Category: Riyadh

Dear Donald Trump. Welcome to Saudi Arabia!

Warning! This is a satirical article. Readers who do not understand what satire is are advised to stop reading, now. Reader discretion is advised for individuals suffering from the following syndromes: HOFI (Highly offended about everything Individual) EGNOH (Entitled ignorant with no sense ofRead more

Ten Beautiful Places to Discover in Riyadh’s Desert

The desert. It’s just rocks and sand right? How can that be beautiful? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to me the desert is just such a magical, peaceful and beautiful place. It’s really amazing what kind of beautiful places really awaits just a short drive out ofRead more

Fawanees Ramadan Tent & Blue Abaya 6 Years of Blogging Giveaway

Blue Abaya just celebrated 6 years of blogging! To celebrate this occasion and to show our immense appreciation to our readers, we are giving away two vouchers for iftar at the spectacular Fawanees Tent at Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. The Fawanees iftar experience is no doubt one of the bestRead more

3 Michelin Star Dining Experience at Riyadh’s Mövenpick

The hotel Mövenpick opened its doors last September in Riyadh and they have some really nice restaurants all worth trying out. Most notable of the hotel’s offerings is the French Fine Dining restaurant, Acacia by Pierre Gagnaire. Mr. Gagnaire is a 3 Michelin star chef, making this restaurantRead more

Giveaway: VIP Tickets to Kids in Motion Riyadh 2016

Blue Abaya’s big KIDS IN MOTION giveaway is here! This giveaway is for a total of 6 tickets to the Kids in Motion Live Show with prizes worth total of 2100 SAR. The Kids in Motion event will have Ninja Turtles and Sponge Bob live performances and the adjacent Mother Child and Baby Exhibition.Read more

20 Blogs From Saudi Arabia You Should Be Reading In 2016

Here are 20 blogs from Saudi Arabia you should be reading in 2016. All of them give a unique glimpse into life in Saudi Arabia from different perspectives. Back when I started writing the Blue Abaya blog in 2010, the Saudi blogosphere was still relatively quiet, but blogging has since become moreRead 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

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

Saudi National Day and Eid Al Adha Holidays

Saudi Arabia Celebrates its 85th National Day on 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

Visit Riyadh’s Date Souk

The Riyadh date and vegetable market, also known as the date souk or fruit souk, 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