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Summer Breaks – Summer means fun, and the best kind of fun is with Jumeirah

Whether we’re talking about the summer holidays, or the upcoming Hajj break, the standard topic of conversation amongst Jeddawis is where they plan to spend their vacation. According to the Arab News, Saudis traveling abroad last summer were expected to spend a staggering SR40 billion, and Dubai remains the favorite tourist destination among Arab countries for them. 

If you have decided to visit Dubai, but not quite sure where to stay, then read on. Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The Jumeirah portfolio is unmistakable, including 6 stunning  hotels in Dubai; the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai and the Jumeirah at Eithad Towers in Abu Dhabi.

The Jumeirah hotels are an excellent choice of hotel and we are here to tell you why.

Summer Breaks – Summer means fun, and the best kind of fun is with Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Whether exploring the high seas in Sinbad’s Kids Club or enjoying an al-fresco family barbeque at Beachcombers Bar and Grill there is something for every member of the family at the idyllic family resort of Jumeirah Beach Hotel. While enjoying their sun-drenched beaches, sculptured swimming pools and manicured landscaped grounds you can relax safe in the knowledge that your loved ones are receiving the highest standards of hospitality and care.

Added value to customers and benefits

Don’t we all love a great deal and lots of complimentary benefits? From 10% off their Best Available Rate with a host of value-added benefits. The rate starting from AED 800 includes many exclusive complimentary benefits such as the complimentary breakfast.

 Complimentary exclusive private beach access

Situated in the vibrant city of Dubai, you can enjoy their stunning 2km golden beach nestling next to their beach-side properties or just a short, free shuttle bus service from their City hotels. If you are staying at the opulent Jumeirah Zabeel Saray you will also have access to an exclusive private beach on The Palm Jumeirah.

Complimentary buffet breakfast

As a guest of the JBH, you can take advantage of their bountiful buffet breakfast. From fantastic local cuisine to international favourites, you can be sure of a great start to your day topped off with the immaculate Jumeirah standard we have all come to expect.

Complimentary access to Kids Club

We all know that enjoying time away with your family is often a tale of two cities and it’s important that your loved ones are well taken care of. Sinbad’s Kids Club (Saleem ay JZS), available to guests staying at selected Dubai hotels, offers a safe, fun and friendly environment for your children to explore and make new friends in a closely-supervised environment.

Complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark

Situated next to Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is a Dubai legend with sample speeds of up to 80km per hour slide down the Jumeirah Sceirah. For the more adventurous, get a taste for the rocketing power of the Master Blasters or for those more laidback, enjoy a leisurely float along the Lazy River. There is always more than one helping of fun to have at Wild Wadi with the two thrilling rides: Tantrum Alley incorporates two large sections of downhill waterslides and three exciting tornadoes. Guests seated on a tube will travel downhill to enter the first tornado where they slide back and forth several times, then circle around and around in the eye of the storm before exiting and hitting the second and thirds tornados, after which you splash out into the pool.

The equally adventurous Burj Surj consists of two large sections of downhill waterslides and the looming ‘Bowl’. Guests are seated on a tube, travelling downhill to the bowl, where they are hurtled into two spiralling spins and then dropped into the slide, ending with a screaming splash in the pool.

Complimentary Internet access

We at Jeddah Blog know the importance of staying connected online while away on vacation. Whether to peek in at work, or to stay in touch with your family and friends, all of their Dubai hotels offer free in-room Internet access so you can make sure that you are never out of touch.

How do I book a place?

Make your dreams a reality, and book your next holiday online here.

Or call:

Dubai 800 JUMEIRAH (800 5863 4724)

Saudi Arabia 800 897 1439
* IDD rates apply

Or email:

Prices vary from property to property. Check the prices online. It is 10% off Best Available Rate. Burj Al Arab is offering 25% off their Best Available Rate.

Go ahead, book your vacation now and drop us a note to tell us all about your amazing holiday!

Caving Trip to Umm Jirsan

The Arabian Treks Team are organizing a 2 day Caving Trip to Umm Jirsan Cave on 31 January 2013. The cave is 620 km north of Jeddah in a volcanic and rocky area that is defined by its underground caves that were created thousands of years ago as a result of volcanic eruptions. It is one of the largest caves in the Middle East. Participants will be caving, camping and stargazing and fees include an individual dome-style tent, all full meals, drinks and snacks.

The floor is composed of evenly-spaced “domes” of hard mud

The floor is composed of evenly-spaced “domes” of hard mud

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The costs are SAR 750 if you require transportation, or SAR 600 if you are driving your own SUV. The last date for joining is 26 January 2013.

For further details contact, call Mazin on 0566660530 or you can visit their Facebook event group. 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.

Umrah Trip

The Islamic Educational Foundation is organizing an Umrah trip on Wednesday 11th April, 2012 with a very special tour to the factory which makes the Ka'abah cloth, known as the Kiswah. This sounds like an experience not to be missed.

– Sabaa Ali

Guided Family Tour to Historical Spain

Islamic Education Foundation invites you to join them for a family trip to Historical Spain.

Tour the historic area of Andalus and learn about its history and contribution to modern academics.


