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Fire at Red Chillies


If you’re looking for a truly authentic burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth-off Pakistani Chicken Tikka then I have the perfect place for you. More on that tikka later, but first I’ve got to mention one caveat, which is that the seating is very basic. If you’re a real food lover, but not looking particularly for a fine dining experience, then you’ll be in for a treat.

And if you’re Pakistani, you just might forget where you are for a little while. Close your eyes and imagine that you’re in a typical restaurant in Lahore. Quite a delicious escape!

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Red Chillies in Aziziya

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Skill on the Grill – Review


Skill on the Grill is a newly opened restaurant on the intersection of Prince Sultan Street and Sari Street in the fancy new mall that brings us lots of delectable eateries. Jeddah Blog writer Samreen Ahmed set out on a mission to sample the new outfit and gave us her verdict.

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8 Top Tips for You to Prepare for Hajj


The month of Dhul Hijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar) is nearing.  This is the time when Muslims around the world will make the sacred, annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Makkah and Medina. This pilgrimage is called Hajj. 

Those making this pilgrimage would have prepared mentally and physically long before making this trip.  The Hajj is both a mental, spiritual and physical activity.  Hence its reward is extremely great and in that, it is only required for one to make this trip at least one time in their life. Delina Partadiredja, Co-founder of aMuslima gives us her top tips on what we can do to best prepare for Hajj.

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What Can You Do if Your Pet Goes Missing?


We have noticed an increase in pets going missing recently, and as any animal lover knows; this is one of the most heart wrenching situations to be in. We start to question all the possibilities that have lead to his or her disappearance asking why, when, how and where. Was the door or gate left open? Was he intentionally stolen? Did she wander out and accidentally end up in the wrong neighborhood where she felt scared and couldn’t find her way home?  Who would take him? 

Our thoughts might linger to imagining horrible scenarios picturing our beloved pet caged up in a pet store or found by a breeder, or perhaps being subjected to abuse on the streets, or run over by a car. We might find ourselves needing to blame someone; the housekeeper, the driver, the gardener, the children, the neighbour and even ourselves for being in this predicament.

There could be different reasons connected to Fido’s disappearance; many of which we might never truly know the answer to. In this article Sonja Svensek, founder of Pets in Need and saviour of countless four-legged friends, details productive ways that we can: a) help minimize the risks in losing a pet, and b) in knowing what to do when one goes missing.

Be a responsible pet owner

Micro-Chipping

Being a responsible pet owner means having your pet’s best interest at heart at all times. This includes his/ her health and safety. It is vital that your pet is micro-chipped, up-to-date with vaccinations and also neutered. These are the three basic, but necessary requirements, which a caring and responsible pet owner should ensure.  Though there isn’t an official database for registered micro-chipped pets in Saudi Arabia, it will still help confirm his/ her identify in case you are faced with disputes of ownership. Though many indoor pets don’t tend to wear a collar with an ID tag, it is a good idea to have your pet wearing one especially if they go outside.

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Having your pet wear an ID tag considerably increases the return-to-owner (RTO) rate if your pet is lost. An ID tag should include the pet’s name and your contact details.  Attaching a GPS tracker will also help you locate your pet in a short period of time, but these are not commonly used in the country yet due to incompatible coverage and tariffs, but podtrackers.com is one of the first pet GPS devices that work in Saudi Arabia. It can be purchased online and currently costs $149.00 plus $50.00 for a subscription fee, but this is a small price to pay to confirm Fido’s whereabouts at all times of the day.

The disadvantage of many GPS pet trackers is the battery life, which usually doesn’t last more than 5 hours, but as soon as you notice that your pet is missing, it should give you plenty of time to locate them from the GPS tracker via an app on your phone.

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We have seen that the majority of reported missing pets are usually the ones whom have not been spayed/ neutered. When a pet is neutered, they don’t go into heat, hence lowering, if not eliminating, the chance of them wanting to wander out to mate and/or explore. A neutered pet also means the animal wont be at risk of being used for breeding nor reproduce whilst on the streets or if they end up in someone else’s care. But it’s not enough to just have them neutered and micro-chipped; they should be up to date with their vaccinations and have yearly check ups. This lowers their risk of catching diseases that would otherwise pose a problem for those who aren’t protected from catching certain illnesses.

A Clear Pet Routine

To help minimize the potential of losing a pet, all members of the household must be involved or at least made aware of the animal’s daily routine. Who walks the dog? Who is responsible to let the cat out in the garden? Who is in charge of feeding them? Are all the members of your household aware of your pet’s daily requirements? Setting clear boundaries and following a structure by all family members helps minimize the potential of a pet going missing.

