a PhD in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University. mahalsa film

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Abdullah Al Eyaf

Abdullah Al Eyaf is an award-winning filmmaker and founding member of the Saudi Film Competition. He has served as the jury member for many film festivals like the Gulf Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Al Eyaf has written, directed and produced several short films including Cinema 500km, Matar and Six Blind Eyes. His film Aayesh won an award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Saudi Film Festival, and the 1st Prize for Best Short Film at the Gulf Film Festival in 2010. The film follows a lonely morgue security guard whose daily routine is disrupted one day and causes significant change in his life.

Hanaa Saleh Alfassi

Hanaa Saleh Alfassi is a writer, director and the co-founder of Axe Pictures. She has written, directed and produced several short films, including The Last Sohour, a dark comedy, and Lollipop, a coming-ofage drama that was funded by ENJAAZ, a Dubai Film Market Initiative. Her short films Haweya and Hadaf aired on MBC and were watched by millions of viewers. She also produced KSA In Their Eyes, a feature documentary that was aired on Al Jazeera Documentary. Alfassi has received many awards for her work, including the Silver Award at the California Film Awards in 2011. She is a published poet. hanasalehalfasi

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WATCH IT!

Looking for Saudi films? Here’s what’s on our must-watch list.

Born A King

Genre: Historical Drama Language: English Filmed in between Riyadh and London, this periodic drama and coming-of-age story is based on King Faisal’s true-to-life voyage as a young 14-year-old Prince to England on a

diplomatic mission. Due to be released this year, the fulllength film is directed by Agusti Villaronga and will be starring famous Hollywood actors alongside new local Saudi talents.

Wadjda

Genre: Drama Language: Arabic with English Subtitles

The first full-length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, Wadjda was a hit on the international circuit. It was directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, now an iconic name in

Joud

Genre: Experimental | Art House Language: None An experimental film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia that explores the cycle of life, its structure is derived from a pre-Islamic form of poetry called Qasida. It was produced by Abdullah Aleyaf and Todd Albert Nims under The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and directed by the critically acclaimed Andrew Lancaster. Part documentary, Joud takes you on a journey through Saudi Arabia and its people. Web: joudmovie.com

the industry, being one of the first Saudi female filmmakers of our time. The movie tells the story of a young Saudi girl trying to raise funds to buy a green bicycle.

Cinema 500km

Genre: Documentary Language: Arabic with English Subtitles

With movie theaters opening soon, this documentary by veteran filmmaker Abdullah Al Eyaf will be a good reminder of what it was like without cinemas within reach. It

tackles the ban through the stories of Saudi film buffs who travel outside the Kingdom to watch movies on the silver screen. The full documentary is on Vimeo.

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

Street performers make their mark on the pavements of Riyadh. By Safa Hassan

Street performances are quickly becoming mainstream in the city. Local talents are eager to showcase their mad skills in events and soon enough, we’re hoping to see more of them pulling off impromptu shows. Next time you’re walking down the streets of Riyadh, keep an eye out for their acts:

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Football Freestyling Legend

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A cheerful smile spread across Taufiq’s face as I asked him about his journey. He surprised me by saying he was once a field engineer. He didn’t enjoy his career then but he had learned a lot about problemsolving from it, which he now applies to his practical life. Through the journey of his life – working hard to pay the tuition fees, and managing his ADHD – football was always a stress-buster.

Becoming an athlete and a freestyle footballer was a leap of faith. — Taufiq Bamatraf

He started freestyle football in 2006 after being inspired by Soufiane Touzani’s videos, and learned from the same. Eventually, he decided to take a leap of faith; he quit his job to remain dedicated to his passion. In 2008, the Red Bull Street Style was held; Taufiq was mesmerized by the freestyle football talents. Deep down, he knew that Riyadh had an equally talented community. Determined to bring Red Bull to Riyadh, he knew he needed to build up

a community of freestylers to attract their attention. After searching every nook and corner of the city, Taufiq formed Riyadh’s first freestyle football group. Through the same, he met one of his role models, Salim Altheeb. Taufiq’s hard work wasn’t ignored, and in 2010, Red Bull finally agreed to host their first event in KSA. Taufiq and his friends used to train in parks, mall’s parking lot, and the streets; there was never a permanent place where they could practice, until Fitness First provided them a space in their studio. After noticing Taufiq’s talent and his dedication to becoming an athlete, Fitness First offered him to become the brand ambassador of the gym. He was also one of the most motivational speakers at TEDx in Riyadh. taufiqstyler Taufiq Bamatraf

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Skating, BMX, Beatboxing

This is our hobby, our passion, and our profession. — 3.Talents

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Abdullah Omar Ahmad, Mohammed Al-shuwaier, Mnsour Al-dowais, Abdullmjeed Al-suwailem, Abdullah Al-harbi, Dawood Al-Ghanim, Naif Bahadi are six guys determined to change the way the society thinks through their performances. They call themselves ‘3.Talents’ because their group comprises of skaters, BMX riders, and football freestylers. Due to a lack of professionals in the city, these guys had to learn from YouTube videos. That’s where they found their role model, Matthias Dandois, a BMX rider.

They state that the scene for street performers was very different in the past. Back then, no one paid attention to what they did and they weren't supported as much. But now, a growing number of people offer a good shoulder and are a great audience. 3.Talents have performed in Dubai and Bahrain, and wish to leave their skid marks all around the world. 3.talents

3.Talents combines their individual passions to create an unforgettable performance for their followers. They don’t just perform stunts, they tell a story through it. “Before we perform, we pay attention to the theme of the event; based on that, we write a story, compose a remix of different songs to suit our performance, and dance our stunts through it,” says Abood. One of the members, Naif beatboxes, too. They want to prove to society that you don’t need a full-time behind-the-desk job to make a living; “I quit my job to train and become a professional skater,” said Naif, “it was the best decision ever.” They get paid to perform in major events around the city and are satisfied with what they earn.

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Illusionist Extraodinaire

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With a glint of amusement in his eyes, Saudi magician, Yasser Almohandes, did one of his card tricks and made the DR team gasp. An architect by profession, and an illusionist by passion, Yasser started practicing simple tricks when he was 13. Starry-eyed, he told us about how he admires the work of David Copperfield, especially the way he controls the mind of his huge audience; Yasser has always looked up to him for inspiration. Every show of Yasser’s has a message for the audience; the theme of his performance at TEDx 2017 was: imagination, during which he performed a number of tricks related to the theme, and concluded the event saying, “if you have a goal, imagine and follow it.”

I enjoy making people say: ‘Khaif Kitha.’ — Yasser Al Mohandes

Since his start in 2007, he has performed numerous events nationally and internationally in Bahrain, Malaysia, and Singapore. He also runs his own YouTube channel. yassoo90 ‫ |قناة الوهم‬Kaifkitha

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GET SCHOOLED Let these places teach your kid some FUNdamentals.

By Safa Hassan

Artducate

Unable to find a suitable place where her children could channel and develop their creativity, Sidra Mohammad, a dedicated mother, launched Artducate in January 2016. She designed Artducate to help stimulate both sides of the brain – improving children's sensory and motor skills, while also exercising their language and critical thinking abilities. To achieve its goal of making learning fun, Artducate blends education into stories, craft, activities, and science experiments. Children first explore an educational topic through traditional learning methods, such as group discussions and stories. Then they reinforce the subject matter through creative means such as painting, clay modeling, stitching, sculpting or cooking. Besides educational workshops, Artducate also organizes activities like outdoor art, Zumba for kids, and movie nights. Location: Noura Compound, Al Yasmin District Web: artducate.com Email: info@artducate.com Tel: +966-566186465 artducate

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Workshops are organized into small groups to ensure each child gets individual attention, as well as the opportunity to contribute and participate in group discussions.


Cloud Afterschool

Launched on October 1, 2017, by Jawaher and Haifa Bin Ahmed, Cloud Afterschool is an afterschool extracurricular activity club for children. Their qualified team consists of Saudi trainers with unique talents and strong basics. They believe that activities teach vital values and virtues; it helps children commit and achieve goals; working together as a team helps them accept others’ differences.

Their after-school activities are designed for ages 4 – 17.

The Learning Zone Started by Sahar Ahmed Al-Dahash in 2012, The Learning Zone aims to optimize the development of children by offering World Renowned and Dynamic Programs that facilitate learning. Their professionals help children explore widely, think critically, express, and connect ideas creatively. The Learning Zone offers programs franchised from Europe, like, ‘The Nutty Scientist’, and ‘KidzArt’. The TLZ Youth Sport Academy program provides physical

activities such as ballet, karate and gymnastics. Their Taj AlNoor program helps students memorize the holy Qura’an. They also provide a gym for ladies, and a nursery. They don’t limit themselves on focusing solely on the student’s educational journey; they support their journey toward social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and aesthetic potential. Location: An Nakheel, Takhassusi Web: thelearningzone.com.sa Email: info@thelearningzone.com.sa Tel: +966-11-4703444 thelearningzone

Cloud Afterschool is a place where children’s hobbies and talents are nurtured with love and care. Their trainers provide individual attention to every child to eliminate their insecurities and increase their confidence and motivation. They have a homely environment to help children feel at home and increase their sense of independence. They also make the effort to update parents on their child’s achievements. Cloud Afterschool offers ballet, taekwondo, piano, lyrical, art, basketball, gymnastics, and football classes, at the moment. Location: Salim Ibn Maqil, An Nakhil Tel: +966-502757041 Email: cloud.c1@hotmail.com cloudafterschool

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ART

A Conversation With

ALANOOD AL SULBI … ON ART AND DOING WHAT YOU LOVE. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Dammam University, but I have always enjoyed the arts. I’ve worked here and there, but I recently resigned, and this gave me more time to focus on my art. It’s what I truly enjoy. I consider my art to be different, emotional as well.

