We live, laugh, and learn together from the people in our communities. And communities come to our rescue in trying times like these. Hala Yalla app groups are here to do just that.
As humans, we feel a strong need to belong. To one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country. This is because belonging is primal, fundamental to our sense of happiness and well-being.
We’re dependable creatures and need to be part of something. Being in a group, belonging to a community, feeling part of a club, a team or a movement helps us to live better.
At Hala Yalla app groups, we give you a place to share, organize, host, join and do so much more with like-minded people. Read on to find the top 10 public groups you must be part of…
One of the oldest cities in the Kingdom, Jeddah is the historic crossroads between ancient and new, traditional and modern. From its enormous Red Sea coastline to spacious architecture, Jeddah is fast-paced and a little rough around the edges.
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All About KAEC
Know everything about this next-gen city in KAEC’s group on Hala Yalla. Live a modern and healthy lifestyle, with immense business and development opportunities in King Abdullah Economic City.
Expand to meet your business aspirations, take your career to new heights, or just visit for a weekend getaway – KAEC is Saudi’s future.
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All Things Apple
If you’re a true, ardent Apple fan whose faith in the brand is unshakable, then this is the perfect group for you.
Obsess over the newest, greatest updates with other iOS lovers, fawn over recent gadgets and get support for all things Apple.
Ecommerce apps are changing how you interact with your consumers, it’s a retail outlet in their pocket. When it comes to UX and design of these eCommerce apps, it’s important to understand user behavior and psychology that make your app stand out from the rest.
Join some of the brightest UX minds to transform Ecommerce in Saudi by being a part of this group.
Hala Yalla Football Group
Football is played, broadcasted, and loved all over Saudi Arabia. It’s the Kingdom’s pulse that binds and connects people from all regions. A sport that brings folks together with feelings of belonging, loyalty, and passion. Everyone can be a part of a football community.
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Adrenaline Adventure Team
Explore the world outside your comfort zone, whether it’s mountain biking, desert safaris, snorkeling or any other adventurous sport. Nurture your wild spirit and join the group of adventurous explorers on Hala Yalla.
Sports play a crucial role in building communities and connecting people in a society. As part of our nation’s Vision 2030 goals, we’d like to facilitate mass participation in sports and physical activities among people.
Join the sports group with enthusiastic members on Hala Yalla, find the best sporting activities around you and bond over your favorite games.
Nutrition and Health
Good nutrition has a direct effect on the overall wellbeing of a community. The combination of changes in food patterns and sedentary lifestyles among people in the Kingdom has contributed to various health hazards.
Join the Health and Nutrition group on Hala Yalla to get the perfect support on your fitness journey.
Whether you have thousands of miles logged in the forest or you’re a newbie interested in learning more about the benefits of hiking, joining a hiking group will help you expand your horizons and get outdoors more often.
Meet avid hikers in Arab Hiking’s group on Hala Yalla and scale the tallest peaks of our magnificent desert. Join the group today!
Dive Point Divers
Diving is a team sport. Even though you believe this activity is your solitary, personal chance to connect with the world below the surface, it can get a bit lonely down there, with only fishes for company.
If you feel like you’re not getting in the water that often, or need your crew to expand, join Saudi’s top divers & explore the deepest parts of the ocean. Join the Dive Point Divers group on Hala Yalla today.
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Learn about 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia
History leaves its mark in the form of architecture, culture, and the arts. Each of these forms asks for preservation. But one thing that still remains even after centuries is the place itself.
Saudi Arabia is a relatively young country heir to really old history. Its history starts from the 1700s but history in Saudi Arabia dates back to 125,000 years.
The places, architecture, Saudi heritage, and ruins of history are well preserved and well maintained so that the stories of the past could be passed on from one generation to the next in the intact form.
There are many historic and pre-historic places in Saudi Arabia. UN acknowledges 5 of these places and lists in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
These 5 gems in Saudi Arabia are as follows:
Al- Hijr Archeological Site (Madain Saleh)
In 2008, Al- Hijr Archeological Site was the first Saudi place to make it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in the Hejaz region, the Madain Saleh monumental tombs with decorated facades tell stories dating back to the 1st century BC. It features 111 tombs and water wells. 94 of the tombs have the inscriptions and cave drawings.
The ancient name of the site was Hegra. Nabataean Kingdom was the first inhabitants who lived from the 1st BC- 1st CE.
At- Turaif District (Ad Diriyah)
Right in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, Ad- Diriyah is the oldest city of modern Saudi Arabia. It was the first capital of the first Saudi dynasty (1744 to 1818).
In 2010, the site was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the old Najdi architectural style buildings and forts, which is specific to this site only. The site also includes the remains of many ancient palaces on the outskirts of Riyadh- the current capital of Saudi Arabia.
