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23rd September – Mark Your Calendars!

On the 23rd of September, 1932, the four major regions of the Arabian Peninsula-Al Ahsa, Hijaz, Najd and Asir were unified under the kingship of King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud. This day was declared a national holiday, few years back, under the kingship of King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, and is now celebrated as the Saudi National Day. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be celebrating its 90th national day this year. It happens to fall on a Sunday, making it a long eventful weekend. Every year, Jeddah is steeped in green and white…

What is Saudi Arabia doing right?

Life has gradually returned to normalcy, but with all necessary safety precautions, as the surge of coronavirus cases has lowered drastically over the past few months. With constant reminders all over the city, people are highly encouraged to take up all safety measures by providing them with the basic requirements free of charge. For those who are curious about what led to the country’s success in bringing down the number of casualties and flattening the curve, here is a list of the safety measures being adopted throughout…

Dear Young Professionals,

Dear Young Professionals, “Focus.” The moment you start working, focus. Focus on what you are doing. Stop wasting your company’s time checking your social media accounts or browse the internet for personal stuff. If I counted the number of times you grabbed your phone while doing your job, it would be like ten times per hour, it is ridiculous. Then when our boss went to your desk, you quickly switched your browser to something related to work. Our boss asked you about the file he needed and you said you are still working on…

Reflection on current COVID19 situation

The covid19 exposure has been the best and worst hit for the humanity. We needed an apocalyptic wake-up call to remind us of our role in this world. The elephant in the room,i.e the pandemic showed us our best and worst qualities.We thought we reached the pinnacle and we have come to the top of the civilization. But in an instance, between a morning and evening everything changed upon us.For the first time that I’ve ever known, doors to religious places of worship have been indefinitely closed. For a person of faith, that’s…

Giving Support

Dear sisters, This should be a very sobering post. If it isn't, then I am surprised by the lack of sensitivity and empathy. I am also amazed by the lack of awareness of how debilitating it can be to live with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. Our mental environment is a common-property resource like the air or the water. We need to protect ourselves from unwanted incursions into it, much the same way we lobbied for non-smoking areas ten years ago. ~Kalle Lasn Being an ex-pat puts people in a susceptible and fragile…

In Search of Comforting the Human Soul By Shareefa Basyyoni

Are you tired of feeling depressed and anxious? Are you looking to experience peace, tranquility, and comfort? Do you want to be able to use your faith to overcome hardship, live a good life here and in the hereafter? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then this book is for you.  "Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward according to the best of what they used to do." - Surah 16 Verse 97 This…

JEDDAH CORNICHE | 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO THERE THIS COLD SEASON

Jeddah Corniche has been in its renovation stage for quite some years now and the changes are being appreciated by the people. From the addition of facilities to the parks being revived, Jeddah Corniche is far from how it used to LOOK like, but still close to how it used to BE. It looks more modern now, but it still one of the best places around for families to spend time and relax. People used to walk along the seaside. After that, they would  spread their blankets on the grass or just sit on the stone benches with the kids…

Budding Online Entrepreneurs of Jeddah

The summer of 2018 was my wake up call to realise that we need to snap out of ‘employment’ mindset to ‘entrepreneurial’ mindset.  I firmly believe that women have the potential to be amazing entrepreneurs if only we stepped into being the highest potential we can possibly be and operated from that space. The Universe heard me and has been responding to me in various ways to show me the path.  Before 2019 even started, I won 2 lucky gifts from 2 different sources to start my New Year: one – free coaching sessions and, two, a…

REASONS TO VISIT TURKEY IN THE WINTER

We are right in the middle of the enchanting winters! The best time to visit Turkey is in winter when the heat and crowds evaporate, and the atmosphere turns moody. The beautiful natural panoramas of Turkey, its sublime churches and mosques, stunning landmarks and monuments, and intoxicating cities like Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, are best explored during the winters.