When did you first discover that painting is what you wanted to do?

It was a hobby of mine ever since I was young, so it came out naturally. I was in a special Arts College at Shelton High School back in the UK, where we worked on Art-related projects, and that’s when I first started showing people my work.

I absolutely have to listen to music, perhaps the type of music depends on my mood that day. Coffee, of course is a must to me. I start getting creative, and mostly enjoy painting on late nights, sometimes early mornings.

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What kind of creative routines do you have?


created, it’s like a puzzle. I can match it however I like. Personally, I get bored easily and that’s why I often like to switch up my environment, so I truly enjoyed creating this piece.

What inspires you?

It depends. Since I have free time now, I decided to start planting, and I chose to plant a sunflower. The anticipation and the excitement that comes along with waiting for it to grow was inspiring to me. I noticed that the sunflower indirectly affected me, since I realized that most of the paintings that I did during that period of time were

in yellow, the color of a sunflower. Everything can inspire me, in a way.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Sometimes you can get an advice, without someone saying it directly to you. But something that I have always heard, and truly believe in is: be different and do something that’s unique to you. For example, my advice to someone would be finding something that you love, and try doing it. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to achieve a certain goal, but at least enjoy doing it.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Picasso, of course. Iraqi Artist Nabeel Ali, I love his style and drawings. Also Najla Abdullah, I’m such a big fan of her work.

If your closest friends and loved ones were to describe you in three words, what would they be? I don’t usually like to talk about myself, but my loved ones will usually say that I’m crazy. Of course, it could be positive or negative sometimes (laughs), different or unique, and beautiful. al3nood_a_s

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MUSIC

MAQAM Excavating the Kingdom’s underground music scene. By Jou Pabalate

It’s hard to imagine how a couple of years ago, the strum of a guitar would have made some folks a little uneasy in the city. Nowadays, such anxiety in appreciating music in public has turned into excitement. Events today include musicians, and it’s no longer a surprise to enter a restaurant with a constant playlist running on the background. A music community has always existed in the city, albeit, they kept their amps low

and their jams underground. With the paradigm shifting, people are now trying to find these talents and put them center stage, where they belong. Creating an ecosystem for musicians and with that, build a local music industry is where Maqam comes in. Jamal Bishri and Salah Alazhari, each carrying their guitars entered our office with huge grins on their faces. Once we were done exchanging pleasantries, I

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Jamal Bishri

asked them why they were in such a good mood: “People kept asking us while we were walking where we’ll be playing. They wanted us to play for them,” Jamal said. “These things show us we’re right on time, people are ready, in fact, they want music in Riyadh,” added Salah. Jamal has been a guitarist for 12 years, an architecture student, and a budding serial entrepreneur. Salah on the other hand has a decade of experience under his belt as a guitarist. He was part of a band called, “Bear and the Happy”, a project manager by education, and an aspiring sound engineer. Together, these 24-year-olds founded Maqam (musical scale in arabic), a hub for anything music related in the Kingdom.

“Through Maqam, we help teachers find students (and vice versa) wanting to learn how to play an instrument. We connect musicians with each other, and with people/events trying to find professional performers. We’ve also offered some basic recording workshops,” said Salah, who is currently working full-time on Maqam. “Our experience as musicians helped in sourcing fellow musicians, as well as determine the readiness of one artist from another. Sometimes it’s about chemistry too, you can jam perfectly with one group and totally be out of sync with another,” said Jamal when asked how they built their growing roster of talents. “We’re just in the beginning of our journey, our dream is to create a music scene.”

According to Jamal and Salah, one of the challenges they’ve had is securing venues for jam sessions as well as the music classes. “This is one of the things we are trying to fix, because eventually, we would also want to provide musicians with sound studios, and be able to connect them to other professionals who can help them with their projects.” Musicians and Music Enthusiasts, connect with them now: Web: maqam-music.com Email: info@maqam-music.com

There’s no doubt that Maqam is filling a gap in the music industry, providing a platform for indie artists and performers, to create a community that no longer lurks in the shadows but can claim their much deserved spotlight.

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BOOKS

A CONVERSATION WITH

NISREEN GHANDOURAH Author of Al Nahr Al Thalith By Sumaiyya Naseem

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Nisreen Ghandourah was a reader long before she published her own novel. As a child, the cabinets filled with books at home fascinated her, and the earliest seeds of writing were sowed while listening to her father read the stories in the Qur’an.

There’s so much beauty in the storytelling. Each chapter and section is written for a particular audience. The Qur’an taught me the importance of knowing your audience, and finding the right point of view and the reason you’re telling the story. — Nisreen Ghandourah

The metaphysical elements in the Qur’an fed her imagination and inspired her. A strong sense of language made her stand out in high school, and it was then that she realized she had a unique voice in writing. She believes that it’s important 36 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018


to discover one’s creative identity, saying, “Writing takes hard work. Once you know your voice you can build it.” The Saudi writer was only 22 when she completed her debut, Al Nahr Al Thalith (The Third River). Soon after graduating from Dar Al Hekma University in 2005, she dedicated her time and efforts to writing a story about the Iraq war of 2003. It’s been a decade since her debut was published, and since that time she has established herself as a promising voice from Saudi Arabia. It was after the publication of her debut that Ghandourah evolved into a well-known and respected writer. Under the wing of her publisher, she was able to connect with readers at book fairs and literary events, the most recent being the International Jeddah Book Fair. She dedicated the next few years to learning more about her craft. “I understood that any work could be better, so I took creative writing courses. There are hundreds of references on writing, but I wanted to be around likeminded people who are passionate about stories.” The courses she took were from City University, London School of Journalism, and Oxford University. Armed with an eye for introspection, she began revisiting her favorite Arabic novels to analyze and explore what made a story or character interesting. In the previous year, she used Instagram as a platform

to share her thoughts on the books she’s been reading. Ghandourah doesn’t believe in the concept of star ratings, “I prefer appreciating books for their quality, even if they don’t match my taste. I look at the effort, idea, creative style and relevance.” In her reviews, she introduces the plot of the book, gives her opinion and highlights the main takeaways. Ghandourah teamed up with Jeddah Reads to give a talk on Naguib Mahfouz, titled Respected Sir, after one of her favorite novels by the late author. It was a chance for her to dig deeper and introduce local readers to the brilliance of the writer and how he captured an era of Egypt through literature. She feels it’s important to have such literary discussions in Jeddah, and more options for buying books. “We need libraries or literary clubs where people can get together to discuss books. When I was in my teenage years we had a problem with supply, but we can shop online now.” While collections in local bookstores are still quite limited, websites like Jamalon and Book Depository are good options for bookworms. Nisreen Ghandourah is currently writing her second novel, which is set in Saudi Arabia. The story follows a set of characters who were raised in Saudi in the 80s. “The main character is a horse trainer; I was inspired by the beautiful description of horses in classical Arabic poetry.”

Available on jamalon.com

Al Nahr Al Thalith follows three journalists on a mission to cover the untold stories of the war in Iraq. Ghandourah took up the task of conducting intensive research through documentaries, books, interviews, and diaries to expand her sense of Iraqi culture and society. Her novel shows that life goes on, but it’s up to people in a crisis to either recover or collapse. “I wanted to highlight the reality of war and its destruction of human legacy. Through my characters I portrayed how it affects people on a social and psychological level. War doesn’t solve problems, it just makes people scared of each other.”

SUPPORT LOCAL Nisreeen Ghandourah recommends the works of Saudi writers, Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Taher Zahrani, Mohanna Tayeb, and Fahd Al Fahd. Web: nisreenag.com Email: nisreenag@gmail.com n_ghandourah

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ENTERTAINMENT

LG Home Entertainment Defined Your Cinema at Home Cinemas are coming soon to Saudi, and here’s one way to prepare for it: a gripping home entertainment experience. With LG’s ultramodern technology, you can transform your personal space into an extraordinary zone that simulates that great in-themovies feeling. LG’s OLED TV is part of the LG Signature line, the sleek and sophisticated machine is the perfect balance of aesthetics and function. The SUPER UHD TV has been gathering much buzz ever since its launch. The TV is equipped with Nano Cell Technology that gives a trueto-life effect. The realistic and accurate colors are achieved with the use of Nano particles that absorb unwanted light wavelengths. The SUPER UHD TV ensures that every single person at your movie night party gets a good viewing

angle. Regardless of where a person is seated they won’t miss out on any detail. Dolby Atmos, by contrast, frees sound from channels. It’s the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound—the helicopter, a bird call—can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in

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three-dimensional space. This is available 2017 and 2018 models of the OLED TV and the 2018 models of Nano Cell TV. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the clarity and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You’ll feel like you’re inside the movie’s action, in ways you’ve never before experienced. Web: lg.com LGeSaudi LGSaudi

