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

Recycling The Saudi Values

Recycling, preserving the environment, conservation and green thinking are all mostly alien terms in Saudi-Arabia. Checkout Blue Abaya’s 10 tips how to recycle in KSA! Wasting, exploiting the environment, littering and materialism are the way of life in the Kingdom. “The GCC has theRead more

The Princess And The Pimple.

Believe it or not, based on a true story..For more posts about the Saudi royalty click here! Once upon a time in the Magic Kingdom lived a young Princess called “Abeer”. She lived in a huge palace with her parents and had a Pink Hummer driven by her private chauffeur. One morningRead more

I See Pink, People

Pink houses, pink villas. Pink trousers on fellas. Pink in the bathroom pink in the garage. Pink at the mosque, is this a mirage? Pink at the gas station! Is this a pink nation? Men with pink shoes, shirts and jeans,  can you tell me what all this means? Is there pink in masses, or is it just myRead more

Top Ten Restaurants in Riyadh

Here are my top ten restaurants in Riyadh. There are so many good restaurants it’s not easy to pick only ten! I am always amazed to see restaurant reviews on sites like Tripadvisor and others. They have stuff like McDonalds, Chilis and TGI Fridays and various average burger and pizza placesRead more