Friday, June 4, 2010

Exhibition week

This week I went to the King Khalid exhibition at the National Museum and the womens exhibitons at the Mercure hotel.

The Blue Harbour exhibition was really nice, although much smaller in size than the previous ones I've attended. It was held in the third floor of the hotel (which is shaped like a cruiseship btw!)
There were abayas and other clothing on sale, and I found myself a really nice comfy one with beautiful flowery sleeves. The material is very light and perfect for the summer weather which we have now +45c!
It was great chatting with these talented women, they were all so friendly. As usual, we were the only westerners there. We talked to a painter, a photographer, a jewellery designer and a lady who was starting her own bakery business. Had to test some of her chocolate muffins which were heavenly! Yet again I was in awe of the beauty of  saudi women, maashallah! I didnt want to take any pictures because they would've felt awkard and I didnt want to be disrespectful. Nice evening! Afterwards we walked to nearby Granada mall for some more shopping.

 One of the Entrances to National Museum    

   King Khaled exhibiton was at the National Museum in its own separate building. They wlecomed us very warmly and we were treated like VIP guests. I guess they dont get many blondes coming in :) We got our own english speaking well-mannered guide for the tour. The exhibition was beautifully displayed and had lots of interesting artifacts. There was photography of the Kings life on the walls, and the the rooms were divided according to the theme. The guide took us through the various rooms highlighting the Kings political career, achievements, hobbies, personal and religious life. They let us stay inside during the Ishaa prayer and we got to sign the special guests book. When I wrote something in it in arabic they were amazed :) They said the exhibtion should be there for at least another month, and there are no special days for women or men only its allowed for everyone. Around the National museum theres a big park area with fountains, creeks and sitting areas, nice to walk in the evenings with the beautiful lighting. Here are some pics I took :



E said...

Hi, do you know for how long this exhibition at the National museum will be there?

Layla said...

Hi!It will be there for about a month and then they move it to another city.

Laila said...

I happened to stumble upon your blog, and I am so happy I did!

I love your posts about Saudi, and being a local myself it is refreshing to see my country from a foreigner's point of view--both the good and the bad.

Anyway, the reason I am commenting on this particular post is because I was one of the women selling at Blue Harbour Exhibition, and my close friend is the owner of Blue Harbour :).

A bit random, I know, but I just thought I would share that.

So glad that you enjoyed the exhibition!

Layla said...

Hi Laila!

Just noticed your comment now!

Anyways were you selling jewellery?
I bought earrings from someone also called Laila :)