Purpose Marketing: Nada Dairy’s Ad for Saudi National Day Backfires – Photobook Photography Article

Nada’s attempt to mix politics with branding have backfired I’ve spoken previously about the issue of purpose marketing in the Middle East (mainly the lack of any local brand engagement on big issues such as gender equality and sustainability). One popped into my timelines this week. Sadly, it’s an example that will be long remembered for what went wrong, rather than right. Nada Dairy is one of the largest manufacturers of dairy products in the Gulf. The company decided to…

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Beware of these Security/Privacy/Hacking Vulnerabilities in Google Android Mobile – Photobook Photography Article

2nd September 2019:   Popular scanning app CamScanner booted from the Play Store due to malware   CamScanner is back up on the Play Store, though it’s understandable if you’re cautious for a bit.       15th July 2017: McAfee discovers ransom-ware that threatens users to share their web history with their conatcts LeakerLocker: Mobile Ransomware Acts Without Encryption | McAfee Blogs We recently found on Google Play a type of mobile ransomware that does not encrypt files. This…

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Beware of Fake / Fraud / Scam Messages on WhatsApp – Photobook Photography Article

If you receive any of the following messages on WhatsApp, delete that message immediately, these are Fake / Fraud / Scam messages which are designed to trap you.  🔵From THURSDAY WE ARE ADVISED BY HOTMAIL, IT WAS SHOWN  ON TV FOR DOUBT!Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from summer 2If you send this string to 18 different users on your list, your icon will be blue and will be free for you.If…

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AlSoudah Season – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

This past weekend I flew to Abha to visit the nearby AlSoudah Season festival. It’s part of the new Saudi initiative called “Saudi Seasons” by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage which aims to put Saudi on the map as a travel destination. The month of July was dedicated to Jeddah Season and August features both AlSoudah and Taif Seasons. AlSoudah Season takes place in the Asir region of Saudi Arabia which is south of Jeddah sharing a…

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Software/App: QTranslate v6.7.3 for Windows – Setup/Portable Download – Photobook Photography Article

In KSA we often come across the need to translate Arabic to English and English to Arabic. If you are on a PC then it can be done using Google Translate https://translate.google.com/ and other such translation services. Yesterday I came across this very handy utility for Windows which makes translation very convenient by providing shortcut keys and popup boxes. This service requires an active internet connection to work.For Example: Just select Arabic text you want to translate and press Ctrl+Q…

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Has the PRCA become MENA’s industry association for communicators? – Photobook Photography Article

I’m going to start this post with me eating my own words, and those words were written in 2016. The London-headquartered Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) had just started its operations in Dubai, and I’d criticized them for not engaging with the local association, the Middle East Public Relations Association, and for not being in tune with what the local market needed. Three years later, I’m happy to say I was wrong. The PRCA MENA chapter has launched a…

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It’s time for some Peri-Peri – All About KSA – Photobook Photography Article

As many of you may know that Nando’s has opened its three branches in a couple of years in Riyadh and fourth one is underway. I would like to say that if you have not tried Nando’s yet then you are missing on to something amazing. If you die for the juicy grilled chicken like we do then you need to visit them. Our love affair with Nando’s started almost six years ago when we first had it in Islamabad,…

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Saudi Gazette and the end of print for the Gulf’s papers – Photobook Photography Article

The Saudi Gazette has been a print paper for four decades. Going forward, the paper will be digital only. It’s started. The first major paper in the Gulf has shifted to digital only. Last week, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette announced that it’d be printing a paper copy for the last time. You can see the full announcement here. I’m also quoting from the article. This is the last hard copy of your favorite newspaper.No, this is not a requiem…

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Cheapest Online Car Insurance in Saudi Arabia – Tameeni – Photobook Photography Article

Car Insurance cost rose from around SR 300 to SR 1500 in the last 8 years. This is a 400% increase! Finding the cheapest car insurance can help you save up to SR 1,000 per year. Previously I shared links to car insurance providing companies for comparison urShadow’s Blog: Current Rates/Cost of Motor/Vehicle/Car Insurance in Saudi Arabia but now there is a much better solution: Buy Third Party Liability (TPL) Car Insurance, Vehicle Insurance Online | Tameeni InsuranceTameeni offers third party liability(TPL)…

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You can now Add International Beneficiary in Al Rajhi Bank Mobile App – Photobook Photography Article

