Tuesday, April 30, 2013

International Wedding Fair 2013 (For Families Only)

The International Wedding Fair 2013 in its 12h edition, will be an inspiring and charming event bringing an amazing selection of exclusive exhibitors assisting the brides-to-be to prepare for the very special wedding day. Families, who are in the process of planning that memorable day, will use Saudi Wedding Fair 2013 as their exclusive resourceful mean to make that day perfect.
Photo: ‎دعوة لحضور معرض اعراسنا الدولي الثاني عشر 2013 يوم الاحد 28-4‎
Date: From 28.4.2013 To 1.5.2013
28th: Invitation only
29th-1st: Open for Public
Time: 8:30pm onwards
Address: Nayyara Banqueting and Convention Centre, Riyadh - Saudi Arabia

Coordinates: 24.70633,46.640267

Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/vudQX
Sponsor: Nayyara Banqueting and Conferences Company
Phone: 00966 1 4806655
Fax: 00966 1 4806969
Website: http://www.nayyara.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Nayyara.MC
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nayyara_MC
I will share my feedback after visiting it.

Update (29-04-2013): Luckily we got the invite and thus we were able to visit it on 1st day. It has many grand stuff available on display, if you are rich and you want to spend a lot of money on a wedding then the relevant stuff is available here.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Family Day at Irish Embassy Riyadh

Fun family day with outdoor bazaar, Exotic Arabic perfumes
Accessories and Makeup
Greeting cards
Water color Paintings
Exquisite silver Jewelry
Cashmere Shawls
Food and much more!
Date: 25th April 2013
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Address: Irish Embassy Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarters
Coordinates: 24.687418,46.623981
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/8tpTX
Entry Fee: SR 10
I will share my feedback after attending it.

Update (25-04-2013): It was fine, there were good amount of stalls with variety of stuff.


Monday, April 22, 2013


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2 cups split black lentils (maash daal)
2 tsp. ginger paste
½ tsp. garlic paste
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin powder
2 tbsp. yoghurt
pinch of baking soda
¼ cup water (approx.)


Wash then soak the lentils overnight or for at least 6 hours. Rinse well and drain all the water. Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth but of medium-thickness consistency. Do not use more water unless needed.
Turn the mixture out into a bowl and mix well with a whisk or spoon for at least 5 minutes. Good exercise for the arm but this results in light and fluffy barays. Cover and rest the mixture for 15 minutes. Whip it again for another minute then heat oil in a karai/pan.
Once the oil is hot, reduce it to medium and scoop a small ball from the mixture and drop it gently into the oil. Keep going until the pan is almost full. To help achieve good shapes, dip your fingertips in some water before scooping a ball from the batter and try to drop it into the oil as close to the oil surface as you can, but be careful not to get burnt!
Fry to a golden colour on medium to low heat, then drain excess oil and remove on kitchen towels. Frying them on high heat will result in hard centers that will remain uncooked.
Once all are done, take a bowl of warm water, add half a tsp of salt. Dip all the barays into the water and let them sit there for 2 minutes. This process helps prepare the barays so that they can later absorb the yoghurt that they will get dipped into. Also, this removes all the excess oil from them.
Remove one at a time and gently squeeze out the excess water between your two palms. Careful not to break them! Arrange them on your serving plate.
Whip 3 cups of yoghurt with 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp red chilli powder and half tsp cumin powder. If your yoghurt is very thick, lighten it a little by adding a bit of water or milk. Taste and adjust it to your liking.
Pour this yoghurt mixture on the dahi barays. Then drizzle sweet tamarind sauce and sprinkle some chilli powder or green chutney if you like it extra spicy, some cumin powder, chopped coriander and chat masala if you like. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes to allow the yoghurt to get absorbed into the barays.

From: Amnah Anwar


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· Gram flour 1 ½ quarters

· Onions  2 chopped

· Coriander  ½ bunch chopped

· Green chilles 2 to 3

· Potato 2 cut into thin fries

· Cumin 1 tbsp

· Baking soda ½ tsp

· Red chilli 1 tbsp (chopped)

· Salt  according to taste

· Lemon juice of 1 lemon



1. Combine gram flour, baking soda, onions, coriander, potatoes and all spices in a bowl.

2. Add water to make a mixture which is not very thin neither thick.

3. When the mixture is ready, fry it in hot oil in the form of pakoras (pour mixture with tablespoon or hand in oil).

4. Fry till golden brown.


From: Amnah Anwar


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Milk 1 liter

Sugar 1/3 cup

Bread slices 4 (remove the corners and cut them diagonally)

Cardamom pods 2

Oil for frying



Cook the milk until it is reduced to one-third of its quantity along with sugar and cardamom pods.

