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New classes at The Quilting Arts Studio

Threads of every shade and colour.

Classes will be starting soon at The Quilting Arts Studio. There will be an Open House for registration and information this Wednesday, 7 November from 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., and Thursday, 8 November from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. at their studio. Click here for the location map.

We were able to ask Debra Dennis at The Quilting Arts Studio a couple of questions about the classes:

For those who are completely new to quilting, which classes would you recommend?

Debra: I would recommend learning the basic skills of patchwork and quilting. Once you have the basics, you can take go as far as you like.

What can participants hope to create in your classes?

Debra: You can stick to traditional interpretations and make bed or lap quilts, or you can go in the direction of art quilts using fabric and thread as a medium. Whatever your choice, you will certainly find quilting to be hobby in which you can express your endless creativity.

The following classes will be offered.

Beginning Patchwork

This class is for the absolute beginner. Sewing machines and tools are available for use during class. The course is 7 lessons, 3 hours per lessons. The cost is 850 SR + supplies. There will be 3 different sessions to choose from:

  • Mondays 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M
  • Wednesdays 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
  • Thursdays 10:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.

Spiralling Diamonds

Girls Sewing Club

This class is being offered for the first time. It is for girls ages 10-12 years. There will be various craft and sewing projects. Girls who wish to attend must be attentive and cooperative, and also abide by the safety guidelines during class. This will be offered on a monthly basis and will be 4 classes per month, 2 hours per class. The
cost of the course is 800 SR per month which will include most supplies used during class. Space is limited to 6 girls per session. If you are interested in this for your daughter, be sure to attend the Open House with your daughter, if possible. Tuesdays 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.

Beautiful fabric for quilting.

Scrapbooking/Card Making Club

This is also a new activity. It will not be a class led by an instructor, but rather a work session with participants exchanging ideas and working on their own projects. There will be some tools available for use during the session. Supplies such as paper, ink, ribbon, and embellishments will be available for purchase. There will also be a catalog of supplies for those who wish to order. This is a drop-in activity so you may go as often as you wish. Light refreshments will be available. The cost to attend is 25 SR (+ supplies purchased, if any). The studio time will be Mondays 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Calling all Photographers!

A great opportunity presents itself to all those budding photographers in Jeddah. A mobile app startup company called StringFly is launching a National Heritage project in major cities around the world. Although starting as an app company, they are now in the early stages of building a user website, part of which will be a world map people can discover real time content on.

They are seeking qualified images of architectural landmarks from cities all over the world, and this is where you come in. They are looking for local photographers who care about the architecture and heritage of their cities to work with them.


You need to have an iPhone or Android and must be willing to use their StringFly app on your smartphone to upload images from the site of places of worship, hospitals and schools in Jeddah.

How it works

If this is something you may be interested in, then go ahead and register and download the app here. Once the app is downloaded, you will then be able to use your username and password to login to your web account at StringFly and upload a few sample images depicting the types of buildings listed above. You can also use images taken previously from a conventional camera.

Phase 2

They will be choosing, based on quality criteria, from among the photographers who participate in the first phase and will offer many among them the opportunity to participate in the second phase where you will be asked to take and upload images using the StringFly app, for which they will pay cash rewards in exchange for all requested qualifying images.


Happy clicking!



Red Sea Diving in December

If the thought of it doesn’t make you go ‘Brrrr’, do you want to dive in the Red Sea in December? Our friend Meteb the tourist guide has cooked up a diving package complete with open time at the beach and ball games. See if it floats your boat?





Is this your idea of a December well-spent?




Following is an itinerary for those joining from Riyadh. Groups from Jeddah can always hop aboard. The fees of this trip for those coming from Jeddah = 1420 SAR per person (includes all services motioned on the program, except the air fare). Contact email address below for details.

On Wednesday (first day) 05.12.2012

17:00 meet at the airport.
18:00 departure to Jeddah.
19:45 arrival in Jeddah and bus ride (200km) south .
10:30 arrival to Allieth resort for rest and overnight stay

On Thursday (Second day) 06.12.2012

06:00 breakfast at the resort.
07:00 move to boats to private island for diving, snorkeling, fishing in addition to volleyball games on the island and many other activities.
15:00  lunch at camping site on the island, then open time.
19:00 two night diving sessions for “advanced certified divers”.
The rest of the night will be enjoying the beautiful calm atmosphere in the island and overnight stay there.

