A Journey Through Historic Jeddah

A Journey Through Historic Jeddah

A fascinating city with great history and culture, diverse and kind population, rural and modern scenes, further making it appealing to all kinds of tastes and interests. Get ready for a trip to the past and for a wondrous experience, all at Historic Jeddah.

Tayebat Museum

Tayebat Museum

For a fascinating look into Jeddah’s long and cosmopolitan past, take a trip to the Tayebat Museum for an amazingly curated representation of the city’s 2,500-year history. Located in the Al Faisaliyah district, the museum is housed in a complex with many rooms that re-create the traditional Hijazi architecture of the old city.

The museum’s four-floor collection has displays ranging from pre-Islamic artifacts, ancient Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dresses.

Al Balad region

Al Balad Region

Get a sense of the city’s extensive history by exploring Al Balad, the oldest part of Jeddah, where the city began. Though Al-Balad’s original city walls came down in the 1940s, its unique architecture and charm are preserved to this day. With the old city gates, historic mosques, a variety of traditional souqs (markets), and a museum, there’s plenty to see and do in the Al-Balad section of Jeddah.

Floating Mosque

Floating Mosque

The mosque doesn’t actually float but is built on the stilts surrounded by serene waters of Historic Jeddah. The city comes alive during the day and at night as the beaches and fountains are illuminated.

The mosque is open at all times but you can find many entertainment and accommodation options around it, such as the Movenpick Resorts, Radisson Blu Hotel or the Sheraton.

Jeddah Beaches

Historic jeddah Beaches

You gotta admit, nothing beats the scenic beauty and charm of Jeddah beaches in Saudi Arabia. Where you feel the sea breeze, with a hot cup of coffee and families mingling about. 

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A sweep visit to Jeddah’s Durrat Al Arus, the first established private beach, consisting of more than 1000 rentable beach villas, a marina, a diving school, and an amusement park. We’re absolutely sure you will enjoy your time there.  

Historic Jeddah Souqs

Historic jeddah Souqs

From the alleyways of souq Al Badu and souq Al Alawi to other cultural souqs that are over 140 years old, offering a wide range of antiques and treasures. From fabric stores, incense, bakeries, to all types of valuables. 

It’s proven to be difficult to not spend a fortune at those souqs. Make sure you come prepared with a money-filled pocket & wit, as you’re going to be doing a great deal of purchasing & bargaining.

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Top 5 Most Popular Shopping Malls in Riyadh

If you’re a shopping enthusiast then you’ve picked the perfect city in Saudi Arabia. Not only is it popular for being the country’s financial center and a rich source of history and heritage, but is also an excellent place for a fun night out and overall entertainment. With its unstable weather conditions, ranging from extremely hot and dusty to bone-chilling cold and windy, its inhabitants had no choice but to seek out other means of entertainment that can be enjoyed indoors. And this is why we chose to make a list of the Top 5 Most Popular Shopping Malls in Riyadh.

And among its highly celebrated forms of entertainment are shopping malls. It may look baffling coming across so many shopping malls and having to pick between them. But that’s what Hala Yalla is here for. Make sure to clear up your plans for the weekend.

Top 5 Most Popular Shopping Malls in Riyadh

 

Riyadh Park 

Top 5 Most Popular Shopping Malls in Riyadh: RiyadhPark

Although being relatively new, it hasn’t taken Riyadh Park long to gain popularity and recognition among people in Riyadh and other cities, as it’s right in the center of the capital. The mall is spacious and holds one of the most fascinating architectural designs. Not just that, Riyadh Park also houses many of the biggest and popular international brands, in addition to having a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from, such as The Cheesecake Factory and Salt. If you have kids, then treat them to some of the fun rides at Magic Planet, while you enjoy your time with the most experience immersive and tech-advanced cinema in the kingdom, Vox Cinema.

Address: Northern Ring Road, Al Aqiq.
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Panorama

Top 5 Most Popular Shopping Malls in Riyadh: PanoramaMall

Panorama Mall is pretty well known for housing multiple brands. It may not be the largest but that makes up for easier navigation and reduced anxiety by giving you too many choices and options. It holds a diverse network of amazing restaurants, one of which is Piato, the Italian masterpiece. They’ve got two of the coziest coffee shops in the city, Papparoti, and Ferzatche.

