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Family Festival

For some family entertainment, consider visiting the Family Festival planned for the 31st of January 2013 at the Seasons Restaurant, opposite Al Baik on Siteen Street – next to Zahid Tractors Head Office. There will be stalls for ladies’ cosmetics, jewellery, clothing, abaayas and food. The event will begin at 5pm and will end at 11:30pm.

For directions or other enquiries, call on 0555246018.



Jeddah Corniche Renovated

Jeddah Blog reader Muhammad Abdul Nasir, has visited the newly-renovated Corniche which has been updated at a cost of SR 185 million, and has captured the following scenes for us. Have you taken a trip to the seaside lately? What do you think of the improvements? Leave a comment and let us know.

Corniche 1

The new railing ensures safety without compromising the view of the sea.

Corniche 2

An area for families to sit, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the sea.

Corniche 3

The newly-constructed parking area, surrounded by well-lit trees, grass and lighting.

Corniche 4

The footpath built for pedestrians to enjoy the view and an evening walk can be seen here.

Sunset at the Jeddah Corniche.

Sunset at the Jeddah Corniche.

– Courtesty M.A.N. Photography

Massive Puma Competition – We Have a Winner! Tuesday we ran our exclusive Massive Puma Competition where we promised to give away a coveted Puma Collector’s Item to one lucky reader. We had lots of responses – thank you to all who participated.

This is the question we asked:

EvoSpeed collection was inspired by the fastest man in the world.

Who is he? 

a.) Tyson Gay
b.) Usain Bolt
c.) Nesta Carter

The answer was b.) Usain Bolt

Now coming to the results of the contest,

We used to choose a winner for us out of all the entries and this is what it came up with:

Our Puma Competition winner as selected by

Jeddah Blog Puma Competition winner as selected by


Nabiha, please get in touch with us so that we can arrange for your unique Puma Collector’s Item to be delivered to you.

To all the rest, stay tuned! – there will be more competitions and opportunities to win in the future.

A review of ‘Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia’

Many of us heard via social media about the play Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia being performed at the Effat University. Our very own Anousha Vakani was lucky to win tickets and attend the performance. She pens down her thoughts and reviews Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia exclusively for Jeddah Blog.

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia – a satirical look at the lives of Saudi women.

When I first heard about Maisah Sobaihi’s solo performance Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia over a year ago, I was just as surprised as everyone else to hear that such live entertainment exists here for, and most importantly BY women. I was looking forward to attending the October 2012 performance and luckily enough none of my expectations were disappointed as the play was every bit as witty and poignant as previous reviews and promos promised.

Also worth mentioning is that I happened to win one out of three giveaway tickets from Alaa Balkhy’s blog, so a shout-out of appreciation is due to Alaa Balkhy, her blog and her designs at Fyunka for being the cherry on top of a wonderful evening.

October 2012 introduced the first ever Arabic performance of Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia. However, as I don’t speak Arabic, I attended the English performance at Effat University on the 9th of October. The English performance was peppered with just the right amount of Arabic words and phrases to add to the hilarity and Arab flavour of the play.

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia is a satirical performance based on the private lives of Saudi women. As if pulling off a show that dances with almost dangerous grace around such a theme isn’t an extraordinary feat on its own, Maisah Sobaihi also plays the role of writer, director and sole actor of her performance. This one-woman show is the perfect blend between a play and stand-up comedy, and Ms. Sobaihi switches with fluid ease from playing the different characters and narrating the scenes unfolding before her audience.

Maisah Sobaihi captivating on stage.

The curtain rises to the sound of music and a striking first impression as the stage is divided into three sets, each designed as per the classic Arabian tastes of colour and lavishness. Dressed in red and black, Maisah Sobaihi begins her performance with an introduction on how she “fell in love in Saudi Arabia” against all odds. Right from the very beginning Ms. Sobaihi is engaged in a conversation with her audience; an audience that relates to her story and to the stories of Maryam and Laylah.