On Friday (Third day) 07.12.2012

07:00 breakfast.
08:00 fishing for lunch and snorkeling trip.
13:00 lunch at Alleith resort.
16:00 ride the bus back to Jeddah airport
20:00 departure from Jeddah back to Riyadh
22:00 arrival in Riyadh and end of trip.

Price = 1980 SR per person
Includes: tour guide + air tickets + transport from Jeddah to Alleith and vice versa + accommodation + meals + boats + camp in the island + diving instructor and master + tanks + weights.

The price excludes: snorkeling tools + diving tools (BCD and regulators ).

For registration, please send your information (name, nationality, gender, age, ID number and contact number) to
Reservation deadline is 20 October 2012 Backpacking to Europe 2012

What is is an overseas trip with a difference. It originated from a desire to bring together exceptional individuals who exhibit potential, promise, and a passion to excel. The trip provides participants with endless possibilities to learn new skills, enhance their capabilities, and to explore opportunities in an enjoyable, safe, and family oriented environment.

Pink Coffee Marketing & PR, based in Kuwait, are the creative people behind this exciting project. This is their third initiative, and this year participants will be backpacking to Europe, starting with Barcelona and ending at Saint Petersburg. Travel dates are from the 19th October to the 12th of November, 2012. promises to combine elements of adventure, voyage, and knowledge. It is a trip that will wrap stunning scenery, interesting cultures, vibrant history, and city life into one exciting package. participants are selected via high-level screening standards and impeccable judgment by specially qualified judges.

The Managing Director of Pink Coffee Marketing & PR Shamlan Al Bahar, while unveiling described how the participants go on a journey and gain a world of experience by travelling across the globe. Striding through busy streets, climbing up mountainous topography, and crossing vast farmlands, they will truly experience a country”s environment and culture. In an increasingly health conscious time, also promotes physical fitness, mental health, stress control, and a positive attitude.

How You Can Participate

Applications are being accepted from all across the world, including Saudi Arabia.  “However, be warned”, says Cleressa Pinto of Pink Coffee Marketing & PR. “This journey is no yellow brick road, but a roller-coaster of moments of elation and challenges”. Are you up for it? Then register online in just a few simple and easy steps by clicking on the official website.

Sewar Bazar

As the intense heat begins to relinquish its hold and the evenings become pleasant and cool, funfairs and bazaars begin to spring up all over Jeddah. On the 3rd and 4th of October, the Jamjoom Compound on Malik Road will be hosting the Sewar Bazar for ladies and children under 12 years old. The Bazaar will feature a fashion show, children’s area, gifts and many stalls for those looking to make purchases on the day.

For further details take a look at the Sewar Bazar event page on Facebook.

Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum

Over the weekend we stumbled quite by accident upon the most beautiful building, surrounded with miniature sculptures of mosques and landmarks. The building is behind the restaurants on Andalus Street, and I could only hastily take photos from a mobile phone, hence the poor picture quality.


The Prophet’s Mosque

On returning home, I was bent upon finding out what this place was. Could it be someone’s personal ode to art? Or a hidden treasure in Jeddah? How come I had never heard of a place like this before?

After much searching on Google, I found out exactly what it was. Thanks to Asia Rooms, I learned that this is actually a museum called the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum, and the website gives us the following information:

Known as the Paris of Arabia, Jeddah is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. A destination of the rich and famous, Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. Though a modern cosmopolitan city, Jeddah has a history which can be traced back to more than 2000 years. The rich and vibrant history of the city and the country is well preserved at the Museums in Jeddah. There are a large number of Museums are a must in the itinerary of the travelers who are interested in the 2,500 year of the city. One of the most visited is the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum in Jeddah.

Beautiful mosques in miniature

The displays at the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah clearly reflect the history of the country. The museum also traces the various civilizations that

inhabited the region and is divided into three segments for better viewing. The three segments at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum of Jeddah are:

–   Saudi Heritage
–   Ottoman Empire
–   European Development

The Ka’aba in miniature

The first section at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum at Jeddah highlights the lives of the early tribes in the region. The second segment displays the years after 1517 when the Ottoman Turks conquered the city of Jeddah and Mecca. The last segment at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah is the European Development section that traces the modern development after the First World War when King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud conquered the region and founded the modern state of Saudi Arabia.

