Saudi Wedding Extravaganza

So I attended my first big wedding party (walimah) here in Riyadh! What an amazing experience! The second part of the wedding party celebrations can be read here. Weddings are the most important social gatherings in Saudi. Often costing hundreds of thousands of riyals, this is the time SaudiRead more

Blog Hate Mail: The Hall Of Shame

Every once in a full moon I get hate mail or just hateful comments on the blog. I guess it’s normal. Haters gonna hate. they see me rollin’ they hatin’ Naturally there will be people who will disagree on what I write or how I view things. But some of those are just negativeRead more

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

This Tuesday Ten will be a light-hearted post to balance out the recent heavy topics that have been discussed on Blue Abaya :) I got this meme from a fellow Finnish expat blogger Heli who currently resides in Norway. Thank you Heli! Her Norwegian Diary blog (in Finnish language) can be foundRead more

Does Saudi-Arabia Need Sex Education?

A while ago I wrote about Saudi men and the cultural pressure society brings on them to perform in the bedroom. Check it out here: http://blueabaya.com/2011/09/saudi-men-and-pressure-to-perform.html In the article you can read how some young Saudi men are not able to consummate their marriages dueRead more

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

Mirror Mirror On The Wall..

Who is the whitest of them all? A fair complexion equals beauty in many cultures around the world. In Saudi-Arabia white is definitely the preferred skin tone for both men and women. But like most things in the world, the pressure of being fair is mainly placed upon the woman. Sadly, mothers andRead more

Why Do Saudis Spit On People?

Believe it or not this is an actual question I get asked every once in a while. Expat nurses often ask me about some strange habits they witnessed Saudis having or odd stuff they saw patients doing. I guess being married to a Saudi gives me more insight into some things but don’t get meRead more

The Saudi Wedding Make-Up Masquerade

My first experience with Saudi (Khaleeji) wedding makeup-styles was when a Saudi colleague at the hospital showed me her wedding picture album. My jaw nearly dropped! WHOA! I would never had guessed that this normally so modest, niqab-wearing, natural beauty who never wore make-up to work would goRead more

11 Ways to Cure the Dreaded Sandpit Boredom

Dear Riyadh, or ___(insert any city in Saudi Arabia here). We love you but you are so boring! There is nothing to do. No cinemas, no bars. What else is there to do anyways?   Does this sound familiar to anyone? Life in Saudi Arabia is of course different to what most are used to back home, butRead more

Saudi Road Trip Part One: Riyadh-Abha

Saudi-Arabia is a country full of beautiful places to visit for those willing to make the journey to get there..While there are regular flights from Riyadh to Abha, we wanted to show my visiting mother as much of the largely unknown countryside as possible, so we decided to go on a road trip aroundRead more

10 Ways To Start Thinking Green and Stop The Madness

In a previous post I wrote about the lack of green values in Saudi-Arabia, you can read the post here: http://blueabaya.com/2012/01/recycling-saudi-values.html I promised to post some tips on how to make your life in Saudi more environmentally friendly, so here are 10 easy and simple ways everyoneRead more

Search And You Will Find..Perverts!

Sometimes I like to check which Google searches bring people to my blog. The all time most searched have been (after blog name) jalabiya, muttawa, camels and desert rocks. Interesting. But once in a full moon a sorry loser ends up on this blog while desperately searching for somethingRead more