The Move From Hell-How NOT To Move House in Saudi Arabia

Apologies for being away from the blog so long. But I had a good excuse! We were finally able to move into our new place in the Diplomatic Quarters in Riyadh. For the move we were planning to hire a moving company. Last time we moved the company destroyed many precious items I had brought fromRead more

10 Activities For Women in Riyadh

I meant to post this on earlier but what stopped me was the Move From Hell which we experienced this week! Believe it or not we were sleeping on the floor in the new house, while our beds and foods were being held hostage overnight in the moving truck by the greedy and totally unprofessional movingRead more

An Expat’s Tale From A Saudi Jail

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to an extraordinarily brave and positive woman, expat nurse and friend of mine. Her memories of the years spent in Saudi Arabia are predominantly positive, despite some negative incidents(such as a terrifying trip to jail)  that occurred to her. Read on toRead more

Stuff That Annoys Me. Only in Saudi Arabia

I’ve noticed myself pretty annoyed lately. Lots of stuff going on last week. Some things in Saudi just tip off my irritation. I’m going to have to rant to let some steam out. If you’re easily offended and don’t have a sense of humor, stop reading now PLEASE. What really getsRead more

Saudi Wedding Extravaganza

So I attended my first big wedding party (walimah) here in Riyadh! What an amazing experience! The second part of the wedding party celebrations can be read here. Weddings are the most important social gatherings in Saudi. Often costing hundreds of thousands of riyals, this is the time SaudiRead more

Blog Hate Mail: The Hall Of Shame

Every once in a full moon I get hate mail or just hateful comments on the blog. I guess it’s normal. Haters gonna hate. they see me rollin’ they hatin’ Naturally there will be people who will disagree on what I write or how I view things. But some of those are just negativeRead more

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

This Tuesday Ten will be a light-hearted post to balance out the recent heavy topics that have been discussed on Blue Abaya :) I got this meme from a fellow Finnish expat blogger Heli who currently resides in Norway. Thank you Heli! Her Norwegian Diary blog (in Finnish language) can be foundRead more

Does Saudi-Arabia Need Sex Education?

A while ago I wrote about Saudi men and the cultural pressure society brings on them to perform in the bedroom. Check it out here: http://blueabaya.com/2011/09/saudi-men-and-pressure-to-perform.html In the article you can read how some young Saudi men are not able to consummate their marriages dueRead more

The Princess Souk in Riyadh

The Princess Souk in Riyadh! Sounds like a souq for Saudi princesses right? Glamour, glitter and gorgeous gowns? Not exactly. This is actually a second hand souk located in Riyadh’s Batha, the infamous “ghetto” of Riyadh. Princess souk is like a huge open area marketplace,Read more

Mirror Mirror On The Wall..

Who is the whitest of them all? A fair complexion equals beauty in many cultures around the world. In Saudi-Arabia white is definitely the preferred skin tone for both men and women. But like most things in the world, the pressure of being fair is mainly placed upon the woman. Sadly, mothers andRead more

Why Do Saudis Spit On People?

Believe it or not this is an actual question I get asked every once in a while. Expat nurses often ask me about some strange cultural habits they’ve seen in Saudi Arabia or odd things they don’t understand they saw patients doing. I suppose being married to a Saudi gives me more insightRead more

The Saudi Wedding Make-Up Masquerade

My first experience with Saudi (Khaleeji) wedding makeup-styles was when a Saudi colleague at the hospital showed me her wedding picture album. My jaw nearly dropped! WHOA! I would never had guessed that this normally so modest, niqab-wearing, natural beauty who never wore make-up to work would goRead more