basically the idea so far. What are you reading at the moment? I am reading
Savour the Moment by. Nora Roberts, the third book in a series of the bride
Welcome to WSB’s Magazine - October 2012 WSB was set up to help expat spouses in KSA find flexible work opportunities. It is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. Its website (wsb-ksa.com) is the only one in KSA to link expat spouses with potential local employers. For more info contact us on [email protected]
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Welcome back! To those of you who le4 Riyadh for the summer, I hope your travels were pleasant. And, to those that stuck it out in the heat like I did -‐ congratulaBons on surviving! WSB has been busy planning some great events for the community. We are excited to engage with you face to face more o4en.
Wednesday, September 19th at 9AM. We had an amazing group of women show up to gain informaBon and share their experiences about working in the area. Our guest speaker, Malonie Deasy, shared some great Bps on how to ﬁnd your place in the job market in Riyadh. Here are a few Bps Malonie shared:
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• Networking is paramount! Everything happens underground. • Find something you enjoy and pursue it. • Strategic persistence is key! If you are interested in pursuing something, keep pushing toward that goal. • Now you have Bme. Figure out how you want to spend it.
Speaker Malonie Deasy Recently, we introduced the WSB Coﬀee Talks. The topic of our ﬁrst Coﬀee Talk was “Working in Riyadh”. This event was held at Outback Steakhouse on
• Pay can be shocking. Is your interest in doing something you like or being highly paid? You may have to sacriﬁce one for the other. • Pay is not always equal to that of males, but remember your new found ﬂexibility. • If a service is not oﬀered…oﬀer it! People are eager to learn from you – share your skills.
Make sure you stay connected for future Coﬀee Talks and other events with WSB. UnBl next Bme… Shannon D. Isaac [email protected]
Inspiring Women in Riyadh A"ya Zubair
I was amazed by the idea and deep down I knew that somehow this would actually work as my mother was an expert with needles and yarns. Then I adverBsed a few products and very quickly orders came in. It all happened so quickly and then it became something that over this whole year has got the adenBon from many people, just like I dreamt!
Na6onality: Pakistani Single, no children Born in KSA What are your main occupa0ons in Riyadh? I am currently a student so oﬃcially I am unemployed. Most of my Bme is spent managing my online shop ‘ The Whatnots Shop’ which sells handmade crochet items and dealing with the orders. It’s quite a lot of work and it’s like having a job. Because the shop is growing in the Kingdom and the number of orders is increasing there is a hecBc and tough rouBne that I have to deal with. My focus this year has been searching for new ideas, new trends and especially trying to ﬁgure out what the client wants. Apart from all this I have joined the university and studying for a Bachelors in CompuBng and InformaBon Technology. How did you get to where you are now? It was always a dream to start something that is my own! But in these fast developing Bmes it is hard to idenBfy what people are looking for. Then one day I googled some ideas and then I landed on a website that caught my adenBon. It was crochet in a variety of ways. Trinkets, coasters, blankets... It had it all!
Talk us through a typical day Despite trying to make a perfect rouBne, I fail! I am not a morning person so most of the chores and tasks are done in the night. A4er breakfast I head towards the laptop and start geeng the orders, uploading custom purchases, answer a few mails etc. When I get Bred of the screen usually I get stacked up with a few novels. Then I start with chores and other work. For entertainment, reading and movies are the best opBons I can come up with. But every day is diﬀerent there are new challenges, new issues and a diﬀerent rouBne. It gets a bit rough in the vacaBons but now that I have started university so I guess I will be busy with the assignments and assessments.
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Con0nued… What do you most enjoy about your work I love exploring the idea that I get to interact with diﬀerent people is really exciBng. Trying to ﬁgure out their demands, their needs, are things I truly enjoy. It is the geeng to know my customers that I basically like. And oﬀering trusted quality that has made Whatnots Shop ﬂourish and proud.
started shipping across the Kingdom and UAE, but I am looking forward in achieving more! Next up I want to get my degree. I am also interested in entering the Design ﬁeld and study Graphic Design. Then I will hopefully look for a ﬁrm to work with. That is basically the idea so far.
Granada Mall are the top best that oﬀer best stores, views and food courts there are. Janadiryah awakens the true Arabic cultural spirit every year. To experience the natural exoBc beauty ‘Wadi-‐ Hanifa’ is a must visit!
