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FROM THE EDITOR
Happy anniversary, Sharqawis! As we hit our most exciting milestone yet of being one year old, we are infinitely grateful to our readers who continue to push us to make the magic happen here at Destination. We hope the journey this past year has been as invigorating for you as it has been for us – it was a journey that would have been impossible without your loyalty and support. From Sharqiya’s brilliant artists and entrepreneurs to its tantalizing dining scene, we’ve covered it all in the past 12 issues and we’re not even close to scratching the surface. This year, we aim to bring you even more in-depth interviews, reviews and stories of the hidden cultural spots of our region. To mark our first anniversary and our second business-themed issue, we sat down with the iconic Haitham BuAisha, founder and CEO of Sahara Net and talked about his company’s journey towards being KSA’s Internet pioneer. We looked around and found other trailblazers for our special feature this month - individuals who pushed past barriers and set the path of progress for generations to come. These prolific individuals serve as living proof that no dream is too big. So, this month, we leave you on an inspiring note:
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THE BUSINESS ISSUE 14 BUSINESS
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• Who’s Who: Haitham BuAisha, CEO of Sahara Net • Madad’s CEO, Faisal Al Sharif
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• Scoops: Lusin Opening in Sharqiya Soon • Cheesy Goodness • Snacks for the Season
62 HEALTHY LIVING
• Saudi Leaders:
Individuals Who Prove That No Dream is Too Big to Accomplish
28 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • The Bright Brothers:
Al Badran • Camping with Mishal Extreme Sports
• Checking Your Thyroids Tips From the Doctor • Spirituality: Get More Rizq-y
66 TRAVEL TRENDS
• Our Trip to the Maldives • Ancient Art in KSA • Historic KSA: The Portuguese
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• Abayas For Work • The Power Suit • Fashion Dupes • Spas and Salons in Town
• The Good Big Brother: Helping Startups • Creative Meat Space: Where to Find the Best in the City
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
1. A to Z at Gallery Azman
On Nov. 24, Gallery Azman organized a special artistic event that was characterized by unique art shows, including artist Alaa Almubarkâ€™s work that was created by using more than 1,000 coffee cups. The color variations created a face that could be seen from above. There were also live performances, including an artistic makeup session.
2. Shohra Inspiring Entrepreneurs
On Nov. 23, a unique event was held at the Signature Hotel that included presentations by inspiring entrepreneurs who shared life stories and expertise to the audience. There were also booths showcasing startups and trendy local projects and products. 6
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3. Behance Al Khobar 10
The 10th version of Behance Al Khobar took place on Dec. 3 at the Arab Heritage Gallery. The event featured many artists from lots of different fields such as photography, interior design, calligraphy, painting and ceramic arts.
4. Obesity Awareness Day
On Nov. 26, Cambridge Weight Plan and the clinical nutrition department from University of Dammam organized a two-day event at Al Rashid Mall to educate visitors on how to maintain a healthy weight. This included games to test the visitor's sense of taste as well as paintings competitions for children.
5. Fun and Entertainment at Dot Market Dot Market, held Nov. 25-26 at the Prince Saud bin Nayef Park, was filled to the brim with booths, ranging from art to food and fashion.
6. Little Island Market in Bahrain
Little Island Market came back for a full round this time. The fun event took place every weekend throughout the month of December. Featuring a variety of vendors, the market popped up in different locations each time, spreading joy throughout the island.
7. Sama Alsharq Exhibition This exhibition was held Dec. 8 -10 at Coral Al Khobar Hotel. The exhibition featured booths that included clothing, makeup, skincare and Oud perfumes. A number of food vendors also took part to offer traditional Saudi dishes, Italian pasta, snacks and a number of different desserts and pastries.
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
JAN. 2 - 30
SUSHI COOKING CLASS Learn the art of preparing sushi with experienced Chef Sonny. Take away tips and recipes from the expert and enjoy the meal afterward. Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Tel: +973-17586499
JAN. 6 - 7
FOUR SEASONS An open gallery that will feature a variety of clothing and traditional outfits. Location: Prince Saud Bin Nayef Park, Turki Business Park, Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Dhahran Tel: +966-13-8311699
2017 ARAMCO HOUSTON HALF MARATHON Thousands of runners are geared up for this marathon. *Gate pass required for nonAramco participants. Location: Saudi Aramco Camp, Dhahran
JAN. 15 – 19
EASTERN RESTATEX Eastern Forum for real estate, housing and urban development. Location: Dhahran Expo Web: diec.com.sa
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WAHA SHOPPING FESTIVAL Shopping mode: On. Location: Dhahran Expo Web: diec.com.sa
JAN. 26 – 28
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS A gallery that will feature a variety of unique products made by talented designers. Location: Al Rashid Mall
JAN. 9 AND JAN. 21
EBRAHIM K. KANOO DRAG & DRIFT NIGHTS Drag-racing and drifting for the fast and furious among you. Location: Bahrain International Circuit, Gulf of Bahrain Ave., Bahrain Tel: +973-1745-0000
BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL EXPO 17 Five exhibitions in one, covering IT, health, home and more. Location: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, 158 Avenue 28
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JAN. 22 – 26
PMP CLASSROOM TRAINING IN DAMMAM Training course for Project Management Certification. Location: CompuSOFT Training Center, King Abdulaziz Port Rd., Dammam
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AUTUMN FAIR BAHRAIN Retail fair showcasing merchandise from around the world. Location: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, 158 Avenue 28, Bahrain.
FEB. 9 – 11
FEB. 26 – MARCH 1
Location: Signature Al Khobar Hotel, King Fahd Rd., Khobar
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COLORED ANGLES Family exhibition organized by Alzawaya.
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CIVIL DEFENSE DAY EXPO This aims to educate the public about the civil defense forces and other safety regulations.
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AT THE PARK Organized by Aim High, in collaboration with Fatat Al Khaleej charity for women, this charitable event took place Dec. 6-7 at Prince Saud bin Naif Park. More than 50 different vendors showcased and sold clothing, jewelry, flower arrangements, coffee, food and more.
EARLY DETECTION Eftilha is a Saudi initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of early cancer detection. They held a five day event starting on Nov. 25 at Al Gosaibi Village in Khobar, showcasing a variety of rotating vendors. Twenty percent of all revenue was donated to Saudi cancer-related organizations. 10 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
Oceans of Art
On Nov. 19, artist Rana Almaghlouth opened her first solo exhibition, Seascapes, in Desert Designs Art Gallery. Acrylic paint is her medium of choice and she often uses
palette knives to create a bold and vivid texture. She emphasizes spontaneous creations and believes painting water in all its forms is a way to tap into one’s individual psyche.
FOR EVENT PLANNING Sarah Al Shuwayer and Munira Abdulqader developed an app to make event planning a lot easier to manage. They met at a Keystone Program by Saudi Aramco, bonded by their joint desire to create an app that would be useful for Saudi women in particular. Download the app today, which is available on iOS and Android.
GROOMING WITH EASTERN CATS Have you been struggling to find a cat grooming service in Khobar or Dammam? Eastern Cats provides your cat with all the trappings of luxury, including bathing, hair and nail trimming and even a “hotel” to take care of them while you’re away. Abduallah, a college student and cat lover, started all of this to channel his love for cats and help people with their everyday chores. Eastern_Cats
NAHDI’S Billion Step Challenge
1 Billion This interactive cause enables individuals of all kinds to walk for a cause, whether it’s for preventable diseases, for your loved ones, or simply for the love of your nation and people.
A nation's step count for change. Join the billion step challenge, and take small steps for big change with the rest of Saudi Arabia. Scheduled launches are Jan. 13 for Jeddah, Jan. 20 for Riyadh, and Jan. 27 for Dammam. The challenge will take place in your own respective time and place. Walk as an individual, join a team or create your own. The perfect way to celebrate vision 2030, Nahdi is launching an easy and fun initiative to raise health awareness whilst coming together as a community. Designed from the people to the people, the Nahdi Billion Step Challenge is an interactive national challenge to promote walking in communities across Saudi Arabia, based on the American standard of nutrition which suggests 10,000 steps per day to regulate health, happiness and maintenance. The Billion Step Challenge is allied with the vision of 2030,
The Nahdi Billion Step Challenge is a strategy created to engage the community with Nahdi’s social responsibility, establishing progressive dialogue between the two.
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in which the nation is on its way to sustainability, support and lots of progress. The journey of one billion steps hopes to also achieve communal progress while opening a panel of communication between participants coming together for a joined cause of healthy progress. The Nahdi CSR initiative rests on three fundamental pillars: health, wellness, and maternity. With over 5,000 employees, Nahdi employees will be joining and contributing to the campaign, establishing a common drive between Nahdi and the rest of the community. The initiative will deploy fun statistics to motivate
participants as Nahdi tracks collective progress towards one billion steps. These statistics will be gathered using a pedometer embedded in the application for counting steps, which will by default calculate steps as long the phone is active, and will be available for IOS and Android.
challenge extends beyond competition or recognition. It is actually rather established as an effort to reward oneself. A move to award health, let's join the nation, join the initiative and promote national wellbeing together. Web: nahdi.sa
The app is also programmed for push notifications, which provides encouragement for all participants, while conveying a challenge by staying up to date with the communityâ€™s individual achievement. The application will also grant daily awards to participants, with a total of 2,700 winners per week. However, the walking
with Sultan Batterjee Letting purpose (of your idea) be your main driver. Inhabiting a disparate business philosophy, Sultan Batterjee, founder of Lifestyle Developers, connects our increasingly globalized world with national progress. Conveying an idea like no other in the Kingdom, Lifestyle aims to deliver to the Saudi society an innovative method of living, one that could possibly introduce a revolutionary change in the local market. Looking to establish progressive ideologies within the local minds, Lifestyle Developers extends beyond providing modern homes, rather reforming the standards of living by adhering to their four core elements: design, quality, affordability, and community.
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Addressing the absence of relatable or reachable products created a sense of responsibility and respect towards mankind, as Batterjee explains:
purpose is entrenched in the company’s values and culture, further extending it out to its own employees, the market, and ultimately, society.
Batterjee is lobbying for cultural awareness through selling a product that is designed to implement change in the lives of those who invest in it while also challenging the market’s standards.
because the market does not aim for the same enlightening objectives we are hoping to reach.”
Lifestyle truly believe in carrying businesses with a higher purpose, rather suggesting it as the key of success to a prosperous business. Batterjee advocates for establishing a strong commonality between the organization, its employees, and consumers by this purpose, stating: “A business that has a purpose tends to succeed. If a business intends for purely accumulating profits, it might succeed in the short term but will die in the long term. My advice for entrepreneurs
Further explaining the power behind the nation’s 70 percent youth, Batterjee stresses the importance of embodying policies and infrastructures that maintain and attract the youth’s requirements for living- not simply surviving. Adding that the possibility of losing young talent can take the country backwards: “We realized, in order for Lifestyle Developers to capture this segment, we must create an emotional bonding and belonging. Therefore, we had to break the barriers between tradition and reform in order to retain the youth, retain the knowledge, and retain the talent as these individuals could be easily lost to a place that offers what they’re searching for.” As the objective is to raise the standards of living, this
is to build a business with a purpose, a purpose you believe in and relate to. Having a purpose connects you to your organization and with the people you’re working with, establishing identified values and a culture one could belong to. It will make people journey with you until that purpose is turned into a reality.” Web: lifestyledevelopers.com
Our exclusive interview with Sahara Net CEO and partner, Haitham Bu Aisha. By Arwa Al Mousa
Tell us how Sahara Net began.
