KAUST Packing List – what to take in your suitcase.

First in my KAUST packing list posts – what to bring with you in your suitcase to KAUST. Obviously once you are here you can take a trip to Jeddah and buy almost anything you want, but these are the things I was grateful for, or wish I had packed to have with me when… Continue reading KAUST Packing List – what to take in your suitcase.

Al’Salaam Mall and the Taxi Ride from Hell.

In our never-ending quest to visit all of the malls in Jeddah (there are seriously about fifty thousand of the buggers) we decided to go to Al’ Salaam mall after work on Thursday. I can say with some confidence that it’s probably the first and last time I visit this mall being that I was… Continue reading Al’Salaam Mall and the Taxi Ride from Hell.

Getting off Campus – the KAUST bus timetable.

In addition to the on-site bus which runs you round campus, KAUST also provide a service to take its residents into Jeddah, to various Malls or Souks – even better, this service is free. As ive mentioned before driving in Jeddah is a horrific experience, so Im happy to leave it to the trained professional… Continue reading Getting off Campus – the KAUST bus timetable.

Make up, Mobiles and Mutaween – Visiting Jeddahs Malls Part 2

At the weekend we took the KAUST bus to Jeddah to visit another one of the large mall’s there – the Mall of Arabia. This mall is smaller than the Red Sea Mall but has a bunch of different shops, plus we are attempting to visit all of the malls in turn (no mean feat)… Continue reading Make up, Mobiles and Mutaween – Visiting Jeddahs Malls Part 2

The Kids Are Not Alright – Children in Saudi Arabia

We are very fortunate here at KAUST, in that we have one of only two cinemas in the whole country here on campus. In Saudi culture the cinema is seen as sinful by some religious clerics and was banned in the 1980’s in an effort to appease them. Recently there have been faint rumblings the… Continue reading The Kids Are Not Alright – Children in Saudi Arabia

General Information about KAUST

This is probably going to be a bit of a fractured post, but there was a bunch of stuff I wasn’t sure about before I came and for the life of me I could not find the answer to anywhere on the internet. Since my arrival a few weeks ago now I’ve learnt the answer… Continue reading General Information about KAUST

Visiting Jeddah’s Malls

We’d been here about a week before we decided to travel to Jeddah to pick up some stuff we really needed for the house. Desperately needed. Couldn’t do without needed. Our list looked like this: Cutlery drawer Bin Bin bags Bowls Baking trays Writing paper and envelopes Ironing board Dog food and toys Clothes horse… Continue reading Visiting Jeddah’s Malls