Address: Al Takhaussi Street, Al Mathar Ash Shamali.
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Al Nakheel

AlnakheelMall

This shopping mall will present you with numerous top-quality brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, COACH, Roberto Cavalli, Beverly Hills, Polo Club, Fred Perry, and many more. There’s also an amazing selection of restaurants and coffee shops. You can enjoy an elegant breakfast at the french cafe: Paul. If you’re a fan of Turkish delicacies then check out Simit Sarayı. Pay a visit to Sparky’s on the 2nd floor, it has options for mechanical adventure games, modern computer games, and three-dimensional cinema, open to all ages. Try out some, or perhaps all of them!

Address: Imam Saud Bin Abdulaziz, Exist 9.
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Granada

GranadaMall

Having recently been expanded, providing greater space along with greater plans of adding more entertainment venues and shopping outlets.  The brands in Granada mall vary with a great selection and an attractive mix of local and international brands that are meant to satisfy the desires of all family members and age groups. On the first floor, you’ll find a wide choice of restaurants and candy shops which are some of the best in the city. There is also a kids’ area on the same floor, you get to enjoy a delicious meal while watching your bundles of joy having the best time of their lives. 

Address: Eastern Ring Road, Al Shuhada.
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Kingdom Center

KingdomCenter

Last but not the least, is one of the most visited tourist spots in Riyadh, the Kingdom Center. It houses a glamourous shopping mall, the Four Seasons hotel, and on the 99th floor lies the Sky Bridge, providing you with a panoramic view of the beautiful city of Riyadh from 300 meters above! The entrance fee is 63 SAR, it’s open from 12 PM – 11 PM on Saturday to Thursday, 4 PM to 11 PM on Fridays. A visit to the Kingdom Center also offers an opportunity to check out highly popular brands, jewelry, and other merchandise. At the basement level, there’s a food court, along with a Caribou Coffee nearby the parking lot, and the biggest in the world: Al Masaa Cafe, talk about an unforgettable experience. 

Address: King Fahad Road, Al Olaya.
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Unfortunately, due to the on-going circumstances of the pandemic, temporary precautionary measures have been taken, which include: Closing down cinemas, indoors gaming and entertainment centers, dining services in restaurants and cafes (External requests are available). We tend to be extra careful with our beloved Hala Yalla users, so don’t forget to always follow preventive and precautionary measures.

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5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to Sign up For

“Sport is a preserver of health,” says the greatest physician of his time, Hippocrates. Sports have always been an integral part of our history as humans, had our hunter-gatherer ancestors not been practicing sports in a direct or non-direct form, they wouldn’t have been able to survive long enough to pass on their genes. Sports is an essential aspect of our being, an expression of our adaption to the environment. Although one might argue that our surroundings have changed a lot relative to our precedents’, we as species haven’t changed quite as much. 

So if our capacity to do sports were to be compromised, so would our ability to survive. And this can already be seen in the form of modern ailments such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, and obesity. But you, our smart reader, must’ve already known that hence why you’ve been searching for the best gyms to accommodate your greater goal of ultimate fitness. So without further due, we bring you our list of the 5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to Sign up For.

Read: Sports not only provide entertainment. Learn the top 7 benefits of sports.

Gold’s Gym- The Luxurious One

 

A pioneering company that has its roots back in 1965, California, where they established their first gym before sports clubs were seen as popular and stylish, even Arnold Schwarzenegger was a frequent guest of theirs. Recognized for their high-tech equipment and a wide diversity of training programs that include personal training and group training. They’ve only got one branch in Riyadh, upside of that? You might come across somebody popular if you were to start training there.
Location: Al Tahlia Street (Men only)
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Fit Forever Fitness – Women only

5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to Sign up For.Gold's Gym

If you’re looking for a gym that caters to just women, then Fit Forever Fitness is a good option. Not only is it notable for its exclusivity to women, but also for having one of the highest standards of cleanliness and quality. With a customized work program that aligns with your fitness goals, a selection of 120 group training programs with no additional fees, along with having top-notch professional equipment and flexible working hours, no wonder it’s on our list of 5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to Sign up For.