With that, I decided to leave university altogether and focus on the business. In 1989, we established one of the first Saudi Arabian bulletin board systems (BBS), which is basically a server that users connect to and exchange messages. In 1998, we were among the first four companies to get licensed by the government to provide internet services and were the first to actually start operating in the Kingdom.
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We worked hard and developed fully as a company in 1994 when we officially registered our sahara. com domain. We were the first internet service provider (ISP) to offer internet services to the public in the country.
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I was a senior student of IT at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) when my colleague Kais Al Essa and I decided to start Sahara Net in 1988.
Did you have a lot of support during your journey? My partner Kais and my father were endless wells of support, as were my friends. In 2004, due to the state of the market at that time, we faced serious financial trouble and competitors like Saudi Oger Ltd., SBG, Mobily and STC were lining up against us. We had a lot of debt and the company was about to go bankrupt. And that’s when my friends did the most amazing thing: they partnered with us and provided the financial support that saved us and kept us going.
Did you ever think about getting financial help from banks? I am a firm believer in selffinancing. I learned this from Najeeb Al Zamil, back when he was my office neighbor in the late ‘80s. He had this huge library and I would visit him every day to read books. He advised me never to seek bank loans and, thanks to that advice,we stand strong today because we relied on ourselves and our community.
How do you feel about families that oppose entrepreneurship and instead encourage their children to look for stable jobs? Actually, I strongly advise people to gain practical job experience before deciding to
run their own business. This was something I learned the hard way. I quit school at a young age and employed people who were older, with advanced degrees and had a lot more experience than myself. But, I had no chance to have the observational learning one experiences from being an employee. I always had to be the boss and only learned things through trial and error and with less support than I would’ve liked.
Tell us about the services you provide. Our largest and primary service continues to be internet hosting. Recently we branched off two companies: Sahara Consultancy (Sahara CC) and Tamkeen Networks. The first focuses on integrated technology (such as augmented reality) to deliver interactive solutions for education, businesses, brands and agencies. The second
is specialized in industrial products, technology sales and retail merchandising. We are currently working on branching off a third company that will focus on one of our other major areas, information security services, to be launched late 2017.
What’s next for Sahara Net? We are working to take the company public and offer stocks on the market. We’re also looking to invest in startups and are keeping an eye out for creative entrepreneurs to partner with.
Any last message for our readers? I want to see more startups and innovative ideas coming from our young Saudis. I believe in you and want you to realize that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Don’t waste any time: strive to take what you have and make it better. Web: sahara.com
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Startups just got a little bit easier thanks to Madad. Faisal Al Sharif helped many friends through the startup phases of their businesses. Seeing the agony that they went through to acquire supplies, he came up with Madad, the first multichannel business-tobusiness e-commerce website in Saudi Arabia. Madad facilitates the exchange of goods by connecting suppliers and manufacturers with business owners. Following the international trend of digitizing, Madad introduces a regional digital market for local commerce. Al Sharif eventually decided to quit his full-time job and focus solely on his business plan. “My previous job was quite demanding – I had no time
even for myself – so it came down to either working on this or not,” said Al Sharif. “I strongly believe that the regret of not doing something is greater than the regret of doing something wrong.” He started on his business plan which exceeded 50 pages and covered every aspect of the proposed website. He then submitted it to the Waed Entrepreneurship Center in Saudi Aramco and was accepted for entrepreneurial support. From there, he created an office in the center, gathered a team of web developers, marketing managers, salesmen and board members. Once they were appointed, the programming and designing of the website began in full force.
In the last couple of months,
OVER 500 BUSINESSES FROM 17 CITIES
in the country have registered with Madad. The company’s target audience is
SMALL, LOCAL COMPANIES,
including restaurants, cafes and hotels. However, they have been joined by holding companies and franchises as well - some with more than 30 branches. To people interested in starting up their own business, Al Sharif says, “Go for it, but before that: research, research, research. A business plan is the road map to get to your vision. Without it, you will get lost.” Web: madad.sa madadservices
S P E C I A L F E AT U R E
ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi novelist and first woman to win the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
A comprehensive list of some amazing frontrunners from our Saudi community. By Areeb Al Shathri, Hajer Al Alwan and Sumaiyya Naseem
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In 2011, Raja Alem won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for her widely acknowledged novel “The Dove’s Necklace.” Growing up in Makkah, Alem felt and observed the spiritual energy of the travelers and pilgrims - a theme that regularly manifests in her work. She has written several novels, short fictions and essays. She is also known for her collaborative projects
with her sister Shadia Alem, a visual artist. “In Makkah, I saw people as travelers from shrine to shrine. That spiritual force inspired my imagination. I write to explore it, to probe its outermost limits and to flow with that force. My novels are extensions of myself. Through them, I enter into worlds that are both ancient and futuristic at once.”
Somayya Jabarti is currently continuing her esteemed position as Saudi Gazette’s editor in chief. Jabarti mentored under Khaled Al Maeena, her predecessor, who nominated her on the basis of her merit, determination and dedication.
ACHIEVEMENT The first female editor in chief of a Saudi national newspaper.
Haifa Al Mansour is considered one of the most significant cinematic personalities in the Kingdom. She is best known for “Wadjda,” a film about a young girl who works hard to win a Quran recitation competition. The film “Wadjda” and Al Mansour’s award-winning documentary, “Women Without Shadows” both continue to influence the next generation of Saudi filmmakers. Al Mansour’s latest project is “A Storm in the Stars.” The film is about the relationship
Jabarti was the only Saudi journalist that had reported straight from Tahrir Square during the chaos of the Egyptian revolution. She has authored hundreds of articles and is an outspoken promoter of women’s issues. In 2014 and 2015, she was listed in Arabian
Business’ Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women and in 2015 she was selected as one of BBC’s 100 Women. She was also one of Al Arabiya’s Top 10 Muslim Women who made headlines. “Forward thinking, openmindedness and diversity of thought is what keeps us ahead of the game in this industry that’s constantly changing with blinding speed. Diversity begins with an open mind. As Einstein said, ‘The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. So, what remains to be seen - how intelligent are we?’”
between Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and how it influenced Godwin’s daughter Mary Shelley’s phenomenal novel, “Frankenstein.” “I think as an artist it’s very important to move beyond your comfort zone. You have to conquer new places; it’s always going to be something you don’t know. If you don’t have the courage and the guts to jump into the unknown, you’ll always be trapped in one kind of thing.”
ACHIEVEMENT The first female filmmaker from Saudi Arabia, filming her first entirely in KSA.
Wojdan Shaherkani was inspired to start Judo because of her father Ali, who is a Judo referee. By the time she made it to the Olympics in 2012, she was already a blue belt. ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi females to participate in the Olympics.
“I am happy to be in the Olympics. Unfortunately, we did not win a medal, but in the future we will and I will be a star for women’s participation.”
Sarah Attar, a marathon runner, competed and finished last in Women’s 800 meters at the 2012 Olympics. She also participated in the 2016 Olympic Marathon, as well as the Big Sur, Boston and Chicago Marathons. “It has been so incredibly profound, motivating, and such an honor to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics as one of our first ever female athletes in London 2012 Games, and again this past summer in the Rio 2016 Games. It’s inspiring to hear and see the impact that this has had in the lives of others. I know that I am not alone in having big dreams in my running, and I look forward to seeing continued participation of Saudi women in the Olympics, as well as in everyday sports and athletics.”
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ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi females to participate in the Olympics.
Being the first Saudi to a win the gold medal at the World Karate Federation (WKF) Premier League, Al Malki is a karate athlete for the Saudi National Team and Al Hilal Team. The WKF tournament took place in Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt last year.
ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi to win a gold medal in an international karate tournament.
Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahad is the youngest and fastest Arab to climb all seven summits, doing so in three years and 300 days.
ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi mountaineer to climb all seven summits.
Raha Moharrak is the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to climb Mount Everest. At first, it was just a personal challenge, but then someone challenged her and said she couldn’t do it. Emboldened to dispel common stereotypes about Saudi women, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Vinson, Mount Elbrus and several others before she finally scaled Everest. She was one of 64 climbers on the excursion that scaled from
His journey began with Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008 and completed with Mount Everest in 2012. He is also the first Saudi to climb Mount McKinley in Alaska and Aconcagua in South America.
“While climbing, you face challenges and situations that are like solving a puzzle. You also get to experience nature and to be witness to beautiful views. Climbing allows you to succeed in the most difficult situations known to man. And sometimes, when you do not succeed, as I did not succeed in climbing Mount Baker due to weather, you still enjoy your time in the mountains.”
Nepal’s side of the mountain. She’s currently working on her upcoming memoir, “For All Us Dreamers.” “A journey seldom ever merely connects one point to another, but rather it is what happens between that shapes and changes you. You are only as spiritedly rich as you are well journeyed. Live curious enough to discover; get lost enough to be found and brave enough to take the first step.”
ACHIEVEMENT First Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest.
Mariam Binladen is a dentist whose aim was to inspire women to participate in sports, and raise awareness of Syrian refugee orphans worldwide. She is the third person in recent history to successfully complete the swim. Binladen started swimming at Folly Bridge near Oxford on Jun. 3 and ended the 101 miles at Teddington Lock on Jun. 12. “I wanted to show that young Saudi women can achieve a lifelong ambition, while at the same time raise awareness to bigger causes. I also want to encourage more women to participate in sport and show them that anything is possible.”
ACHIEVEMENT She swam all 101 miles of the Thames River in the UK.
After graduating from King Abdulaziz University, Bayan Al Zahran worked with disenfranchised women who had been abused or abandoned by their families.
ACHIEVEMENT The first female Saudi lawyer.
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She noticed that the courts would often rule in favor of the man, but she couldn’t do anything about it because she wasn’t in the courtroom. Prior to 2013, female law graduates could only work as legal consultants because they couldn’t be licensed. They would prepare for the cases, sort out the arguments and finalize the entire process, then hand it over to a male lawyer
for the court proceedings. Al Zahran vowed to make a difference, so she and four other female lawyers fought and pressured the Saudi judicial system to allow women to be certified. The judicial system eventually caved in to those pressures and in November 2013 Al Zahran became the first female lawyer to appear in a Saudi courtroom. Shortly after, she started an allfemale law firm that focuses on women and their rights. “I ask God that I shall serve my religion and my beloved country.”
Born in Makkah, Hanadi Al Hindi was studying English literature before transferring to Umm Al Qura University. Shortly after, she decided to follow her dream of flying. She dropped out of university and headed to Jordan to study at the Mideast Aviation Academy. It’s been 12 years now since Al Hindi earned her wings and secured a job as a commercial pilot for Kingdom Holdings. “Women are very capable of taking on any job previously monopolized by men.”
ACHIEVEMENT The first female Saudi pilot.
Mishaal Al Shemimry is an aerospace engineer and the president and CEO of her own company, Mishaal Aerospace, in Miami, Florida where she lives. A child of separated parents, Al Shemimry was always torn between going back to Saudi where her mother lived and pursuing her dreams in the US where she was born and raised. ACHIEVEMENT A Saudi pioneer in rocket science.
She got her bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology.
Soon after graduating, she was sponsored by NASA to pursue a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the same university. As a 6-year old, she remembers watching the stars in Al Nufood Desert and being utterly fascinated and mesmerized by them. Ever since then, she’s been determined to find a way to get to space. “Success is not the end. That is why when we succeed at something, we must keep going because our success is evident that we are capable of doing more!” DESTINATIONKSA.COM
Meshal Alshahrani is a Saudi mechanical engineer who recently joined NASA’s Ames Research Center on a one-year microgravity project to test life in zero gravity conditions with a team of researchers. After more than four years of working in Saudi Aramco as a firefighter, he decided to leave everything behind and realize his dream of being an engineer.
ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi engineer to join NASA.
With very little English, he overcame the cultural differences, finished a fivemonth English course, worked hard to earn his mechanical engineering degree from San Jose State University in California, and now works his dream job in NASA.
On a mission aboard the NASA space shuttle Discovery that took place on June 17, 1985, Prince Sultan bin Salman was the first Saudi, Arab and Muslim to go to space. He was there for the live installation of a satellite for the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT). Sultan Bin Salman was an air force fighter pilot and second son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz. “We have long reached the stars and beyond.” 26 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi to go to space.
We end our noncomprehensive list with one honorary mention. One of Saudiâ€™s most renowned entrepreneurs and humanitarians, Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel has been a pillar of society. No list of the Kingdomâ€™s accomplishments is complete without him. Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is the chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) and a successful business man and philanthropist who received an Honorary Knighthood in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from the Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.
ACHIEVEMENT The first Saudi to receive Honorary Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Jameel is a benefactor for many causes and a huge supporter of the Arab and Islamic art and culture in the UK. He earned his degree in civil and environmental engineering at MIT in 1978 and founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in his alma mater.
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CREATIVE FAMILIES The Dhahran Expo recently hosted another chapter of the Saudi Productive Families. This event took place Dec. 13-17 and featured a range of creative men, women and children who showcased their handmade arts and crafts. dhahranexpo
MUSICAL TALENT OF THE MONTH
AL RAYAH TEAM
For your next big event, book Al Rayah Team as your choice of entertainment. Traditional but lively, this team of musical artists will leave you and your guests pumped up for the rest of the night. alrayahteam
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ART AS ATTIRE Add a bit of oomph to your wardrobe. Check out @ geminitshirts for some of the most artsy, locallyinspired designs and stay tuned for a giveaway on our Instagram page.
MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE: The Best Yet?
Last month, we collaborated with Sharqiya’s favorite social media personalities and jumped on the mannequin challenge bandwagon. Check out the video on our Instagram page @destinationshrq and let us know what you think!
IN THE CITY
ARCHITECTURAL HEAVEN On their second annual exhibition, ARCH Gallery has come back bigger and more vibrant! Organized by architect Sultan Al Badran (check out our exclusive interview with him on the next page), the exhibition was held in Desert Designs and welcomed attendees including Matter Better from the UK, several figures from Sharqiya’s municipality and Saudi Aramco vice president Fuad Al Therman. Are you an aspiring actress or just need to channel your drama somewhere? Check out @aurora.stage on Instagram and get involved in their workshops.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH @HASANIN4ART
Hasanin creates calligraphic wonders with wood. One of his most recent works was made for Saudi’s National Day and reflected Saudi patriotism. The piece was made up of wooden letters representing peace, love and patriotism and also a letter representing each of the Kingdom’s different provinces.
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The Bright Brothers
Badran Double the interview pleasure with two creative people instead of one. By Lina Alfaris
It’s an age-old debate: are you born with creativity or is it learned and developed? Well, when it comes to the Badrans, it runs in the family. Like their father Qusai, a well-known journalist and former regional director of Watan Newspaper, Sultan and Mansour carry the same passion for creativity.
Mansour, how did you first get into filmmaking?
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Why did you become an architect, Sultan? To me, architecture is not just about numbers and measurements; it’s about combining an aesthetic eye with artistic knowledge and a passion for design. I also appreciate the important role of architecture in our history.
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Mansour Al Badran, a filmmaker and producer. I graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, where I studied digital cinema with a concentration on cinema production. I’ve participated in many film festivals and global competitions, including the United Nations Citizen Ambassador 2010.
After high school, I studied architecture at University of Dammam, but I couldn’t see myself there, so I pursued my studies in the US instead. I tried out a journalism degree for a couple of years, but I’d always had the desire to become a filmmaker for as long as I could remember, so I switched paths and studied filmmaking at DePaul University.
Tell us about your photography experience. Sultan: It started when I was
young; I used to play with our father’s camera to take a lot of pictures. Later in high school, he bought me my first camera and since then I’ve participated in many competitions and events. Afterwards, I worked at the Culture & Arts Association in Dammam as the photography department’s manager, where we organized many workshops and events.
What are your greatest accomplishments? Mansour: The greatest one would have to be “Salam,” a short documentary I made. It talks about a refugee from Burma and his journey to the US and was awarded the Plural+ 2016 Maryknoll Society Interfaith Dialogue Award. I’m also very proud of my other films, including “The Bird of Dammam,” “Maher’s Camera” and my YouTube series, “Mubta’athji.”
What are you trying to accomplish in your respective fields? Sultan: As an architect, I
devote my talent to showcase the true architectural identity of Dammam in our buildings and gardens.
Mansour: My philosophy is to tell the world stories about us that haven’t been told yet, including my identity and culture. That is what I’m trying achieve. mansouralbadran /sultanalbadran
Sultan Al Badran: I studied architecture in University of Dammam and I currently work at Saudi Aramco.
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GONE CAMPIN’ The best camping tips from an outdoor expert. By Mishal Alghuneim
When and Where to Camp The best time to camp is the winter season, when the temperature is bearable enough to be outdoors, starting from November to April time. I personally prefer spots that are a little more remote and unspoiled, but that would require a decent knowledge of the terrain, a properly-equipped 4x4 and good off-road driving skills. Still, once you make it, you’ll be alone with nature in a beautiful and secluded spot, making the whole experience worth it.
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Popular Activities A great spot to check out is the Nuairriya area, north of Dammam along the highway towards Kuwait. It’s easy to access, pretty flat, and best of all, it turns green after the rain, making it one of the most popular camping sites in Sharqiya.
Normally the general public just enjoy being outside in the fresh air, have a picnic and wind down after the hustle and bustle of city life. The younger and more active people will go off-road driving in the desert and dune bashing, while others bring along motorcycles or sand sleds. It is also common to have service providers and attractions around the busier camping areas, such as horseback and camel riding.
Essentials for Overnight Camping
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Any desert camping trip will need to be planned and prepared for accordingly, depending on how far you are from civilization, how long you plan on staying and whether it’s easily accessible. Safety and communication are paramount to any trip. • 4x4 vehicle, but I recommend going with multiple vehicles in case one gets stuck. • Equip the vehicle with shackles, heavy-duty tow-ropes, shovels and compressors.
• Bring sufficient amounts of water, a good rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day for drinking. • Bring communication methods with backup power. If you’ll be out of cellular service coverage, get a satellite phone or personal beacon. Then you have the personal items that will vary based on the type of trip you’re taking. These include: firewood, camping kitchen, water for cooking and washing, portable wind barriers, and so on.
Camping Services Provided by Mishal Extreme Outdoors MEO offers everything you could possibly need for your camping trips. We can organize personalized and private trips, including everything from itinerary planning, transportation, logistics and guiding, to camp setup, catering, equipment rental and whatever else you need. We generally serve groups of six to 12 adults to guarantee a high quality of service and the most memorable experience. To arrange a camping trip, contact: Mishal Extreme Outdoors Mob: +966-505803529 Camp 99 Mob: +966-508878055
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DUBAI FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Saudi filmmakers receiving global recognition.
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is a significant event in the GCC. Since 2004, the festival has served as a platform for Arab filmmakers. It is spearheading the cinematic movement in the region. On Dec. 6, the Dubai International Film Festival opened in a spectacular fashion at Madinat Jumeirah and over 150 diverse films were showcased, representing 55 countries. This year, the festival awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards to several iconic figures. They include Indian actress Rekha, American film icon Samuel Jackson, and French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared. The award is given to recognize their dedication and outstanding and creative contribution to the cinematic field. Additionally, the DIFF also celebrated and highlighted the regionâ€™s success stories. This is reflected in the five Saudi short films that were premiered. 34 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
Hailing from a conservative community, a man, woman and child are forced to travel together in a small car to undertake a 300-kilometer journey along a stretch of road. Producer: Mohammed Al Holayyil. His most recent award was the Golden Palm from Saudi Film Festival Scriptwriters: Mohammed Al Holayyil, Norah Al Mowald DOP: Ali Al Shafiey Editor: Yacob Al Marzoog Cast: Khaled Saqer, Zara Al Balushi, Ibrahim Al Hajjaj
Wake Me Up Salama is experiencing a midlife crisis. As she tries to revive her artistic hobby, a judgmental society triggers a sense of guilt within her. Producer: Ahmed Al Shayb Writer: Reem Al Bayyat. Her work has been screened in Muscat, Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Paris’ Film Festivals.
DOP: Ali Al Shafaie Editor: Mohammed Al Faraj Cast: Ibrahim Al Hasawi, Samar Al Bayat and Ahd Kamel
Fadhilat an Takona La Ahad (The Bliss of Being No One)
(The Wedding Dress) Asmahan, a seamstress, prepares for her daughter’s wedding. Her community believes that a seamstress who works on a wedding dress for a loved one brings the curse of death. Will Asmahan follow the tradition, or will she submit to her daughter’s wishes and break the superstitious tradition? Producer: Mohamed Salman and Fahmi Farahat Scriptwriter: Zainab Al Naser DOP: Chaker Ben Yahmed Editor: Saleh Nass Cast: Sally Zack, Abdulmohsen Al Nemer, Shaikha Zowaid and Fatimah Al Buainain
A young man who lost his entire family, unexpectedly encounters an ageing man with an eye-patch. Producer, Scriptwriter and Editor: The award-winner Bader Al Homoud. His films are known to have a defining social content and impact. DOP: Abdullah Al Shuraidah Cast: Meshal Al Mutairi and Ibrahim Al Hasawi
Alexander Woodman Alexander Woodman, an award-winning writer from Los Angeles Press Club, is currently lecturing in Saudi Arabia. He specializes in public health, research and visual culture. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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DIA’S Digital Digest The latest in digital media consumption, from gaming and movies to podcasts and long reads.
Hardware Required: Android Mobile
HTC VIVE GOOGLE DAYDREAM VIEW Interface: One-handed controller with basic motion tracking. Overview: It’s light, small and can be worn for hours at a time. Should I get this? You need to have a phone from growing list which currently includes Pixel and Moto Z. If that’s you and you want to dip your toe in VR, get this. Google has plans to take this beyond what the Gear VR can do. Games: Gunjack 2: End of Shift / Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.
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Interface: Wireless motion-tracked controllers. Overview: The best tracking and most immersive experience of all, with responsive controllers and a bountiful library to pick from. You’ll be sweating in this bulkything, though, so keep the AC on.
Should I get this? Definitely get this if you’ve got room to play in and you want to experience the best VR Hardware Required: that’s currently VR-ready PC out there. Games: The Lab / Raw Data.
PSVR Interface: DualShock 4 / Move controllers Overview: Mid-sized option, great experience and low barrier of entry. If you have a PS4 (or thinking of going console), then you’re good to go and setup is effortless. Should I get this? If you’re ready for proper VR, your choice for getting this versus one of the next two lies within that age-old debate: are you a console or pc gamer?
Hardware Required: PS4
Games: Batman: Arkham VR
Hardware Required: Android Mobile
SAMSUNG GEAR VR Interface: Controls are on the headset itself, with third-party handheld controllers optional. Overview: Beats the Daydream with established library, but headset controls make it less userfriendly and less immersive. Should I get this? You need a Samsung device. Get this if you want something more established in the mobile VR market. Games: Land’s End / Minecraft.
