Monthly Archives: May 2016

Fahas – Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection

To drive a vehicle in Saudi Arabia one needs to have a valid “Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection (MVPI)” certificate, commonly known as Fahas. Fahas is only valid for 1 year and needs to be renewed every year. I have been driving car for a couple of years and no one has ever asked for the Fahas. Normally people only do Fahas when they need to renew Istamara (Vehicle Registration) or sell the car or change the ownership of car (in case of transfer of leased car from bank). Continue reading


Riyadh Zoo

In the kingdom usually people think that there are very few places outdoor where people can enjoy but it’s actually not true. If you hunt in right direction, you will find some exciting places to go to and Riyadh Zoo is one of them. Some days back, we planned a trip to Riyadh Zoo and it turned out quite nice except for the sunlight that may bother you if you are visiting during the summer. Continue reading


Dinner at Spices Village Restaurant

Finding Pakistani flavored Karahi and Kabab’s in Riyadh sounds like a blessing to us. After reading some views online, we decided to give a try to Spices Village, a restaurant located in Olaya near Kingdom Tower. As you enter the restaurant, the environment looks very calm and peaceful. On weekends, it is almost filled with families but the place is always tidy and clean which makes it our priority to have dinner when we are craving for Desi food. Continue reading


Sizzling dinner at Sizzler House

Few days back, we decided to try the food of Sizzler House in Riyadh as we read some good reviews about the restaurant. So, on last weekend after shopping, we went to Sizzler House on Tahlia Street but were disappointed as they told us that they are not taking orders but only buffet is available. Continue reading


Pakistani Breakfast at Lazeez Restaurant

Living in a foreign land becomes more difficult if you cannot enjoy the food there. Living in Saudi Kingdom is not hard for us at least because we get enough flavorful Pakistani food here that complements our taste buds as well as our appetite. Few days back, we discovered a nice place for Pakistani breakfast and that is “Lazeez restaurant“. Lazeez Restaurant is located in Hai Al Wazarat (aka Hara) Riyadh. Continue reading

How to Register National Address in Kingdom

Few days ago I went to get a new car insurance from AXA and found out that beside other documents, certificate of National Address is also required. After searching about it on google I came to know that National Address is a project started by Saudi Post to transform the old way of descriptive address to the digital ones. Continue reading


Danube Home: A Great place to buy furniture

All the expats who come to Saudi Arabia, their first priority is to find an apartment or villa and settle down as quickly as possible to save the living cost of hotel apartments. To get settled, first of all they need to buy furniture for house. It is very difficult to find a furniture store that is economical especially when you are living in Riyadh. Continue reading


How to avail Deals

Last year when I was searching for a place to get the car windows tinted, I came to know that car window tinting is very expensive in the kingdom. It usually starts from 1500 SAR and goes to 2500 SAR for a sedan. As there were some sales going on and even after a 30 % discount it was still very expensive. I discussed it with few of my friends and one of them referred me to check out Auto deals on Continue reading


How to Claim Warranty on Home Centre Products?

Couple of years ago when we were looking to furnish our apartment, we got a great deal from Home Centre. All the furniture we bought was of sturdy built. Of all the things bought we only faced issue with Orthopedic Spring Mattress. We went to the Home Centre store from which we bought the furniture, they told us that for all the warranty claim we need to contact the helpline. Continue reading


Jeddah Shadows Hotel Suite Review

Last week, we had to visit Jeddah during weekdays. It was a business trip for two nights. For that reason, we wanted to book a hotel beforehand to avoid any inconvenience. As usual we browsed through and we come across Jeddah Shadows Hotel Suite. We wanted a hotel near airport and office so that my husband does not have to travel a lot on taxi and we could save some time to travel around the city and explore Jeddah as we have not visited it before. So, we found Jeddah Shadows Hotel Suite at a perfect location, 15 minutes drive from airport to hotel and ten minutes drive from hotel to office. Plus, on the website the rating of the hotel is 8.4/10 which was very nice and pictures shown below will illustrate itself the look of the hotel. Continue reading

Is it legal to perform Umrah on Family Visit Visa?

When I first came to Saudi Arabia on family visit visa, I did not know at all if performing Umrah is legal or not on this visa. I didn’t knew even if this debate exists because we all know by default that performing Hajj on visit visa is illegal but no one ever mentioned anything about Umrah. So, we thought that it would be legal as we never heard any news about people being detained for performing Umrah on visit visa as we usually read in case of Hajj. Continue reading