Location: Al Rawdah Club, Al Yasmeen Club
Website: Click here.

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Arena– All about Novelty and Exclusivity

5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to Sign up For.Arena Gym

It’s highly distinguishable for its comprehensive Functional Training programs, which use a set of exercises that aim to achieve a smooth performance of daily activities, such as carrying groceries to the car or moving furniture around.  It’s also popular for its Martial Arts programs, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, known also as the “gentle art” that has the final goal of getting the enemy to submit, by means of grappling and ground fighting.  It’s open to all kinds of genders, and even aspiring young athletes.

Location: Arena North Almathar, Arena Boulevard
Website: Click here.

Fast Fit EMS – A Special Power Suit

5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to. Fast Fit Fitness Gym

A 20-minutes-per-week plan that targets the majority of your body’s muscle through the use of Electro Muscular Stimulation (EMS). It’s basically a special suit with electrodes attached to it, that is intended to be placed on your major muscle groups resulting in induced electrical impulses that intensify the body’s muscle contraction, which you’ll be performing under professional supervision. 

Location: Al Waha (men only), Al Wurud (men & women), Al Narjis (men & women).
Website: Click here.

NuYu- For more variety

A girl in the gym.NuYu

We will close our list of 5 Best Gyms in Riyadh to Sign up For with one of the leading chains of boutique fitness centers for women in Saudi Arabia and an excellent option for many athletes. They provide you with the most professional, internationally-certified trainers. It’s a comprehensive health club, that constitutes a spa, healthy cafe, yoga, fitness zone with TRX, spinning studio, and kickboxing, to name a few.

Location: Al Taawan, Al Waha, Irqah, Ishbiliyah.
Website: Click here.
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Top 5 Most-Visited Historical Places in Riyadh

The capital city of Saudi Arabia has grown from a mud-bricked trading hub in the middle of nowhere with barely any visitors to being one of the busiest and wealthiest cities in the world. Despite the well-reserved and traditional social upbringing that many of its inhabitants have had, they are among the most welcoming, generous, and kind people you’ll ever come across. As Saudi Arabia continues to focus on growing its tourism sector through the means of attracting international visitors, as well as its local people, one can expect to see a lot of historically rich places being open to the public. So if you’re looking for the most-visited historical places in Riyadh, you’ve come to the right place! 


Al Masmak Fort:

Al Masmak Fort

Built-in 1865 and located in the central part of Riyadh. It’s home to a museum that’s rated as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the city. The word “Masmak ” stands for high and forfeited, and it has served multiple functions throughout its existence. From being a warehouse for weapons and ammo to turning into a prison and later overseen and maintained by King Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz who was responsible for establishing Al Masmak Historical Museum in 1995 AD. The SCTH launched an app for a virtual tour through 3D images of Al Masmak Fort to chronologically display the history of modern Saudi Arabia. The museum houses a wide variety of historical artifacts and is an excellent place for those who want to learn about the country’s heritage. The entrance is free.

 


Deerah Souq:

Deerah Souq

Not so far from Al Masmak Fort lies quite a noteworthy shopping center, immensely popular for the gold shops that some people call it the Deerah Gold Souq. It has a plethora of small shops selling carpets, traditional clothes, and many eye-catching antiques and handcrafts. And what makes it so special is the existence of a wide variety of options selling the same commodity but with slight differences that only an expert such as yourself would be able to notice, so it’s an excellent opportunity for bargaining (most of the shop owners speak English) and comparing merchandise in order to end up with the best deal possible.

 


Murabba Palace:

Murabba Palace

Built-in 1938 as a governmental facility for hosting official meetings and conferences, it was here where the convention of opening the country for oil inspection was signed. And it was also King Abdul Aziz’s personal residence, a spacious and comfortable place to accommodate the King’s family. The Murabba Palace houses many historical artifacts and photos about the country’s creation, as well as personal belongings and gifts that the King had received.