Interface: Xbox One gamepad / Oculus Remote / Touch wireless motion-tracked controllers. Overview: Excellent VR experience. Superior controllers to the Vive, with a much more intuitive shape. The setup is more complex and with more wires to keep track of than the Vive. Should I get this? If you have a good PC and are ready to invest, then get this if you’ve got limited floor space to work with or just using a desk. Games: The Climb / Superhot / Elite: Dangerous. Hardware Required: VR-ready PC
Ahmad Dialdin Saudi editor, writer and tech/gaming geek. Words are his playthings (also, Legos) and he voraciously consumes digital media. Ahmad also copyedits this magazine.
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First Boutique in KSA Hublot Watches opened its first boutique in Khobar and it’s the largest worldwide. The grand opening was on Nov. 23 in the presence of CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, and CEO of Attar United,
Mohammed Saddik Attar. The store embodies Hublot’s “art of fusion” in combining materials such as natural bauxite and ebony wood. It’s located on Al Sheikh Avenue on King Salman Road.
YouTuber of the Month: Maya
YouTube sensation Maya Ahmad has been making waves in the vlogosphere with her distinct style and mad makeup skills. Her makeup tutorials are informative, precise and fun to watch! themayaahmad
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OZ CLOSET OZ Closet opened Nov. 27 in Khobar Mall. Itâ€™s owned by three sisters united by their love of fashion. They started with an account on Instagram, posting what's new and trendy in the fashion world, followed by a Snapchat account about health, recipes and cute little DIY projects. One day, they decided to have their own line of clothes, and OZ Closet was created. theozsisters
College seniors, it's time to think about your summer internships. This website exists for anyone working towards achieving a career in the fashion business. It's where you go to find potential internship spots, from design houses such as Giambattista Valli and The Row to stylists and fashion blogs.
UAE-based luxury label by designer Faiza Bouguessa became a stap le part of successful Khaleeji woman's wardro be for its fresh innovation on abaya fashion.
Bag Bugs Backpack EDITOR'S PICK
An addition to the backpack collection, Fendi introduces this animated piece. DESTINATIONKSA.COM
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Abayas Weâ€™ve got you covered (pun intended). By Norah Al Eisa
What we look for in workplace abayas is style and functionality, something that every abaya brand on our list has successfully mastered in their own way.
Daytime Glamour Abayat Yofee Haifa Alnafeaâ€™s designs provide the type of abaya that could be worn to work and then a fancy dinner gathering afterwards. "Wearable by women of all ages and tastes, the diversity of my designs is a strong factor behind my success. Another important factor is the support of my family and friends." 3bayat_yofee
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Chic Functionality Meshalina Abaya Neutral color, pockets, and incredibly lightweight, that’s our type of work abaya checklist! The two designers behind Meshalina, Meshael Al Shamlan and Lina Basalloum, seem to put into perspective the busy lifestyle of the woman they’re designing abayas for. meshalina
Timeless Elegance Dreema Fashion The flattering silhouettes impeccable embroidery behind Huda Al Suhaim’s creations put forth timeless designs, with this one in particular being one of our favorites, for its charming floral embroidery. dreemafashion
Feminine Minimalism Hind Abaya Linen fabric has proven to be a trendy fabric within abayas as of late, for its luxurious yet laid back appeal. Hind gives a feminine approach to the fabric of the season with a flattering silhouette and floral embroidery. hind.abaya
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WORKPLACE MAKEUP DOS AND DON’TS by makeup artist, Manal Alazzam
• DO use neutral eye-shadow colors. • DON’T use full coverage foundation. • DO use light coverage foundation with a good primer underneath. • DON’T go heavy-handed with your contouring. • DO focus on blending in everything for a clean seamless finish. Abaya: Meshalina
Stylist: Norah Al Eisa Hairstylist: Deema Albugmi Makeup Artist: Manal Alazzam nalooo_make_up
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THE POWER SUIT Rock this trend at the office.
Altuzarra SR 4,257 Altuzarra SR 1,968
Alexander McQueen SR 7,602
Dolce & Gabbana SR 9,605
DVF SR 890 Racil SR 1,400
Gucci SR 2,371 Altuzarra SR 2,045
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Tibi SR 2,209
Gucci SR 5,230
Francesco Russo SR 2,464
Bottega Veneta SR 12,932
Mansur Gavriel SR 4,565
Gianvito Rossi SR 1,709
Prada SR 8,575
Gucci SR 2,228
Jimmy Choo SR 1,862 Valentino SR 7,485
Fendi SR 10,799
Gucci SR 8,843
Nicholas Kirkwood SR 2,010
Ghalia Mahmoudi A 21-year old marketing student and a personal style blogger. Get to know me through my style; it says more than words can ever say. vogueoverdosed Web: vogueoverdosed.com Email: email@example.com
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s ex Thereâ€™s always something les out there.
Ted Baker SR 1,831
By Abrar Azzouz
Gucci SR 1,258
Zara SR 269
Stradivarius SR 269
Uterque SR 599
Miu Miu SR 4,500
Zara SR 279
Gucci SR 2,606
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Saint Laurent SR 10,837
Zara SR 599
Dusty Pink Ballerina Zara SR 259
Miu Miu SR 2,512 Zara SR 359
Burberry SR 6,731
Fuchsia Suit Jacket Topshop SR 230
Topshop SR 470
Andrea Marques SR 2,889
Gucci SR 2,606
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SPAS AND SALONS Get pampered and glammed for your next special occasion. By Norah Al Eisa
BRUSH SALON Whenever thereâ€™s a big beauty trend on the horizon, expect to find it at Brush! Chrome nail polish? Check. Braid rings and hair wraps? Check and check! If you plan on donning a new upcoming trend for your next special occasion, Brush salon has got your back. Location: King Fahd St. & 27th St., Khobar Mob: +966-538151531
Dessange is a Parisian franchise that prides itself in its eco-responsible high quality natural products.
If youâ€™re looking for more than great service, Dessange is a Parisian franchise that prides itself in its eco-responsible high quality natural products. Their services include hairstyling, coloring, facials, massages, manicure/pedicure, and bridal packages. Location: Gate 5, Rashid Mall, Khobar
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RESTQ SPA Luxury spa treatments in the comfort of your own home, RestQ Spa is the answer to every busy/lazy girl’s prayers. Their services include manicure/pedicure, eyelash extensions, massages and deep facials. Mob: +966-502966634 Web: restqspa.com
TREAT NAIL AND HAIR SPA Famous for their green tea pedicure treatment and natural hair masks, Treat is the perfect destination for a shiny manicure and blow-dry. Location: Prince Sultan Rd., Khobar Mob: +966-503837838
OTHERS TO MENTION VOG HAIR SALON Located at Spectrum Gym, Vog Hair Salon is a Parisian franchise offering hairstyling, treatments, coloring, as well as sets of manicure/pedicure. Location: Prince Faisal bin Fahd St. & Firas bin Al Nudur St., Khobar Tel: +966-13-8010449
BLING BLING LADIES SALON
THE SANCTUARY SALON AND SPA
They’re especially known for their intricate hairstyling, so be sure to try them out next time you go all out for a big event.
A one stop destination for nail care, hair care and skincare. Expect nothing short of great service in luxuriously decorated ambiance.
Location: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar Mob: +966-503691423
Location: Across from King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Othman bin Affan St., Dammam Tel: +966-13-8945674
BETALY SALON Visit this relaxing destination for your next Brazilian blowout and spoil yourself with a soothing manicure and pedicure. Location: Prince Humoud St., Khobar Tel: +966-13-8978558
FOR YOUR HAIR NAJWA With a hairstyling certification from France, Najwa’s work speaks for itself by looking flawless and photogenic. Mob: +966-568975520 stylist_najwa
LAYLA She’s a favorite of ours for her professional technique with detailed hairstyles. layla_hairstyle
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MAKEUP HERE! MUNIRA TURAIKI Her work is best described as “natural glamour”. She works with each person’s own features and creates consistently flattering makeup looks. Mob: +966-546141907 munira.turaiki
DANAH ALZAHID She creates striking makeup looks with meticulous attention to make the skin appear healthy and dewy. Mob: +966-558066589 danah.make.up
RASHA AL MADHAYAN Rasha is a certified makeup artist sought after by brides. She manages to create intricate makeup looks that are both simple and breathtaking. Mob: +966-555857540 rasha_makeup
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WHEN CONVENIENCE MEETS FUN
These funky gadgets are life changing.
SCAN SAFE ALUMINUM CARD Keeps all your credit card and ID cards organized! Seven slots in hard shell casing with suresnap latch closure.
COMFORT ZONE: CALENDAR SR 135
This cool calendar let's you get creative with stitching.
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Ingested with iconic figures and their respected quotes, these wall hangings are bound to color your walls. 52 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017 ADVERTORIAL
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DINING AROUND TOWN
A Tale of Two Amazing Cuisines as One Have the best Lebanese-Armenian meal you’ve ever had at the Quick Bites restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel in Khobar. The open-space seating area with the huge windows and delicious variety on their new menu have absolutely surprised us. Great staff, great atmosphere and
Check Out Koshari Plus!
great food; the perfect combination! Location: Ibn Bassam Alandalusi St., InterContinental Hotel, Khobar Tel: +966-13-8452822
Koshari is back with a bang. This Egyptian dish is everyone’s latest obsession. Check out @ koshari_plus, a Hofuf-based restaurant on Instagram or give them a call on +966-13-5807888.
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Lusin Opening Soon The famous Armenian restaurant Lusin has been a hit in Riyadh and Jeddah and is now opening soon in Sharqiya! We can’t wait to try it.
THIS JUST IN
MUST BUY MUSTARD
SCRAMBLE Check out Scramble, Sharqiya’s latest breakfast craze. Enjoy! scramble_sa
Adventures of @saudifooodie
A new restaurant about a song; the song is about a story; the story is about Nai (Arabic for flute). This is the best-theme restaurant, with a vivid menu developed by a celebrity chef nicknamed The Alligator; a chef with a cool reptilian attitude.
For almost 270 years, La Maison Maille studied the gastronomical sphere meticulously. They have managed to transform the simplest ingredients to household staple items. Amongst these items is Maille’s Dijon Originale. This legendary condiment is the future secret ingredient in most of your sauces and vinaigrettes!
Rumor has it @onlysweet_ makes some of the best homemade dessert s in town. You only have to browse through her account to get your mouth watering!
Location: King Saud St. & 15th St., Khobar
BUNDLE OFFER Morning coffee even better with Krispy Kreme’s Bundle offer: two glazed donuts with every cup. It’s the real breakfast of champions!
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CHEESY GOODNESS God bless the person who first added cheese to fries. By Nahla Al Sardi
BRAUGER BRAUGER FRIES
BISTRO LOUNGE VOLCANO
Excellent add-on sauces; so tasty. The cheese, though, was a solid mass and terribly un-cheese-like.
Bistro is a fan favorite and for a reason. Very unique presentation. The only thing that could improve this would be a meat topping.
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It was nice to see I Wish offer a chicken option, but beef will always be our go-to!
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I WISH - CHICKEN MEXICAN FRIES
THE CUTS THE CUTS FRIES The Cuts have a very modern twist to their presentation, with a sour taste and a refreshing hint of spiciness. Quantity: Add-Ons: Presentation: Taste:
BEIT MISK BEIRUT TWIST Itâ€™s the simple things that make a difference. Beit Misk offer wedges instead of fries, which taste great! The cheese
was of a high quality too. Excellent choice.
O BURGERCHICKEN VOLCANO POP
big and outnumbered the actual fries.
