How To Not Get Bored during Quarantine!

Make the best use of your time during COVID-19

Staying at home during quarantine is the wisest thing we can do at the moment!

But, it’s getting somewhat boring.

To kill the time, think about everything you thought you’d do when you’ll get time. Now is a perfect time to do that.

But, if you don’t know what to do during this crisis, here’s a list of things that you can do without putting yourself and others around you at risk.

1. Cook together

Since you can’t dine out, bond with your family by helping them in the kitchen and other house chores.

Host your own cooking show from home and film it for fun (make sure your whole family participates in one or the other way). Surely, you’ll have a few good laughs while filming and watching it later will make you smile!

People cutting vegetables together
Have a flour-throwing competition!

2. Reading club at home

Make your own reading club at home!

Ask every member of your family to start reading a book. Race to see who finishes it the quickest. After everybody has finished reading, sit down, and discuss the theme and story plot with your fam.

Or ask your friends to read a book and discuss it with them online.

Open book in lap
You can never run out of books to read

3. Movie Night

Plan to watch a movie alone or ask your family to join you!

No matter how many movies you’ve watched, there’ll still be movies that you don’t know about.

Grab plenty of popcorn and snacks and start watching new movies, or rewatch the ones you can’t get over!

burning candle and open laptop
Classics never get old

4. Make a Family Scrapbook

Compile the family pictures that make you nostalgic and paste it on the scrapbook. 

Write your thoughts, relive those moments. Fill your scrapbook with happy memories!

journal and pens.
Remember that time you fell in the tub?

5. Self Care

Since you’ve got all the time you ever needed, make use of this self-isolation by taking self-care. Ask your family to join you.

Set a routine and follow it regularly. Practice yoga, meditate, and keep on exercising. By the time quarantine will end, you’ll get into the habit of self-care.

Man doing yoga
Inhale. Exhale

6. Dinner Party

When you can’t go out and nobody can come in, plan a dinner party with your family.

Set candle lights, turn on the fairy lights, and enjoy the quarantined dinner party.

Burning candles on dinner table
Make sure the curtains don’t catch fire

7. Paint

Express yourself through painting. Get creative on the canvas and paint your mind out.

If you don’t know how to paint, learn from YouTube tutorials and recreate it till you’re able to create!

Man painting.
Hello Picasso

8. Redecorate your home

Considering the amount of time you have on your hands, might as well change the setting of the house.

Redecorate, wash the curtains, paint the walls, be your own designer here!

decorated room.
decorated room

9. Play games

Since everyone’s home, play the games you used to play before you grew up.

Play hide and seek, hide behind the door, under the bed or in the cupboard, and make sure to scare them good!

Play cards or board games. There are plenty of games that we can play inside while keeping ourselves and others safe.

Old man playing cards.
The cards have been dealt

10. Play Esports and Join Tournaments

In this era of advanced technology, it’s impossible not to find anything online.

Keep practicing the games you’re good at. Keep playing!

Kafu Games, by Hala Yalla, brings you the hottest most popular sports tournaments for the biggest titles on every device. Participate in PUBG, FIFA, Fortnite, Overwatch, COD, and more to win the prize money. 

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Kafu FIFA banner
Your ultimate esports platform

Make the best use of this time and spend time with your family. This is going to be the only time when you’re told to stay at home and do nothing!

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Stay home, stay safe!

List of international achievements in Sports by Saudis

Achievements in sports that every Saudi should be proud of!

We may play sports just for entertainment and fun, but the benefits of sports go beyond that. It’s much more than a pastime!

Sports play a multi-dimensional role in the development of a country. It has grown into a  business that’s helping a country financially by generating income.

Through the sponsoring of sports teams and events, the world’s biggest brands demonstrate the power they exercise on sports business throughout the world. 

Active participation in mega-sport events also improves infrastructure, generates employment, and increases the influx of foreign capital in the country.

Saudi Arabia recognized the global economic impact of the sports industry and established the ‘General Presidency for Youth Welfare’ in 1974. Its purpose was to organize and manage sporting events in the country.

Since then, Saudi players are participating in international events including the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, and the Arab Pan Games

The hard work has started to bear fruits. 