What to do if your pet goes missing?

Spread the word. Fast.

If you know your pet has gone missing, don’t delay in informing as many people as possible. The sooner you spread the word, the higher the chance is in being able to find your pet. It is true that in some cases, pets have been known to come back on their own but don’t rely on this, as there could be many different scenarios that could occur between the time they went missing to hours if not days or weeks later.

A few years ago, one of our cats was taken by pest control, and we were only informed days later with the directions of where they had dumped the cats. The area was about 15 km away, and though we frantically scoured the crowded place we did not succeed in finding our cat. About a month or so later, our cat miraculously found his own way back home, only to die the same evening on our doorstep from the long torturous journey back. It is unknown why some animals know how to find their way back home, whilst others, don’t. Either way, we should not depend on the hope of them returning on their own, and instead, try to be productive in finding them ourselves as soon as possible.

Use Social Media

As soon as you know your pet is lost, spread the word via social media platforms by asking friends and animal rescue groups to help share your pet’s picture, contact details, the time and date as well as the location of when and where your pet went missing.

Should you offer a reward?

Most successful cases when pets were found and reunited with their owners, were the ones that offered a monetary reward. If not for the simple gesture of kindness to help find someone else missing pet, a monetary reward can help push people into action. This also means that in case your pet was found by someone whose intentions were to sell the animal to make money, they would gain their monetary incentive by retuning the animal to you. But this only works if whomever finds the pet is aware whom and where to return the pet to.

Put up Posters and Flyers

Create posters with a picture of your pet along with detailed information in both English and Arabic. These posters can be put up around your neighborhood and flyers can be made to distribute amongst neighbors, vet clinics and pet shops. A word of warning from personal experience; it is legally not ‘permitted’ to create flyers to distribute publicly. When one of our rescues ran away from his new adoptive family, I was desperate to find him despite the fact that I was only informed of his disappearance a month later. I created posters mentioning a monetary reward, which I put up in and around the area and stood on a main street passing flyers to as many passers-by as possible. I was eventually stopped by the police and was told this was not allowed. Any printed text needs to be authorized by the Ministry of Information before publicly distributed. However I was not asked to remove what I had already posted, but was given a warning for next time though I did explain I was trying hard to find a beloved lost pet.

I’ve learnt that despite the hurdles along the way, people generally want to help and be part of a solution when given the chance. Three days later, we got a call from a family who had seen one of the posters in the neighborhood and recognized Miggie, the missing dog from the picture and said they had him in their care for a month since he was first found wandering the streets at night. They were happy to bring him back home and happily accepted the reward money.

We have seen other happy endings on PIN after we have helped share other people’s posts about their missing pets and were happy to learn that they were returned because the person who found them, was made aware that the pet belonged to someone. From PIN’s shared posts, we have noted that Twitter reaches more people at a faster rate, then Facebook or Instagram. It is a good idea to share your posts on as many social media platforms as possible, aiming for groups where like minded animal lovers  can be connected and who would be willing to help by searching for the missing pet or at least by sharing your post with their own contacts.

Unfortunately for every happy ending there is also sad one. Not all missing pets are returned. Whether it is because whomever finds them do not know whom the pet belongs to, nor how or where to return them, or because they wish to keep the pet or sell them for money. Whatever the finder’s motive, is important for pet owners to exhaust and try all options.

pet shop in jeddahVisit the Animal souk (also known as the ‘pigeon souk’ located in the south of Jeddah) which usually opens on Fridays.  Stolen or lost pets have been found there so it’s worth visiting the place even if it is hard to see how the animals are kept and treated there. In addition to visiting the animal souk, inform the local vet clinics that your pet has gone missing and ask whether you can put up a poster on their customer board or if they would be kind enough to help forward your email to all their clients. Checking as many pet shops as possible is also vital, as some missing pets are sold on to pet shops. There was a case of a lost dog who was reunited with his family months after he went missing, because he was found at a pet shop.

Haraj is a website where many pets are put up for sale. If your pet has gone missing, check the site daily to see whether anyone has listed him/her for sale. It could be that your pet was found and taken to another city to be sold. The site is quite popular amongst local breeders and sellers so it’s worth checking daily.

