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ABDULLAH AL JUMAH: ISSUE 12 DECEMBER 2016
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FROM THE EDITOR
Letâ€™s Welcome the Good Vibes To wrap up this year with all its highs and lows, we bring you the Good Vibes issue. Packed with anything and everything that could make you smile, this issue is the perfect farewell to 2016. First up, we went out and looked for the quiet heroes of this province and found four that really struck a chord: Mona Al Ghamdi, Ali Alhadad, Ali Alherz and the Global Shapers Khobar Hub. All in all, they teach us what makes the world go round: compassion (and books!). Check out our short coverage of Aurora Stage and the East Side Ladies Drama Club for a splash of color and a ton of zest. For an extra dose of extreme fun, skip ahead to our interview with Mishal Al Ghuneim and get in tune with nature and your daredevil side. Not all our articles are meant to inspire, some are simply written to make you hungry! Wake up and smell the specialty coffee - our resident coffee expert fills you in on all the different coffee making techniques and where to find the best. Then, check our round-up of the ultimate soul food, manaeesh.
Editor-in-Chief Enas Hashani Managing Director Maria Mahdaly Executive Editor Bassma Al Toaimi Regional Editorial Manager Anousha Vakani Editor-at-Large Tuba Saricimen Copy Editor Ahmad Dialdin Regional Style & Beauty Editor Norah Al Eisa Contributing Writers Afifa Jabeen Alzahra Aldawood Areeb Al Shathri Arwa Al Mousa Eman Bukhari Fahad Amer Lina Al Faris Lujain Al Heraigi Noura Ismail Rawan Nasser Style & Beauty Editor Ghalia Mahmoudi Art Director Reem Al Assal Studio Manager Mohamed Fawzy Senior Graphic Designer Mohammed Rashad Graphic Designers Abdulaziz Dhabban Lama Alsharqawi Suzan Al Quasmi Photographers Alzahra Aldawood Khairi Bader Muhammad Alhawas Nayyef Al Gosaibi Suliman Azzoun Tuba Saricimen Yasmin Ouf Digital Marketing Executive Hurreia Balouch Social Media Agent Nahla Al Sardi Web Admin/Associate Editor Swalah Eshki Zahra Anwer
Thanks for an amazing 2016, Sharqiya. Until 2017,
Enas Hashani Editor-in-Chief
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Dining Around Town
• Generation SE: Social Entrepreneurs and How to Start From An Early Age
• Dining Scoop - Try Bombai Ryani • Manaeesh Roundup • Coffee Revolution
Special Features • Spreading Good Vibes: Inventor, Shaper, Survivor And Bibliophile
Healthy Living • Mishal Extreme Outdoors • Mental and Emotional Health
Arts & Entertainment
• Dramatic Reveal: Aurora Stage and East Side Ladies Drama Club
• Travel News: - 4 Travel Deals • Cheese of Europe • National Anthem’s History
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Check out two groups changing Sharqiya, one performance at a time.
Style & Beauty
• Sharqiya’s Sparkling Stars: • What’s Your Shopping Footprint?
• Golden Buns • More Than Just Toys •Bahrain’s Art Scene In 2016
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
1. Aim High Brings out the Talented
Aim High organized a fantastic art gallery that exhibited paintings, custom-made furniture, sand paintings, calligraphy, photography and so much more. This was held at Gallery Azman Oct. 25-26.
2. Personal Passion
Artist Naiel Al Mulla did his second art show, Tashakeel 2, showcasing his beautiful paintings and illustrations from Oct. 27 â€“ Nov. 7 at Desert Designs in Khobar.
3. A Medley of Masterpieces A special gallery for designers and artists across all fields, held at the Holiday Inn Corniche Nov. 1-3. It featured jewelry, abayas and clothing, as well as a culinary section to satisfy all tastes. 4
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4. Shaping Their Gifts
The Global Shapers hosted the first dedicated platform for talented students, Gifted Students Program. It was targeted at students aged 11-14 and included inspirational talks by accomplished Saudis in Sharqiya, as well as workshops to help students sharpen their talents and explore their gifts. This took place Oct. 1 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Dammam’s Corniche.
5. Fancy Digs in Dhahran
Aloft Hotels, part of Marriott International Inc., announced the highly-anticipated opening of Aloft Dhahran on Nov. 8. It’s a modern design-centric hotel located across from the Mall of Dhahran. This is Aloft’s second property in the Kingdom, following the success of their Riyadh one.
6. Jubail Celebrates Arab Environment Day
Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu held its annual Arab Environment Day Oct. 13-16, including a program for children to educate them about the importance of taking care of our environment. This was held at the Al Fanateer Cultural Center in Jubail Industrial City.
7. “Laundry Rope” A Fun Improv Theater in Dammam
Recently, Laundry Rope, a creative and interactive play, was performed on the stage of Culture and Arts Association in Dammam by Sceen TV. The improvised theatre show proved inspiring for the audience and explored many social topics.
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LITTLE ISLAND MARKET A special beach market in Marassi Al Barain.
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THE NEST 2016 An annual celebration of public art and design, organized by Al Riwaq Art Space. Location: Block 338, Bahrain
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WINTER FAIR The seventh Winter International Fair for Textiles & Light Industry. Location: Dhahran Expo, Exhibition Rd., Dammam
FOUR SEASONS An open gallery that will feature a variety of clothing and traditional outfits. Location: Prince Saud Bin Naif Park, Turki Business Park, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Dhahran Tel: +966-13-8311699
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SAUDI PRODUCTIVE FAMILIES Various products and food selections all made by Saudi productive families.
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JUBAIL’S NEW PARK Prince Saud Bin Nayef officially opened Al Salam Park on Nov. 10 in Jubail. It sits on a total area of 87,500 square meters (roughly the size of 11 soccer fields), with a 10,000-seat amphitheater and dozens of sitting areas and playgrounds.
McDonald’s Initiates Creative Nurturing Children Becoming Chefs in Khobar! At Orchid Kids, children learn how to cook and bake by getting special cooking classes from experienced and certified teachers. Not only that, the center offers various activities such as reading, writing and games to enrich them overall.
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McDonald’s KSA's latest campaign involves supporting art and artistic creativity in the western and southern region. The campaign invites children of ages 3 - 10 to get creative on a plain happy meal box. Three creative children have the chance to become the official McDonald’s happy meal designers next year!
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The idea behind The Gathering SA all began when Sara, its owner, was looking for someone to take care of her barbecue party but couldnâ€™t find anyone. There was no place in Sharqiya that could fully prepare it. The Gathering is a one-stop shop for all your BBQ needs, including sitting areas, table arrangements and grills. Oh, and, of course, food from kebabs and shish taouk to burgers and marinades. thegathering.sa
East Volunteers at University of Dammam
UoD organized a breast cancer awareness campaign on Oct. 27 and East Volunteers were among the many volunteering groups that support this important cause.
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The Social Entrepreneurs Generation What you teach a 9-year old can change the world. What we input into children will be the output of future economy, social harmony, and a countryâ€™s role on an international level. Some might argue that weâ€™re giving 9-year olds much more importance than they deserve. However, the truth is how a child is raised is directly linked to who they become and how they function as a citizen. A community is made up of citizens; a nation is made of communities, and the world is made of several nations. Hence, what you teach children today can potentially cause the 2047 recession or the solution to climate change.
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So, how can we raise a generation of future social entrepreneurs?
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Social entrepreneurs believe in putting others first, and in sharing all their knowledge, time and energy for a cause. From an early age a child must be taught to share their favorite items with siblings and friends. The concept “ mine” can progress to a lack of selfless spirit. They develop a faulted pride in ownership, in contrast with the joy of seeing others receive. Teach children to share, not when it is within their means, but when it is not convenient.
Giving is the sole concept of a social enterprise. It needs to be deeply rooted within a child’s character. To a social entrepreneur giving is a personal moral code. Unlike how charity is viewed, giving is utilizing yourself and making a very human investment regardless of its returns. Teach your child to always offer help to their siblings and friends. Involve your child in
charity and volunteering, but do not let them think of if it as pitying others, because a social entrepreneur sympathizes and then empowers those in need and provides them with a sustainable solution.
A social entrepreneur does not wait for the government or those with higher official positions to support society. They view themselves as an active role in developing the community. When conversing about social issues with your children, make sure to ask, “What do you think we can do about this?” “How can you be of any help, even if a little bit?” Let them envision their
capabilities of creating social progress and realizing they have a lot worth giving.
Teach a child that they are superheroes, not victims of economy and world politics. Stimulate in them the problem solving skills, innovative thinking and allow them to imagine all kinds of solutions to social issues - the possible and impossible! The Author: Tasamy is a nonprofit organization that focuses on finding sustainable solutions to social problems by encouraging and empowering youth, leaders, private and governmental institutions to achieve social entrepreneurship. Web: tasamy.com
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Name it and it will be done!
Selwan Al Eshaiwi, CEO Farah Al Turkestani, Chief Business Development Officer Noor Al Sharif, CTO
SAM KSA offers a simple concept: personal on-demand butler service. Their target audience are tech-savvy, busy people who need to delegate some of their day-to-day tasks. Their brand name/motto (Sam is an Arabic phrase that means “name it and it’ll be done”) is the perfect solution to the very local problem of having to postpone errands depending on the availability of drivers. The co-founders of SAM KSA are a lively, creative trio. With diverse educational backgrounds in finance, engineering and information technology, they decided to bring together their individual expertise and mutual passions to create something that makes people’s lives easier.
Upon launching, SAM will initially offer delivery of groceries, flowers and chocolates, working closely with selected stores that meet the standards of quality and service that SAM aims for. Users simply log in to the app, enter their location and delivery request and then the app connects them to the closest store and delivery man. There is a set delivery fee for some of the services which may vary depending on the type of order and time it takes to organize and deliver it. It’s easy to see that Al Eshaiwi, Al Turkestani and Al Sharif make an extraordinary team and consider that their greatest strength. “A team is as strong as its weakest member. Finding the right team is the most important step. You need people who will execute and refine an idea together while still thinking differently.”
They are passionate about being the part-time employer of choice too. “We seek to please two fronts: the drivers and the customers. We want to improve operation for both sides.” To people contemplating starting their own businesses, SAM has a short but important message: Make sure it’s
something you enjoy. If it’s not something you love, don’t even bother!
SAM went through a testing period in May and will be launching an improved version for both iOS and Android this month. The service will initially be available in Dhahran, Khobar and Dammam but will expand to other cities. Web: samksa.com samksa samksa_
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Abdullah The Saudi Al Jumah Flashpacker Harvard Law alumnus, best-selling author and world traveler. By Jou Pabalate
Al Jumah has met many friends just by asking â€œCan you take my picture?â€?
Al Jumah first got bitten by the travel bug while he was studying at the Manchester Business School in London. It was during this time that he backpacked across Europe, staying in hostels, living like a local in every destination he visits, and truly embracing
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A 1,200 km Challenge Across India, Joined by Emirati Producer Peyman Al Awadhi
After months of living off his suitcase, Abdullah Al Jumah is back in his hometown, Riyadh. For someone who has traveled to over eight countries the month prior to the interview, he welcomes the familiarity of home and being able to reconnect with his family and friends.
the life of an adventurer. It was a personal journey first and foremost, a drive to discover places, people and inadvertently, himself.
He currently stars on Rahalah, a travel web series where he goes to different cities around the world. In its first season, the series consists of 8 episodes spanning 8 countries and has already gained notable praise and a loyal following.
“At one point I found myself in the middle of the jungle in Brazil, where I lived with a local tribe. Being unplugged and isolated from the rest of the world interestingly made me connect with myself and also opened my eyes to the sense of community each person fosters. You also realize that you’re merely a co-habitant on this planet and that strengthened my respect for all living things and the environment as a whole.”
Al Jumah in Machu Picchu, Peru.
The experiences stuck to him and inspired Al Jumah to write the number one bestseller book in the Kingdom, entitled “Tales of a Saudi in Europe”. In the aftermath of his book’s success, Al Jumah was catapulted to media personality status. Named as one of the most influential Arabs by Arabian Business, he has attracted a huge following on both online and offline
platforms. Perhaps the appeal of Al Jumah’s travel stories is that it provides readers a chance to see the world through the eyes of someone they can relate to. As much as Al Jumah brings insightful import to the region, he is also able to give the people he encounters abroad a better understanding of the culture and genuinely represent what it means to be a Saudi.
“It was a nice opportunity to open up their minds and just reframe what they see on western media. It’s not that I even do it intentionally, it’s just regardless of where I am, I live as I would and be who I am. Sometimes people would ask and I would answer them about my faith, and I take that as an opportunity to let them learn about us, the same way I am learning about them.” In the end, Al Jumah inspires us to seek what lies beyond the horizon, without necessarily forgetting where home is. What this modern day Nomad does is beyond taking us along on his journeys; Al Jumah bridges gaps, in distances and in cultures; and that’s just what everyone needs to feel a little less lost in translation. Hod YahlDar
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Hidden heroes of our community are spreading positivity.