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SCOOP

CHILLVILLE: SPREADING CHILL VIBES

Bader Assery, Alhanouf Alrassan, and Abdullah Almhqani are the passion-driven and enthusiastic friends who created Chillville; a chilled clothing line. Their clothing line is as chill as their personalities; Alhanouf highlighted their outfits as, “an everyday, casual, streetwear OOTD.” With their

brand, they want to change the mindset of people. The trio wants to motivate the Saudi youth to follow their heart and inspire them to start their own startups. “There will be some hurdles in the beginning of any business, but, that’s how you grow; just remain dedicated,” Bader Assery said. Web: chillvillesa.com chillvillesa

VICTORIA’S SECRET Debuts New Collection in Stores

Victoria’s Secret launched their Shanghai 2017 fashion line and fan merchandises in stores in Riyadh. The launch also consisted of their limitededition punk-themed capsule collection, Victoria’s Secret x Balmain, which was designed and created in collaboration with Balmain. Location: Hayat Mall

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MURAD

RESTORE YOUR SKIN’S HEALTH

Dr. Howard Murad’s clinical skincare range, Murad, is now available at Harvey Nichols. With a goal to make healthy, clear and beautiful skin attainable for everyone,

Dr. Murad has created a range of products for face and body that are suitable for all skin types. With regular use, Murad’s products can help you look youthful and vibrant by hydrating the skin at the cellular level. Location: Harvey Nichols, Al Faisaliah Mall, King Fahd Rd., Al Olaya Dist.


PICK OF THE MONTH

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Timeless, Handcrafted Jewelry by Rorittas by Ragail AT ONE WITH NATURE AT YOU’RE CHIC

Walking into this salon, you’ll notice that it doesn’t have that pungent and nose-tingling scent. You’re Chic is a luxurious, organic salon that doesn’t use harsh chemicals to make you look and feel better. Their salon and spa treatments use an all-natural approach. They use the finest organic and vegan products that are gentle on sensitive skin as well. Even their electronic appliances are eco-friendly. Visit You’re Chic to rejuvenate and relax.

All the way from Los Angeles to Riyadh; Raghad AlRobah, a Saudi jewelry designer started selling her jewelry line Rorittas by Ragail locally in Riyadh. She creates delicate and striking handcrafted jewelry. She has created an Organic Collection, which features pieces that have an organic shape. Her other collections include: Runway Collection – for daily wear; and the Pharaoh’s Charms. Location: Personage, Hittin rorittasbyragail

DR RECOMMENDS: You wouldn’t want to miss their wellness clay hair treatment.

Ever thought of relaxing yourself with a spa treatment, but immediately slumped because commuting all the way to the salon in Riyadh’s traffic seems tiresome? We’ve been there and we know how awful it gets. Ink Spa provides the ultimate solution to our problems. They offer salon services at the comfort of your home. Whether it’s a Brazilian manicure, whitening facial, or an Amber spa, everything is just a call away.

Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd, Ar Rabi

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Grandma’s Beauty Secrets Granny’s got your back… and face. Modern beauty products have taken the reins over the course of time. While they do have their own advantages, at some point, we realized that old is gold. And what could be better than the beauty tips passed down by our wise grandmas? Just like their delicious hinanis, their beauty advices are made with love:

Treat pimples with turmeric. Turmeric has antiinflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help combat acne. Application: Combine a teaspoon of turmeric with two teaspoons of honey, apply it on the affected areas, and wash after 10 minutes. Or Combine half teaspoon turmeric with two teaspoons of milk. Apply using a cotton ball and wash after 10 minutes.

For moisturizing your skin. Our Granny said that Nivea and Vaseline do wonders in rehydrating your skin. Vaseline was also used to keep lips soft and moisturized.

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For soft, shiny, and healthy hair, use olive oil. Slightly warm up the required amount of olive oil and apply it topically. Oil your hair once in two weeks.


Use toothpaste to treat sunburn. Toothpaste helps sooth the burnt region. Application: Rub toothpaste on the affected region and wash it off after it dries up.

Dairam sticks (pieces of the bark of Dairam tree)

Was and is still used to whiten the teeth, treat bad breath, and add a brown tint on lips.

Dairam is available in bundles of sticks. MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO LOOK AND FEELGOOD, SIMPLY SMILE.

Go ginger using henna! Grannies don’t like using the harsh hair colors to dye their hair or hide the whites. Plus, it’s all natural, and strengthens and conditions your hair. Application: Combine powdered henna with warm water (you can replace water with black tea or coffee). Stir till the paste resembles the consistency of mashed potatoes. Add more water if you face difficulty applying it.

Mushat powder A combination of herbs, such as, cardamom, rosemary, chamomile, sandalwood, and similar herbs of medicinal quality – is used on hair. It strengthens hair; prevents dandruff and the growth of fungi, moisturizes, and gives your hair a lustrous look. Application: Add this powder in water and boil for a while. Transfer this solution in a sprayer and spray it on your hair. Make sure your hair and scalp are drenched in it. Let it sit for an hour, and then wash your hair with water and shampoo.

WHERE TO BUY: • Taibah Souk • Supermarkets like Danube and Azizia have a local spice and herbs section • Souk Al Zal, Old Riyadh

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FASHION

SHOES DRAMA AND

FOR DESTINATION

THE RED CARPET TAKE-OVER

Before KiraKira, there was “ ” [tir tir, Saudi slang for sequins]. And before red carpet fashion in Hollywood, there was Thursday night in Saudi Arabia.

For decades, Arabs have always been unapologetically overdressed. Call it #BeduFab or the by-product of a decadent lifestyle, but we‘ve always possessed a magpielike attention to all things Swarovski, and today, unfortunately, that obsession has gone to our heads – literally (Huda Beauty highlighters, anyone?). Our affinity of all things gaudy has allowed us to fill the void in the

international fashion scene, which was left by its current penchant for street style minimalism, a lethargic economy, and most recently, the tainted headliner in evening wear, Marchesa (thank you, Harvey Weinstein)! Nowadays, it’s common to see A-list celebrities struggling to announce the Arab name of who they are wearing. Red carpet fashion is just one way Arab designers are taking over the fashion industry.

In this issue, we pick a few of favorite red carpet looks by Arab designers to celebrate their international rise.

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Araya Hargate in Ashi Studio, Cannes Film Festival 2015 Saudi couturier Mohammed Ashi of Ashi Studio has become a Hollywood favorite for his structured, standout red carpet pieces.


Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Couture, Oscars 2014 Angelina Jolie & Jane Fonda may have worn the same Elie Saab dress to the same award show #FireYourStyllist, but that just goes to show how in demand the Lebanese “diva of fashion” actually is on the red carpet!

Jennifer Lopez in Reem Acra, 43rd Peoples Choice Awards, 2017 Reem Acra got a lot of shade from online fashion critics who saw the dress as a knockoff from Vietnamese designer, Ly Qui Khanh, but we just can’t resist the stunny, jewelencrusted bodice. Didn’t see your favorite look here? Tag us and we’ll include the most tagged in our annual “BEST RED CARPET LOOKS” list online! shoesanddrama

Elizabeth Banks in Razan Alazzouni, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Premier, 2015 The dress triggered fashion critics to Banks’ style, and to Saudi designer Razan Alazzouni. #Bonus! DESTINATIONKSA.COM 45


ST YLE & BEAUT Y

BEARD LOVIN’ Grooming products and tips for all you fellas. It’s winter time, fellas. Since “No Shave November” is way over, we decided to give you some tips, tricks and platforms that will help get you well-groomed and make you feel and look good.

Shave Lab “Luxury Shaving - Low Prices”

The Shave Lab is specifically targeted towards individualists, minimalists, and those who love durability. Launched back in 2010, this Dubaibased company decided to revolutionize the way people use razors. They also offer monthly razor blades subscription plans for both men and women. Web: shavelab.ae shavelab.ae

Barber on demand? Meet Maqas! This Riyadh-based platform enables users to book an appointment with barbers available near them. It also provides the ability to request in-house services from barbers to arrive to the customer in the comfort of their own home. This service will be available in Sharqiya within the first quarter of the year. So keep a look out! App is free and available in iTunes and Google Play.

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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you should stop using your sunscreen. We recommend: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70.

Bou Shanab

This Lebanon-based brand has got everything you need for your beard. Their product line includes beard oil, beard balm, and mustache wax. Web: thebeardacademy.com theboushanab

BEST WINTER PRODUCTS: KIEHL’S EYE ALERT What’s better than using a caffeinated cream that refreshes you in the morning? Eye Alert helps to do that, and erases signs of a sleepless night.

Available at Whites Pharmacy

Available at Kiehl’s Dhahran Mall.

BOOTS NO7 MEN POSTSHAVE RECOVERY BALM This soothing balm works on calming your skin after shaving, in addition to giving it a long-lasting hydration.

Digin Grooming The First Beard Grooming Products in Saudi Arabia.

