Janadriyah Cultural Heritage Festival in 2011

Janadriyah Cultural Heritage festival of Saudi Arabia is held annually on the outskirts of Riyadh at the Janadriyah Village. This post depicts images from the festival in 2011. For more information about the folk festival itself, the timings and dates of Al Janadriya, check out Blue Abaya guides toRead more

My Saudi Wedding Ceremony

What’s the difference between a Saudi and a Finnish wedding ceremony? -In Saudi the groom is the one in long white dress and the bride is wearing black! -Instead of “you may now kiss the bride” in Saudi it’s “you may now see the bride”.   Ok so as IRead more

The Day of Rage from the skies

So it’s March 11th, the much anticipated date of the “Day of Rage”. It was supposed to be a day of protests around the Kingdom. I was curious to see if anything would actually happen although I highly doubted it in the first place. Read my previous post on the SaudiRead more

International Women’s Day and Saudi Women

International Women’s day is not really celebrated in Saudi-Arabia. It’s like any other day in the lives of the Saudi women. However I wanted to write on this day and remind all women, regardless of our nationality, race or religion to be grateful of what we have. Saudi women are oftenRead more

Saudi Marriage Permission Success!

In Saudi-Arabia marriages to foreigners are regulated by the government. All Saudis must apply for permission to marry a foreigner or if he/she has already done so abroad the marriage must be first approved by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) to be valid under Saudi laws. Now this might sound simple,Read more

Saudis Love their King Abdullah

King Abdullah has returned to Riyadh from his long hospital stay abroad and he received a very warm welcome from Saudis. The streets of Riyadh are lined with flags and large pictures and posters of the King are plastered on every building with slogans like “Thank God for the King’sRead more

Saudi Dating Scene

Dating? In Saudi-Arabia? It would appear that there is no such thing as dating in Saudi-Arabia. The countries strict laws on gender segregation make sure all contact between the sexes is minimized. There are no movie theaters, restaurants and cafe’s are segregated by gender and single men areRead more

Saudis Could Take Lessons from Finnish Schools!

It’s not a big secret that people think the Saudi public schooling system sucks. Even the Saudis complain about the system all the time. Some have called it one of the worst in the world. It’s mostly bashed for being tied to rote learning and for an over-emphasis on religious studiesRead more

Saudi-Arabia: Pathetic customer service

Sometimes I wonder why all the shops in Saudi-Arabia have employed so many shop assistants. There seems to be a man in every corner of the store yet actual customer service is unheard of. I guess the cheap labor enables the employement of 10 Indian, Pakistani or Philippino men instead of one veryRead more

The Four Seasons in the Magic Kingdom

The saying goes that there are only two seasons in Saudi Arabia and they are: Hot weather and cold weather.  I’ve come to realize there are in fact four different periods in the year which could be defined as seasons, although very different to the ones I’m used to back in my homeRead more

Thumbs up for the muttawas!

Warning! This post contains muttawa-friendly sections and reader-discretion is advised. In previous posts I might have been a bit (but just a tiny bit) harsh on the members of the CPVPV also known as the muttawa or Hai’a. Okay well they deserved it.You can read more here or here. Check out aRead more

Saudi Government Offices- Women’s only sections

Saudi-Arabia is a gender segregated society where government offices are no exception to the rule. Women are not allowed in the main buildings at all because their male family members are supposed to take care of most of the woman’s issues. However there are specific much smaller sections forRead more