Recently, the museum was renovated and the rooms at the Museum were made spacious.  Located in the downtown district, the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah boasts of large collection of items and artifacts belonging to the Ottoman Turks and the fishermen tribes who were the first inhabitants of the region.”

In my search for the museum online, I came across this interesting piece by Robertson International Travel on their visit to Jeddah via cruise ship, and their visit to this museum. Also a better picture of the outside of the museum here by alimkasim and an entire gallery of photos by Adnan Masood.
Next stop must be a visit inside the museum itself. If any of you have been to see this place, leave us a comment and tell us about it.

– Sabaa Ali

April 18 is Orange Day celebrating womanhood

Get out your orange accessories, because Women Appreciation Month (WAM) has announced that TODAY – Wednesday , April 18, is Orange Day, asking everyone to wear the colour to express appreciation to womanhood.

WAM, which is taking place in April, is an initiative brought to you by femi9, a local fashion brand that will be giving away more than 100,000 orange scarves. Women Appreciation Month is in its second year after a successful initiative last year. WAM 2012 came up with the Theme of Women@work; the activities involve housewives, bankers, teachers and doctors .

WAM in association with Glowork is committed to create 400 jobs in different sectors for women. Glo is also conducting free training sessions every Thursday as part of Women Appreciation Month Women@Work.

The initiative is design in consideration of Government mission support working women. The symbol of WAM is an Orange Scarf which is available for free in all femi9 stores throughout the Kingdom.

On Saturday 21st April, the Femi9 Facebook page will allow visitors to vote for best women achievers in 2010.

There are six categories:

  1. Best Woman Social Worker
  2. Best Woman Teacher
  3. Best Young Woman Entrepreneur
  4. Best Woman Government Employee
  5. Best Woman Media Personality
  6. Best Woman Doctor.

“Awards will be presented in a ceremony on May 2nd,” announced Said Aghil Baaghil, brand marketing strategist consultant. “There are ten nominations for each category, and our panel of judges will select the top three in each category. These names with their profiles will be posted on Facebook WAM page where our fans will be voting to select the winner.”

Eyad Mashat, the founder and CEO of Femi9, has called on everyone to stand with women and support them so that they can fulfill their role in serving society as mothers, sisters and daughters and simultaneously work in companies, schools, hospital and various platforms.

Mashat enunciates, “We wish women a lifetime filled with success and gratitude, and we will never forget that she is the better half of society as she also completes her male partner,” .

– Sabaa Ali

Open House at the Quilting Arts Studio

A great place to not only learn new skills but to meet people, socialize and pick up a new hobby. The Quilting Arts Studio has been in operation for almost 5 years and is run by the dedicated Debra Ann Dennis. She offers around 4-5 Beginning  Patchwork classes per year, Intermediate Patchwork around 3 times a year, and Intensive Workshops in Free Motion Quilting as well as Machine Applique once a year.


Debra discloses to Jeddah Blog, " In the near future I am planning to offer one-day demo workshops in different techniques and an advanced techniques class. I'm also hoping to offer a doll making class at some point next year."

Premium fabrics and supplies are all available on site and they even host an Annual Quilt Show and Artisans Fair.

The Quilting Arts Studio are excited to announce that they have now moved to a new location and they are hosting an event to launch the new venue.

You are invited to their Open House at

The Quilting Arts Studio

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
9am – 5pm

For directions to the new studio, this is their location map:

They are in the same building as Abundant Happiness Center and Apple Tree School.

Registration and information for new classes will be available.

– Sabaa Ali

Let’s Start Campaign: Anti-Obesity Drive

Jeddah Blog is delighted to introduce the ‘Let’s Start’ campaign to its readers which is an initiative by Tefal and Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH), implemented by Tamkeen Sustainability Advisors.


“Let’s Start” is a campaign which aims to spread awareness and change behaviour among children and mothers in order to adopt a healthy lifestyle in Saudi Arabia.