Knowing that your pet is not home safe and sound with you is hard to accept and would be even harder for an indoor domesticated pet. Domesticated indoor pets, especially cats, do not survive well on the streets as they are not able to fend for themselves from danger. It is imperative that you act fast when your pet goes missing. Though it takes a little effort in spreading the word, don’t give up hope. Animal rescue and welfare groups are growing in numbers with more people joining every day, which helps in reaching out to even more people if and when their help is needed.

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Once you find your pet

If your pet gets found and is safe at home again, as a gesture of courtesy to everyone who helped spread the word in trying to find your pet, please remove any posters you put up in your area, and also inform and update any posts you might have shared on social media. Every time we get notified that a pet has been reunited with his/her family, we update our posts which not only encourages people never to lose hope, but it also motivates people in doing the same if they find themselves in the same situation. It also removes any confusion and keeps things current if you inform everyone that your pet has been found.

lost cat 7What if YOU find a lost pet?

If you find yourself on the other side of the fence and come across a pet that looks like he/she may belong to someone (perhaps they are wearing a collar, seem domesticated and usually, but not always a ‘breed’) then do what a missing pet owner would do; inform as many animal welfare groups, vet clinics and pet stores, since these are the places that owners of missing pets would initially target. Keep the animal safe, and give him/her water and food till the rightful owners can be contacted. If in the unfortunate event of not hearing back from them after giving it ample time, you might want to consider rehoming the pet. This is very hard to do given that the pet might belong to a family already, who are desperately searching for their pet, but the pet deserves to be loved and cared for and not end up on the streets again being subjected to all sorts of potential risk.

In all cases, which ever side of the fence you find yourself in, please keep the animal’s care at the forefront of your actions. As the saying goes: “Our purpose in life is to help others. If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Please make sure they are safe from harm and can be given another chance to be loved. 

Helpful resources

GPS Pet tracker: www.podtrackers.com

Customized Pet ID tags: Pawzy store, Rawdah /Jeddah 055 476 6515

Animal Awareness and rescue groups online

PIN (Pets In Need): https://www.facebook.com/groups/PetsInNeedKSA/

Twitter: @Pin_Jeddah

Instagram: @Pin_Jeddah

Open Paws Jeddah: https://www.facebook.com/OpenPawsJeddah/?fref=ts

Instagram: @Openpawsjeddah

Gus’s Hope Jeddah: https://www.facebook.com/gushopee/?fref=ts

Instagram: hope_rescue

Art and Craft Classes


Regular Art and Craft Classes for children are being held at the Art and Craft Studio every Saturday. Details are as follows:

Time: 5-6:30pm.

Cost: SR150 pcm
Age: 4-12 years
Location: Near Al Ruwili Hospital, Bani Malek
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HOPE Summer of Therapies


HOPE for Exceptional Needs is running a unique pilot program for this summer starting on the 10th of July 2016.

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📍A summer of therapies strictly one-on-one basis offering intensive training.

📍Two months of skill acquisition and development in all therapuetic areas.

📍Call, message or whatsapp on:

056 663 1176

056 695 6887

📍Email:

Info@hopeksa.org

📍Transportation available

 

Educational Mini Conference for Teachers


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers (KSAALT) Jeddah Chapter is a non-profit professional service organization for English language teachers, created in 2006 with a handful of dedicated educators who had a desire to serve, educate and connect English language teachers in Saudi Arabia through professional development with interactive and engaging general meetings, workshops, and mini and annual conferences.

KSAALT is inviting proposals for practical workshops and presentations from English teachers and ELT professionals for their conference on 28 May,2016. The theme for the conference is Students’ Motivation: Motivate the Unmotivated. For more information, or to register, visit their Facebook page.

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There’s More to Nespresso Coffee Capsules Than You Think!


After enjoying a delicious cup of coffee how many of us do actually think of recycling the empty Nespresso capsules as pieces of fashion, home decor or stationery? This quirky idea struck Dalia Ghorab, who always had a hard time throwing away the beautiful empty capsules, and hence she decided to give them a new lease of life as bookmarks, jewellery and even home decor accessories.

We at Jeddah Blog fell in love with Dalia’s creativity and couldn’t wait to bring her work to our readers. Jeddah Blog writer Samreen Ahmed promptly got in touch with Dalia to find out more.

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Earrings made from recycled Nespresso cups.

