The King’s Forest- Rawdat Khuraim

The weather in Saudi Arabia is amazing during the winter months and perfect for making day trips out to the surrounding desert. Rawdat Khuraim, also called the King’s Forest, is an easily accessible and pleasant ‘getaway’ from the hustle and bustle of Riyadh. It really is like aRead more

Children Are Treasures, Not Airbags or Bullets!

This is a long overdue re-post of a very important topic, the use of (or lack thereof) car seats and seat belts in the Kingdom! The roads of Saudi Arabia are notorious for fatal car accidents with more than 300,000 traffic accidents occurring every year. Traffic accidents account for more than 30Read more

26th October, The Day The World Almost Came To An End

Disclaimer: This is a satirical article and in order to fully comprehend it a sense of humor is essential. Reader discretion is advised. Please do not read any further in case you suffer from conditions such as HOI (Highly Offended Individual) or CRAP (Cranky Annoyed Person). (BAN) Blue AbayaRead more

Riyadh’s Top Ten Eats With Kids

Riyadh’s Top Ten Eats With Kids-this is my article which was first published in Destination Riyadh’s October 2013 issue. Here are some of the best places to eat out with your children in Riyadh! Including child-friendly restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors, Friday Brunches and more.Read more

Destination Riyadh National Day Quiz!

Destination Riyadh Magazine together with Blue Abaya are hosting a ‘Name That Place’-Quiz to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s National Day, 23rd of September! By recognizing the historically significant place pictured at the end of this post, you get a chance to win a Saudi-themed smartRead more

Beware of The Expat- The Source of All Evil!

Dear Saudi Gazette and the “Expat Experts”, I was deeply saddened when I came across an article titled “Expats responsible for most crimes in KSA: Experts“, originally published in the AlRiyadh newspaper, which thereafter was published in the English language daily, SaudiRead more

Twelve Reasons You Should Learn Arabic!

Are you a new expatriate arrival in the Saudi Kingdom? Already been in Saudi Arabia for years, but never thought you should learn Arabic? Read these 12 points why you should learn the local language and get motivated to start today! Still not convinced? Check out this post! 12 reasons you shouldRead more

Sinta, The Indonesian Prisoner-Housemaid, Part One

When I first met Sinta, an Indonesian housemaid turned into a prisoner of a hospital room, her entire being had an effect on me that I’ll never forget. Sinta’s sincerity was so genuine it made her appear almost child-like in her trust of others. The kindness of her heart shone throughRead more

Jihad, Fundamentalist Islam, and the West

Dear Blue Abaya readers, the following is a guest post written by Alex Bint Eisa. I recommend her article especially for the non-Muslim readers to learn a thing or two about Jihad that you might not have known before. “Jihad, Fundamentalist Islam, and the West” Much in the same wayRead more

Ten Things To Do During Eid Al Fitr Holidays In Riyadh

Top Ten Things To Do During Eid Al-Fitr Holidays In Riyadh UPDATE 23rd June 2017: Blue Abaya wishes everyone blessed Eid Al-Fitr 2017! In Saudi Arabia the 25th June is expected to be the first day of Eid in 2017. Most companies and businesses in Riyadh will be closed for the first three days of theRead more

Ramadan And the Over-Crowding Hospitals In Saudi-Arabia

The Holy month of Ramadan changes the daily rhythm drastically in Saudi hospitals. Basically the hospital, just like the rest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, becomes alive at night and quiets down for the day during the Muslim fasting month. Read more here on how the Saudis usually visit the sickRead more

Quad Biking In Thumamah

One of the most popular outdoors activities for locals and expats alike is going out to the nearby desert for some quad biking. Quads, four wheelers, sand buggies, whatever you call them, it’s always a blast to drive them! The best thing is women can also drive, even in an all-womenRead more