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Due to its presentation, the fries were soggy (major no-no). The chicken pieces were too
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STEAMY BOWLS OF DELIGHT Warm up with one of these winter soups. By Alzahra Aldawood
ORDER: BROCCOLI SOUP
I know what you’re thinking: I hated broccoli as a kid and it’s no friend of mine today. I’m here to tell you that you’re being too hard on broccoli. Give this creamy, hearty bowl of soup a chance. It’ll wrap you up in a comforting jacket of warmth and perhaps even kindle a new and longawaited friendship. Location: 10th St., Khobar
CHINA TOWN Looking for something filled to the brim with protein and spices? This option has both chicken and prawns, and has a kick to it that’ll have you breathing fire. Location: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Rd.,, Khobar
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ORDER: TOM YUM SOUP
ORDER: ONION SOUP
Highly recommended, this rich and flavorful soup is a savory delight. It’s the perfect comfort food for lunch or dinner and is served in
a bread bowl that ensures you leave absolutely nothing on the table, including the bowl! Location: Mall of Dhahran, Dhahran / Prince Turki St., Khobar
UPTOWN966 ORDER: HARIRA SOUP
You can’t go to a seafood restaurant and not order a seafood soup! The bouillabaisse from one of the oldest seafood spots in Sharqiya is guaranteed to have you swimming in joy and yumminess.
Although we don’t have many restaurants with Moroccan cuisine, Uptown966’s Harira soup really hits the trifecta of greatness: great quantity, quality and price. One spoon will be all it takes to make you fall in love with it.
Location: Khaleej Rd., Al Hamra, Dammam
Location: Prince Turki St. & 16th St., Khobar
DARIN RESTAURANT ORDER: BOUILLABAISSE
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SNACKS FOR THE SEASON
Foods to keep you warm this winter. By Tuba Saricimen
Packed with vitamin C, fiber, and a whole lot more nutrients, roasted chestnuts are the perfect winter snack. Cut an inch long X onto the flat side of the chestnuts (to prevent them from exploding). Place the chestnuts on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven (200C / 400F) for 15 to 20 minutes.
The sahlep (sahlab) powder is derived from the wild orchid and used to prepare this silky and rich drink that warms you inside out. Originating in the Ottoman Empire, sahlep is popular and loved throughout the Middle East.
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You wonâ€™t be able to pass a cold winter day without having some karak tea. Karak is black tea brewed with milk, sugar and spices based on preference. Originated in India, itâ€™s very popular in the GCC.
Aseeda A traditional dessert popular across the GCC, aseeda is enriched with dates and spices. The richness of aseeda is perfect to give you energy and warmth on a cold winter day. 60 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
Rogan Gosh A signature dish of Kashmir, Rogan Gosh is an aromatic winter lamb curry eaten with rice or naan bread. Its heartwarming taste leaves you wanting more!
Haleem This spicy, rich and delicious slow cooked stew might be just the type of comfort food you need to battle a cold day. Haleem is a Pakistani dish made of lentils, barley, wheat, meat and flavorful spices.
Mince Pies These small pies are stuffed with minced meat: a mixture of dried fruit, sugar, and spices. Popular in England, mince pies are traditionally made and eaten during the winter holidays seasons.
Melanzine alla Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmesan) Layers of eggplants and parmesan cheese stacked on top of each other is how this classic Northern Italian winter dish is made.
H E A LT H Y L I V I N G
Thyroid Cancer Thyroid (n): the butterflyshaped gland that controls metabolism. By Sumaiyya Naseem
Despite how common thyroid problems are, there are many misconceptions about the gland and its cancer. For example, contrary to popular belief, hyperthyroidism (thyroid deficiency) is not caused by obesity or weight gain. Dr. Mazin Merdad, an Otolaryngologist (ENT) and head and neck surgeon, who returned to Saudi one year ago, answers some common questions about thyroid problems.
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Anatomy of the Thyroid Gland
Thyroid Cancer (Front View)
Thyroid (Front View)
Cancer Trachea Thyroid Cancer (Back View)
How common is thyroid cancer in Saudi Arabia? Unfortunately, we do not have a national cancer database here in Saudi Arabia. King Faisal Specialist Hospital collects information from its patients and the Ministry of Health, and their latest data shows that thyroid cancer is the second most common cancer among Saudi females.
How do local rates compare to global rates? We do not have a lot of studies regarding thyroid diseases in Jeddah, and therefore we donâ€™t know if our local rates are higher or lower compared to global ones. The general consensus is that there is nothing in our lifestyle that is directly associated with thyroid problems.
What are the symptoms of thyroid cancer? Thyroid cancer often presents as a mass felt in the lower neck. However, some small
thyroid cancers are incidentally found when a patient has an ultrasound or a CT scan of the neck for a different reason.
How many people have lumps in their thyroid gland? What percentage of that is cancer? Around 30 percent of people have thyroid nodule, and the majority of them are small and benign (not cancerous). Less than 10 percent of thyroid nodules turn out to be cancerous. These are international statistics.
What causes thyroid cancer? The vast majority of thyroid cancers develop in patients with no known risk factors. Having a family member with thyroid cancer, or being exposed to high-dose neck radiation can slightly increase ones risk of having thyroid cancer. If any of these cases apply to you, don't panic, just get checked regularly.
Thyroid (Back View)
What are some precautions against thyroid cancer? Nothing in ones lifestyle will increase or decrease the risk of developing thyroid cancer. Screening programs (mainly by doing neck ultrasound imaging) has been shown to be ineffective, because, again, more than 90 percent of thyroid nodules are benign.
Are there institutes or hospitals that specialize in thyroid cancer? My personal advice for patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer is to find a surgeon who specializes in or has significant experience in neck surgery. Studies have repeatedly shown that the risk of complications is less when specialized surgeons perform the surgery. DJ Recommends If you suffer from thyroid problems, get proper support and take care diligently.
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GET MORE RIZQ-Y n e tha r o m is Rizq oney. just m ahra By Z
Rizq (provision/sustenance) is not just confined to money in our bank account, status, business or food. It is far more extensive. The provisions of Allah may be in having tranquility, guidance, a smile on your face, your parents’ love, your spouse’s support, your child’s obedience, good friends who are always there for you, having respect of people around you and anything that gives you comfort and uplifts your spirits. Everything that we have is rizq from our Creator, as He says in the Quran: “Verily, Allah is the AllProvider.” [Quran, 51:58] Here are the ways mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah where Allah promises us an increase in rizq. 64 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
1 BEING MINDFUL OF ALLAH AND TRUSTING HIM “And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whoever relies upon Allah - then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Al Talaaq 65:2-3]
2 GRATITUDE And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.” (Quran, 14:7)
3 SEEKING FORGIVENESS And said, “Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.” (Quran, 71:12)
5 MAINTAINING THE TIES OF KINSHIP “Whoever would like his rizq (provision) to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.” (Bukhari 2067 and Muslim 2557)
“His rizq (provision) to be increased” means to be expanded and made abundant or, it was said, to be blessed (barakah). An Nawawi
6 MAKING DU’A Du’a is a very important way to expand ones provision as the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) has told us that nothing can change the Divine decree except du’a. (Narrated by Ahmad, 5/677)
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to say after Fajr prayer: “O Allah, I ask you for good (halal) provision, beneficial knowledge and accepted good deeds.” (Ibn Majah 925)
4 INCREASING IN CHARITY Spending on charity does not decrease wealth and only blesses it. “Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.”(Quran, 2:245)
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DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS OPENS THEMED PARKS Dubai Parks & Resorts has opened Bollywood Parks, a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attractions based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Hollywood's Motiongate Dubai park is situated right next to it!
Rocco Forte Hotels Welcomes Assila Hotel to Jeddah Rocco Forte Hotels welcomed Assila Hotel to the developing Saudi hospitality market of Jeddah, KSA. Compromised of two towers, the hotel consists of 147 deluxe, superior deluxe and executive rooms, 63 suites culminating in the magnificence of the Royal Suite, and also 94 fully serviced beautiful residential suites.
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Countdown to Lufthansa’s New A350-900 Service Begins The A350-900 will make its landing Feb. 10, 2017, launching its regular commercial service from Munich to Delhi. Considered the world’s
most modern long-hail aircraft, the A350-900 produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is considerably quieter during takeoff than comparable types of aircraft.
Inside the Pope’s Private Palace
Pope Francis has once again bucked tradition by opening his Papal vacation home to the public. The Apostolic Palace at Castel
Gandolfo, Twenty neverbefore-seen rooms, including a private library, study, chapel and simple bedroom, opened recently.
George Janjgava, Georgia’s first-ever ambassador to the Kingdom, revealed news of visa-free travel for Saudi nationals as well as other GCC nationals, allowing a one year stay, while residents of GCC states can stay up to 90 days.
China Opens Former Nuclear Plant to Tourism
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France Home to 37 recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites, France leads with 84.5 million international tourists.
China 816 Nuclear Military Plant is a decommissioned plutonium and weapons processing facility buried in the Chongqing mountains. According to government figures, more than 60,000 soldiers worked on it for 17 years prior to its closing in 1984.
Visit Saddam Hussein’s Former Palace
China The land of the Great Wall of China comes forth with 56.9 million tourists. The country is estimated to rank number one by 2020.
United States Offering a large number of varied attractions, the US lands second with 77.5 million international tourists.
Italy With 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and innumerable cultural and natural artifacts, Italy is ranked fifth with 50.7 million tourists.
Saddam Hussein’s former Lakeside Palace has opened its doors as Basra Museum, recognized as the country’s first museum opening in decades.
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to Rangali Island Venture through the Maldives with Destination. Story by Bassma Al Toaimi Written by Tala Hussein
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Soak up the Maldives with the Conrad’s curated list of experiences, which comply with time constraints of 1, 3 and 5 hour itineraries. Infused with local culture, the inspired experiences, ranging from undersea dining to exploring aquatic gardens look to unravel the stress of daily life.
Awarded the Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel 2016 & 2015, and the Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort 2016 by the World Travel Awards, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island whisks its guests away by seaplane, providing exceptional hospitality and an opulent setting.
DAY 1 Our exotic journey embarked with a lunch at the Rangali Bar. Set on the edge of the main pool with a sand-floored bar, Rangali Bar offered us an extensive lunch menu characterized by striking dishes and innovative tropical inspired cocktails. Recognized as a dining destination with 12 awardwinning restaurants and bars including the worldâ€™s first undersea restaurant and the Maldives first celebrity Chinese restaurant, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island awaits gourmands for an inspiring culinary experience. Sunset Grill Restaurant
Ufaa by Jereme Leung
Dinner was held at the award winning Ufaa by Jereme Leung, who was voted the best head chef by the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Presented as an innovative Chinese culinary concept, infused with iconic aromatic flavors from varied Chinese cultures, Ufaa took us on a journey of taste exploration with Chef Leungâ€™s signature hot pots. Chinese cuisine never tasted this good.
Pan seared wagyu beef with scallops.
Tianjin pear with vanilla ice cream.
DAY 2 Having 12 award-winning restaurants to choose from, next was the Vilu Restaurant and Bar for the perfect energizing breakfast to start our day. Vilu offered us breakfast tables presented in a picturesque setting and situated beside the serene blue waters of the Rangali Island lagoon. It features a selection of continental breakfast foods served buffet style for those wishing to try what meets the eye. We dove into the exotic flavors of the Asian selection DESTINATIONKSA.COM 69
featuring Thai omelette and mango sticky rice for a cultured breakfast experience. Scheduled next was an invigorating private yoga class located at the resortâ€™s yoga pavilion. The one hour session embedded a soothing effect on us, while we engaged the mind and body with deep stretching and meditation. For dinner, we were greeted with a rich feast of fresh local lobster, seafood and quality meats straight off the grill at Koko Grill Beach, a designated beach for a relaxing dining experience. The tables were set right near the water, and lit with little lamps, creating the perfect ambience. What made the experience particularly special was watching the sun set in front of us and listening to nothing but the peaceful sound of the waves.