She introduces the character of Maryam as a wife and mother of two who finds out through the grapevine that her husband has taken a second wife. Ms. Sobaihi then takes over the plush seats of the central set and as Maryam, has a rather comic conversation with her husband who hints at an interest in taking a second wife. She initially laughs off his ridiculous reasoning of being overcome with a sense of social responsibility towards the single and divorced women of Saudi society. She retorts that if he has indeed been “struck by the cupid of social responsibility” there are a number of projects he can undertake instead, cleaning up the litter on the Corniche being only one of her many spirited suggestions.

A superb performance by Ms. Sobaihi.

Maryam’s husband then has an official wedding and Ms. Sobaihi attends it as Maryam’s spy but due to the characteristically loud music of Saudi weddings can’t understand whether wife number two is “a teacher or a preacher.”

In keeping with the light-hearted mood of the play, Maryam’s outbursts of rage combined with her incredible wit are comical for the most part, but a hush resonates in the audience as her husband’s betrayal becomes more apparent and they watch her heart break on stage.

Laylah, who is introduced in-between Maryam’s story and Ms. Sobaihi’s riveting commentary on the social issues unfolding before us, is also a mother but a divorcee of seven years. Laylah is a loud and lovable personality, and while she has a job and comes off as generally independent, she admits to being lonely. When Laylah takes the stage she is casually lounging on a chair smoking hookah and trying to convince Ms. Sobaihi to dive into a Misyar marriage. The audience is drawn into a hilarious one-sided banter as Laylah counters every one of Ms. Sobaihi’s arguments against Misyar marriages.

Ms. Sobaihi then moves to the center of the stage to comment on the conversation that has just taken place. She explains that after her divorce, her friends and family tried to convince her to remarry, but she remained convinced that ‘you can’t hurry love’.  At this point she breaks out into a song and invites the audience to join in.

Apart from love, marriage and conventionality, Ms. Sobaihi touches lightly on other issues including transportation. She portrays the dependency of Saudi women on their drivers as she calls Mohammad at three in the morning overcome by a sweet-tooth craving for chocolates from Danube.

She also talks about the Saudi obsession with gossip, retorting through Maryam that in this society people go out of their way to “make sure you know exactly what you don’t want to know.”

The stories of Maryam and Laylah take pretty predictable turns but the combination of Ms. Sobaihi’s flawless acting and commentary make for an overall touching and perceptive performance. Right before curtain fall, Ms. Sobaihi returns to the topic of the love of her own life and brings in a surprise which makes for a perfectly appropriate ending.

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia is a comical insight and a very artistic representation of social issues pertaining to Saudi society and a definite must-watch. If you happened to miss it this October stay tuned to Maisah Sobaihi’s official website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on upcoming performances.

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

The King of Africa Standup Comedy Show

Standup comedy in Jeddah? Sure !! Note down the 15th of February, 2012 in your diary for The King of Africa Standup Comedy Show. Performing live will be Michael Blackson (in English), Fahad Albutairi, Ibraheem Alkhairallah, Mississippi Ibrahim and Fadi Al Shehri.

Presented by Luxury Events

– Sabaa Ali    

A guided visit to the Al-Janadriyah Festival

The Al-Janadriyah festival runs from the 8th February through the 24th February, and Meteb AlMahmoud, a proud Saudi and a licensed tour guide, offers to show you around at two different times, once during the week, the 18th and the 19th February, and once on the last weekend of the festival, the 23rd and 24th February. Are you on board?



A true celebration of culture
In reply to a series of readers’ queries about the possibility of guided historical and cultural travel within Saudi Arabia, we got in touch with Meteb Abdullah AlMahmoud, a licensed Saudi tour guide, well-versed with all regions of the Kingdom, and eager to share his knowledge and pride with those who’re interested. He told us to call out to our readers and see how many of you would be interested in attending the Janadriyah Festival. I’m sure you’ve all heard about it. It is the largest celebration of Saudi culture and heritage, a well-attended, almost month-long festival that saw as many as 2 million attendees last year. Saying that living in Saudi Arabia, you must see this culture fest with your own eyes and experience it first-hand is almost painfully obvious.

Here’s how Meteb has packaged your potential visit into a digestible deal.

You have two time slots, the 18th and 19th February, and the last weekend of the festival, the 23rd and the 24th February.