The campaign organizers say:

“Sahsouh, our healthy character, is your friend who cares about your health and will help you eat well and get active. With Sahsouh you’ll find loads of tips, recipes and advice to make a change for life. Join us and let’s start creating a balance. With us you can simply be healthy..”

Free Annual Membership!
By simply joining their page, you will have the chance to win a free annual membership in the Olympia Fitness Centre of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital. Read on for the competition details:

“Best Healthy Recipe Contest”
The healthy recipe contest is open for all children and their mothers.


Send the recipe you create along with the ingredients and instructions to their email address:

They will receive submissions from 12 October 2011 to 21st December 2011.

How can you win?
They will analyze recipes based on how healthy & appealing they are to kids. 20 semi-finalist will be selected by the DSFH nutritionist for the final stage of the contest.  Selected recipe submitters will be contacted to attend the ceremony along with her child and the dish she sent in. 3 children will taste the prepared dishes and will judge them based on taste and appeal. The 20 semi finalist recipes will be launched on their campaign website.

What can you get?
The winning mother will get a 1 year membership in the Olympia gym at the Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital. The winning child will get a one year membership in the Olympia gym.

Physical fitness at the Olympia Gym.

Weekly Event
In the weekly event, they invite students from different schools each week to engage them in physical activities, Q&As with the Specialist and impart important tips about their nutrition and well-being. Healthy snacks are provided by Tefal.

The session is conducted every Monday in the Olympia gym, and follows this schedule:

11:00am-11:30am Registration & height and weight measurements
11:30am-12:00pm Exercise class (aerobics)
12:00pm-12:30pm Nutritionist and Educators Q&A , interactive talk with students
12:30pm-1:00pm Sample healthy snacks provided by Tefal and take pictures with characters
1:00pm Students leave court

If you would like to register in the weekly event, simply fill in the online form here.

– Sabaa Ali

The Monster List of Playgroups, preschools, nurseries and activities for little ones in Jeddah

My good friend, lecturer, international speaker and most importantly supermom, Qurratulain Sikander has compiled a list of playgroups, preschools and activities for children in Jeddah and has very generously agreed to share the information with readers of Jeddah Blog. Click on the links for further information:

Ambassadors Schools Ambassadors Schools is a world-class KG school in Jeddah that helps your child master English, become independent and confident and Live Islamic Values in daily life.

Bellz Montessori Committed to excellence in education!!

Bizzy B Bizzy B is a family “edutainment” center for children aged between 3 and 12 years old. Bizzy B offers unique family entertainment activities with components designed to allow children to learn through play. Bright talk montessori Contact: 6655000 ext. 6208 Building Blocks Education with the goal of building minds for the future. A kindergarten and primary school in Jeddah aiming to give the best international educational while conserving Islamic tradition and culture.

Colors Kids Labs They are still open for the summer program, lots of exciting things to do such as swimming, arts, taekwondo, French lessons, English story writing, vocabulary, and much more. 12- 4 pm Sat – Wed . contact : 6061639/ 0546369465

Enchanted Garden Enchanted Garden Child Enrichment Center is an extra-curricular activity center for children presenting opportunities for creative stimulation, intellectual inspiration and physical challenge within a happy and progressive atmosphere.

Green Leaves Playgroup Our primary focus is to provide a safe and nurturing environment to all of the children. At Green Leaves Playgroup, children come first and we do every thing is necessary to ensure that your child is secure, confident and happy. We really look forward to meeting you.

JackNJill Playgroup Playgroup for ages 1.5 and onwards native english conversation skills motor skills ,phonics, colours, shapes, social development, arts and crafts, sing and dance and much more.

Jeddah Campus School Nursery, preschool and KG. Long hours day care is available. English and Arabic learning An international, self-built curriculum designed especially for children according to age groups. Address: Prince Sultan St (towards Khaldiya district) second right after Meed gas station. First U-turn. school on the right corner. phone number: 6061101 or 0565684400

Jeddah Grammar School At Jeddah Grammar we believe that every child has the right to quality education support. It is our goal to provide the best educational techniques to help all children reach their full potential. All of our application have been created using behavioural techniques that are based on the principles of “Applied Behaviour Analyze”(ABA) using a using a Verbal Behaviour (VB) technique.

