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The purpose and goal of this website is to highlight the positives of life in Saudi Arabia through a sense of humour while maintaining a realistic mindset. Through beautiful, unique imagery and captivating storytelling, the Blue Abaya blog aims to show the outside world the true beauty of the land, culture, nature and traditions of Saudi Arabia, a place which still remains widely unknown and mysterious to so many. The Blue Abaya was founded in 2010 by Laura, a Finnish expat who came to work in the Saudi Kingdom in 2008. Learn more about the blog and author from these posts: A Finnish Expat Blogging from Saudi Arabia, Interview with Blue Abaya  and the About section. Interview on MBC TV channel here: Blue Abaya interviewed on MBC


Blue Abaya’s mission statement is: “Make the most out of it”. We encourage readers to embrace the Saudi culture with an open mind and to explore this unique corner of the earth which has so much to offer.


The Blue Abaya website serves as a valuable and up-to-date guide for expatriates planning to relocate to the Saudi Kingdom.

For expatriates already residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia we aim to show that Saudi Arabia is not a boring place, but an extraordinary country full of colorful culture and versatile landscape. Saudi Arabia is not just a pile of  ‘sand and rocks’ as many people seem to wrongly think.

Blue Abaya offers valuable information about Saudi Arabia, which you won’t find anywhere else on the web. From amazing places to visit in the desert, to outdoor activities with children, and many insights to the unique Saudi culture from the point of view of a Finnish woman married to a Saudi. Blue Abaya has been encouraging expats to get out there and explore KSA since its establishment in 2010.

Blue Abaya has grown to one of the most popular and widely read expat travel blogs based in Saudi Arabia, with a worldwide engaged audience. Blue Abaya is a blog about life, travel, culture and work in Saudi Arabia from the point of view of a Finnish medical professional in Riyadh. The blog contains over 250+ informative posts and thousands of high quality images from all around Saudi Arabia. To browse the Saudi Arabia photography galleries go here: Images of Saudi. Are you new to Blue Abaya website? Check out the FAQ page. Scroll down to find out more of all the things you can find on the Blue abaya website. 

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Find this beautiful Saudi Arabia destination and many more on Blue Abaya!


What can you find in the Blue Abaya blog posts?

Are you an Expatriate in Saudi Arabia? Check out the Blue Abaya Expat Guides!

What is life in Saudi Arabia really like for women?

Read Blue Abaya’s satirical articles for a good laugh, check out the most popular one: Guide to Becoming a Miserable Expat!

Heartwarming testimonials from Blue Abaya readers: Click here to find out what our amazing readers say.

Find out here why this blog was originally titled “Blue Abaya” when it began in 2010.

Discover beautiful places in Saudi Arabia here.

Learn about Saudi culture, traditions, customs and the people here.

What is it like to work as a nurse in Saudi Arabia?

Find out about the goods sides to life in Saudi Arabia: Saudi positives!

Keeping a positive attitude and looking for the good helps adjusting to life in Saudi Arabia

Read more about Laura, the author of Blue Abaya here.

If you’re looking for unique Saudi inspired souvenirs and gifts please check out the Inspired By Arabia Facebook page and Instagram 

Discover amazing Desert treks in Saudi Arabia,

find Riyadh restaurants,  

learn what the healthcare, nursing and medicine profession is like in Saudi Arabia,

laugh at funny comparisons between the Saudi and Finnish culture,

read fascinating real life stories from ‘the Magic Kingdom’,

find out things you never heard about Saudi Arabia’s culture,

figure out what to do on a weekend in Riyadh ,

LOL at Rants and Rambles about the good, the bad and the sometimes so very frustrating side of life in Saudi Arabia, 

browse the image galleries from all over Saudi Arabia,

Check out all posts about Finland, the authors beautiful home country!

Find more travel destinations around the world here!

Read about my personal journey in the Magic Kingdom;How I found the love of my life and why I stayed in KSA: How I met my ‘Saudi Prince and what happened then.

Find out about trials and tribulations of Love and marriage in the Magic Kingdom.

Read about Campaigns, Raising Awareness and Change in the Saudi Kingdom.

Why expats in KSA should learn Arabic?

To find events, exhibitions, news and random Saudi related stuff go to Blue Abaya’s Facebook page.

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  • wissam abou antounMay 18, 2014 - 9:26 am

    I would like to know if you have summer camp for girls and instituters for swimming


  • Fiona McCarthyJune 11, 2014 - 8:06 pm


    I saw your blog or post about the environment in Saudi Arabia. I am wondering if you know if there is a recycling center around Riyadh. I have been told there is, but I cannot find one.

    Also, do you happen to know about the ‘Wheelchair CAP Project’?

    Please let me know anything!

    Thanks so much!

    • LaylaJune 14, 2014 - 2:18 am

      Hey there Fiona! Please check the Blue Abaya FB page for answers :)ReplyCancel

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  • Jake TarboxJanuary 25, 2016 - 8:20 pm

    My wife has heard about some kind of shopping event where expat women all gather at the Kingdom Compound and merchants come to sell their goods. We would like to find out about it so that my wife can join. Can you tell me about this?ReplyCancel

  • Crickett LeavittApril 20, 2016 - 1:50 pm

    Tickled to have found this blog…Have been in Riyadh for around a year and will be here (Inshallah)for years to come!ReplyCancel

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    good stuffReplyCancel

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