Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

March 1, 2010

Sandstorm alert in Riyadh on March 1st

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:54 am

Last year’s Sandstorm was a big one, and apparently there is another one heading to Riyadh as we speak!

According to Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME)‘s early warning page (there is no English warning page, so you might as well go out?): A sandstorm is approaching Riyadh and Horizontal visibility of 1 meter!

تحذير رقم(2)من الساعة(10:30)صباحا الى الساعة(12:30)ظهرا ليوم الاثنين الموافق 15 ربيع الاول 1431ه شبه انعدام فى مدى الرؤية الافقية حيث تتدنى الرؤية الافقية الى اقل من (1)م بسبب العوالق الترابية على المناطق((الشرقية – الرياض – القصيم ))….لذلك يجب اخذ الحيطة والحذر.

Schools have already started sending students home. Hope everyone will be safe.

Image from American Bedu.

February 5, 2010

The location for Tweetup Riyadh March 2010

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 3:30 pm

The latest Tweetup Riyadh was held in Caribou Coffee in Riyadh. While the coffee was excellent the seating wasn’t the best. So if you have a suggestion for a meetup location then make sure to post a twitter reply to @tweetupriyadh with your suggestion.

Remember that the Tweetups are now held on the first Monday of each month instead of Thursday.

January 12, 2010

Tee Gschwendner branches in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , — Khaled A. @ 8:00 pm

I talked about Tea Gschwendner (Tee Gschwendner) before. But I will take the time to list all the branches with Gowalla links in Saudi Arabia for easy reference.

One important note that Fahad reminded me on Twitter: ” اذا بغيتوا تشترون من تي جشفندر لاتاخذون كلام البائع كله اعرف وش تبي قبل :)واذا نويت تجرب جرب كميات قليلة”. If you wanted to buy from Tee Gschwendner do not believe whatever the salesman said, you should know what you want and if you want to try something just buy in small quantities (100g, 50g). Yes, I agree with Fahad completely.

Here’s the list:

Come on, Jeddah and Dhahran friends, use Gowalla and add these shopping centers to the map.

December 31, 2009

Coffee Shops in Riyadh: Java Time

Filed under: Coffee Shops in Riyadh — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 8:03 pm

Java Time (Java Time, used to be Coffee Time and Y Cafe) started as a small coffee shop by the owners of Softland computer hardware store. This is supposed to be their homepage but there’s nothing.

It used to be a decent coffee shop but lately they opened a branch in every street, the coffee quality changed dramatically and bad seating.

Black drip coffee taste old, espresso feels burnt, their “popular” drinks are just covered in sugar and sweeteners so nothing to taste. Apparently you need to get used to it to like their coffee, no thanks.

The seating in every branch is extremely congested, there is no open space and if the branch is full then prepare for the bad smells. Most coffee shops keep an open breathing space between seating areas to make it a comfortable place. Don’t bother conversations with your friends because everyone is talking, it’s louder than a noisy classroom. Did I mention the smell? At least they don’t allow smoking.

Internet: their Internet policies changed so much: pay 10SR for 1 hour or 50MB bandwidth, free for 20 minutes using a card that you ask for each time and apparently they made a deal with STC to provide free Internet. Please note that it’s an open access point so take caution.

Gowalla locations in Riyadh: King Abdulaziz rd, not sure, heh, Tahliah rd, Mecca rd, Takhassusi st and King Abdullah rd.

In the end, it’s definitely not a recommended place by me. Unless you want to order a french latte (loaded with sweeteners) and other similar drinks. If you want real black coffee or espresso that’s good then you are at the wrong place. It’s a shame really since it’s one of the 2 local coffee shop brands (the other is Dr Cafe) and both offer horrible coffee.

October 26, 2009

Riyadh Tweetup for November

Filed under: Events — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:44 pm

Register for the tweetup here which will be held Thursday November 5th at Second Cup Coffee Shop at Tahliah street in Riyadh.

October 17, 2009

Riyadh Region Traffic website suspended

Filed under: News — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 3:32 pm

Riyadh Region Traffic – the Offecial web site (yes, Offecial, not Official) has been suspended! This is nice, a government site contracted to an inefficient web provider (in this case it’s Sites4Arab – copyright 2002!).

The error message is “This account has been suspended. Either the domain has been overused, or the reseller ran out of resources.“. Ironic to see Traffic police being suspended, ha ha.

Apparently the nserver was now changed from to Nournet‘s website is also comforting copyright 2006! We seriously need better local web hosting providers!

October 16, 2009

PlayStation Gamers Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Filed under: Saudigamer — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:22 pm

The second Sony PlayStation Gamers Day in Saudi Arabia will be held between October 21st to 23rd in Riyadh. You can register to attend the event here. Via True Gaming.

You can find more info from the first PlayStation Gamers Day at this page.

September 13, 2009

Spiderman attends a Saudi university

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:44 am

Spiderman designs to attend a Saudi university (KSU), enjoy the video:

Special thanks to Basem for posting a link to that video.

July 13, 2009

A Day About Japan video presentation

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:43 pm

Last saturday’s “Day About Japan” event has been recorded and uploaded to youtube by Sakura of the Kingdom.


Part 1:

Part 2:

Special thanks to Sakura of the Kingdom for posting the video online.

July 11, 2009

A Day About Japan

Filed under: Events — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:21 am

Sakura of the Kingdom, a site with interest in Japanese culture in Saudi Arabia is having an event today in Riyadh called “Day About Japan”.


You can find more information about the event here (Arabic).

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