Interview with a Saudi male nurse

I thought it would be interesting to hear from a Saudi male nurse. Nurses in general are not always respected in the society, and sometimes male nurses get an even harder time for their choice of profession. Saudi nurses of both gender are still the minority of the workforce in KSA. Most nursesRead more

Cultural comparisons-moving houses

I thought it would be interesting of making a comparison between the Saudi and Finnish cultures every once in a while. They tend to be each others opposites sometimes! These posts are not intended to be taken too seriously. I’ve written them with a dash of humor with them so please readRead more

Saudi-Arabia’s Epidemic: Tribalism

Tribalism is alive and deeply rooted in the Saudi culture. Read more about what tribalism actually means here. Tribalism can have some positive aspects to it. It creates close family ties and high respect of elders. Knowing ones roots and the names of ancestors hundreds or even thousands of yearsRead more

Riyadh’s forgotten cats

There is an abundance of stray cats roaming the streets and compounds of Riyadh. In general they get treated like pests which I find a disgrace for an Islamic country. Islam teaches Muslims to treat cats well and that the cat is a creature to be cherished and loved. In the hospital compound area IRead more

Underneath the abaya, there’s a different story!

I often get asked the question what do women in Saudi-Arabia wear under the abaya? Doesn’t it get terribly hot under the abaya? How does it feel to be forced to wear abaya? Isn’t it horrible for western women to have to wear abayas everywhere? What are abaya fabrics made of? Do SaudiRead more

Western Woman in Riyadh? Make The Best Of It!

This is a playful post for all the ladies currently living in Riyadh. It might be a harsh environment and many things irritate us from time to time..Nothing is like back home. But what can we do? Other than getting frustrated and anxious, try to look at it in a positive way and make your life a bitRead more

Bedouin Patients

The hospital I work in gets quite a few bedouins coming in for treatment from all around Saudi. It’s a large tertiary referral hospital, which means many patients were referred there because they could not be treated elsewhere or their cases were so difficult or rare it needed specialRead more

It’s cookin’ in Riyadh!

This week the temperature has hit near +50c everyday. To make matters worse it doesn’t get much cooler in the nights, dropping to only +46 yesterday. When it’s windy, you would think it has a cooling effect, but actually it feels like somebody is holding a hairdryer to ur head on fullRead more

The woman’s right to uncover vs the right to cover

I wanted to write about why muslim women cover and then I started thinking about all the women who do the opposite and the reasons behind it. By taking a look from “the other side of the fence” the view might be very different..We shouldn’t judge the other side so harshly andRead more

Palla Mano exhibition for women

Another women’s only exhibition this week in Riyadh! This time it’s going to be in the Four Seasons hotel, starting on tuesday 7 pm to thursday 11 pm. I’m really excited about this one because they are going to choose the Saudi designer of the year 2010! Also there will be areRead more

Expat’s Guide to Grocery Shopping in Saudi Arabia

There are surprisingly many differences between the grocery shopping experience in Saudi Arabia vs. in the expats’ home countries. Here are a few tips for newbies in Saudi Arabia- How to grocery shop in KSA!   Where to Shop The most popular large grocery stores in Saudi Arabia are HyperRead more

Camel Milk & Urine Medicine

I once had a patient with liver cancer and the family told me he is on camel’s milk and urine treatment. My first reaction was, ugh that is just disgusting! I had heard before of the benefits of camels milk but never thought too much about it. However now I wanted to look into it more becauseRead more