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.

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.

Reflections on 13/11/2015 from the heart of Islam.

A few days have passed since the heartbreaking attacks on the people of the city of Paris. And Lebanon. And Baghdad. I have had some time to absorb, to mourn, but there will never be enough time to understand this kind of hate-filled action of destruction.  I want to start by explaining that I am… Continue reading Reflections on 13/11/2015 from the heart of Islam.