MONA AL GHAMDI By Lujain Al Heraiqi
Mona Al Ghamdi is a Dhahran local and Saudi English teacher that believes as long as you have optimism you can defeat any and all odds that you encounter. All her life she has had an optimistic disposition that enlightens any place sheâ€™s in. After her battle with breast cancer her optimism gave her a brand new set of eyes with an even better outlook on life and its afflictions. 18 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016
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Al Ghamdi has faith that with any issue you might face, “believe that Allah has a good plan for you and soon enough things will run smoothly.”
During her journey through chemotherapy and treatment, her doctors eagerly advised her to speak to cancer patients who were feeling depressed. Al Ghamdi would lift their spirits up by comforting them and emphasizing that “This is NOT the end. This is just a phase that WILL pass. You WILL go back home to your children. This is just an illness and you must believe that there’s good hidden within.”
fact that there was a coffee shop where she could enjoy a halloumi sandwich.
Her continuous support did not stop there. Just a few hours after undergoing an intensive surgery, doctors had her speak to women that had just received a cancer diagnosis and were refusing any sort of treatment out of fear. Al Ghamdi’s enthusiasm to promote positivity and cheerful energy sparkled regardless of the position she was in.
Her journey changed her from being someone who runs away from problems, to someone who faces every obstacle with a positive outlook. Now she’s considering going back to her hospital and giving cancer patients the emotional support they need by visiting them as regularly as possible.
She returned to work about a year and a half later. Armed with a passion to teach and a belief in new beginnings, she was ready to faces all challenges. She had survived. One thing that contributed to Al Ghamdi’s positive outlook and excellent spirits during her stay at the King Fahad Specialist Hospital was their atmosphere. She loved the
Doctors played a big role in her recovery and outlook, as they were very warm and positive, especially when they shared her cancer diagnosis. Mona urges hospitals to keep their patients in positive atmospheres and provide them with all the services and amenities they need.
Al Ghamdi highlights the importance of going back to Allah regardless of the situation in order to maintain positivity. “You wouldn’t get into this issue without a purpose. Always remember that God loves you. You must start believing that you can conquer any sorrow that encounters you. Remember that there will always be good within, no matter how atrocious the exterior is, the interior is definitely good.”
ALI ALHERZ By Lina Al Faris
Ali Alherz has been reading and collecting books for over 40 years. His fondness and passion has led him to amass a huge library in his Qatif home, with more than 30,000 books. Let’s take a quick moment to absorb that fact. Most people are lucky to have a few hundred books in their personal libraries. Book stores themselves might rival Alherz’s amount, but don’t forget they carry multiple copies of books. If you were to read one book a day, it would take you 82 years to get through his entire collection. Some are lucky to read a book a month lately, but then they’d have to spend 2,500 years! Alherz remembers first really getting into reading at age 12, with “The Epic of Antarah Ibn Shaddad,” where he fell in love with the hero’s fearlessness and bravery. This led to looking for more folklore and tales from other cultures, but the fire of his obsession quickly spread out to consuming books about religion, history, politics and, the topic that was dearest to him, philosophy. 20 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016
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In Alherz’s library, you’ll find books encompassing a wide range of genres: novels, literature, literary criticism, anthropology, biographies, essays and many others. To him though, it is more than just a library. It’s a salon that gathers readers who share the same interests. A place where young people, researchers, authors and intellectuals could meet together to discuss and share their ideas and knowledge. He organizes weekly seminars in his salon and has had guests not only Alherz heartily welcomes anyone interested in a nice cup of tea, a good book and a great conversation to pay him a visit.
from throughout Kingdom but from all over the Arab World. Alherz is also a collector of old paper and silver money, postage stamps and old photographs. He even collects history by spending three hours every day reading local newspapers and magazines just to cut out clippings of important events. He currently has archived more than 100,000 newspapers and magazines that are nearly 40 years old. In 2015, he started a small home-museum where he showcases all of these nonbook collections.
His dream is to transform the results of this lifelong pursuit into a public library for later generations. He’s very optimistic and proud of the new generation of Saudi readers and thinkers. He believes in investing toward their fresh ideas which, combined with our rich cultural heritage, could create a whole new level of information revolution for our country. abukifah
ALI AL HADAD By Arwa Al Mousa
Moved by a desire to feed his dual loves of creativity and helping others, Ali Al Hadad invented an electric wheelchair that functions based on eye movements. It is specially designed for people with severe disabilities to help them in their daily life activities such as moving, eating and even browsing the internet. In a nutshell, the user looks at a custom tablet that Al Hadad designed, the tablet records the eye movements and sends signal to the wheelchair to move according to those gestures.
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His invention won him the gold medal at the 2015 International Invention and Innovation Exhibition in Malaysia, as well as fifth place winner in the 2015 National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity in Saudi Arabia. Al Hadad has never been a stranger to inventing and mechanical engineering. “When I was little,” said Al Hadad, “I used to break down
my electronic toys, take out the engines and fix them again.” His inspiration for the wheelchair came about through a series of events. He had read over several occasions how difficult it was for disabled people to live without constant help and support. And then a couple of years ago he saw a girl having so much difficulty pushing her brother’s wheelchair around; he walked
over and helped her out. “After that I started thinking about how I could help her brother live a more comfortable life. How I could help all my brothers in my community.” Always listening, the universe gave Al Hadad an encouraging nudge. Two days later, he got a message from the King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness & Creativity announcing the latest scientific competition. He registered immediately, without even having a specific idea in mind. He sat and brainstormed with his chemistry teacher, Ahmed Al Yamani. They hashed out ideas, issues and concepts until they finally landed on helping people with quadriplegia.
Festival, where he discovered that people were actually on the lookout for him, just wanting to thank him for his invention. “The most touching moment was when a disabled person told me, ‘I’ll be the first to use your invention. I’m waiting for it.’” Inventions aren’t the only things he wants to develop, though. Al Hadad is adamant that the community develop a better system to support young people in their education and creativity, both through courses and by parents at home encouraging their children to
Since this month’s issue has been about good vibes, we asked Al Hadad where he gets his good vibes from. “Happiness comes from giving,” he said. “Giving is the most valuable and noble thing you could ever do and it’s the reason why people remember you forever.” ask and think critically. “These simple questions and ideas will spark their potential and creativity,” said Al Hadad. ali_moh_hd
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After inventing the wheelchair and getting it patented, one of his most cherished memories happened during the Saudi Science and Creativity
How did GSKH contribute to the community?
resources available to them in the country.
GLOBAL SHAPERS KHOBAR HUB By Arwa Al Mousa
Global Shapers Khobar Hub (GSKH) is part of the Global Shapers community, a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is behind the initiative, believing in the abilities of youth to shape their communities and help in developing it further towards a stronger economic reality. We want to make Sharqiya a better, sustainable and more desirable region to live in, for young and old alike. We speak to Shaper Khalid Al Ghimlas who tells us more about the initiative.
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What connects the GSKH shapers together is their passion to serve and help develop the community. One project we’ve worked on is the recent Gifted Students initiative, where we guided talented students and their parents on developing their abilities and understanding the
We’re also proud of our You’re Not Alone initiative, which addressed autism and opened dialogue for people to learn how they could help give a lending hand. Other projects we’ve worked on have covered health, education, empowering entrepreneurs and
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community. Each of our 20 shapers has a different story and dream behind how they decided to join, but for me I have always believed in the role of youth in changing the face of the community.
environment. Each initiative is close to our hearts. We work on solutions, but we also make efforts to inspire leading companies and organizations to adopt the sustainability of these initiatives.
What motivates the global shapers?
Doing good is what motivates every member of our
Being a global shaper will not only allow me to give back to my society in a meaningful way, but also allow me to leverage the skills that I have developed in my past professional endeavors.
How does it feel being a global shaper and being part of reshaping and developing our community?
The best feeling ever is when we complete a project and see
1-Huda Albrahim (Curator) 2-Salma Alheraiqi 3-Saleh Al Shuwaier 4-Jumana Baghabra 5-Omar Al Braik 6-Maryam Al Sokair 7-Nout Al Jewair 8-Basma Al Zamil 9-Nada Al Mohaisen 10-Mishaal Al Rasheed 11-Muneera Bubshait 12-Turki Al Theyeb smiles all around the room, marking a successful finale to the hard work we had gone through. Itâ€™s even better when we know these efforts were acknowledged by those who needed them most. I remember during Gifted Students, the shapers were approached separately by parents to say thank you and commend them on a great job. It fueled us and was the best reward for all those hours spent, the phone calls and negotiations made and the activities it took to make it happen. Web: globalshapers.org/hubs/al-khobar
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Dramatic Reveal Check out two groups changing Sharqiya, one performance at a time. By Eman Bukhari
When you hear the word drama you might think about drama queens. But, letâ€™s talk about the less stressful drama: the ancient Greek practice of putting on performances through roleplay and dialogue, critically reflecting upon issues that matter and present them using imagination, and art. This kind of drama is a powerful tool that explores change and cultural transformation. These two new groups are introducing drama in different forms to Sharqiyaâ€™s community.
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Aurora Stage is a communitycentered venture with the solid mission of providing opportunities in writing, speaking and performing and helping create and contribute to the evolvement of the local arts and culture in Sharqiya. Their programs are based on the belief that the written word is immeasurable, its impact when spoken unimaginable and its presence when performed incredible. Their multi-disciplinary approach in the arts and social sciences provides an opportunity for individuals to enhance their communication, imagination, creativity and confidence. At the same time their programs provide individuals with a looking glass that
encourages them to see their community from a different perspective and understand the value in diversity.
Upcoming program: Winter Festival in January 2017. Web: aurorastageksa.wixsite.com/drama Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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East Side Ladies Drama Club
East Side Ladies Drama Club describe themselves as Sharqiyaâ€™s women drama club with chutzpah. Their mission is to provide a performing arts platform for Sharqiyaâ€™s women where they can explore social and cultural issues that matter to them. They also perform upon request. Web: eastsideladies.wordpress.com Email: email@example.com
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ALBUMS TO LOOK OUT FOR! by Big Hass of Re-Volt
We Got It from Here… A Tribe Called Quest Upcoming sixth and final Album by American hip-hop group. The album will include Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Andre 3000 & Busta Rhymes
24K Magic Bruno Mars 24K Magic is the upcoming third studio album by American, by Atlantic Records. The 24K Magic Tour recently announced its tour destinations.
Hit The Ground - As Per Casper
Lost Somebody A Tribe Called Quest
Do’Do’ - Kolthoum
If Our Bodies Could Talk
Stories of Your Life and Others
by James Hamblin
by Ted Chiang
A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body... Described by the author as an FAQ for your body, this is a great reference to combat the misinformation and marketing “facts” we get bombarded with every day.
A superb selection of snacksized sci-fi short stories. What stands out in his writing is how he takes a simple, small change in reality and subtly unravels how complex and allencompassing those changes impacting the world and characters. The Expanse (Six-Book Series) by James S. A. Corey
The final book in this thrilling space opera comes out this month. Read and then watch the equally entertaining show based on the book series.
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NEW ON DVD
Bridget Jones’s Baby
The Secret Life of Pets
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Film Facts! Assassin’s Creed
When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.
This movie is based on a game with the same name. The actor Michael Fassbender had never played any of the nine games in the series until just before filming commenced.
The story is charming, with unexpectedly deep developments; the art is lush and beautiful; and the gameplay, while it has its faults, is still fun and challenging. Available on PC.
Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter video game. The plot focuses on a infantry soldier named Jack Cooper, who aspires to be a pilot of a Titan, which are large mechas used for war. Available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Dead Rising 4
Frank West is back for more of his patented silly, fun zombie action. If you’re new to the series, just know you’re in for a treat of a time with the best melee combat around as you craft your weapons out of whatever you find around you. Available on Xbox One and PC.
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STYLE & BEAUTY SCOOP TREND REPORT: PAJAMA SETS A welcome change from the demanding cropped tops we've been seeing for countless seasons, the sleepwear trend conveniently follows Athleisure, and we couldn't be happier about it! Make use of your fancy silk pajamas for daytime by adding some dainty jewelry, a watch and an elegant pair of shoes.
DESIGNER OF THE MONTH: SALIM AZZAM
SEPHORA ROUGE MATTE LIPSTICK Sephora has recently come out with a lipstick formula that promises eight hours of continuous hydration and maximum comfort, containing a delicious mix of peach extract, vitamin E oils and shea butter. Comes in a wide variety of colors. 30 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016
Inspired by the cultural heritage of his home country of Lebanon, this young illustrator and designer merges fresh contemporary silhouettes with embroidery. The final outcome is absolutely heartwarming. azzamsalim
On our shopping list... STELLA MCCARTNEY TWO TONE SUNGLASSES farfetch.com
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Sakina Paris's Ready-To-WearCollection Don’t forget to check out Sakina Paris’s readyto-wear collection on Instagram @sakinaparis, featuring pure lines and structured shoulders.
MARINA QURESHI BLUE MIDI ORGANZA AND JAQCUARD DRESS lati-fashion.com
INSTAGRAM PICK OF THE MONTH Jessica Kahawaty
This beauty queen/ charity worker/T V host is a big ball of positive energy and we love her for it. She radiates positivity with every post of hers and brings us into her everyday life, whether she's working out a sweat at the gym or heading off to a Bvlgari event.