 


The National Museum:

National museum

Part of King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, it was established in 1999 as a historical and cultural center while being the Kingdom’s biggest museum. The museum consists of 8 exhibitions walking the visitors through different periods of time in chronologically correct order: Man and the Universe, Arabian Kingdoms, The Pre-Islamic Era, Prophet Mohammad’s Mission, Islam and the Arabian Peninsula, First and the Second Saudi States, The Unification, and The Hajj and the Two Holy Mosques. It’s a charming scenery for those who seek to learn more about the history and heritage of the Arab Peninsula.

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Historical Diriyah:

Historical Diriyah

 How can we finish an article on the most-visited historical places in Riyadh without talking about the home of the Saudi Royal family and the first Saudi capital, the city of Diriyah. It’s among the 5 Saudi historical sites identified by the UNESCO List of World Heritage. One of the largest Arabian Peninsula cities before it was later destroyed in 1818 by the Ottoman armies, the city is now one of the most sought-after places worldwide, a  bright and shining cultural, historical, and tourist attraction spot.

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Top 5 Female Gamers you should know more about

Gaming gained its glory in the early ’90s. The campaigns were primarily targeted at male gamers as traditionally the challenges and combat games of the times were designed keeping the male gamer’s behavior in mind. But with changing times and blurring gender lines gaming is no more a turf claimed by men only. As numbers speak, Saudi Arabia has a higher percentage of female gamers (90%) than male gamers (83%).

The number of female gamers around most gaming platforms has increased exponentially over the past couple of years. With the expansion of games around the world, developers have to keep up by introducing female characters and playing options relatable to them. Female players’ interests vary between playing for fun and participating in massive esports tournaments. There’s a sub-sect that gets attracted to story-based, horror, adventure, exploration, dramatic and historic plotlines. While there’s another that thrives on online battle royale, RPG, and MOBA games.

 

Here we have the list of top 5 female gamers from around the world:

 

The Highest Paid Female Gamer

Katherine “Mystik” Gunn, at the age of 14, with the emergence of online games, stepped into the world of challenges, as she traveled under the patronage of her father to attend tournaments of Street Fighter, Halo, and other games. After her victory in World Championship Gaming (WCG) series, completing Ultimate Gamer, and two seasons of CGS, she caught the attention of the Guinness Book of World Records as she was listed in the Guinness World Games 2016 as the highest-paid female player.

She was part of the professional team Envy, presenter, and writer of the weekly BluePrint webisode series. To be close to her family and away from traveling, Kat recently resigned, but still shares her gameplay via live broadcast on Twitch to be in contact with her fan base and spread awareness of healthy eating, positive thinking, and philosophy of fair play.

Catch her live here: https://www.katgunn.com/

 

Most Famous YouTube Channel

Tiffany Garcia, or as she goes by iHasCupquake, is famous on YouTube for Minecraft clips and League of Legends. Her channel has gained wide fame reaching more than 6 million subscribers and she holds the record for most video views by a female game broadcaster on YouTube.

She owns more than one channel such as – iHasCupquake, Tiffyquake, and WeAreMishMish.

Find her here: https://youtu.be/8wmzit9KnRA

 

Blizzard Esports Champion

Li Xiaomeng, known in the games as Liooon, is a professional Chinese player for Hearthstone, and the first girl to win the Hearthstone Grandmasters World Finals for a prize of $200,000.

It’s interesting that someone in one of the waiting lines for the Hearthstone Championship told Liooon: “If you’re a girl, don’t wait in the line here, this isn’t for you.”

Liooon called on girls to fulfill their dreams in her speech: “I want to say to all girls who have a dream to join esports tournaments for glory, if you want to do it and have faith in yourself, you just have to go ahead.”

Find Liooon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWURbpiLAgg

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Most Famous Gamer on YouTube – Middle East

 

Meshael MR is a Saudi hobbyist who shares her games with people through her YouTube channel, which has achieved fame in a relatively short time. Perhaps due to Meshael’s bubbly personality and active presence on the channel. Her videos are full of fun and laughter with fans of the famous games.

