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ahmadaq posted on the thread Workout partners on the Jeddah forum

God forbid, God forbid,  one can't be seen sweating at the gym.Looking "absolutely fabulous" at all times is a must  :D

ahmadaq posted on the thread Workout partners on the Jeddah forum

Hahaha…This reminded me with a 16-17 years old guy that use to go to the same GYM I joined last. Me and my workout partner use to call him I-Talk (as in I-Phone) he use to talk with his friend none stop about his adventures with girls in Lebanon……. when I say none stop its Literally!!!  :sleep

ahmadaq posted on the thread Workout partners on the Jeddah forum

In my GYM days (long back) having the right crowed was the number  one factor to determine if I would like the place or not, but that’s only me  :D

Some of the best gyms in Jeddah on that matter are;

Zclub -Tahlia Street
KAI-Sairafi Mall
Power in- Al Shataa Souq
Ultimate Power-Rawdah Street
Techno Sport- Hira str. With Madinah Road

Other really good but smaller ones are one in Khalidia philipino souq (I think its called paltinume) and stallion infront of Sands Hotel- Tahlia

ahmadaq posted on the thread Help! How to register Nikah in Saudi Arabia on the Riyadh forum

It depends on what do you need this marriage certificate for. If it is so you can have your wife under your sponsorship (Iqama) then it needs to be attested by the Saudi embassy-Turkey, but if it was just so you can live together or going out freely then having it attested by the Turkish Embassy  here should be enough.  Also if you needs it to have a “Married” statues at your company benefiting from the yearly family ticket or higher housing allowance, then most (not all so have to ask your HR) companies will be fine with only a copy of your marriage certificate with no attesting.

I know many who get marred here at their embassies with no Saudi attesting and had no issues with the authorities or with living together.

ahmadaq posted on the thread Help! How to register Nikah in Saudi Arabia on the Riyadh forum



The Turkish Marriage License needs to be attested first by the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul (they will ask for it to be translated into Arabic and that can be done in Turkey by any certified translation center (certified by the the Saudi Embassy-Turkey)), then again you will attest it by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in the Kingdom.

ahmadaq posted on the thread MMA gyms in Jeddah on the Jeddah forum

There is one called MMA Jeddah ( Kowat Al Rami) in Sari street also Fnoon Asia near Al Handasa Roundabout.
Both Sport tech-Hera street and Bwell- Khaldia offer some classes.

I remember last year there was a Brazilian guy here in this forum saying that he moved  to Jeddah to  open a martial art Gym , but not sure what happened with him :/

ahmadaq posted on the thread Looking for spinning classes on the Jeddah forum

Not sure about that    :/  ...I know of some Yoga classes conducted at Compounds and other places in Jeddah but not sure about spinning.

The thing is that there is high demand for health and fitness for ladies and very few providers, thats due to the laws here preventing having a standalone GYMs for women (they should be attached to a healthcare facility or under the license of a physiotherapy center) but this will change soon. 

This monopoly, gives them the power to set their own rules and prices (womens GYMs are much more expansive than mens) so I will not be surprised if they asked you to join their place before allowing you an access to classes.

Curves and Golds  have more than one branche for ladies here in jeddah  ...where  do you live in Jeddah?

ahmadaq posted on the thread Looking for spinning classes on the Jeddah forum

Jeddah does not offer many options when it comes to GYM for women. That been said, Z club, Curves, Golds , Dr.Soliman Fakeeh hospital (Olympia) and Ladies Gym in Samiria Clinic all offer spinning  and pilates classes. Give them a call depending on where you live and your budget you can decide where to go.

Note; the classes are not available on all times since regularly those places will face trainers shortage.

Last week I was invited to a homemade Three-course Moroccan Dinner, where every single ingredient was brought from Casablanca by my friends wife. The food was awsome by the way  :one

When I cameback from my last vacation, I brought fresh Fig, chees, homemade cake , dry herbs ,Seeds, some plants and cactus too  :D  and no I did not bring the kitchen sink , in case if you are wondering

no drugs no liquor

ahmadaq posted on the thread Swimming on the Saudi Arabia forum

I learned how to swim when I was 27. It was an 8 weeks course conducted by two different trainers with two different training styles, I start floating, which is the single most important thing in learning how swimming, in week 3.