M2MALLETIER AMOR/FATI BAG IN SAND AND IVORY COLOR Harvey Nichols Saudi
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LOCALS DO STREETWEAR These t-shirt brands are spreading positivity through their original designs inspired by Arabic culture. By Norah Al Eisa and Abdullah Al Saidi
T-shirt, Ain Clothing Pants, Vince Sneakers, Vans Strapback Baseball Hat, Stussy
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"I want to reintroduce the aesthetics of our language and culture to the youngsters. Streetwear has been a significant outlet for the younger generation to express themselves, so Iâ€™d like to see them represent the Arabic language and culture without feeling outdated." - Abdullah Al Saidi, Ain Clothing
CRYPTIC CALLIGRAPHY "We believe that Vehemence has more to bring to the table than what's already there. Clothing is a blank canvas for our creativity and we want to share that with the world." - Mohammed Alrubaish, Vehemence
T-shirt, Vehemence Sneakers, Vans Baseball Cap, White Blank
ABADI ALJOHAR "While in college I'd noticed that people wore t-shirts without unique phrases or designs, so I started drawing on t-shirts and, when it succeeded, I started my own clothing line." - Wala'a Fadel, Gemini T-shirts
Sweatshirt, Gemini T-shirts Sneakers, Nike SB By Stefan Janoski
MODEL: OMAR ASHOUR
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The season of sparkle, dark shades and everything oh-so-glam! Saint Laurent SR 1,005
Rosantica SR 2,464
Christian Louboutin SR 3,438
Dolce and Gabbana SR 19,043
Johanna Ortiz SR 2,989
Saint Laurent SR 7,892
Balmain SR 5,057
Sonia Rykiel SR 3,438
Peter Pilotto SR 9,318
Johanna Ortiz SR 3,419 Aquazzura SR 2,313
Burberry SR 2,488
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Daizy Shely SR 1,769
N21 SR 1,962
Persol SR 1,064
Dries Van Noten SR 2,239
Alexander McQueen SR 655.45
Les Hommes SR 1,415
Opening Ceremony SR 1,454
Saint Laurent SR 7,117
Jil Sander SR 1,475
Jimmy Choo SR 2,289
Alexander McQueen SR 2,539
Alexander McQueen SR 1,535
Jean Shop SR 552
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SHARQIYA'S SPARKLING STARS Local jewelry design has never been shinier. By Afifa Jabeen Quraishi
Earlier this year, Desert Designs hosted a launch event of jewelry lines by two enterprising young women: Tas Jewels by Abeer Suria and Hemari Jewels by Rahzia Hemani.
Hemani, who had previously launched her exclusive line of Tasbih (prayer beads) at Desert Designs, has been specializing in custom designer jewelry for a decade now. “My hobby and passion was always designing and wearing jewelry,” said Hemani. “Ten years ago I designed a few engagement rings for my friends and that's how the business started.” She designs custom, modern and ethnic jewelry, including rings, necklaces, earrings, prayer beads, solitaire fine jewelry and high-end watches. Hemani is a natural-born Canadian raised in Texas, USA. She moved to Ras Tanura three years ago. 36 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016
“My brother runs our diamond design office in Houston while I run the Saudi business,” she said. The jewels are made with good quality diamonds and 18kt gold and the prices can range between SR 850 and SR 15,000 (and higher). She wants her clients to feel indulgent and beautiful when they wear her jewelry. “I want them to feel like they have made the right decision and definitely a good investment.” Mob: +966-506817136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Diamonds Are Her Best Friends
ABEER SURIA It’s All About the Arm Candy
Suria launched her designer jewelry business three years ago after moving from London to Saudi Arabia. “It all began when I brought home a few unique pieces of jewelry from my travels,” said Suria. “I showed some friends and suddenly I had my very first customer. With each new and piece and a lot of client feedback led to designing my own collection.” Her latest collection is focused on stacking bracelets in gorgeous pastels and jewel tones that you can wear to dress up any outfit. “It’s all about the arm candy this season.” Suria’s biggest inspiration comes from traveling the world and meeting people. “On a recent trip to Hong Kong I met a Brazilian couple who could help source uncut natural stones directly from Brazilian mines! I also met a lovely mother and daughter duo from Bangkok who knew all about the gem cutting and faceting industry in Thailand. Networking and building relationships are integral to my business’s success.” Tas Jewels are made in sterling silver with 18kt gold, rose gold or rhodium-plating and the gemstones are sourced from all over the world. Available for purchase at Desert Designs. Email: email@example.com
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SHOPPING FOOTPRINT Support the brands that support the world. By Manal Al Dabbagh
Many designers and clothing companies are looking for ways to have a positive impact on the world with their products. Whatever your conviction in how to make the world a better place, you can choose to have a positive impact by what you choose to buy.
Daniel Goleman, in his book “Ecological Intelligence,” has three simple rules:
Environment Sustainability and Fair Trade NUMA COLLECTION (UAE)
FASHION COMPASSION (UAE)
Every statement piece at Numa is handcrafted by a team of artisans. When you hear Numa, you automatically know that your unique piece was made with respect for people, animals and the planet.
Fashion Compassion recently launched in Dubai’s Bambah Boutique. Their sustainability stamps include vegan fashion an artisanal revising craft. The online boutique sources fashionable clothing and accessories worldwide.
KNOW YOUR IMPACT, FAVOR IMPROVEMENT AND SHARE WHAT YOU LEARN. Goleman’s book aims to show how understanding the negative effects of the choices we make when shopping, can prompt something positive. It simply requires an incentive for change.
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Web: bambah.com / fashioncompassion. co.uk
BRAIN TREE THOUGHTFUL CLOTHING (UK)
My personal favorite, prAna is a pioneer in fair trade practices and also focuses on using environmental materials. They carry athletic and everyday apparel for women and men.
Brain Tree uses different materials that are environmentally sourced, such as organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. They also have a strict employment code of conduct and animal welfare policy.
INDIGENOUS CLOTHING (USA)
THE ROOT COLLECTIVE (USA)
The Root Collective partners with small-scale artisan businesses in Guatemala to handcraft beautiful ballet flats. On their website, you can meet Otto who makes the shoes and Anna who makes the textile.
Sseko Designs is an ethical footwear brand that has a direct impact on the lives of women in Uganda by helping them work to earn money for their college education. They offer leather shoes and accessories.
ETHICAL MULTI-BRAND ONLINE FASHION STORES
Indigenous Clothing supports artisans from around the world. Every piece of apparel has a QR code that can trace the item back to the artisan who made it and provides social impact data through The Fair Trace Toolâ„˘. Web: indigenous.com
honestby.com notjustpretty.com accompanyus.com shopgoodcloth.com
Stelo Shoulder Bag SR 1275.15
Pyrrha Mother Bear Necklace SR 832.60
Peacock Feather Kimono Dress SR 431.30
Organic Cotton And Blue Harris Tweed Sneakers SR 2530.76
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DINING SCOOP PRICE: R SR 250 PE N O S R E P
New in town Dip N Dip
Where Luxury and Great Food Combine Kempinski Alothman offers an amazing Friday brunch at Al Diwan restaurant. We loved everything about it from the welcoming and friendly staff to the luxurious, relaxing ambience and the delicious food. The international brunch included many options for salads, appetizers, multiple main dishes from different cuisines and a complete sweet section where
a chef is at the ready to specially prepare a customized order for you. Choose from a variety of toppings for your waffles, pancakes or crepes (or one of each). This brunch is a must try if youâ€™re looking for a place where good food and luxury combine. Web: kempinski.com/alkhobar Tel: +966-13-8294444
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Dip N Dip will soon be opening a new branch right in front of Amwaj Mall. More places to get their delicious crepes! COFFEE NEWS!
Cold Brew by Huda Proven crowd pleaser for its smooth naturally sweet taste. You can find it in the following locations. Station Rolled Ice Cream Location: Corner of Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd. and Prince Bandar St., Khobar Le Chantilly Location: Next to Al Nahdi Pharmacy, King Abdullah St., Jubail
Head to Bombai Ryani for a variety to your Indian food cravings.
Roz W Zyada
It is now open for more rice options than you’ve ever had before!
It’s winter and that can only mean one thing: warm up with as much tea and coffee as you can get: check out Dilmah.
Come have the absolute best French toast in town. Set aside the narrow parking and the highway; just step inside and have your senses transport you to Paris. With a diverse menu and excellent service, this will be your dining heaven day or night. The burger is, how do you say, magnifique!
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Mama Joy's Cafe & Bakery
You've Got to try
Shaden’s Cookies Delicious cookies made and packaged with love! It comes in a classic glass cookie jar and is the perfect gift to give someone, or works just as well as a delicious snack to serve to your guests with coffee. _shaden_
Location:Mall Afterofthe Sahel Gas Location: Dhahran, Prince Station, of the Two Faisal BinCustodian Fahd Rd., Dhahran Holymado_ksa1 Mosques Rd., Khobar
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Crème de la Crème Our favorite restaurants that opened up this year.
O BURGER The burger craze will never die down as long as people keep coming up with the most interesting concepts. O Burger serves the juiciest burgers in town, and they’re organic. Location: Prince Humud St., Khobar
THE CUTS Doner kebab has never been done better! This restaurant in Dammam has become an instant favorite. Location: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Rd., Dammam
Big Chefs was a highly anticipated opening. Their contemporary Turkish, Mediterranean and international fusion menu is vast and overwhelmingly great. Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
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We all need to indulge every now and then and Snack House is your one-stop for everything indulgent. From Dynamite Chicken to cheesy fries and burgers, Snack House is comfort food heaven! Location: Abdullah ibn Al Abbas St., Doha, Dhahran
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BEIT MISK This list would have been woefully incomplete without mentioning Beit Misk, who gave meaning to the phrase “tradition with a modern twist.” Their Lebanese fusion menu is a collection of creative and wonderfully-done dishes. Location: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Rd., Dammam
AJ’S PANCAKES A unanimous favorite, AJ’s has so much to offer with an entire menu made up of hearty, comfort food. Naturally,the crown jewel is their pancake menu which features everything from chocolate goodness to pistachio paradise. Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Doha, Dhahran
MADO This Turkish delight is finally in Sharqiya. We love everything on their menu. Location: Gate 10, Dhahran Mall, Doha, Dhahran
AL ENNABI We’ve been fans right from the beginning. Everything is absolutely flawless, from juicy grills and delicious flatbreads to some of the best hummus you’ll ever have. They currently only have a singles section but deliver orders over SR 100. Location: Prince Mansour St. & 19th St., Khobar DESTINATIONKSA.COM
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MANAEESH MADNESS We picked the very best manaeesh in town for you to indulge in. By Noura Ismail
Add some olives for a tangy twist!
Noria Pastry Their version with the diced tomatoes and olive slices on top makes this a top notch and delicious snack to munch on. I dare you to just have one. Locations: Fatema Al Zahra St., Dammam Tel: +996-13-8056102
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Manoosha Alreef One of the better known manaeesh bakery stores in Sharqiya, their cheese ones are a particularly melty and yummy highlight. Web: manooshaalreef.com
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Flatbreads baked in brick-ovens and topped with herbs or cheeses or meats; what more could you want out of a quick and tasty takeaway breakfast?
Almumtaz Bakery & Restaurant They bake the best zaatar (thyme) version, with high quality thyme and sensational taste. Location: Ibn Batuta St., Dhahran Tel: +966-13-891770
DS Tip: Have some labna with the thyme manaeesh.
You can't imagine how much better it tastes with tomatoes.
Al Shallal Bakery We recommend the meat manaeesh (Muhammara). Locations: 10th St., Khobar; 30th St., Thuqbah, Khobar
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CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL The chocoholics guide to everything chocolate in Sharqiya. By Tuba Saricimen
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Every bite is heaven.
Strawberries alone taste great, but you know what makes them taste better? Chocolate!
Double Chocolate Cookies Chocolate Strawberries
DS PICKS: ANOOSH Locations: Firas Ibn Al Nudur St., Khobar; Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar; Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Rd., Dammam
Chocolate Fudge Cake Anything fudge-related wins hands down in our book. DS PICKS: FRENCH BAKERY Location: King Faisal Rd., Khobar
Keep warm with a large cup of piping, hot chocolate. DS PICKS: KUNEFECI BY MADO Location: Mall of Dhahran
DS PICKS: GODIVA Locations: Al Ashriah St., Dammam; Gosaibi Village, Prince Turki St., Khobar
Chocolate Croissants Layers of crispy pastry with an addictively dark chocolate center; now this is the real breakfast of champions. DS PICKS: PAUL BAKERY AND RESTAURANT Locations: Dhahran Mall, King Saud Rd., Doha, Dhahran; Prince Turki St., Khobar
Chocolate Fondue Dip your favorites into a tub of warm melted chocolate.
DS PICKS: DIPNDIP
The best of both worlds. This is what sweet dreams are made of.
Locations: Al Ashriah St., Dammam; Dhahran Mall; Al Rashed Mall, Khobar; Al Ahsa Mall, King Abdulla Rd., Hofuf; Al Rashid Town Square, King Saud St., Al Ahsa
DS PICKS: PIZZARIFIC Location: Khalid Bin Waleed St., Rakah, Khobar
Double Dark Chocolate Gelato Lose yourself and indulge in a tub of double dark chocolate madness. Sold at Danube. DS PICKS: TALENTI GELATO
Double Chocolate Muffins One of our favorites: warm chocolate muffins with delicious smooth chocolate chunks to push your chocoholic taste buds to the limits. DS PICKS: COSTA COFFEE
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S P E C I A LT Y COFFEE REVOLUTION Instant coffee need not apply!