Medals won by Saudis

Here’s a list of recent medals won by male Saudi national teams: 

  1. Saudi Arabia has qualified for four of the last five FIFA World Cups.
  2. The Saudis have won 25 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 23 bronze medals in Asian Games. 
  3. Saudi teenager Mosaad Aldossary won $250,000 in the global FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final.
  4. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, Hadi Al-Somaily won the silver medal for ‘Men’s 400-meter hurdles. 
  5. In Equestrian, Khaled Al Eid won a bronze medal for Individual show jumping in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  6. Ramzy Al Duhami, Abdullah Al Saud, Kamal Bahamdan and Abdullah Sharbatly won the bronze medals in the Equestrian team jumping in the 2012 London Olympics. 
Men playing soccer
Men playing soccer

Now let’s talk about the other half of the population. 

2010 marked the slight easing of Saudi women’s participation in sports, and since then, sports women have only continued to climb the ladders of success.

The hockey players are seeking a license from the Saudi GSA to register themselves as the first Saudi hockey team to represent the country at international levels.

Accomplishments of Saudi Sportswomen

Here’s a list of accomplishments by female Saudi national teams:

  1. A Saudi woman fencer won a gold medal at the sixth GCC Women’s Games in Kuwait.
  2. In the épée fencing, a Saudi lady won a bronze medal at the GCC Women’s Games.
  3. The Saudi bowling team finished its competition in fifth place at GCC games. 
  4. Sarah Attar and Judoka Wojdan Shaherkani were the first two female athletes to ever represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics (London 2012).
First Saudi women running in Olympics
First Saudi women running in Olympics

Acknowledging the sports sector as a business opportunity, Saudi’s Vision 2030 intends to excel in sports and be among the leaders of the sports industry regionally and globally.

With this vision, Saudi Arabia is trying to diversify the economy and further improve its financial resources and economic stability.

For this purpose, they’re hosting global level sporting events in the country. These sporting events will encourage Saudis to participate in sports and win for Saudi Arabia in International events.

International sports events in KSA

  1. In 2018, Saudi Arabia hosted the first motorsport event in Diriyah. This formula E race was an event of global significance.
  2. Jeddah invited international boxers for the Greatest Royal Rumble in 2018. The event was the first of its kind to happen in the Kingdom.
  3. Drone Racing League in Jeddah was the first professional league to happen in the country in 2018. 
  4. GSA hosted the first Riyadh International Marathon in Feb 2018. 
  5. Saudi Arabia hosted its first WWE women’s wrestling match in Oct 2019. 
  6. Clash on the Dunes was the first-ever World Heavyweight Title fight in the Kingdom. The fight happened as a part of the Diriyah season in Dec 2019.
  7. The first professional tennis tournament was staged in Diriyah in Dec 2019.
  8. The Kingdom is planning to host the Saudi Arabia Snookers Masters in Riyadh in October 2020.
Person riding a horse.
A person riding a horse.

Saudi Arabia wants to increase the number of accomplishments in every game. Hence, GSA is hosting these events, to showcase and enhance Saudi talent and potential. 

In the past year, the number of sports being played in the Kingdom has risen dramatically. The increasing number of sporting events is increasing, and so is the excitement in Saudis.

For tech assistance and event management, GSA partners with Hala Yalla. Together they’re trying to encourage a healthy lifestyle with fun and entertainment.

Download the Hala Yalla app to enjoy healthy living.

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Visit these 7 Saudi beaches to enjoy the sand and sun!

Who says KSA is just a desert area? Learn about beautiful Saudi beaches here.

Sound of the waves with the wind caressing your cheeks. What could be a better combination than this?

To enjoy this duo of wind and sand, visit Saudi Arabia and experience the serenity of its beaches.

Saudi Arabia is surrounded by three bodies of water i.e., the Gulf of Aqaba, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea. Naturally, there are more beaches than we think!

On the coastal line of more than 2500 km, there are many private and public beaches that you can visit to enjoy with your friends and family.

Feel the sky above, sand below, and peace within with these top 7 beaches in KSA.

1. Al Fanateer beaches

Located in Al Jubail, Al Fanateer Beach is popular among tourists and locals alike.

Walk on the beach to feel the white sand under your bare feet or sit with your family and friends in green lawns. The beach also has a children’s playground. 

There’s a mall nearby that provides dining areas and a shopping area for pre and post-beach trips.

Stroll on the paved walking paths shaded by palm trees, beach and sail the boat to enjoy the sea.