Now I dive from time to time and do snorkeling regularly :D

ahmadaq posted on the thread UK certificate attestation on the Saudi Arabia forum

You need to know that your degrees will means nothing in Saudi if they were not attested by BOTH The Saudi Embassy and the Saudi Cultural Bureau in UK .So it's not only about getting them attested by your UK Uni. And the British consulate

ahmadaq posted on the thread driving to madina on the Jeddah forum

Around half way to and from Madinah and around morning and afternoons you can see Baboons on the roadside  pack some "Baboons food" with you if you like to stopover and feed them. :blink:

ahmadaq posted on the thread soursop fruit on the Jeddah forum

yes its available, Al Sarwat Supermarket in Kilo5, AL Barroom and Jeddah International will have it, also most of the Indonesian/Asian grocery shops will sell it...

ahmadaq posted on the thread MCT oil on the Jeddah forum

MCT Oils are used in hospitals as food supplement for people who cant absorb or digest fat easily to give them the energy they need. It mainly used for old patients, LBWB (Low Birth Weight Babies), and babies with metabolic disorders. Nutritionist will add it to their food.

Hope that this solved the mystery  :huh:  of why it could be available at hospitals.

ahmadaq posted on the thread MCT oil on the Jeddah forum

I know about MCT Oils that available in hospitals. If that what you are looking for then have a look at Dr. Suliman Faqeeh Hosital (pediatric pharmacy) or Nura Pharmacy

ahmadaq posted on the thread Moms groups in Jeddah??? on the Jeddah forum


Most likely, MAM bottles are not available in the Saudi market. There are other makes .

Any ways have a look at the following places and if they dont have it then look for other brands;
(Babies R Us)Toys R Us
Al Nahdi Pharmacy
Nura Pharmacy (altahlia or Palestine Str.)

ahmadaq posted on the thread indoor plants on the Jeddah forum


When you say New Makkah Road, do you mean The New New Makkah Road ( Briman Bridge) or the old New Makkah Road ( Seaport Bridge)?

ahmadaq posted on the thread tattoos, earrings and heavy metal tshirts on the Jeddah forum

All of the three are considered odd and unacceptable by the local culture, that being said it does not mean that you cant wear or have them or that all the society doesnt tolerate it. I have a friend who is wearing ear gauge/plugs and have been for the last 5 years with no issues (only the regular loooong staring)  :blink: . I also have many friends with Tattoos, but they only show it in places where they know that people will be Cool about it.

Now for the Heavy Metal, your main concern is that you dont want to be mistaking for being a member of a Satanism group or an Emo. The majority of people here especially Motaa  will not know the difference.

Every few seasons, Heavy Metal t-shirts  will be in style and you can buy it from few shops here and there, but many graphics will be off limit.

ahmadaq posted on the thread bird feeder and bird food on the Jeddah forum

I was looking for bird feeder for some time, but the only ones they sell here were the ones for caged birds. A friend is bringing me one form South Africa INCHALLAH!!!...

For the time being, I made two using recycled materials by looking at ideas online. One for regular birds and one for hummingbirds. The dry seeds one seems not to interest the local birds, but I have a hummingbird visiting my roof garden daily now. :one

A hanging tray with sunflower seeds will attract the local green Parrots (local to the area for the last maybe 50 years).

For the food, its batter to buy them by Kilo from any traditional Herbs shop (Itaarah shops) it will be much cheaper if you are going to start a project like this.

ahmadaq posted on the thread All expats party... on the Jeddah forum

Hi Kevin,

Obhur is in North of Jeddah City and its where all the sea resorts are located.AL Takhussisi Street is in Riyadh, so its only 1,100km drive from Obhur  :D
( in Jeddah we have Takhussisi Hopital but not the street)