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.

Beauty Salon and Hairdressers at KAUST

Just a short post to give some detailed information about the beauty salon at KAUST – the services offered and how much they charge. Personally I have used their waxing, threading and manicurist services and they’ve all been great – I have heard some less than complimentary stories about the hairdressing aspect of the salon… Continue reading Beauty Salon and Hairdressers at KAUST

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.

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.