Fry pieces of bread in oil until golden brown and drain excess oil.

Now take a dish arrange pieces of bread in it and pour cooked milk.

Decorate with nuts and refrigerate them for 1 to 2 hours.


From: Amnah Anwar


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Milk 2 liters

Shredded red carrots ½ kg

Sugar ½ cup

Water ½ liter



Take a big sized pan and add all the ingredients and cook them until the quantity of milk is reduced to half liter.

P.S The consistency of end mixture is thick.


From: Amnah Anwar


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Potato ½ kg boiled

Coriander ½ bunch chopped

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Green bell pepper 1 finely chopped into small pieces

Salt according to taste

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Egg 2 slightly beaten

Bread crumbs as required

Oil for frying



Mash boiled potatoes with hands and add all the ingredients except eggs and bread crumbs.

Now give them shape of small kababs.

Now first coat them with eggs and then in bread crumbs.

Now heat the oil in a frying pan and shallow fry them on medium heat until golden brown.


From: Amnah Anwar

Thursday, April 18, 2013

28th Janadriyah Annual Heritage & Culture Festival 2013

The vibrant Janadriyah Annual Heritage and Culture Festival in Riyadh City District is a showcase for crafts from across the Kingdom. It celebrates the cultural traditions that unite this great country, while also revealing the regional differences which create the distinctive character of Saudi individuality
The festival includes displays of regional architecture, cuisine, craft, markets, dances and folklore. It lasts approximately two weeks and takes place in the winter when the weather is cooler. There are working displays of carpet-weaving, pottery-making, and woodcarving from different regions. Arabian dancers and singers provide entertainment, while reviving all the traditional songs of different regions. There are also displays by the armed forces, and displays of traditional swords and daggers.
Chinese action superstar Jackie Chan has been invited to attend the 28th Janadriyah National Festival of Heritage and Culture as a cultural ambassador. China will be the guest of honor this year at the festival, where it will showcase the essence of Chinese culture, economic achievements, and scientific innovations.
You can see the pics I took at Janadriyah Cultural Heritage Festival 2012 at http://naumankhan.blogspot.com/2012/03/20120212-janadriyah-cultural-heritage.html
Date: 3 - 19 Apr, 2013
4th to 7th April is men only - Time: 4pm to 12am
7th to 11th April is for Students - Time : 9am to 12pm
9th to 19th April is for families only - Time: 4pm to 12am
Address: Janadriyah – Riyadh
Coordinates: 24.958592,46.794462
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/184ur
Event Email: janadria@sang.gov.sa
Event URL: http://www.janadria.org.sa
Social Media:
Youtube Channel
The National Guard
Phone: +96614038992
Fax: +96614038992
Website: http://www.sang.gov.sa
I visited it last year and it was great. I would recommend it as a must see event.

Update(18-04-2013): It was great. We enjoyed it so much that we went there 3 times to cover it all. We were given a lot of gifts and we tried various local foods there. All areas were beautifully decorated.

Pictures of the Festival


20130415-12 - 28th Janadriyah Annual Heritage & Culture Festival 2013



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

STC Prepares to Launch the BlackBerry® Q10 Device

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As a part of the strategic partnership, between STC and BlackBerry Canadian Company, STC, for the first time in the kingdom, is preparing to Launch the BlackBerry® Q10 Device, which is supporting the 4G network.

Interested customers to acquire the device, can visit http://www.stc.com.sa/wps/wcm/connect/english/individual/mobile/devices/smartPhone/blackberry/blackberry-q10 , and register in the device’s page, to be informed when it is available at customer service offices throughout the kingdom.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Step Ahead Career Fair (For Women Only)

Register for Glowork's Step Ahead event that will take place in April. This registration will give you access to the career fair to over 60 companies.

