Rachna Korhonen, U.S. Consul General in Sharqiya
Leadership and Foreign Service
ISSUE 25 JANUARY 2018
FROM THE EDITOR
Editor-in-Chief Enas Hashani Managing Director Maria Mahdaly Executive Editor Bassma Al Toaimi
HELLO, 2018! We at Destination are excited to welcome the new year, and what better way to celebrate all 2018 has to offer than to highlight people who have figured out a way to make a living out of their passions, or are well on their way to doing so? In this issue, you’ll meet a group of up-andcoming musicians that are corporate employees by day and progressive jammers by night. You’ll see a showcase of beautiful abayas created by Sharqawi fashion designers. If you’re thinking of starting your own business, or trying to figure out how to take your existing business to the next level, we show you all the different organizations just waiting to help you on your road to success. If these articles weren’t enough, we have a special surprise for you: Destination Sharqiya is honored to introduce you to the region’s new U.S. Consul General, Rachna Korhonen. She’s only been on the job for a few months, but in that time she’s stirred up a storm of activity; we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve already met her personally at one of Sharqiya’s many events. We know you’ll be just as excited to learn more about her as we were.
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F E AT U R E D C O N T E N T
THE BUSINESS ISSUE 14 BUSINESS
Business to Politics: U.S. Consul General Rachna Korhonen • Top Exchange Programs
20 SPECIAL FEATURES
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30 Rocking Sharqiya's music scene.
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40 STYLE & BEAUTY
Meet Abu Hamdan. Saudi’s funniest Mohammed.
• Raw and Refined: Step up your abaya game • Pamper yourself!
48 DINING AROUND TOWN 66 Top Places to Visit in Salalah
AND THE CAKE GOES TO
• Still Going Strong: Sharqiya’s dining gems. And Bibliophile • Red Velvet Fever
58 HEALTHY LIVING
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62 TRAVEL TRENDS
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72 IN BAHRAIN Bahrain’s entrepreneurship backbone
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
1. White Expo
Khobarâ€™s seafront lit up during the 4-day event, White Expo, which started Nov. 29. From food trucks and stalls to the latest and greatest talents in business, entertainment, and art, all were in one place to delight visitors in the many booths spread out in the vicinity.
2. Glam up with Asawer
Under the patronage of Princess Moudhi bint Fahd bin Jelewi Al Saud, a 3-night event of beauty and glamour was held at Crystal Hall from Nov. 23-25 in Khobar. The event highlighted some of the most prominent regional names in cosmetology, wellness, and fitness.
3. 180 Degrees Strikes Again
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The highly anticipated 180 Degrees event was back again last month, even bigger and better. This time, the outdoor event took place at the Shubaili Residence, Khobar Corniche. Music, food, and art were a few of what awaited visitors, who exceeded last yearâ€™s numbers significantly.
4. London is calling!
5. Servcorp Community
London beckoned Sharqiya during the outdoor Londonthemed event, London Underground. The venue, outside SciTech, had with London telephone booths, in addition to having Buckingham Palace-like guards. Visitors were charmed with the overall ambiance, the great London-like weather, and the entertainment throughout.
Workspace solutions provider Servcorp launched “The Servcorp Community,” a unique and secure business directory and business platform that connects 40,000 Servcorp clients. At the launch was also the opening of the world’s very first all-ladies co-working space section for businesswomen in Saudi Arabia, which supports a large part of the business scene.
6. iktva SME Forum & Exhibition
The Saudi Aramco InKingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) program held a forum and exhibition on Dec. 12-13. The forum is Saudi Aramco’s main engagement event with valued suppliers that make up the energy sector. It covered topics such as integration of supply chains, knowledge economy, market access, the legal and regulatory environment, and infrastructure benefits.
Enthusiasts and anyone remotely interested in the Japanese culture were in a for a treat during Japanese Village, held in Khobar Nov. 14-16. Visitors got to experience aspects of this much beloved culture through vendors showcasing Japanese games, art, and of course, sushi! Japanese Social Media sensations Shams Qamar and Reo Ishikawa were among those present at the event. Not to mention cosplayers galore!
8. Tadweer for the Environment
The 5-day event held at the Ali Al Tamimi Park in Khobar sent us Sharqawis a beautiful message about the environment and community, through raising awareness on the importance of recycling. The participants included private and governmental entities, in addition to environmental organizations.
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FANTASY WORLD A family entertainment event with a classic circus.
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PLANT AN IDEA A festival perfect for families that combines art, food and entertainment
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE Organized by the International Association for Women Mental Health. Location: Le Meridien, Al Khobar
JAN. 6 - 8
SHARQIYA DOT FEST An event that combines entertainment and stage acts.
OUR GLOBE, OUR HERITAGE
KING KHALID FOUNDATION AWARD
Khobar Municipality participated in a festival titled Our Globe, Our Heritage that took place at Al Qadisia Football Club in Khobar. As part of the festival, students and scouts planted 90 trees around Prince Saud bin Jalawi Park. The public showed admiration for Khobar Municipalityâ€™s role in setting up playgrounds and sports facilities for the community.
Sharqiya-born initiative Kan Yama won second place in the highly-coveted King Khalid Foundation Award for the year 2017. King Salman himself presented the award to Abdullah Al Hawas, founder of Kan Yama. Kan Yama was founded in 2009, with the aim to instill values through the power of storytelling. 10 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
Eastern Eamana participated in the Road Traffic Safety Exhibition organized by The Saudi Society for Traffic Safety, in collaboration with a number of related organizations, held under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Nayef, Governor of the Eastern Province. The exhibition held talks highlighting the integral role of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in ensuring road safety measures are implemented, utilizing high impact systems and technology.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE Young Hotelier of the Year
Members of the SBH Volunteer team celebrated World Volunteer Day by planting 115 trees in Al Khozama district in Khobar. SBH Volunteer team belongs to Salem Balhamer Holding company, and are one of the most active volunteer groups in Sharqiya, with volunteering efforts in both Khobar and Dammam.
Competing with more than 30 nominees, 22-yearold Saudi Noura Al Boodai from Al Ahsa InterContinental has been crowned Young Hotelier of the Year 2017 by Hotelier Middle East.
MORE THAN WINDOW SHOPPING With the aim to promote a more active and healthier lifestyle, Spectrum Wellness for Women set out to motivate women to walk 1,500 meters in none other than Dhahran Mall itself. Women can join the group walk at 2 different times of the day. Go go go!
ECO-FRIENDLY AL AHSA Al Aqeer Municipality in Al Ahsa has created a lakeside haven utilizing recycled and reused wood and agricultural materials. The beauty of this initiative is that
establishing these facilities around the lake using the materials mentioned adds up to no cost. No waste, no harm to the environment.
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MOVERS & SHAKERS
HAYA AL AGEEL A rising star in the business ecosystem By Noura Al Joaib
On a typical day, you’ll find Haya standing in front of an auditorium full of bright-eyed young men and women. She’ll stand in front of the crowd, giving each and every person her full attention, and tell them, with unshakable faith, how they can shape their lives into something of their own design. Entrepreneurship is Haya’s forte, and she dedicates her time and energy into helping startups turn their dreams into a sustainable reality. You’re just as likely to find her in Khobar as you are in Jazan, Qassim, or Riyadh. She is relentless in her drive and her passion to help as many people as she can. If there is one quality that defines Haya, it is her bravery. The reason I call Haya “brave” is that, when she first set off, she was very young, and had limited experience and
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I want to introduce you to Haya Al Ageel. Some of you may know her, while some of you may not. But I promise you, one day, all of you will know who she is.
qualifications. Yet she had a burning desire to make something out of herself. With nothing but her ambition and drive to do more and be more, she pushed herself to become someone with the guts to step forward and stand in an auditorium in front of 300 people and explain something she didn’t have a lot of experience doing. She has made mistakes, learned from them, and grown as a woman, whose belief in herself and unrelenting perseverance earned her the respect of both her young target audience and those more experienced in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The quality I admire about Haya, above all else, is her loyalty. That might sound unusual, until you realize that loyalty is the foundation of leadership. Haya understands that you’re only a leader if you can inspire loyalty from those you lead, irrespective of the actual position you hold. It means you have inspired these people, have given them something to believe in. Haya’s loyalty to that kind of leader is unwavering, as opposed to others, who exploit their position to try to “get ahead.” Finally, Haya is someone who likes to be informed, but is also compelled to inform others. It is this quality that has made her exemplary as a trusted facilitator and trainer. As her knowledge of entrepreneurship expands and grows, so do the topics of her talks, workshops, and training programs for
Haya explaining an activity during a workshop delivered to college students.
During a panel discussion hosted by Asharqia Young Businesswomen Council
aspiring entrepreneurs. With unwavering faith, a rare understanding of leadership at such a young age, and the burning desire to help others to reach their potential, Haya is one of the few people I admire. I know that there will be a day when each and every person will know who Haya Al Ageel is and speak well of her. I’m just lucky to be one of the first. hayalageel
Currently, Haya is a Public Relations and Marketing Specialist. She has delivered more than 20 different workshops, and trained more than 1,600 men and women in various business development fields. Haya hopes to establish a Marketing Consultation Agency to support startups across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
FROM BUSINESS TO POLITICS Get to know Sharqiyaâ€™s new U.S. Consul General.
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By Noura Al Joaib
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Colombo, Sri Lanka is probably not a place you would expect to find a copy of Destination Sharqiya. Yet, that is exactly where Rachna Korhonen, the U.S. Consul General, or CG for short, of the Eastern Province in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received her first two copies of the magazine from her predecessor. “This is where I’m going!” CG Korhonen told her friends, back in Colombo. After serving for three years in Riyadh, CG Korhonen was excited to be back in Saudi Arabia: “I always knew I wanted to come back. I love the culture. I loved my interactions with Saudis and the support I received from them.” With over 13 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and 20 years of corporate experience before that, she knew her time in the Eastern Province would put her “in the best job possible at the best time possible and in the best place possible.”
several cities in Sharqiya, and looks forward to visiting more. “People are very easygoing and welcoming.” She has attended dozens of local community and formal events, and met hundreds of people. “I feel like I already fit in,” she said. Then adding with a laugh, “ana Sharqawiah!” With her corporate background, she has taken a special interest in getting acquainted with the business community in Sharqiya. She has actively supported the Entrepreneurship Diwaniyah, a network of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and advocates who come together monthly to accelerate the
development of the Saudi entrepreneurship ecosystem. She went on explaining how President Trump’s first international visit was to the Kingdom; signifying the special relationship the United States has with Saudi Arabia. She has also invested
As Consul General, her role is to provide leadership for the Consulate, take care of U.S. citizens in Sharqiya, and improve bilateral relationships between the United States and Saudi Arabia. However, given her corporate background and infectious positivity, she aims to do more.
When I asked her why she decided to leave the corporate sector to become a Foreign Service Officer, she said: “I speak English, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. I want people to see that Americans can look like me, speak multiple languages, eat different food, and still have something in common, which is our love for our country.” In the four months since she has been here, CG Korhonen has thrown herself into the community. She has visited
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Saudi Arabia is the largest trading partner for the United States in the Middle East, and the 23rd globally, with over $35 billion in trade. That’s huge. I expect that number to grow. – Rachna Korhonen, U.S. Consul General
During a visit to Shayba
When I asked her what she’s excited to see from our community over the next few years, she said: “I’d like to see Vision 2030 realized.” She then went on to explain how Sharqiya has a significant advantage. The influence and prevalence of both Saudi Aramco and SABIC in the region gives Sharqiya what 16 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
a significant amount of time learning about the energy sector: “My background is business, but I didn’t realize I have a lot to learn about energy. The energy sector is very important; it’s evolving. I want to understand the energy sector as it is today, knowing that in 30 years it will change; we will use energy very differently then.”
