Category: tourism

The Mysterious Ancient City of Hegra (Mada’in Saleh) in Saudi Arabia

Mysterious, remote and undiscovered, Madain Saleh is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the Arabian Peninsula. The historic name of Mada’in Saleh is Hegra, or al-Hijr in Arabic. Madain Saleh is located in Al Ula, in the Hijaz region of western Saudi Arabia, some 300 kms northRead more

Saudi Souvenirs: Magic Kingdom 2018 Wall Calendars

Some of you may already know that I’ve been making Saudi souvenirs as wall calendars for several years now, five consecutive years in fact! I love compiling and designing the calendars using imagery from my travels around Saudi Arabia, despite it being a huge hassle every year to produce andRead more

Janadriyah Festival Guide

The Janadriyah festival in Riyadh is an annually held cultural heritage festival of Saudi Arabia THIS GUIDE HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR 2018 schedules and visiting days for men and families. The biggest cultural event of Saudi Arabia, the Janadriyah Cultural heritage festival is just around the corner! InRead 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

15 Activities To Do in Riyadh During The Winter

Winter is here and the weather is just perfect for weekend activities outside Riyadh. There are so many fun things to do during weekends in Riyadh you would not believe it! Here are 15 suggestions of things to do in Riyadh, specifically during the cooler winter months. Most of the listed activitiesRead more

Nofa African Resort Safari and Wildlife Center in Riyadh

You’ve probably heard of Nofa Resorts before and those following me on instagram and snapchat will already be familiar with the residents of Nofa safari park. This is the place where you get to see giraffes in Saudi Arabia! It’s such an incredible sight to see giraffes in the beautifulRead more

Dear Donald Trump. Welcome to Saudi Arabia!

Warning! This is a satirical article. Readers who do not understand what satire is are advised to stop reading, now. Reader discretion is advised for individuals suffering from the following syndromes: HOFI (Highly offended about everything Individual) EGNOH (Entitled ignorant with no sense ofRead more

Surfing in Saudi Arabia

Ever dreamed of surfing in Saudi Arabia? Is it even possible to surf (on the water) in Saudi? It sure is, and if you read on to the end of this post you’ll find “Saudi surfing expert” Mart Howell’s recommendations for the best places to surf in Saudi Arabia and where to getRead more

Blue Abaya Interviewed on MBC TV Channel

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share with you my recent interview which was aired on the ‘MBC in a Week‘ program on January 27th. In case you don’t live in the Middle East or never heard about MBC (Middle Eastern Broadcast Company), it’s the largest TV channel in the regionRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: Ha’il Archeological Rock Art Site

The archeological Rock Art site, located in Jubbah, Ha’il province is of Saudi Arabia’s four listed UNESCO World Heritage sites. The other three are Madai’n Saleh, At-Turaif district in historical Diriyah and Al Balad historical district in Jeddah. We visited the Jubbah rock artRead more

Ten Beautiful Places to Discover in Riyadh’s Desert

The desert. It’s just rocks and sand right? How can that be beautiful? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to me the desert is just such a magical, peaceful and beautiful place. It’s really amazing what kind of beautiful places really awaits just a short drive out ofRead more

Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia: The Farasan Islands

This time on Blue Abaya’s Wanderlust in Saudi Arabia series featured are the Farasan Islands, the Crown Jewels of Saudi Arabia’s travel treasures. One of the last places on earth where you can explore and discover such a unique natural habitat without another soul in sight. LocatedRead more