Date: 15 - 16 Apr, 2013

Time: 9am to 10pm

Address: Hotel Alkhozama, Riyadh

Coordinates: 24.691865,46.685479

Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/Tu66k

Event Phone: +966 1 201 5533

Event Email: info@glowork.com

Event URL: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHE4a0Q2RDBDNUh0N29RVS1xQmlqUWc6MQ


Contact Person: Khalid AlKhudair
Phone: +966 1 201 5533
Fax: +966 1 201 4388
PO Box: 75418
Email Support@glowork.net
Website: http://www.glowork.net

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Glowork.net


My Wife would attend it and would share her feedback.

Update(16-04-2013): My wife visited the fair but there were no medical field related jobs exhibit thus she left early.


STC Offers “QUICKnet” Unlimited Data SIM throughout the year

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STC offers the “QUICKnet Unlimited Data SIM” for prepaid subscribers throughout the year, enabling them to choose between QUICKnet Unlimited Data SIM for 3 months at SR 300 and QUICKnet Unlimited Data SIM for 14 months at SR 1200.

This offer presents unlimited internet at low price, in addition to an exemption from monthly fees during subscription term. Payment takes place only one time by sending SMS containing *155*recharging number*ID number# then send or, through the link www.aljawal.net.sa or through USSD from Quick net modem.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Viber Adds Voice Calls to Legacy BlackBerry OS in Beta


Viber, one of Skype’s biggest competitors, has launched a new beta for BlackBerry users. Free voice calls are now possible with Viber in their latest released beta.

The company wants to roll out the feature as quickly as possible with the beta. Then they plan to push an official release shortly thereafter.

According to Viber’s CEO, this is a very important move for the company: “BlackBerry is one of the most important markets for us and represents our third largest user base. We are thrilled to bring this community free voice calling, letting them communicate freely with all of their important contacts across multiple platforms.”

The Viber beta version 2.4 is only compatible with BlackBerry OS 5 and 7. Apparently, it is not possible with OS 6 “due to inherent limitations of the operating system.”

If you have one of the supported BlackBerry devices, check out the Viber beta with voice calling here.

via TechCrunch

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O3b Networks–Pakistan would be under its coverage

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O3b Networks is a Global Satellite Services Provider that is deploying a next-generation satellite network that combines the reach of satellite with the speed of fiber.

O3b became fully financed in November, 2010 and Arianespace will launch the first eight satellites in the first half of 2013 with a Soyuz launcher from French Guyana.

O3b Networks was founded in 2007 by pioneering high-technology entrepreneur Greg Wyler who helped to create Africa's first commercial 3G mobile and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network and in 2008 was ranked amongst the top 50 global technology trendsetters.

O3b Networks is headquartered in Jersey, The Channel Islands with its Operational Head Office in The Hague, Netherlands.

O3b Networks delivers broadband connectivity everywhere on Earth within 45 degrees of latitude north and south of the equator.

Our vast coverage area includes emerging and insufficiently connected markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, with a collective population of over 3 billion people:



Tuesday, April 9, 2013


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Jewelry Salon Exhibition 2013

The International Jewelry & Watches Exhibition is the most Luxurious Jewelry Exhibition in Saudi Arabia.
Diamonds • Diamond Jewelry • Gold Jewelry • Antique & Vintage Jewelry • Coin Jewelry • Luxury & Designer Watches • Pearls & Pearls Jewelry • Precious & Semi Precious Stones • Gems Stones • Designer Jewelry • Fashion Jewelry • Silver Jewelry • Artificial Jewelry • Jewelry Display Materials • Jewelry Tools & Equipment • Jewelry Related Services
Date: From 8.4.2013 To 10.4.2013
Time: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Address: Prince Sultan Hall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, King Fahad Road, Olaya, Riyadh 11491, Saudi Arabia
+966 1.273.2000
+966 1.273.2001
http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/alfaisaliahhotel/ Web Site
alfaisaliah@rosewoodhotels.com E-mail
Coordinates: 24.690267,46.684813
Google Maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/QdPMo
Sunaidi Expo
P.O.Box 15
Jeddah 21411
Saudi Arabia
+966 2 6603996
Sunaidi Expo - http://www.sunaidiexpo.com Web Site
info@sunaidiexpo.com E-mail
I will share my feedback after visiting it.

