Umm Adam in Jeddah

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You read that right! 10 years ago my family moved to Saudi Arabia. We lived in the Eastern Province for the first 7 years,then spent 3 years in Riyadh and now we have made our way closer to the Haramain. Masha’Allah! Not much to update you on, as the 3 years spent in Riyadh were pretty hectic. I went from a Stay At Home Mom to straight hustling! I worked, tutored and developed several entrepreneurial projects. All of that, along with raising my 4 wonderful children. My children were actually my inspiration behind my Head Lice Treatment and Removal Service (now in Jeddah!!!).

 

This summer the daughter of a friend of mine got married in Jeddah, so we did another Umm Adam Family Road Trip  (National Lampoon has nothing on us!), we also made our first umrah in 3 years. The thought of being closer to Makkah and able to make frequent umrah trips,plus finding out about a great Quran program and being around a great bunch of sisters is what put my plan in action.We returned home in the middle of July, I ran the idea of moving by my dear husband and he was supportive of it. By the end of August we moved to Jeddah walillahil hamd!

Right now I am still getting settled into Jeddah. I have my precious ones in great Islamic schools. Once I find a reliable driver, insha’Allah, then maybe I can update this old blog with more Umm Adam Family Adventures, insha’Allah!

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Umm Adam’s Family Vacation: Abha, Saudi Arabia (Pt2)

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After our Cable Cart Ride we headed down in the Valley for dinner.

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The men ate dinner in this little hang out. They wanted to talk business 🙂

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The women and children ate in the istaraha. A small rest area where we could get comfortable and remove our outter garments. Of course we were served heaping servings of hot rice and lamb.

Day 2 – Jabel As Sooda

The next day we were taken to Mount Sooda. This is the highest peak in all of Saudi Arabia. It’s about 10,000 feet high.

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After leaving the mountain, we went to a modern mall. The husbands took the kids ice skating and to the amusement park, while the wife and I shopped.

On our final day there, we went shopping in the souk and had a pinic at a local park, before catching our 10pm flight home.

The park was bustling with excitement. They rented green machines and use of the tampoline. Straight hustlers!

My favorite part as usual is when the time for prayer comes and you see everyone – men, women, and children take a break from their fun and pray! No awkwardness, shame, or embarrassment. It is just natural and a part of life, to take time from your daily activities..no matter what you are doing to pray. Did you noticed those parked green machines? That’s because the boys were praying!

Abha, Saudi Arabia – is a nice place to visit. I’m trying not to feel pressured to live there. My husband’s friend is ill and owns a factory in town, that he has closed down because of his illness. He wants to make my husband his business partner. My husband said that it is the opportunity of a lifetime. However, Abha is for locals. If you are not from there or do not have family there, it will be very difficult to live there. Most people live in Family Apartment buildings, and have their relatives as neighbors. Children do not go outside to play. My kids would be bored and depressed. We are already without our family, but to not have at least a good grocery store to go to would be aweful…lol. We lived 5 years out in the boonies when we first came to Saudi, but my girls were little. Now they are older and active. They take tai kwon do,  karate, and swimming. This would not be possible in a ‘Village’.

Umm Adam’s Family Vacation: Abha, Saudi Arabia (Pt1)

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I often tease my husband and tell him that our family could do a National Lampoon’s Muslim Family Vacation. However, this vacation actually went rather smooth – masha’Allah. Abha is in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. We have met many Saudi Families over the years who are from Abha and have invited us to visit their city. It was not until my husband reconnected with a very old Saudi friend that we accepted the invitation. Abha is a mountainous region and a tourist attraction because of it’s beauty and especially due to it’s cool weather. We were treated to typical Saudi generousity and hospitality – from the moment we stepped off the plane.

The wife of my husband’s friend has a family furnished suite building that we were set up in. Most Saudis prefer these over hotels because they come with full kitchens and are not as expensive.

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It is always especially nice to open the nightstand and find a Quran in it!

View From Balconey

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After getting settled in our Apartment, we were taken to

Jabel Al Akhdar (The Green Mountain)

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We had drinks on top of the Mountain at Mata’am Jebal Al Akhdar (The restaurant of the Green Mountain). When we first arrived there were few people but as the evening went on it filled up. After our cocktails we went sight seeing.

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The Cable Cart