The site has mud-brick structures from the 15th century that are still intact. These places include Salwa Palace, Saad bin Saud Palace, and Imam Mohammad bin Saud Mosque.
The city dates back to the pre-Islamic era as an important place across different civilizations. The gateway to Makkah, Historic Jeddah served as the major port, trade routes, and pilgrims.
It lies on the eastern shore of the Red Sea, the history of these buildings dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Some notable buildings are Roshan tower houses and Ribats.
The Old Jeddah Wall is the most distinctive structure in the Historic Jeddah. The wall was built to protect the city from external threats.
Historic Jeddah was added to the UNESCO list in 2014.
Rock art in the Hail Region
In the Hail province, two sites are archeological assets of the Kingdom.
The rock art of the Hail region is located at the Jebel Umm Sinman hill range. The site has large sandstones that have carvings and inscriptions on the faces of the rocks. There are human figures and animals drawing on the stones.
According to UNESCO, these drawings were made using stone hammers by the ancestors of today’s Arab population.
In 2015 this rock art became the fourth site from Saudi Arabia to make it to the list of World Heritage Sites.
Al- Ahsa Oasis
Al- Ahsa Oasis is the largest oasis in the world for its 3 million trees.
The oasis has a number of gardens, canals, springs, wells, and a drainage lake. In addition to these natural resources, the site also has historical buildings and archeological sites.
It’s the largest governorate in east Saudi Arabia representing 20% of the Kingdom’s area.
The strategic, geographical, and historical location of Al- Ahsa oasis made it one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2018. Also, this site serves as a connection between ancient and modern civilizations.
Sites on UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tentative List:
A tentative list is the list of places that the state considers to nominate for the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The places that are in the Saudi tentative list are:
1. Al-Faw Pre- Islamic City in Central Arabia
On the outskirts of the Empty Quarters, this site has strategic importance. It exists on the ancient trade route heading from south of the Arabian Peninsula to the Arabian Gulf.
2. Darb Zubayda
To visit the Islamic Holy Sites, people from all over the world came to Makkah through this route. Darb Zubayda was the most important ancient travel and trade route.
3. The Farasan Islands
The Farasan Islands consists of over 170 islands and islets of coral reefs. It’s 40- 90 km offshore the south-eastern coast of the Kingdom.
4. Hejaz Railway
During Ottoman rule, Hejaz Railway was built for travel and trade. It was built by Sultan Abdulhameed II in 1909. The purpose of the construction was to provide better transportation to the people visiting Islamic Holy Sites. A number of stations are located in the Kingdom but the most prominent stations are in Tabuk, Madain Saleh, and Madinah.
5. Bir Hima- a rock art site in Najran
Bir Hima is a rock art site in Southwest Saudi Arabia. The stone carving belongs to the stone age period (2500- 1000 BC). The area is known for ancient diverse rock art on the faces of the mountains and ancient writings in the Arabian Musnad script.
In addition to the above-stated sites, ‘Uruq Bani Mu’arid Protected Area’, ‘Dumat Al-Jandal Historical Oasis in Al- Jawf Region’, ‘Egyptian Hajj Road’, ‘Rijal Almaa Heritage Village in Asir Region’ and ‘Syrian Hajj Road’ are also in the tentative list. Hopefully, these sites will become Saudi World heritage sites.
Saudi Arabia is a historical country with modern infrastructure and technology. It can offer you a fusion of the 21st century and the 1st millennium in one place.
Visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and experience history with a twist of modernity.
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“We must never fail to affirm that we are indeed one nation under God”
Saudi Arabia is a fledgling country, covering most of the North and Central Peninsula. It is heir to a prosperous history. The Hejaz, the cradle of Islam, and the site of this religion’s holiest cities, Makkah and Madinah, are situated along the Red Sea, in its western highlands. An area is known as Najd, the country’s geographical heartland, had been inhabited, until recently, by the nomadic tribes. To the east, along the Persian Gulf, there is an abundance of oil fields that, since the 1960s, have correlated Saudi Arabia with their oil wealth. All three — culture, tribalism, and vast wealth — have fueled the country’s subsequent development.
The Arabian Peninsula has been supporting agriculture, herding, and hunting for thousands of years. Numerous civilizations, including those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantine, India, Persia, and China, have reached the ancestor of Arabia through important ancient trade routes. In the western Arab cities of Makkah and Madinah around 610 A.D., the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Islam, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The emergence of Islam is one of the most important events in history.
The Saudi National Day
The Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz was a dual monarchy made up of a multitude of dominions and tribes. In the early 1900s, the ruler of Nejd, King Abdul Aziz, reclaimed his family’s ancestral hometown of Riyadh and began nearly three decades of territorial expansion in the region. By 1932, his forces were able to take control over most of central Arabia, and he changed the name of his kingdom to the name of his family, the House of Saud. The Saudi National Day celebrates the passing of that royal decree and is now a public holiday in the Kingdom. The Saudi National Day is enthusiastically celebrated in all major cities of the Kingdom with ethnic dances, local festivals, and other cultural activities.