A visit to the Saudi Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Awareness event
it needs to implement this transformation; the discipline is already there. The Consul General is also excited to see more women in the workforce and leadership positions in Sharqiya, while making sure that both men and women have equal opportunities to contribute positively not just to Sharqiya’s community but also to its economy. Personally, CG Korhonen shared how she would like to learn to be a better leader and a better person. When I asked what she meant by a better leader, she explained that a good leader is somebody who supports their people: “You have to learn how to lead from the front and also lead from behind.”
The most striking feature of CG Korhonen is her unrelenting positivity. “Try to find the positive in everything possible,” she says. “Because of that, I’ve become a much better person: a much better mom, better wife, better daughter, better leader, better colleague, and better friend. It’s tough to do. Our tendency is to find fault in everything. It takes a very conscious effort to see if you can find the positive and back away from the negative.” I asked her if she felt that it gets easier to be positive the more you practice it. Her answer surprised me: “No. It’s never easy. I think it actually becomes harder, because, as you get older you become set
in your ways and set in your opinions. It’s much harder to change your own opinions, especially when you get to positions of power; you think you can change others, but you really can’t.” “I’m looking forward to the next two and a half years. I’m looking forward to learning about Sharqiya. I want to walk away from here and really miss this place, and build a community that I’m going to want to come back to again and again.” Consul General Korhonen, in two and a half years onwards, Sharqiya will definitely be missing you. acg_dhahran
MORE THAN JUST
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER Learn all about U.S. exchange programs
It is for those reasons – and so much more – that the U.S. Mission in Saudi Arabia offers multiple exchange programs for Saudi citizens. Not only are these programs designed 18 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
to enrich the experience of students and individuals alike, both academically and professionally, they also seek to increase mutual understanding between the citizens of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. Many people are not really aware of the numerous programs that are available to them and their multitude of benefits. Here are a few of the most prominent ones and why you should apply to them:
FOR STUDENTS The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP) SYLEP is a three-week program in the US for 32 undergraduate or recentlygraduated university Saudi students between the ages of 22-26. SYLEP seeks to build leadership skills, civic responsibility, appreciation for cultural diversity, and
The benefits of any exchange program cannot be measured in the curriculum or itinerary followed during one’s time abroad. Its intrinsic value is in the immeasurable: growth, self-awareness, and a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.
community engagement and volunteerism among Saudi university students. They will observe how individuals, nongovernmental organizations, and government entities address community needs through public, private, and joint initiatives. The next program will take place from July 10 â€“ August 1, 2018. The application deadline is January 18, 2018.
Global UGRAD Program
This program offers a fullyfunded scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned US college or university.
culture while serving as teaching assistants for Arabic language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
Professors from Saudi Arabia are brought to the U.S. to lecture and/or perform research at American universities for three to ten months. The program offers participants the opportunity to expand their professional experience, learn more about the U.S. and teach students and colleagues about their countries.
FOR PROFESSIONALS Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
In this program, accomplished professionals from Saudi Arabia are brought to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of study and professional experience. The program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting, productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in Saudi Arabia, as well as around the world the world.
The program includes preacademic English language training (if needed), academic coursework, service learning opportunities, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.
FOR EDUCATORS Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) This nine-month, non-degree program targets English teachers or professionals early on in their careers. Saudi participants get to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency, and learn more about American society and
To learn more about the U.S. Mission in Saudi Arabiaâ€™s exchange programs and how to apply, visit: sa.usembassy.gov/ education-culture
S P E C I A L F E AT U R E
We’ve been busy shaking up the business landscape lately, doing whatever it takes to realize Vision 2030. We’re walking – even running – into a new era, where technology and a knowledge-based and creative economy are in the spotlight.
Supporting our SMEs and Startups
The Saudi government has been supporting and investing in SMEs and startups across the country. The SME General Authority’s BIBAN interactive conference held in September last year looked at the importance of innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship and encouraged a nurturing environment and technical infrastructure to support competitiveness among the country’s SMEs.
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In November last year’s Misk Global Forum, over 100 speakers and 4,700 attendees from 75 countries participated in over 70 sessions, setting plans for the incorporation of technological innaovation to achieve a competitive advantage at both national
and international levels. Tech giant Bill Gates also took part in our journey with his foundation’s pledge of US$100,000 to support Saudi initiatives, projects, and startups in coming up with creative solutions to global challenges.
Countries that participated
Misk Global Forum
Sessions on technological innovation
The SME sector represents 99.2% of businesses in Saudi Arabia, contributing 20% to the GDP, despite some challenges that they face – lack of knowledge about government systems, weak communication among stakeholders, among others. More than just pushing forward buzz words in the business arena, these recent initiatives backed by the government aim to help SMEs overcome these obstacles, and, importantly, understand the local market’s needs and the opportunities available to them.
Bill Gates’ pledge through his foundation, to support Saudi initiatives
Things are definitely changing at a rapid pace in Saudi Arabia as it focuses on these smaller businesses and revives that age-old entrepreneurial spirit. As our economy continues to go through these changes, our growing pains can only help us become stronger and better than ever before.
Here are some organizations and initiatives that are focused on helping SMEs and startups.
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A corporate venture capital firm providing funding for early stage start-ups. Location: 2881 King Fahd Rd, Dammam, AlFaisaliyah Email: email@example.com Web: raed.vc RaedVC Raed Ventures
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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E
THE STORY OF
A Fruitloop in a bowl of Cheerios
Abu Hamdan Fact:
He studied Media in college.
Weirdest fan encounter:
At a restaurant someone asked the DJ to play Awafi then the person turned to him and said, “This is for you.”
Weirdest thing anyone asked you?
“Are you stupid?”
If you wrote a book about yourself, what would the title be?
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“How to Be Smart”
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If Abu Hamdan were a ghost he would chase… Chndy.
Last show he watched:
The Office and One Piece.
How free time is spent by Abu Hamdan:
As a kid, his mom used to put on Egyptian-dubbed Disney movies and Kuwaiti plays to entertain him while she was away. His free time has been spent the same since then.
If you can be anyone in the world for one day, who would you be? Andy from Toy Story.
Abu Hamdan’s idol:
Saud, his brother, who leads a free-spirited life, who inspires him and makes him laugh.
If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? •A farm with animals •A cook •An airplane
Saudi’s funniest Mohammed, 24-year-old Mohammed “Abu Hamdan” Al Hamdan, has been all over social media for the past two years, starting from zero to hero minus the ego. The reason behind his 3.5 million followers is because he is so average it’s extraordinary (he’s also hilarious, have we mentioned that?). To really know Abu Hamdan, we need to go 4 years back. After moving jobs from a bookstore to McDonald’s, he set a goal for himself. He wanted to be promoted as a fast food chain manager, so he can wear the cap with the big yellow “M.” Even though he spent a whole week facing fries, he got promoted within three months. A year later, he was forced to change jobs again to fit his college hours, so he went to apply at another restaurant wearing his CV – his McDonald’s manager clothes (take note: how to dress up for an interview). After bouncing around through different restaurants, he found himself working in a real estate company. He lived in a farm, woke up early, ate breakfast, watched the news, and had the same day on repeat, like a retiree but at the age of 22. He got a call from a production company where he first worked as a video editor, then transitioned into acting and even went the extra mile to direct and style his own photoshoots that trended all over tumblr (it was epic!). DESTINATIONKSA.COM 25
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This is when the persona of “Abu Hamdan” started going public. Inspired to be the whole package, Abu Hamdan always implements ideas that have never been done before, like the music video parody he recently released, Awafi, featuring him (and his humor), which got over 25 million views online. Stirring social media even more, Mohammed did a Louis Vuitton fashion shoot with his two friends, Chndy and Cheb Moha, which turned out to be his favorite project so far. Fresh out of the box, Abu Hamdan is releasing an app called Hemoji keyboard, an Arabic app where people can send GIFs of Abu Hamdan (watch out for Abu Hamdan’s face all over your timeline and message feed). So if you ask Mohammed what his job is? It’s doing what he loves, singing, dancing, collecting vintage pieces… and sometimes even drawing! And so our story of Mohammed Al Hamdan stops here, but he did not leave without telling us how to live the Abu Hamdan way. “Put your ego aside, be neutral, be humble and live your life simply.” warchieff DESTINATIONKSA.COM 27
A Conversation With
LYDIA ROSE ON MURALS AND HOMES How did you get started on doing murals?
I was a teacher, and I always had an interest in art then, but never built on it. I grew up in Jeddah and met my husband in the UK. We moved to Dubai when I was on maternity leave with my first child, and that’s where I started my journey doing wall murals.
Describe the time when you first realized that you wanted to create art? While living in Dubai, it was easier for people to follow through with their passion and dreams because of the community. A lot of the artists there were drawing, but I wanted to start something different. I started painting my children's bedrooms, then my friends’, then I discovered that this is what I enjoy the most. Since no one else was doing wall murals in Dubai, I started doing it.
It’s kind of cliché, but because of the walls, obviously, I enjoy Banksy’s work. I’ve always liked Georgia O'Keeffe as well. I enjoy her work; her colors feel very welcoming. Although her pictures are quite different from what I do, but to me, she symbolizes a lot of things. 28 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
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Who are your favorite artists?
their babies. I want to contribute to that happiness, excitement, and joy that they are experiencing. I once did a lilac tree over a crib, and it was one of my favorites.
Where do you get your Inspiration from?
What are you trying to communicate through your art?
I want to make people feel like they’re at home. Relaxed and comfortable at their own peaceful space. To me, it’s all about sharing that with my family. I like making the environment that I’m in welcoming and inviting. I share that with people through mural paintings that I do.
What’s one art that you created and it meant something for you? Doing nurseries are always the nicest, because people are waiting for great gifts,
I derive my inspiration from things I’ve seen throughout different places and times. My places of inspiration aren’t actual places, especially nowadays with social media being accessible to all of us. Sometimes, I derive my inspiration from looking through Instagram and Pinterest.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
Do things that make you feel happy. I’ve made some different choices, like deviating from the degree I had. But all I can say is, make sure to choose things that please you, and find time for them. If you have the choice to do so, choose to be happy. Web: ourdreamsincolour.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ourdreamsincolour
Jammin’ in the Name of Love Exclusive sit-down with local band Mizan By Dalia Darweesh
What happens when talent, passion, and harmony (pun intended) collide? We got to find out when we had a sitdown with Sharqiya’s vibrant and up-to-the-minute band,
Mizan. Mizan, Arabic for scale, is inspired by wazin, the balance, structure, and rhythm of a song. “It also means a lot to us, as we try to make that balance in our lives,” they said.
