Tag: Saudi Arabia

SOUK AL-ZAL: THINGS TO BUY IN RIYADH’S OLDEST MARKET

SOUK AL-ZAL: THINGS TO BUY IN RIYADH’S OLDEST MARKET

Riyadh’s Souk Al-Zal is the oldest and the most visited souk in town. A huge contrast to the glitz and neon of the modern skyscrapers and megamalls, this market offers a glimpse of traditional Saudi culture. The history of the market dates back to 1901 […]

Camels are Smarter Than Horses and Other Fun Facts about Camels

Camels are Smarter Than Horses and Other Fun Facts about Camels

Did you know that camels were smarter than horses? I never thought much about camels and considered them neither attractive nor smart. However, living in Saudi Arabia has made me fall in love with these intelligent and cute animals. Camels are Saudi national animals and […]

Who Doesn’t Love Gold? Tips for Buying Gold in Saudi Arabia

Who Doesn’t Love Gold? Tips for Buying Gold in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, known for its vast gold reserves, is the largest jewelry manufacturer in the Middle East. Most expats and visitors, including those on a religious pilgrimage, end up buying gold when in Saudi Arabia. After all, the sales tax or VAT is only 5%, […]

Al-Ula: Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Heritage Destination

Al-Ula: Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Heritage Destination

Al-Ula in the northwest corner of Saudi Arabia boasts an extraordinary wealth of cultural heritage sites and natural beauty. The city is located between two large mountains and the lush Wadi Al-Qura (Valley of Villages) runs through it, providing fertile soils where palm trees and […]

Madain Saleh: Saudi Arabia’s Hidden Treasure

Madain Saleh: Saudi Arabia’s Hidden Treasure

Madain Saleh, located in northwest Saudi Arabia, is the largest conserved site of the Nabataean kingdom south of Jordan’s Petra, and the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia. The Nabataeans were originally a nomadic tribe but about 2,500 years ago they started building […]

Life in Saudi Arabia: From a Foreigner’s Perspective

Life in Saudi Arabia: From a Foreigner’s Perspective

Life in Saudi Arabia is quite different from anywhere else I’ve ever lived or traveled. One of the most traditional societies, it is shaped by Bedouin culture, and governed by firm Islamic beliefs and traditions. It is a sea of black and white, men wearing […]