Jeddah Book Fair 2016

Ok so maybe a book fair doesn’t sound the most THRILLING of days out but bear with me, firstly because I love books, secondly because I work in a library, and thirdly because, well I live in Saudi Arabia – how many new and exciting days out do you really think are going on round… Continue reading Jeddah Book Fair 2016

After the dust settles – safety in the Kingdom.

I haven’t posted for while, I guess that’s more to do with life here in KAUST and KSA in general becoming more of a ‘normality’ than a novelty anymore. Which of course is a great thing! It means I’m settling in, feeling at home, I have a routine, a circle of friends, hobbies, and of… Continue reading After the dust settles – safety in the Kingdom.

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.

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.