Category archives: Guide

Saudi with Faris Al Shehri

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Faris AlShehri’s love of fashion and design led him to establish his company The Art of Kohl in 2009 where he currently acts as its managing director. The company was created with the sole purpose of promoting art, design and fashion, and to create a platform for local and international talents alike. Maison Bo-M, inspired by the Bohemian lifestyle, was the[...]

Dough Cupcakes

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Cupcakes played a major role during my elementary school years. Every so often, in my lunchbox, there would be the coveted Hostess Cupcake. Black as night, creamy little center and topped with a layer of sinfully delicious chocolate icing and that familiar white icing doodle. During recess? That’s black and white gold, dear readers. More precious than Sauron[...]

Behind the Scenes at Il Villaggio

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I arrive at Il Villaggio Restaurants and Lounges early one afternoon, set on the edge of Jeddah’s busy Andalus Street, I have little difficulty in finding the place, it is located on one of the most popular restaurant streets in town, and neighbours Chilis, TGI Fridays and a soon to be open OTB (on the Border Mexican Grill). However I am not here to dissect [...]

Cacao Sampaka

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There are so many chocolate shops around the world but perhaps none are as revolutionary as Cacao Sampaka. The flagship store, which opened in Barcelona in 2000, not only offered a wide variety of chocolates but it was also considered the primary source for haute chocolate. Spain's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Mr. Pablo Bravo, inaugurated the f[...]

Alaan Artspace Opens in Riyadh

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Conceived by Neama and Mohammed Al-Sudairy, a young and vibrant brother-sister team, in collaboration with writer, educator and curator Sara Raza, Riyadh’s highly anticipated gallery Alaan Artspace couldn’t have been opening at a better time. With all eyes focused on the fledging contemporary art scene of Saudi Arabia, Al?an Artspace, which joins the rank[...]

Spa It Away with Yibreen

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These days it’s all about the fast life; drive-throughs, coffee to go, jetting in and out barely catching your breath… it all gets so tiring sometimes that you just want to toss those pesky paper coffee cups aside (we’re not crazy, the heat still penetrates through the cup sleeves).  Luxury is all about slowing it all down a notch, or halt it all together. [...]

Discovering Taif with Photographer Mohsen Al Dajani

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Oasis interviews photographer Mohsen al-Dajani about photography and his new book on Taif. Why did you decide to become a photographer? Well, I may surprise you with my answer. For me, being a photographer is second nature. I was raised as a Bedouin. I slept under the open sky; I woke up to sunlight striking my eyes; I walked on sand dunes everyday; I esca[...]

Scuba Diving in Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom is ranked amongst the best diving spots in the world, yes one of the BEST. With more than 1,900 km of coast along the Red Sea and just under 800 km on the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular diversities. It is also the last untouched tropical coral reef in the world. The Red Sea has a diverse ecosystem, whi[...]

Farasan Island

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Thousands of years ago, when the ice age was coming to an end, many geological upheavals came to place; such as the one that caused the Red Sea to deposit salt domes to push up against existing coral reefs creating the Farasan Bank. Let’s break this down slowly so no one gets confused; the Farasan Bank is a shoal 100 kilometers wide and 800 kilometers down t[...]