Al Fanateer Cornish
Al Fanateer Cornish

2. Durrat Al Arus

Located in “Dahaban” -the old village of Jeddah-  Durrat Al Arus is an artificial island constructed in 1996. This beach started the trend of private beach resorts in Saudi Arabia.

The beach has 1000 villas, a diving school, a golf course, and a theme park. Tourists can rent the villas and relax.

The island has a world of its own. There are mosques, commercial centers, coffee shops, golf club, equestrian club theme park, and a yacht marina. It has high privacy residential units equipped with mobile networks, satellite TV, hospitals and everything you’ll need.

Since the villas are very popular, they are booked ahead of time. If you’re planning to go, be sure to get an advance booking.

Durrat Al Arus.
Durrat Al Arus.

3. Silver Sands

In the bright daylight, spend your lazy day on the silver sands. Take a sunbathe on the sunbeds and ward off all your tiredness. 

The beach offers fun activities such as open water swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling, and a small island.

The island is privately owned, which means there is an entrance fee. The island is strictly for families, the single male entry is not allowed. 

Silver sands
Silver sands

4. Farasan Beaches 

Farasan Al Kabir is the largest island in the Farasan Islands. Located some 50 km away from the Jizan, the islands are rich in underwater wildlife.

The beach is famous for diving. Dive in the crystal blue azure water to discover the coral reefs and different sea species. 

Besides diving, you can also relax on the sand or stroll on the beach while waves massage your feet. Or, you can ride a ferry and make memories for a lifetime. 

Farasan Al Kabir Beach.
Farasan Al Kabir Beach.

5. Half Moon Beach 

If you’re looking for a perfect family picnic spot in Al Khobar, Half Moon Beach is the place for you.

Naturally shaped like a half-moon, the beach has nice and clean sand. Enjoy car drifting, horse riding and swimming in the sea. 

The facility of seating, mosques, and shower areas is also provided for the beach lovers.

Pack your picnic baskets and visit half-moon beach.

Half Moon Beach.
Family enjoying at Half Moon Beach.

6. Haql beach

On the Gulf of Aqaba, lies the Haql beach in the province of Tabuk. 

A shipwreck is left on the mercy of nature on the beach, which gives the beach its other name ‘the Shipwreck beach’. 

The beach exists in its most natural form. You’ll be left with nature alone to enjoy the sound of waves and wind. On the beach, you’ll be mesmerized by the view of Sinai mountains over the far end. 

Haql beach.
Clear blue water at Haql beach.

7. OIA  Beach

Inspired by Greek islands, the OIA beach is a white stoned hotel featuring the minimalist vibe. 

Located 12 km away from the Jeddah highway, the beach hotel has 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. The villas have terraces from where you can enjoy the heavenly view of the seashore.

There are a casual Greek themed white painted walls, lounge and restaurants, International cuisines, sushi cafes, pools, gym, kids clubs, and a female-only indoor pool. Water sports such as sailing, kayaking, and a floating water park are also available for adventure lovers.

OIA  Beach.
OIA Beach resort.

Every beach has its unique smell and feel. Experience the feel of Saudi beaches, feel the combination of three S, ‘sun, sea, and sand’ on the Saudi beaches. 

There are also a number of undiscovered coastal areas. Discover these fun places and fun events with Hala Yalla. Download the app now on Android or iOS

 

Try these 5 Arabian restaurants in Saudi Arabia

Try these 5 Arabian restaurants to fall in love with Arabic cuisine.

Arabic food is popular throughout the world for its use of rice and meat with a perfect blend of spices and sauces which makes your mother water!

In Saudi cities, you’ll find restaurants of every cuisine around the world. However, the taste and popularity of foreign cuisine couldn’t sideline the traditional and local food.

Arabic food is known and enjoyed in every corner of the world. Not just the Arabic food, Arabic restaurants are equally popular for its warm ambiance, unique seating arrangement, and mouthwatering aroma.

Here’s a list of Arabic restaurants that you should try.

  1. Al Nafoura

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

This restaurant offers authentic traditional Arab taste to the food lovers throughout Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

It serves Middle Eastern food including all types of Mandi and Kabsa. Its seafood is especially famous.

Al Nafoura operates various branches in the country. Just in Riyadh, there are more than 10 restaurants in different locations.