What makes specialty coffee so special? Everything! How the beans are farmed and roasted, the specific measurements, the precise grinding of the beans and the sensitivity towards how long each step takes elevates specialty coffee from your day to day variety. Let’s introduce you to some of the best places locally to get into the specialty coffee scene. 50 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016
COFFEE LIBRARY BREWING TOOL USED: V60 While similar in concept to the Chemex, the V60 looks less fancy in design and has a few differences, what with its raised ridges for the filter and the larger opening at the bottom. The Chemex is good when serving a group, but the V60 is perfect when you just
need one or two cups of coffee. Coffee Library is a great café in Dammam that shows off this type of brewing method. They don’t roast their own beans yet, but the atmosphere and the sensory experience can’t be beat. Try it and let us know what you think! Location: 8583 Othman ibn Affan St., Dammam Mob: +966-590773720
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BREWING TOOL USED: CHEMEX
BREWING TOOL USED: AEROPRESS
BREWING TOOL USED: SIPHON
Chemex pour-over style, at its core, involves pouring hot water over coffee grounds. But the key is in the attention to detail with each and every step. The thick paper filters, how you slowly but precisely add the water, the whole experience magically gives your coffee a smooth and clear texture, light on body but high on flavor.
AeroPress is a very simple method that’s easy to carry around, use and clean, convenient for camping or picnics. It depends on heat and pressure to make a great cup coffee, steeping for barely a minute before pushing a plunger to force the coffee through a filter.
This method looks flat out like a chemical experiment. In very simple terms, heating the bottom chamber builds up steam pressure which forces the water to rise into the upper chamber. Here it’s mixed with the coffee grounds, steeped and then, thanks to gravity and a drop in pressure, goes down through a filter.
We enjoyed this experience at Coffee Coast. They roast their own coffee in-house, imported from different spots around the world.
Location: Al Sinaiyah, Qatif Web: coffee-coast.com
Specialty Bean sell all kinds of coffee equipment and support local farmers by roasting their beans at their store. The aroma wafting out of this café will draw you in; the first sip of their coffee will keep you there forever. Location: Prince Bandar St. & 21st St., Khobar Web: specialtybean.com
Green Seeds cafe were one of the first specialty coffee shops in the Kingdom. They roast their own beans and serve a wide variety of internationallysourced flavors.
Location: 7846 Khaleej Rd., Qatif Web: greenseedscoffee.com
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LIVING ON THE
Warning: Reading our Mishal Al Ghuneim interview will make you want to get extreme!
Iâ€™m the general manager at Septa Holding LL but Mishal Extreme Outdoors (MEO) is definitely my passion. I grew up seeking thrills and activities that made me value the blessing that is health and fueled my desire to explore what nature has to offer. I enjoy seeking new ways to play with and experience the outdoors, which I hope to be doing for the rest of my life, helping others find their passions along the way.
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Can you tell us a little about yourself? What do you do and how did you get into sports?
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Why did you form Mishal Extreme Outdoors?
What kind of services do you offer?
I always wanted to take my passions and hobbies to the next level and be able to share them with others. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that it’s extremely important to stick to what you enjoy and even try to earn a living doing what you love. That’s what MEO is.
I currently offer my services as an instructor/coach and guide for a number of activities in the air, water and over land. I particularly enjoy teaching beginners to explore these sports and activities. I make everything available to them in terms of equipment and I do offer my equipment to rent for those who complete my courses and are confident to practice on their own.
- Fixed-Wing Aircraft Pilot since 2002 holding UAE PPL, EASA PPL, FAA CPL, IR, SEP & MEP, Acrobatic, High Performance, Complex ratings, Tail-Dragger, Glass Cockpit Rating - Paramotor Pilot since January 2006 - Paragliding Pilot since July 2009
- Scuba Diving since
1997, with Padi Rescue Diver Certification - Waterskiing and Wakeboarding since 1995 - Kitesurfing since 2004
LAND - Off-road desert driving since 1995
- Off-road dirt bikes, endure, motocross since 1992 - On-road motorcycle since 1999 - Skiing since 1993 Snowboarding since 1996 Camping since 1995 DESTINATIONKSA.COM
The best way to stay safe is to approach activities with respect, understand the risks and use knowledge. â€” Mishal Al Ghuneim
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Can you gives us some examples of what people can learn? Air • Aircraft flying • Paragliding • Paramotor Water • Kitesurfing • Wakeboarding • Wakesurfing • Wakeskating Land • Dirt biking/Motocross • Offroading • Camping Your personal favorite sport? Paragliding.
with the right equipment and a responsible attitude towards safety is essential.
What kind of people should contact MEO? Do you have women in your group? Anyone who is curious to explore these action-packed activities and sports or is just willing to explore being outdoors and do something different. Women are definitely welcome to join in on the sports and activities, but we will need to customize and keep in mind the cultural norms and challenges. MEO maintains itself as a friendly and safe experience for all.
Any safety tips?
What's the best way to contact you?
The best way to stay safe is to approach these activities with respect, understand the risks and use every bit of knowledge and experience to hedge those risks. Professional instruction
Mob: +966-505803529 Web: mishalextremeoutdoors.com mishalextremeoutdoors
Ideally by email, text or Whatsapp. If none of those work, then a phone call.
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INTROVERT VS EXTROVERT
Understanding your personality type can help you stay healthy and happy. By Rawan Nasser
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experiences. Introverts, on the other hand, are not as fond of surprises and even though they can be very social and outgoing, they still need alone time to recharge and recover.
Scientists arenâ€™t entirely sure whether these traits and preferences are caused by our genetic makeup or influenced by the environment we are exposed to.
INTROVERSION IS NOT A DISEASE Historically, introverts have received the shorter end of the stick, with research suggesting that they are more likely to fall victim to a host of mental illnesses because of their careful, risk-averse nature. Meanwhile, extroverts enjoy a healthier lifestyle because of their penchant for engaging with people and adaptability to change. So, can acting like an extrovert solve the problem? Most definitely not, says Susan Cain in her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Cain argues that most institutions are built around the needs of extroverts who crave high levels of engagement, which creates an overwhelming experience for introverts who feel pressured to conform. In her TED talk on the subject, Cain encourages everyone to embrace who they are and play to their strengths.
What It Means for Your Health
Whatever You Are, Wear It Proudly
A team of health psychologists from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Nottingham found that extroverts might be better equipped at fighting off infections due to an increased expression of pro-inflammatory genes that raise their bodies’ immune response – possibly because their social nature allows for exposure to more germs.
None of us are 100 percent introvert or extrovert. We all fall somewhere in between these two extreme ends of the spectrum and that’s what makes each of us unique.
While introverts’ lower levels of inflammation indicate a weaker immune system in the study, other areas of their immune defense may be stronger, says Daniel Davis, an immunologist at the University of Manchester. As for extroverts, sustained inflammation may make them more susceptible to diabetes, atherosclerosis and even cancer. Exploring this further could deepen our understanding of how personality types influence susceptibility to illnesses.
Whether you spend your Friday evening curled up with a good book or setting the night ablaze with your crew, just remember to stay in tune with the needs of your body and your mind.
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Are You Emotionally Well? How many of you think about enhancing your emotional and mental health? By Reem Zahid
What is it?
Mental or emotional wellbeing alludes to your general mental prosperity. It incorporates the way you feel about yourself, the nature of your connections with others, your capacity to oversee sentiments and manage challenges/difficulties, and how much satisfaction and happiness you get from life. Mental and emotional issues regularly emerge when your sensory system has been traded off by the overpowering measures of anxiety, without knowing how to manage it. 58 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016
Is it normal?
Anybody can experience the ill effects of mental or emotional health issues, and the vast majority of us will. This year alone, around one in seven of us will suffer from a diagnosable mental issue such as gloominess, bipolar issues or moodiness. Regardless of how many people are affected by these problems, most make no effort to enhance their circumstances. We disregard the emotional messages that let us know something isn't right, and take a stab at toughing it out by distracting ourselves or self-medicating. We bottle things up with the expectation that it will heal itself. We donâ€™t realize that these issues have an adverse reaction on our daily lives, and the lives of the people around us. It impacts how we treat the world around us, which in turn impacts how we feel about ourselves.
Know how to handle it.
Being emotionally and mentally healthy doesn't mean failing to go through awful times or encountering passionate issues. Great emotional well-being doesnâ€™t mean lack of sadness or tension, it could be the acquisition of positive qualities such as the ability to adapt to life's difficulties, handle stress, build solid connections and recover from mishaps.
Just as physically healthy individuals are less susceptible to disease or harm, mentally and emotionally healthy individuals are better equipped to handle difficulties and anxiety. They are in control of their conduct and feelings. They are engaged, adaptable and imaginative in terrible times and in great. They can deal with life's difficulties, construct solid connections, and recoup from misfortunes. Enhancing your mental and emotional health boosts your state of mind, builds flexibility and adds to your general happiness regarding life.
Self-love is needed more than anything, and, sadly, itâ€™s the most neglected. Fixing yourself from the inside out is the only way to achieve true happiness. Learn to be solid, to be tough, tougher than life and its downs. Teach yourself how to love yourself and know your own worth first. Be flexible with whatever you face and know everything has an end, and every problem has a solution. Learn that your situation won't get any better by being angry, anxious or dramatic, and that these emotions can destroy you emotionally and mentally.
Life is a challenge that is won by owning it and owning yourself.
Disclaimer: These are general tips on how to maintain your holistic wellness and balance, and should not be taken as professional medical advice. For expert advice, we recommend consulting with a certified physician or therapist. DESTINATIONKSA.COM
T R AV E L T R E N D S
TRAVEL NEWS The Worldâ€™s Longest Nonstop Air Journey Dubai-based Emirates airlines launched the worldâ€™s longest nonstop flight, estimated at 17 hours and 35 minutes, with its brand new service from its home base to
Panama City. Kicking off Feb. 1, the daily flight will travel a distance of 13,800 km and is capable of transporting up to 15 tons of cargo in addition to passengers.
ALBANIAN AMBASSADOR CALLS ON SAUDI TOURISM In a recent interview with Sami Shiba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Albania to Saudi Arabia, called upon Saudi travelers for tourism in Albania issuing visa-free travel for all Saudi citizens.
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Turkish Flight Fare A new agreement between Pegasus and Flynas airlines allows Pegasus guests to fly to Riyadh and Jeddah via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, while
Flynas guests traveling from Riyadh and Jeddah now have the option to fly to Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Hatay and Trabzon via Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen.
ARE YOU READY FOR TAKE OFF? SaudiGulf Airlines began its commercial operations on Oct. 29, introducing daily flights between Dammam and Riyadh, followed soon after with a new daily leg between Dammam and Jeddah as of Nov. 10. They expanded their number of flights later in the month to better serve their increasing customers.
“I thank the leadership of the Kingdom for their continued support, wisdom and guidance,” said Tariq Bin Abdelhadi Al Qahtani, Chairman of the Board of SaudiGulf Airlines. “I also thank the Minister of Transport for his support to national companies in fulfilling their part in the development of air transport in
the Kingdom, and specifically for his diligent interest in the progress of the licensing of SaudiGulf Airlines.” They plan on adding flights between Jeddah and Riyadh during the first quarter of 2017, as well as their first international flight between Dammam and Dubai.
SaudiGulf Airlines, with its home base in Dammam, is set to take off as the latest national carrier of KSA. Web: saudigulfairlines.com Tel: 920022022
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#CheeseOfEurope: CHEESE AND SWEATER WEATHER Camembert de Normandie, Livarot, Comté… Ooh La La! By Sumaiyya Naseem
DAY 1 Isigny-Sainte-Marie The dairy is located in Normandy, which was once considered one of the largest wetlands in Europe. The dairy farm is known for its butter, cream and cheese, all produced using the rich milk that comes from white and brown Normandy cows. The dairy produces two PDO approved cheeses; the Normandy Camembert and the Pont L’Eveque, the oldest Norman cheese still in production.
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The PDO is the highest grade of cheese certification in the EU.
The Famous Normandy Cow
Graindorge The Graindorge cheese plant is located in the Pays d’Auge countryside, in the heart of Normandy. At the dairy we learned the secrets behind producing PDO cheeses like Livarot and Camembert. The Graindorge is a family run business that has expanded over three generations of cheese makers. Using high quality raw milk, the dairy specializes in four PDO cheeses: Livarot, Pont L’Eveque, Camembert de Normandie and the Neufchatel.
Graindorge Cheese Plant
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The only cheese I ever knew was Almarai spread and the mozzarella on my pizza. The Cheese of Europe trip introduced me to a world of cheese with no limits. Our cheesy expedition was organized by Sopexa Middle East and sponsored by the European Union and CNEIL, the French Dairy Board.
DAY 2 Fromagerie Gaury We made our way to the Dijon Region where we visited the Fromageri Gaury. Raymond and Odette Gaury started the company in late 1940â€™s. In the â€˜50s Raymond Gaury developed a soft cheese using washed rind, inspired by farmers who produced the famous Epoisses and Langres cheeses. Upon its discovery, the cheese gained popularity and is still produced today by Fromagerie Gaury. They are one of the few that still produce raw milk Epoisses.