Feras Al Twaim
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Fahad Al Mohawis
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Because weâ€™ve been playing together for so long, weâ€™ve built this chemistry that makes us in sync. We become completely lost in the process, and the music drives us. Faisal Al Musa
With different backgrounds, interests, and personalities, Mizan’s members collectively make up a unique sound, becoming the hip band that they are today. Raif Bukhari, Fahad Al Mohawis, Feras Al Twaim, Shaker Bukhari, and Faisal Al Musa share with
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us their story and, of course, their love for music. It’s all about how you feel when you listen to their music. “We like to make people forget about their worries. We want them to enjoy the moment, at least for a couple of minutes.” Mizan officially started as a band in November 2017, but the members have a long history of music. From weekend jam sessions to creating their own music, the idea of starting a band came
naturally to them. Mizan plays a fusion of different genres, from progressive rock, to jazz, blues, and funk. This is a contributing factor caused by the diverse range of music the band listens to. Some of their favorite artists include Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and The Aristocrats.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, you will find something that will automatically make you enjoy the music. “We want to make music that really allows a person to feel the rhythm and dance to it, but we also want it to affect them on a deeper level. Make them feel something they haven’t felt in a while.” “Our music-making process is organized chaos,” they said jokingly. What’s beautiful about it is that it begins with a feeling. They use their emotions, from anger to sadness or happiness, and in return, they express their feelings through playing an instrument. Starting from one person with a drum beat followed by the guitar, the music takes a life of its own. “Because we’ve been playing together for so long, we’ve built this chemistry that makes us in sync. We become completely lost in the process, and the music drives us.” Live music performances are relatively new and uncommon in the Kingdom, especially in Sharqiya. Still, cultural boundaries exist in the region, such as public acceptance and awareness of the music industry. Mizan says that the music scene in Sharqiya has always been underground. “We have some great musicians in the area, but they don’t get exposure.” With all the events, festivals, and exhibitions held throughout Sharqiya, we are noticing the rise of musicians performing publicly. However, it’s still a grey area on
whether performing publicly is officially allowed or not – another challenge Mizan is facing. “We’re kind of still in limbo and it’s all happening so fast, so we jumped into the river with everyone else.”
the near future. “We don’t want our music to be superficial, we want it to have a lasting impact on the person listening.”
Mizan expressed their enthusiasm about this emerging change in Sharqiya. “There’s nothing that can really stop us,” they tell us.
Another ultimate direction for the band is starting their first Saudi record label for jazz and blues – having an official recording studio, creating a platform for musicians to produce songs, and also interacting with other artists.
Mizan also shared with us their plans on making an album in
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THE WRITTEN WORD
POETRY FOR LIFE Sara Abuljadayel talks about her poetry and writing process NAME: Sara Abuljadayel AGE: 36 PROFESSION: Project
Sara Abuljadayel is a Saudi poet who recently did a booksigning event at the Sharjah Book Fair, the world’s third largest book fair, where she met some of her readers. Her poetry and prose collection, Just Wondering About It All, contains earnest writing that offers a comforting and uplifting perspective on life. 34 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
When writing her first collection Abuljadayel knew she’d have to find a balance between her full-time job and creative writing, “I would go to the office early so I could get time to write. On less hectic days, I’d take a coffee break to write down some lines.” The trick that worked for her was to find a few minutes a day when
she could clear her head and write without interruptions. Being in a corporate environment doesn’t seem very inspiring for a poet, she explains, “Everything inspires me, whether it’s positive or negative. I believe you need to have an open mind to look around you and find what makes the world spin.”
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Information Coordinator BOOK: Just Wondering About It All (2016, Sail Publishing)
will end it.” Another poem, “The World’s New Symphony”, puts across an inspiring message, “The world’s new symphony is a reminder to have a heart, to share compassion, to make a difference.” When it comes to reading and writing poetry, Abuljadayel talks about a shift in perspective, “I have to put myself in the reader’s shoes and see how they might relate to my poems.” Speaking to her Saudi and international readers has revealed a common response, “They relate to the journey you take from one phase of life to the next. They are also able to see themselves in some of the situations I write about.”
Just Wondering About It All is available on most ebook platforms. A hard copy can be bought from Jamalon for SR 60.
Writing in English, the language of her education, allows her to reach a wider and more international audience. Abuljadayel’s writing process usually begins with a word or situation that keeps coming back to her, “I like writing about life instances and situations, and how they affect people, how people can learn
from them to carry on in life.” While that might give you the impression of a self-help book, her poetry is actually an expressive exploration of life. For instance, the poem “The Strange Void” ends with an encouraging declaration, “However long it takes, everything has an end. Your part in it is to choose how you
Getting published is, of course, not a simple matter; Abuljadayel was used to writing for her family and close friends, but knowing that a larger audience would read her work concerned her, “My friends and family would give me direct feedback. When people around the world read my work, I’m not sure what they think or if their response is similar to my closer circle’s.” We couldn’t help but ask about her current read, “I’m reading Emirati writer Aysha Al Jahani’s book on parenting, The First Years Last Forever.” Sara Abuljadayel also enjoys the works of novelist Paulo Coelho, photographer Paul Reiffer, and artist Christian Lassen. saranabuljadayel
SOUQ AL HUB The sights and sounds of Dammam’s favorite marketplace
Also known as the ‘Gold Market’ and ‘Ladies Market,’ the area houses hundreds of shops and vendors that sell a wide array of products ranging from fabric to kitchenware, gold to traditional clothing items such as men’s sandals or slippers, the zbairiyya. Additionally, numerous names in the tailoring business have originated from this ancient marketplace. 36 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
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Located in the heart of Dammam, Souq Al Hub, which translates to “Love Market,” is one of the area’s oldest marketplaces. Comprising of narrow, winding alleys and countless street vendors, Souq Al Hub has been – and still is – a pulsating area of commerce in the sprawling city of Dammam.
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Though many of these tailors have gone out of business along the years, those establishments remain household names. Authentic Saudi products along with imported goods line the shelves of the stores in Souq Al Hub, many of which are affordable enough to attract all backgrounds. The marketplace is also a popular tourist destination with its outdated signage and winding streets. The availability of souvenirs and gift items are also perfect to take back home for many visitors.
The gold stores are one of the marketplaceâ€™s main highlights. Shop after shop bursting with twinkling gold line the streets. It is for this reason, the congregation of both gold and fabric stores in abundance, that Souq Al Hub is the number one destination for women (and men) preparing for a wedding. The variety and plentitude of the stores makes the competition high, which results in cheaper prices than almost anywhere else. Many shops sell foodstuff, particularly
grains and spices. Spices here are authentic and brought in from different parts of the country. Food stalls and dining dives are scattered around the marketplace, all contributing to the delicious smells of roasted corn, shawarma, and fried samboosa hanging in the air. So whether you are browsing storefronts for something specific or there just to sightsee, a trip to Souq Al Hub will always be a memorable one. Location: Al Souq, Dammam
ST YLE & BEAUT Y
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
This first of its kind Saudi brand specializing in womenswear is swoonworthy to say the least. Local designer Saja Al Yousef offers a range of chic and classy designs that include jewelry, bags, jackets, and scarves.
Location: Al Thorayat Street, Mubarraz, Al Ahsa sajasofficial
GUCCI GOING FUR FREE Gucci has decided that it is no longer using animal fur in its brand and is joining the Fur Free Alliance. Starting from their Spring/ Summer collection of 2018, they are going fur free. Way to go Gucci! 40 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
PICK OF THE MONTH
Uniquefindz_ This Sharqiya-based Instagram account is every stylish person’s dream. If you’re looking for the latest and coolest shades, chic bowties, and unique jewelry pieces, this is the place.
BLACK UP MAKEUP
This Paris-based makeup and skincare line is for women of color, developed by women of color. Their products offer vivid and bright colors, flawless coverage, and a velvety finish. We love their No Transfer Matte Liquid Lip Color; itâ€™s bold and simply comfortable. Location: Mall of Dhahran, Doha Al Janubiyah, Dhahran
YAY FOR BATH & BODY WORKS Bath fizzies, delicious fragrances, fruity and moisturizing body lotions? We are always down for that. Stop by the newly opened branch in Khobar Location: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar
SCENT OF THE MONTH
Lam By 8385 Available at Sephora
Lam, an exquisite Unisex oriental scent with the bold scents of leather and oud. 8385store
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Raw and Refined Step up your abaya game this season.
NOUF AL SUDAIRI Abayas with highquality materials and lively and vibrant colors are at the heart of this timeless collection. You can mix and match scarves to create different elegant looks, every time.
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alsudairinouf Mob: +966-504829972
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LE VOILE ABAYA By Nihad Bakhrebah
High-end abayas never looked this good. Le Voile Abaya are all about luxurious designs and gorgeous embroidery. Velvet abayas are making a comeback in their winter collection, which will add a dose elegance to your look. levoile_02 Mob: +966-504992090
By Rand Al Shehri “Less is more” is the foundation of Yasma Line. We love the winter collection – a take on the beloved farwa with simple embellishments giving them a feminine touch. yasma.line Mob: +966-502164821
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12 OF A KIND
By Alanoud Al Obaidan These unique, one-ofeach abayas are all about maintaining comfort through chicness. The winter collection boasts subtle, modern lines with an edge. 12ofakind
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Pamper Yourself This Weekend Delicious Treatments for an At-Home Spa Day By Dalia Darweesh
With these simple recipes and tips, you can indulge in a spa treatment in the comfort of your own home.
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Exfoliate and Soften Up
Start off by setting the mood and playing some chill music.
This is a major step that everyone skips in their body care routine, and should be done at least once a week to ensure soft, smooth skin. Mix 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds. Mix, and then gently scrub your body. Rinse it off, shower, and voila! You now have the softest skin. Moisturize afterwards with coconut or almond oil.
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Have you planned a funfilled weekend with family and friends, or do you just feel like being comfortable and cozy? Either way, why not pick a day this weekend to spoil yourself a little bit and save yourself some money? I know I would.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Donâ€™t you just love that rich, naturally flavored water at spas? Well, here's how to make it! Slice up half a lime, a lemon, and a cucumber. In a pitcher, add cold water and let it sit for at least an hour. Meanwhile, you can start getting pampered.
...and with oatmeal, great as a moisterizing face mask.
Avocados with coconut oil is nourishing for your hair...
Skin So Soft
The best thing about doing an at-home face and hair mask is that you can save up and avoid the hassle of buying different products. Use one main ingredient for both.
Mix warm water with epsom salt or sea salt, and add a few drops of lavender or peppermint oil. Soak your feet for 20 minutes or until the water turns cold. Using a foot
file, scrub your feet, focusing on the rougher areas. Clip and shape your nails and apply a color of your choice. Finally, moisturize! Whether you want to use natural oils, or your favorite body lotion, you have to moisturize.
Thick Hair Donâ€™t Care
In another bowl, mix the rest of the avocado with a tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of yogurt. Spread evenly on your hair and let sit for 30-45 minutes.
In a bowl, mash 1/4 of an avocado and add 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. This combination is a great exfoliator and a moisturizer, and removes excess dead cells in addition to reducing acne scars when used over the long run. Let the face mask sit for 20 minutes, then wash off. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 47
DINING AROUND TOWN
This newly opened joint has the best Steak Sandwich. Thick toast layered with succulent Canadian steak strips, caramelized onions and melted cheese; it’s delicious and filling!
Bagels, sandwiches, cookies and muffins. What more can you ask for? Don’t miss out on the opening of Bagel Brother’s branch in Khobar soon.
Location: Prince Musaid St., Al Khobar Al Shamalia, Khobar century.cuisine
Location: Riviera Park, Prince Turki St., Khobar Bagel_ksa
COFFEE PICK BASK IN THE OF THE MONTH BEAUTY OF PASTEL
Flat White from Monroe Cafe Ethiopian beans, medium roast, and oh, so good.
Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar monroecoffeeksa
Sharqiya’s favorite cake boutique has opened a flagship branch in the beautiful district of Al Mazruiyah, in Dammam.
Aside from the range of delectable cakes and baked goods, Pastel has an array of delicious hot and cold beverages. We recommend you to try the
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Rose Latte; trust us, you won’t need to look anywhere else for this drink. The cherry on top is the beautiful ambiance, decorating the interior.
Location: Al Mazruiyah, 32414. Dammam pastel_sa
BREAKFAST AT FOUR SQUARES CAFE We love breakfast outings in Sharqiya. The Spanish Omelette at Four Squares Cafe has perfectly seasoned eggs topped with tomatoes and spinach. If you have a sweet tooth and you’re craving a classic, try the French Toast. It’s a nice combination of crispy and soft!
PICK OF THE MONTH
hoor. 213 Winter is here which calls for desserts that warm you up. And what better than cinnamon rolls? Look no further with Hoor’s mini cinnamon rolls.
Location: King Saud Rd., As Safa, Dammam four_squares_cafe
Ice Cream, You
Scream, We All Scream
For Ice Cream (Rolls)! Have you ever had ice cream served as rolls? Yes, rolls. If you haven’t then you should head over to Scoop Cube for your next ice cream craving. Their specialty is the a’ammar flavored rolls. Remember the sour powdered drink we used to go crazy over as kids? Yup, you’ll get all nostalgic at Scoop Cube. scoop_cube
DINING AROUND TOWN
STILL GOING STRONG Sharqiya’s long-standing dining destinations
23 Years of Excellence
La Gondala invites diners to step in and allow the food, service, and authentic Italian atmosphere to whisk them away to Italy. That’s their slogan, their mantra, and they always deliver. Location: 10th St., Khobar Al Shamali, Khobar Tel: 920007000
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Bombolotto Lightly breaded breast chicken rolled with mushrooms and mozzarella, served with pink sauce.
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La Gondola opened in 1994, offering authentic Italian cuisine. Ever since, it has been the go-to destination for an Italian dine-in experience. From the relaxed ambience to the comprehensive menu, the restaurant offers diners many reasons to keep coming back. Its popularity can also be attributed to the unwavering quality of both food and service. One of the very essential factors of La Gondola’s success is that it was never left without an Italian chef, ensuring consistent authentic taste and maintaining its prestigious image in the Eastern Province.
GRILL RESTAURANT Khobar’s Hidden Gem
Opening its doors in 1986, this iconic local dining gem with its red, plant-covered, exteriors, is one of our greatest finds. Grill Restaurant is eclectic and quaint, serving midpriced Asian cuisine, with a rotation of add-on menus corresponding with different festivals the restaurant celebrates throughout the year – Bukhara, West Coast Curries, and Summerfest. Bukhara is celebrated during the winter months, and is developed by the restaurant’s Kashmiri chef. West Coast Curries is usually rolled out during spring and autumn, where a focus on coastal kitchens are in abundance, and Summerfest, as the name suggests, is perfect for summertime fun, offering dishes that are cooler and tropical-inspired.
Hot Dragon Soup Thick chilly soup with vegetables, pieces of chicken, minced shrimp, and eggs. This restaurant is cash only!
The praise-worthy food is not the only appeal at this restaurant. The décor, though simple and homey, is charming in many ways. Inspired by the cuisine, empty old cans and newspaper snippets line the walls, making you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time in the best way possible. As if all this isn’t enough, you’re greeted with a smile and served with pride. Needless to say, we’re completely in love with Grill Restaurant. Location: Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Rd., Thuqbah, Khobar Tel: +966-13-8943047
The Perfect Family Dining Destination Many people growing up in the area remember family meals at Taya. Ask around and youâ€™ll be surprised by the number of people who recall running around the restaurant as kids in the early 90s. Around for 28 years, Taya is the perfect family dining destination. Recently having undergone a facelift, Taya Restaurant boasts beautiful, Islamic-inspired interiors and ambient seating that is both elegant and warm. Taya has also refreshed their menu, keeping age-old classics that people know and love, DS Recommends:
Cremeux Sensation Grilled fish over gratin potatoes layered with feta cheese, coriander, and garlic topped with carrots and spinach.
while adding new, signature items that are a unique fusion of flavors. The menu still remains Middle Eastern and South Asian in focus, with flavors that are authentic and expertly prepared. The service is one of the key elements making this place a favorite. Hospitable and welcoming, youâ€™ll feel at home, far from home. Taya currently has three branches: the original one in Khobar, Jubail, and Bahrain. Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd., Madinat Al Umal, Khobar Tel: +966-13-8951242
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An Empire of Flavor Mughal started small in 1995, serving only oriental dishes in the town of Khobar. Fast forward to the present, Khobar is no longer a town, but a sprawling, ever-growing city. As for Mughal, itâ€™s currently one of the finest dining destinations in the city, and now has three branches. The menu, with its masalas and curries, is primarily inspired by the region ruled under the Mughal Empire. Alongside the delicious Mughlai classics, it also consists of continental and Chinese dishes, all authentic in flavor with nothing but the best spices. Mughalâ€™s quality of food is a point of pride diners experience with every visit.
Masala Chicken Pieces of chicken cooked with fresh tomatoes, paprika, cloves and light cream.
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Good Food Guaranteed Banoosh, Arabic for boat or a traditional fishing boat, is what its name suggests: a full-fledged seafood restaurant. This humble local favorite has been around for a while and has maintained its warmth and high-standard food. Itâ€™s no surprise that the restaurant is always busy; despite the rising number of seafoodspecialized restaurants all around town, Banoosh has a special place in the hearts of its returning visitors. The staff are attentive and assist diners on the selection of fish and crustaceans on display, along with their preferred method of cooking. The menu is large and consists of a variety of yummy and affordable dishes, and not limited to seafood only. Location: King Abdul Aziz Rd., Madinat Al Umal, Khobar Tel: +966-13-8948377 54 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
DINING AROUND TOWN
PAINT THE TOWN RED All the shades of red velvet When the vibrant Red Velvet cake came to town, we all fell in love. Fluffy cake in red, covered in cream cheese; so delicious! Of late, the beloved Red Velvet has been reinvented into all types of decadent treats.
This macaron is slightly larger than the typical size of a macaron and is twice as good. Macaron Price: SR 28
RED VELVET MACARON CAKE French Bakery
This macaron was made to impress. You see, perfecting macarons is no easy feat, but French Bakery knows their business well. Not only that, but they took it one step further and brought to us simple folk a majestic spin on the French treat. Location: King Faisal Road, Bandariyah, Khobar frenchbakery_sa
Latte Price: SR 15
ICED RED VELVET LATTE It’s not often that you find the right degree of sweetness in an iced drink. But this Iced Red Velvet Latte at Happiness Cups will not only not disappoint, it will also make you – yup – happy! The drink tastes like a delicious red velvetflavored cookie dipped into ice cold milk with a hint of coffee, resulting in a perfectly balanced taste. What’s more delicious than that? Location: Abdullah Ibn Suhail Al harithi St., Rawdah, Dammam hp_cups
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RED VELVET OREO CHEESE CAKE
Cheesecake Price: SR 27
Madeleine French Bakery & Brasserie
This cake is the epitome of indulgence. With crushed Oreo biscuit as the crust and the distinctive taste of red velvet in the cheesecake itself, you’ll be in for an unforgettable treat. But let us warn you: one bite into this cake and you’ll be hooked (not like we’re complaining)! Enjoy this with a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee to balance the sweetness of the cake. Location: King Fahd Road, Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar madeleineksa
Red Velvet Cake Price: SR 23
RED VELVET CAKE Pastel
A roundup can’t be complete without paying tribute to the original, the authentic, the prototypal baked perfection: The Red Velvet Cake itself. Out first encounter with it was in the place that, from those early years till today, has done it best: Pastel Café. It has all the makings of a perfect red velvet cake: the hint of cocoa, the sponge-y consistency, the creamy cream cheese. Take it from us: no place does it better. Location: Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar Al Shamalia, Khobar, Al Ashriah St., Al Mazruiyah, Dammam pastel_sa
H E A LT H Y L I V I N G
THE ROUTINE GUIDEBOOK Healthy habits from sunrise to sunset By Wejdan Al Dawood
Being healthy, in addition to a good diet and exercise, means having a healthy mindset. Starting your day and ending it correctly can greatly affect your productivity levels and contribute to your overall wellness. Here are a few foolproof habits that you can adopt throughout the day.
Visualization is an extremely powerful tool. If you can dedicate a minute or two to play out a movie in your mind’s eye of the things that are important for you to get done in the day, they’re more likely to happen.
TAKE IT EASY
Mornings can be a major source of stress as you rush to get ready and think about all the things you need to get done throughout the day. Be careful – how you begin your morning can strongly influence the rest of your day. If you start your day relaxed, your mind will be at ease throughout.
HAVE A WHOLESOME BREAKFAST
As someone who is currently studying nutrition, I place a great deal of importance on this. Having a nutritious breakfast boosts our energy and kickstarts our mental focus for the day. Include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and fiber.
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As important as proper meditation can be, it’s not for everyone. The idea of sitting on the floor in complete silence can be uncomfortable for someone who’s never meditated before. If that isn’t your thing, try this instead: take a deep breath and say out loud - 5 things you can see - 4 things you can feel - 3 things you can hear - 2 things you can smell - 1 thing you can taste. This can help you become more mindful in the present moment.
AFTERNOON GET THINGS DONE
This doesn’t mean squeezing so many items in your alreadypacked schedule. (Do you really need 40 items on your to-do list?) Instead, focus on accomplishing the things that really matter. After writing your to-do list, highlight the first five priorities of the day. Once done, highlight five more, and so on.
CLEAR SPACE, CLEAR MIND
Creating a ritual of starting your work with a clean space can put you into an orderly state of flow. Try to make this a habit – before starting any task, clear out any distractions on your desk or workspace, like piles of papers you need to review or even the notification noises your phone makes.
TAKE A BREAK
Breaks are very important to productivity; you need to recharge. Go on a short walk or grab a healthy snack to replenish your glucose level. Keep in mind that glucose is what your brain prefers as its energy source, so something like fruits or hummus on crackers should do the trick.
HONOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS This isn’t just about crossing off items on your to-do list, it’s also about recognizing your accomplishments. Write them down and make them visible. Seeing them gives you motivation to continue being productive.
FAVORITE APPS to tackle ever-growing to-do lists and manage tasks:
Give your body and mind a break from all the work you’ve been tackling all day long. Make evenings a work-free time, and focus on what you like to do. Treat yourself with a warm bath, watch TV, or read a book. Make this time YOUR time.
MindMeister All apps are free and available in iTunes and Google Play.
H E A LT H Y L I V I N G
PREVENT FOOTBALL INJURIES Even CR7 Gets Injured! By Nadia Sakkal
We like to watch football, and play it ourselves or as our favorite player’s avatar. We might take this competitive sport quite seriously, but we’re not really experts on preventing injuries and we’re not all privileged with a professional coach to help us do so. Whether you’re a child or a grown-up, here are some tips, and hopefully, you’ll thank us later.
ANKLE INJURY / SPRAIN
Especially for those who have a sensitive ankle or a history of ankle injuries.
If hamstrings are stretched beyond their limits, the muscle tissue can be torn. This can keep you away from football as long as 3 months.
