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

Welcome! Tervetuloa! Ahlan!

Welcome to my blog The Blue Abaya! I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while and now I finally got myself some time to create it. I’m not the most computer savvy person and it took a while to understand some things1 I’m hoping some day the blog would have a nice design butRead more