DAY 3 Fromagarie Janin We journeyed deeper into Burgandy, into the Jura region with the Vosges mountain range in the periphery. Janin is another family run business that has been running for five generations of cheese makers who are passionate about Jura cheeses. They specialize in the PDO Morbier. In order to enahnce the taste, they add salt water to the
Janin Cheese Cave
wood that holds the cheeses. Typically, the cheese stays in the cellar for 60 days.
The Janin Family
Fort des Rousses Our next stop was the Fort des Rousses, a cave-like structure that was built in 1841. It was previously used as a military fort near the Swiss border, and once housed 3000 men and 2500 horses. In the late 90’s, the impressive structure was converted into a cheese cellar for Arnaud dairy. The majestic stone arches give a natural “vault effect”, a condition that favors ideal cellar atmosphere for maturing cheese. Large machines are used to regularly flip the cheese on its shelf. The cheese available at Fort des Rousses are the PDO cheeses Comté, Mont d’Or and Morbier.
DAY 4 Caves Mons
Jean-Charles Arnaud, Manager of the Fort
Cheese making at Mons.
Old cheese making tools.
Mons employee washing the cheese with salt water.
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On the last day of the cheese tour we visited the Caves Mons, a cheese business started by Hubert Mons and his wife whose passion for cheese led them to turn it into a full-fledged enterprise. Mons cheeses are essentially made using raw milk with farmstead or traditional method. The cheeses are matured with a balanced alchemy between three decisive natural elements: water, air and temperature. The Mons cheeses include PDO Comte, PDO Mont d’Or and PDO Morbier.
Living Life on the Wedge Cheesemonger Francois Robin answers all your ‘cheesy’ questions.
What is a cheesemonger? A cheesemonger is a cheese specialist who can help customers find the perfect cheese for their taste.
How should cheese be stored at home? Store it in original wrapping, preferably with vegetables, but no direct contact. You can use food paper or plastic film but not aluminum foil.
Is it okay to eat the cheese rind? The only “rind” you cannot eat is the wax rind of Goudas and aluminum foils for blue cheeses. For all the French cheeses, especially PDO's, try a little bit of the rind and combine it with the middle part if you like the taste.
What affects the quality of the cheese?
The quality of a cheese is connected with the quality of
Francois Robin at the Mons Cheese tasting.
the milk, or rather the quality of food the animals are eating.
What’s the best cheese for Saudi Arabia and the Middle East?
The Brillat-Savarin (a double-cream cheese with an incredible texture and delicate milk taste), a Comté cheese aged around 18 months (buttery texture and crunchy crystals, easy to eat), and a semi-dry goat cheese such as Chabichou du Poitou, Picodon or Sainte-Maure de Touraine.
Robin with the #CheeseOf Europe tour.
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The World Renowned
Luxury that celebrates the family. By Mehvish Irshad
The JA Resorts and Hotels pride itself on providing family friendly holidays with activities and facilities that cater to both adults and children of all ages. There is a CoolZone for children ages 3-12, the Chill Zone for children ages 8-16, along with a babysitting service, a dedicated pool service and daily activities that allow plenty of downtime for the parents while the little ones enjoy themselves.
A picture of idyllic Maldivian luxury, the JA Manafaru Hotel located in Haa Alif homes 84 luxury beach villas, beach suites and over water villas that have private pools and spacious accommodation for the entire family. Making its mark on the world travel and tourism industry, JA Manafaru has received acclaim at the World Travel Awards 2016 by winning the title of the Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite and the Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite for its Royal Island Suite while the Enchanted Island Resort in Seychelles, also managed by JA Manafaru also won the award for Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2016 for its Owner’s Signature Villa. It has also carved a niche for
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Food lovers can dine in any of the seven lavish restaurants that also cater to the taste buds of children by offering a special menu that will suit the palettes of all children. They currently offer a Kids Go Free option where children can stay for free as long as they are accompanied by parents. The offer is valid until April 30, 2017. itself with its children friendly activities and entertainments which won it recognition as the Top Hotel/Resort for Families at the 2015 Travel Agents Choice Awards.
The acclaim and appreciation that JA Manafaru has received through awards is a testament to the heartfelt hospitality they offer their guests. Web: jaresortshotels.com
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YOUR NEXT STAYCATION Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa offers pristine and luxurious setting for all. Located in Durrat Arriyadh, which translates to the Pearl of Riyadh, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa is raising the bar on hospitality in Kingdom. Sprawled across a whopping area of 28 acres, the resort has 152 spacious guestrooms and luxury suites and 10 private villas at your disposal.
With the upcoming men’s spa, women’s spa, hair salons, kids club and tennis court there is no shortage of activities for the whole family. The resort offers several indoor and outdoor swimming pools including a large infinity-edge-pool. If your family likes its privacy, be sure to book one of the resort villas or poor chalets and enjoy your own private pool 68 DESTINATION SHARQIYA DECEMBER 2016 ADVERTORIAL
with its own lounge areas. You may choose to ride bikes, walk around the resort, feed the fish or enjoy watching ducks and flamingos at the lagoon. Boasting restaurants, cafés and a cigar lounge, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa satisfies every taste. Their flagship restaurant, Desert Palm, offers guests the chance to experience the best of international and traditional
cuisine. Voyage, their islandthemed restaurant, will be available as a unique venue for your child's next special group function. For the health conscience of you, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa hasnâ€™t forgotten about you. Sit back at the Oasis cafe's terrace and enjoy the poolside view.Or, head over to Ibn Khaldoun, the lobby cafĂŠ, for some tea and home made pastries and enjoy the array of art pieces provided by Naila Art Gallery. Who knows, you might even take one home. But the true crown jewel of the resort is its relaxing landscape. Their lush greenery and eco friendly ponds and water features will entice even the most homebody guest to savor
the scene. Plus, they also have the bragging rights that come with having the first miniature golf course in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They say that Riyadh got its name by being
an oasis in the middle of the desert, and much like the city that encompasses it, so is Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa. Location: Durrat Al Riyadh Tel: +966-11-4118800
The Desert Palm restaurant offers and International buffet and menu that would appeal to the foodie in you.
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service, with tailored properties to suit your individual needs. Awardwinning properties are more than serviced apartments â€“ they are a home away from home. Whether you are staying for a week or a year, the heartfelt service and homespun conveniences ensure that you always have a place to call home, wherever you may be in the world.
ASCOTT LIFESTYLE To truly live the Ascott way, it is recommended that you step out of the residence and dive into the world of Ascott Lifestyle where we provide you with a fascinating, invigorating and exhilarating experience. From culture to gastronomy, community living to wellness activities, you can choose from the wide range of curated experiences that will leave you wanting more.
From pastry tasting sessions to traditional yoga classes, recreational outings and many more, experience community living designed by residents, for residents.
Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh Offering a luxurious living environment with hotel rooms and apartment style accommodation, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh is perfect for travellers who desire the services and the elegant surroundings of a hotel and the extra space, security and comfort of an apartment.
Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh offers a selection of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments catering to both short and long staying guests. Each apartment is opulently furnished in rich neutral tones, with a fully equipped open plan kitchen; perfect for entertaining guests. Separate
living, dining and bedroom areas for ultimate privacy and convenience as well as giving a sense of space needed for living in the bustling city of Riyadh. The lifestyle facilities give you a diverse mix from the day spa, gymnasium and pool, of which offer separate female and male facilities. Drop the children off at the kid’s club and relax in the guest lounge or browse through the boutiques. The property also offers a wide range of restaurants from the lobby café to upmarket restaurants.If business is your focus, the meeting rooms and business center is available to help perform at your peak.
Guests can relax and unwind with an array of entertainment options. Along with amenities to entertain you and help you relax, you can also enjoy fresh brews from their coffee machine.
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BAY LA SUN HOTEL & MARINA award-winning getaway The perfect destination for business and leisure. Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina is managed by Saudi Arabia’s award-winning Al Khozama Management Company. It is the first deluxe hotel to welcome guests at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina was recognized as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Business and Leisure Hotel at the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards Ceremony in Dubai. The win was followed by yet another prestigious award; the Best MICE Hotel during the Haute Grandeur Awards’ Ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina enjoys success as one of the country’s leading destination hotels for both corporate and leisure guests. Dr. Nagy Arafat, the general manager of the hotel, commented on the occasion, “It’s an honor to receive such wonderful awards, especially that we were competing with some of the most established hotels in the Kingdom and the world. We’re truly thankful to everyone who contributed to our success, including our esteemed guests and our distinguished partners Emaar the Economic City, Al Khozama Management Company, and the Economic Cities Authority.”
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This double achievement is indeed an exceptional end -of-year reward for the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina management and staff, but surely not the first of its kind for the prestigious establishment. World Travel Awards recognized the hotel as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Destination Hotel 2014 and Saudi Arabia’s New Leading Hotel 2015. The hotel’s unique location in KAEC, the largest privately developed city in the world, contributes to its staggering success. Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina offers 189 deluxe
guest rooms and six executive suites. These are designed and furnished in a functional yet contemporary style with arabesque details, unobstructed panoramic sea views, and a luxury range of amenities.
Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina has earned its place on the local, regional and international hospitality map as a preferred “work, rest and play” destination.
Guests are welcome to enjoy dining and entertainment options like the Veranda Terrace, Seasons Restaurant, Corojo Cigar Lounge and Le Café Lounge are also available. Business community aside, the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina has also become a relaxing getaway for leisure travelers
and the premier destination for families and social events, north of Jeddah. A great variety of outdoor and indoor facilities await young and old whether on the marina promenade or at the neighboring Juman Park, where guests can enjoy green spaces, cycling and walking trails, a swimming pool, a mini golf zone and various other adventurous activities. Location: King Abdullah Economic City, Juman St. Tel: +966-12-5106400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: baylasunhotel.com baylasunhotel
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HIYA HASA! Must-see places in one of the Kingdom’s most ancient regions. By Lina Al Faris
Al Ahsa is known for having the largest oasis in the Kingdom, producing the sweetest dates and growing beautiful palm trees. Al Ahsa has a rich cultural heritage and history and the locals there are very friendly and known for their kindness and hospitality. For anyone feeling adventurous and looking to explore the city’s heritage, here are the best places to visit.
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Located in Al Kout District and a hop, skip and jump away from Souq Al Qaisariah, this palace used to be the presidential residence and a station for Ottoman soldiers. The castle includes a huge courtyard and a museum with a large collection of old paintings and photographs. Further inside the castle, you can see the old Qubba Mosque which was built in 1571. On the other side of the courtyard, there’s a Turkish bath, a prison and a stable. Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: King Faisal Rd.
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QARA MOUNTAIN The perfect place for a weekend activity with the family! Not only is the mountain beautiful to look at, but you can take a guided tour inside the caves and have a fun spelunking adventure. After exploring the caves, have a relaxing coffee break at the cafĂŠ, or buy some gifts from the gift shop.I highly recommend going up the hill, where I promise you will experience one of the most spectacular views in the Kingdom! You get to see all of Al Ahsa spread out below you. Visiting Hours: Recommended at daytime. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 75
QAISARIAH SOUQ This is one of the oldest markets in the city and can be found in Al Kout Dist. It was built during the Ottoman period, but in 2001 a fire destroyed the whole area. The municipality, recognizing the cultural importance of the souq, rebuilt it.It still attracts many tourists and local visitors every day. You can spend your time wandering around and buying from the little shops, or you could just enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the souq and have a nice chat with the locals.The shops are filled with beautiful things like herbs, spices, tea, Arabic coffee and even a gold market. Just remember to haggle. Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 –10 p.m. Location: King Abdulaziz Rd.
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King Abdullah Environmental Park:
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Perfect for an afternoon picnic or a night walk. Check out their summer festivals!
Sommar offers a variety of cuisines. Expect tasty dishes with a fun space.
Location: King Abdullah Rd. & Prince Muteb Rd.
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THE STORY BEHIND THE SAUDI ARABIAN
NATIONAL ANTHEM Where did it come from? By Mohammed Mirza
The roots of the Saudi national anthem can be traced back to the year 1947, when King Abdulaziz was on a visit to Egypt. Next, the Egyptian composer Abdul Rahman Al Khateeb was approached to create a national anthem for Saudi Arabia and the tune of Aash Al Malek (Long Live the King) was born.
Fahd, poet Ibrahim Al Khafaji wrote the lyrics in 1984, which is the one that is still in use today. In current vernacular trend, the Saudi national anthem is referred to as Saar’ey, based on its incipit which literally means ‘hasten’.
It was officially adopted as the national anthem in 1950 but carried no lyrics at that time.
Hasten, To glory and supremacy. Glorify the Creator of the heavens
The music in the anthem carried a typical Arabian fanfare style, similar to the national anthems of other Arab states. The brass instrument version that we hear today is a later change made by Saudi musician Seraj Omar. Lyrics were added in 1958 that were written by Mohammed Talat, but these were rarely heard. Then at the order of King
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And raise the green flag, Carrying the written light reflecting guidance. Repeat: Allahu Akbar O my country, My country, Live as the glory of Muslims. Long live the King, For the flag And the homeland.