What does your beard need? They got everything from styling to skin-care products like beard oils and balms. Founded back in 2015, “Digin is geared towards bearded men with discriminating taste, men who appreciate quality products and don’t compromise on what’s best for their beard”. Web: digingrooming.com digingrooming

Available in Boots

The Box

The Box is a monthly subscription box that offers grooming and styling products for both men and women. by signing up for this service you can get a personalized box every month, based on your likings. Web: theboxonline.co thebox_sa

COOL BARBER SHOPS:

HERE ARE A COUPLE OF BARBERS GUYS HAVE BEEN RAVING ABOUT: VIP Turkish Barber

Location: 7263 Prince Abdulaziz Ibn Musaid Ibn Jalawi St. Mob: +966-530413848

Elegant Mustache Barber Shop

Location: 6641 Prince Muhammad Ibn Saad Ibn Abdulaziz Rd Mob: +966-540501161

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Exquisite Fine Dining Experience at La Cour

Inspired by the French courtyards, La Cour's luxurious and relaxed interiors will catch your eye. The international ambience is localized by a Saudi artist's paintings. The restaurant offers a

fine dining experience with international cuisine. DR Recommends: For a tropical start, try the Shrimp, Mango and Guacamole Salad. You’ve also got to try the creamy Risotto Burrata and the Buffalo Barbeque Shrimp. Location: Hittin

TRADITIONAL CUISINES REUNION

Iqletto was the first festival for traditional cuisines in Riyadh. The event displayed different traditional cuisines and heritage of each region of Saudi Arabia, with the United Arab Emirates as the guest of honor during the event. The three-day event had many activities carried out throughout the event like performing arts of Saudi and UAE, educational workshops and live cooking shows.

IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR WAFFLE ON! Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy freshly baked waffles with a range of toppings at Wafflemeister. All waffles and crepes are freshly baked on the spot and visitors can choose from a wide range of toppings and fillings including Belgian chocolate fudge, fresh strawberries and many more. We liked their base batter is good and the rest of the sweet and savory delights follow. The handmade Italian Ice Cream and thick shakes are not to be missed either. Location: Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Rd, As Sulimaniyah 48 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018


PICK OF THE MONTH

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Who says healthy can’t be tasty? The treats by Eats And Treats KSA are perfect to satisfy your major sweet cravings—without the sugar crash. It’s a family owned business with a goal to spread healthy eating habits and also provide wholesome, homemade and yummy treats that

have nutritional value. These yummy treats from Eats & treats will bring out the cookie monster in you for sure. We munched away on it all until it finished.

SWEET & SAVORY TEMPTATIONS

Healthy eating is the latest in food trends and nutritional needs. Best Salads is a home boutique for gourmet salads and sandwiches. Behind the enterprise is a mother of six and former educator, whose passion for cooking and healthy living informs the mission of the enterprise.

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With a lovely welcome and great presentation, Madeleine assures a memorable visit. The ambience is warm and fancy with a friendly service. Their main course and desserts are fresh and appetizing. DR Recommends: Try the tangy Cilantro Lime Chicken salad. If you’re looking for comfort food, try the Spaghetti Chicken Casserole. For desserts, go for their Nutella Molten Cake. Location: The Boulevard Riyadh, Hittin DESTINATIONKSA.COM 49


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KHULOOD OLAQI:

Saudi Sushi Chef, Blogger, and Entrepreneur

Her love for food goes way beyond the simple culinary arts. Here’s everything you need to know about Khulood Olaqi, one of the city’s very first Saudi female sushi chef. 50 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018


How did you start?

As a child, I was passionate about cooking. I used to cook whenever I had the chance. My passion got interrupted when I started university. I was studying health education; the hectic study-schedule made it difficult to keep up with cooking. By the end of the third semester, I made up my mind to start a small cooking business alongside my studies. I was looking for a particular gastronomy to specialize in, and my mum suggested Japanese cuisine. With the help of relatives and friends, this hobby became my life and Oishii Sushi was born. We started as an in-home catering business, and are soon going to open our first restaurant in the city.

That was a big shift, from health education studying health education as it provided me with a better to becoming a chef; understanding of nutrition. how did you deal with it? Have you been to a It was not an easy decision. culinary school? I was unable to deal with the increasing orders and load of assignments. During my internship, I grew tired of the everyday monotonous schedule of life: get up, go to the hospital, do the same thing over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved helping patients, but my life felt dull, I wasn’t being myself. Once my internship was completed, I changed my career. I became a chef and life became exciting; I taught my staff how to cook and learned something new every day. I don’t regret

I attended Le Cordon Bleu in London, where I learned cuisine techniques. Then, I attended the School of Wok, in London, where I sharpened my sushi and my knife skills. In 2014, I took up a course at the Tokyo Sushi Academy in Singapore. These courses taught me a lot. I also learned how to make vegan food more appetizing and how to cook steak. I wanted to explore everything, while memorizing the basics and sharpening my cooking skills.

Your Instagram states that you’re a food blogger, as well. Can you tell us about that? I realized that my Snapchat followers loved the cookingtutorials that I used to post. It helped me come up with the idea to start posting recipes on Instagram. It’s a lot better than Snapchat because people can save these recipes easily. After receiving good feedback, I continued blogging about food. Lately, I’ve been developing menus for restaurants and cafes. So, I’m a menu developer, as well. Khuloodolaqi

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HITS AND MISSES

Riyadh’s Latest Food Trends The making of legends, fads, and flavors our palates wish to forget. Instagram -ready Unicorns

Contoured waffles, doughnuts posing on top of shakes, glittered dessertscapes, and yes, unicorn inspired drinks—Riyadh rode the instragram foofie (food selfie) trend like no one’s business. Don’t get us wrong, we like pretty food, for as long as it doesn’t compromise taste. Sadly, we’d have to say there were more misses than hits when it came to crazy concoctions last year, so this year, folks, let’s try to master the basics. Hits: Serafina’s Crazy Shakes, Chunk’s popcorn cake

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Gotta have ‘em all, Poké Bowl First thing first, poke bowls are not from Japan they hail from sunny Hawaii. It’s not a new hipster invention, poké (pronounced as Poh-Keh) has been around for ages and part of the indigenous culinary culture of Hawaiians. In Riyadh, we don’t have poké specific places yet so restaurants, most of them Japanese, have taken it upon themselves to give their deconstructed sushi take on this dish. Honestly, we don’t mind, they’re tasty but we would love to someday taste an authentic version just for comparison. Hits: Mee So Hungry, Sushi Counter, Circle Café DESTINATIONKSA.COM 53


Where are all the Good Ramen? This culinary import is just one of Japan’s brilliant culinary creations. Ramen when done properly is soulful. Ramen masters orchestrate this dish, it’s a balancing act of flavors and textures. Unfortunately, the ramen bowls that came last year has yet to satisfy our cravings. So sorry, guys, this is a miss--- for now.

The DR 2018 Foodie Prophecy: Move over Quinoa, there’s a new superfood in town, which presumably would be Soghum. So it’s been circulating that middle eastern food will be trending globally (makes sense, we’ve loved it for ages!). But allow us to put it out there before cultural misappropriation muddles things this year: Daqqus will be replacing Sriracha as the It sauce. Remember its name. We will be playing for food. Pop up mystery dinners are about to hit Riyadh. Starting off with a certain franchise from Dubai—hint: Be on the look out for keys around the city. 54 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018


DR Recommends Pistachio Latte from Jolt

Veganism and Patties from Outer Space

Healthy living isn’t a fad, it’s a lifestyle and we’re all for it. With fitness becoming mainstream, came the rise of popularity and interest in Veganism. Cool so far. When you have demand, out comes restaurants and establishments wanting to provide. Burger joints started offering vegan options, some fared well, while others tasted like Martian dirt specimens we accidentally swallowed, that would eventually lead to our mutation. Dear restaurants, yes, if you can’t beat them, join them, but if you do, do it right. Who did it right? Urth Caffe, try their vegan pizza.

Better Latte than Never

Somewhat of a late comer in 2017 but seems to be holding strong, is the comeback of the latte, iced or hot. New cafés like Jolt have a latte menu, where you’ll find Spanish lattes, gahwa lattes, rose lattes, lavender lattes and other interesting concoctions. Whether you like it velvety or frothy, lattes are here to stay. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 55


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

HITTING TARGETS WITH THE

SAUDI ARCHERY FEDERATION

A federation determined to sharpen its arrows and make its mark. Archery has been part of world history since the stone age. The use of bow and arrow as a means of hunting and warfare dates back to 200 BC. As a sport however, it was introduced in the 1904 Summer Olympic games. Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) has even recommended archery, or more broadly, shooting as one of the sports we should teach our youth. Hence, a bow and arrow, whether in a historical context or through pop culture, is something we have at some point seen. Being ingrained in the culture, archery is a sport Saudis can participate in and excel. Today, a separate federation has been established for the sport under the General Sports Authority. 56 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

At the helm of the revived passion for the sport is Bandar Al Safer, Chairman of the Saudi Arabian Archery Federation. Their mission is to lay down the strategy and foundations to create a strong archery culture in the Kingdom. “It is the right time to shift people’s attention towards other sports other than football,” said Al Safer. “We

have put together a strategic plan for the next four years, and in the short amount of time, you will see that we’re off to a very good start.” “One of our main goals for the next four years is to have Saudi Arabia rank amongst the top 25 in the world. To achieve this, the federation sees the need to increase the number of participants and


athletes, increase the number of training facilities, invest in improving the technical skills of its archers, create a financial strategy that would sustain and fund the federation, and lastly, host world championships in the Kingdom,” shared Al Safer. In just a matter of months, SAAF is well on its way to succeeding, from ranking 75, we are now number 38. Equally astounding is that they’ve

increased the participants from 50 to 500. This exponential increase is partly due to the federation opening the sport to female archers. They’ve also partnered up with educational institutions and have plans to do marketing campaigns to further encourage the public to learn about archery.

safely practice the sport will open. For archers who show promise, SAAF can take them in to be further trained by their now highly qualified coaches. There’s also the possibility of getting an athletic scholarship to train internationally in worldrenowned archery institutes.

