Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Etymology

The word “Saudi” is derived from the element as-Suʻūdīyah in the Arabic name of the country, which is a type of adjective known as a nisba, formed from the dynastic name of the Saudi royal family, the Al Saud (آل سعود). Its inclusion expresses the view that the country is the personal possession of the royal family. Al Saud is an Arabic name formed by adding the word Al, meaning “family of” or “House of”, to the personal name of an ancestor. In the case of the Al Saud, this is the father of the dynasty’s 18th century founder, Muhammad bin Saud. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

al-Khubar Coffee Talk Meetup – Nothing complicated, Whoever is free and wants to talk and meet new people can join me to go somewhere where we find coffee. [meetup]

Dammam Forex Trader Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in trading forex or even curious to learn more about it. whether you are experience or beginners trader you can join us to share knowledge. Looking forward to talk about trading with everybody. [meetup]

Eastern Province Lean Six Sigma Meetup – This group is for people who interested in learning and applying Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques in their organizations and to see real benefits out of it. The group is open to anyone who interested in Lean & Six Sigma. [meetup]

Exercise Bicycles – For men, 20km, start from Al-Dariyah “Albujairi district”, biycles, sportwear, helmet head. [meetup]

Graphic Artists of Sharqiya – This group is for anyone interested in computer graphics. Topics we discuss include 3d content creation (modeling, texturing.. etc), vector illustrations, and graphics for the web. [meetup]

Lets Play Tennis – you Welcome to play Tennis all level are accepted we play for fun and traning. [meetup]

Riyadh Outdoor Football Meetup – Let’s meetup and play football two times a week, usually the location is somewhere close to Western Ring Road. [meetup]

Riyadh Volleyball – All players are welcome, if you are looking to play competitively this group is not for you but if you are advanced player and would like to share your experience with us, you are welcome to join us. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Divorced Saudi Women For Dating – A specialist Muslim matrimonials and matchmaking website that assists Muslim men and women to find their perfect match anywhere in the world. We offer friendly service combined with sophisticated search and messaging facilities that will make your search for true love fun and enjoyable. [muslima]

Saudi Dating – The Web’s favorite place for Saudi dating worldwide. Whether you’re new to this or finding out about LoveHabibi for the first time, signup free today and connect with other people from Saudi Arabia looking for free online dating and find your very own LoveHabibi. [lovehabibi]

Saudi Arabia Dating – Since its launch on Valentines Day 1997, RSVP has grown from strength to strength to become the largest singles site in Australia, with over 1,200 new members joining every day. RSVP is a great place for singles to meet other singles. You can search through profiles, message other members, and chat. [rsvp]

Topface – A free dating service in Saudi Arabia and around the world. Meet guys and girls online, make friends and find your love right now! Join us! [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Haya – Our tours offer a straightforward way to see Saudi Arabia, introducing you to historical sites and providing you with facts and stories along the way. Our visitors enjoy memorable journeys, because we are able to show them aspects of this country which they might not otherwise experience. [haya tour]

Masawife – To provide the best quality and service to our clients, respect our environment; leave no trace, except footprints in the sand which the wind will erase in time. [masawife]

Steppes Travel – Steppes has had Saudi Arabia in its sights for some time now. The prospect of travelling in the footsteps of Richard Burton, T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger is a tantalising one. [steppes travel]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Al Lith – Al Lith is a small town about 275 km south of Jeddah. It is the port of departure for diving the Farasan Banks eco system.This is Saudi-Arabia’s best diving destination, with incredibly clear waters, amazing wrecks and abundant marine life. [blue abaya]

Al Soudah – The Asir National Park and the Al-Soudah area near Abha are a lush, breezy paradise best visited in the hot summer months. The park offers trekking, camping sites, cable cars, and plenty of other outdoor activities in addition to interesting architecture and friendly people. [blue abaya]

Edge of the World – One of the most spectacular views in Saudi-Arabia can be experienced from the Edge of the World which is part of the 800km long Jebel Tuwaiq Escarpment. When looking to the horizon from the edge it appears as if the plains continue endlessly. [blue abaya]

Empty Quarter – It is not empty, it is full of beauty, silence, wildlife and tranquility. [blue abaya]

Farasan Islands – A favorite diving destination of Jacques Cousteau, Farasan Islands have more than just private beaches and sand for every visitor to enjoy. The Islands are a bird watchers paradise and also have mangroves and endemic Gazelle species in addition to the numerous historical sites on the main island. [blue abaya]

Madain Saleh – If you visit only one place in Saudi-Arabia, let it be Madain Saleh. The other-worldly scenery, breathtaking nature, and rich history make it a destination worth exploring for many days. Madain Saleh is not only the tombs of the ancient Nabatean people, but it offers much more for the tourist to explore. The Hejaz railway built Ottomans runs through it. [blue abaya]

Najran – The colorful city of Najran on the Yemeni border offers an unforgettable experience for travelers. Its unique history, architecture and culture blends in with the neighboring Yemen. Najran is the most tourist friendly destination in Saudi-Arabia that pleases even the most experienced traveler. [blue abaya]

Qassim – The northern towns of Buraidah and Unaizah in the Qassim region offer rich cultural heritage and history. Unaizah has ancient farmlands, beautiful unique mosques, historical sites and an excellent traditional marketplace. [blue abaya]

Taif – The mountain city of Taif is famous for its roses and rosewater. In the spring the flowers and the whole area are in full bloom. Taif is an excellent area for trekking and mountain climbing as well. [blue abaya]

Wahba Crater – This volcanic crater lies 700km from Riyadh towards Taif. It has amazing scenery including lava fields, an oasis and salt pans and can easily be explored by foot. The site makes for an unforgettable camp out experience. [blue abaya]

