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.
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.
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.
Saudi Arabia Grants Permanent Residency to Foreigners
Just recently, the Kingdom has opened its doors for tourists from across the world and now 73 individuals, of non-Saudi nationality, have been granted permanent residency without the need of a sponsor.
This is once again all part of the Kingdom’s plans in attracting overseas investment by allowing certain people to attain properties and do business.
With the tourist visa, and now this new permanent residency program, the kingdom hopes to improve its economy by reducing its dependency on oil and opening up new new sectors for investments. By increasing tourism, the livelihood of Saudi Arabia is expected to witness an evolution as well.
According to an article published in Bloomberg, “the kingdom received thousands of applications after offering permanent residency for 800,000 riyals (Dhs 783,546) or a one-year renewable permit for 100,000 riyals (Dhs 97,943).”
‘Diriyah Gate’ Project to Be Inaugurated This Month
The restoration of Diriyah will officially be inaugurated on November 19th with a remarkable event to celebrate the gega-project known as Diriyah Gate, which has been accomplished to welcome visitors to the historical area of Diriyah.
The event will showcase the efforts of Saudi Arabia in introducing the cultural area as one of the Kingdom’s greatest gathering places, the celebration will officially inaugurate the project ‘Diriyah Gate’ which is a cultural touristic destination for Saudi Arabia with UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart.
This remarkable event will include a world-class gala dinner, serving food that is completely sourced from Saudi farms, musical performances by Saudi musicians and pyrotechnics and costumed historical interpreters who will introduce history stories to the guests.
“There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future. This is truly a momentous time in this extraordinary country, and I am proud to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic site that is destined to become a global cultural icon and one of the world’s greatest gathering places.” Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said.
The project is set to become one of the main cultural destination in Saudi Arabia, giving visitors the opportunity to gather, explore, shop and dine in one the finest and most appealing places in the Kingdom. All of which will appeal to the local and international tourists, seeking a sense of authenticity.
All Flights to Be Relocated to the New Jeddah Airport by Next Year
It has been announced that as of next year, all flights to Saudi Arabia will be relocated form the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport.
This will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.
According to sources, the fourth phase will kick off in mid-November and will cover destinations including Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut. While the fifth phase will begin on December 10th to include flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.
The transition from the old airport to the new one will be gradual so that by the end of this year, the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.
More flights will begin to kick off from the new airport by the end of the first quarter of next year, up until the airport reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers yearly.