Wood Ufaa by smoked Jeremesalmon Leungwith asparagus pannacotta and raspberry dressing.
DAY 3 The third day was designed for ultimate regeneration. Located in the sanctuary of the Rangali Finolhu Island, The Spa Retreat is set over a lagoon at the tip of Rangalifinolhu Island. It offered us an extensive range of holistic spa and body treatments that rejuvenated our mind, body and soul. The Maldivian Indigenous treatment consisting of a localized blend of products, relived muscle tension and provided utmost nourishment.
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My favorite was the heated fresh coconut sticks that instantly melted once rubbed on the skin, breathing new life into my body.
Awarded the Best Luxury Scenic Setting, Mandhoo Spa Restaurant is elegantly designed, yet instilled with a spooky aspect of sting rays and baby sharks possibly swimming underneath the restaurant. Lunch at the world renowned Mandhoo Spa restaurant was specially prepared to energize, nourish, detoxify, relax and fortify the body using explicitly organic produce. Next was an awe-inspiring cruise over the deep blue ocean on board a luxury cruiser. We watched the sun sinking into the oceanic mélange of colors, while being served the chef’s special canapes. Mandhoo Spa Restaurant
DAY 4 Having recognized and awarded multiple global awards, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the world’s first undersea restaurant offering a 180-degree panoramic view of the coral lush surrounding it. Ithaa rests five meters below the surface of the Indian ocean. We wrapped up our trip with dinner at the beautiful Koko Grill, located on the quiet zone beach for a luxuriating final dinner. Koko Grill provided us with an intimate dining experience. The chef put together a 10 course meal of Japanese cuisine under the stars, by the sound of rhythmic waves. It was perfect. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
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The Perfect Respite A residence of exhilaration, Ascott provides a unique lifestyle. Riyadh was, in recent history, a pit stop along the Kingdom’s trade route. Once a mud-walled enclosure, today Riyadh’s transformation has evolved it into the financial and business hub of the Kingdom. The city’s architectural wonders start from futuristic steel-clad skyscrapers to the mud-brick structures of the Masmak Fortress, built a century ago. Set in the ultra modern district of Olaya, the Ascott luxury residence sits amongst two of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, supplying guests with the most stunning view of Riyadh. The building itself is a beauty to behold, instilling feelings of wonder and awe in onlookers as they observe the powerful grace of Ascott Rafal. Its location in the heart of the business district and a 5-minute drive to the up and coming King Abdullah Financial District makes Ascott Rafal the prime choice for business travelers visiting the city.
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The hotel offers a selection of studios, one and two bedroom apartments catering to both short and long staying guests. Opulently furnished in rich neutral tones, each apartment’s open plan kitchen is fully equipped along with separate living, dining and bedroom areas - providing the ultimate privacy and convenience, just like home. Ascott Rafal Olaya offers luxurious lifestyle facilities that function as the perfect escape at the end of a long day. A diverse mix of day spas, gymnasium, pool and a kid’s club with extensive facilities makes Ascott Lifestyle a family friendly luxury. For guests focused on a business-related visit, Ascott provides meeting rooms and a business center to help guests perform their best.
Restaurant in the building.
Ascott’s residence program incorporates pastry tasting sessions, traditional yoga classes, recreational outings and a unique community experience unlike any other in the Kingdom. The kid’s play area offers safe and exciting programs for the children in your care, which not only entertains them but also creates new memories to rejoice and remember. Colorful, state of the art play and climbing equipment, swings and slides make the play area the ultimate initiator of thrill and laughter. The kid’s room for younger children provides a happy space to play, sleep and dream. It offers comfort to mothers by providing infants and toddlers with love and care that feels just like home. Location: Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh, Sahafa, Olaya St., Riyadh Tel: 8002440080 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: the-ascott.com
Rooftop swimming pool.
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TRUE ARABIAN PALACES
Qasr Al Sharq and Hilton for local luxury. Overlooking the Red Sea, Qasr Al Sharq presents the city with true first class opulence. The monumental building stands in Jeddah, showcasing ultimate luxury and elegance with its oriental palace façade.
Specializing in modern Lebanese cuisine, Mataam Al Sharq is constantly searching for ways to serve the highest level of customer service and fine dining experience.
Only 20 minutes away from both King Abdulaziz Airport and the bustling bright souks of Al Balad, Qasr Al Sharq maintains its status as the most favored occasional, formal, and leisurely venue of the city.
Fahad Fountain at Jeddah Corniche, while also accessing the Hilton’s varied amenities.
Boasting seven elegantly themed boardrooms, with state of the art functions, much of the royalty, dignitaries and business associates mark it as the focal meeting point in the city of Jeddah. Conveniently located by the tallest water fountain in the world, guests can admire the scenic King
As for dining, indulge in the option of choosing from two fine dining restaurants. The first offered is an Italian getaway, set in a relaxing yet sumptuous environment. With its rich interior and high quality service, Aromi established itself as an ideal venue for special occasions.
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Mataam Qasr Al Sharq
Unwind in the private sanctuary of Qasr Al Sharq’s Spa, promising ultimate solitude for every visitor. Utilizing organic philosophy of well-being through active plant ingredients, it offers eight different types of massages, an indoor swimming pool with an Aqua-Med Hydrotherapy bed, and countless other features. Location: North Corniche Rd. Web: waldorfastoria3.hilton.com Tel: 920009565
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The Hilton is home to some of the best dining options in the city. The Al Safina Restaurant offers local, regional and international fine dining cuisine, while the Manhattan Sports Diner lets you enjoy your American favorites. If you prefer an evening of relaxation and coffee, escape into leisurely setting of the Vienna Café.
Staying at the Hilton is not just a choice; it’s a lifestyle that many desire. The full experience of staying at the Hilton rejuvenates, refreshes and recharges you for your work in the city.
Spa Jacuzzi at Qasr Al Sharq
Location: North Corniche Rd. Web: Jeddah.hilton.com Tel: +966-926591111
Jeddah Hilton Pool Terrace
At a glance, the Jeddah Hilton is a grand facility that offers accommodation to travelers and executives new in the city. Located close to the bustling downtown area and adjacent to the grand Qasr Al Sharq, Jeddah Hilton provides easy access to the best parts of the city. Shopping districts, iconic destinations like the King Fahad Fountain and theme parks are minutes away from the hotel. Whether you’re in the city for business or simply taking a staycation, it’ll be easy to find a suitable room at the Hilton. The Deluxe Plus rooms offer a bright and airy space with a
gorgeous panorama of the city, while the Executive rooms let you savor the sea view from the higher floors. What makes Hilton an amenable choice is the availability of personalized fitness centers, rejuvenation at The Spa by Clarins and the Hilton Hall or the Al Qasr Ballroom for galas, meetings and private parties. Hilton is a hub for business and leisure, and various events and conferences that take place in its grand halls. A visit to Jeddah is incomplete without the discovery of the city’s extensive culinary scene.
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Exploring one of the oldest pottery stores in KSA. By Hajer Al Alwan
In a small village in Al Ahsa called Al Qarah, lies a pottery store that has survived the Ottoman Empire and lived through the modernity of Saudi cities. Recognized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage, itâ€™s one of the historic attractions in the area, which is known for nursing craftsman.
Al Gharrash family has been running this pottery business for more than 200 years, generation after generation, without letting the store lose its sense of originality. Many of the wooden doors and windows in the store are more than a century old. The family continues to make and sell pottery and ceramic pieces.
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Currently owned by Sayyed Ali Al Gharrash, he leaves the day to day operation of the store to his two sons, Sayyed Salih and Abu Essam. Abu Essam, the older brother, told us they were one of the very few families that still make pottery in Al Ahsa.
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The first store we had was originally located inside one of the caves in Al Qarah Mountain, back when people used to live in them, but eventually they were abandoned and our ancestors bought this place we’re in now. — Abu Essam
When we walked in, it felt as if we were taken to a different far-off time. Mud walls and wooden doors and windows, the nostalgic atmosphere of the place engulfed us when we walked in the rooms filled with shelves of ceramics of all sizes and types.
“We get our mud from Al Mubarraz, but nowadays it’s much harder to find,” said Abu Essam. “The best places to find mud have been covered with buildings.” The pieces range in type and purpose. Some are designed for incense, others for sheesha smoking or as plant and flower pots. Some are even created for water storage, just as they were originally used for many years ago. When we asked about how the mud is prepared to work it into pottery, they explained that it has to be soaked, kneaded, made into the final shapes, dried, and then heated in a pit. Visiting such a local reserved
historical landmark was just a heartwarming experience for us. We invite all of you to go and see it for yourself. Location: Opposite of Saudi Post Office, Al Qarah, Al Ahsa Mob: +966-554977783
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The owner and designer Saad Al Balahi traveled across the Kingdom collecting antiques and manuscripts to fill his museum. Youâ€™ll find antique jewels, weapons and ancient photographs. Heritage Village also shares the history of Dammam itself, telling the tales of its development since its foundation.
Get in touch with your past at the Heritage Village. By Sara Chaudhry
Designed as a traditional Arabian castle, Heritage Village is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sharqiya. Located centrally in Dammam near the Sheraton Hotel and the Corniche, the landmark is a testament to the rich history and culture of the region which has been
meticulously preserved and displayed for visitors to enjoy. The multi-story building documents Saudi civilization and history from the past to the present. Each floor will entice you with the rich cultures of Saudi, from the sublime nature of Aseer to the warmth of Najd.
A Traditional Pot on Display
A trip to Heritage Village helps relate the past with the present. It introduces you to the Kingdom's diverse cultures and early history, giving you new perspectives on present-day Saudi Arabia. Every trip to Heritage Village ends with an astonishing dining experience that you will remember for days to come. Authentic cuisines and tastes from all regions of the country are served at the traditionally decorated restaurant, intoxicating one's senses and putting a delicious cherry on top of the wonderful experience. Location: Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Rd., Dammam Web: heritage-village.com.sa Tel: +966-13-8090000 Email: email@example.com
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BACK TO THE PAST
THE PORTUGUESE CONNECTION The Portuguese rule over the Arabian Gulf. By Mohammed Mirza
Just like much of the world after the European Renaissance, Arabia has been subject to European colonialism as well. Parts of what is modern day Saudi Arabia once fell into the ambitious hands of colonial powers. The Portuguese sought to influence a major portion of maritime trade in the region and profit from the pearling industry. After the Portuguese invaded the Arabian Gulf, Hurmoz in Iran served as their base.
1506 AD • The Portuguese first appear in the Gulf and invade Hurmoz in Iran.
1521 AD •
1549 AD •
Conquered Qatif, Bahrain and some islands belonging to the Jabrid Dynasty.
Ottomans defeated the Portuguese in Yemen and Oman.
1625 AD •
Present Day •
The Portuguese entirely lost their last bastion in Hurmoz, Iran.
Aside from the Portuguese built fort in Tarout Island, little remains of the Portuguese era.
Before the arrival of the Ottomans, a local revolt in Qatif managed to rout the Portuguese. The Ottomans had arrived after the locals called out for help.
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The Good Big Brother Supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises. By Tuba Saricimen
TAMKEEN Founded: 2006 Some Success Stories: Sugar&Lace, Fresco, 2Connect, Obai&Hill, Namaste, Amina Gallery
With a mission to reform its economy, one of Bahrain’s main initiatives was making the private sector the key driver of sustainable economic development. As a direct result of that, Tamkeen was founded in 2006 as a semigovernment organization.