Dalia introduces herself as an architect who worked in Egypt but quit her job to move to Jeddah with her family eight years ago. She always loved arts and started making handmade accessories in 2012 before she began recycling Nespresso capsules. “I am kind of a hoarder,” says Dalia. “I started saving the capsules not sure of what I’d do with them. Then I started googling and found out that they were collected and recycled worldwide but not in Saudi Arabia.” Dalia contacted the Nespresso team in Jeddah who also confirmed that they do not recycle the capsules, so Dalia came up with her own plan of action and began designing recycled products made from Nespresso empty capsules.

All the accessories she makes are hand-made and it is difficult to imagine that they were once nothing but empty capsules. There is a variety of things you can find in Dalia’s collection but the goth ballerina pendant deserves a special mention.

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Goth Ballerina Pendant with Black Turquoise Stone.

As a passionate art lover and a mother she wanted her children Adam, 14 and Laila, 12 to do something worthwhile and thus encouraged them to join her in this mini project which is also an initiative to save the environment since the capsules are made of aluminium. It is amazing to see how creatively Dalia has transformed plain aluminium pods into rings, earrings, pendants and trinkets and she suggests that the capsules can be used in various art projects in schools to reinforce the importance of recycling in children. Even Dalia’s 4 year old and 2 year old toddler play with the clean emptied cups learning colour recognition, sequencing and counting. It seems the possibilities are endless.

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Dancing Princess Pendant with Pink Garnet.

Schools in general must take up more such art projects that help in bringing out the creativity in children while creating a civic sense in them from a young age. Nespresso capsules particularly make up a huge amount of waste every month and it is high time this waste is put to good use. For the purpose of promoting this idea Dalia, Adam and Laila hosted a stall at the spring fair in British International School of Jeddah.

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Spanish Torero Pendant with genuine pearls.

Dalia believes that not only children, but grown ups too must get involved in collecting and recycling Nespresso capsules and find new ways to reuse them. Dalia’s ideas and collection are becoming popular with Jeddawis and she tells us that within just a week her Facebook page attracted a lot of fans and followers. The innovative team is doing their bit, but they are looking for more support and promotion of their idea to make the concept of recycling Nespresso capsules popular in the country. “It would be lovely if someone can help in holding exhibitions, contests or anything of that sort to promote the idea. We are trying to raise awareness to save the environment with a creative and artistic approach”, voices Dalia.

So if you are a coffee lover and are a part of the huge crowd who throws away coffee capsules, take a peek at Dalia’s work and join hands in saving up the capsules and crafting out beautiful masterpieces which otherwise would harm the environment when discarded in bulk.

Check our the Nespresso Capsules Recycling KSA Facebook Page for more Nespresso creations, set up and moderated by Dalia’s son Adam Abouzeid and their Instagram account moderated by her daughter Laila Abouzeid.

Samreen Ahmed runs a blog called Love.Hope.Dream. Click through to discover her musings.

 

 

Listerine Takes You Inside the Mouth


Don’t we all love a good mouthwash? That sparkly clean feeling you get helps you to feel fresh for longer and protects your teeth and gums from bacteria and decay. Oral health is something that cannot be neglected and a mouthwash is a must to eliminate the unwanted tiny creatures residing in your mouth. The only thing that may discourage me from using mouthwash is the strong, burning feeling I get when I use it. Instructions on the bottle usually tell us to swish the mouthwash around in our mouths for 30 seconds, but at times this can be quite uncomfortable.

Enter Listerine Total Care Zero.

Listerine Total Care ZeroAfter a regular drill of brushing and flossing my teeth, I gave Listerine Total Care Zero mouthwash a try. This amazing mouthwash tastes mild, minty and very fresh unlike other mouthwashes in the market that leave an intense burning sensation for a long time after spitting it out. I have absolutely no problem gargling with it for even longer than the 30 seconds. This makes it a user-friendly product that you would love to use everyday for a fresh and clean feeling.

Here are the amazing benefits of Listerine Total Care Zero:

• It fights germs

• It powers through plaque

• It prevents Gingivitis

• It keeps teeth naturally white

• It protects against cavities

• It provides long lasting fresh breath

 

The remarkable highlight of Listerine Total Care Zero is that it is completely alcohol free. Now you can include a good mouthwash in your morning routine without worrying about the presence of alcohol in it. For more information and updates on Listerine Total Care Zero you can visit their Facebook page.

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You can also watch their 360 view ad on YouTube using Google Cardboard. The Google Cardboard is an amazing gadget that allows you to view 3D videos which become amazingly realistic and lifelike. We became completely submerged in the video and feel that it’s a brilliant way of getting the message of Listerine across. I’ve had a difficult time tearing my children away from the Cardboard!

Click here to view the video in English and here for Arabic.