Moreover, five new archery ranges and soon, private centers where people can

Email: info@saaf.sa Saudi.archery SaudiArcheryFed

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TRAIL SPOTTING

AT DIPLOMATIC QUARTERS A hidden gem for fitness lovers and sunset seekers.

Winter in Riyadh is considered to be the best time for outdoor adventures and desert getaways. However, if you want to skip the bumpy offroad car ride or would simply want to take in some fresh air without leaving the confines of the city, all you really have to do is find your way into the Diplomatic Quarters (DQ). Nestled within the DQ’s confines are walk trails that were cleverly designed to blend with its original topography. The paths, which 58 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

are a mix of rocky terrains and dirt roads make up a 15-kilometer trail altogether, are interconnected through public parks that are scattered around its perimeter. The trails are designed in a way that accommodates Riyadhis of all fitness levels. For those wanting to just have stroll and be closer to nature, you can take the shorter route starting at Roundabout 8 and exit at Tuwaiq Palace—this offers breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset, Wadi

Hanifa’s Bridge, and a lovely range of of faunas and birds to marvel at. For more seasoned runners or those who want to take their fitness goals outdoors, the trails have enough elevations and hills to challenge yourself on. Mix up your training by doing your runs on the rocky terrains on one session and moving onto the pavements. Families are also welcome on the trail and the parks are perfect for kids to run around


DR’S TRAIL REMINDERS: 1. Best to enter the DQ on Weekdays, early mornings or before 7pm. The security can be rather tight and some days you can be refused entry as a security countermeasure. 2. Stay hydrated and put on some sunscreen, winter sunburn is real.

and release their energy. Al Yamama Gardens, one of the biggest in the DQ and can be found along Heraa St., has multiple playgrounds and picnic spots. It’s also common to find families and folks walking their dogs in the park, so if you want to make it an exercise for you and your furry pal, this is the place. The Diplomatic Quarters is not limited to on-foot activities, we have seen Riyadhis cycling on the trails, usually starting at Wadi Hanifah and

accessing the DQ through the southern gate. There are also open courts you can use for volleyball and football. If you go on the portion of the trail starting from Roundabout 1 and all the way to the south gate, you will find several bodyweight and exercise machines, free for all. The shorter trails will take about 45 minutes of walking, the entire 15 kilometers about 2-3 hours. You can exit the trails anytime through any of the parks.

3. Do not litter, I will personally run after you and make you throw your trash in the bin. There are trash cans all throughout, you have no excuse. 4. Be Nice. There’s a community vibe here and folks are usually on a sunny disposition, expect to exchange pleasantries with fellow hikers. 5. Your kid is not Banksy. Even if he or she was, it’s still not right to vandalize public spaces. I can’t believe I have to write this but apparently I do.

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BOOKING BY THE BEACH

Coral Beach Resort Sharjah in the UAE is rewarding beach lovers just for being themselves – guests who book their rooms directly through the resort’s website get extra benefits that include a complimentary breakfast and lunch or dinner, and an upgrade to a room with a sea view.

CELEBRATE LOVE IN PHUKET

Certified Eco-Friendly

The Langham, New York received the Silver Certification by EarthCheck, the travel industry’s leader in benchmarking, certifying, and advising sustainability in tourism, for its program CONNECT. Through CONNECT, the hotel helps its staff be more mindful about the consumption of energy, water, and other natural resources, minimizing its impact on the environment it operates in. Web: langhamhospitalitygroup.com

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Anantara Hotels & Resorts in the breathtaking island of Phuket has an array of romantic activities for you and your loved one to choose from. Enjoy sunset by the beach, a peaceful lagoon setting,

terraces with vibrant views, or go island hopping, snorkeling, get pampered at a spa, or shop at the bustling street market in the heart of Phuket’s Old Town. Web: phuket.anantara.com


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THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

“I” FOR IRELAND The island has something for everyone.

The stunning Atlantic island that was featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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GOLFER’S DELIGHT

SKELLIG MICHAEL Step into the past at the newest luxury hotel, Titanic Hotel Belfast, and uncover the true story of the Titanic.

Wave-riding thrillseekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast.

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HISTORY REWIND

Ireland is blessed with world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations in the world.

A SENSORY ADVENTURE The Destination Jeddah team’s stay at the stylish and elegant Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai was a sensory adventure, from the check-in at its aweinspiring lobby with inspired art features and Arabesque patterns, to the guest room where brilliant lightscapes create playful shadows and the bathroom offers luxurious Amouage amenities. Following the theme of the locale, the first of the hotel’s signature outlets provides a vibrant contemporary twist on traditional Middle Eastern design. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 61


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CRĂˆME DE LA CREME A dairy reverie at the heart of France.

We ventured to France on a culinary journey organized by Cream of Europe to discover the origins of French dairy. The trip took us to the picturesque countryside and onto the streets of Paris, where the finest patisseries have long mastered the use of exquisite French cream. Our journey begins at the heart of dairy produce, Normandy. It is in Isigny Ste Mere, a collective consisting of 430 farms and one of two protected designation of Origin Creams, 62 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

that we got to experience authentic provincial French hospitality. We were welcomed by the sight of cows grazing across green grass fields, the overcast above us warned of rain fall at any given time. This bucolic setting doesn’t only make for a tranquil scenic view but is in fact one of the secrets behind the superiority of French dairy products. Isigny Ste Mere is a top tier terroir. Its soil is rich and


This entails ascribing the level of authenticity and approved procedures in order to maintain the established reputation of a region in terms of its products in the marketplace. Our discovery trip to Normandy was followed by two refreshing days of exploring the key places in Brittany. We learned about terroir, a set of three natural factors (soil, topography, and climate) that impart certain qualities to the produce grown in the region. When cows graze on the special flora, the cheese that is later produced from the milk reflects the quality of the terroir. Gaec de Toul Manac’h Farm

fertile, the region has mild weather throughout the year, and if you pair that with their strong producer culture that has been preserved and mastered throughout centuries; you have the best conditions to produce excellent milk and thereby, exceptional cream, butter, and other dairy ingredients. A visit to their factory opened our eyes to the rigorous process of milk production. The cooperative ensures that it meets POD (Protected Origin of Designation) standards.

In Brittany, we also visited GAEC de Toul Manac’h, a Paysan Breton farm, where we explored the milk-production units and the special care that goes into animal welfare. To ensure maximum comfort for the animals, the farm we visited was equipped with massage appliances for the cows. They also had music in the stables since cows produce more milk while listening to music. To further provide comfort to the animals, the farm incorporated automatic machines that milked the cows at their convenience. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 63


Interestingly, Brittany is one of the two milk-producing regions that has ideal climate for farming. In fact, it is the most important milk-producing region in France. The farms in Britanny are largely familyrun, where skills are passed down from one generation to the next. The informative trip to Brittany was followed by a sweet gastronomic adventure. We headed towards Paris, fashion capital and equally, haute dessert central. We witnessed and tasted how French cream are artfully incorporated to transform desserts. 64 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018


During our visit to La Maison de la Crème by Elle&Vire, we attended a masterclass and demonstration by Chef Ludovic Chesnay on choux à la crème filling. Our most memorable stop was at the Un Dimanche a Paris, a patisserie where its renowned executive pastry chef Nicolas Bacheyre held a unique workshop focusing the fine qualities of this famous ingredient. For a couple of hours, the scent of vanilla and oven fresh baked goods marveled our sense. We were captivated by the skillful manipulation of French cream, known for its ability to withstand rigorous culinary application, to create velvety whitescapes and fluffy toppings. The flavors beautifully matched the pristine aesthetics, delicately balanced and textured.

Visit to Gaec de Toul Manac’h farm with Mr. Jaouen

We went back to Saudi Arabia with a newfound appreciation of French creams (President, Elle & Vire, Paysan Breton, Isigny Ste Mere) and other French products with the PDO seal on the supermarket shelves. Now all we have to do is master the techniques, and recreate the French culinary reverie we’ve experienced at the comfort of our homes. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 65


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Constance Belle Mare Plage A Mauritian heaven and luxury resort Story by Majed Mahdaly

A family resort set along a 2km long white sand beach, the Constance Belle Mare Plage is a sheltered bay on the east coast of Mauritius. The unique resort is the original site and birthplace of Constance Hotels and Resorts Group. Boasting a spectacular panoramic coastline view, the Constance Belle Mare Plage provides guests with a luxurious vacation at the foot of the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian ocean.

Thrillseekers can energize with various marine activities such as windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, rowing boats, sailing and more.

At the beach, facing the tranquil coast, resort guests can enjoy the warmth of the smooth, white sands of Mauritius, and bask in the sun with cool beverages from the depths of the tropical paradise. 66 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

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THE BEACH


PROFESSIONAL STAFF

The amazing staff and housekeeping at Belle Mare Plage compete on giving the best kind of hospitality for their guests, who are treated like celebrities.