Favourite food Assaraya Turkish Restaurant is one of my favorite, as the place is the What are you reading at the ulBmate diner's heaven. The place moment? dishes out the most amazing I am reading Savour the Moment by Turkish food. The kebabs, chicken One of the best things is to receive Nora Roberts, the third book in a and veggies along with the lamb the compliments, which I guess series of the bride quartet. It is the are my real favorites. everyone enjoys but knowing that story of four women, all best Steak House has it is own unique this is all due to hard work and trust friends, who are behind one of the personality oﬀering with awesome it just makes it even beder. most well-‐known wedding planning steak in an exclusive dining services and the men that they fall environment. What are the challenges? in love with. Each woman has their There are not so many challenges own unique experience in the jobs that I face. My family is very keen that they do and as a result this and supporBve and encourages me wedding planning company has a lot to conBnue with what I have grown to be very successful. started. Besides the fact that there is so much to read, I love romanBc wriBngs. For quite a long Bme I have chosen RomanBc Genre as my preferred reading material. Judith Mcnaught , Nora Roberts, Baby blanket Jude Deveraux are my favorite writers. They deﬁne the reality, the Any Bps or advice for new expats truth and I am simply a fan of their moving to Riyadh? words. I don’t really know. For me it was all naturally wrapped up, as I was born What are your interests or here. I would say that people hobbies? should focus in whatever they want Baby boo6e The business is absolutely smooth Well there is an endless list of what to do. They should know what they and I ﬁnd it really easy to manage I do as a hobby. Travelling and sight-‐ really want to achieve. Trying to and work out the soluBons. As far seeing are the kind of interests that ﬁgure out what you can accept and as living is concerned than there is I can’t get enough of. As a girl I love live with is quite hard and Bring. So a bit of diﬃculty in understanding shopping and hanging out at malls. just make sure to be clear and the the language. It’s a kind of refreshing treat for me. rest will come. PracBcing graphic designing skills What are your plans for the and surﬁng the net are my everyday The Whatnots Shop oﬀers future? essenBals. In the kitchen I’ve really handmade crochet items at A year ago, nothing was clear. I enjoyed baking and kneading the reasonable prices. You can make didn’t know which ﬁeld of work I cookie dough! your choice of color and size as well wanted to be in but now I have as special custom orders. started focusing on what I really Favourite places in Riyadh hMps://www.facebook.com/ want. Firstly, I want The Whatnots Malls are deﬁnitely the true faces of the.whatnots.shop Shop to expand as much as it can glass architecture in Riyadh. Riyadh [email protected]
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Weekly: Dinning at Al-Faisaliah Rosewood Hotel Sat - Arabic Night, Middle Eastern Cuisine Sun – Night of the Raj , Indian Cuisine Mon – Lime, Coconut & Lemongrass, Thai Cuisine Tue – Chocolate & Chili, Central American Cuisine Wed – S. Eastern Spice Bazaar, SE Asian Cuisine Thur – Moroccan Souk, North African Cuisine Every Wed: Steak Night, American Embassy. DQ 6pm – late. You must know a member of the embassy to attend. Name must be registered by Monday. 4 week Course: PreNatal Yoga At Prana Shakti Yoga. 300 SAR. Thursdays 9.30 – 10.30am. 4 Oct / 11Oct / 18 Oct For more info contact Cynthia at [email protected]
Now til 31 Dec: C&R “Short Story Writing Contest” Ages 8 – 12 yrs. Show your talent and imagination. Choose a topic and write a short. 3 winners will be chosen 10th Jan 2013. Deadline 31st Dec. Info at [email protected]
. 0556603413. Tues 2 Oct: HAYA TOURS Trip to Date Market 9 – 11am. 100SAR (SR50 iwth own transport). For more info contact Salwa [email protected]
/0504166323 Tue 2 Oct: LUSH Stpre Party Free entrance. Al Faisaliah Mall 10 – 11am. For more info and to register email [email protected]
Tue 2 – 18 Oct: Art + Furniture Design Exhibition Maison BO-M Galeries, Nojoud Mall 10 – 12pm & 5 – 10pm.. For more info contact 01 202 1205 or email [email protected]
Thur 4th Oct: HAYA TOURS Trip to AlBaha 7.50am 4th – 5pm 5th Oct. Overnight Tour. 2000SAR. For more info contact [email protected]
/0504166323. Sat 6 Oct: Italian Language Classes OasItalia. 12 lesson course (30 hours) Ladies Only 800 SAR. All levels welcome to register. Placement tests Sun 30th Sept 6-8pm & Mon 1st Oct 6-8pm. For more info contact [email protected]
Tues 9th Oct: HAYA TOURS Trip to Al Masmak and Dira city Tour. 8.30 to 11.30am. 150SAR (100 if using own car). For more info contact Salwa [email protected]
Thur 11 Oct: Family Halloween Party Ishbilia Compound 2 – 5pm. Kids tickets 40 SAR. Limited tickets. Please collect from compound gate. Register by 4th Oct. Info and contact at [email protected]
Thur 11 & Fri 12 Oct: Horse Racing Season Begins Meet. No 17 & 18 Riyadh Equestrian Club, Janadriyah area For more info on times and to book lunch in the box contact 01 2540154. Email [email protected]
Thur 12 Oct: Classical Music Concert 8pm, at French Embassador’s Residence, DQ For bookings and info contact French Embassy or Maison des Francais ([email protected]