If you are unable to watch in 3-D, click to watch the video below:

Click here for more information about Listerine.

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Learning Compassion Through Animals


The decision to adopt a pet is a big one, and should be taken with a great deal of thought about the responsibility involved and the care that has to be provided. The upside is that not only adults but children too learn a lot from caring for a pet. In our latest blog post, Jeddah Blog’s animal lover and Founder of Pets in Need Sonja Svensek discusses the ways in which adopting a pet positively affects the lives of their owners.

What it takes to have a big heart

Two years ago a medium sized Maltese mix was brought to us by a group of workers who had found him and were unable to keep him. Word got round quickly that we are animal lovers and would never refuse an animal in need, so it was common that we were either brought unwanted pets to us or others dumped outside our home. People have always asked me what it takes to have ‘big heart’ to help animals. I never quite understood the question since it’s a natural instinct for me and many other animal lovers to do whatever we can to help a pet in need. “You are a compassionate person!”, they’d say. However people might not realize that compassion can be taught and inspired onto others. The more we instill this in our household especially around younger children, the more they grow up to be more in tune and connected to other beings.

Children and pets

Studies have shown that having a pet at home decreases depression, increases feelings of joy and a sense of well-being. A pet teaches us a lot in relation to responsibility and how someone else’s needs can be fulfilled. A pet also shows us that they have feelings too, they cry, they feel pain and they can feel happy too. It doesn’t become just about ‘us’ but also another beings life that is dependent on us.  Children learn what it means to care for a pet, by feeding it, playing with it and caring for it. They start to learn what makes the pet happy and slowly understand that certain behaviors trigger certain actions.  There are also many health benefits linked to owning a pet. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that children who had a dog during the first year of their life had higher immune response, with 31% fewer respiratory tract infections than those without.

Children with autism, other spectrum disorders or ADHD can experience lowered blood pressure and better cognitive and communication gains when able to participate in therapy dog programs.

Pets and Disabilities

More help centers in Saudi Arabia are introducing animals in their healing programs with children as children respond quicker and show more progress when there is a animal involved in their learning process.

A family I know adopted a disabled dog to teach their children that disabilities are not to be feared, judged or criticized. The children both under the age of 12, bonded with their dog so well that the parents have noticed a change in their view towards other people. These will be children growing up with a better understanding of how we might all be different, but that we are equal.

Though more and more research suggests that animals instill compassion and connection in children, it is important to note that pets should never be bought as a gift for anyone, and should be thoroughly discussed with the person or family in question beforehand. Sadly on the other side of the spectrum, there are also parents who buy a kitten for their child where the child treats the kitty as a toy and instead of learning about responsibilities of caring for him/her, they gain feelings of power and strength over another helpless being. This is where animal abuse and neglect can start-that there aren’t any responsible adults to guide and support the proper caring and nurturing of pets at home.

If you are considering adopting a pet, all family members need to be involved in the decision process to better prepare and understand what each one can do to help and what each will be responsible for. There is no denying that owning a pet is one of the most rewarding things in life but it does take genuine good willed effort. I personally don’t like the term ‘owning a pet’ since they are not objects nor property we can use, so it’s helpful to change our outlook that instead of owning a pet, we choose to care for a pet.

Pets in schools

According to the Tolerance Project website, it’s not only through pets at home that compassion can be taught. Schools should introduce children to pets as part of the curriculum. Children learn about race, how different coloured cats don’t make them any different than another coloured cat and so on. They also learn to develop their curiosity, by learning about pets eating habits, the environment they live in, the care that’s is required and so on.

It is no surprise then that some schools even have their own school ‘pets’ commonly guinea pigs or hamsters in the classroom where the children take it in turns to handle the animal, as well as change its water and give it food. When I was a child our class had a hamster. Over time, we learnt how to trust the pet and being trusted in return, and were allowed to take the hamster home for the weekend. I felt such a sense of pride and responsibility knowing that I was chosen to take the class hamster home for the weekend that I couldn’t sleep; waking up every few hours to check that he was alight.

That sense of purpose instilled in me affected me in a beautiful way that few months later upon insisting to my parents that I wanted a hamster of my own, I got one. Gizmo was my first pet and I loved nothing more than playing with him and being with him whenever possible. I also got used to the tough side of things, the parts most children and some adults alike find tedious, though very necessary; like the part that involves cleaning its cage, and changing the water and so on but over time I learnt about cause and effect, responsibility and the fact that this live and breathing creature was relying completely on me.