Departure via Royal Jordanian (RJ) – Jeddah – Madrid – Jeddah (with one stopover in Amman, Jordan)

Departure Date:  Sunday March 25th
Return Date:  Friday March 30th

During their visit, you will tour the museums, historical sites, mosques and much more of Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

Fees:  SR 10, 000 includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Full board meals
  • Bus and train transportation
  • Admission fees to historical sites of all 5 cities

Fees do not include airline tickets or visa expenses. You are responsible for your exit/entry visa and visa requirements to Europe.

Our last day for registration:  20th February at 8pm

Seats are limited.  Please reserve your seat by paying half of the required fees by Sunday, 12 February, 2012.  Full payment is due by February 20, 2012.  For registration, please contact Dr. Lamya Shahin at or 0595943448

Spouses & children above 8 years are welcome.

– Sabaa Ali

Writ in Stone: Rock Art in Shuwaymis, Saudi Arabia

In this art post, Lars Bjurström shares with us pictures of rock art from Shuwaymis, south west of Hail in northern Saudi Arabia close to Hulayfah. Rock art sites in Saudi Arabia are among the oldest and richest in content. The pictures reproduced below are man’s earliest attempts at creating beauty and fashioning permanence out of materials available to him. Interestingly, their discovery came about as late as 2001. Although they had been known to local nomad bedouins for a very long time, they were reported to authorities in 2001 after being spotted by Mamdouh Al Rasheedi, a headmaster at the (only) local school at Shuwaymis. As a perspective on art, it is illuminating and humbling that such detail of form, such magnificence prevailed under times so far removed and with the most basic materials.

About Lars

Lars Bjurström , a Swede by birth, lived in Saudi Arabia for over 12 years, mostly in Riyadh. He remembers that as ‘the best years of his life’. His full-time occupation here was as a dentist in the family health department, but ‘the years in Saudi Arabia became the best years because of all that I did besides my actual work. I used to bike, I did caving, I went out into the desert, photographed. It was magical being out in the desert, nothing quite compares to it.’ Impressions about the place? “Saudi Arabia is awfully misrepresented in Western media. Living life here from the inside out and getting to know people first hand totally changed my perception.”

Rock carvings show the usual scenes of arching and hunting, and compositions with men and animals.

Sequences of animals both wild and domesticated, the etchings show ostriches, lions, cheetahs, gazelles, wild donkeys, hyenas, antilopes, oxen, leopards and a particular kind of desert dog called saluki. The saluki was a frequent hunting companion for ancient men.


Whole rock façades devoted to representations of the Saluki.


Desert Camping in the Dunes

My friend Andy Mayer, Director of NobleBirth, went adventure camping in the sand dunes recently and was eager to tell us all about her amazing experience:

On the weekend of  29th October  a convoy comprising 5 carloads of expatriate residents  from 5 different nations took off on an adventure camping in the sand dunes. The destination was about 3 hours North of Jeddah past Masturah.

As a member of the camping trip I was so excited to in the company of people who knew the desert well. We  were  all equipped with  the necessary tools to keep us all safe driving in big dunes far from town.

We packed up plenty of water and food, tents, swags ( Australian camp beds) camp chairs and torches and took off to explore a part of Saudi Arabia we had been wanting to see for 6 months.

Andy’s boys enjoying the open desert.

I can say the desert did not disappoint. It was spectacular. We arrived late in the afternoon leaving enough time to set up camp and get a fire going. The temperature was balmy and there was a lovely breeze. It gave us plenty of time to watch the sun set. It was so beautiful and we could see all the way to the ocean from our camp site. There were a number of children in the group and they all found plenty of things to amuse themselves with for hours. They built a fire, chopped wood, rolled down sand dunes getting sand in every conceivable orifice, had a hit of cricket and helped set up camp chairs. Somehow they even managed to find a bumper bar in the sand.

In the far off high dunes 4WD drove fast up the hill, spinning tyres in the sand and spraying the air. It was great to watch.

Tracks in the sand.

It got dark very quickly and as the stars rose in the night sky we were invited over the back of a large dune to star gaze with a well studied astronomer from the UK. He pointed out many constellations, stars, the Milky Way and patterns of stars rising. That night Taurus was rising low in the sky while we watched.

A big feast was  cooked up by the non-star gazers. We ate ourselves into a lovely sleepy state and everyone crawled off into their tents for the night after a few stories, poems and songs.

My husband and I slept out under the stars in our swag while our young boys slept snugly in their 2 man tent!

The Great Outdoors.

We woke early as the sun rose and the temperature was perfect. All around the campsite were tracks of various creatures. I couldn’t believe they were lurking around us all the time! Was I a little bit scared? Yep!! But I was tired and slept soundly.  We saw beetle, snake, scorpion, cat, goat and lizard tracks a plenty. Never do we actually see an animal. OH! except the camels further down the dunes.

We all had a huge breakfast of scrambled eggs cooked in one huge pan, tidied up the campsite, removed all our rubbish, lowered our tyre pressure, and drove further into the desert for some 4WD fun. What a hoot. We got bogged. We didn’t make it up some dunes. We flew across some sand dunes, we laughed, we drifted and absolutely had a ball. The children did cartwheels down the dunes and some amazing photographs were taken of the colours of the desert.

By mid morning it was hot and time to inflate the tyres and get back to Jeddah. We had big smiles on our faces and left behind only footprints!

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