) Fri 12th Oct: HAYA TOURS Trip Al Kharj Day trip. 8am to 4pm. 350SAR. For more info contact Salwa [email protected]
or 0504166323. Sun 14 Oct: Spooky Halloween Coffee morning Ishbilia Compound 9.30 – 12pm. For more info and to register by 4th Oct contact Bernie Kay [email protected]
Tue 16 Oct: Ladies 4 Networking Breakfast Localizer Mall, Thalia St 9 – 11.30am. 35 SAR tickets. Includes goodie bag. Ladies Only. No children. For more info call 056 799 5965 or email Sabina [email protected]
Thur 18th Oct: HAYA TOURS Trip to Shagraa day trip. 8am to 4pm. 350SAR. For more info contact Salwa [email protected]
or 0504166323. Tue 19 Oct: ACR Fall Into Fun Friday Brunch American Embassy, Uncle Sam’s 11am to 3pm. Members SR200, non members SR250. Must be over 21 years. For more info call 053 311 9113 or 053 311 9112 or email [email protected]
Mond 22nd Oct: HAYA TOURS Trip to Public Library City Tour. 9am to 12pm. 10SAR (50 if using own car). For more info contact Salwa [email protected]
or 0504166323. Mon 22 Oct: Halloween Coffee Morning Ranco Village Compound 9 – 12pm. 50 SAR. Buffet, vendors and raffle prizes. Register by 17th Oct. Contact [email protected]
Fri 30 Nov: Run Together Riyadh 5km Fun Run/Walk Thur 11 Oct: “La Festa Italiana” Salwa Compound OasItalia at the Italian Embassy, DQ Get in Shape Today! Family day, BBQ, raffle. For more 7pm – Midnight. Register at OasItalia from Wed 26th info or to register contact Laura Cox [email protected]
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••• Regular Activities and Events in Riyadh ••• Kingdom Coffee Morning/Bazaar Kingdom City Compound Every first Monday of the month (except January, July, August and September) 9 -12 pm, no entry charge, for info contact 275 0 275 Tune Music Center Music classes for all ages Taala Compound. For more info contact [email protected]
or call 01-2256729 / 050-4125987 Riyadh International Quilt Guild A great place to learn new skills, find out about local resources and share information. Every fourth Sunday of the month 7.00 - 9.00pm Sept – May Annual membership is SR 150. For further details, please email: [email protected]
Or visit Web: http://riyadhquiltguild.blogspot.com Haya Tours For regular day and weekend trips around Riyadh and the Kingdom Get a Schedule. Contact Salwa on [email protected]
or call +966 504 166 323, Tel/Fax: +966 1 4507167 Classic Culture Tours For regular day and weekend trips around Riyadh, Kingdom and abroad Get a Schedule. Contact Cora on [email protected]
Falcons Kids Swim Team NOW RECRUITING ages 5-16 Training all year round at Fal Compound indoor pool. Email Ghada for more info [email protected]
or [email protected]
Go Karting Reem International Circuit 5pm - 12 am. Every Thur and Fri. For more info call 0569082900 Aquagym Classes Saturdays 8.30 – 9.30am Kingdom Compound For info and to sign up contact Marie Cousin at [email protected]
Swiss Ball Classes Mondays 8.30 – 9.30am Kingdom Compound. For info and to sign up contact Marie Cousin at [email protected]
Zumba Classes Various days, times, compound locations throughout the week. Contact Catalina [email protected]
See Facebook page Zumba Riyadh for more info. Salsa Dance Classes Fal Compound. 7pm usually every Tuesday. SR 20. Contact [email protected]
Yoga levels 1 & 2, Mat Pilates Classes Evening and morning classes available. For info contact Sarah Bohairy [email protected]
Yoga Classes Fal Compound. Sun & Wed, 8.30 – 9.30pm.Ladies only. For more info contact Sarah 0545555284 [email protected]
Outside of the malls Retail Review by Jan Thompson
be measured for cloth requirements or they can call the tailor to determine your needs. “Same same” means they will copy the garment you give them, but you must be very speciﬁc if you do not want an exact copy. It helps to have a bit of faith; I have not been disappointed but then I have never taken an item that was special or precious to be copied. My Husband has had work trousers and shirts copied and they look good, ﬁt well and he is delighted with them. The seams are Bght and the garments hold their shape when washed regularly.
ADDRESS GENRE SUIT
Shola Mall; take the up escalator to 1st Floor and walk straight ahead, then 2nd turn right and walk 60 metres to the shop front. Tailor General, “same same” tailoring needs
Easy to ﬁnd locaBon, light ﬁlled shop, most work is completed in a week, the staﬀ try to be accommodaBng. There is a fabric shop just up the hall where your item can
Word of advise, be mindful of the original fabric as the characterisBcs of the new material may not respond in exactly the same way. English is spoken but if you have detailed or complicated requirements, it would be beder to take a padern or comprehensive drawing to ensure a beder and more predictable end product. Hours
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Out & About Riyadh Date Market Visit
Date season runs from July to October in Saudi Arabia and with it comes the date market in Riyadh. Dates have important cultural, economic, and religious signiﬁcance for Saudis. VisiBng the date markets presents a great opportunity to experience Saudi culture. In my opinion, the best way to explore the date market in Riyadh is with Haya Tours. I deﬁnitely enjoyed my tour with our guide’s interesBng commentary, peppered with facts and informaBon about dates.