• Tape or brace the ankle. (Find ankle tapes and braces at Oxygen Pharmacy.) • Wobble-board training assists in regaining balance and poise. (Find one at Sport Ghornatah.)
• Warm up for a minimum of 20 minutes. Start slow and finish at full pace. Not everyone will do it, you should.
• Rehabilitation with a chartered physiotherapist (Check out PRAHA Physiotherapy Medical Center.)
• Wear warm pants to support your hamstrings and repair your muscles. (Find warm pants at Oxygen Pharmacy.)
PRAHA Physiotherapy Medical Center
Location: Prince Saud Al Faisal Rd., Rawdah Dist. Tel: +966-12-2560400
Location: King Fahd Rd., Al Faisaliyah Dist. Tel: +966-12-6913337 Web: sportghornatah.com
Location: Prince Sultan Rd. Tel: 920004272 Web: Praha.sa.com
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HEAD, NECK AND FACE INJURIES
Includes cuts and bruises, fractures, neck sprains and concussions. Note: Not all those who experience a concussion necessarily lose consciousness. • Think twice before you do a strong headkick!
• Keep your eyes wide open and reflexes ready!
KEEP THIS IN MIND New to sports? Remember these! 1. Warm up, warm up, and warm
up some more! Do it for at least 15 minutes and make sure you stretch the muscles you’ll be using most.
2. Don’t go full force from the beginning. Follow the
10% rule: start slow and increase intensity by 10% every week.
3. Do your body a favor and keep it hydrated – this is
especially important in our hot, humid weather. Dehydration can lead to further injuries or make you more vulnerable to illness after your exercise.
4. Invest in proper basic equipment. You’ll need shoes
that are appropriate to the sports you’ll play. The older you get, the better it is to buy sporting guards, like ankle braces.
5. Cooling down after a good
sweat is very important to reduce soreness in muscles. Take 10 minutes for this activity by giving a quick walk or a set of stretches.
KNEE CARTILAGE TEAR (TORN MENISCUS)
Knee injuries can vary from small tears – which may heal with rest – to larger cartilage tears. In this case, there is disruption with joint movement. What you really need are strong knees.
4 warm-ups you can do. • Leg press -no need for a machine – 2 sets of 12 reps • Single-Leg Stance - balance exercise – 2 sets of 60 seconds • Calf Stretch – 3 sets of 20 seconds for each leg • Hamstring Stretch – 2 sets of 20 seconds for each leg
You can never be too cautious. If you have doubts on the seriousness of your injury, check out: Al Mana General Hospitals Location: Prince Saad St., Khobar Al Shamalia, Khobar Tel: +966-13-8987000 Web: almanahospital.com.sa DESTINATIONKSA.COM 61
T R AV E L T R E N D S
CHINESE NEW YEAR IN PARIS
Fill your holidays with joy at the La Réserve Paris; from chauffeurdriven rides to a VIP welcome from the Chinese-speaking staff, hotel guests are in for a luxurious surprise. Enjo your Chinese breakfast at La Pagode de Cos, and browse through Chinese channels on the TV while relaxing in your room.
TREAT YOURSELF Dust Hotels & Resorts worldwide is launching new spa packages featuring six distinctive treatments that use premium ingredients from age-old Thai recipes and medicines called
“ Tamrab.” Guaranteed to leave your mind and body relaxed, the Devarana Spas are all available in Thailand, Guam, the Philippines, the Maldives, Nairobi, and Cairo.
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ESCAPE TO NATURE Constance Aiyana, a haven of luxury and tranquility nestled in lush vegetation, is the latest of the Constance Hotels & Resorts, located on the
island of Pemba in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The 5-star hotel was created around a beautiful garden at the edge of a turquoise blue sea.
FAIRMONT IN TURKEY Fairmont Quasar, a luxurious addition to Istanbul’s glittering skyline, rises above the slopes of The Bosphorus and unites the sophistication of modern Istanbul with the unique lineage of its location, steeped in centuries of sacred history. Stay here to have access to the vibrant Mecidiyeköy district and its storied urban culture.
VISIT JAZAN! Saudi Arabia’s new low-fare airline flyadeal has announced its fourth destination: the Southern port city of Jazan. Part of the steady expansion of their services across the Kingdom, flyadeal will have two daily flights between Jeddah and Jazan, and two flights between Riyadh and Jazan. RYD
BEST LUXURY RESORT Al Nakhla Residential Resort in Riyadh was awarded Best Luxury Residential Resort in the Middle East and Best Residential Resort in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony held in Dubai on Oct. 29. The resort, in addition to its 1,169 units, offers a range of leisure and retail attractions for shopping and entertainment.
BY THE BAY SAIL AWAY
Want to learn to sail, hone your skills, or simply enjoy the pleasure that sailing brings? The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club offers a Stay & Sail package, suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced, with a program designed to teach you sailing techniques in the beautiful UNESCOprotected Book Bay.
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Azamara Quest A spectacular trip around the Mediterranean Story By Majed Mahdaly Written By Abdulaziz Hammad
Azamara Quest takes hardcore voyagers for eight nights in a cruise trip beyond imagination, in the depths of Venice and around the astonishing coasts of the Mediterranean and its pure water luster.
The quest begins from Venice, the romantic Italian city of canals, which marries art with epic history, then the tour continues to Kotor, Corfu, Giardini Naxo, Amalfi coast and, finally, it concludes at Rome, the eternal city. The Azamara Quest tour starts with a warm welcome by captain Jose Vilarinho and his professional staff. 64 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
The passengers of the cruise live an unforgettable journey; the cruise includes a life show made singers and dancers with the DJ expert Marcio. Musical nights performed by guitarists and pianists, movies played on the the deck, every day there is a new shore excursion where passengers can take tours around the different destinations in cities they visit, or enjoy a unique shopping experience inside the cruise, or they can just relax with a spa and massage treatment, drink some cold beverages in the open air, also attend stand-up comedy shows. At the end of the quest the staff conducts the spectacular white night celebration.
Captain Jose Vilarinho
The captain of the Azamara Quest Jose Vilarinho knows Azamara Club Cruises inside and out, not only as ship master, but also as part of the original team that oversaw construction of Azamara’s ships. “I consider myself a very lucky guy, doing what I love. I have the job of my dreams,” Captain Jose said. The cruise director Russ Thomas Grieve is always excited to be aboard the Azamara Quest, which he joined after finishing a sevenyear run in the broadway musical Mamma Mia. Russ
The cruise has a lot of sculptures and paintings by the legendary artist Salvador Dali.
was an original cast member of the Las Vegas company playing the priest as well as the roles of Sam and Harry. Every night, passengers have the opportunity to try a unique dining experience from a variety of authentic traditional cuisines cooked with modern touches from Italy, France, Californian and China, made by the finest chefs and served under the supervision of Thomas Browning, Food & Beverage Manager, a certified professional in hospitality. Thomas was the master of ceremonies of more than 300 weddings, and was the Site Operations Manager forall the catering and housekeeping services of the world’s largest petrochemical plant in Abu Dhabi. Thomas joined Azamara in 2016. “I always wanted to be at the pinnacle of hospitality so Azamara Club Cruises was the next logical step,” he said. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 65
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VISIT SALALAH IN OMAN Land of Greenery By Rozina Musthafa
Salalah is the 2nd largest city of Oman, and it’s also a coastal city. Unique climatic factors make it a magical spot and the jewel of the Arabian Sea. On the northern side of it is a mountain range, with greenery, springs, and waterfalls (in Khareef), and on the southern side are pristine white-sand beaches. It’s blessed with a natural park with spectacular views of waterfalls, lakes, mountains, caves, vegetation, and plenty of wildlife.
The Salalah Festival is an yearly tradition that welcomes the cooler months. It lasts from July to September when the temperature drops to 23ºC, while the rest of Oman and the Gulf countries experience considerably hotter climates. Rain also turns Salalah into a completely green area. Omanis prepare some cultural and traditional shows to celebrate this monsoon season and welcome tourists and visitors from all over the world.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN SALALAH
AL BALEED ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
Al Baleed Archaeological Park is an open air Archaeological site across the Arabian Sea that displays various artifacts discovered in the Al Balid and Sumharam ruins, as well as a whole section covering Omani maritime history including beautiful models of Omani ships past and present. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-visit.
SOUQ AL HAFFA/ AL HUSN SOUQ
This is the main market in Salalah and the place for buying traditional Omani items from clothing to gold and silver handicrafts, and of course a wide variety of frankincense! If you are here during the Salalah Tourism Festival, you may also see a traditional Dhofari dancing performance. 66 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE
The largest mosque in Salalah, it is located in the city center. It’s named after the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos, and has a very nice architectural composition. The prayer hall is wonderfully decorated with chandeliers, green carpets, and wall patterns.
Apart from the Ittin Cave, which is located above a picturesque mountain, the newly built Ittin walkway is the area’s newest attraction. There is another lovely walkway called Ayn Garziz, which is the central attraction within this lush wonderland, popular for its verdant greenery.
See waterfalls, caves, lakes, and mountains at the Wadi Darbat natural park, around 20 km east of Salalah. The 100-meter tall waterfall is a treat to watch, and is the most beautiful and scenic spot for mountain and spring lovers in the Dhofar Region.
SUMHARAM ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE / KHOUR RORI
Khour Rori, an ancient fortified port dating from 100 BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s located near Wadi Darbat / Taqa, a ruin of the ancient port city of Sumhuram dating back to the 1st century AD. In Khour Rori lie ruins of the palace reputed to be that of the Queen of Sheba. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 67
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KEEPING UP WITH YAS ISLAND The next big destination for the world Yas Island has quickly become a leading destination for high-octane activities, leisure, play and luxury. With it’s rich portfolio of theme parks and attractions, Yas Island is now the number one family destination in the Middle East. Saudis and the rest of the world are flocking to this man-made island to explore its wonders. The Island’s action-packed events appeal to all ages and tastes. CEO of Miral, Mohamed Al Zaabi, talked about their vision, “Our journey to create a global destination for entertainment continues. We work closely with our partners to continue expanding and growing the portfolio of experiences, and to offer compelling and immersive experiences to visitors from Saudi Arabia, the region and the world.”
Yas Island is set to attract more than 48 million visits by 2022.
The two major attractions are the theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. This year two new attractions are set to open, the muchawaited Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB, which will feature the tallest indoor climbing wall ad widest indoor flight chamber.
Aside from the adrenaline rush, you can relax and rejuvenate at the world-class hotels and resorts, luxurious golf course and clubhouse with floodlit practice ranges and take advantage of retail therapy at the luxurious shopping destinations. Smart connectivity and state of the art mobility solutions on Yas Island create a seamlessly connected ‘wall-less’ destination, where you can 68 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
plan your visit with ease on your smartphone or device. The journey of experience and adventure is endless at Yas Island. The coming years look very promising and will witness the addition of more thrilling theme parks and developments, including SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and Yas Bay, a new mix-use project. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: yasisland.ae yasislandae yasisland
Saudi Football The Early Years By Mohammed Mirza
Before football, the main sports of the local population were falconry and horse and camel racing.
The King’s Cup commemorates Saudi Arabia’s most popular sport.
When the oil boom began, workers from many different parts of the world came to the Kingdom; this furthered the popularity of the sport among the masses.
Football, as we know it now, is the most popular sport played in Saudi.
Football was picked up and played on the streets of Makkah, introduced by Indonesian and Malaysian pilgrims.
