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 things. I’m hoping some day the blog would have a nice design but right now I’m trying to concentrate on creating more meaningful content.

Through my blog I would like to share experiences from my life as a western woman working in Saudi-Arabia. People tend to have a really negative image and perception of Saudi-Arabia, thinking of it as a hostile and unforgiving environment for the foreign woman to live in. I have found this not to be true. Although we do have some obvious restrictions here like not being able to drive, it doesn’t mean that life here needs to be miserable or that we are confined inside houses and compounds. No! I’m a  really active person and love to find new things to do constantly. Those things I would like to let others here know because I’ve noticed many women have difficulties finding out activities and things to do in Saudi-Arabia. Hopefully through this blog expatriate women and why not men of course would learn more of the positive side to Saudi life.

Maybe just maybe this blog would also help people open their minds a bit and understand other cultures and religions better. Especially in the western world, Islam unfortunately has a very negative image, although it is a religion of peace, tolerance and forgiveness. I think its in fact the most misunderstood religion in the world! I hope through my blog you will learn a lot about Muslims and their way of life, and learn how living In KSA really is for a western woman.
I love taking pictures and I will be glad to share some shots I’ve taken during the years, hope you enjoy!
I also look forward to hearing your comments and views of course!

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  • omaimanajjarMay 6, 2010 - 1:41 pm

    good blog Layla.. !
    Keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • LaylahMay 9, 2010 - 12:04 am

    I am only getting started but inshallah will have time to post more soon :)ReplyCancel

  • IldiJuly 21, 2011 - 11:37 am

    Dear Laylah, congrats to your blog, i enjoy reading it. Keep writing and let your soul to speak :)

    Greetings from a catholic woman from Hungary,

  • AmishaMarch 23, 2012 - 12:08 pm

    Hello Laylah :). I discovered your blog few days ago and I think I will follow it – even if it is in english and my language is polish. But I have foreign husband and we talk in english, so yea. I love to write and read blogs very much, but I use only polish language – your blog is first (and maybe only one) english-language blog, but I will try to visit you :). You seem to be a girl with sense of humor – I like it :). I’m polish married with Indian Sikh, living in Poland (husband is in Sweden nowadays for some time). W have 2 sons (4 and 1). I am 38, a lawyer by profession and a simple woman by heart. Nice to meet you and sorry for my mistakes in english :).ReplyCancel

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