Date Palms are believed to have originated in the Arabian Gulf region and have been culBvated for thousands of years in the Middle East. According to Wikipedia, Saudi Arabia is the third largest producer of dates in the world. Before oil producBon date farming played a signiﬁcant part in the Saudi economy. According to Hanan Jambi, author of the paper, “Dates: The Holy Fruit of Arabia”, dates have special signiﬁcance to Muslims and dates are menBoned o4en in the Qur’an. Dates are eaten to break ones fast during Ramadan. The date palm is considered a naBonal symbol for Saudi Arabia and is used in its naBonal symbol to represent vitality and growth. I highly recommend reading Hanan Jambi’s paper online about the signiﬁcance of the date palm and dates in Saudi Arabia. The date market at exit 14 is a long covered corridor tent ﬁlled with vendors on each side, showcasing their dates. The corridor market is equipped with water misters on the
ceiling, which is most welcome in the heat. At one point, security guards walked around handing out water bodles. The vendors are friendly and helpful. I was able to try several diﬀerent varieBes of dates. I found it to be an interesBng experience to walk around the market while our Haya Tour guide talked about dates. The tour was organized so we had Bme to chat with vendors and sample the dates. My two-‐year old son ate his share of dates to the great delight of many of the vendors. A couple of the vendors invited him to share their breakfast. I found the people unfailingly polite, hospitable, and helpful.
There are at least 300 diﬀerent varieBes of dates. There are three diﬀerent stages of the ripening process when you can eat the dates. The ﬁrst is fresh which is also called khalal. Dates that are khalal are crunchy and are either yellow or bright red. The fresh dates I tried tasted a bit starchy to me, but others really like fresh, crunchy dates. Next comes the so4 stage or rutab. Finally, comes the tamr stage where the dates are so4 and sun-‐ dried. At the date market, you can ﬁnd dates in all 3 diﬀerent stages. Boxes or packages of dates are available for 70 SR to 150 SR, depending on the variety of the dates or the size of the box. Don’t worry if you buy a big box of dates, because you can store them in your freezer.
Adjacent to the date market is a outdoor fruit and vegetable market that sells good quality fruits, vegetables, and herbs at inexpensive prices. Be aware though, the quanBBes are large. It would be wise to bring a friend or two to share the bounteous produce. Think Costco without large aisles of furniture, books, clothes, and diapers.
If you go to the date market, go in the morning to avoid crowds. The a4ernoons are quite busy with many customers sampling the dates and examining the produce at the nearby produce market. Bring smaller bills to pay for your items as vendors do not always have change for a 500 SR bill. Tiﬀany Wacaser is the mother to four boys and one girl, wife to an amazing scien6st, creator of scrapbooks, a lover of books and music, and a budding traveler. In the past ten years, Tiﬀany and her family have lived in Sweden, Israel, New York, and now Saudi Arabia. Tiﬀany blogs about her life in Saudi Arabia on a blog called “In a Maze of Beige” at www.beigemaze.blogspot.com Jambi, Hanan. 1999. Dates: The Holy Fruit of Arabia. hdp://oregonstate.edu/instruct/ nutr216/ref/symposium_jambi.html Haya Tours: [email protected]
Health & Nutri"on Small changes to a healthier diet There is an awareness about healthy food and nutriBon that is slowly appearing in Saudi. I noBce more arBcles about health and ﬁtness in local newspapers and magazines, gyms are popping up and booming; most big supermarkets now have an organic and healthy food secBon. If you’re not familiar with these products, it might be daunBng at ﬁrst. So here are a few ideas and Bps to help you shop for the whole family. Start with a healthy breakfast. Make sure to eat proteins. Lots of people (adults and children) tend to eat processed white food (bread, cereal, cookies…) with more sugar (chocolate, jams…), even more sugar (sweetened yogurts or yogurt drinks, fruit juice…) and fat (milk, buder…). Not only will all that sugar be processed very quickly, but you will also probably feel hungry in the middle of the morning and crave more sugar. Not to menBon the loss of energy and concentraBon, irritability etc Tip: Swap the processed and well marketed cereal boxes full of chocolate, colors, added vitamins etc for organic plain cereal. Carrefour and Danube oﬀer a nice selec6on. You can buy a few and make your own mix. Try plain oat with sunﬂower seeds, Goji berries, dried coconut or mixed plain nuts… add to skimmed yogurt or milk and top with some sliced bananas or fresh berries.
Don’t cut out carbs totally, you need them, especially if you’re acBve or into ﬁtness. But eat good carbs, the ones that are unprocessed, close to their natural form. Add variety to your weekly menu. Instead of sBcking to rice and pasta, try quinoa, barley, bulgur, beans and legumes…
If you some"mes feel bloated a4er a meal or a cappuccino, you might be geeng lactose intolerant or lactose sensiBve. It happens to a lot of people as they age. Try a few days without to see how you feel. If you noBce an improve-‐ ment, you might have to skip or reduce your dairy products intake.
Tip: Swap white rice for pearled Barley. It is very versa6le, can be used for soups, risoMo, salads and side dishes as I discovered recently at Café Bateel on Tahlia Street. You can also buy the Barley there.(see following page for Barley recipe)
Tip: Swap cow milk for rice milk, almond or soya milk (Danube, Carrefour, Tamimi). Almond milk works par6cularly well for a cappuccino since it has a nice light sweet taste. Sprinkle cinnamon powder on the frothy top. You can also use them for smoothies or shakes.
Try to gradually leave “white” food behind and swap for whole wheat or brown products. Rice, pasta, bread…again, most supermarkets oﬀer a good array of choices. Tip: If you’re not too fond of whole wheat, try semi wheat ﬁrst, Carrefour has some “Bio” French pasta in its organic sec6on that is healthier than the white one but does not have as strong a taste as brown or whole wheat pasta. Same for rice, you can get a mix of white and red or brown rice.
