Saudi interior designer shares the best indoor plant options this winter

Setting up indoor gardens and plants as the weather cools off in Saudi Arabia is ideal for bringing nature’s touch into the home. (Instagram/theguywiththebook)
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Setting up indoor gardens and plants as the weather cools off in Saudi Arabia is ideal for bringing nature’s touch into the home. (Instagram/theguywiththebook)
Saudi interior designer shares the best indoor plant options this winter
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Scandens-araceae, or heartleaf philodendron, be placed on supportive structures to give it the appearance of a climbing plant. (Supplied)
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Bring life to the room because they link silent objects such as walls with nature, Said Shahad Alsaeed regarding home plants. (Supplied)
Saudi interior designer shares the best indoor plant options this winter
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People in Saudi Arabia typically prefer to arrange indoor plants and gardens during this time of the year because the weather becomes cool and air condition. (AN photo)
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Updated 30 January 2024
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Saudi interior designer shares the best indoor plant options this winter

Saudi interior designer shares the best indoor plant options this winter

RIYADH: As the seasons change and parts of Saudi Arabia experience colder months, it is time to refresh and renew your living space with plants that are perfect for the season.

Winter in Riyadh is often warmer than in other regions of the world where snowy days are common and freezing conditions likely. As a result, opting to set up indoor gardens and plants as the weather cools off is ideal for bringing nature’s touch into the home.




Adenium obesum or desert rose has become a symbol of resilience in Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)

One popular type of flower among local gardeners is the desert rose, known also as adenium obesum. With its striking flowers and ability to endure high temperatures and low humidity, the desert rose has become a symbol of resilience in Saudi Arabia.

In addition, the flower’s vibrant blossoms provide a refreshing contrast to most gardens and living spaces.

Plants have a major role aesthetically and psychologically. I find their presence very important with the correct selection and distribution.

Shahad Al-Saeed, Saudi interior designer

Fragrant Arabian jasmine, or jasminum sambac, is another choice for indoor gardens. Infusing homes with its amazing scent, this plant grows perfectly in relatively warm environments and requires only moderate watering, making it an ideal addition to the house and an option for people seeking aromatic smells in the garden during winter family gatherings.




Scandens-araceae, or heartleaf philodendron, be placed on supportive structures to give it the appearance of a climbing plant. (Supplied)

Shahad Al-Saeed, a Saudi interior designer and owner of Layers Design, an exterior and interior design company in Riyadh, told Arab News that indoor plants are an integral part of any space. To Al-Saeed, they bring life to the room because they link silent objects such as walls with nature. “Plants have a major role aesthetically and psychologically,” she said. “I find their presence very important with the correct selection and distribution.

“One type that I prefer to use in my projects is the epipremnum aureum (devil’s ivy), which is considered one of the most beautiful indoor plants, especially since it can withstand our atmosphere, and its leaves hang down beautifully.”




Jasminum sambac or Arabian jasmine will infuse your home with its amazing scent. (Supplied)

Another plant she recommended is called philodendron scandens-araceae, or heartleaf philodendron. This kind of plant is native to the Antilles, a group of islands in the Caribbean. It is an indoor hanging plant that can be placed on supportive structures to give it the appearance of a climbing plant.

In addition, this kind of home plant has also a variety of sister plants that differ in the overall structure of the plant, the size and color of its leaves such as the type known as the philodendron scandens Brasil, which is distinguished by the distinctive colors of its leaves.




Indoor greenery improves interiors and can also enhance air quality. (Supplied)

Furthermore, what is unique about the philodendron scandens Brasil, or sweetheart plant, is its leaves. The plant has green, heart-shaped leaves, with lime-green coloration splattered throughout it. The plant gets its name due to its likeness in colors to the Brazilian flag.

Along with the previously mentioned types, Al-Saeed also suggested indoor plants such as the bamboo, the sansevieria trifasciata or snake plant, and the dracaena.

 

 


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke with the prime minister of Iraq on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

During their phone call, Prince Mohammed and Mohammed Al-Sudani discussed developments in the region and increasing escalation against the backdrop of the crisis in the Gaza Strip and its repercussions.

They also dissussed the importance of making the necessary efforts to prevent the situation from worsening and ways to spare the region from the risks of escalation, SPA added.


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RIYADH: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan received a phone call from his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday.

During the call, the officials discussed developments in the region and increasing escalation against the backdrop of the crisis in the Gaza Strip and its repercussions.


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Saudi Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the military escalation in Middle East with US Secretary of Defense.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed the military escalation in the Middle East on Sunday with his US counterpart during a phone call.

The call comes after Iran launched a wave of missiles and attack drones against Israel overnight Saturday to Sunday.