The content on her channel varies between a group of games and is not limited to one genre. This is one feature that sets the channel apart, there’s something for everyone here. Meshael MR has quite a promising future because of its remarkable development and some recently acquired partnerships.

Check out her channel here: https://youtu.be/Fkb26Otzdo0

 

Best Female Player for Horror Games

 

Emma Chan isn’t just a player specializing in horror and mystery games, but also a pro in translation, as she combined this skill and her love for video games in the distinctive content on her YouTube channel. Perhaps she is the only one in the Arab world providing horror and mystery games content for her fans. As written in her channel, “My goal is to provide you with rare stuff that you haven’t seen yet.”

Unfortunately, we don’t have much information about the owner of the channel as they like to remain anonymous, but it’s quite a noteworthy YouTube channel – if you’re into horror games – that’ll inevitably become one of your favorites.

Find EmmaChan here: https://youtu.be/MJoAlj2ckNM

There you have it! A list of our top 5 female gamers who’re ruling the esports world right now🏆

 

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Learn Quran with Mariam in Ramadan

Spend this Ramadan learning Quran

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had said, “The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be the honorable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Quran and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.” 

Learn how to read the Quran perfectly this Ramadan, in our online interactive, live-stream class with Mariam.

About the instructor

Mariam is a professional teacher who has memorized the Holy Quran. She studied from AL-Azhar Al-Shareef. She has experience teaching Quran to Arabic and non-Arabic speaking students.

Given the lockdown situation, she is giving an online live Quran class. Book on Hala Yalla’s app so you can improve your Quranic recitation in no time.

The class will be a private one-on-one online training session with the instructor. In a private session, she’ll provide the following services:

  • Recitation: Learn to recite properly
  • Tajweed: Acquire skills to recite with proper rules & correct pronunciation
  • Qaidah Nouraniyah Classes: A beginners guide to learn Quranic Arabic

Who can join?

This private session is for females and children only. A secured link will be shared for the live stream before the meeting. For the best streaming experience, kindly ensure your internet connection has a bandwidth of 3.2 Mbps.

Here’s the link to book a learn Quran online.

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Learn to recite properly

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How to Sleep Peacefully during stressful times

You know what’s the number ONE problem youngsters complain about these days?

No, it’s not about too many new shows on Netflix or losing an AirPod (though that’ll come in second).

It’s SLEEP.

Not getting enough sleep. Not able to fall asleep. Not able to wake up fresh, and so on.

Some people follow a strict bedtime routine which works wonders, but some really struggle with falling asleep quickly and staying asleep for the most part of the night.

Each routine works differently for everyone, but forming one and sticking to it is crucial.

Read on to find out how you can get a peaceful night’s sleep in these chaotic times…

 

  • Stick to a Schedule

 

Stick tight to your schedule

We can’t emphasize it enough. Sleeping and waking at a dedicated time regulates your body’s clock. Your body has its own regulatory system called the circadian rhythm. This internal clock cues your body to feel alert during the day but sleepy at night.

Once your body adjusts to this routine, it’s easier to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day. So try to finish all your tasks before a dedicated time and set a daily alarm to wake up at the same time.

Lastly, give yourself 30 minutes to an hour to wind down in the evening before getting in bed. This allows your body and mind to relax and prepare for sleep

  • Don’t Look at the Clock

Turn around, don’t look at it!

It’s normal to wake up in the middle of the night. However, the inability to fall back asleep can ruin your night. 

People who do wake up in the night, tend to watch the clock and obsess over their sleeplessness. This behavior causes major anxiety that could eventually lead to insomnia.

If possible, it’s best to remove the clock from your room. If you need an alarm in the room, you can turn your clock and avoid watching it when you wake up in the middle of the night. This includes keeping your phone far away from your bed!

  • Make your bedroom sleep-friendly

Make it cozy!

Many people believe that the bedroom environment and its setup are key factors in getting a good night’s sleep.

These factors include temperature, noise, external lights, furniture arrangement, and even your mattress plays a crucial role here. 

