What We Are Buying Today: Kyes

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Updated 03 April 2020

What We Are Buying Today: Kyes

Kyes is a Saudi concept brand that offers reusable bags, an eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic versions that harm the environment.

The brand was established in February 2019 by students from King Abdul Aziz University who wanted to set up an environmental group to promote the use of non-plastic reusable products.

Through labels and art applied to its products, Kyes spreads awareness about plastic pollution, highlighting the risk it poses to humans, animals and marine life.

Kyes is an Arabic word denoting good and intelligent behavior. To support environmental well-being, the brand uses the motto “Let’s save the rest,” which encourages people to avoid reckless plastic use.

The brand’s simple, stylish and practical reusable tote bags are made of canvas, and come in a range of colors and sizes.

Bags feature different designs, and are suitable for everyday use and grocery shopping.

Students who set up the company also organize workshops and events to promote Kyes’ environmental goals.

Products can be found mostly at academic and social events or through supermarkets. Find out more via the brand’s Instagram account @kyes_company.


AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

Updated 02 June 2020

AlUla cultural and heritage site to reopen in October

  • Historic destination in northwest of Kingdom will now be accessible to visitors all year round

JEDDAH: When you’re already a quarter-of-a-million years old, a few months out of action because of a coronavirus pandemic is no more than a blip in time.

It is therefore safe to say that when visitors return to AlUla, the culture and heritage destination in northwest Saudi Arabia, not a lot will have changed.

AlUla’s attractions, including the Kingdom’s first UNESCO world heritage site, will reopen in October — and they will now be accessible all year round.

Walks, treks and trails will be available, guided by the local Rawi (Arabic storyteller) or self-guided, for visitors who want to delve deeper into the stories and customs of the region.

A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks.

“We are developing immersive, light-touch experiences that harness the power and silence of the landscapes, experiences like guided stargazing in a desert night sky that has inspired science, religion, philosophy, art and literature for millennia,” said Phillip Jones of the Royal Commission for AlUla.

Adventure tourists can tear around in a desert buggy or take to the skies in a vintage light aircraft to see volcanic craters and the lava fields of Harrat Khaybar. 

For families, Hijrat Noura, or Princess Noura Farm, offers a chance to observe the local flora and fauna. Winter Park, developed for the Winter at Tantora festival, will also return.

“A visit to AlUla is a transformative experience to all who have visited — its vast open spaces, its secrets of civilizations gone by and the pure wonder of its landmarks,” Jones said.