Because I Am A Girl…

I wrote this poem thinking of my baby daughter, and I dedicate it to all the little girls out there living in their gilded cages. With the words of Alejandro Jodorowsky, “Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness”. “Because you are a girl. That is the reply, when I ask overRead more

Hijab And Youth: A Modern Look At Modest Dress In Saudi Arabia

I have the pleasure to share with Blue Abaya readers another article from “Anonymous Saudi Man”. It’s always interesting to read his view points as we hardly ever hear the Saudi men’s side to common issues in the Kingdom. This time he is discussing the hijab and what heRead more

Ten Pools In Riyadh To Cool Off In This Summer!

There’s no doubt that summer is here to stay. It’s getting hotter by the day with recorded temperatures reaching almost 50C! Lots of women are looking for swimming pools in Riyadh that could be used by females only. There aren’t many olympic sized public swimming pools out there,Read more

Riyadh’s Lake Kharrarah Park And Hifna Waterfall

Lake Kharrarah Park and Hifna Waterfall in Riyadh Saudi Arabia A lake and a waterfall in the desert, in Saudi Arabia? Yes! Believe it or not such gems do exist and of all places, in the middle of the desert. The magnificent red sand dunes outside Riyadh’s city limits hide this surprisingRead more

Top Ten Things To Do In And Around Abha

Blue Abaya’s Top 10 list of tourist attractions and sightseeing activities in city of Abha in Asir Province of Saudi-Arabia, and its surroundings including Asir National Park, Jebel Al Soudah, Khamis Mushayt and Rijal Al Ma’a. Click here to read more Blue Abaya travel articles andRead more

Top Ten Things To Do At Janadriyah Festival

“Top Ten Things To Do At Janadriyah Festival” is a quick guide and tips on the most interesting things to do in the festival area. The annually held Cultural Heritage festival Janadriyah is undeniably one of the most important cultural events of the year and a must visit for all expatsRead more

Al Qaryah Al-Najdiya-The Najdi Village Restaurant

Have you been to the Najdi village restaurant in Riyadh yet? I would highly recommended visiting this amazing Saudi restaurant as a learning experience for all expats about the traditional Saudi lifestyle, architecture and of course food!. The Najdi restaurant is also THE place to take guestsRead more

Janadriyah Cultural Heritage Festival for Families

Guide To Visiting Janadriyah Cultural Heritage Festival With Children- How to make the Most out of it?  The annually held Cultural Heritage festival Janadriyah is definitely one of the most important cultural events of the year and a must visit for all expats in the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. ThisRead more

Why I Love The Janadriyah Cultural Heritage Festival

It’s almost time for the annual Janadriyah Cultural Heritage festival, organized in 2013 for the 28th time. I for one have been waiting for this festival for months. I truly love going to Janadriyah and have been there every year since I came to Saudi in 2008 and some years I went on severalRead more

Top 10 Travel Destinations From Saudi Arabia

One of the perks to living in the Middle-East and particularly Saudi-Arabia is the amazing travel opportunities it opens up. Many places become geographically closer for expats from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Travel is also relatively affordable and there are direct flights and good flightRead more

Darbawiya-The Saudi Punks

Remember the “Anonymous Saudi Man” who shared with us his insightful thoughts on tribalism, love and marriage in Saudi Arabia? (You can read that post here.) I’m so excited to share Saudi Man’s candid thoughts on Blue Abaya for the second time. I really enjoy his open and toRead more

Raghba And The Rolling Sand Dunes

For a nice day trip out of Riyadh, the village of Raghbah North West of the city is worth a visit. The old mud village has some interesting buildings and architecture, an ancient mosque and a watch tower which is possible to climb up and admire the views down to the city and theRead more