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 »

Saudi Tourism: Visiting Al Ula & Mada’in Saleh

By | November 2, 2020

We just got back from visiting the new epicenter of tourism in Saudi Arabia – Al Ula and the Nabatean settlement of Mada’in Saleh. We’ve had loads of people ask about the trip seeking tips and advice, so with that in mind, below is a bit about our trip, including a logistical details for others… 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 »

Tourism has arrived in Saudi Arabia!

By | September 28, 2019

Big news out of Saudi! New rules allowing tourist visas from a host of countries, including the US and the UK was launched yesterday. This is a game-changer for travelers who wish to experience Saudi first-hand.

Our 8th KAUSTiversary!

By | July 12, 2019

Yesterday was the anniversary of our 8th year at KAUST, or as we like to call it, our KAUSTiversary! On July 11, 2011, Kevin and I packed up our life in the UK and moved to KAUST. It was an experiment and an adventure – one that has shaped us forever. The beginning I have… 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 »

KAUST Parade of Nations 2019

By | March 9, 2019

I’ve always considered The Parade of Nations is THE best day of the year at KAUST. We collectively take a few moments to highlight our community’s multicultural spirit and the international mindset that drives so many of us to come to KAUST in the first place. I’ve written about this special KAUST event previously, here… Read More »

You’re invited! Wednesday Coffee Mornings at KAUST

By | November 26, 2018

[Update November 2018 – the event info below has been refreshed, and the event is still running!] I want to be sure to help support a great community-driven event that happens every week here at KAUST: Wednesday Coffee Mornings at the Island Rec. Awhile ago, some non-working ladies began meeting at the Island Recreation Center… Read More »