National Anthem, Emblem, Flag of Saudi Arabia and its history
Saudi Arabia did not have an anthem in 1947, so when King Abdulaziz visited Egypt that year, he approached Abdul Rahman Al-Khateeb, an Egyptian composer, to develop an anthem, and “Aash Al Maleek” was created. The rhythm, a style of Arabic fanfare, is similar to those in the vicinity of other Arab states. Mohammed Talat composed the first set of lyrics for the anthem in 1958, but they were not often heard. It was in 1984 that King Fahd instructed the poet Ibrahim Al Khafaji to write new lyrics that have become the official lyrics of today. The instrumental version of the anthem is called the Royal Salute.
Adopted in 1950, Saudi Arabia’s emblem consists of two swords below a palm tree (honoring the Hijaz and Nejd kingdoms), that represents vitality and development, and two crossed swords that symbolize justice and strength. The Emblem appears on government documents, diplomatic missions, as well as several Saudi Arabian flags. It is emblazoned in gold on the flag of the Armed Forces of Saudi Arabia (which is also the Kingdom’s war ensign), and on the lower hoist of the Royal flag.
A green flag with white Arabic inscriptions and a sword is the Saudi Arabian flag that was officially adopted on March 15, 1973. The inscriptions on the flag are the Islamic declaration of faith, “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad (saw) is the messenger of Allah. Ibn Saud’s victories are symbolized by the sword on the flag.
National Animal of Saudi Arabia
It makes sense that Saudi Arabia’s national animal is the camel pertaining to its vast desert regions. Often known as the “ship of the desert “, the animal has been used for millennia as a means of transportation by nomads. Having a life span of 40-50 years, camels can withstand desert heat and survive with minimal food and water.
Hard to believe, but these animals can be found in parts of KSA!!!
Hamadryas Baboon: The hamadryas baboon is a species of baboon from the Old World monkey family. They are a very common sight near the cities of Taif and Abha.
Nubian Ibex: This is a desert-dwelling goat species. The NCWCD (National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development) has established special ibex reserves to save the diminishing population of the Nubian Ibex in Saudi Arabia.
White-tailed Mongoose: This is the Mongoose family’s largest species and is located in the country’s southwestern region. It is a nocturnal species with a lifestyle close to that of the Desert Hedgehog, living in a burrow in the daytime and stalking at night.
Caracal: It is a species of wild cat that is known for its long black tufts on the back of its ears, they are found in the western part of Saudi Arabia.
Striped hyena: The Striped Hyena follows the nomadic lifestyle, on the move constantly. It’s a popular feature of folklore in the Middle East
National Tree and Flower
The date palm tree is the national tree of Saudi Arabia, as a desert tree, it thrives in bright, full sun locations, and is also quite drought-tolerant, as its deep roots will travel far to seek water.” The Royal jasmine happens to be the official national flower of the kingdom.
Falcon is the national bird of Saudi Arabia. They are commonly known as “Hunting Dogs of the Sky.” Falcon is by far the most powerful, huge and majestic bird of all species of birds.
Sports in Saudi Arabia is an essential part of its culture and the country participates in many international sporting competitions. Although the traditional sport is Camel-racing the national game happens to be Football.
The National Dance is the Sword Dance, known as the “Ardha”. Men carrying swords stand in two lines or a circle, with a poet singing in their midst, performing the traditional Sword Dance. The term ‘Ardha’ is derived from the Arabic verb ‘ard’, meaning ‘to show’ or ‘to parade’. The Ardha dance recalls the battles, wars, and victories led by King Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia. It is also considered as a symbol of the re-pledging of allegiance to the King.
Traditional attire and jewelry
In general, Saudis wear modern adaptations of traditional designs. The loose, flowing traditional clothing is practical for the warm, wind-swept climate of the Kingdom, at the same time symbolizing the Islamic ideal of modesty.
Men wear a wool/cotton ankle-long shirt called a thawb. They wear a large square of cotton (ghutra) on the head, which is folded over a skullcap (Taqiyyah), and secured in one place with a cord (igaal). The flowing, full-length outer cloak (Bisht), generally made of wool/camel hair, completes the outfit. Women usually wear a black outer cloak (abaya) over their clothing, which may well be modern in style even in today’s society. Traditionally, Saudi women wear a black Shayla over their heads, a belt tied over their heads. Traditional dress is often richly decorated with coins, sequins or brightly colored fabrics.