Kids Time Nursery Day Care Center

Little 1s Daycare At your child’s second home Little1s daycare we provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for your child throughout the day. Children are welcome from ages 0 months to 3 years old in our full or part time duty.

Little Book (A kids Library) Little Book is a specialty bookstore for children (ages 0-12). We nurture the love of reading and support those who are passionate about books that honor growing young minds. Our mission is to provide parents and children with a large and carefully selected inventory of quality children’s books. Little Smarties Little Smarties has a special child-centered approach which will feed children’s developing skills and interests at the right times and help them to become confident, capable and in control of their world.

Mama Et Moi Boost your child’s Confidence, Happiness and Ability to learn through play at Mama_et_moi . Lots of activities to enjoy with your child.

Mommy Debs Day Care A Home Away from Home, Mommy Debs Day Care accepts children aged 2 months – 3 years. Timings: 8am – 5pm Location: Al Naeem District

My Library My Library is the first private non profitmaking Children’s Lending Library in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. We have over 10,000 books in English & Arabic for children & young adults. My Library is a haven for Mothers & their children to share books and the love of reading. As well as a twice daily Story Time, My Library offers many courses and activities throughout the year. Rose garden Our Kids Club provides exclusive enrichment programs for children between ages 3 years – 10 years. We help each child develop into the successful human being they were meant to be. Our carefully developed programs allow children to create and build social skills and friendships with others while we enhance our physical with our educational activities.

Young Entrepreneurs The Young Entrepreneur School aims to promote the entrepreneurship characteristics among its students by developing the required skills necessary to stimulate them to become future leaders and entrepreneurs. Thus, stimulating local and international economic growth. If you would like to have your organization added to this list then please email the details to

– Sabaa Ali

Kids’ Cupcake Classes with Chef Vivian

Please note, this class is for Arabic speakers only.


Darjana International School Science Fair

On Thursday, 5th May, 2011 Darjana International School held their annual Science fair for grades 2 and 3. All projects were laid out in the gym with teams of students proudly presenting their pieces. The fair was well-organised, ensuring that small children knew exactly what they were supposed to do. There were also a wide variety of projects, simple enough for youngsters to understand and to perform. Jeddah Blog brings you some snapshots of the fair:

Autism Awareness Event

In celebration of World Autism Celebration Month, Mommy Cares, Reyadah and YIG will be hosting an Autism Awareness Festival at the Red Sea Mall on Wednesday. The event will be located at the Mall’s main fountain and will begin at 5pm.

The festival will include many activities for the kids, such as a face-painting section, an arts and crafts section, a puppet show as well as a clown.

Most importantly, there will be doctors on hand who will love to answer all your questions about autism.

Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: Red Sea Mall – Main Fountain

Thank you to our friends at IMIJ for letting us know about this event.

For concerned parents, take a look at Hope – for exceptional needs, Saudi Arabia’s First Multilingual Center for Rehabilitation. This is a special center which caters to children with ADD-Autism.

Skate Kids Jeddah

International Muslims in Jeddah bring to us yet another fabulous, family-oriented event. Boys and girls, get ready for Skate Kids Jeddah !

IMIJ invites all youngsters to bring along their skateboards, scooters, ripsticks, power wings and roller blades for some free skating fun.

Date: Thursday, 17 March, 2011

Time: 4:30 – 7:30pm

Location: Near Al Nawras Movenpick

Self Defense Course for Women

The Al Bidayah Centre is hosting a Self Defense Course for Women. The course is described as “A 5-day practical self defense course to teach women basic self defense methods through a background application of Karate teachings”.

The programme is suitable for women who are interested in learning how to protect themselves. You can be any level of physical fitness and includes basic Karate movements with defense techniques using the arms and legs.

This course is taught by Sensei Rafif Badghaish, 1 Dan OSKA certified Saudi instructor.

There will be 5 sessions lasting 1.5 hours per session. It will cost SR 500 for the whole package or SR 110 per session at the following date and times:

Days: Daily – Saturday to Wednesday

Time: 4:30pm

Date: starts Saturday, 19 February 2011

Location: Al Bidayah Centre, Jeddah,

For further information contact tel: 6655225, mob: 0566177134.

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