Saudi National Day and Eid Al Adha Holidays

Saudi Arabia Celebrates its 85th National Day today, Wednesday 23 rd September 2015. This year the National day happens to coincide with the beginning of Hajj, meaning there will be no official celebrations until later on in the week with the upcoming Eid Al Adha holiday. Fireworks and most largerRead more

Souk Okaz in Saudi Arabia looks like a scene from an ancient Arabian adventure movie

My long time nursing friend here in Riyadh who like myself is an avid explorer of Saudi Arabia, showed me some images from her recent Saudi adventure from the Okaz festival. My half Finnish half Saudi kids happened to see some of those pictures and asked (all in Finnish language of course)Read more

Visit Riyadh’s Date Souk

The Riyadh date and vegetable market, also known as the date souk or fruit souq, is located off exit 14. It’s THE place to go for some serious date-shopping and to get on a natural sugar high! Even if you’re not a fan of dates, which I guarantee you will become after visiting thisRead more

Eid Al Fitr Celebrations In Riyadh!

Eid Mubarak to all Blue Abaya readers! We wish you and your loved ones a blessed Eid al Fitr 2015. If you’re in Riyadh and looking to celebrate, this quick guide will help you find the locations, timings, and best events around Riyadh. Riyadh Municipality is organizing over 200 Eid Al FitrRead more

Ramadan Giveaway! Win Iftar at Ritz Carlton Riyadh

The Ramadan giveaway is here! As a token of gratitude to our fans for the continuous support, Blue Abaya together with The Ritz Carlton are giving away 3 sets of iftar for two at Riyadh’s prestigious Ritz-Carlton Ramadan Tent. The iftar buffet will be served at the spectacular Ritz ballrooms,Read more

Iftar at Riyadh Ritz-Carlton Ramadan Tent

We recently enjoyed a wonderful iftar buffet with family and friends at Riyadh’s Prestigious Ritz Carlton. A lavish buffet spread at the Ramadan Tent, set up in one of the hotel’s palatial ballrooms was truly an unforgettable experience. The food was absolutely perfect with a wideRead more

GBK-Obsessed with Riyadh’s Gourmet Burgers

Riyadh Restaurant Review: GBK-The Gourmet Burger Kitchen If you’re obsessed with finding the perfect juicy burger, or on a mission to locate the best burger joint in Riyadh, you can now end that search by heading to the end of Tahlia street to Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The Gourmet BurgerRead more

Ushaiger Heritage Village

The following is a guide to the restored Saudi Arabian heritage village of Ushaiger (the town also called “The Little Blonde”) located outside Riyadh. The beautiful town of Ushaiger is the perfect destination for taking a day trip out from Riyadh, just an hour and a half drive away.Read more

Ten Things to do in Riyadh’s Historical Diriyah

The historic city of Ad’Diriyah, where the first Saudi State was established in 1745 (1158H) has been undergoing a huge restoration project since 2011. I for one have been anxiously awaiting for it to finish because I simply love all this place has to offer. Every time I go to Diriyah,Read more

What is a Wasta?

If you live in Saudi Arabia chances are you’ve heard the word ‘wasta’ mentioned before. A wasta is a widely used term for a well connected individual in the Arab world. It refers to using one’s influence or connections to getting things done, cutting through bureaucratic red tape,Read more

Riyadh International Book Fair 2015

It’s time for Riyadh’s annual International Book Fair! A grand international book fair will be inaugurated by the Saudi minister of Culture and Information, on Wednesday March 4th 2015. Read on to find out more about the venue, location info, timings and what this exhibition is allRead more

An Expat’s Guide to Riyadh

Excited to announce Blue Abaya’s recent interview and collaboration with Riyadh’s Radisson Blu Hotel!  The following is my interview with Radisson Blu hotel in Riyadh which contains some sightseeing & activity tips for newcomers and business travellers to Saudi Arabia’sRead more