Day one:

– 11:00 Arrival at Riyadh airport and transfer to hotel for check-in and rest

– 14:00 Traditional lunch in a traditional restaurant

– 16:00 Heading to Janadriyah cultural festival and participating in the variety of Saudi culture

– 22:00 Transfer back to hotel for rest and sleep

Day two:

– 09:00 Visit to national museum and learn about the history of the Arabian peninsula from the Stone age to current times

– 12:00 Visit to old Diriyah and learning about Saudi history.

– 14:00 Flight back to Jeddah

Price starts from 970 SAR per person (the price would increase if the group is smaller) and includes transportation for two days, guided tour for two days, accommodation in double room, traditional lunch, national museum fees, and airport meet and assistance.

The air ticket is not included, and is to be arranged by the guests themselves.

Number of participants is 10-20 persons.

If you’re interested, please contact him at the earliest possible at to book yourself a place in a group. Please address all queries related to this travel to Meteb himself on the email address provided above.

Naima Rashid

Saudi Paintball

Young fellow blogger, and incredibly talented artist  Soraya Darwish is forever planning paintball sessions with her friends, this post is thanks to her enthusiastic status updates. We haven’t been there, but we plan to explore. Meanwhile, we’re pointing you in the right direction for what looks like unbeatable weekend group fun. If you have any wisdom to add to this, please write in at

(Above) Image from (Below) Images from and facebook group for Saudi Paintball

For Cobone deals on Saudi Paintball, see

For location, see map here

Why we *like* That Jeddah Podcast

The characters in That Jeddah Podcast catch the beat of Jeddah and bring the  true vibe of the city straight to us. For what is a city if not its people and their many colours? We, at Jeddah Blog, give That Jeddah Podcast a nod, a tick mark or a ‘like’, facebook style. Here’s why.

  1. We are sticklers for a good turn of phrase and little pearls of grammatical beauty and we DIG the ‘That’ in ‘That Jeddah Podcast’. And we like the little wagging tail bit ‘Yes. That one’ even more. Between the neutrality of a ‘the’ and the punch of a ‘that’ is a gulf that only the connoisseur shall know. And then, just recently, they put up the latest ‘Yepisode’. You see where we’re coming from, right?
  1. Charm. We like the amateur, irregular, off-the-cuff feel to the whole venture. The chaos is delish. They claim to be a weekly podcast but can often go much longer before updating, but they keep you hooked with a promising charm. The last podcast was all the way back in August, but worry not, the last life signal was very reassuring ‘We are still around! I promise!’. We like their ability to charm their way out of anything.

Episode 39: That Summer 2011 Ep

Our summer is turning out to be another batsh*t insane season this year, busy with work, projects, and loads of laundry. How’s your summer going?I talk to Sally and Dee on this NEW EPISODE AFTER A HUNDRED YEARS of not posting anything about how their summer’s going, and we touch the usual topics, from my stupid, manly morning voice to the summertime childhood memories.

Above: An example from the website
  1. We like the synergy between the team of characters and the way they come together like characters in a sitcom. Michael the photographer, Diana the host, Sharifa the expat and the co-host, a certain Sherry, Big Hass, and Dee.
Brewing a tangy intrigue: A mysterious Diana, a Dee (same person perhaps?), Mike the photographer, Sharifa the co-host, so many names that keep the mystery simmering in our minds. We like them better with the question marks, so much so that we almost don’t want to get to know them any better. Wait a minute, did we say that right? 

  1. We like the way the voices keep a tingling mystery alive in us. Voices say a lot but not all. Just like when you read a book, the characters are richer in your imagination because you can imagine them in all liberty and freeness. When you see the film, they’re stamped in your mind in a certain contour forever. Which is less cool, of course. We like the way the voices tickle our imagination and keep it in a state of suspense.
  1. We like their randomness. We like the way they talk of all and nothing with an easy sway. There could be one episode about expat life in Jeddah, one about amateur photography attitudes, one about social youth initiatives, one about ….. China (because, you know), and then one about all of lesbians, labels, the British accent, Margheurita (the restaurant) and a traditional Arabic drink! Why not? You can’t pin an episode down any more than you can pin life down. Jeddah is all of that, it’s all about the glorious randomness of people that call it home, their quirks, their eccentricities and their vagaries, and this is their way of affirming the swell of life that is Jeddah. Who’s to say otherwise?

Naima Rashid

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