Avoid prolonged exposure to bright light, noise or electronic gadgets right before you go to bed. A well-ventilated room can also do wonders for your sleep, so if you’re not too cold/hot, prop that window open. 

  • Clear Your Mind

Free your head, not literally

A bedtime routine, whether it’s a warm bath, chamomile tea, skincare or meditation,  helps clear your mind of all the worries you’ve accumulated during the day.

While yoga encourages the practice of breathing patterns and body movements, meditation can enhance melatonin levels and assist the brain in achieving a specific state where sleep is easily achieved.

You can try either of those or merely perform some deep breathing exercises right before your head hits the pillow. Light music and sleep-inducing apps like Calm and Pzizz have also proven helpful in clearing the mind. 

Let us know if any of these tips work out for you!

 

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Fun Things to Do while Social Distancing

Events are canceled. Riyadh boulevard is closed. Malls and restaurants are being shut down. And no one’s booking those balcony seats in the cinemas anymore.

The coronavirus – and the social distancing it’s warranting – has the world worried, and for all the right reasons. To keep yourself entertained and active, Netflix & chill is not the only option at your disposal.

While you’re in quarantine or working from home, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do while you maintain that social distance for COVID-19. Read on! 

 

  • Virtual Tours of Museums and Art Galleries

Did you know you can now take an inside tour of each gallery and ancient relic within a museum, all from your living room? I sure didn’t. 

Museums and art galleries around the world are closed due to safety reasons. But if you’ve ever wanted a virtual tour of these places, now’s the time!

From the State Hermitage Museum in Russia to the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with 500 such establishments for visitors to gain a virtual peek inside their doors. There are opportunities to browse exhibits with a 360 view within halls, along with pictures and detailed history behind each of them.

 

  • Free Online Classes from Ivy League Institutions

The world is truly your oyster when it comes to learning new things. Be it language, skill, or just something to give you that edge over others. 

While maintaining healthy social distancing, there are endless online courses and classes available on websites like Class Central. From business to humanities to personal development, choose your pick. Search “Harvard” alone for classes on law, psychology, literature, neurosciences, and beyond.

 

  • Esports Tournaments

This is for all the kickass gamers out there. To be honest, you don’t really need a situation like quarantine to play Esports, but this might be the best time to participate in our epic tournaments at Kafu Games!

If you’re staying at home, start playing at home. 

You can also organize a FIFA 20 tournament just for your employees and qualify for Saudi’s 1st National Corporate Esports Championship! Head over to Kafu Games for more information.

  • Reading, Watching – all out Binging!

Alright! Let’s finally address the elephant in the room – BINGING!

If your reading list is overflowing with new and old books, if your watch list sits staring at you every time you open Netflix, chances are you’re gonna have an entertained social distancing. 

This is, of course, the perfect time to catch up on all the new shows, movies, documentaries, books, albums and so much more! Truth be told, some of us are quite delighted to the idea of binging on food and shows right now (I’ve already got hold of 7 new books and 4 shows). 

So grab that blanket, roll up your socks, and get the party going!

 

  • Podcasts

Binging Netflix is obviously self-quarantine activity, but don’t forget about the endless podcasts that you can listen to while cooking, cleaning, meditating, or working out.

Podcasts are an excellent way to make use of time and multitasking your way through tight schedules. They also allow you to be up to date and informed about recent developments in technology, world news, and even COVID-19 for example.

Although if you feel like truly distracting yourself, there are some good sports, crime, and humorous podcasts out there. Hit us up if you’d like some recommendations!

 

  • Crafts & Board Games

It might look strange to club these two activities, but when was the last time you actually spent time doing them?

When did you start (or finish even) that DIY project you’ve been planning for days? Remember the last time you played Monopoly with the fam? The time is now!

Bring out the cards and lay down the board, keep the gadgets aside and roll that dice. 

For DIY, Pinterest and YouTube are your friends for crafty inspirations. From bath bombs to graffiti house walls to even making your own hand sanitizer – if you’ve got the idea, there’s probably a video out there willing to help!