Make your own tomato sauce (local organic tomatoes are available at Carrefour) with herbs from your garden. Instead of sugar, I add a few drops of Balsamic date vinegar (also from Bateel). This can be kept for a few days in the fridge or frozen.
Buy local, organic fruit and vegetables. The selecBon is geeng wider. I buy a variety of salads and herbs, then make my own mix. Wash them as soon as you get home, dry them in a paper towel or a towel and put them in plasBc bags or containers, ready to use. The arugula is parBcularly tasty, with small leaves. Tip: Try these recipes: Arugula salad with slices of apple or pear, walnuts and blue cheese (Roquefort or S6lton). Add some pomegranate and serve with toasted (brown) bread. Arugula, cranberries and shaved Parmesan. Or arugula, water-‐ melon cut in cubes and feta cheese (low fat available at Carrefour). Use olive oil and balsamic vinegar (with a liMle bit of honey for a sweet taste). You can puree it and make pesto sauce or add a few leaves to your sandwich, wrap etc Bon (healthy) appéBt! WriMen by Evelyne Fallows Cer6ﬁed Personal Trainer Health and Wellness Coach [email protected]
Health & Nutri"on -‐ Recipe Vegetable Barley RisoOo Ingredients: 6 cups chicken broth 1/8 cup canola oil 1 pound bag pearl barley 1 zucchini, medium dice 1 yellow squash, medium dice 1 carrot, medium dice 1 red onion, medium dice 1 bay leaf 1 clove garlic, chopped 1/4 cup whole unsalted buder SERVES: 6; Calories: 413; Total Fat: 14 grams; Saturated Fat: 5 grams; Protein: 10 grams; Total carbohydrates: 64 grams; Sugar: 3 grams; Fiber: 13 grams; Cholesterol: 20 milligrams; Sodium: 950 milligrams
Bring chicken broth to a simmer. In a separate large saucepan on an adjacent burner, heat the oil and add barley. Lightly saute: you actually are toasBng the barley. Add vegetables to the barley and saute them unBl translucent. Add bay leaf and garlic. Begin slowly adding broth, 1 ladle-‐full at a Bme, to the barley/ vegetable pan, sBrring occasionally: this will bring out the starch in the barley. As the mixture absorbs the broth, ladle more into the pot. When all of the broth has been ladled into the barley pot, slowly simmer unBl barley is so4 and creamy. Add buder as the last step for more ﬂavor and creaminess to risodo.
Monthly Restaurant Review by Jan Thompson Seefa Seafood
CUISINE SUIT STYLE COST
Head east on Northern Ring Road. At Exit 8 conBnue east on Dammam Road (Highway 40 towards Camel market) for 4.7 kilometres. Located on west end of building at back of Al Drees petrol staBon courtyard. Asian Families, Groups and couples Relaxed, casual unfussy, local Dinner for 2 SAR 80
Entering you are struck by how clean everything appears to be; family seaBng is in screened secBons accommodaBng from 4 to 10 people. The décor has an oriental appeal with paderened panels and tourism posters from Thailand. The menu is in English with pictures idenBfying the various choices of Chinese, Thai and Philippino dishes. Menu choices include varieBes of duck, chicken, beef and seafood opBons, rice or noodles. With Asian one tends to ﬁnd favourites and sBck with them. Our standard order is; spring rolls, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice with shrimp and a serve of vegetables. Serves are generous and freshly cooked with great produce and a choice of sauces from hot to sweet. For drinks we have water but local beers and Philippino favourites are available. Staﬀ are adenBve; English is their second language so it is easier to order by number. If you are looking for an informal eat and go meal, Seefa might suit you. Hours : Sat to Fri, 1100-‐ Midnight Take away available, must pick up
Book Review by Gargi Habib
AlWaleed Biography By Riz Khan The reclusive Al Waleed is o4en referred to as the wealthiest Arab businessman in the world. However even Bll the 1990s he was relaBvely unknown in the West -‐ which is the way he seems to prefer it anyway. But as he has acquired more and more global businesses, especially a4er the dramaBc CiBbank rescue in the 1990s, he found himself a centre for adenBon from the western media. For the next decade so many stories ﬂoated about the prince that depending upon what you read, you would either think of him a crusading saint ﬁghBng for jusBce for women in his kingdom or an evil genius trying to control the world with his billions. All the informaBon you will ﬁnd about him will be stories, rumours, whispers from other people, anonymous 'sources' and 'previous employees'. In short not exactly authoritaBve sources. The prince, who owns several media outlets, doesn't need any lessons in public relaBons. He, I guess, realised that it is Bme he gave people an insight into his world.
