Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

Updated 22 March 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

  • Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful

Do you need to add a little life and color to your surroundings? Houseplants are often said to be a source of positivity, and Shatllah has taken this concept to the next level.

Forget the idea of a lonely looking plant in a boring beige pot; this shop adds beautifully designed containers and creative touches that turn them into delightful decorations that are almost works of art. One in particular that caught my eye was designed to look like a tiny garden, complete with a miniature table and chair.

Shatllah’s creations make for perfect gifts, which is how I discovered the shop, in Jeddah’s Al-Zahra’a district, while looking for a present for a friend who loves houseplants. I was so impressed with its wares that I ended up buying some for myself as well. After all, who would not rather have a living plant decorating their home rather than artificial flowers or other fake items?

Shatllah’s prices are reasonable, while the assistants are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They are more than happy to offer advice on picking the perfect plant and how to take care of it when you get it home.


6th Century Arab poet-warrior’s ‘love stone’ gets a new look

Updated 18 April 2019
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6th Century Arab poet-warrior’s ‘love stone’ gets a new look

  • Saudi heritage agency cleans up ‘Antara’s Rock’ in Qassim

BURAIDAH: An iconic rock that stands as a symbol of love, drawing visitors from around the Kingdom and other Arab countries, has been given renewed life thanks to the Saudi Commission for National Heritage and Tourism (SCTH). 
Antara’s Rock, located north of Uyun Al-Jawa in the Kingdom’s central region of Qassim, was named after the famous 6th-century poet and warrior Antara bin Shaddad Al-Absi, who used to meet his love Abla in its shade. 
Now the tourist favorite has a whole new look following work by a specialist team from the SCTH archaeology and museums sector, which used advanced techniques to clean the rock and preserve the original inscriptions at the site.