If you are looking to give birth in the most natural way, then I would recommend Dr. AbdurRahman Mishari Hospital in Olaya. I met their team of L&D and their method is to promote the most natural form of delivery. The staff was very friendly and they do classes for women. Although, if one opted for meds and a c-section, that could be arranged but the pressure of being induced is quite slim, since their motto is 'all natural" before, during and after the birth. So I give it a thumbs up! drabdulrahmanalmishari.com.sa/
It is absolutely wonderful and you no longer have to depend on taxis or Ubers when they fail or worry about peak pricing. You have that luxury and privacy to go where you want, when you want and with whom you want. It is like we are learning to drive for the first time, even though western expat women have all had driver's licenses for ages. The experience of being part of a historical moment is fascinating. Do you see many women driving on the roads? Till today, you will not see as many women as you might probably imagine on the roads. That is because there is a massive waiting list for the driving school for first time driver's. In addition, it is not cheap. It is anywhere from 2000 rials to complete a full driver's program and walk out with your first ever Saudi license. Overall, it is wonderful!
Edge of the World, which was once the bottom of the sea, is famous for its beautiful scenic views, great camping spots, random camels, and fossilized corrals.
Now, we have the administration building. It boasts high decorative ceilings, well-kept and clean and extensively gorgeous and huge gardens and courtyard! I felt like an ant when I was there. I noticed one cool thing. On the map placard posted on the wall, showed the locations of where one would want to go such as registration, dean’s office, and admissions. Then, I saw that there was a royal kitchen and it was underground 2 floors. I was so tempted to go there. For those of you who know me, I love royalty, princes, princesses and fairy-tales. It was kind of coming alive for me at this moment. Not that there were any people of royalty there or any fancy event at that time but the fact that I was there made it exciting for me.
PNU is like a palace made for the woman to look beautiful all day long and to roam about the gardens and study in style with the latest technology under teachers with the sexiest of English accents. Built on a massive piece of land that is bigger than a small village, it is literally home to more than 60,000 students and staff making it the world’s largest female university.
I briefly visited the grand library and my jaw dropped. It’s like an upscale museum with artifacts from the past and pieces of the Kaaba. Really, it’s something to see. The lobby is grand. It’s like a 5 star hotel lobby. They also brag about the Saudi Digital Library which is open to the public, fantastic for lovers of research and classical texts, which has many subscriptions such as McGraw Hill, Cambridge, and renown disciplines. They also have some of the classical texts and original manuscripts of famous classical scholars like ibn Jawziyah and such. I didn’t have the time to finish exploring the library but I will get to it when I can.
The expats who often come to Saudi Arabia thinking that it should be exactly like their own country are honestly setting themselves up for sadness. It is obvious that it will not be the same which is why it is another country- hence, another culture, tradition and language. At the same time, in my opinion, it is not any less than a western country and in fact, in many areas it is better. So again, no country is perfect. Every place has its pros and cons. You must consider the pros and cons for any country and what best suits you and what you are willing to compromise with. If you can't compromise with much, then perhaps its better to look for work in your own country where you can be happy. In terms of luxury for the average Western teacher, it’s better here than it is in the West, hands down. Also, people are very kind and generous which is something not very common to this extent in the West.
Some of the most incredible things about teaching Saudi students is learning about their culture. I think it’s overlooked how much westerners don’t know about their culture and tradition. For example, in every class that I have taught over the past few years, each class had about 2-4 hafizes – a woman who has the whole Quran memorized by heart. They often are the best students in class and knowledgeable about the world. It makes my day when a student tells me how big her family is and when I ask her, how big (which often comes when I teach grammar 101). These students are like ‘I have 18-25 brothers and sisters!’ I am like WOW! You have no idea the conversations and questions that do come up during those lessons. Those are the most exciting lessons! Also, you can expect to find that at least 2 -3 of your students are the descendants of a 7th, 8th or 9th century scholar and they can trace their lineage all the way back. Now that’s some pretty cool stuff for any historian.
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"Make up Make Up Make Up
Fashion Fashion Fashion.
Make up is here to stay
Racism and oppression, you may go away"
As we all know, fashion and make up are big businesses in the Mid-east. But which businesses should you support? Well, based on recent research I found a few make up companies that one should no longer support such as MAC, Clinique, Lancome etc. However, we found one rising brand which does have a store in the Fasaliyah tower and is worth investing the extra bucks at.
So I put this company to the test. I walked into a Lush store in Riyadh and was kindly greeted by the staff there. I also walked into a Lush store at an American airport as well as in Liverpool, UK. With all the customers that were already there, I was greeted very kindly at these stores in different countries. To add to that, the staff there were very keen on doing testers for their products, all without pressure to buy. The biggest icing to the cake was when I saw another Muslim woman there who was wearing the hijab in the UK store. That made my day and I will tell you why.
I remember a time in my life when I applied for a job at Zara,the branded clothing store back in USA. At the interview, I was told that I couldn't cover my hair but that I can only wear hijab during my break, which was absolutely ridiculous - totally defies the purpose of covering to begin with. What they fail to realize is that a great percentage of their customers are Muslim. How ironic is that?
Moving along, over the years, we have had recent negative commotion with Abercrombie and Fitch for their racist and discriminatory remarks against a Muslim employee who wore hijab. When the employee sued the company, she won!
So going back to my original story, seeing a Muslim woman working at Lush reminded me that victory is an ongoing process and that one should never quite. A few reasons why you should support Lush:
- Their products are organic and vegan suitable.
-They are environmental friendly. If you bring back 5 pods, you get a free face mask.
- They are not racist. They do not support unethical ways.
- They do not support or do animal testing.
- They openly support freedom for Palestine. For Muslims, that's a big deal.
Buying power can be powerful so what are you waiting for? Indulge yourself with LUSH for all the right reasons and buy with confidence!
There are so many kinds of cuisines here and I have tried each and every one of them. Nearly every main street has 5-8 different types of cuisines. Some are pricey and others are not. It's really nice being here!