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

Saudi Arabia grocery shopping guide

There are many differences between shopping in Saudi Arabia vs back home for us expats. I find lots of peculiarities to something so “everyday’. The most popular large grocery stores in Saudi Arabia are HyperPanda, Tamimi, Carrefour, Danube and Euromarche. There are a few things toRead 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

King Khaled Exhibition at Riyadh’s National Museum

This week I went to the King Khalid exhibition which is going on this month at the National Museum Riyadh here are some pics I took: The King Khaled exhibition was at the National Museum in its own separate building. They welcomed us very warmly and we were treated like VIP guests. I guessRead more

Camels-Miracles Of The Desert

Camels, the animals designed specifically to survive in the harshest of environments-the desert.Every single detail of the camel has been carefully designed and constructed to perfection. It is one of the few animals specifically mentioned in the Quran: “Have they not looked at the camelRead more

Science & Islam and the existence of God

The following is a very interesting and thought-provoking Dialogue between an atheist Professor of Philosophy and his Muslim student regarding the existence of God. “Let me explain the problem science has with God.”, The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and thenRead more

Attacks on western women outside Kingdom mall!

I would rate Saudi-Arabia as one of the safest countries I’ve been to. Crime rates are very low and security forces are present everywhere, I’ve never heard of violent attacks on westerners during the time I’ve lived here. The only thing to worry about has been theRead more