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Date Palms & Camels

The site is named to honor the flora Date Palm and fauna Camel of Saudi Arabia. They are remarkable in that they can exist in the most arid and extreme heat environment and thrive! They both are staples of a desert kingdom. Their adaptation in this ecosystem is to our benefit for nourishment and sustainability.

Living Life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hello! Salam Alykum!

Thanks for visiting this blog!

We are a family of 4 from America, who had been living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for 3 years, from 2018 until 2021. You can find out what it is like to live an expat life in this country with your family, or by yourself. The most recent posts are the first ones you will find. If you scroll back through the many posts here, you can find out information on compound life, dressing, cultural customs and so on. It was exciting to spend some time here, and there are still places we’d like to come back to visit. May you find it useful in your exploration!

We entered Saudi a year after ladies were allowed to drive. We left when Saudi started adopting new “green initiatives” both in energy production, the environment, agriculture and water. Currently there is a boom in building projects both for entertainment, such as sports arenas, horse racing tracks, desert camping and tourism in historic districts. In a few years this country will be posed to be a new hot spot destination for tourism, so why not visit while it is still in the making!

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What is Evergreen Agriculture; and can Saudi Arabia use this technology in some areas of the country?

There is an agroforestry technology derived by mimicking nature, which has been used in African countries with success. It provides a productive landscape for humans, nature and animals. This technique is termed “Evergreen Agriculture”, and keeps the soil covered, as well as produces shade, while growing food and animals in multi-tiered landscaped systems. Read a …

Water Insecurity for Some Middle Eastern Countries

Just yesterday there was a news article that really caught my attention. Aljazeera reported on the water crisis in Iraq. We’ve discussed food insecurity within this blogsite, however water insecurity and resources in a changing climate, are also pressing. Water insecurity leads to food insecurity in the land where there is either drought, overuse of …

Saudi’s green initiative to include Hail region: Drones will be used to disperse seeds on 200+ hectares

There are many ways people are using trees, shrubs and grasses, to combat desertification of dry, arid land. Saudi has the technology to try new approaches in areas that require a lot of input of resources; seeds, plants, fertilizer, water, labor, to make a more biodiverse landscape. A new article in Arabnews.com, describes briefly how …

Fall 2021 School Semester remains virtual for students 11 and under

Mixed hopes on schools reopening in fall I’d say the number one question on everyone’s mind, who is a parent with young kids living in Saudi, … Will the Ministry of Education approve kids going back to in classroom learning this fall 2021? Many of the families we know have worried over what to do …

Saudi plan for expanded date production and pest management

Date Palms for food security in arid regions are a nutritionally important staple food. You can eat them fresh, cooked or dried and they are naturally portable when you go long distances. These trees may be overlooked in other areas of the world, but as climate change occurs, should we consider cultivating date palms in …

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What is Evergreen Agriculture; and can Saudi Arabia use this technology in some areas of the country?

There is an agroforestry technology derived by mimicking nature, which has been used in African countries with success. It provides a productive landscape for humans, nature and animals. This technique is termed “Evergreen Agriculture”, and keeps the soil covered, as well as produces shade, while growing food and animals in multi-tiered landscaped systems. Read a …

Water Insecurity for Some Middle Eastern Countries

Just yesterday there was a news article that really caught my attention. Aljazeera reported on the water crisis in Iraq. We’ve discussed food insecurity within this blogsite, however water insecurity and resources in a changing climate, are also pressing. Water insecurity leads to food insecurity in the land where there is either drought, overuse of …

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We live in the Eastern Province of Al Khobar. The nearest big city is Dammam. The great advantage of living here, is it is near the sea. Also there is an easily accessible land bridge to the country of Bahrain. We hope this site will help give you an idea of life here in Saudi. It won’t be complete but you can get an idea of what elements of Saudi living will appeal to you.

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