Aside from helping with startups, Tamkeen also has plenty of financial solutions – in collaboration with prominent banks – to support growth opportunities of established businesses. Tamkeen also organizes professional development schemes for individuals and
enterprises such as training workshops and certification programs. To motivate and teach young Bahraini students the basics of being a business owner, Tamkeen organizes business plan competitions to help them learn about preparing a business plan and setting up a new business. Web: tamkeen.bh
One of the most common types of aid Tamkeen gives is their enterprise support. Their programs provide financial help to establish businesses in Bahrain. Some of the areas a business owner can obtain support for are: • Machinery and equipment
• Marketing and branding • Participating in exhibitions • Business consultancy • Quality improvement and certification
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To date, Tamkeen’s programs have served more than 130,000 Bahrainis and their businesses.
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• Information and communication technologies
BAHRAIN BUSINESS INCUBATOR CENTRE Founded: 2003 Some Success Stories: Jeeves, Sultan Pasha Sweets Factory, Tylos Company, Healths Kitchen Catering, Bella Casa Blinds
One of the main concerns of a budding entrepreneur is a place to start operations. This is where the Bahrain Business Incubator Center (BBIC) comes in. The BBIC provides space and essential services needed for an entrepreneur to start operations without worrying about logistics.
To date, over 100 businesses have successfully used and transitioned out of the BBIC.
Once the business is established, the business owner can then transition out of the incubator and into the real world. BBIC offers options of renting production spaces and office spaces, depending on the business ownersâ€™ needs. In addition, crucial services and facilities such as internet, telephone and fax services, boardrooms and conference rooms and a supportive entrepreneurial environment are just some of the things a business owner can benefit from. The BBIC works closely with government institutions and other SME-support institutions in order to assist and accelerate the growth of SMEs in Bahrain. Web: bbicbahrain.com
TENMOU – THE BAHRAINI BUSINESS ANGELS COMPANY Founded: 2010 Some Success Stories: uTrack. TV, Eat App, Faiza Mosaic Art Center, Spade Studios, Reload Consulting, Fish Transporter
Business angels are affluent individuals that invest in and support startup companies and budding entrepreneurs. Tenmou is Bahrain’s first “business angels company” that offers support, mentorship and capital to up and coming Bahraini entrepreneurs. Comprised of successful businessmen and entrepreneurs, the angel shareholders at Tenmou have the experience and know-how to guide, support and assist new business owners straight from the start. 82 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
Tenmou looks for highly motivated and hardworking Bahraini entrepreneurs with new and innovative ideas that have the potential to succeed and expand within Bahrain and on an international level. Their funding is generally sufficient to get going, and
given the possibility a business requires more funding at later developing stages, Tenmou looks to assess the proposed justifications and can provide a more substantive financial support system. Web: tenmou.me
RIYADAT INCUBATION CENTER Founded: 2010 Some Success Stories: Pachachic, Ameena Gallery, Annada, Makeup Store, Craftzania
Riyadat has 54 offices and Stores to help Start-Up Women Entrepreneurs.
The most entrepreneurial age group for females is 35-44.
With the vision of Princess Sabeeka bint Ebahim Al Khalifa and in collaboration with the Bahrain Development Bank and the Supreme Council for Women, Riyadat was established as a business incubator specifically targeting Bahraini women. One of the main aims of Riyadat is to support the development of Bahraini women entrepreneurs and give them the resources they need to start and build successful businesses. Built like a mall, Riyadat has the necessary facilities to assist a startup business in the initial and crucial phase of development. With a standard incubation period of three years, Riyadat offers offices, a shop space to showcase products, a business center, accounting and advisory services, and conference and meeting rooms.
10% of the female population are thinking about starting up a business.
We are the 1st incubator of our kind in the world.
If women started businesses at the same rate as men, we would have 150,000 extra start-ups each year.
CREATIVE MEAT SPACE Bahrain’s innovative local burger joints. By Tuba Saricimen
The Grub Shack Elvis Burger
People don’t usually like weird food combinations but sometimes a place can pull it off. Enter the Elvis Burger, the natural evolution of the king of rock and roll’s unique sandwich obsession, by adding a burger to it! Yes, it’s a grilled burger with a dollop of peanut butter, grilled bananas, beef bacon, melted cheese, lettuce and signature Grub sauce. You will not be leaving this burger joint without a full stomach and a smirk of satisfaction. Location: Rd. 90 Block 1014 Shop 2247 b, Wali Al Ahd Highway, Hamala Tel: +973-17131363
The Mac Burger Nothing reminds me of my childhood like a bowl of mac and cheese. How about we try that on a burger? I know, crazy, right? Southside’s The Mac burger will bring out our wild side. Mac and cheese with an extra serving of fried mac and cheese, bacon, a sizzling burger and a helping of cheddar cheese. This is the definition of comfort food: burgers and childhood memories! Location: Wali Al Ahd Highway, Hamala Hills, Hamala Tel: +973-17002217
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Truffle Burger Decadent I love mushrooms. I really love mushrooms. Joy Mama’s truffle burger decadent is an absolute marvel. The burger patty is infused with mushrooms, then topped with melted cheddar, lettuce, balsamic-glazed onions and – the crème de la crème of toppings – truffle mayonnaise. Location: Avenue 27, El Mercado Mall, Janabiya Tel: +973-13115533
Sage and Sirloin
Smoked Brisket Burger Can I get a steak, well done please? Wait, hold on a minute, we’re only talking about burgers, right? Sage and Sirloin has us covered. The smoked brisket burger includes overnight smoked brisket, shredded and dressed with the best homemade BBQ sauce that you’ve ever tasted. Simple and delicious. Location: Wali Al Ahd Highway, Hamala Tel: +973-17611949
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There’s one thing in the world that I love most and that’s a grilled cheese sandwich. Well, Blaze Burgers figured out how to top that. Not one, but two grilled cheese sandwiches housing two sizzling burgers, topped off with lettuce, tomatoes and Blaze sauce. This totally earns its Beef Tank name! Location: Rd. 3819, Block 338, Manama Tel: +973-17744773
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Sloanes Real Estate Brokers Expands its Portfolio
Sloanes signed a deal with Berkeley Group to expand their existing partnership and include developments in London. As part of the agreement, Sloanes KSA will offer two exclusive riverside developments in Battersea Reach and Fulham Reach.
Al Ghassan Motors and Bentley in Partnership with Al Bayraq Titled Global and Regional Investment Perspectives 2017, the third event of its kind for Deutsche Bank in Saudi Arabia explored pressing macro issues affecting the MENA region and beyond.
Alhambraâ€™s Luminous Hues in the Saudi Markets
The new Bentley Mulsanne model 2016 will be the official car for use in transporting of Al Bayraq clients, a new business Air Bridge that runs six daily scheduled flights between Riyadh and Jeddah.
The BMW 6 Series: Luxurious Elegance at its Best
Van Cleef & Arpels unveils its new Vintage and Magic Alhambra creations set in the Saudi market, a perfect harmony of malachite and diamonds. 86 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2017
The 6 Series offers attractive new additions to the range of optional equipment for spring 2017. The options add touches of striking style to both the exterior and interior.
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Bupa Arabia Supports Community Talents
Nissan Introduces Driverless Towing System
Bupa Arabia for cooperative insurance, the largest healthcare provider in the Kingdom, emphasized its cooperation with public and private entities to support persons with disabilities in the Kingdom by attracting them to attractive employment opportunities at the company.
The introduction of Intelligent Vehicle Towing (IVT) has been announced, a fully automated vehicle towing system, at its Oppama Plant.
Conrad Makkah Jabal Omar
LG Ushers in a New Age of Convenience
Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is set to become a new destination for the MICE tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, according to industry experts.
LGâ€™s new washing machine redefines the concept of laundry. The LG TWINWashâ„˘, first unveiled at CES 2015, enables two separate loads to be washed simultaneously. DESTINATIONKSA.COM
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, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8960334
JOHNNY ROCKETS DS
Recommends: Smokehouse Burger • Al Rashid Mall, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: +966-138965500
QUICK BITES Rich Arabic and International menu with indoor and takeaway options • InterContinental Hotel Al Khobar, Ibn Bassam Alandalusi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8452822 STEAKHOUSE The ultimate
destination for steak lovers. Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8938885
THE BURGER STOP DS
Recommends: Try the Cheese Explosion • Al Turki Center, 7th St. Northern Khobar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8817400 +966-13-8817500
WAYBACK BURGERS King
Salman bin Abdulaziz Rd., Khobar • Mob: +966-542012320
BRAZILIAN BRASA DE BRAZIL For meat
coma. You’ll even get duck and quail here! • Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8814884
CHOCOLATES ANOOSH COOKIE TIME! . Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8469803 BATEEL Al Rashid Mall, Khobar
CACAO SAMPAKA Coffee & Chocolate. King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8494040 CAFE LIWAN Cafe Liwan is a Saudi coffee shop chain that has a very unique concept. Al Othiam Mall, Dammam • Tel: +966-138815590 COFFEE LIBRARY A coffee shop with many kinds of coffee to relax with. Ar Rayyan, Dammam • Mob: +966-590773720 COSTA Mall of Dhahran,
Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8684071
• Tel: +966-13-865 2702
PAPPAROTI Try their milk tea!.
BOSTANI CHOCOLATE & GIFTS Bostani has the highest
PASTEL CAFÉ Go back in time
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
King Fahad Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-966-13-8422213
GODIVA Four words: Strawberries
dipped in chocolate. Service Rd., Al Yarmouk, Gosaibi Village, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8815757
JUHAINA CHOCOLATE Prince Faisal bin Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-867 8388
PATCHI Find exceptional
chocolate at Patchi. • Prince Sultan Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8477743
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 is your local boutique for exotic and luxury chocolates. Zaid Ibn Alkhattab St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Mob: +966-555831387
THE CHOCOLATE SHOP
Mall of Dhahran
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 STARBUCKS COFFEE Starbucks
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 BOULANGERIE Kempinski
Al Othman Hotel. •Tel +966 13 8294444
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
T. SQUARE Elegant lobby lounge of InterContinental Al Khobar serving tea, coffee and tasty pastries • Tel: +966-13-8452888
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
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
ROSETTE Enjoy a luxurious night out and dine in luxury at Rosette. Corniche Rd., Al Khobar • Tel:+96613-8975854 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
AL DIWAN Kempinski Al Othman Hotel • Tel: +966 13 8294444
HUNGRY BUNNY Hungry Bunny serves comfort food like burgers and wraps. Pepsi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8098227
CIRCLE CAFE Try the Mexican Salad!. Al Khobar • Mob: +966539477711 • Tel: +966-13-8977711
KFC Don’t miss out on the tastiest
is a wonderful café and breakfast spot. KAl Turki Business Park • Tel: +966-13-8827138
COFFEE & TEA SHOPS
KONO PIZZA Kono Pizza
BABA KARAK 28th St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8409080
PAPA JOHN’S Papa John’s Pizza
French Toast! King Fahd Rd., Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8492211
Zaid Ibn Alkhattab St., Al Olaya, Khobar • Mob: + 966-555831387
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
delivers the true essence of coffee. Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8891195
and freshest fried chicken at KFC. Corniche, Khobar • Mob: +966-545029249
ACOUSTIC TEA LOUNGE & ART GALLERY DS Recommends:
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
PATTIS FRANCE Pattis France
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
ABU NAWAS RESTAURANT
LINDO All the fruit mochi ice
not to love at Haagen Dazs but we especially love the Affogato. Al Rashid Mall (Level G), Khobar
cream flavors. Khobar • Mob: +966-561002011
SHAKES Ferrero Rocher
Shake!. Al Rashid Mall • Mob: +966-548151501
ITALIAN LA CARAVELLA
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
La Caravella is an Italian restaurant that provides an unmet dining experience. Al Rawabi, Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8475770
exhumes the taste of the Middle East with great outdoor seating. King Fahd St., Corniche Khobar • Tel: 920004102
LA GONDOLA Step into La
FAYROUZ Fayrouz serves an
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
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
RED DRAGON Red Dragon
serves authentic chinese cuisine. King Khaled St., Dammam • Mob: +966-550680111
being an authentic Italian taverna. Prince Saad St. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8988228
MAXIM Prince faisal bin fahad Rd.,
PIATTO Don’t leave without
CAFE CHIC SOFITEL
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
IL VERO Kempinski Al Othman Hotel • Tel: +966 13 8294444
MIDDLE EASTERN 3A KEIFAK Al Rashid Mall, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: 966-13-8890077
ABU HILAL RESTAURANTS If you’re craving mas’oob. 20th St., Thuqbah (20’th St.), Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8974363
(pepsi road) • Tel: +966-13-8824742
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
ROYAL GULF CHINESE
RESTAURANT Royal Gulf serves you tasty meals within a wonderful ambience. Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8949855 SHRINPY For the shawarma
addict!. Corniche St., Khobar • Tel: +966-543646786 /+966-138988887
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
ORIENT Savor the true Asian
cuisine. Prince Turkey St., Southern Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8992525
LAMLICIOUS Al Rashid Mall, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8681962 • Mob: +966-535266966 LIWAN CAFÉ Café Liwan is a
TOKYO RESTAURANT HIGASHI Corniche, Khobar 31952
well balanced blend of the Middle Eastern and Western concept. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Green Belt, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8871475
VANILLA PATISSERIE 7th Street, Northern Khobar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8692888
DS Recommends: Ferrero Rocher Cupcake!. Amwaj Mall, Gate 4 • Mob: +966-538491942
• 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 to try: Chicken Shish Boti with paratha!. Prince Fawaz St., Khobar Prince Saad / Musaid St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8932545 / +966-138673443 GHAZI Try their mutton chops!
