Category: culture

How To Attend A Theatre Show In Saudi Arabia

Last week a Finnish friend and I attended the VIP opening of the iLuminate show in Riyadh. The show itself was spectacular and no doubt worth the trip all the way to the Princess Noura University. The talented performers and genius orchestration of the lights to sync with the music and danceRead more

What Is The True Meaning Of Ramadan?

Ramadan Mubarak to all Blue Abaya readers! Ramadan in Saudi Arabia is estimated to begin on the 6th of June 2016. To read more about what kind of changes Ramadan brings along in the ‘Magic Kingdom’ read this post: The Magic Month in the Kingdom. The following article ‘In Search ofRead more

15 Must Read Books By Middle Eastern Authors

Guest post by book addict, literary consultant and blogger Sumaiyya Naseem! Sumaiyya is a bookworm and reading enthusiast from Jeddah and I’ve been following her awesome Sumaiyya books Instagram account for ages. I’m always in awe (and admittedly a bit jealous too) of how she has theRead more

Janadriyah Festival Guide

The biggest cultural event of Saudi Arabia, the Janadriyah Cultural heritage festival is just around the corner! In this Blue Abaya guide you will find everything you need to know to attend the most important national festival for culture and heritage of Saudi Arabia. THIS GUIDE HASRead more

Riyadh Bisht Souk- Winter Coat Shopping in Saudi-Arabia

Believe it or not, it gets cold enough in Saudi Arabia for wearing winter coats! Although admittedly, for a Finn such as myself, the +24C temperatures feel more like the perfect summers day weather, whereas in Saudi Arabia you will start seeing people in wool coats around then. Did you know that inRead more

I Am a Person, Not a Pearl.

On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, (which was 11 th October) I wanted to share with you this poem which is dedicated to all the little girls out there. I wrote the poem ‘Because I am a Girl’ a while after my own daughter was born four years ago. That and a pic of my ownRead more

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- Like an Ancient Arabian Adventure Movie

The Souk Okaz is the re-birth of an ancient Arabian festival dating back to Pre-Islamic times. The modern-day Souk Okaz was re-created on the exact same location in the Saudi Arabian desert where the ancient souk was historically held. The Souk Okaz Festival was revived in 2006 by Prince KhalidRead 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

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