While checking the changelog of the last update of the Al Rajhi Bank Mobile App for Android, I noticed this new feature:  “- Adding International Beneficiaries without visiting the branch” This is a big feature for Al Rajhi Bank customers because prior to this feature, the customer had to physically visit Tahweel Al Rajhi Branch and had to wait in long queues to add an International Beneficiary. I recently experienced it and it was very inconvenient. Thus I immediately tested this feature…

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Taif, Saudi Arabia – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

A couple weekends ago I joined a tour with a group of friends to go to Taif in Saudi Arabia. Taif is an easy 1hr direct flight from Riyadh to the southwest. It’s about 90km to Mecca just to put it into geographic context. Taif is located in the mountains of the Mecca province and was previously used as a summer capital for the Royals due to cooler temperatures. It is also famous for its Rose Festival which was the…

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Taif, Saudi Arabia – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

A couple weekends ago I joined a tour with a group of friends to go to Taif in Saudi Arabia. Taif is an easy 1hr direct flight from Riyadh to the southwest. It’s about 90km to Mecca just to put it into geographic context. Taif is located in the mountains of the Mecca province and was previously used as a summer capital for the Royals due to cooler temperatures. It is also famous for its Rose Festival which was the…

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Airlines Allowing Carrying Zam Zam Water Bottle with Baggage, Free of Cost, at Riyadh Airport, Saudi Arabia (Updated) – Photobook Photography Article

Originally Posted on June 17, 2015: Previously all Airlines flying from Riyadh Airport use to allow one 10 liters Zam Zam bottle, to be carried free of cost with baggage per ticket, but in last 2 years, this has changed and now several restrictions have been applied by airlines. Following Airlines are still allowing carrying Zam Zam water bottle free of cost per ticket: PIA – Allowing 5 liters bottle as of December 2017 Sri Lankan Airlines – Allowing 10 liters bottle as of…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Saudi Wedding Album – Photobook Photography Article

The gorgeous bride and her beautiful mom.  I love this photo! This is a very special and a very long post.  There are more pictures in this post than I have ever published before in a single post.  I’ve shown photos from Saudi weddings before, but never like this.  I hope you will enjoy coming along with me step by step, inside a Saudi wedding that I attended on Valentine’s Day (I know, right? How romantic!) here in Jeddah.  Above…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Madein Saleh – Photobook Photography Article

The tombs at Madein Saleh were carved by hand with crude tools into the gigantic sandstone rocks outside of Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.  Some tombs were never completed, but those that were all have one design element in common – above the entry door into the tomb, were stairsteps which were to lead the occupant of the tomb to heaven. Historically this whole area was in a strategic trade route location linking southern Arabia with important locations to the north,…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Winter at Tantora: A Magical Mystical Tour – Photobook Photography Article

Winter at Tantora is an incredible event like none other ever before here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Amidst the stark picturesque beauty of the city of Al Ula, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Winter at Tantora Festival started on December 20th and will run through February 9th.  Each weekend concert over the eight weeks features a different theme high quality entertainment spectacular followed by a magnificent feast matching the theme of the evening. The venue for…

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My Top 10 of 2018 – Photobook Photography Article

Well it’s that time of the year again. The end of the old year and the beginning of the new one. I love looking back at where I was and forward to where I want to go. 2018 was jam packed full of travel. In fact I was out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a total of 103 days. I did A LOT of solo travel. I visited 19 countries this year, with 11 of those being new…

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My Top 10 of 2018 – Photobook Photography Article

Well it’s that time of the year again. The end of the old year and the beginning of the new one. I love looking back at where I was and forward to where I want to go. 2018 was jam packed full of travel. In fact I was out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a total of 103 days. I did A LOT of solo travel. I visited 19 countries this year, with 11 of those being new…

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Al Janadriyah Festival 2019 – All About KSA – Photobook Photography Article

Al Janadriyah Festival is the major Heritage & Culture Festival held in the Kingdom. It is an annual event that takes place in outskirts of Riyadh. The event is being held every year since 1985. Normally the festival is scheduled in February every year but this time around it is shifted to December. The festival will run for 3 weeks and will conclude on 9th January 2019. Each year a country is invited to be the guest of honor at…

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Updates – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