For make no mistake, this is foremost a business man’s biography where he passionately puts out his tremendous work ethic and the commitment he has to his causes, like women's empowerment. It is not a memoir of warm personal memories. You do get glimpses of family life but mostly this is about Al Waleed, the world's richest Arab. It is astonishing just how many pies Al Waleed has his ﬁnger in. When you open a bodle of Tropicana you are pueng money in his pocket. When you eat your Quaker oats in the morning he proﬁts. Love your iPhone? AlWaleed has more than 5% stake in Apple Computers too. Whether you watch the more internaBonal focused CNN or the right wing Fox Channel, AlWaleed doesn't care -‐ because he has money in both of them. And these are his small stakes investments -‐ come to his bigger projects. He owns buildings in canary wharf, half of CiBbank, a good chunk of Warner Pictures, Walt Disney.... I could go on. Can one move without this man making money?
We are told the story of the prince starBng out in construcBon with a capital of $30,000. Soon he had prospered enough to diverge into banking as he started buying out and merging banks in Saudi. This is where we get the story of how AlWaleed took a gamble and saved CiBbank from near collapse in the early 1990s by pueng up a good chunk of his net worth (close to $600 million). The book is extensively based on interviews with the Prince. He comes across as hard working, highly driven, ambiBous, and demanding. Despite a personality that seems always on the move, he isn't above details. One of the more surprising revelaBons of the book is that AlWaleed has an eideBc memory. Renown for his punctuality, the Prince keeps a demanding travel schedule-‐ he owns a private 747 jumbo jet to ﬂy his hapless entourage around the world hot on his heels. The other aspect of AlWaleed is his recogniBon of and promoBon of women in business. It is a lidle known aspect about him and he is known to promote talent wherever he has found it. All this and more makes this biography an interesBng read. You will not come away from the book knowing AlWaleed very well, however the mysteries around him begin to fade away a bit.
Saudi Arts & Crafts introduces ! a new range of Historical Saudi Photographs!
Clockwise: Old Bedouin Family, King Saud, King Faisal , Old Riyadh, Desert Scene
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Parents’ Agony Aunt by Ruth Bared-‐O’Sullivan My child refuses to learn Math at school. It is becoming a problem. Otherwise, he is a good student. This is a core subject. What can I do to help create an interest? Naturally there are some subjects which students like more than others. Generally, these subjects will relate to a students’ natural learning ability. If you have ruled out other issues such as bullying, not geeng on with the teacher, having fallen behind to a degree that they feel it pointless to study or other factors, you may think about the child’s preferred learning style. Students in school may have lidle choice about what they learn as they must sit formal exams such as the GCSE, A level, or SAT’s. However, they do have a choice about how they learn. There are many opportuniBes for students to expand their learning experiences. How can a student do this? By engaging their senses using Hearing Seeing Saying Doing Change worn out study habits by using the pointers below which engage the senses. Find another student, a STUDY BUDDY at the same level (or beder) and talk through the main points of a lesson. Each could
agree to study a parBcular chapter and explain it. TEACH AND LEARN. One of the best ways for students to learn is to teach. When you have to teach something to others you have to think seriously and hard about it. Talking about a subject requires you to organise thoughts in a logical sequence. Ask your child to teach you what they have learnt! Use AUDIO TAPES to record lessons, repeat formula, describe problems and soluBons. Let your child speak and listen to lessons. Perhaps your child can ask a teachers permission* to record certain parts of a school lesson or record explanaBons in class. Also, some students concentrate beder on reading if they summarise ideas verbally. This can also help focusing on key points as no one wants to listen back to 20 minutes of talking about something that could be said in 2 minutes! The tapes can be made and replayed in situaBons away from the learning environment for example listening while exercising or travelling. If your child is sensiBve about learning this can be a good step to create a posiBve associaBon with the subject. Use MUSIC to learn. For example, link a list of items to a parBcular rhythm or rhyme. SomeBmes, listening to music can help students study. Use melodies to remember important facts. These studying techniques can be used for all subjects, not just Math. The most important point is to keep the lines of communicaBon
open, listen to your child. Remember that feelings mader. How you feel impacts hugely upon learning. Paying adenBon to your child’s emoBonal and psychological health is important. Every child needs to understand that they may encounter challenges and diﬃculBes at school but these can be overcome. *As schools will have regula6ons around recording of teachers/ other students/the use of mobile phones or recording devices it is very important to clear this with a class teacher, tutor or school authori6es. By Ruth BareM-‐O’Sullivan M.A. H-‐dip in Educa6on About the author: “I moved to Riyadh from Ireland last year with my husband and three children. I have been working in educaBon for 11 years. I am a qualiﬁed English teacher and Guidance Counsellor. I am currently working at BISR teaching English. I am very interested in the holisBc side of educaBon as a complement to academic studies.” If you have quesBons regarding schooling or paren"ng please email them to Ruth on [email protected]
. She will do her best to answer them and we may (with your permission) publish anonymously some quesBons in the newsleder.