Update(09-04-13): It is good with a lot of expensive jewelry at display.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

How to get Car Insurance from Al Rajhi Takaful in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia–Step by Step Guide

  1. You need to have the following documents with you:
    • Original Iqama (In my case Iqama copy worked as well)
    • Valid Istamara (Vehicle Registration Card)
    • You should know the make, model etc of your car
  2. Visit any Al Rajhi Takaful Branch. I visited the one outside Azizia Mall on Olaiya Road:
  3. There is another one near King Fahd Road opposite to Movenpick Hotel:
  4. Ask at the counter to provide you with the form which is required to be filled for applying for Car Insurance.
  5. Return the form after filling it with your Iqama and Istamara and they will return your Iqama and Istamara after taking a photocopy.
  6. They would ask you for the payment which is around SR 440 for an year for 3rd party insurance.
  7. Wait for a few minutes and they would provide you with your new Al Rajhi Takaful car insurance card and a big envelop which would contain necessary information about the insurance.
  8. That's it, insurance is complete.
  9. For further details you can read their website at http://www.alrajhibank.com.sa/en/personal/takaful-islamic-insurance/pages/auto-takaful.aspx



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King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Show Jumping Festival 2013

The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Show Jumping Festival 2013 will provide the opportunity for riders from Saudi, the Gulf and the rest of the world to develop their talents and exhibit their skills in three separate tournaments: each tournament comprising of riders from the same geographic grouping.

The Festival will not only feature equestrianism, one of the world’s most prestigious sports, but will also provide a wide range of other activities for visitors.

It will be hosted at the exclusive Nofa Equestrian Resort. A location befitting an event of this stature.

The Festival has been organized by the Higher Organizing Committee headed by His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Bin Miteb Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz.

Many events and activities are allocated along with the festival; a village exclusively designated for families with Children’s recreational area, a ladies only VIP tent, special market for the productive families in order to promote and sell traditional Saudi crafts-work and home-made food and many others to revive the ancient Arabic heritage. It also allocated many recreational competitions, prizes, and raffles. In addition to that guests will have the opportunity to meet and communicate with Sports and Entertainment celebrities who will attend the festival

Date: From 31.3.2013 To 12.4.2013  AD


5th to 7th April starting time 3pm

10th to 12th April  starting time 5pm

Address: Nofa Equestrian Resort, Riyadh

Coordinates: 24.365237,45.937357

Google Maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/IZpye

Event Phone: +966 1 2170330

Event Email: info@kingabdullahsjf.com

Event URL: http://kingabdullahsjf.com/en/

Social Media:
Youtube Channel

Sponsor: Race Promotions Management

I am trying to check the cost of tickets, my attendance would be dependent on that.

Update(02-04-2013) – I have mentioned the time of the competitions above. The ticket is free of cost but you have to use the ‘online booking’ link on their website to get registered or else they wont let you enter.

Update(06-04-2013) – It is a very nice resort with big lush green lawns. The arrangements of the festival are very nice, there is a free buffet available for families from 5pm onwards. There are attractions for children like jumping castles, toys, games, face painting and cartoons on big screen. The weather was also very good and we had a really good time there.

Pics: http://naumankhan.blogspot.com/2013/04/20130405-show-jumping-festival-2013.html


20130405 - Show Jumping Festival 2013


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Exhibition Gala"Art de vivre à la Française"

After Moscow, HOULÈS will be presents for the first time at "Art de vivre à la française" at Riyad - Saudi Arabia.
France will share its Art de Vivre - the art of living - in Riyadh for the first time when it stages the designs of more than twenty French companies selected by a special committee comprising the industry's leading professional bodies.
This prestigious exhibition forms part of the series of Art de Vivre a la Française travelling events that have been organized worldwide for several years by Ubifrance.
The exhibition is aimed at professionals and individuals who value the quality and style of French decoration, with Saudi Arabia's marked penchant for French design making it the obvious choice to host this latest edition.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, April 2: Exposure of 4.00 pm to 11:00 pm
Wednesday, April 3, 10.00 am at 8:00 pm
Address: Omsiat Ballroom , Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyad
Coordinates: 24.690267,46.684813
Google Maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/QdPMo
Website: http://issuu.com/maisonbom/docs/artdevivre/1
Email: laura.mazeh@ubifrance.fr
Reference: http://www.ameinfo.com/art-living-french-exported-riyadh-335543
I will share my feedback after visiting it.

Update (03-04-2013): It required invitations, it was small and a very few items were on display and those items were only targeted to extremely rich people.


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