Sports clubs that would become prominent in the current Saudi football scene came into the fray, including Jeddah-based Al Ittihad Club.
Late 1920s to early 1930s
Full-fledged Arab football teams sprang up in Jeddah and Makkah. Sponsors, usually local businessmen, pitched in and tournaments began.
The sport was introduced in the Eastern Province by Aramco employees, who are believed to have picked it up from British expats living in nearby Bahrain.
Football came to Riyadh when Aramco officials were transferred to the capital.
So many football clubs and tournaments were established that the Ministry of Interior set up the country’s first office for sports affairs. This eventually became the Directorate of Youth Affairs.
The King’s Cup was established; it’s one of the region’s most coveted tournaments. Football became national and clubs and all-star teams began playing with neighboring countries. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 69
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THE HOLY QUR’AN An exhibition in Madinah
On a recent trip to Madinah, as we stepped out of Masjid An Nabawi after prayer, we heard a bilingual representative of the mosque announcing a freeentry Qur’an exhibition further ahead. Intrigued, we decided to go take a look. Upon entering, we heard a guide addressing a number of visitors about the Quran and its significance. Most of our fellow visitors were pilgrims from abroad who perhaps were visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time.Our guide went through the exhibition and the visitors, some of them elderly, tried to match his pace as he walked through several halls each covering a different 70 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
aspect of the Quran. Some highlighted its miracles and others showed the contribution of the Saudi government towards the preservation of the Qur’an.
another round of spiritual upliftment – another round as it is, as we had just come out of Masjid An Nabawi feeling the peace and serenity that Madinah is famous for.
There were guided tours every few minutes or so as groups upon groups led by guides entered the exhibition. The tours were conducted in a number of languages.
Accompanying the posters were several interactive visual displays, each having its own audio outlets to provide visitors with an audio-visual experience. Seeing that and other state-of-the-art installations in the exhibition, we could see that huge amounts of money, skill, and expertise were invested in setting the place up to make it a top-notch experience. But at the pace in which our guide was leading us, we
There were, nonetheless, some visitors who couldn’t understand the languages that the tours were being conducted in, so they wandered inside the maze-like halls on their own. The posters in each hall were so edifying, it almost felt like
By Mohammed Mirza
unfortunately barely managed to read the posters, let alone have time to listen to the available audio clips. We reached a hall where they kept one of the largest handwritten manuscripts of the Quran. Weighing over 154 kilograms, it was written by an Afghan, Ghulam Mohiuddin, almost 200 years ago. The manuscript was so intricate and beautiful that we were left in awe. The next hall displayed many age-old manuscripts, some of them dating back to just a few centuries after the hijra. These manuscripts were brought in from all around the Muslim World and were written by some of the most well-known calligraphers of the time.
STAFF PHOTO//MOHAMMED MIRZA
We stopped in a room with a gigantic screen to watch a short documentary on the Quran. Our next stop was a small souvenir shop with memorabilia themed onthe exhibition. Walking through the exhibition was like going through a book, turning page after page starting from when the Quran was first revealed to how it was compiled and to how organizations today are contributing to its upkeep. Definitely, a good addition to Madinahâ€™s growing list of places to visit. On our exit we passed an exhibition under construction. We found out it might focus on the history of Masjid An Nabawi, so thereâ€™s more to look forward to. COORDINATES 24.465873, 39.609205
An Archipelago of Startups The entrepreneurship backbone of Bahrain Bahrain is a nation with few natural resources, but what has enabled the beautiful island to prosper is the most important one of all: its people. Bahrainis have a long history of creative enterprise, and in today’s Bahrain, it is easier than ever to be an entrepreneur – there’s a plethora of organizations that have made it their mission to support Bahraini entrepreneurs and startups. Here are some of the most prominent ones.
Tamkeen is a semigovernmental organization founded in 2006. Their aim is to make the private sector the key driver of Bahrain’s economic development. Tamkeen provides both individuals and businesses with a host of programs to enable them to contribute to the Bahraini economy. Most relevant are the services Tamkeen offers to businesses from the conceptualization phase to the startup phase, and straight on through to scale-up and the maturity phase. These services include incubation, business development, training, and funding.
As of today, Tamkeen has helped over 140,000 Bahrain individuals and businesses be a positive force for Bahrain’s economic development. Location: 4 branches: Seef Mall in Manama, Bait Al Tijjar Building in Sanabis, Sitra Mall in Sitra, and Enma Mall in Riffa. Web: tamkeen.bh TamkeenBahrain
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Rowad is an entrepreneurship support organization founded in 2015, that, like Tamkeen, provides a host of services to entrepreneurs, including incubation, training, and funding. However, Rowad emphasizes on the criticality and importance of coaching and mentoring, and provides in-house coaching services to entrepreneurs, supporting entrepreneurs on all aspects of the enterprise development, from personal coaching all the way to franchise and business growth coaching.
Rowad (Arabic for Entrepreneurs) also launched a magazine with the same name, both print and digital, which is an â€œentrepreneur journal for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.â€? The magazine provides insight and cover stories on the local entrepreneurship ecosystem. Location: Building 170, Road 1703, Block 317, Diplomatic Area, Bahrain Web: rowad.co rowad.co
Corporate Hub 9 is a 1,300-square meter business accelerator located in the beautiful Amwaj resort, offering startups and aspiring entrepreneurs co-working spaces, meeting rooms, office spaces, a gaming room, and a variety of other services including printing and access to CH9â€™s network of international mentors. It also hosts community events such as pitching competitions, workshops, and talks to promote entrepreneurship in Bahrain.
CH9 memberships range from Shared Office Access to Privileged Access, which offers members more privacy in an exclusive office area. Location: Shop 246, Building 2648, Lagoon Park, Amwaj, Muharraq, Bahrain Web: chnine.com corporatehub9
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STARTUPMGZN With all the entrepreneurship support organizations in Bahrain, and all the startups that Bahrainis are creating and scaling up, itâ€™s sometimes hard to keep track of it all. Enter, Startupmgzn, a bilingual digital magazine that puts together all the news, perspectives, and events in the startup world for you in one easily-accessible platform. Through it, you can find out about up and coming events, the latest news in the entrepreneurship ecosystem of not just Bahrain, but also the Middle East, and get deeper insights and opinions
from various experts in their respective fields. Startupmgzn is also a community where members come to learn and be inspired. A series of monthly gettogethers titled Startup Mornings was launched where fellow startups and entrepreneurs meet over coffee and breakfast to exchange ideas and recount failures while being in the company of a guest speaker. The event sometimes takes place during the evening under the name of Startup Evenings. Web: startupmgzn.com startupmgzn
Classified Pages Islamic Financial Banking
Effat University signed an MoU with the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI) on Dec. 21 at the 3rd Islamic Finance Conference. CIBAFI will provide the Effat students with courses on Islamic financial banking to empower women and boost their skills and knowledge.
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Marketing students from Effat University under the supervision of Dr. Manzar Ahmed, Chair of Marketing at the university, won SR 10,000 for designing and strategically planning the set-up and running of a rooftop of a new 5-star hotel in Jeddah, as a separate business entity. The competition was held by marketing and training consultancy Mazaya Marketing.
Starbucks Supports Vision 2030
Marriott Rewards Guests
Starbucks confirmed its commitment to employ 400 Saudis in its branches around the Kingdom as part of its plans to support the National Transition Program and Vision 2030.
MENA Information Security Conference Partner
Celebrity and pop star Gwen Stefani performed a private concert at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai for Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members, as part of a series of ultimate, exclusive experiences. 76 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
The 2017 MENAISC partnered with W7Worldwide for their strategic marketing communications, which was one of the tools of the conferenceâ€™s qualitative success. Their campaign design contributed to the preparation of the Saudi Cyber Security Community for the event.
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Hyundai Scores Win
Binzagr Invests in KAEC
Hyundai ended its World Rally Championship season with a thrilling Rally Australia win by Thierry Neuville, who drove a Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, sealing second place in both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships.
Binzagr Company purchased land in the Industrial Valley at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) as part of its strategic expansion plans to serve markets in Saudi Arabia and MENA. Binzagr will establish a new state-of-the-art logistics center that provides premium customer service.
Shell Saudi Arabia Hosts Guests
Rolls-Royce Phantom in Oman
Nothing says motorsport tradition like Shell entertaining 88 guests from Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. Guests were given a premium hospitality package across the race weekend.
The new Rolls-Royce Phantom made its debut in Oman, following its recent global debut in London. The Who’s Who of Oman’s society gathered to be some of the first to see the new Phantom – the world’s leading luxury item.
A Jaguar Performance
First UAE-Built Sports Car
Authorized Jaguar Land Rover dealer Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company hosted Jaguar’s renowned The Art of Performance Tour: Season 2 in Riyadh and Jeddah. Jaguar owners and brand enthusiasts got to experience the latest models through a set of unique and dynamic challenges and activities.