Jewelry has been an essential part of Arab fashion for decades. This reflects a social and economic rank rather than a mere decoration. It was a convenient form of wealth and security for the Bedouins. Modern Saudi women wear ornaments with a blend of traditional and contemporary diamond designs and a variety of precious metals.
Traditional staple foods include dates; goat, camel, and cow’s milk; ghee, cheese, and other dairy products; bread and other foods from wheat, millet, and barley; squash, eggplant, okra, pumpkins, beans, leeks, onions, and a few other vegetables; mint, coriander, parsley, and cumin; and occasionally mutton, goat, or camel meat and, on the coasts, fish. Elderly people remember the food of the past as simple but adequate, with no morsel wasted. Meals today are eaten later, and the foods are more copious and elaborate.
The arrival of a guest at one’s home is an event that leads to a special meal in honor of the visitor. Traditional etiquette requires that sheep, goat, or camel be sacrificially slaughtered for a meal, and this is still often done. The meat is boiled in large pots, and part of the soup is passed between the guests, and the rest is poured over large trays of rice and on top of which the cooked meat is placed.
Culture and Traditions
Saudi Arabia’s culture is characterized by its Islamic heritage, its historic position as an ancient commercial center, and its Bedouin traditions. The Saudi culture has evolved over the years, changing with modernization Saudi Arabia’s cultural dimension is represented as follows:
Depth of its civilization that dates back to more than one million years, which is confirmed by the archaeological evidence and the heritage prevalent in this country
Its distinguished geographical location made it a point of intersection of international trade routes through all the ages
Being the cradle of Islam and the country of The Two Holy Mosques.
Being a bridge for cultural communication
A number of organizations have been set up across the country to protect the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia. One of the largest of them is the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Ministry of Culture, which supports a wide range of cultural activities, including literature and theater groups, storytelling workshops, museum festivals, arts and crafts, and science projects. Many clubs offer Saudis the opportunity to cultivate different artistic talents. The Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts; and The King Fahd Cultural Center, play a key role in the artistic life of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi traditions are embedded in Muslim teachings and Arab rituals. The crest of the year is the holy month of Ramadan, followed by Eid ul Fitr and the season of Hajj (Pilgrimage), followed by Eid ul Adha and the other national holidays. Arab traditions also have an important role to play in Saudi life. Over the millennia, these age-old traditions have evolved and are highly respected. These include kindness and hospitality provided to strangers, friends, and relatives by every Saudi individual. Arabic coffee is known as “Gahwa” is the simplest form of hospitality–its preparation alone is a sophisticated cultural tradition, and it is often served with dates and sweets in small cups. The burning of incense (oud) to welcome guests is another gesture of hospitality.
Folk Music, Dance, and Poetry
The annual Jenadriyah National Cultural and Heritage Festival is a recognition of Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. “Al Ardha,” the kingdom’s national dance, is one of Saudi Arabia’s convincing traditions. It is an ancient Bedouin practice that is based on this sword dance: drummers beat rhythms and poets recite verses as shield-carrying men walk shoulder to shoulder, swaying. The festivals also feature the reading of poetry by established poets.
The hollow-drum is also an important instrument in traditional and tribal practices. “Samri,” in particular in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia, is a popular traditional music and dance form in which poetry is sung. In Arab cultural life, poetry is particularly important and has long been considered to be one of the most important forms of literary art. This is a way to preserve the history, customs, and social values of the nomadic days of the Bedouins. Poetry remains popular with the Saudis even today.
Festivities in Saudi Arabia.
The Jenadriyah Heritage and Cultural Festival
It plays a crucial role in preserving Saudi national heritage, coordinated by the National Guard under the direction of the Crown Prince. The festival opens with a traditional camel race and intends to cover all facets of Saudi Arabia’s traditions and culture. A highlight of the festival is the performance by folklore troupes of traditional music by musicians from across the Kingdom and national dances. The festival runs every year for two weeks, with more than one million Saudis participating.
Riyadh Festival for Shopping and Leisure
This festival is held every year in the month of July. Visitors can shop all types of things right from garments, accessories, and electronic goods.
Riyadh Food Festival
Among the most popular festivals and events in Riyadh, the Saudi Food Festival is one of the longest established food exhibitions in Saudi Arabia. It is a bi-annual event and it is a great opening to introduce new products, innovations, and machinery to the leading food production companies.
Buraidah Date festival
In accordance with the ubiquity of this gift of nature, there is an annual festival devoted to dates, held in the agricultural heartland of Saudi Arabia, Buraidah, in Qassim province. It’s the largest festival of dates in the world.
There is something very intriguing about exploring culture, there is always more than meets the eye. Don’t look at it, try and actually see it. Once you see it, you will understand it too.
“Travel to regulate the imagination of reality, and instead of dreaming about how things can be, just see them as they are”