Having a pet as a child also taught me about detachment; that even though I gained a best friend in my pet, I didn’t own him, and that one-day he too would pass away. It was a difficult time when my furry friend passed away, but I was blessed to have had the year that I did with him. The pain never gets easier when another pet dies, but I have been able to deal with the situation more realistically in my adult years thanks to the very first pet I had when I was a child. 

There is still a stigma attached to having a pet at home, but it’s positive to see this slowly changing in this society. Owning a pet is a big, and sometimes a costly, responsibility. A pet should always be treated as part of your family and not just for when it’s convenient, cute or small.

While not every child who is cruel to a pet grows up to be a criminal, there is a strong correlation between cruel behavior toward animals and lack of empathy for human beings

Learning Compassion in Adulthood

Even if a household doesn’t consist of children, it is never too late to learn compassion in adulthood. Psychology reviews state that it is possible to change our mindset and learn to care and feel empathy for others even in later years. Just like we can train people to hurt, injure or abuse an animal, we can turn this around to train them how to be more caring. But learning about suffering is not enough. It’s important that children and adults alike, talk about their feelings and understand what they are feeling to better understand feelings of others.

It is far more complex and very different from individual to individual as to why they abuse animals, but the notion that it can be stopped and at times even trigger guilt and remorse in them is possible. According to the American library Association article entitled ‘Be kind to Animals’, it is more beneficial to start inspiring and teaching the young in being kind to animals, because ..”By the time they exhibit cruel behavior toward animals it is often very difficult to change that behavior, making it essential that adults in every part of the community help children learn to treat animals with kindness. While not every child who is cruel to a pet grows up to be a criminal, there is a strong correlation between cruel behavior toward animals and lack of empathy for human beings.”

Compassion starts at home, and animals should not be used as punching bag or experiment tool for this. Education, love in action and getting children as well as adults involved in the process of caring, rescuing and helping animals can grow more compassionate beings.

Selflessness, Gratitude and Appreciation

The more we, as a collective society teach our children, our neighbours and perhaps our elders too, that animals have a soul, feel pain and should not be treated as ‘things’, the more we will have a better understanding of ourselves and each other including the environment we live in. This brings forth gratitude, the appreciation of helping a helpless being at the mercy of your hands, the gratitude in knowing that this is not being done for any monetary, status or ego driven rewards, but rather much deeper and bigger more meaningful act of kindness, which can inspires compassion in other too.

Watch ICFLIX on the New Apple TV and get 1 month’s FREE Streaming Access


Great news for ICFLIX subscribers who have the new Apple TV at home. ICFLIX, the Middle East and North Africa’s leading movie streaming service is now available on the Apple TV App Store, joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers.

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Built from the ground up by an expert in-house team, the new ICFLIX app for the new Apple TV will allow users to sign up for the service.

“ICFLIX is all about convenience; being able to watch the entertainment you love whenever you want, at home or on the go. The new Apple TV is a great way for viewers to watch the best of Hollywood, Jazwood (Arabic) and Bollywood content. Whether you love movies, TV show, documentaries or kids animation, ICFLIX has something for everyone,” said Carlos Tibi, founder and CEO, ICFLIX

Available to download from the Apple TV App Store, the new app has been designed with a refreshed and simplified look for a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation. The new interface also features sleek design elements optimized for the new Apple TV viewing experience, and will be the best way to watch ICFLIX’s vast library of content from any new Apple TV device wherever you are. 

Everything from the sign-in screen to the browsing experience has been taken into account to make it smoother, more responsive and overall easier to use. 

To celebrate the launch, ICFLIX will give Apple TV users one month of free unlimited streaming access to each person who downloaded the App here.

For more information about ICFLIX visit their website. You can follow ICFLIX on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

ICFLIX provides a value-for-money entertainment experience with many movies, TV series, documentaries and cartoons, available in high-definition and Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound where available.

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Top Tourism Attractions in Jeddah!


Jeddah, the wonderful city of Saudi Arabia, is steadily growing in stature as the commercial capital and a gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The most easygoing city of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah has a rich history of trade and commerce through its port, in the bygone era.

Today, Jeddah is changing its image with innovative architecture and design. The Corniche and seafront has been tastefully developed along with interesting public squares and upscale shopping malls. It also has a reputation of serving delectable, fresh, sea food and international cuisine. There is lots to do in Jeddah and Saurabh Das gives us his top tips on what to see and where to go in the city.