 

  • Cooking

Now is the perfect time to try out those recipes you haven’t had time to get to, and it is a good way to bring the family together or have a little distraction. Keep in mind to stock plenty of food in your freezers, in case of emergencies. 

Prep a quick lasagna or go head-on for a 3-course meal, the kitchen is yours and so is the time. Make sure to save some of everything you make and pack it up in the freezer. (Brownies tend to last quite a while up there, just saying!)

 

  • Decluttering aka Cleaning

Your cupboard, bookshelves, kitchen, garden, backyard and so many other things probably require a deep clean. What’s the best time than this to sort that pile out? 

Decluttering is great for mental stability and brings you a sense of calm. Regular decluttering has also proven to reduce anxiety and stress caused by the mere thought of cleaning.

Tip: Sort and label your stuff in several piles and decluttering can turn into a fun activity. Donate, throw out, hand-me-down, sell, and so on. Unused items make for creative gifts too sometimes!

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Top 5 Restaurants serving Best Mandi in Riyadh

Try these top 5 restaurants to enjoy the best mandi in Riyadh

Mandi is popular throughout the world for its use of rice and meat with a perfect blend of spices and sauces. Saudi Arabia has carefully nourished various mandi flavors in its land, and the taste and popularity of foreign cuisine couldn’t sideline this traditional and local food. If you’re looking for the best mandi in Riyadh, you’ve come to the right place!

Arabic restaurants are equally popular for their warm ambiance, unique seating arrangement, and mouthwatering aroma. So here’s our list of restaurants that serve the best mandi in Riyadh, ones you should definitely try:

1. Al Nafoura

Al Nafourah's kebab

The Lebanese restaurant Al Nafoura is one of the most famous Arabic restaurants in Saudi Arabia.

This restaurant offers authentic traditional Arab taste to food lovers throughout the Middle East. Originally famed for its seafood, you can order all types of Mandi and Kabsa here too.

Al Nafoura operates various branches in the country. You’ll find at least 10 of them right here in Riyadh.

For reservations: 011 215 8888; https://www.nafora.com.sa/

2. Al Romansiah

Al-Romansiah-branch

In the year 1418 AH, Romansiah opened its first branch in Riyadh. Since then, Romansiah is busy catering to the needs and wants of their customers, one special mandi at a time.

The love for Romansiah is evident from the fact that they’ve opened up 30 branches in the regions of Riyadh, Al-Kharj, Al-Qassim, Al-Ahsa, Dammam, Jeddah, Medinah. They have also exported the Saudi taste in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

They pay attention to every detail of quality and taste. The restaurant chain is known to be the ‘branches of romance’ which provide a relaxing atmosphere with luxury and sophistication. 

Apart from mandi, you can order desserts, barbeque, kebabs and Spanish food here. For the love of food, enjoy the romance in Romansiah!

For reservations: 9200 00144; https://alromansiah.com/ 

Read about other traditional restaurants here

3. Najd Village Restaurant

Najd Village seating area

Enjoy the most art of taste in the most traditional way possible. 

Located right in the middle of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Najd region holds traditional and historic importance. 

Najd Village restaurant is popular for its delicious mandi dishes and traditional architecture. People gravitate back to it for its combination of simplicity, privacy, and taste. 

Besides the main course, they also offer special village bakery made products and various lamb specialties.

For reservations: +966920033511; https://najdvillage.com/

4. Bait Shawaya

Grilled chicken.

Bait Shawaya is a local restaurant chain for traditional food. The first branch was opened in 1425 AH, now there are more than 90 restaurants throughout the country.

They have a special focus on the hygiene and quality of the products used.

Popular for its grilled meat and rice, Shawaya also serves various delicious combinations of mandi and Kabsa. 

For reservations: 9200 33336; https://www.shawayahouse.com.sa/

5. Rise

Mandi dish.

On the Makkah highway, this restaurant is worth a try.

In the traditional seating arrangement, the restaurant offers a warm and relaxed environment to devour delicious mandi.

For reservations: +966555028290; http://www.mathamrise.com/

It’s a part of Saudi culture to have mandi every week. Have you had yours this week?

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