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

Muttawa Encounters Volume One

As I promised on a previous post, I will share some experiences my friends and I have had with the Saudi religious police officers, better known as the muttawa (read more about them here). Officially the name of the organization these religious police officers work at is CPVPV, short for CommissionRead more

Women driving in saudi soon? Inshallah!

Saudi-Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. There is in fact nothing in the saudi law that literally prohibits women from driving, nor does it come from Islam. Recently on Saudiwomans weblog, she translated an article about how to start implementing women driving inRead more

Saudi culture and visiting the sick

Since my last post showed a rather negative side of saudi culture, this post will display one of the many positive sides to the Saudi way of life. Visiting the patients in hospitals is a very important thing here, it stems from Islam and its teaching to visit the sick. A patient in saudi hospitalRead more

Meet the Saudi Religious Police

As you might have heard, the streets, shopping malls and public areas of Saudi Arabia, especially in conservative Riyadh, are patrolled by the Saudi “religious police”. More commonly they’re known also as the muttawa, matawa, moral police, moral squad, Saudi fashion police,Read more

Riyadh To Do Guide

I often hear people complaining or boredom and lack of activities in KSA, especially here in conservative Riyadh. Yet I for some reason am always short of time to do things! Of course it depends a lot on yourself, how active you are in trying to find things to do. It IS more difficult here, but itRead more

Why My Abaya Is Blue..

First of all what is an abaya? For those who don’t know, it’s the black “overcoat” or “cloak” some Muslim women choose to wear over their normal clothing when they are in public. In KSA it is obligatory for everyone, even the non-Muslims and western women to wearRead more

Culture Shock!

Everyone who moves to a foreign country or environment will go through culture shock. There are 5 stages of culture shock, each of them with their typical characteristics. Some people go through all phases quite easily, while others have serious problems, or they do not progress at all and hence doRead more