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Our 10th KAUSTiversary: making the most of living in a small town

By | July 12, 2021

I believe that with living in a very small town comes the responsibility of every citizen to make the most it. As I reflect on our 10 years here, I want to share a few thoughts on how anyone can make a positive impact in their small town.

Saudi Tourism: Visiting Al Waba Crater

By | February 9, 2021

Al Waba (also spelled Wahbah) Crater is a large volcanic crater which is 2.2 km in diameter and around 250 meters deep, located in the heart of Saudi Arabia. It is great spot for a day trip from KAUST, Taif, Jeddah, or Medina for an overnight to go hiking and exploring in the winter months. I’ve had… Read More »

Instagrammers of KAUST

By | October 16, 2019

Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for people living at KAUST. If you follow some of the more popular hashtags, you’ll find many posts from and about life in our seaside University community: #KAUSTLife – my personal favorite #DestinationKAUST #KAUST Recently, my colleague and collaborator, Marcos Aguilar, suggested that I write… Read More »

Online tools for life at KAUST

By | May 15, 2019

[Update: the below information which was initially published in August 2015, has been refreshed in May 2019. I’ve curated the information to include current and accurate information.] For the second time, I asked our community Facebook page for suggestions for online tools that are invaluable for life at KAUST. Here is a round-up of what I learned: Tools… Read More »

Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter at KAUST – An Interview with the Fire Chief, Greg Burnell

By | November 4, 2018

About a year ago, my husband became a volunteer firefighter at KAUST. I can see that he’s really enjoyed the mental and physical challenge of joining this group, and I am beyond proud of him for supporting our community resilience in this way. I’m actually pretty jealous of his participation, and while I’m not technically… Read More »

Rush minute at KAUST

By | September 20, 2018

After 7 years at KAUST, I hardly recall exactly what rush hour feels like anymore. I seem to remember it was boring and frustrating and annoying though! For many KAUST residents, the short commute to work is a major perk of the job. Most people start work at 8am at KAUST and there is a… Read More »

Guest blog post: Adventure Travel Alex’s first Saudi expedition

By | August 6, 2018

I love to share stories from KAUST community members here on the blog. Today’s post is from Alex Buxton who moved to KAUST in the last few months to join the Marketing Communications department. He’s a fantastic writer and experienced traveler – often sharing his adventurous excursions via his blog, Adventure Travel Alex.  He recently shared… Read More »

Celebrating our 7th KAUSTiversary

By | July 11, 2018

Today marks the 7th anniversary of our time in Saudi. It’s a good time to look back and reflect on some of the memorable moments of the year. This year has been transformational for the nation of Saudi Arabia. Here are a few articles of interest which highlight the social and economic changes that are… Read More »

The Parade of Nations 2018: Celebrating Multiculturalism at KAUST

By | March 13, 2018

On March 1, KAUST hosted the annual Parade of Nations, an event that invites residents to showcase their cultures by dressing up in their national dress, visiting community-hosted stalls with food information about each of the countries, and music/shows from many of the countries too. The Parade of Nations is entirely volunteer-driven. The people who… Read More »

Tinkering with Technology: An interview with Peter Rautek from the KAUST Maker Space

By | September 9, 2017

I recently connected with Peter Rautek, a research scientist at KAUST to ask him about a side-project he’s been working on. He, along with several other collaborators at KAUST, launched the Maker Space Self-Directed Group to enable builders, tinkerers, and innovators to create and connect.  I was eager to learn more about this group when… Read More »