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Corniche at Sunset with King Fahd’s Fountain in the background. Photo Credit: Tim E White

King Fahd’s Fountain

King Fahd’s Fountain is the world’s largest water fountain, and is located on the newly decorated Jeddah Corniche. Visit the Fountain in the evening to see its wonderful lighting effects. The fountain was constructed between 1980 and 1983, and was inaugurated in 1985. The Fountain jets water to a height of 853 meters with a maximum speed of 375 kilometers per hour, and is visible throughout the city of Jeddah!

Balad, The Historic District. Photo Credit: Joanna Browne.

Balad, The Historic District.
Photo Credit: Joanna Browne.

Balad

Balad is the old part of Jeddah and reminds one of the bygone glory of the city. This is the location where the first settlement of Jeddah was established by fishermen over 2,500 year ago. The port of Jeddah received millions of devotees, who arrived in the country via sea, to visit the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. The architecture in Balad mainly showcases traditional coral stones and woodwork of Roshan which helps to regulate the flow of air.

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The Floating Mosque (halaltrip.com)

Floating Mosque

The beautiful Floating Mosque is located on the North Corniche, jutting out from the Red Sea. Its unique architecture and positioning gives out an illusion as if it is floating on water. The interiors are wonderfully decorated, made of shining white marble. The mosque is also a favourite spot for Mecca bound pilgrims during their stay in Jeddah.

Medina Gate

The Bab Medina Gate is a part of the old city wall that used to enclose the old historic neighbourhood of Balad on all sides. Today, the city gate is the only remaining part of that wall. The Medina Gate is an imposing city gate, made up of limestone and embedded with corals, and is wonderfully illuminated in the evening with stunning lighting effects.

Makkah Gate

Makkah Gate

Makkah Gate

Makkah Gate, one of the oldest structures in Saudi Arabia, also known as the “Quran Gate”, is located on the Makkah Mukkarram road of the Jeddah-Makkah highway. It is the official entrance to the holy city of Makkah and the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad. The gate was designed in 1979 by an Egyptian architect, Samir Elabd, and the structure is an elegant representation of the Holy Quran resting on a book stand.

Jeddah Corniche

The Jeddah Corniche is an amazing waterfront which has been redeveloped into a contemporary Red Sea playground. The Corniche runs all along the waterfront for over 60 kilometers. The north and south of the Corniche has good beaches and coral reefs, which can be best explored by scuba diving and deep sea diving.

Fakieh Aquarium

Saudi Arabia’s only aquarium for public, the Fakieh Aquarium is an amazing destination which offers a comprehensive insight into the marine biology of the Red Sea, as well as from other seas and oceans from all over the world. Close to 200 species of sharks, dolphins, sea lions, groupies, sting rays, napoleon wrasse, sea horses, Murrays, and sea dragons, among others.    

Silver Sands Beach Photo Credit: Joanna Browne

Silver Sands Beach
Photo Credit: Joanna Browne

Silver Sands Beach

Silver Sands beach is an exclusive, well-maintained beach in Jeddah, which is a hotspot for expats living in the city. The beach has lovely palm trees amidst the backdrop of the shimmering Red Sea. It offers excellent swimming and water sports facilities, along with a restaurant, an exclusive club and many more amenities.

Mall of Arabia

The Mall of Arabia is a highly popular shopping mall located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and is located on the eastern side of Medina Road. The mall is located close to the King Abdulaziz International Airport, and features Kidzania, Billy Beez and Vortex – three amazing kid’s entertainment zones.

Souk Al Alawi (Getty Images)

Souk Al Alawi (Getty Images)

Souq Al Alawi

The Souq Al Alawi is one of the traditional souqs of the country, and is located in the heart of the old city. This place is an amazing destination, if you’re looking to buy genuine Arabian jewelry, Islamic art, and traditional dresses. Bargaining is encouraged by the local merchants here, and the souq is extremely pedestrian-friendly, giving you a great shopping experience without the disturbance of bikes and cars.

2nd Annual Pediatric Screening


Project Mercy of Madinah and Hope Center are teaming up for the Second Annual Pediatric screening event to be held in Madinah on the 25th and 26th of December, 2015.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to go to AdDaar hospital right across from Masjid Quba, and enquire about their child’s development, regardless of whether they have already been diagnosed or not. The screening is completely free of charge.

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Uzma Raheem, director of Hope Center says, “Residents of Madinah, here is your chance to avail diagnostic and therapeutic consultancy for free for your child. If your child has problems in behaviour, speech, reading, writing, walking, medical or psychological, join the event at Al Daar Hospital, opposite Masjid Quba.”

