Category: abayas

The Princess Souq

The Princess Souq in Riyadh! Sounds like a souq for Saudi princesses right? Glamour, glitter and gorgeous gowns? Not exactly. This is actually a second hand souk located in Riyadh’s Batha, the infamous “ghetto” of Riyadh. It’s like a huge open area marketplace, fleamarket,Read more

Sans Abaya in Saudi

One of the most unsettling aspects of traveling to Saudi-Arabia for women are of course the abayas. The abaya always seems to make women wearing it for the first time feel insecure and very self-conscious. Wearing abaya for the first time feels strange but expats quickly get used to them. ThatRead more

Ramadan- Favorite Month For Saudi Religious Police

Ramadan, the busiest season of the year for the members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) aka Saudi religious police force. I like to refer to them more familiarly as the muttawa or Hai’a. DISCLAIMER: This entire post is written in a sarcastic tone,Read more

My Saudi Wedding Ceremony

What’s the difference between a Saudi and a Finnish wedding ceremony? -In Saudi the groom is the one in long white dress and the bride is wearing black! -Instead of “you may now kiss the bride” in Saudi it’s “you may now see the bride”.   Ok so as IRead more

Breast Cancer awareness in Saudi-Arabia and pink abayas

This month is international Breast Cancer awareness month and it can be seen in Saudi-Arabia as well. A National Awareness Campaign to Combat Breast Cancer has been inaugurated in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to coincide with international Breast Cancer Awareness month. The campaign is led by PrincessRead more

Underneath the abaya, there’s a different story!

I often get asked the question what do women in Saudi-Arabia wear under the abaya? Doesn’t it get terribly hot under the abaya? How does it feel to be forced to wear abaya? Isn’t it horrible for western women to have to wear abayas everywhere? What are abaya fabrics made of? Do SaudiRead more

Western Woman in Riyadh? Make The Best Of It!

This is a playful post for all the ladies currently living in Riyadh. It might be a harsh environment and many things irritate us from time to time..Nothing is like back home. But what can we do? Other than getting frustrated and anxious, try to look at it in a positive way and make your life a bitRead more

It’s cookin’ in Riyadh!

This week the temperature has hit near +50c everyday. To make matters worse it doesn’t get much cooler in the nights, dropping to only +46 yesterday. When it’s windy, you would think it has a cooling effect, but actually it feels like somebody is holding a hairdryer to ur head on fullRead more

The woman’s right to uncover vs the right to cover

I wanted to write about why muslim women cover and then I started thinking about all the women who do the opposite and the reasons behind it. By taking a look from “the other side of the fence” the view might be very different..We shouldn’t judge the other side so harshly andRead more

Palla Mano exhibition for women

Another women’s only exhibition this week in Riyadh! This time it’s going to be in the Four Seasons hotel, starting on tuesday 7 pm to thursday 11 pm. I’m really excited about this one because they are going to choose the Saudi designer of the year 2010! Also there will be areRead more

Muttawa Encounters Volume One

As I promised on a previous post, I will share some experiences my friends and I have had with the Saudi religious police officers, better known as the muttawa (read more about them here). Officially the name of the organization these religious police officers work at is CPVPV, short for CommissionRead more

Why My Abaya Is Blue..

First of all what is an abaya? For those who don’t know, it’s the black “overcoat” or “cloak” some Muslim women choose to wear over their normal clothing when they are in public. In KSA it is obligatory for everyone, even the non-Muslims and western women to wearRead more