Prince Khalid and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also discussed efforts to contain the crisis while upholding international peace and security.

The officials also reviewed their strategic defense partnership and explored ways to further enhance it, the Kingdom’s defense minister said in a post on X. 


Saudi artist seeks to beat limitations and transcend comfort zones

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  • Ali Alhammadi has been passionate about visual arts since childhood

JEDDAH: Ali Alhammadi, a Saudi 32-year-old visual artist from Aldawadmi in Riyadh, has carved out a remarkable pathway in the world of art since his professional debut in 2017.

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the “Saudi renaissance” in line with Vision 2030, prompting him to embark on a creative expedition to express his perceptions through the canvas.

Alhammadi told Arab News that his art philosophy is about breaking invisible limitations and transcending comfort zones, drawing inspiration from the evergreen landscapes he encountered during camping trips with his father in the Riyadh desert.

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Ali Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the ‘Saudi renaissance’ in line with Vision 2030. (Supplied)

“During every spring season, me and my father used to go camping in the outskirts of Riyadh, when the desert turns green for a couple of months, where all the magical inspiration happens.”

Through his landscapes and abstract pieces, Alhammadi delves into his feelings, insecurities and aspirations, painting a narrative that speaks volumes.

“I use my art to express both happiness and sadness, and sometimes I start a painting with an idea in mind, but then I end up with a new one,” he said.

Ali Alhammadi, Saudi artist

One of Alhammadi’s pioneering techniques, “Invisible Limitations,” challenges traditional conceptions and societal norms, symbolizing the potential within, and beyond self-imposed boundaries. He said that his work reflects a realization that limitations are merely illusions.

“Our comfort zone sometimes restricts our ability to be inspired and inspire others. That’s why I decided to paint the Invisible Limitations theme.

“As I matured, I realized that most of these limitations don’t exist ... our limitation is the sky.”

Passionate about visual arts since childhood, Ali Alhammadi’s artistic inspiration was ignited by the ‘Saudi renaissance’ in line with Vision 2030. (Supplied)

Alhammadi’s artistic evolution has been influenced by his participation in prestigious exhibitions such as The Stars Exhibition at the German Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the second Riyadh Season Exhibition.

These platforms not only showcased his talent but also provided a catalyst for his creative development, empowering him to delve deeper into his cultural roots while embracing global influences.

Navigating between diverse cultural landscapes, Alhammadi, based between Liverpool and Riyadh, seamlessly fuses vibrant hues and styles, blending Saudi heritage and international artistic trends.

His experiences abroad have expanded his artistic horizons, inspiring him to create artworks that resonate with a global audience while retaining a distinctive Saudi essence. “Now that I have found my theme and art style, I believe that this phase will take me to different phases in my professional art career,” he said.

Looking toward the future, Alhammadi envisions his artwork evolving to explore the intricacies of human and cultural relationships, going deeper into themes that resonate with universal emotions and experiences. “Human and cultural relationships is something I’m keen on expressing through art,” he said.

His participation in international and local events such as the Founding Day in Liverpool and the National Day in London has not only spotlighted his talent but also enriched his artistic narrative with a tapestry of diverse influences.

For aspiring visual artists embarking on their creative odyssey, Alhammadi offers this advice: “Stay true to your vision, embrace your unique style, and let your art tell your story.”

 


Saudi authorities crack down on drug offenders in Jazan

Saudi police have arrested individuals carrying prohibited drugs. (SPA)
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Saudi authorities crack down on drug offenders in Jazan

Saudi police have arrested individuals carrying prohibited drugs. (SPA)
  • Authorities apprehended a citizen with 71 kg of hashish hidden in a vehicle in Al-Dayer governorate

RIYADH: Saudi authorities recently made several drug-related arrests and confiscations in operations in the Jazan region, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

In the Al-Dayer governorate of Jazan, Border Guards thwarted an attempt to smuggle 175 kg of narcotic qat.

The guards also apprehended three Yemeni nationals attempting to smuggle 60 kg of qat in Jazan.

In another incident, land patrols in the Jazan region arrested a citizen for selling qat plants hidden in his vehicle.

Authorities also apprehended a citizen with 71 kg of hashish hidden in a vehicle in Al-Dayer governorate.

Border Guards patrols in the Al-Arda governorate in the Jazan region intercepted the smuggling of 160 kg of qat.

Preliminary legal procedures have been completed for all the individuals involved and all seized items have been handed to the authorities.

The Saudi government urges anyone with information related to suspected smuggling operations or customs violations to call the confidential hotline 1910, the international number +966114208417, or to email [email protected].

Tips received relating to smuggling and breaches of common customs law are treated with strict confidentiality. Financial rewards are offered for valid tips.