First off…. I’m the worst. I’ve been getting emails from many of my readers asking where I’ve been since I haven’t blogged in several months. I’m still here- I’ve just been really, really busy. Life kinda got away from me, but fingers crossed in the New Year I’ll get some better balance. So what have I been so busy with you’re probably wondering?! Well let me tell you…. I’ve been traveling- like kinda a lot. I’m in the midst of…

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Updates – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

First off…. I’m the worst. I’ve been getting emails from many of my readers asking where I’ve been since I haven’t blogged in several months. I’m still here- I’ve just been really, really busy. Life kinda got away from me, but fingers crossed in the New Year I’ll get some better balance. So what have I been so busy with you’re probably wondering?! Well let me tell you…. I’ve been traveling- like kinda a lot. I’m in the midst of…

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Voices of Arabia Podcast and Susie’s Story Event – Photobook Photography Article

Aswat: Voices of Arabia is a podcast featuring a variety of interviews of women living in Saudi Arabia.  It was conceived by Robyn, a South African whose home has been Jeddah for the past fifteen years.  Despite having spent so many years in the Magic Kingdom, her knowledge about life outside her compound’s walls was limited – so she decided it was time to make the effort to learn more about the people of her adopted land and to share…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Russian Interview – Part 3 – Photobook Photography Article

This is the 3rd and final part of the interview I did with Volodymyr for his YouTube Channel.  It is all in English. This 15 minute segment discusses my son’s three years in Saudi Arabia when he was a teenager and what my life here in Jeddah is like now.  I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my life!To Volodymyr – I’d like to thank you for your professionalism and for pursuing this interview with me.  It was fun…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Russian Interview, Part 1 – Photobook Photography Article

I was recently interviewed by Volodymyr, who runs the only Saudi-focused YouTube site aimed at a Russian audience.  This is Part 1 of 3 of my interview. It’s about 20 minutes long.  The first few minutes are an introduction by Volodymyr in Russian.  After that, the rest is in English.  This part covers my early life and how I met my husband over 40 years ago.  The 2nd and 3rd parts will be posted soon.  I hope you enjoy it!CLICK…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Saudi Arabia – Photobook Photography Article

The city of Abha is the capital of the Asir Region located in the southwestern corner of Saudi Arabia and is rich in cultural heritage.  It is more than a mile high in elevation up in the mountains, close to the Red Sea to the west and the country of Yemen to the south.  Baboons are native to the region, dwelling in the national parks in the area. Many Saudis from around the country flock to Abha in the summer…

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Hajj Package Booking in 2018 – All About KSA – Photobook Photography Article

Today first phase for Hajj 2018 booking in Saudi Arabia has started. Unlike past years, the Hajj booking process has been divided into two phases. This is a new and improved process that will facilitate greatly in booking of Hajj packages from Saudi Arabia. This time around, in first phase till 13 July, 2018 people can shortlist different Hajj packages as per their needs. They will also be able to add all the details related to them and the dependents travelling…

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Farasan Islands – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

I’d been wanting to visit the Farasan Islands of Saudi Arabia for years, but the plans just never seemed to materialize. Or, if they did it was over the summer months when I knew it would be so hot and humid I would end up with heat stroke, so I didn’t go. This past March a friend of mine who goes there several times a year and has great contacts, organized a weekend trip for about 20 of us expats.…

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Farasan Islands – Kristine wanders – Photobook Photography Article

I’d been wanting to visit the Farasan Islands of Saudi Arabia for years, but the plans just never seemed to materialize. Or, if they did it was over the summer months when I knew it would be so hot and humid I would end up with heat stroke, so I didn’t go. This past March a friend of mine who goes there several times a year and has great contacts, organized a weekend trip for about 20 of us expats.…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Widowed in Saudi Arabia – Photobook Photography Article

Several years ago in 2009, I brought you the true cautionary tale of a British woman who was widowed in Saudi Arabia.  In the four part series, I detailed the struggles of the woman and her children when her Saudi husband passed away and how her husband’s family trapped the woman and her children in Saudi Arabia for ten long years.   By late 2010, the family managed to finally escape from the country and I wrote a minor update at…

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Along the Road from Jeddah to Yanbu – Photobook Photography Article

During our recent road trip from Jeddah to Yanbu for the annual Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival (CLICK HERE to see photos of the amazing event), we were treated to some very typical Saudi visual sights along the way.  The drive from Jeddah to Yanbu should take about three and a half hours, but sometimes it takes us as long as eight hours because we like to stop at the interesting sights along the way!On this trip, desert vendors were…

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