••• Riyadh Classiﬁed ••• All Kinds of Cookies Food Handcra4ed cookies using the ﬁnest and freshest ingredients available. Contact: Sarah Shuwaier On Facebook under All Kinds of Cookies [email protected]
0505183722 AMCO Medical Devices Contact: Talal Miliany www.amcomideast.com -‐ [email protected]
American Business Group of Riyadh Non Proﬁt OrganizaBon The American Business Group is a non-‐proﬁt organizaBon with a membership comprised of both large and small businesses, and individual memberships of business and professional men and women. The American Business Group is a guiding force in the business community in Riyadh. It is a catalyst through which businesses and professional people work together for the common good. Contact: Christy Roe www.abgr-‐riyadh.com [email protected]
0547074265 Aqua Fitness Physical Fitness/Personal Training Shallow & Deep Water Aerobics increase cardiovascular ﬁtness, muscle tone and ﬂexibility. One hour class held at your compound or mine. Private 80SR, groups of 2-‐6 150SR. All equipment provided. Contact: Lori Phipps aquaﬁ[email protected]
050 962 4400 Aunty Florrie's Kitchen Hand produce and sell fesBve foods and preserves I produce and sell handmade Christmas puddings, cakes and mincemeat. I also produce and sell handmade marmalades and chutneys. Contact: Bernice Maitland auntyﬂ[email protected]
0507 168310 or landline 445 9300 ext 1024
Bernina Sewing Machines & Evelyn Room I am the Sales & Training Rep in Riyadh for Bernina Sewing Macines. I work with Al-‐Mushiri Trading Est. in Al-‐ Khobar. I am a Quilter of 17 years and a QuilBng Teacher for the last 7 years. I provide a place for ladies to come together and learn to quilt. A place that you can meet others with the same interest. I have morning, evening and Thursday classes. I do many workshops through out the year. I make quilts for sale and several Charity quilts that I donate. Contact: Evelyn Mock [email protected]
050-‐328-‐2853 Crea"ve Cakes Cooking I make CelebraBon Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Decorated Cup Cakes. If you give me an idea of the likes and interests of your loved one, I can make the cake (within reason). Contact: Allytson Perry [email protected]
0535746015 Events by N&Z Event Planning We are specialized in planning and management of private funcBons such as dinners, graduaBon parBes and other memorable occasions. Through customized services, we provide our clients with unique ideas and strive to exceed expectaBons. Contact: Zeina Al Atrash [email protected]
0500215071 Flightline Training Services AviaBon Maintenance Training FTS are Global providers of Maintenance Training. Teams of well-‐qualiﬁed instructors provide high-‐end courses. Commided to being ‘Highest in its Class’, whilst sBll delivering a lower cost opBon. Transport Canada & EASA approved. Contact: Lizzie Daniell -‐ MarkeBng RepresentaBve www.ﬂightlinetraining.com [email protected]
ﬂightlinetraining.com, [email protected]
056 6517 991
Advertising in the WSB Newsletter Costs SR500 for ½ page and SR300 for ¼ page To book a space or for more info contact Shannon on [email protected]
••• Riyadh Classiﬁed ••• Freelance Copywri"ng Services CopywriBng I provide CD & label design, Poster /Bcket & program design, Business card, logo,lederhead,label & brochure design. Newsleder design & ediBng, content wriBng Contact: Anahid Jamgossian [email protected]
0557079022 Hair Color Specialist Salon Hair Color Specialist. Very interested in healthy, beauBful hair color. Works oﬀ of pictures and will give a clear plan to achieve the desired results. Works Mondays and Thursdays. Contact: Malonie Deasy [email protected]
00966 56 596 4353 Learn How to Massage Your Baby Health The InternaBonal AssociaBon of Infant Massage, established in 1986, oﬀers world renowned baby massage courses to help moms communicate love through nurturing touch. Enroll today to learn a skill that you can use for life with your growing child. Contact: Jane Williams [email protected]
MOB: 054104137 Imported Lingerie Direct Sales If you are looking for right bra, our business have a secret for you. Our products are unique ladies' underwear that suitable for diﬀerent types of women's choice by diﬀerenBate women's breast with the shape of ﬂowers. There are ﬁve ﬂowers that have shapes like women's breast. Can you guess? If you are interested in our products, any inquiries are mostly welcome. Contact: Mrs. Chanthanakhom Hourani [email protected]
0557171706 Lovable Labels Personalized labels Lovable Labels has a fun and unique way to idenBfy all your children’s belongings with personalized sBcker labels, specially designed shoe labels, clothing labels, and bag tags. Each label is personalized with a name (iniBals or anything you choose) and you can select a cute icon that helps even pre-‐readers idenBfy their own belongings. All labels are Canadian made and designed for durability (washer, dryer, & dishwasher safe!) Perfect for preschool, daycare, camp, school and travel. Contact: Hala Amkia www.labeleen.com [email protected]
Najwa's shop Selling handmade podery and arBsanat I help selling PalesBnian embroidery made by ladies in refugee camps in Lebanon. I also sell PalesBnian podery from serving dishes to plates and saucers that can be used at home or for decoraBon. All my plates are oven, microwave and dishwasher proof. Add to that I also sell lebanese arBsanat. Contact: Najwa Hawari [email protected]
050 6446100 Personal trainer/die""an/spinning instructor Fitness and health I oﬀer lifestyle changing habits, beder eaBng well planned ﬁt exciBng, fun & invigoraBng classes. Contact: Luna Eid Masri [email protected]
