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Post Long Holiday Syndrome: How to Avoid the stress

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I doubt that anyone can put into words how scary and frustrating it is to go back to Cairo and mundane life after a long weekend. It was only yesterday when you woke up by the sea having a very lazy morning, and the next day you are running around your room getting ready for work; and instead of taking long walks by the beach, you get stuck for countless hours in Cairo traffic.

Well, we can’t agree more that the struggle is real, that we had to find some ways to adjust. Here are our thoughts to make the experience less traumatic:

There is no place like home:

Although I don’t agree 100% with that phrase, your home can make you feel less traumatized about going back to your materialistic routine. Feeling home after a long weekend can make you feel safe, relaxed and not so distressed about coming back after all. Try to make your place as homey as possible, decorate it the way it makes you feel comfortable and add something you bought from your trips to it. Keep your place tidy and clean before you leave for your vacation, because coming back to a messy room will only make you feel worse.

Light Up Incense:

For some reason, there is something holy about incense, despite the fact that there are few studies out there debunking the benefits of incense. Nevertheless, incense produces fresh scents that can help ease your stress. Light up incense once you go home and then peacefully go to sleep.

Enjoy Cairo:

It is unquestionable that Cairo has a beautiful side, from historical sights to fancy dinning by the Nile. An early morning run can ease you back to reality and help release any stress or tension, you can as well hang out at night and dine by the Nile or go watch that movie you’ve been waiting for in the Cinema. Despite the noise and the over crowded streets, Cairo actually can be fun.

You can check our cinema and events calendar for some inspiration.

Reunite with friends:

It is granted that being around your close friends makes you feel better; it is like you all know deep down that you are in this together. Not only intimate friends gatherings can make you feel good about going back home but also getting in touch with the ones you don’t see often.

Plan Your Next Escape:

Planning your next trip can also be a motivation to go on with your mundane tasks. As much as we can please ourselves in the big capital, longing for solitude is no shame; I mean, who doesn’t like lying by the beach alone quietly for some time?

In the of the day, try to enjoy every situation anywhere as much as you can, whether you are working hard in your full time job with your laptop, or listening to your favorite track by the sea.

 

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RCU Partners With Aman Hotel to Transform Al-Ula into a Top Touristic Destination

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The Royal Commission for Al Ula (RCU) announced earlier a partnership with Aman hotel and resort.

Culture Minister and RCU Gov. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Farhan Al-Saud has signed the agreement on Monday with Vladislav Doroni, Aman Chairman and CEO.

This partnership includes the development of the first ever three Aman resorts in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Prince Badr said that Aman’s choice to develop its first Middle Eastern property in Al Ula “shows the promise and progress of the vision for AlUla to become a worldwide destination for those seeking unique experiences. I believe this partnership will be the next step in the development of the yet-to-be-discovered masterpiece that is AlUla.”

Doronin, CEO and chairman of Aman resorts expressed her excitement saying: “Many of our existing Aman destinations are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich history. With the addition of spectacular AlUla, this takes us to 10 properties situated near or in UNESCO heritage sites, making it a fitting location for our first destination in the Middle East.”

The property will be a spa resort including 30 luxurious tents based in the beautiful mountain valley and close to several heritage and cultural areas of Al Ula.

This partnership comes in light of the RCU’s goals of transforming Al Ula into a top destination for tourists, and that is by welcoming potential investors and giving the opportunity to business owners to help transform the city.

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Saudi Citizens Will No Longer Need a Visa to Travel to South Africa

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The Kingdom’s foreign ministry announced that Saudi citizens will be able to travel to South Africa without the need of issuing a visa starting from August 15.

Just last month the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) got the news that seven countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will be added to the visa waiver list for travel to South Africa. 

This means that Saudi nationals will be able to visit the country for 90 days for business or tourism, as stated by the Kindom’s foreign ministry said.

 

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Taif: What Makes it The Kingdom’s City of Roses!

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Taif governorate has been crowned as the Kingdom’s city of roses and the best Saudi summer city, because of its incredible climate during the summer, its amazing natural landscapes and top touristic sites.

This makes Taif the Kingdom’s domestic tourism volume for its magnificent touristic attractions that include parks, museums, the most popular flea markets, and farms in addition to some cultural attractions such as Souk Okaz, which has been developed by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage through organizing the Souk Okaz Festival these past few years.

Visitors of Taif can also enjoy a stroll down some of the ancient Arabian Peninsula’s market. Another important site to visit is the Shubra Palace which includes one of the Kingdom’s most important museums, the Taif Regional Museum that was the presidency residence of King Abdul Aziz and King Faisal. 

Another great way to spend the day is to take a 2 hour drive from the Intercontinental in Taif and hike the top of the Al Wahbah Crater, the hike takes about 3.5 hours but the view of the landscape is certainly worth the adventure!

The weather, the sites, the heritage of the Taif are all factors that truly position the place as a top touristic attraction.

 

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