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BUNS We have some fun fun with Bun Bun Bistro’s chef and owner, Faisal Al Dulaijan. By @saudifooodie
What is your favorite food to eat? Steaks and burgers.
Why did you choose to become a chef?
I like to create and do new things every day. Cooking is my outlet for doing that.
What do you do when a new recipe doesn’t turn out good?
Why did you decide to pursue a career in the restaurant business? I wanted to finally deliver something that I considered valuable and that I enjoyed doing.
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I look at recipes as equations. They each have the right elements to make them a success, so I just keep trying different variables until I get it solved.
What were the three most important things to get your business up and running? What advice can you give to those who would like to open a restaurant of their own someday?
You have to spend enough time studying your idea, your market and your approach. Do a lot of research and maybe even find the right person that has already opened restaurants and can offer lessons learned. Focus on your business and spend as much time as you can on it because you are the only one that will make a difference and make your dream come true.
How is the restaurant market right now?
The market always has the
space for the right business or idea, but it’s not easy so make sure to be strong before entering.
What are you working on right now?
Enhancing the look and concept of my brand while also increasing my customer case.
What is one mistake you’ve made and what did you learn from it?
I didn’t put enough of a budget for marketing. Marketing is one of the most important aspects of the operation, especially in the beginning of the business.
1. Be with my team as much as I can and develop a comprehensive set of standards and procedures. 2. Solve problems as soon as possible and never delay things. 3. Build a smooth and reliable system so that if any obstacles or hiccups occur, work can continue smoothly without stopping. Location: North Riffa bunbunbahrain
More than Just Toys From concept to distribution, the story behind Mush. By Tuba Saricimen
The story of Mush starts in Quby Creative Consultants, Al Yaquby’s branding agency.
After seeing the success from branding other products, one of my objectives was to develop a product line of my own, — Banan Al Yaquby
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On a visit to Sri Lanka, Al Yaquby saw some soft cotton toys that captured her attention. She asked around and was told that women in the villages made them. “They were working with a lot of organic cotton and it was nice to see that it wasn’t massproduced,” said Al Yaquby. “They were just women doing it from home.” Al Yaquby was inspired and thought that, if they were branded in better way it could result in a successful toy line.
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When I saw the colorful, creative and soft cotton toys created by Mush, I was immediately intrigued and decided to sit down with founder Banan Al Yaquby and find out about the birth of this creative and fun toy line.
Banan Al Yaquby
Al Yaquby and her team developed the concept of creating toys that helped children with roleplay and using their imagination. They wanted the toys to inspire kids to do more than just play but get them to think deeper. The beauty of Mush toys is that they are made of organic pure cotton and non-toxic dyes and are machine-washable. Mush is a certified fair trade company, ensuring they help to achieve and promote improved and sustainable trading conditions. The company Al Yaquby works with in Sri Lanka is a nonprofit organization training and developing women in distress. In addition, the owner
of the factory has established a school in the same village that supports underprivileged children. As Mush, they have sponsored two children in the school to give back to the community. So, a lot of the funds that are going to this factory are going back to the village itself. Currently, Mush is an online business taking orders through Instagram and over the phone. They also participate in fairs all around Bahrain. The aim is to launch their website in 2017 and begin distribution of Mush toys through physical toy stores. Tel: +973-37781868 Email: email@example.com shopmush
It’s Been an Artsy Year A look-back into Bahrain’s art scene in 2016. By Tuba Saricimen
FEBRUARY Requiem by Annie Kurkdjian
Annie’s latest paintings display her characters in a calm state while encompassed within an element of darkness and grief.
Gallery InTouch Exhibit Opening Event
Suakin by Mohammad Omar Khalil
Artist Ghassan Muhsen’s paintings show a fusion of three basic elements: Floral, architectural motifs and traditional calligraphy.
Artist Mohammad Omar Khalil pays tribute to his memory of Suakin, an ancient port city in northeastern Sudan.
Abdulrahim Sharif 101
In an effort to understand and display the subject of immortality in art, Abdulrahim Sharif combines three important elements of creation: behavior, pulse and entity.
Giselle - A Photographic Exhibition by Rasha Yousif
Photographer Rasha Yousif displays her stunning images of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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Waheeda Malullah: Little Voice
Artist Waheeda Malullah showcases her artwork within the mediums of multimedia, photography and also video.
Nowhere – Basher Alhroub
Basher Alhroub’s work portrays refugee children lost in the whiteness of nowhere.
A group exhibition by the semi-finalists of the artBahrain/ THE NEST Annual Art Prize 2015 that reflects their vision of a Bahraini identity facing many transitions.
Other Homelands Resmi Al Kafaji portrays a universality of art eliminating all national boundaries.
APRIL Ahmed Annan Solo Exhibition
Artist Ahmed Annan’s work aims to prove that what we hide is beautiful and what we show is ugly.
MAY "Views" Art Exhibition
Al Aali Art Festival 2016
A collective art exhibition showcasing artwork of more than 50 local and international artists.
Artists across the island showcased their talent in various artistic disciplines.
In this exhibition, Ebrahim BuSaad explores the basic themes of infidelity and betrayal.
Art Exhibition (The Notebooks of Vincent Van Gogh)
A group exhibition featuring artwork by Qassim Haddad, photography by Tufool Haddad and music provided by Mohamed Haddad.
Parallelism About the Things That Do Not Meet
Vanishing Bahrain and Other Images
A group of young artists present their vision regarding parallel philosophy utilizing new conceptual artworks.
A photography exhibition showcasing stunning images of Bahrain’s historical sites, documented by photographer John Grummit.
Mustafa Halawachi Solo Exhibition
SEPTEMBER Abstraction in Mind
Mustafa Halawachi displayed a combination of calligraphy, contemporary artwork, installation art and furniture design.
Presenting Amal Deyhle’s stunning art knife-executed oil paintings.
Jehan Saleh Solo Exhibition
Memoirs of Damascus
Photographer Latifa Al Shakar portrays forgotten images of beautiful Damascus.
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Jehan Saleh presented her work consisting of mixed media on canvas paintings.
Farah Monfaradi’s ‘Fragile’ is contemporary Arab pop art constructed from precious materials, exploring how and where our society attributes varied values.
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Divage Cosmetics Arrives in KSA
Bugshan Trading Co. launched Divage Cosmetics in Jeddah and Riyadh. Divage’s CEO Ali Bughsan, Bugshan general manager Mohammad Safadi and other VIPs attended the event.
Patrol NISMO TOUS presents the fifth installment of the now famous Tender Stories. The new Tender Story No.5 is a short, sweet tale that shows destiny as the driving force in bringing people together.
Nissan Unveils the New Global Ambassadors
The Patrol Nismo features an exhilarating performance of 428 HP, Takumi Engine and tuned suspension using Bilstein shock absorbers for improved handling and ride comfort.
Ferrari California T: Luxury, Elegance and Performance Combined
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The new Blue Coral edition follows this year’s color trends. Inspired by nature, the color shimmers as if it is illuminated from the inside of the phone’s glass surface.
The eau de parfum is inspired by the spontaneous energy and downtown style of New York City. It is a fragrance full of contrasts, spirited and sparkling, yet sensual and feminine.
Rocco Forte Hotels Open The Assila Hotel In Jeddah
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Scope for Limitless Possibilities
Prominently placed at the center of Jeddah’s most fashionable business and shopping district in Tahlia, Assila Hotel is the ideal destination for business visitors and leisure guests.
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AMERICAN APPLEBEE’S Prince Turki St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8936780
BUFFALO BEST WINGS Buffalo Best Wings offers a variety of delicious flavors and dips. Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8977070
BURRITO LOCO DS
Recommends: Chicken Rice Bowl with a side of nachos and salsa. Khobar • Mob: +966-542012320
BUN & PATTY Taste the original burgers. Prince Turkey St., Khobar • Mob: +966-542012320
BURGER NOOK AlRashed
Mall,AlRakkah,AlHada, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad St., AlRayyan • Mob: +966-547688801
BURGERFUEL DS Recommends: MONSTER BURGER! . Fouad Center, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8986936
AlRashed Mall,AlRakkah,AlHada, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad St. AlRayyan • Al Rashid Mall • Mob: +966-547688801
CHILI’S Chili’s offers great dishes in a fun atmosphere. Prince Turki St., Al Mawarid Food Court Corniche, Khobar Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-138937242 / +966-13-8937243 TGI FRIDAY’S Prince Turki St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8892191
FRIDAY’S In Here, It’s Always
Friday. Prince Turki St., Khobar Al Ashriah St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8892191/ +966-138892406
Recommends: Tumbleweed Burger • Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8960334
JOHNNY ROCKETS DS
Recommends: Smokehouse Burger Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8965500
BRAZILIAN BRASA DE BRAZIL For meat
coma. You’ll even get duck and quail here! Corniche Rd., Khobar Al Janubiyah • Tel: +966-13-8814884
BATEEL Al Rashid Mall, Khobar
COFFEE LIBRARY A coffee shop
• Tel: +966-13-8652702
BOSTANI CHOCOLATE & GIFTS Bostani has the highest
quality of local, reigonal and global products. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Mob: +966-535454749 / +966-555042320
CHOCOLINE Taste and
refinement meet to create an outstanding range of luxury chocolates. AIbn Khaldoon St., Bansaria Center PEPSI St,28 • Tel: +966-13-8464303 / +966-138823427
COSTA Mall of Dhahran, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8684071 PAPPAROTI Try their milk tea!. Mall of Dhahran
PASTEL CAFÉ Go back in time and enjoy your cup of coffee in an elegant chateaux. Pepsi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8994004 SECOND CUP Second Cup Cafes are dedicated to providing Canada’s best lattes, gourmet coffee and teas. Amwaj Mall • Tel: +966-13-8407730
GODIVA Four words: Strawberries
STARBUCKS COFFEE Starbucks
Dammamm • Tel: +966-13-966-138422213 dipped in chocolate. Gosaibi Village • Tel: +966-13-8815757
JUHAINA CHOCOLATE Prince Faisal bin Fahd Road, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-867 8388
PATCHI Find exceptional
chocolate at Patchi. Prince Sultan Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8477743serving Certified Angus Beef Burgers, always Chilled and NEVER Frozen. Al-Turki Center, Prince Turki St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8817400 / +966-13-8817500
RAMEZ CHOCOLATE THE
High quality chocolate in Khobar and Bahrain. They cater for all sorts of events. • 22nd St., Khobar •Mob: +966-542022233
HOUSE CHOCOLATE SHOP
THE CHOCOLATE SHOP
Salman bin Abdulaziz Rd., Khobar • Mob: +966-542012320
with many kinds of coffee to relax with. Ar Rayyan, Dammam • Mob: +966-590773720
THE BURGER STOP DS
WAYBACK BURGERS King
CAFE LIWAN Cafe Liwan is a
ANOOSH COOKIE TIME! . Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8469803
The Chocolate Shop is your local boutique for exotic and luxury chocolates. Zaid Ibn Alkhattab St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Mob: +966-555831387
Recommends: Try the Cheese Explosion • Al Turki Center • Tel: +966-13-8817400 / +966-138817500
CACAO SAMPAKA Coffee & Chocolate. King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8494040 Saudi coffee shop chain that has a very unique concept. Al Othiam Mall, Dammam • Tel: +966-138815590
destination for steak lovers. Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8938885
STEAKHOUSE The ultimate
BABA KARAK 28th St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8409080
Zaid Ibn Alkhattab St., Al Olaya, Khobar • Mob: + 966-555831387
COFFEE & TEA SHOPS ACOUSTIC TEA LOUNGE & ART GALLERY DS Recommends: Rose Latte. Prince Faysal Ibn Fahd St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8822760
Saudi prides itself on being committed to social responsibility. Prince Sultan Rd., Dana South, Dhahran • Mob: +966-13-8915328
PAPA JOHN’S Papa John’s Pizza
runs the third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world. Go for the Ranch Pizza!, Amwaj Mall • Tel: +966-13-8912323
PIZZA INN King Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: 920001601
PIZZA HUT Stuffed crust all the way! Othman Ibn Affan St, Dammam • Tel: 920000910 / +966-13-8411641
FRENCH FRENCH BAKERY
We offer exceptional quality and aim at satisfying our customer. King Faisal Rd., Khobar •Tel: +966-13-8493934
MADELEINE FRENCH BAKERY
& BRASSERIE Try their Nutella French Toast! King Fahd Rd., Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8492211
delivers the true essence of coffee. Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8891195
