The latest thing to happen to Jeddah Friday Nights has to be the opening of @bastaamarket1. Basta Market is an open air market that is made up of predominantly (90%) Instagram-based businesses vendors. So basically, selling and buying things via Instagram is a huge deal here in Saudi Arabia. Ranging from pretty bakery treats to custom lighting fixtures. I guess with Instagram being such a popular social media tool here in Saudi Arabia people have found a way to use it to grow their ideas to full operational businesses. The market was introduced to bring Instagram entrepreneurs together and give them the ability to meet customers in a more traditional way. Read more
We’ve made it to the Huffington Post! in German. Regardless the language I am stoked that the information found here seems to be useful globally. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many expats and Kingdom residents challenge the idea of celebrating the taboo holiday. Celebrate or not, matters of love, marriage and relationship are universal and concern everybody. The article featured on the Huffington Post website relates to just that, dating in Saudi Arabia. If you haven’t had a chance to see what the big is about take a look Dating in Saudi Arabia.
Considering dating is illegal in Saudi Arabia doesn’t mean it is not happening. So let’s pretend it’s not happening. Let’s go further and help out the married couples who want to enjoy a date night out or best buddies for an all-girls date-night. So we’ve gathered up a few places that will keep your date night special but also under the radar. Our criteria was basically a place secluded enough to really enjoy yourself and not be on obvious display . But, also a place that you would truly enjoy, so good food and nice atmosphere included.
The “bubble” otherly known as living in Saudi Arabia is very familiar to expats. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people tell me that they are out of the loop, living under a rock, mindless and clueless. It’s a combination of endless sand dunes, extremely censored news agents mixed in with aimless television selections that have many expats literally sitting ducks. I know, I went a little overboard with the idioms.
I know the exact feeling of literally being oblivious to everything outside the bubble, even to the point of not really knowing what is going on in Saudi Arabia. It is something that we as expats and locals face. The very big challenge of being active is getting the information out there to keep us informed. Read more
Here in Saudi Arabia it’s a little known fact that Riyadh holds the title for “Burger City”, yet Jeddah has been come up to the challenge. With burger joints appearing more and more around the bustling city of Jeddah it has you wandering will Jeddah soon take the title.With so many burger joints hitting the dining scene we thought we would round-up places both in Riyadh and Jeddah that we think hold their own and warrant a visit.