Prince Fawaz 19th Street, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-896 2266
MUGHAL Mughal is a premium dining restaurant deriving its inspiration from art, history and culture. Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8982570
MY LITTLE CAKE SHOP
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
AL BANOOSH RESTAURANT Prince Abdulaziz St., • Tel: +966-138948955
JAR BAKERY Try their oreo pancakes for breakfast. Al Olaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8810255
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, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: +966-138482999
for women including dresses, skirts and kimonos.• Al Gosaibi Village, Al Yarmouk, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8815665
BRANDS FOR LESS Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8827466 • Web: brandsforless.org BVLGARI Luxury watches and jewelery. Prince Turki St., Albandaryia, Khobar • 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. Al Rashed Mall, Feras Al Nadhr St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Mob: +966-558003022 • Web: halayel-boutique.com
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Al-Shaikh Avenue, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Rd., Al Yarmouk, Khobar• Tel: +966-13-8021377 • Web: hublot.com
A fashion retail house that carries an extensive range of international high-end and luxury brands. Prince Turki St., Corniche, Khobar• Tel: +966-13-8815665 • Web: mimosa.com.sa
7th St., 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. Prince Turki St., Khobar • Tel: 920000554 • Web: lomar.sa
FURNITURE ASHLEY HOMESTORES
Operated stores that are passionate about being the best and most affordable. King Fahd Rd., Qurtoba, Khobar Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz St., Hufof • 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. King Faisal Rd., Ar Rawabi, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8477066 • Web: almutlaqonline.com
CLOSET WORLD Focus
on customers’ needs, lifestyle and budget to create the organizing solutions they need. Al Shatie Dst., Dammam Ain Najm St., Hufof • Tel: 920001595 • Web: closetworld.com.sa
IKEA To offer a wide range of
well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., South Doha, 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: +966-138950128 • 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
event photography such as henna parties, engagements, milka and baby showers. Dammam-Khobar • Mob: +966-543356917 • Web: monareema.com
HYTHEM ALDAHAM Specializing in wedding photos. Rashid Mall, Khobar • Mob: +966-558003022 • Web: hythemdaham.com
CLINICS AL JAZIRA CLINIC A medical
General Care Hospital Othman Ibn Affan St., Al Badiyah, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8467777 Ext. 1610/ • Mob: +966-503896973
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 equipment for a complete workout and/or for relaxation. Al Qasim Al Khawarizmi St ., Al Rakkah • Tel: + 966-13-8575443 • Web: carltonalmoaibedhotel.com/ nutrition
AREKA FITNESS CLUB
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
facility that uses state-of-the-art technologies with a prompt & organized level of patient services. 4th St, South Khobar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8982022 • Web: aljazirah. com.sa
that are specifically designed to provide its customers with the most popular spa treatments. Saad Hospital, Prince Humud St, Madinat Al Umal, Khobar • Tel: +966-138014433 • Web: astralis-spa.com
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 Alaqrabiyah, 22nd St.,
Khobar, • Tel: +966-13-8940004 • Web: facebook.com/KCCClinic
MED ART CLINICS One of the most respected plastic surgery clinics. Dhahran Tower, Granada St., Rakah, Khoba • Tel: +966-138650040 • Web: medartclinics.com RAM DENTAL & ORTHODONTIC CLINI
A clinic taking over the responsibility of presenting the best medical services. Khobar / Dammam / Jubail / Qatif / Hufof • Tel: +966-13-8648181 • Web: ramclinics.com
Al Badi - 9th St., Dammam• 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. Jamaluddin Al Afghani St, Al Ulaya, Khobarr • Tel: 920003131 • Web: fitstudio55.com
HOSPITALS AL MANA GENERAL HOSPITAL A hospital that offers
tertiary care services. Khobar / Jubail / Dammam / Hofuf • Tel: +966-138987000 • Web: almanahospital. com.sa
AL GOSAIBI BODY BUILDING SELF DEFENCE GYM Cross of
Gulf Cooperative St. & Prince Khaled St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8576026
AL SADIQ HOSPITAL
Saihat - Abu Musa Alansari St., • Tel: +966-13-8500160
King Fahad St., Al Qashlah, Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8591515 • Web: astoonhospitals.com
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
KING FAHAD SPECIALIST HOSPITAL To provide
compassionate quality healthcare, integrated with education and research. Al Muraikbat, Ammar bin Thabit St., Dammam • Tel: +96613-8431111 • Web: kfsh.med.sa/ KFSH_Website/Default.aspx
MAGRABI HOSPITALS & CENTERS
Imam Al Termithy St., Uhud, Dammamm • Tel: +966-13-8180000 • Web: magrabihospitals.com
MATERNITY AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Specializing in maternity health services. Ali bin Abi Taleb St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8426666
MOHAMMED AL DOSSARY HOSPITAL
Committed to provide 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. Imam Al Termithy St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8200000 • Web: mouwasat.com
PROCARE RIAYA HOSPITAL Promises to provide comprehensive health care services to its local community. King Saud Branch Rd., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8955900 • Web: procare.com.sa
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., Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-138475955 • Web: http://www.alsogair. com/drlaylapolyclinic.html
CRYSTAL SPA Tamimi
Compound, King Fahd Rd., Al Bustan, Khobar • Mob: +966-509041654 • Web: spacrystal.wix.com
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MOVENPICK Discover the utmost in refined comfort and unrivalled service with a personal touch when you book an unforgettable stay. Al Yarmouk, Khobar • Tel: +966-138984999 • Web: movenpick.com
DAR NAJD SALON King Saud St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8322222 • 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
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
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/ experience of relaxation for hands, feet and nails. Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8304764 • Web: lalunenailspa.com
RADISSON BLU Offers 74 rooms and suites outfitted with top amenities. Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-138010080 • Web: radissonblu.com/ en/hotel-dhahran
PEARL SPA The ideal environment
SHERATON A 5-star deluxe
LA LUNE NAIL SPA Test a new
hotel in the Easten Province of Saudi Arabia. Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8345555 • Web: sheratondammam.com
for wellness and rejuvenation. Sunset Beach Resort, Sunset Blvd, Al Tahliyah, Khobar • Tel: +966-138902000 • Web: pearlspa.com
PRIMA DONNA Beauty and nail salon. Prince Sultan St., Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8910444
SOFITEL CORNICHE The modern 5-star luxury hotel gazes over the Arabian Gulf blending French elegance with Saudi spirit. South Conrniche Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8817000 • Web: sofitel.com
SHINE SPA Warm atmospheres and welcoming therapists, to help you recharge, relax and have fun while spending your time. Sheraton Dammam Hotel, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Rd., Al Mazruiyah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8345555 • Web: shinespadammam.com
TULIP INN Recognized as one of the leading hotels in Khobar overlooking the city. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8825588 • Web: tulipinnalkhobar.com/en
THE SANCTUARY NAIL LOUNGE & SPA A sanctuary
ZARA CONTINENTAL HOTEL
where you can indulge in the serene atmosphere of a modern but softly designed venue. Pepsi Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8945674
THE NAIL LOUNGE Al Rashid
Mall, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-898 0073
VOG To bring the elegance of
Paris salons to the No. 62 St., Al Ulaya, Khobar• Tel: +966-13-8010449 • Web: vogksa.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
PHARMACIES ADAMA PHARMACY Custodian
of The Two Holy Mosques Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-897 1719
AL-DAWAA Prince Sultan Rd., Khobar • Tel: 920000828 AL NAHDI PHARMACY Abha St., Dhahran • Tel: 8001191198
GNC 16th St., - Khobar • Tel: +96613-8933848
SAUD AL-SALEH PHARMACY Prince Humud St., Al Aqrabiyah • Tel: +966-13-8646229
WHITES PHARMACY Feras
Al Nadhr St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Tel: 920006648
HOTELS AL GOSAIBI HOTEL Amr bin
CROWNE PLAZA Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8988840 • Web: ihg.com DOUBLETREE Contemporary hotel in Dhahran’s business and commercial district. Al Qashla St., Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-3311144 • Web: doubletree3.hilton.com/en
Murrah St., Khobar • Tel: +966-138822882 • Web: algosaibi-hotel.com
HOLIDAY INN King Faisal St., Khobar /King Saud Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8671111• Web: ihg.com
ALOFT HOTELS King Saud
Branch Rd., Dhahran • Tel: +966-138164444 • Web: alofthotels.com
BOUDL Provides innovative and unique properties from deluxe hotel apartments to exclusive 5-star hotels and resorts. Al-Shatea Dist., Sect. Al Ashrea St.with Mohammed bin Fahad St., Dammam • Tel: 920000555 •Web: boudl.com.sa CORAL AL KHOBAR HOTEL
King Abdullah St.,Thuqbah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-869 6666
Combines 21st-century facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality. Ibn Bassam Alandalusi St., Bandariya, Khobar • Tel: +96613-8010444 • Web: radissonblu. com/en/hotel-dhahran
KEMPINSKI AL OTHMAN HOTEL King Saud Rd., Khobar • Tel:
+966-13-82944441• Web: kempinski. com/al-khobar
LE MERIDIEN Prince Turki
St.,Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8969000 • Web: lemeridienalkhobar.com
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
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
ALTAYYAR TRAVEL GROUP To provide an integrated travel package of products and services. Bandariyah, Khobar • Tel: 920 012 333 • Web: altayyargroup.com/en
ATLAS TRAVEL Al-Khobar’s leading travel agency. Prince Talal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8333064 • Web: facebook.com/ AtlasTravelKSA ATTAR TRAVEL An expert in the delivery of travel solutions and services. King Saud St., Dammam • Tel: 966-13-8341222 • Web: attartravel.com
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