The keys to the Jannarelly Design-1, the first UAE-designed and manufactured sports care, were handed to its owner recently. Classi car aficionado Gaurav Dhar now owns the open-top, two-seater. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 77
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
DS Recommends: Chicken Rice Bowl with a side of nachos and salsa. Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar. • Tel: +966-13-8977070
BUN & PATTY Taste the original burgers. Prince Turkey St., Khobar • Mob: +966-542012320
BURGER NOOK Al Rashed Mall,Al Rakkah,Al Hada, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahad St., AlRayyan • Mob: +966-547688801 BURGERFUEL DS Recommends: MONSTER BURGER! . Fouad Center, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8986936
BRASA DE BRAZIL For a 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 • Tel: +966-13-865 2702
BOSTANI CHOCOLATE & GIFTS Bostani has the highest
quality of local, reigonal and global products. Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Mob: +966-535454749 / +966-555042320
CHOCOLINE Taste and
refinement meet to create an outstanding range of luxury chocolates. Ibn Khaldoon St., Dammam Bansaria Center, Pepsi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8464303 +966-13-8823427
Al Rashid Mall. King Saud Branch Rd., Al Hada, Al Khobar • Mob: +966547688801
King Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +96613-8422213
CHILI’S Chili’s offers great dishes
CAFE LIWAN Cafe Liwan is a Saudi coffee shop chain that has a unique concept. Al Othiam Mall, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8815590
COSTA DS Recommends: Mall of Dhahran, Khobar • Tel: +966-138684071
PAPA JOHN’S Papa John’s Pizza
DS Recommends: A coffee shop with many kinds of coffee to relax with. Othman Ibn Affan St., Al Jamiyin, Dammam• Mob: +966-590773720
COFFEE COAST DS Recommends:
Specialty Coffee Shop & Roastery • Tel: +966-541886055
PAPPA ROTI Try their milk tea!. Mall of Dhahran
PASTEL CAFÉ Go back in time
and enjoy your cup of coffee in an elegant chateaux. Pepsi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8994004
SECOND CUP Second Cup Cafes are dedicated to providing Canada’s best lattes, gourmet coffee and teas. Amwaj Mall • Tel: +966-13-8407730
DS Recommends: Deluxe and Pepperoni Pizza • King Khalid Rd., Khobar Saudi prides itself on being committed to social responsibility. Prince Sultan Rd., South Dana, Dhahran • Mob: +966-13-8915328 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
Kempinski Al Othman Hotel. •Tel +966-13-8294444
FRENCH BAKERY We offer
STARBUCKS COFFEE Starbucks
GODIVA DS Recommends: Four
delivers the true essence of coffee. Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8891195
exceptional quality and aim at satisfying our customers. King Faisal Rd., Khobar •Tel: +966-138493934
in a fun atmosphere. Al Mawarid Food Court, Prince Turki St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8937242 | +966-138937243
words: Strawberries dipped in chocolate. Service Rd., Al Yarmouk, Gosaibi Village, Khobar • Tel: +96613-8815757
TGI FRIDAY’S In Here, It’s Always
JUHAINA CHOCOLATE Prince
T. SQUARE Elegant lobby lounge of Intercontinental Al Khobar serving tea, coffee and tasty pastries • InterContinental, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8452888
& BRASSERIE Try their Nutella French Toast! King Fahd Rd., Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8492211
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
Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar• Tel: +966-13-867 8388
PATCHI DS Recommends: Find
exceptional chocolate at Patchi. • Prince Sultan Rd., Khobar • Tel: +96613-8477743
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
COFFEE & TEA SHOPS ACOUSTIC TEA LOUNGE & ART GALLERY DS Recommends:
ZAFFRON LOUNGE Relax 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. Al Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8588914
HARDEE’S Fast-food chain
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
HUNGRY BUNNY Hungry Bunny
AL DIWAN Kempinski Al Othman Hotel • Tel: +966-13-8294444
serves comfort food like burgers and wraps. Pepsi St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8098227
KFC Don’t miss out on the tastiest and freshest fried chicken at KFC. Corniche, Khobar • Mob: +966-545029249
BABA KARAK 28th St., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8409080
KONO PIZZA Kono Pizza
Recommends: Coffee & Chocolate. King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +96613-8494040
PAUL’S DS Recommends: The Salade Fermiere. Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8688183
serving chicken, big burgers & delicious fries. Prince Turki St. and 19th St., Al Khobar • Tel: 920001213
Rose Latte. Prince Faisal bin Fahd St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8822760
CACAO SAMPAKA DS
MADELEINE FRENCH BAKERY
makes portable pizza to be eaten anywhere and anytime. Prince Faisal St., (Prince Homoud St.), Khobar
KUDU Sandwiches and more. • Prince Turki St., North Khobar, Khobar • Tel: 92000 6999
BIG CHEFS . Prince faisal bin
fahad Rd., Al Khobar • Tel: +966-138023322
CIRCLE CAFE DS Recommends: The Mexican Salad!. Al Khobar • Mob: +966-539477711 • Tel: +96613-8977711 PATTIS FRANCE Pattis France
is a wonderful café and breakfast spot. KAl Turki Business Park • Tel: +966-13-8827138
THE BLUE RESTAURANT Faisal Al Saud St., • Tel: +966-13-8984999
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FRESH BERRY Exclusive frozen
yogurts and a variety of toppings are at Fresh Berry. Awal St., Al Mazru’iyyah, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8611675
HAAGEN-DAZS There’s nothing not to love at Haagen Dazs but we especially love the Affogato. Al Rashid Mall Prince Turkei St., Al Yarmouk, Khobar
LINDO DS Recommends: All
the fruit mochi ice cream flavors. Behind Carrefuor in Al Rashed Mall, North Khobar, Khobar • Mob: +966561002011
SHAKES Ferrero Rocher Shake! Al Rashid Mall • Mob: +966-548151501
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., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8974363
ABU NAWAS RESTAURANT
For the best Ruz Bukhari in town. Prince Majed St., Khobar • Tel: +96613-8952225
BEIT MISK DS Recommends:
The Beit Misk Salad and grills! Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8324400
CAFE CHIC SOFITEL South Cornishe Rd ., - Sofitel • Tel: +966-138817000 FAIROUZ GARDEN
restaurant that provides an unmet dining experience. Al Rawabi, Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8475770
RESTAURANT Fairouz Garden exhumes the taste of the Middle East with great outdoor seating. King Fahad St., Corniche, Khobar • Tel: 920004102
LA GONDOLA Step into La
FAYROUZ Fayrouz serves an
LA CARAVELLA An Italian
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: +966-138986623 / +966-13-8914886
OLIVETO Oliveto is known for being an authentic Italian taverna. Prince Saad St. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8988228
PIATTO DS Recommends: Don’t
leave without trying the gelato!. Fouad Center, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8944842
PIZZARIFIC Our simple, yet extraordinary pizza will leave you satisfied. Aqrabiyah, Khobar Rakah, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8871515 / +966-13-8141515 ROLANDO’S PIZZERIA Try
the chicken chili pizza. 22nd St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8961213
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
MY LITTLE CAKE Prince Faisal bin Fahad Rd., South Doha, Dhahran • Tel: +966-538491942
MANOOSHA ALREE Manoosha
NOODLEZ DS Recommends: The Singaporean Noodles! Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-3304303 -920006722 ORIENT Savor the true Asian
cuisine. Prince Turki St., Khobarr • Tel:+966-13-8992525
ROYAL GULF CHINESE
RESTAURANT Royal Gulf serves you tasty meals within a wonderful ambience. Al Rashid Mall • Tel: +966-13-8949855 TOKYO RESTAURANT HIGASHI Corniche, Khobar 31952
• Tel: +966-13-8814966
VANILLA PATISSERIE 7th
Street, North Khobar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8692888
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 bin Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel:+966-138877868 MAHARAJA Maharaja by Vineet serves traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary touch Mövenpick Hotel Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8984999
MANOOSHA ALREEF • Prince
authentic Chinese cuisine. King Khaled St., Dammam • Mob: +966550680111
MAXIM Prince faisal bin fahad Rd., (pepsi road) • Tel: +966-13-8824742
CAFE CHIC SOFITEL South Cornishe Rd., Sofitel • Tel: +966-138817000
AL BANOOSH RESTAURANT
• Tel: +966-13-8294444
dining experience. King Fahd St. Cross 25th St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13 8961199 • Mob: +966-504823433
RED DRAGON Red Dragon serves
VICOLI LOUNGE Luxury Italian
IL VERO Kempinski Al Othman Hotel
KYOTO An authentic Japanese
SHEHZADA Try the Karhais and the hot chilly crusted prawns. • Prince Sultan St., Khobar
the most popular pizza joints in Dhahran. Mall of Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8684543
and French Lounge. Prince Humud St., Khobar • Mob: +966-564255558
Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-138871475
Alreef offers great food, great ambience and great prices. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8813111
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
THE PIZZA COMPANY One of
CAFÉ LIWAN Prince Faisal bin
Prince Abdulaziz St., • Tel: +966-138948955
BAMBOO KITCHEN Bamboo Kitchen serves a great array of Asian dishes. Mall of Dhahran Gate 10 • Tel: +966-13-8910190
Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8813111
TOKYO RESTAURANT •
Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +96613-8814966
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 / +966-13-8673443 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
MUGHAL Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8982570
DIP N DIP The brownie crepe is
every chocoholics dream come true! • Al Rashid Mall, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8482999
SURF ‘N’ TURF King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8494001
MALTOOT CAFE Prince Turki St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8494001 ROYAL GULF CHINESE RESTAURANT Gate 1, Al Rashid
Mall, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8949855
PINK BOX Prince Faisal bin Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel: 920025925
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 King Khalid Rd., Thuqbah, Khobar • Tel: +966-138610195 KARAK W KAIK You don’t want to miss this Karak Tea!. Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Branch Rd, Abdullah Fuad, Dammam JAR BAKERY Try their Oreo pancakes for breakfast. Al Olaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8810255 LAMLICIOUS Al Rashid Mall, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8681962 • Mob: +966-535266966 LIWAN CAFÉ Café Liwan is a
well balanced blend of the Middle Eastern and Western concept. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Green Belt, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8871475
MY LITTLE CAKE SHOP
DS Recommends: Ferrero Rocher Cupcake!. Amwaj Mall, Gate 4 • Mob: +966-538491942
PINK BOX Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: 920025925 VANILLA PATISSERIE 7th St., Khobar Al Shumaliya • Tel: +966-13-8692888
BOUTIQUES 6 BLOCKS Chique formal wear
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
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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: +966-557148324 • Facebook: tabzboutique
CUSTOM THOBES BALLAN Ballan garments, women’s 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,
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
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
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: +96613-3627373 • 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
home accessories and rugs. King Faisal Rd., Ar Rawabi, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8477066 • Web: almutlaqonline.com
CLINIC Alaqrabiyah, 22nd St., Khobar, • Tel: +966-13-8940004 • Facebook: KCCClinic
CLOSET WORLD Focus
MED ART CLINICS One of the
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
most respected plastic surgery clinics. Dhahran Tower, Granada St., Rakah, Khoba • Tel: +966-138650040 • Web: medartclinics.com
IKEA Offers a wide range of
A clinic taking over the responsibility of presenting the best medical services. Khobar / Dammam / Jubail / Qatif / Hufof • Tel: +966-13-8648181 • Web: ramclinics.com
well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., South Doha, Dhahran • Tel: 920004532 • Web: ikea.com
RAM DENTAL & ORTHODONTIC CLINIC
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
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
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: fitnessfirst-me.com
FITNESS TIME Provides 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
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 Provides
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 Their pursuit in
providing health care services to Their 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: +966-13-8475955 • Web: http://www.alsogair.com/ drlaylapolyclinic.html
AL GOSAIBI BODY BUILDING SELF DEFENCE GYM Cross of
CRYSTAL SPA Tamimi
AL SADIQ HOSPITAL
DAR NAJD SALON King Saud St., Dammam • Tel: +966-138322222 • Web: darnajd.com
Gulf Cooperative St. & Prince Khaled St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8576026
Saihat - Abu Musa Alansari St., • Tel: +966-13-8500160
Compound, King Fahd Rd., Al Bustan, Khobar • Mob: +966-509041654 • Web: spacrystal.wix.com
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ELITE DERMA CARE Skin, Laser and Anti-Aging Center. King Fahad Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8570100 • Web: elitedermacare.com/?lang=en
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
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/
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
LA LUNE NAIL SPA Test a new 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 for wellness and rejuvenation. Sunset Beach Resort, Sunset Blvd, Al Tahliyah, Khobar • Tel: +966-138902000 • Web: pearlspa.com
SHERATON A 5-star deluxe
hotel in the Easten Province of Saudi Arabia. Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Rd., Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8345555 • Web: sheratondammam.com
PRIMA DONNA Beauty and nail
salon. Prince Sultan St., Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8910444
SHINE SPA Warm atmospheres and welcoming therapists, to help you recharge, relax and have fun while spending your time. Sheraton Dammam Hotel, Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Rd., Al Mazruiyah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8345555 • Web: shinespadammam.com
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
THE SANCTUARY NAIL
TULIP INN Recognized as one
LOUNGE & SPA A sanctuary where you can indulge in the serene atmosphere of a modern but softly designed venue. Pepsi Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8945674
of the leading hotels in Khobar overlooking the city. Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8825588 • Web: tulipinnalkhobar.com/en
ZARA CONTINENTAL HOTEL
THE NAIL LOUNGE Al Rashid
Mall, Feras Ibn Al Nadhr St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-898 0073
VOG Brings 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
Aqrabiyah • Tel: +966-13-8646229
CROWNE PLAZA Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8988840 • Web: ihg.com
WHITES PHARMACY Feras
Al Nadhr St., Al Ulaya, Khobar • Tel: 920006648
HOTELS AL GOSAIBI HOTEL Amr bin Murrah St., Khobar • Tel: +966-138822882 • Web: algosaibi-hotel.com ALOFT HOTELS King Saud
Branch Rd., Dhahran • Tel: +966-138164444 • Web: alofthotels.com
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
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
hotel in Dhahran’s business and commercial district. Al Qashla St., Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-3311144 • Web: doubletree3.hilton.com/en
HOLIDAY INN King Faisal St., Khobar /King Saud Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8671111• Web: ihg.com INTERCONTINENTAL
Combines 21st-century facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality. Ibn Bassam Alandalusi St., Bandariya, Khobar • Tel: +96613-8452888 • Web: intercontinental. com/icalkhobar
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 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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FSN TRAVEL Promoting all
travel and tourism and hospitality services 24/7 King Khalid St., Khobar • Tel: 966-13-85775057 • Web: fsntravel.com
GLOBAL TRAVEL SOLUTIONS Al-Khobar’s leading travel agency Prince Talal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8333064 AtlasTravelKSA
SAAD TRAVEL To Cater to all travelling needs and requirements for all occasions. King Abdulaziz Boulevard Cross • Tel: +966-138949977 • Web: saadtravel.com
TOUR OPERATORS GOLD COAST
Working in tour operators, providing travel agents and business activities. King Fahd Rd., Rakah Al Janobiyah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8574595 • Web: goldcoast.sa
MASAFIE Quest towards
providing services and tourism products of high quality with global progress. Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8574595 • Web: goldcoast.sa
RESORTS GOLDEN TULIP DANA BAY
BUDGET Budget provides the flexible leasing program for your long term car rental needs. • Airline Center, Khobar • Dhahran St., Khobar • Moevenpick Hotel, Khobar • Regional Head Office, Dammam, Old Dhahran Airport Road, Al Qashla St., Dammam •1st Street, Dammam, •Tel: 8002440252 / +966-13-8325533 • Web: budgetsaudi.com CAREEM Login to the website or
use their mobile app to order a car. Web: careem.com
DALEEL RENT A CAR CO.