Festivals

Festivals

Eid al-Adha – This important Muslim festival lasts four days and marks the moment when Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice Ismael, his son, for Allah. Today, most Saudi families celebrate Eid al-Adha by dressing up in their finest clothing, saying special prayers, and slaughtering lambs to share their meat with everyone. [iexplore]

Eid ul-Fitr – Like their Muslim counterparts in other nations, Saudis mark the final day of the fasting month of Ramadan with this three-day religious festival. Eid ul-Fitr begins with a small morning meal and quiet prayers, and continues with larger feasts and livelier celebrations among family and friends. Saudi children receive money and elaborately decorated gift bags from adults, several shopkeepers add free gifts to all purchases, and Saudi men secretly leave large bags of food on strangers’ doorsteps during this festive time of year. [iexplore]

Janadriyah National Festival – Saudi Arabia’s biggest folk and cultural festival takes place for two weeks each February in Janadriyah, about 30 miles from Riyadh. Thrilling horse and camel races are among the highlights of what may be Saudi Arabia’s liveliest non-religious public gathering. Artisans from across the country sell and display their crafts, while some of Saudi Arabia’s most talented poets recite their latest compositions. [iexplore]

Jeddah Festival – Perhaps no other Saudi festival is as tourist-friendly as the one which takes place in the port city of Jeddah between June and July. The first Jeddah Festival was held in 2000 to attract more tourists to Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city, but the festival has now grown to include over 200 exciting events. Visitors can sample traditional Saudi dishes, purchase local handicrafts, or watch the opening fireworks display over Jeddah’s stunning Corniche. [iexplore]

Milad al-Nabi – All Saudi Muslims celebrate the birthday of their Prophet, Mohammad, by elaborately decorating their homes and mosques. Children recite poems about the Prophet, while older Saudis tell stories about Mohammad’s life and accomplishments. Large feasts and street processions are among Milad al-Nabi’s other traditional activities. The date of Milad al-Nabi varies from year to year according to the Islamic calendar. [iexplore]

Unification of the Kingdom Day – The country’s only secular public holiday takes place each September 23 on the anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s 1932 founding. Although many Saudis still choose to quietly celebrate this formerly low-key holiday at home, growing numbers of young Saudis have chosen to express their national pride more overtly by singing, dancing, honking car horns, and waving Saudi flags. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Inter-city buses are operated by Saudi Arabian Public Transport Company, comprising of 2,000 buses which connect Saudi Arabia’s major cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Taif, Dammam, Abha, Gaseem, Tabuk and Hael. There may be restrictions on travelling near to the Yemen border as there is a risk of terrorism. [just landed]

Taxis – Taxis are generally cheaper than in other Gulf states and are a popular option as the public transport network does not connect the whole country. In 2012, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Transport brought in a ‘no hailing law’ which means all taxi journeys had to be booked in advance. [just landed]

Train services – The Saudi Arabian Railways Organisation operates passenger trains along the 449 km route connecting Dammam, Abqaiq, Hofuf and Riyadh. The 4-hour journey is very picturesque with the train winding its way through desert dunes. You should expect to pay around $45 for a return journey. A second Dammam-Riyadh line runs via Haradh. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

AQ’s – Riyadh Software Quality Assurance Meetup – Aq’s is a peer sharing community designed for those who believe in learning from each other and sharing Testing/QA knowledge. [meetup]

Gamedev Corners Eastern Province – People involved in, or interested in video game development. From design, programming, graphics, 2D, 3D, sound design, music composers, back-end and online systems, game engines. [meetup]

Gamedev Corners Riyadh – People involved in, or interested in video game development. From design, programming, graphics, 2D, 3D, sound design, music composers, back-end and online systems, game engines. [meetup]

Lean Startup Circle- Khobar – It is a group of people who love entrepreneurship. the group is dedicated to applying lean startup thinking and building lean startup leadership. It is an informal group. We gather, talk, discuss, and exchange ideas and thoughts about the Lean Startup * The Lean Startup is a trademark and service mark owned by Eric Ries. [meetup]

Marketing Meetup – Marketing meetup aims to discuss The marketing subjects & build a marketing community to gather the interested people & professionals, to escalate the level of understanding the local market, Sharing experience,knowledge & best marketing practices. [meetup]

Saudi Programmers Group – Aimed programmed Saudi Group for programmers to exchange experiences between the members of the group through a series of monthly meetings between members and they talk about the subject or several places in the field of information technology. [meetup]

Sharqiyah Web Developers – If you are a web developer, server-side or client-side, then, this is the place for you. [meetup]

Supply Chain Professionals Club – A professional club to share knowledge about Supply Chain field, such as, procurement, logistics, and warehousing. [meetup]

TechTalks Saudi  – Group is interested in computer science and software engineering all Mrahlha and various modern technologies (programming languages ​​and drags and concepts … etc). [meetup]

User Experience Design Riyadh UX – User Experience & Design Riyadh (UX) is for anyone interested in user experience and usability research, design, development and testing. All levels of UXberts are welcome, from expert UX ninjas to users who enjoy a good user experience. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expat Events – This group is open to Expats in Saudi who are interested in meeting others through love of music, arts, culture, sport and having fun. This is a private group for professionals and is not a singles or dating group. [meetup]

Multilingual’s Meetup – This group for all multilingual enthusiasts and anyone interested in learning languages, communicating, language techniques, etc. All languages and levels are welcome. Looking forward to meet you all.” [meetup]

Spanish in Riyadh Meetup – This is a group for anyone (young, adult, professional) interested in Spanish language. We organize encounters where we learn Spanish, we practice Spanish, we read articles and poems, we get to know cool people, and we have fun with Spanish language. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Saudi LGBT – Promoting LGBT awareness in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [twitter]

Resources

Resources

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