PAUL’S Try the Salade Fermiere. Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-138688183
ZAFFRON LOUNGE GRelax in an authentic atmosphere with the most delicious dishes and drinks. Prince Saad St., (7th St.), Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8464648
ROSETTE Enjoy a luxurious night out and dine in luxury at Rosette. Corniche Rd., Al Khobar • Tel:+96613-8975854
FAST FOOD DOMINO’S PIZZA An American
restaurant chain and international franchise pizza delivery. Rakkah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8588914
HARDEE’S Fast-food chain
serving chicken, big burgers & delicious fries. Prince Turki St. and 19th St., Al Khobar • Tel: 920001213
HUNGRY BUNNY Hungry Bunny serves comfort food like burgers and wraps. Pepsi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8098227 KFC Don’t miss out on the tastiest
and freshest fried chicken at KFC. Corniche, Khobar • Mob: +966-545029249
KONO PIZZA Kono Pizza
makes portable pizza to be eaten anywhere and anytime. Prince Faisal St., (Prince Homoud St.), Khobar
KUDU Sandwiches and more. • Tel: 92000 6999 MAESTRO PIZZA DS Recommends: Deluxe and Pepperoni Pizza • King Khalid Rd., Khobar
THE CRÊPE CAFÉ The Crêpe Café is a unique and authentic “Crêperie.” Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8686317
INTERNATIONAL AL WAHA DoubleTree Hotel, Khobar • Tel: +966 966-13-3311144
CIRCLE CAFE Try the Mexican Salad!. Al Khobar • Mob: +966539477711 • Tel: +966-13-8977711 PATTIS FRANCE Pattis France
is a wonderful café and breakfast spot. KAl Turki Business Park • Tel: +966-13-8827138
THE BLUE RESTAURANT Faisal Al Saud St., • Tel: +966-13-8984999
ICE CREAM FRESH BERRY Exclusive frozen
yogurts and a variety of toppings are at Fresh Berry. Awal St., Al Mazru’iyyah, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8611675
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HAAGEN-DAZS There’s nothing
not to love at Haagen Dazs but we especially love the Affogato. Al Rashid Mall (Level G), Khobar
LINDO All the fruit mochi ice cream flavors. Khobar • Mob: +966-561002011
SHAKES Ferrero Rocher Shake!. Al Rashid Mall • Mob: +966-548151501
ITALIAN LA CARAVELLA
La Caravella is an Italian restaurant that provides an unmet dining experience. Al Rawabi, Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8475770
LA GONDOLA Step into La
Gondola and let the food, service and music whisk you back to Italy. Prince Musaed St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8940913
MANGIAMO RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA Mangiamo Restaurant
offers a variety of mouthwatering Italian dishes. King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8494050 / +966-13-8494060
OLIO Come and enjoy
delicious Italian food in relaxing surroundings. Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8986623 / +966-138914886
OLIVETO Oliveto is known for
being an authentic Italian taverna. Prince Saad St. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8988228
PIATTO Don’t leave without trying the gelato!. Fouad Center, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8944842 PIZZARIFIC Our simple, yet
extraordinary pizza will leave you satisfied. Aqrabiyah, Khobar Rakah, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8871515 / +966-13-8141515
ROLANDO’S PIZZERIA Try
the chicken chili pizza. 22nd St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8961213
THE PIZZA COMPANY One of the most popular pizza joints in Dhahran. Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8684543 VICOLI LOUNGE Luxury Italian
and French Lounge. Prince Humud St., Khobar • Mob: +966-564255558
MIDDLE EASTERN 3A KEIFAK Al Rashid Mall • Tel: 966-13-8890077
ABU NAWAS RESTAURANT
For the best Ruz Bukhari in town. Prince Majed St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8952225
Try the Beit Misk Salad and grills! Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8324400
CAFE CHIC SOFITEL
South Cornishe Rd ., - Sofitel • Tel: +966-13-8817000
FAIROUZ GARDEN RESTAURANT Fairouz Garden
exhumes the taste of the Middle East with great outdoor seating. King Fahd St., Corniche Khobar • Tel: 920004102
FAYROUZ Fayrouz serves an
all-day buffet with an option for a sumptuois à-la-carte menu. Sheraton Hotel, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8345555
MALTOOT CAFE A mix between the traditional and the modern funky style. King Turki St., la plaza
MANOOSHA ALREE Manoosha Alreef offers great food, great ambience and great prices. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8813111
serves authentic chinese cuisine. King Khaled St., Dammam • Mob: +966-550680111
ROYAL GULF CHINESE RESTAURANT Royal Gulf
serves you tasty meals within a wonderful ambience. Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8949855
TOKYO RESTAURANT HIGASHI Corniche, Khobar 31952
• Tel: +966-13-8814966
INDIAN BIKKI try all the authentic flavors of Pakistani and Indian cuisines. Prince Sultan St., Khobar Al Shamalia, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8995993
COPPER CHANDNI Prince Faisal St., • Tel:+966-13-8877868
MAHARAJA Maharaja by Vineet serves traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary touch. Mövenpick Hotel Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8984999
PAKISTANI BUNDOO KHAN You’ve got
SHRINPY For the shawarma
to try: Chicken Shish Boti with paratha!. Prince Fawaz St., Khobar Prince Saad, Khobar • Tel: +966-138932545 / +966-13-8673443
MAXIM Prince faisal bin fahad Rd.,
GHAZI Try their mutton chops! Prince Fawaz Street, Khobar • Tel: 966-13-8962266
addict!. Corniche St., Khobar • Tel: +966-543646786 /+966-138988887 (pepsi road) • Tel: +966-13-8824742
CAFE CHIC SOFITEL
South Cornishe Rd., Sofitel • Tel: +966-13-8817000
ASIAN ASAHI The Pan-Asian cuisine with Sushi, Sashimi, Tempuras and more along with a breathtaking view of Dammam. 1st St., Al Mazru’iyyah,- Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8345555 AL BANOOSH RESTAURANT Prince Abdulaziz St., • Tel: +966-138948955
FUSHI Prince Turki St.,
• Tel: +966-13-8989595
BAMBOO KITCHEN Bamboo
Kitchen serves a great array of Asian dishes. Mall of Dhahran Gate 10 • Tel: +966-13-8910190
NOODLEZ Try the Singaporean
Noodles!. Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-3304303 -920006722
ABU HILAL RESTAURANTS If
you’re craving mas’oob. 20th St., Thuqbah (20’th St.), Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8974363
RED DRAGON Red Dragon
ORIENT Savor the true Asian
cuisine. Prince Turkey St., Southern Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8992525
MUGHAL Mughal is a premium dining restaurant deriving its inspiration from art, history and culture. Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8982570
SHEHZADA Try the Karhais and the hot chilly crusted prawns. Prince Sultan St., Khobar Al Shamalia, Khobar - Next to Bikki
DESSERTS & BAKERIES A CUP OF CAKE This bakery is
specialized in cupcakes and cookie treats. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8955110
CAKE HOUSE Bakery. Doha • Tel: +966-13-8610195
CAKE W KARAK You don’t want to miss this Karak Tea!. Othaim Mall, Dammam
DIP N DIP The brownie crepe is every chocoholics dream come true! . Al Rashid Mall , Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8482999 JAR BAKERY Try their oreo pancakes for breakfast. Al Olaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8810255
LAMLICIOUS Al Rashid Mall, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8681962 • Mob: +966-535266966 LIWAN CAFÉ Café Liwan is a
well balanced blend of the Middle Eastern and Western concept. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Green Belt, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8871475
MY LITTLE CAKE SHOP
DS Recommends: Ferrero Rocher Cupcake!. Amwaj Mall, Gate 4 • Mob: +966-538491942
PINK BOX Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: 920025925 VANILLA PATISSERIE 7th St., Khobar Al Shumaliya • Tel: +966-13-8692888
SEAFOOD AL SANBOK SEAFOOD RESTAURANT An internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant with a view of the Corniche. Prince Musaed St., Dughaither Leisure Island, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8944227
AL YACHT RESTAURANT
Seafood Restaurant. Khobar, King Faisal Rd., • Tel: +966-13-8821882
RED LOBSTER Red Lobster is one of the most famous sea food places in the world. Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8896983 SOUL KITCHEN Soul Kitchen serves the best sea food out there. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-3314441
SURF ‘N’ TURF Enjoy a wide
variety of meals. Sea food is a must-try. King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8494001
BOUTIQUES 6 BLOCKS Chique formal wear
for women including dresses, skirts and kimonos. Al Gosaibi Village Khobar • Tel: +966 -3-881566
BRANDS FOR LESS
Ulaya - Firas ibn Al Nudur • Tel: +966-13-8827466 • Web: brandsforless.org
BVLGARI Luxury watches and jewelery. Prince Turki St - Al Bandariya • Tel: +966-13-8981533 • Web: bulgari.com/en-qa HALAYEL BOUTIQUE
Accommodate their needs by searching for the latest and most creative designs in boutique-wear. Rashid Mall, Khobar • Mob: +966-558003022 • Web: halayel-boutique.com
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A fashion retail house that carries an extensive range of international high-end and luxury brands. Prince Turkey St., Corniche, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8815665 • Web: mimosa.com.sa
7th Street Khobar• Tel: +966-138655413 • Web: rocheboutique.com
RUBAIYAT Features the world’s premiere brands. Prince Turki St - Khobar • Web: rubaiyat.com TABZ BOUTIQUE 8th Cross
- Prince Mansour St., • Mob: +966557148324 • Web: facebook.com/ tabzboutique
CUSTOM THOBES BALLAN Ballan garments, women clothing and accessories. King Fahd bin AbdulAziz St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8822762 LOMAR Menswear such as thobes, shirts and Ihrams. Khobar • Tel: 920000554 • Web: lomar.sa
FURNITURE ASHLEY HOMESTORES
Operated stores that are passionate about being the best and most affordable. Khobar • Tel: 920002540 •Web: ashleyfurniturehomestore.com
BO CONCEPT Make customised and coordinated design furniture and accessories affordable to the urban-minded customer. Prince Turki St., • Tel: +966-13-8814788 • Web: boconcept.com CITYW Home furniture, home accessories and rugs. Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8477066 • Web: almutlaqonline.com CLOSET WORLD Focus
on customers’ needs, lifestyle and budget to create the organizing solutions they need. Dammam • Tel: 920001595 • Web: closetworld.com.sa
IKEA To offer a wide range of
well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices. Dhahran • Tel: 920004532 • Web: ikea.com
Products and services include home & office furniture retail, design-and-build solutions and interior design consultation. King Abdullah Rd., • Tel: +966-13-8950128 • Web: midasfurniture.com
PHOTOGRAPHERS BAYAN AL SADIQ Interested in Commercial, Travel and Children’s photography. Based in Khobar. • Mob: +966-532445501 • Web: bayanalsadiq.com
MONA REEMA Specialises in
GYM & HEALTH CENTERS AL GOSAIBI BODY BUILDING SELF DEFENCE GYM Cross of Gulf Cooperative St & Prince Khaled St., • Tel: +966-13-8576026
AL MOAIBED FITNESS CENTER state-of-the-art
KING FAHAD SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
To provide compassionate quality healthcare, integrated with education and research. Al Muraikabat - Ammar bin Thabit • Tel: +966-13-8431111 • Web: kfsh. med.sa/KFSH_Website/Default.aspx
event photography such as henna parties, engagements, milka and baby showers. Dammam-Khobar • Mob: +966-543356917 • Web: monareema.com
equipment for a complete workout and/or for relaxation. Al Qasim Al Khawarizmi St ., Al Rakkah • Tel: + 966-13-8575443 • Web: carltonalmoaibedhotel.com/ nutrition
MATERNITY AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
AREKA FITNESS CLUB
MOHAMMED AL DOSSARY HOSPITAL Committed to provide
Specializing in wedding photos. Rashid Mall, Khobar • Mob: +966558003022 • Web: hythemdaham. com
CLINICS AL JAZIRA CLINIC A medical
facility that uses state-of-the-art technologies with a prompt & organized level of patient services. Khobar • Tel: +96613-8982022 • Web: aljazirah.com.sa
ARRAZI CLINIC A group of eminent visionaries aiming to provide world-class, specialized and superior multi-specialty health care at affordable costs. Jeddah St., Al Arifi, Jubail • Tel: +966-133627373 • Web: arraziclinics.com CUREMED TABSH MEDICAL CENTERS Pediatric Orthopaedic, Spinal Deformity, Arthroplasty & Lower Limb Recon. 6898 Prince Turki St., Khobar • Tel: 920002873 • Web: curemed.net
ELITE SPECIALIST CLINICS
An address of responsibility by a group of best skilled physicians, and surgeons who are experts in their specializations. Prince Turki St., Khobar• Tel: +96613-8940004 •Web: elite-clinics.net
KHOBAR COOPERATIVE CLINIC Al Aqrabiyah - 3498 22nd
St., • Tel: +966-13-8640423 • Web: facebook.com/KCCClinic
MED ART CLINICS One of the most respected plastic surgery clinics. Dhahran Tower, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8650040 • Web: medartclinics.com RAM DENTAL & ORTHODONTIC CLINI
A clinic taking over the responsibility of presenting the best medical services. Khobar / Dammam / Jubail / Qatif • Tel: +96613-8648181 • Web: ramclinics.com
General Care Hospital Dammam 31413 • Tel: +966-13-8467777 Ext 1610 / • Mob: +966-503896973
A health and fitness club for the prestigious male members. Prince AbdulMohsin St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8987088
ASTRALIS HEALTHCLUB AND SPA Unique spa combinations
that are specifically designed to provide its customers with the most popular spa treatments. Saad Hospital, Khobar • Tel: +966-138014433 • Web: astralis-spa.com
Dammam - Al Badi - 9th St., • Tel: +966-13-8351991
DIAMOND BODY BUILDING SPORTS HALL Thuqbah - Khobar
St., • Tel: +966-13-894-3386
FITNESS FIRST One of the
world’s leading health and fitness companies. King Khalid Rd., Khobar • Tel: 8003486377 • Web: fitnessfirstme.com
FITNESS TIME Provide the
best sports and fitness services. Corniche Rd., Dammam • Tel: 8003486377 • Web: fitnesstime.com.sa