LUXURY STAY

The accommodation at Belle Mare Plage combines modern style and traditional touch. Guests looking for beachfront stay can opt for one of the 104 prestigious rooms or 149 junior suits. For a more private experience, vacationers can choose one of the 18 villas with a private pool or go for the lavish presidential villa. All rooms are comfortably furnished with warm colours for a fresh and chic atmosphere.

GOLF COURSES

Belle Mare Plage is one of the best resorts if you’re looking for a luxurious golf holiday by the Indian Ocean. The resort has two 18 hole golf courses with exceptional panoramic views, built according to PGA specifications. The Legend golf course on the Indian Ocean features lagoons and lakes. It is here that java deer live and wander freely. The Links golf course has a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean.

CONSTANCE KIDS CLUB DINING DESTINATIONS Belle Mare Plage is home to seven unique restaurants, all serving fresh food made with authentic flavors by the finest chefs in Mauritius. Here guests get to enjoy splendid natural views with magnificent delicacies from the gourmet cuisines.

Targeting children of ages 4-11, the club will allow kids to have a remarkable infotainment experience. Activities range from exciting excursions, water sports activities, interactive games to making arts and crafts, and more! Every day is a new adventure, under the supervision of a friendly and fully-qualified staff.

ABOUT MAURITIUS Capital: Port Louis Currency: Mauritian Rupee Languages: English, French and Mauritian Creole

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of Africa. The country includes the islands of Mauritius and

Rodrigues. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The first recorded visit to the Island was during the Middle Ages by Arab sailors, who named it Dina Arobi.

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TURKEY Your Winter Destination By Rozina Musthafa

In winter, the heat and crowds evaporate, and the atmosphere turns moody. The beautiful panoramas of Turkey, with its nature and its sublime churches and mosques, stunning landmarks and monuments, and intoxicating cities like Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, are best explored during the winter season.

LESS IS MORE This is also the perfect time to get lost in the back streets of Istanbul. Turkey winter tours are ideal for those with an aversion towards maddening crowds and tourist traps. Less crowds means more locals, giving you ample opportunity for quality interaction and more authentic experiences. Travelling off-season screams nothing but discounts, and more discounts! Since winter is an off-season, you can enjoy the country at incredibly cheap rates for hotels, restaurants, and even tours. 68 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018


FASCINATING DESTINATIONS Visiting Turkey during winter has a different charm to it altogether as you can experience Turkey like most tourists never do. Watch the countryside get transformed under a soft, snowy façade. Soak in a crisp, sunrise winter balloon safari over Cappadocia. Visit numerous winter landmarks such as the frozen Lake Cildir, and the gorgeous Lake Abant.

AMAZING SKI RESORTS IN TURKEY Why head all the way to Switzerland when you have equally breath-taking ski resorts in Turkey! The soaring Turkish mountains are speckled with some magnificent winter resorts.

WARM UP Take refuge from winter in one of the dozens of steam-filled historic hamams, or bathhouses, located around Istanbul. Among the most beautiful is the 16thcentury Kilic Ali Pasha, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration that’s returned it to its original glory. Turkish Hamam is a popular and traditional experience over there and is the perfect way to chill out and unwind, even more so if you follow it up with a relaxing massage.

WINTER DRINKS Salep might seem weird at first but it is a delicious drink that people keep going back for. The original version, made from wild orchid flowers and topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon, is a body warming, creamy mixture that boasts of medicinal benefits. Made using fermented grains, Boza is a traditional Turkish drink with a thick texture often gets rid of hunger pangs.

Depending on your location, and skiing preferences, there are an array of ski resorts you can visit, including Uludag (located in Bursa), Kartepe (in Izmit), Palandoken (Turkey’s highest peak), and many more!

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SPECIAL PLACES

A Journey to the Edge of the World

WITH FOUR SEASONS RIYADH An extraordinary and thrilling trip to Riyadh’s most famous horizon.

Hence, it was a wonderful surprise when the Four Seasons Riyadh invited us to try their latest extraordinary experience. We wondered how the luxurious hotel can put a spin on an outdoor excursion we’ve been on so many times. But ‘lo and behold, Four Seasons did not just manage to offer us a new way of seeing the Edge of the World, they wrapped it nicely into a carefully crafted experience the hotel is known for. 70 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

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For Destination, a trip to the Edge of the World has become an annual tradition. The year doesn’t seem complete without a day spent watching the sunset atop one of its famous cliffs.


Our journey started with a quick trip to Bujairy, where we got to listen to a little bit of history about Riyadh and the makings of this particular UNESCO heritage site. It was a good way to get into a cultural mindset before heading out to the Edge of the world. We braved the off beaten tracks in style, on-board black Escalades equipped with Wifi and driven by professional drivers from the hotel. After a couple of hours, we reached our destination and were greeted by the gentlemen of Four Seasons, gahwa and finjan in hand. As we looked

over the horizon, we see the silhouette of a tent being built on the topmost cliff, where we would later on have lunch. The sound of an engine caught our attention, and right at that moment we were told that we will have an experience of a lifetime—flying over the edge on a microlight aircraft. We can attest that a bird’s eye view of the Edge of the World will leave you in awe. The wind swept desertscapes contrasting with seemingly endless blue skies is breathtaking. We had the chance to reflect on this bucketlist moment over the

sumptuous lunch that ensued after. Executive Chef Ahmed prepared for us an authentic Najdi feast with a signature Four Seasons twist. We indulged in Saudi classics, like ghorsan, kabsa, jareesh, and Hinaini. But also, mixed grill delights (you must try the lamb chops) and smores made for a wonderful hearty meal. Our day ends with the sun preparing to sleep on the horizon, our tour guide reveling us with stories of Bedouins and natural wonders. Eventually it’s time to leave, and we make our way back to urbanity. Tel: +966-11-2115888 DESTINATIONKSA.COM 71


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EXPLORE KSA

BEIT KAKI A Traditional Hijazi Summer Home

COURTESY PHOTO/ DILMUNICOUPLE.COM

By Mohammed Mirza

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Hijaz has historically been a place where trader and merchant families were the richest. As the region was at the crossroads of many trade routes, it was these families who made huge profits from the lucrative trade. These families normally had summer homes in Taif, where they would head in order to escape the blistering heat of the Arabian summer. The city was like an unofficial summer capital of the country back in the day. The mansions these families made set the tone for the vernacular architecture of the region. One such is the summer home of the Kaki family called Beit Kaki.

STAFF PHOTO//MOHAMMED MIRZA

We were recently in Taif on a business trip, but it’s not the kind of place where one can just visit for work and leave without touring. The city is so beautiful that it deserves to be seen and explored. Opportunely, we got some time off our schedule, and so we looked for places to see that were close to our hotel. Beit Kaki popped on our screen and was only a few minutes away. We instantly hastened to it. The house was smaller than we expected; it didn’t even stand out as a tourist site, blending in with its surroundings as it

was. There was a pool in the roundabout in front that gave it an aristocratic touch just like the mansions of Europe. We saw children resting under its verandah and assumed that they were there as part of a field trip from school as a school bus was parked nearby. However, they left soon afterward and we figured out that they weren’t here on a trip. They were just chilling beneath the mansion on their way back from school. From the façade, the building looks like a small mansion as it is only double storied. However, in length, the house is pretty long when compared to its width. Beit Kaki was built in 1943 just before the Saudi oil boom. In its design, one can see traces of Western influence, prominent in its cylindrical pillars and triangular balconies on the roof. However, since reinforced concrete wasn’t used in its construction, the house manages to retain an Arabian feel. Despite the simple windows and small façade, Beit Kaki has a unique aura to it and is one of the best preserved of all historic mansions in Taif. The preservation is most likely due to the fact that it has been sympathetically restored in the recent past. The windows, however, have been given a miss in the restoration.

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Notwithstanding the fact that the family presumably spent only a few months every year in this house, they have not compromised any bit on its grandeur. Some of the yellow paint coated on its walls remains. It was a welcome change against the regular whitewashes of the other historic Hejazi mansions. The interiors of the house were coated in other colors like blue and green that made for an interesting contrast. The entrance of the house is where all the different colors of the house seem to converge – the part of the house that also features in many 74 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

Instagram feeds. Unlike other houses from much the same era, the windows here are not like the rawasheen types. They carry the floral and geometric design patterns but are simpler and less elaborate. Beit Kaki’s main door, however, is a far cry from the windows boasting elaborate Arabesque designs. It appears to be made of teakwood most likely imported from India or Indonesia. Unfortunately, the house is currently not open for visitors so one has to just imagine what it looks like from the inside. Presumably, it is built similar to other Hejazi homes, with its


main door leading to an entrance hall called the dilhiz. The first floor would be for guests and the upper floor reserved for the house’s residents. Taif has no shortage of remnants from the Pre-Islamic era; if one wants to get an idea of its recent past, Beit Kaki would be the perfect place to start. After all, its elegant architecture and design will not only serve as a reminder of history, its outstanding characteristics can also inspire new designs for contemporary construction and art. COORDINATES 21.269582, 40.405666

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Classified Pages Operation Almarai

Spotlife Films founder, producer, and director Samer Arzouni produced Operation Almarai for National Geographic Abu Dhabi. The one-off special documentary gives viewers unique insight into the operations of Almarai, the region’s largest food and beverage manufacturer. It brings to life the company’s logistics and operations throughout 24 hours during the busiest time of the year – Hajj.

