Sandstorms, rainstorms and…snowstorms? The weather in Saudi Arabia.

So this week has been a bit cray cray on the weather front, which prompted this post. Thanks, no doubt to global warming (yes Trump you buffoon, its a real thing) we actually had snow in northern Saudi Arabia earlier in the week whilst here in Jeddah we were seeing record highs of humidity for… Continue reading Sandstorms, rainstorms and…snowstorms? The weather in Saudi Arabia.

Sweets to the sweet – Hamlet comes to KAUST.

Yesterday evening we excitedly filtered in to the Campus auditorium ready for a theatrical treat – The Globe theatre, England had come all the way to Kaust to perform Hamlet for us – and what a treat it was… The globe are mid-way through their world tour, delivering Shakespeare to every single country in the… Continue reading Sweets to the sweet – Hamlet comes to KAUST.

Escaping and Exploring – travelling at KAUST.

One of the main reasons I agreed to move to KAUST when the offer came up was the opportunity it provided for travel. Basically, being plonked in the centre of the middle east probably means I’m going to have the opportunity to travel to places nearby that I may have not considered had I still… Continue reading Escaping and Exploring – travelling at KAUST.

A weekend trip to Dubai – tackling Jeddah Airport.

As mentioned in an earlier post here we were unable to take any annual leave over Christmas time to go home as we were still within out three month probation period, so rather than staying in an extremely quiet KAUST, we decided to go to Dubai for the weekend. We were lucky enough to be able… Continue reading A weekend trip to Dubai – tackling Jeddah Airport.

Christmas in the Desert.

You might imagine that celebrating Christmas in the desert is sort of difficult and doesn’t actually feel all that festive right, as a result of the sand, the sun and the banning of any Christmas goods? Well yeah, you’d be absolutely correct. Today is the 21st of December, I’m wearing a ts-hirt, I have sunburn,… Continue reading Christmas in the Desert.

KAUST Packing List – What To Put In Your Air Shipment.

Second in my KAUST packing list posts – what to pack in your air shipment for 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 included, when my first shipment arrived. I… Continue reading KAUST Packing List – What To Put In Your Air Shipment.

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.