Riyadh residents want Abu Makhrouq converted into a natural museum

Updated 22 September 2013
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Riyadh residents want Abu Makhrouq converted into a natural museum

Nature lovers are striving hard to convert Abu Makhrouq mountain, the oldest garden reserve at the heart of Riyadh, into a natural museum. The mountain, with fascinating lime rock formations on the Salahuddin Ayyubi Road in Malaz, also portrays various phases of the growth of modern Saudi civilization.
A Japanese traveler who visited the city in 1941 wrote in his travel diary that the 50-meter-high mountain takes the shape of an eagle, with two dents on its head that resemble a pair of eyes.
In ancient days, the mountain served as a resting area for caravans coming from eastern Arabia.
It later became the only picnic spot for people in the city. It also has caves and unique rock formations caused by extreme weather changes over centuries, the Saudi Press Agency reported Friday.
It was the first site to be converted into a public park in 1979 with an artificial waterfall, trees and plants. There are also play areas for children. Visitors can relax on the green surfaces, sitting areas and at food outlets.


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.