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Saudi International Motor Show

International car companies displayed their collections, from state-of-the-art machines to unique, modern vehicles at the annual Saudi International Motor Show, the largest of its kind in the motor industry in Saudi Arabia. Abdul Latif Jameel Motors also launched the new Toyota Camry 2018 at the show, where there was infotainment available for the kids.

Slimmer of the Year

The IONIQ Hybrid

Cambridge Weight Plan in Saudi Arabia celebrated Slimmer of the Year 2017 winner Ali Qabani, a Saudi who won the international weight loss competition after losing 89 kg in only 10 months. The event was held on Jan. 7 at Park Hyatt Jeddah, in the presence of JCCI Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Mazen Battarje.

Total Celebrates 10 Years of Success

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM) unveiled IONIQ, the first sophisticated hybrid electric smart car by Hyundai, at the Saudi International Motor Show in January. The car aims to contribute to a cleaner environment and reduce energy consumption. The new eco-friendly car is Hyundai’s step towards using alternative energy and intelligent driving. 76 DESTINATION RIYADH FEBRUARY 2018

Total celebration ten years of a successful partnership with Zahid Group. The celebration took place at Sofitel Hotel last month and was attended by Total employees. It featured live music and a sand drawing art show.


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Saudi Hankook Racing Team Excels

McDonald’s Happy Meal Box Artists

The Saudi Hankook Racing Team participated in the Dubai 24 Hour Race, held at Dubai Autodrome last month. The event saw the participation of 91 cars and 300 drivers from all around the world. The Saudi Hankook Racing Team chose to participate in the race in GT3 class, one of the strongest and most competitive classes of the race.

McDonald’s announced the winners of the Happy Meal Box Artist Campaign that took place in the western and southern regions during November last year. The campaign aimed to support young artistic talents in Saudi by offering them white Happy Meal Boxes as a tool to express their creativity and ambition. The winners are Hythum Mohsin, Eyad Sokr and Rayan Mohsin.

HR Certification from UBT

Year of Bespoke

The University of Business and Technology (UBT) and its Continuing Education Center (CEC) in Jeddah is now offering international human resource management credentials from HR Certification Institute (HRCI), provider of the world’s most recognized HR credentials for professionals in more than 100 countries. “The highly reputed, credible, and career-oriented certifications from HRCI will be a significant added value to HR professionals, in line with Vision 2030,” said Dr. Amir Dhia, UBT CEC Director.

Lulu Opens New Branch in Dammam

Lulu launched its 143rd branch in Dammam’s Al Nawras neighborhood in January. It is the 12th Lulu Express Freshmarket branch in the Kingdom. The new store has more than 20,000 sq. ft. of shopping area.

The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke department’s collective of designers, engineers, and craftspeople brings the marque’s discerning and influential patrons’ most ambitious and personal visions to reality. In 2017, Rolls-Royce elevated Bespoke to unprecedented new levels, resulting in one of the most significant years for Bespoke in the 114-year history of the brand. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 77


MOSQUES IMAM TURKI BIN ABDULLAH

MOSQUE One of the oldest mosques in the city that is a reminder of Diriyah (old Riyadh). • Diriyah KING KHALID GRAND MOSQUE One of the most

beloved mosques in the city. Umm Al Hamam

CHOCOLINE Flavor and

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

GODIVA Godiva thrills the

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

PATCHI Embrace a culture and PRINCESS LATIFA BINT SULTAN MOSQUE

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

THE AL RAJHI GRAND MOSQUE The largest

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

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

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

AMERICAN 19TH CENTURY BURGER

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

56TH AVENUE DINER

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

JOHNNY ROCKETS

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

SHAKE SHACK Serves the most

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

STEAK HOUSE Steaks grilled

to perfection over open fire to sear in the natural juices. Olaya, Thalatheen st. • Tel: 92000 7733

THE COUNTER Create your own burgers and make them special! Tahliah St. • Tel: +966-11-4643117

BRAZILIAN IL TERRAZZO Overlooking

Al Faisaliah’s gorgeous landscaped plaza, Il Terrazzo’s succulent meats are seasoned and slow-roasted to perfection over an open fire. Al Faisaliya Hotel, Olaya • Tel: +966-11-2732222

CHOCOLATES ANOOSH Anoosh offers a variety

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

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

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

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

FAST FOOD DOMINO’S PIZZA

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

HARDEE’S One of the best fast

food chain restaurants. Salah AlDin AlAyyubi Rd., Ar Rabi, King Fahd Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11479 3682 / 9200 01213

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

MCDONALD’S

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

PANINO’S Hot sandwiches, salads

and gourmet pizza. Ash Shuhada • Tel: +966-11-482 2100

CAFE BATEEL Deluxe

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

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

TMREYA TMREYA blends

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

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

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

TERRACE GRILL Best fine dining restaurant. A Premier restaurant of Riyadh. Marriott Hotel • Tel: +966-11-477 9300 THE ELEMENTS This multi-buffet

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

THE GLOBE Located within the

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

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

PAPA JOHN’S

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

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

PIZZA HUT At Pizza Hut,

TUGRA Emanating from the heart

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

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

SUBWAY Excellent taste,

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

DATES ALWANI DATES Alwani dates

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

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FRENCH ANTHURIUM A french restaurant

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

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

Casual authentic crêperie. Riyadh Gallery • Tel: 966-11-207 8329

ERIC KAYSER Boutique bakery tradition meets global reputation at Maison Kayser, where the craft of exceptional quality is baked fresh every day. Garnada Mall • Tel: 966-054 590 8907 FAUCHON A French cafe serving sandwiches, pastas, salads as well as sweets. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11-465 6665

FRENCH BAKERY Top quality

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

FRENCH CORNER

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

LENÔTRE

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

LE RELAIS DE L’ENTRECÔTE

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

PAUL French Restaurant, Cafe &

Bakery. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-11-416 9125

INTERNATIONAL AL BUSTAN RESTAURANT

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

AL ORJOUAN International

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

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

CRISTAL Offers a buffet that

has something for everyone thanks to its extensive variety of international cuisines and flavors. Open for breakfast and lunch. Al Faisaliya Hotel, Olaya • Tel: +966-11-2732222

FUDDRUCKERS

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


MOSAIC MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT Al Wazarat District

AZZURRO Classic Italian Fare

• Tel: +966-11-477 9300

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

ORJOUAN

FORCHETTA Fine Italian Dining

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LA CUCINA La Cucina is the

GULLUOGLU Turkish restaurant

TRADER VICS Trader Vic’s restaurant is recognized across the globe through exotic cuisines and happily imbibe from a collection of expertly crafted libations. Panorama Mall. • Tel: +966-11-281 4782

ICE CREAM AMORINO Delicious and unique Gelato flavors Al Muhammadiyah • Tel: +966-11-444 3425

BASKIN ROBBINS STORE

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

DACTYLIFERA Chocolate and

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

FRESH BERRY

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

GODIVA

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

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

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY

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

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

PINKBERRY Pinkberry is a non

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

STICK HOUSE

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

ITALIAN

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

PIATTO Generous servings of fresh and authentic Italian dishes. Northern Ring Rd.• Tel: +966-11200 6868

AZURE RESTAURANT

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

KOSEBASI A restaurant chain

that is true to the traditional recipes of south Anatolia. Tahlia St • Tel:+966-11-288 6418

TOP KAPI Blending history and

PIZZA FUSION

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

PIZZA ROMA

ASIANAT A Humble Asian

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

CHINESE

INDIAN PALACE FOOD

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

LA SANI

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

SHEZAN

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

SILVER SPOON INDIAN CUISINE The best

Indian food. • Tel: +966-11-222 2332

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

JAPANESE BENIHANA

Benihana restaurants are traditional Japanese Hibachi steakhouses, featuring the Japanese cooking:”teppanyaki.” Northern ring branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-415 7878

KAMPAI Gourmet journey you

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

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

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

ROMA Authentic Italian

DIAMOND Chinese restaurant.

NOZOMI The best Fine Dining

ROSSO Discover and taste the

GULF ROYAL CHINESE RESTAURANTAuthentic Chinese

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

ROSSOPOMODORO All our

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

MIDDLE EASTERN BURJ AL HAMMAM

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

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

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

HONG RESTAURANT

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

MIRAGE The perfect Asian taste

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

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

FLAMINGO RESTAURANT

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

GRAND LEBANON RESTAURANT Lebanese

THE NOODLE HOUSE

Al Olaya. • Tel: +966-11-461 2277

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

KARAM BEIRUT Mediterranean

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

LUSIN Armenian

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

TAHIL RESTAURANT

AL FORNO CO

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

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

WADEK A Gulf inspired

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

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

YUMMY WOK

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

INDIAN COPPER CHANDNI

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

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

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

DESSERTS & BAKERIES ANOOSH One of the best

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

CALIFORNIA BAKERY CAFE

The best cheesecakes in town. Al Faisaliya. • Tel: +966-11-293 4420

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

HELEN’S BAKERY

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

JAREER SWEETS A reputation for great taste, authenticity and value became a leading chain of pastry shops within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Malaz. • Tel:+966-11-477 3310 DESTINATIONKSA.COM 79


MUNCH BAKERY

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

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

SAADEDDIN PASTRY The best

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

SUGAR SPRINKLES

The cupcake shop. Takhassousi St. • Tel:+966-11-229 0505

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

HARVEY NICHOLS

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

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

TERRA ECLAT Offers a wide

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

CUSTOM THOBES AJLAN & BROS Great fabrics

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

LOMAR Creative and modern

MIX FLOWERS For pretty

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

NARDEEN FLOWERS GARDEN Flower shop.

