Category: off the beaten path

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: Ha’il Archeological Rock Art Site

The archeological Rock Art site, located in Jubbah, Ha’il province is of Saudi Arabia’s four listed UNESCO World Heritage sites. The other three are Madai’n Saleh, At-Turaif district in historical Diriyah and Al Balad historical district in Jeddah. We visited the Jubbah rock artRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: The Farasan Islands

This time on Blue Abaya’s Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia series featured are the Crown Jewels of Saudi Arabia’s travel treasures; the Farasan Islands in Jizan Province. One of the last places on earth where you can explore and discover such a unique natural habitat without another soul inRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: Haql Shipwreck Beach

Time for another Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia post! Let’s discover some of the lesser known areas in Saudi Arabia. Who knew Saudi Arabia has such beautiful beaches? This beach and shipwreck is located 55km south from Haql city in Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province. The place is in naturalRead more

12 Things To Do In Riyadh During Spring

Have you ever tried golfing in the desert? Ever been to the beautiful desert during the spring time when even the Red Sand dunes are in full bloom after the winter rains? How about a leisurely walk or a sweat inducing run in the desert with fellow expats? Or a picnic to a hidden desert lake? SpringRead more

My First Ebook Guide- The Secret Lake Riyadh’s Hidden Gem

I have some very exciting news, I’ve finally finished my first ever e-book, a guide to the Secret Lake! The Secret Lake is a seasonal lake in the middle of steep desert valleys just outside Riyadh. It’s the perfect picnic spot and because of its secluded location, the lake area hasRead 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 Al-Balad Historical District, Jeddah

Al-Balad, which literally translates to “The City”, is the historical area of Saudi-Arabia’s second largest city Jeddah. Founded in the 7th century, Balad historically served as the city center of Jeddah until the big oil boom when most families started moving out the area. AlRead more

The King’s Forest- Rawdat Khuraim

The weather in Saudi Arabia is amazing during the winter months and perfect for making day trips out to the surrounding desert. Rawdat Khuraim, also called the King’s Forest, is an easily accessible and pleasant ‘getaway’ from the hustle and bustle of Riyadh. It really is like aRead more

Quad Biking In Thumamah

One of the most popular outdoors activities for locals and expats alike is going out to the nearby desert for some quad biking. Quads, four wheelers, sand buggies, whatever you call them, it’s always a blast to drive them! The best thing is women can also drive, even in an all-womenRead more

Raghba And The Rolling Sand Dunes

For a nice day trip out of Riyadh, the village of Raghbah North West of the city is worth a visit. The old mud village has some interesting buildings and architecture, an ancient mosque and a watch tower which is possible to climb up and admire the views down to the city and theRead more

Where I’ve Been, And My Bucket List

Some of my readers have been asking me to write more about my travels and favorites spots around the world. I really love to explore new destinations and often suffer from severe travel fever if I haven’t gone to a new place for a while. I prefer going to destinations that are on ‘roadsRead more

The Secret Lake

Last weekend we visited one of my favorite spots in the desert just outside of Riyadh, a beautiful place I have coined the “Secret Lake”. Secret, because not so many people seem to know of the existence of such a hidden gem so close to Riyadh, which I think is actually for the better.Read more