 

 

 

A Review of Tuesday in Love: the Breathable, Peelable, Halal Nail Polish


How excited were we when Tuesday in Love, a Canadian company specializing in water permeable nail polish were kind enough to send us some of their gorgeous nail polish colours to try out and review! It didn’t take long for me to sit down with my very close friend and beautician Sonja Morgan from Skin Deep, and try out their beautiful shades.

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We loved the colours; Cotton Candy, (YOLO) You Only Love Once and Applause, with the topcoat on the far right.

Coverage

Firstly, what we noticed was that overall the nail polishes provided great coverage. They went on very nicely and gave decent cover in one coat. The colours are funky, bright and young. Perfect for young girls and teens. We were pleasantly surprised to find that there was no strong chemical smell emitting from the nail polishes (unlike Inglot, which has a very strong smell).

Brush Size

The brushes are quite small and hence ideal for smaller nails and for painting neat edges.

Solution

The red solution was the thinnest and the pink was quite thick. The blue (we would describe it as Air Force Blue) was a smooth solution, whereas we tend to find that usually blues are quite thin. The colours had quite a nice sheen to them, and the nails appeared to be evenly coated, covering over imperfections and ridges. The solutions were opaque and just a minimal amount is needed on each brush.

We felt that they took a little longer to dry, but this can be an advantage as it is very forgiving; it is quite easy to correct any mistakes. The red was the only one which we felt really needed two coats.

The topcoat went on opaque, but dried as clear.

Bottle Size

We felt that the bottles are a great shape. They are smaller than others you will see on the market and very young and hip looking. The bottles are very easy to carry around, similar to Chanel bottles in fact. They are solid, and not tapered hence they are not easy to knock over.

To remove, simply peel off!

Removal

The most amazing thing about the Tuesday in Love nail polishes is that nail polish remover is simply not required. The solution, once dried, is completely peelable, and comes off in one piece.

The Halal Factor

One of the most important aspects for many Muslim women is that this nail polish is water permeable, and therefore halal. For those who are not already aware, Muslims must perform ablution for prayers five times a day, and the water must touch every part of their body. Regular nail polish does not allow one to do that and blocks the water out. Tuesday in Love is great for those who want to wear a nail polish temporarily – just for a lunch date, for example, and then peel it right off.

You can take a look at their halal certificate on their website. The company even give you instructions on how to test the ‘halalness’ of the product yourself.

Longevity

We felt that this was a disadvantage for Tuesday in Love. The nail polishes are not very hard wearing, and tend to chip and dent even when a topcoat is applied.

Price

At just over $12 per bottle, Tuesday in Love is quite competitive and even a touch cheaper than their rival Inglot.

Conclusion

Overall, we loved the nail polishes and feel that they are great for casual wear especially for younger girls and teens. The brush and bottle sizes are tailor-made for smaller hands, the colours are young and vibrant, and the ease of application and removal are perfect for girls who go to school and want to wear nail polish on the weekends.

The nail polish emits a soft sheen, rather than a high gloss finish, so for adults we recommend Tuesday in Love for casual events, and not necessarily for formal wear. I would definitely use Tuesday in Love nail polishes simply due to their stunning colours and peel-ability. You can’t really go wrong!

 

TaskSpotting – Make Money While You Shop!


When the nice people at TaskSpotting contacting us at Jeddah Blog and asked us to take a look at their app, I was quite intrigued. The concept is so simple that I was surprised as to why no-one had come up with it before. Shop, complete missions and earn cash. Read on for details on how to sign up and how it works.

Task Spotting Jeddah BlogAlthough new to Saudi, TaskSpotting has been around for over a year, with thousands of app users cashing in and making money while shopping, eating out, and going about their usual errands, basically without having to go out of their way at all.

The concept is simple. Brands place ‘missions’ on the app, which app users can accept and complete. Missions could be as simple as taking a picture of a supermarket shelf or checking the price of an item at a store. Once completed, missions are submitted and approved and the cash appears in your e-wallet! One couple in Dubai made 1000 Dirhams in one weekend through the app.

Task Spotting app Jeddah BlogTaskSpotting has recently launched in Saudi with missions all over Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah. The missions are simple; such as price checks for washing powder take literally 5 minutes per mission, and pay 50SAR each. App users are allowed to complete 10 missions each so they could earn up to 500SAR in a day. Hard to resist!

Download TaskSpotting now and start making money!

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