A professional car rental company. King Abdullah St., Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8945533
Moon Bay, Khobar • Tel: + 966-138966633 • Web: palmbeach.sa/en
Sunset Blvd., Al Tahliyah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8902000 • Web: sunset-beach.com.sa
CAR SERVICES AUTO WORLD Auto World
operates in the field of car leasing services. King Faisal Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8574007 • Web: autoworld.com.sa
AVIS There is no better way of
getting around than renting an Avis car. King Fahd International Airport, King Fahad Rd., Dammam • Tel: +96613-8838790 • Web: avis.com.sa
BEST RENT A CAR
It provides the best car leasing offers. Al Mazruiyah, Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8450800
GULF PEARL COMPOUND 2
Offers units that can be furnished or not depending on the tenant. 39 A St., Aziziyah, Khobar • Mob: +966-567530204
JZALA RESEDENTIAL COMPOUND A warm feeling
cars. Dhahran St., Khobar • Tel: 920005561 • Web: hertz.com
SAMARA The most reliable transportation provider for limousine, car rental and leasing services, Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: 920002854 /+966-13-8871144 • Web: samara.com.sa SIXT RENT A CAR Rent cars at
UBER Get a taxi, private car or
PALM BEACH RESORT Half
A small village of more than 560 villas with hotel facilities. Prince Sultan Rd., Qurtoba, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8579780 / +966-13-8577996 • Web: eurovillagecompound.com
HERTZ The easiest way to rent
HOLIDAY INN RESORT HALF MOON BAY Half Moon
Moon Bay, Khobar • Tel: +966-138492999 • Email: resort.alkhobar@ moevenpick.com
of home is what makes this compound so special . King Saud Rd., Qurtoba, Khobar • Tel: +966-138588080 • Web: jzala.net
affordable prices. South Corniche Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8817000 • Web: sixt.com
MÖVENPICK BEACH RESORT AL KHOBAR Half
Thalaba St., Khobar • Tel: +966-138590895 • Web: canaryvillage.com/
A professional car rental company. Dammam • Tel: +966-13-8327667 • Web: easternhazar.com
Half Moon Bay, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8963666 • Web: goldentulipdanabay.com
Bay, Khobar. Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8963333
CANARY VILLAGE Usaid Ibn
rideshare from your mobile phone. Web: uber.com
COMPOUNDS AL DANAH & Al Nada Compounds The fully furnished
Karawan Compound is a 69 villas compound managed by MAJD real estate company. 1st Street, Al Bustan • Mob: +966-530745499
AL VENTURA VILLAGE
Ventura Village is where hospitality and services meet. King Abdulaziz Rd., Jubail • Tel: +966-13-3641905 /+966-133640489 • Web: alventura.net
KINDERGARTENS BAMBOO EARLY CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT CENTER • Mob: +966-541003395 GLOBAL VILLAGE PRESCHOOL
villas have a modern design, recreation and sports facilities. Khobar-Dammam Highway, 10th St. Al Rawabi, Khobar • Mob: +966505880307
A fun and safe environment for kids to learn and grow. Jasmine Village Compound, Al Quds St., Al Jawharah, Khobar • Mob: +966-590598015 • instagram: gvpreschool
AL FERDOUSE VILLAGE
Al Ferdouse Village compound comprise of 65 modernly design units. King Abdulaziz Rd., Jubail • Mob: +966-593822207
AL JUDE VILLAGE For a
unique accomodation facility, head to Al Jude Village. Near Automoto • King Faisal St., Al Sadafah, Al Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-3641676
AL MOHAMADIA COMPOUND It offers a secure
international section and an Arabic one. Green Belt, Prince Faisal St., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8822961 • Web: alfaisaliah.edu.sa
AL HUSSAN INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOL Boys/Girls Schools. Andalus St., South Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8936415 • Web: alhussan.edu.sa/en/default.aspx AL KHOZAMA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Abdulrazaq Bin Hammam St., North Ar Rakah, Dammam • Tel: +966-138475112 • Web: alkhozama.org
BAYAN GARDENS SCHOOL
Prince Faisal bin Fahd Rd., Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8822645 • Web: bayaan.com
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL A selective, non profit school with close links with the British Embassy. Al Jawharah, Khobar • Tel:+966-13-8825425 • Web: bisak.org
DHAHRAN AHLIYYA SCHOOL Prince Sultan Rd., South Doha, Dhahran • Tel: +966-13-8919444 (Girls) 966-13-8919222/7094/7374 (Boys) • Web: das.sch.sa
DHAHRAN HIGH SCHOOL Khobar (Near the US Consulate) • Tel: +966-13-3300555 Ext 2420 • Web: dhs.isg.edu.sa
(ISG) INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL GROUP - DHAHRAN (Near the US Consulate) US Consulate Driveway, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-3300555 Ext 2420
GULF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Ahmed Ibn Hanbal St., Qurtoba, Khobar • Tel: +966-138598773 • Web: gulfintschool.com
They provide an environment where children are free to move, play and explore safely. Al Subeaei Tower Building, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Al Hizam Al Akhdar, Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8873830 • Web: gymboreeclasses-ksa.com
ISG JUBAIL Provides an educational experience which celebrates our multicultural community of learners. 6th Rd., Jalmudah, Jubail • Tel: +96613-3417550 • Web: isg-jubail.org
KIDS & CO. Eurovillage, Prince
with sports and co-curricular activities. King Abdullah Road, Jubail • Tel: +966-13-3442022 • Web: mariyaschool.com
Sultan Rd., Qurtoba, Khobar• Tel: +966-13-8147979
KFUPM NURSERY &
surrounding of luxury units and hospitality facilities. Khobar • Mob: +966-559901027 • Web: almohamadiya.com
KINDERGARTEN KFUPM, Dhahran Blvd., Dhahran • Mob: +966-13-8605777
BAJRAI GARDEN VILLAGE
Ohana provides the best educational environment for children. Dhahran Tower, Granada St., Ar Rakah, Khobar • Tel: +966-138651156 • Instagram: tohanaksa
It provides luxury housing units. King Abdul Aziz Rd., Teebah Dst., Jubail• Tel: +966-13-3641115 • Web: bajraigardenvillage.com
SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES AL FAISALIAH SCHOOL (GIRLS) Encompasses an
MARIYA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Integerates academics
SAAD NATIONAL SCHOOLS Khobar - Sports City 35th St., • (Girls): +966-13-8580055 (Boys): +966-13-8584120 • Web: saadschools.com/home/index. aspx?lang=en
THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS SCHOOL Prince
Sultan Rd., Qurtoba, Al Khobar • Tel: +966-13-8575603 • Web: ipsksa.com
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COUNTRY OF SAUDI ARABIA REGION OF SHARQIYA JUBAIL - DAMMAM - KHOBAR - QATIF - AL AHSA - DHAHRAN
KING OF STATE KING SALMAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD
CURRENCY: Saudi Riyal (SR) divided into: 100 Halalas; notes printed in: 1 (one) – 5 (five) – 10 (ten) 50 (fifty) – 100 (hundred) 500 (five hundred) Riyal Denominations.
CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN AL SAUD
POPULATION GROWTH: 2.31%
Makkah and Madinah
TIME ZONE: GMT +3
2,149,690 sq km
4.106 million. It is the largest province in Saudi Arabia
HEAD OF REGION: Prince Saud Bin Nayef
East coast of Saudia Arabia on the Gulf Sea. Distance between Dammam and Makkah: 1,264.4km. Distance between Dammam and Madinah: 1,224.3km
672,522 sq km- Largest urban center in the Eastern province.
84 DESTINATION SHARQIYA JANUARY 2018
$1.00 USD = SR 3.75 €1.00 Eur o= SR 4.03 £1.00 British Pound = SR 4.67 ₹1.00 Indian Rupee = SR 0.06 ₱1.00 Philip. Peso = SR 0.08
IMPORTANT DATES: National Day: Sept. 23 Ramadan: May 16 Eid Al Fitr: July 15
TV: National TV: Saudi channel 1 Saudi channel 3 (sports) Al Ekhbariya News
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS: DAMMAM: King Fahad Int’l Airport JEDDAH: King AbdulAziz Int’l Airport MADINAH: Prince Muhammed Bin Abdul Aziz Airport RIYADH: King Khaled Int’l.Airport
PHONE CODES: Country code: +966 City codes: Riyadh 011 Jeddah and Makkah 012 Dammam, Dhahran, Khobar and Jubail 013 Madinah And Yanbu 014 Abha and Najran 017
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic, English is the second official language.
RADIO STATIONS: STATION Rotana Quran Studio 1 (Aramco) SaudiRadio AFN Studio 2 (Aramco) Panorama MBC FM MBC FM MBC FM Mix Fm Alif Alif
FM CHANNEL TYPE 88.0 Arabic pop 89.0 Religious 91.4 Pop 92.6 National news 93.7 Western music 101.4 Pop 102.0 Arabic pop 103.0 Khaliji music 103.9 Western music 107.0 Techno music 105.5 Western + Arabic 101/0 Arabic mix
BUSINESS HOURS: BUSINESS + BANKING HOURS: 8/9 a.m. -4/5 p.m. (Sun - Thur) WEEKEND: Friday – Saturday Shopping hours: 10 a.m – 12 p.m. 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
INFORMATION / MAINTENANCE: STC Inquiry information 905 Speaking clock 1222 Mobily 1100 STC 900 Zain 959 EMERGENCY Ambulance 997 Najm (car accidents) 920000560 General emergency 911 Cut along the lines, and keep it in your wallet
DS Issue 25 - January 2018