Al Nafourah's kebab.
Grilled Kebab

2. Al Romansiah

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.

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 of 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. 

In this restaurant, you can order sweets, barbeque, chicken, meat, and Spanish.

For the love of food, enjoy the romance in Romansiah!

Al-Romansiah-branch
Al Romansiah branch

3. Najd Village Restaurant

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 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.  

Najd Village seating area
Najd Village seating area

4. Bait Shawaya.

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 give special focus to the hygiene and quality of the products used.

It’s popular for its grill dishes. It serves various delicious combinations of grilled meat and rice. 

Grilled chicken.
Grilled chicken

5. Rise

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

In the traditional seating arrangement, the restaurant offers a warm and relaxed environment to enjoy your food in.

Mandi dish.
Mandi dish

If you haven’t tried any of these restaurants, what are you even doing in Riyadh?

To get a prior booking, and know more about food & drinks in KSA, download the Hala Yalla app.

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Learn how playing sports impacts your life. Top 7 benefits

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

Just like reading is necessary for mental health, playing sports is important for physical health.

It doesn’t only act as a pastime, but it also helps in the establishment of healthy habits and routines.

There is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence on the positive effects of sport and physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s list down what active sports do for us.

1. Mental health 

The physical activity involved in sports stimulates hormones that help to sharpen focus, increase self-esteem, improve memory and boost mood. It also reduces the chances of depression and anxiety. 

How?

Physical activeness forces you to engage yourself fully to the task at hand, leaving behind thoughts and worries you may have had beforehand. Active sport stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural happy chemicals.

Staying active is the easiest way to stay happy!

Happy kids playing together
Happy kids playing together

2. Physical health

A physically active body leads to better physical health. It enhances the immune system and reduces the chances of getting sick.

The chances of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are lower in an active person. The physical activity involved in sports improves the overall health of the cardiovascular system and prevents hypertension. 

Are you trying to lose weight? Join a team and start playing active sports. It burns calories, reduces body fat and improves metabolism as well.

Cycling
Man doing tricks with cycle.

3. Psychological benefits of Sports 

Playing sports helps us psychologically, both in the short and long term. 

Active sports stimulate happy hormones that keep us away from depression and sadness. It allows us to challenge ourselves, set goals, and motivates to be better than yesterday.  

Long term psychological benefits come from communal experience. In a team, we learn to trust others, depend on our teammates, learn to give and accept help, and to work together towards a common goal.

Playing sports also instills the leadership qualities in players which they can apply in all dimensions of their life. 

Man tying child's shoelaces
Man tying child’s shoelaces

4. Muscular strength

Active sports can help us improve muscular strength and endurance. It improves joint flexibility and aids the building of dense and strong bones. Also, players have fewer chances of osteoporosis and serious injuries and have improved stamina and concentration.

Participation in aerobic activities -such as running, cycling- improves blood circulation and effective transportation of oxygen in the body.

Researchers have also observed improved reflex responses in athletes.

Man in a gym
Man in a gym

5. Improves the sleep cycle

Sports also help in the improvement of the sleep cycle. Tiredness makes us fall asleep faster and we also enjoy deep sleep. 

Exercise during active sports increases body temperature. The drop in temperature after an exercise stimulates the sleep cycle. It also reduces insomnia, anxiety and depressive symptoms and helps you fall asleep quicker.

However, it’s recommended not to play late in the day. It’ll leave you too energized to sleep. 

Man sleeping with his dog
Man sleeping with his dog

6. Sports teaches failure

It’s the most long term benefit that impacts the player’s personality and changes their outlook on life. 

Sports allow the players to learn to live the highs and lows of both winning and losing. 

These setbacks build resilience and make them strong. 

They go through the experience of coming to terms with defeat and learn from their mistakes. It helps them to cope with their social, academic and physical hurdles with ease. 

Hands joined together
Hands joined together

7. Having fun

Alongside every benefit we get from playing sports, the best of all is fun.

Sports bring entertainment, enjoyment, strength, reason to hang out with friends, and motivation to stay active!

Play with your friends, start active living and enjoy the fun and excitement it brings!

Two boys in soccer field
Two boys in a soccer field

To achieve Saudi Vision 2030, GSA is organizing many sporting events in the Kingdom. Stay updated on these events with the Hala Yalla app and make an active and healthy community around you. Download the app now on Android or iOS