0540521978 Personal Training/ Fitness & Wellness Coaching Fitness/Wellness/NutriBon I provide personal training, ﬁtness classes, especially Aquagym and Swiss Ball, as well as nutriBon help and relaxaBon massage. For ladies only. Contact: Evelyne Fallows [email protected]
0545 415 423 New: Private Lesson in English and/or Spanish American Doctoral Candidate with 7 years of university teaching experience oﬀering teaching/tutoring services in English and Spanish. CV available upon request. English Language for Children and Adults for all levels: Academic Reading, WriBng, Listening & Speaking, English Grammar, TOEFL Preparatory Classes, American Culture; Spanish Language for Children and Adults for all levels: Reading, WriBng, Listening & Speaking, Spanish Culture & CivilizaBon, LaBn American Culture & CivilizaBon, Spanish LinguisBcs, Spanish & LaBn American Literature FIRST ASSESSMENT IS FOR FREE Classes are provided at Ranco Village Compound! -‐ Average rate 200 SR/hour. Contact Ona Aliaj at 0559084979 or email at [email protected]
Physical Therapy Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy/Healthcare Tired of dealing with chronic pain? Schedule an evaluaBon today! SpecializaBon in personalized treatment and educaBon plans. Private sessions available on the Arizona Compound. In home sessions available for females only. Email me to schedule an appointment or to ask any quesBons. Contact: Dr. Allison M. Moore, DPT [email protected]
••• Riyadh Classiﬁed ••• Rania KeOaneh Fashion I am a beachwear and accessories designers all designed in Riyadh and produced in Lebanon (cover ups jumpers dresses towels hats beachbags cushions pareos ka4ans and pochedes) Contact: Rania Bort [email protected]
Sybellius Transla"on English/French Business TranslaBons English to French translaBon services by naBve French translator specialised in business, ﬁnance and accountancy. See website for more details. Contact: Catherine Reeen www.sybellius.fr [email protected]
0541 075 474
Saudi Arts & Craas Arts & Cra4s, AnBques and Contemporary art from Saudi Arabia. www.facebook.com/saudiartsandcra4s Contact: Florence Hughes [email protected]
; 0597 060970
TALAT SCHOOL EducaBon Talat School is a Saudi School scheduled to open, September 2012. The school will specialize in the early years, children ages 3-‐8. Talat School will use innovaBve, bilingual, acBve learning programs that foster a child-‐ centered learning environment and encourage every child to reach their full potenBal. Talat School believes in the beneﬁts of providing young children with a high-‐quality educaBon and wants teachers and volunteers, who value children, to join the team! Contact: JULIE WILSON [email protected]
Saudi Source Training Company Training and ConsulBng We are a training and consulBng company. We provide so4 skills trainings in Quality Management, Project Management, Personality Development, Customer RelaBonship and many more. we also prove consultancy for ISO standards. Contact: Adeel Ibrar www.saudisourcetraining.com [email protected]
0560525614 Silver, art work, saudi art craas I am selling sterling silver related 925 from factory in china by parBcipaBng in coﬀee morning and bazaars in most of compounds acBviBes, also I am dealing with Arabs ArBsts to sell there art painBng with local customers. Beside I start to expand my business in Saudi art cra4 to give my idea to designers then making some sample to me. But I didn't display it yet, so I am looking for ways for markeBng . Contact: Doaa Bader [email protected]
0503189489 Stainless Steel Tableware and Cutlery Stylish tableware for the home. Unique, high quality, handcra4ed stainless steel tableware and cutlery. Contact: Sue Farnworth [email protected]
0532616515 NEW: SCWA (Southern Cross Womens Associa"on) A fundraising non proﬁt organisaBon which provides support and social events for Australian and New Zealand women (including wives of New Zealand and Australian passport holders) in Riyadh. Monies raised go to various places including but not limited to women's chariBes, locally and abroad, and disaster relief agancies, when required, in Australia and New Zealand. Contact us at [email protected]
The Good Ship Lollipop Party shop We are a full service party shop. Everything for the smallest to the largest event!! We also import party merchandise and wholesale it. We were the ﬁrst party shop in the Kingdom and sBll by far the best!! Contact: Sally Kennedy www.goodship-‐lollipop.com [email protected]
0096614659521 UNIPRESSE French magazines Enabling people to receive directly at home French magazines, ranging from news, home decoraBon, culinary, travel, kids and much more. Contact: Marie Cousin [email protected]
USA Girl Scouts volunteer organizaBon We are the overseas arm of USA Girl Scouts Contact: Karemah Alfaddaghi [email protected]
0503484554 Usman Awan Co IT Professional Services IT Professional Services and Support, Oﬀering Network and Desktop Support Services Contact: Usman Awan www.usmanawan.com [email protected]
Community Groups in Riyadh
Useful and Interes"ng Websites
The Corona Society English speaking woman’s group Contact: [email protected]
Maison des Français Events and acBviBes for French speakers Contact: [email protected]
www.riyadhciB.com www.arabnews.com www.americanbedu.com www.arriyadh.com/eng
OasisItalia Italian Cultural AssociaBon Contact: [email protected]
ACR -‐ The American Community of Riyadh www.acrsa.com, [email protected]
CCOR -‐ The Canadian Community of Riyadh [email protected]
Dutch Club (De Nederlandse Vereniging) [email protected]
, www.nvriyadh.com Southern Cross Women's Associa"on Australia/New Zealand Women's Group Contact: [email protected]
The Caledonian Society Scoesh Society, www.riyadhcaledonian.com
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