STUDIO 55 Studio 55 is an
immersive group fitness experience in Saudi Arabia. Al Olaya, Khobar • Tel: 920003131 • Web: fitstudio55.com
HOSPITALS AL MANA GENERAL HOSPITAL A hospital that offers tertiary care services. Khobar / Jubail / Dammam / Hofuf • Tel: +966-13-8987000 • Web: almanahospital.com.sa
AL SADIQ HOSPITAL
Saihat - Abu Musa Alansari St., • Tel: +966-13-8500160
GAMA HOSPITAL A team of
dedicated and highly trained professionals to make sure you receive the best possible treatment and care. King Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8591515 • Web: gamahospital.com
Specializing in maternity health services. Ali bin Abi Taleb St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8426666
consistent, high quality and cost effectivehealthcare services. 4th St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13- 8945524 • Web: mdh.com.sa
Using the latest technology and cooperation with international medical systems, to provide healthcare. Dammam • Tel: +96613-8200000 • Web: mouwasat.com
PROCARE RIAYA HOSPITAL
Promises to provide comprehensive health care services to its local community. Al Olaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-138955900 • Web: procare.com.sa
SAAD SPECIALIST HOSPITAL
A patient-centered facility that is driven by a pursuit of excellence at every level. Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8014440 • Web: saadmedical.com
SPA & BEAUTY CENTERS DR. LAYLA AL ONAIZI POLYCLINIC Our pursuit in
providing health care services to our visitors to attain the excellence into applying the full concept of quality control and the international accreditation for health. King Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8475955 • Web: http://www.alsogair.com/ drlaylapolyclinic.html
CRYSTAL SPA Tamimi Complex, Khobar • Mob: +966-509041654 • Web: spacrystal.wix.com DAR NAJD SALON King Saud St., Dammam • Tel: +966-138322222 • Web: darnajd.com ELITE DERMA CARE Skin, Laser and Anti-aging Center. King Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8570100 • Web: elitedermacare. com/?lang=en JOLIE DAME Jolie dame is a place for relaxing and rest, whatever women need under one roof.• Boulevard, Al Rashid Mall • Tel: 966-13-898-4547 • Web: joliedamesalon.com/
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LA LUNE NAIL SPA Test a new experience of relaxation for hands, feet and nails.Firas Ibn Al Nudur St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8304764 • Web: lalunenailspa.com
ZARA CONTINENTAL HOTEL
Providing dedicated, personal service twinned with every facility to make your stay both comfortable and enjoyable. King Saud St., Khobar • Tel: 920004082 • Web: zaracontihotel.com
PEARL SPA The ideal
environment for wellness and rejuvenation. Sunset Beach Resort, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8902000 • Web: pearlspa.com
TRAVEL AGENCIES AL MOJIL TRAVEL AND TOURS One-on-one
customer service provided by vacation experts to deliver the bestexperiences to all the customers. Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-3303999 • Web: almojil.travel
PRIMA DONNA Beauty and nail salon. Prince Sultan St., Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8910444 SHINE SPA Warm atmospheres and welcoming therapists, to help you recharge, relax and have fun while spending your time. Sheraton Dammam Hotel • Tel: +966-138345555 • Web: shinespadammam.com
ALTAYYAR TRAVEL GROUP To provide an integrated travel package of products and services. Bandariyah, Khobar • Tel: 920 012 333 • Web: altayyargroup.com/en
THE SANCTUARY NAIL
LOUNGE & SPA A sanctuary where you can indulge in the serene atmosphere of a modern but softly designed venue. Pepsi Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8945674
ATLAS TRAVEL Al-Khobar’s leading travel agency. Prince Talal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8333064 • Web: facebook.com/ AtlasTravelKSA
THE NAIL LOUNGE Al Rashid
ATTAR TRAVEL An expert in the
Mall • Tel: +966-13-898 0073
delivery of travel solutions and services. King Saud St., Dammam • Tel: 966-13-8341222 • Web: attartravel.com
VOG To bring the elegance of
Paris salons to the Al Olaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8010449 • Web: vogksa.com
FSN TRAVEL Promoting all
travel and tourism and hospitality services 24/7 King Khalid St., Khobar • Tel: 966-13-85775057 • Web: fsntravel.com
PEST CONTROL MASA PEST CONTROL Offers effective pest control by strict observance and maintenance os high quality service standards. Bin Saqr St., Ruwais Dist., Jeddah • Tel: 920001330 • Web: masapestcontrol.com.sa
HOTELS AL GOSAIBI HOTEL Amr bin Murrah St., Khobar • Tel: +966-138822882 • Web: algosaibi-hotel.com BOUDL Provides innovative and unique properties from deluxe hotel apartments to exclusive 5-star hotels and resorts. Dammam, Khobar • Tel: 920000666 •Web: boudl.com.sa CROWNE PLAZA Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8988840 • Web: ihg.com
hotel in Dhahran’s business and commercial district. Al Qashla St., Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-3311144 • Web: doubletree3.hilton.com/en
King Faisal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8671111 • Web: ihg.com
GLOBAL TRAVEL SOLUTIONS Al-Khobar’s leading travel agency Prince Talal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8333064 • Web: facebook.com/AtlasTravelKSA
RADISSON BLU Offers 74
21st-century facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality. Bahvhvndariya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8010444 • Web: radissonblu.com/en/hotel-dhahran
rooms and suites outfitted with top amenities. Olaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8010080 • Web: radissonblu.com/en/hotel-dhahran
LE MERIDIEN Prince Turki St.,Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8969000 • Web: lemeridienalkhobar.com
hotel in the Easten Province of Saudi Arabia. Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8345555 • Web: sheratondammam.com
MOVENPICK Discover the utmost in refined comfort and unrivalled service with a personal touch when you book an unforgettable stay. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8984999 • Web: movenpick.com PARK INN Offers a vibrant, friendly environment that provides both business and leisure travelers with an affordable hotel experience. Rawabi Dist., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8100800 •Web: parkinn.com/hotel-alkhobar
SHERATON A 5-star deluxe
SOFITEL CORNICHE The modern 5-star luxury hotel gazes over the Arabian Gulf blending French elegance with Saudi spirit. Al Sahil - Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8817000 • Web: sofitel.com TULIP INN Recognized as one of the leading hotels in Khobar overlooking the city. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8825588 • Web: tulipinnalkhobar.com/en
SAAD TRAVEL To Cater to all travelling needs and requirements for all occasions. King Abdulaziz Boulevard Cross • Tel: +966-138949977 • Web: saadtravel.com
TOUR OPERATORS GOLD COAST
Working in tour operators, providingtravel agents and businessactivities. Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8574595 • Web: goldcoast.sa
MASAFIE Quest towards
providing services and tourism products of high quality with global progress. Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8574595 • Web: goldcoast.sa
RESORTS GOLDEN TULIP DANA BAY
Half Moon Bay, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8963666 • Web: goldentulipdanabay.com
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HOLIDAY INN RESORT HALF MOON BAY Half Moon Bay,
Khobar. Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +96613-8963333
MÖVENPICK BEACH RESORT AL KHOBAR Half Moon Bay,
Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8492999 • Web: resort.alkhobar@moevenpick. comPALM BEACH RESORT Half Moon Bay, Khobar • Tel: + 966-138966633 • Web: palmbeach.sa/en
SUNSET BEACH Sunset Blvd., Al Tahliyah, Khobar • Tel: +96613-8902000 • Web: sunset-beach. com.sa
CAR SERVICES AUTO WORLD
Auto World operates in the field of car leasing services. Head Office, Khobar • Tel: +966-138574007 • Web: autoworld.com.sa
There is no better way of getting around than renting an Avis car. King Fahad International Airport • Tel: +966-13-8838790 • Web: avis. com.sa
BEST RENT A CAR
It provides the best car leasing offers. Tel: +966-13-8450800
COMPOUNDS AL DANAH & Al Nada Compounds The fully furnished
villas have a modern design, recreation and sports facilities. Khobar-Dammam Highway • Mob: +966-505880307
AL FERDOUSE VILLAGE
Al Ferdouse Village compound comprise of 65 modernly design units. King Hamoud Street • Mob: +966-593822207
AL JUDE VILLAGE For a
unique accomodation facility, head to Al Jude Village. Jubail • Tel: +966-13-3641676
AL MOHAMADIA COMPOUND It offers a secure surrounding of luxury units and hospitality facilities. Khobar • Mob: +966-559901027 • Web: almohamadiya.com
BAJRAI GARDEN VILLAGE It provides luxury housing units. Jubail• Tel: +966-13-3641115 • Web: bajraigardenvillage.com
CANARY VILLAGE Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8590895 • Web: canaryvillage.com/
Budget provides the flexible leasing program for your long term car rental needs. Tel: 8002440252 / +966-13-8325533 • Web: budgetsaudi.com
A small village of more than 560 villas with hotel facilities. Tel: +96613-8579780 / +966-13-8577996 • Web: eurovillagecompound.com
Login to the website or use our mobile app to order a car. Web: careem.com
DALEEL RENT A CAR CO. A
professional car rental company. King Abdullah St., Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8945533
A professional car rental company. Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8327667 • Web: easternhazar.com
The easiest way to rent cars. Tel: 920005561 • Web: hertz.com
The most reliable transportation provider for limousine, car rental and leasing services, Tel: 920002854 /+966-13-8871144 • Web: samara.com.sa
GULF PEARL COMPOUND 2
Offers units that can be furnished or not depending on the tenant. Aziziyah, Khobar • Mob: +966-567530204
JZALA RESEDENTIAL COMPOUND A warm feeling
of home is what makes this compound so special . Tel: +96613-8588080 • Web: jzala.net
KARAWAN VILLAGE Karawan
Compound is a 69 villas compound managed by MAJD real estate company. 1st Street, Al Bustan • Mob: +966-530745499
VENTURA VILLAGE Ventura Village is where hospitality and services meet. Jubail • Tel: +966-13-3641905 / 3640489 • Web: alventura.net
SIXT RENT A CAR
Rent cars at affordable prices. South Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8817000 • Web: sixt.com
UBER Get a taxi, private car or rideshare from your mobile phone. Web: uber.com
KINDERGARTENS BAMBOO EARLY CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT CENTER • Mob: +966-541003395 GLOBAL VILLAGE PRESCHOOL A fun and safe
environment for kids to learn and grow. Jasmine Village Compound, Khobar • Mob: +966-590598015 • instagram: gvpreschool
GYMBOREE We provide an
environment where children are free to move, play and explore safely. AL Subeai Tower Building, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8873830 • Web: gymboreeclasses-ksa.com
DHAHRAN AHLIYYA SCHOOL DAS is now a dual language school moving towards a more international curriculum. Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8919444 (Girls) +966-13-8919222/7094/7374 (Boys) • Web: das.sch.sa
DHAHRAN HIGH SCHOOL
Dhahran High School is the premier college prep high school. Khobar (Near the US Consulate) • Tel: +966-13-3300555 Ext 2420 • Web: dhs.isg.edu.sa
GULF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is one Gulf
KIDS & CO.
International School aims at developing students’ personality through excellence in education. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8598773 • Web: gulfintschool.com
KFUPM NURSERY & KINDERGARTEN KFUPM -
ISG JUBAIL ISG Jubail’s provides an educational experience which celebrates our multicultural community of learners. Jubail • Tel: +966-13-3417550 • Web: isg-jubail.org
MARIYA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL It integerates
Ohana provides the best educational environment for children. Dhahran Tower, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8651156
Dhahran • Mob: +966-13-8605777 Ohana provides the best educational environment for children. Dhahran Tower, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8651156 • Instagram: tohanaksa
SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES AL FAISALIAH SCHOOL (GIRLS) It encompasses an
international section and an Arabic one. Green Belt, Prince Faisal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8822961 • Web: alfaisaliah.edu.sa
AL HUSSAN INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOL Boys/Girls Schools. Andalus St - Al Rakkah • Tel: +96613-8936415 • Web: alhussan.edu. sa/en/default.aspx
academics with sports and cocurricular activities. King Abdullah Road, Jubail • Tel: +966-13-3442022 • Web: mariyaschool.com
SAAD NATIONAL SCHOOLS A fun and safe environment for kids to learn and grow. Khobar - Sports City 35th St., • Tel: Girls +966-13-8580055 / Boys +966-138584120 • Web: saadschools.com/ home/index.aspx?lang=en
PROGRAMS SCHOOL PS is one of the best international schools in KSA that offers an American curriculum from K-12. Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8575603 • Web: ipsksa.com
AL KHOZAMA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IThe school has a strength of about 1,200 students and around 125 teaching/non teaching staff. Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8475112 • Web: alkhozama.org
BAYAN GARDENS SCHOOL
Students experience a developmentally appropriate program that includes instruction in both Arabic and English. King Faisal Bin FahdStreet • Tel: +966-138822645 • Web: bayaan.com
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BISAK is a selective,
not for profit school with a Board of Governors and close links with the British Embassy. Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8825425 • Web: bisak.org
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