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

SPRING ROSE A variety of

flowers for every price range. Khurais st. - AL-Rayyan Dist. King Fahd st. - AL-Olaya Dist. King Abdullah st. - Al Warood Dist. Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz st. - Al-Nakheel Dist. • Tel: +966-11-2088369 / +966- 11-2167777 / +966-11-4709029 / +966-11-4702226 • Web: springrose.com.sa

SPRING’S WEDDING

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

STYLE FLOWERS For a stylish

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

TULIP For your celebrations.

Musa Bin Naseer st. - AL-Olaya Dist. Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz st. - AlNakheel Dist. • Tel: +966-11-4645628 / +966-11-472230

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

ABYAT Biggest selection of

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

AYAR FURNITURE Custom

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

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

CLOSET WORLD Costumize

TOBY Classic and modern

CITIES Modern furtnitures.

brought together. Tahlia St • Mob: +966-53621 2007 • Web: tobybyhatem.com

FLORISTS ALWAN FLOWERS

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

GARDENIA For pretty and fancy

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

ILUBA FLOWERS

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

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

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

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

DAR AL HADAYA For

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

HOSHAN FURNITURE

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

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

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

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EXPOSURESA

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

MALAMEH ALFAN STUDIO

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

REEMA STUDIO For portraits.

Tahlia St. • Mob: +966-11-293 1500

SARATOQA PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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

SPECIALIZED CLINICS

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

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

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

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

FITNESS FIRST One of the

CLINICS ABAD SPECIALIZED CLINICS

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

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

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

CONSULTING CLINICS

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

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

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

HALA CLINICS Medical and

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

MUROONA SPINE & JOINT CLINIC Specializing in

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

NOBLE SMILE DENTAL CARE

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

SIGAL DENTAL CLINIC

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

world’s leading health and fitness companies. Riyadh Gallery • Tel: 966-11-217 9674 • Web: fitnessfirstme.com

FITNESS TIME

Provide the best sports and fitness services. King Abdul Aziz Branch Rd. • Tel: 9200 03131 • Web: fitnesstime.com.sa

GOLD’S GYM ELITE

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

KORE STUDIO Boutique health club. Al Khuzama Dist. • Tel: +96611-482 0003 • Web: korestudios.net LUTHAN WELLBEING STUDIO

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

NUYU A stunning chain of fitness

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

SPECTRUM WELLNESS FOR

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

HOSPITALS AL JAFEL INTERNATIONAL

HOTEL Safe and high quality healthcare services. Western Ring Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-430 0387 • Web: jafel-hospital.sa AL JAZEERA HOSPITAL

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

DALLAH HOSPITAL

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


KINGDOM HOSPITAL

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

KING FAISAL SPECIALIST RESEARCH CENTER

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

RIYADH CARE HOSPITAL

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

MATAM BEAUTY SALON

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

MY NAIL SPA

All things nails - beauty and care. Exit 2 • Mob: +966-53582 3333 • Instagram: my_nails_spa

WESAM WORLD FASHION

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

PEST CONTROL HIT PEST CONTROL

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

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

SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL

TRAP PEST CONTROL

OLAYA MEDICAL CENTER

The largest leading heath provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As Sahafah • Tel: +966-11-2685555 • Web: ryd.sghgroup.com.sa

SPECIALIZED MEDICAL CENTER (SMC)

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

SULAIMAN AL HABIB HOSPITAL Complete medical

care. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-462 2224 • Web: hmg.com.sa

SPA & BEAUTY CENTERS BEAUTYOU A warm and

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

DIAMOND BEAUTY CLINIC

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

FOUR SPA Spa treatments, nails,

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

GERMANY BEAUTY CENTER

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

HAIR & SKIN CARE CENTER

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

HOT STONE

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

LUTHAN WELLNESS SANCTUARY

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

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

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

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

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

BURJ RAFAL HOTEL KEMPINSKI Situated in the

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

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

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

HOLIDAY INN OLAYA Offers a

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

HOTEL IBIS RIYADH

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

HOTEL NOVOTEL RIYADH

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

HYATT REGENCY RIYADH OLAYA A contemporary business

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

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

INTERCONTINENTAL RIYADH

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

RIYADH MARRIOTT HOTEL

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

SHERATON RIYADH HOTEL & TOWERS Located in the heart of Riyadh. Al Olaya • Tel: +966-11-4543300 • Web: sheratonriyadh.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON, RIYADH

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

HOTELS AL FAISALIYA HOTEL

SAUDI INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AGENCY

TRAVEL AGENCIES ACE TRAVEL

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

AL KHALAF TOURS

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

AL MAJDOUIE TRAVEL AGENCY A reputable travel

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

AL TAYYAR TRAVEL Book your flights and hotels online. Kharis Branch Rd. • Tel: +966-11-2653926 • Web: altayyargroup.com

ATTAR TRAVEL The first and

oldest travel agency in Saudi Arabia. Al Olaya • Mob: +966-53 2661217 • Web: attartravel.com

COZMO TRAVEL

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

FURSAN TRAVEL

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

INTA A professional tour

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

TOUR OPERATORS HAYA TOUR A licensed tour

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

JAWLAH TOURS First destination management company in Saudi Arabia. Awf Ibn Abdulrahman • Tel: +966-114816508 • Web: jawlahtours.com

MASAWIFE TOUR OPERATOR

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

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

CAR SERVICES AL WEFAQ RENT A CAR

Local car rental across Saudi Arabia. King Fahd St. • Tel: +966-114012949 • Web: alwefaq.com

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

AVIS A stress-free car rental

experience by providing superior services that cater to the customers’ individual needs. King Abdul Aziz St. • Tel: +966-114549614 • Web: avis.com.sa

BEST RENT A CAR Car Rental. Al Ghadeer Dt. • Tel: +966-112245212 • Web: bestrentacar.com.sa BUDGET Provide the flexible leasing program to meet your specific long term car rental needs. Al Murabba • Tel: +966-11-4036664 • Web: budgetsaudi.com CAREEM The Middle East’s leading private car booking service. • Tel: 9200 33786 • Web: careem.com/riyadh EASY TAXI The number one taxi solution for customers. AlMurabba • Tel: +966-11-2719333 • Web: easytaxi.com

HERTZ

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

V-KOOL SAUDI

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

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

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

COMPOUNDS AL BUSTAN VILLAGE

AL NOOR INTERNATIONAL

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

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

AL HAMRA OASIS VILLAGE

AL YASMEAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

One of Riyadh’s premier compounds consisting of 404 residential units: all of which have very tasteful furniture and fittings, meeting high standards. Ash Shuhada. • Tel: +96611-2490440 • Web: alhamra.com.sa

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

AL JAZEERA BADR SUPER DELUXE VILLAS Two floor

DREAM INTERNATIONAL

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

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

AL MOROUJ COMPOUND

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

KINGDOM SCHOOL

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

KING FAISAL SCHOOL

AL NAKHEEL VILLAGE

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

AL RABWA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND An established

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

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

RANCO VILLAGE COMPOUND

AL WAHA RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND Fully facilitated

THE REEF COMPOUND

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

CALIFORNIA RESORT

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

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

KINDERGARTENS AL FURSAN

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

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

ISHBILIA KINDERGARTEN

Multinational School in Riyadh. Al Baraka St. • Tel: +966-11-240 6960 • Web: mns-kgr.com

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

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

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

LITTLE ANGELS A Montessori

ISHBILIA COMPOUND

BLOSSOMS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN A place, which

MAMA ET MOI A vibrant

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

LAPALMA VILLAGE

Luxury residential community in a contemporary western

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

CHILDHOOD STEPS Designed to

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

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

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

MY SCHOOL A Kindergarten

following a Montessori method of education. Al Wady Dt. • Tel: +966-112005565 • Web: myschool.com.sa

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

MANARAT AL RIYADH

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

MULTINATIONAL SCHOOL

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

MY LITTLE SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL

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

RIYADH NAJED SCHOOL

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

ROWAD AL KHALEEJ INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


COUNTRY OF SAUDI ARABIA CITY OF RIYADH

KING OF STATE KING SALMAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD

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

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN AL SAUD

POPULATION: 31,742,308

POPULATION GROWTH: 2.31%

HOLY CITIES:

Makkah and Madinah

TIME ZONE: GMT +3

AREA:

2,149,690 sq km

RIYADH POPULATION:

7.3million. It is the largest city in Saudi Arabia

HEAD OF REGION: Prince Faisal Bin Bandar

LOCATION:

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

INHABITED AREA:

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

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

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

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

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:

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

RADIO STATIONS: STATION

FM CHANNEL TYPE

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

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

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

PHONE CODES:

INFORMATION / MAINTENANCE:

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

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

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

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

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DR issue 60 - February 2018

Saudi Arabia  

DR issue 60 - February 2018

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