Blue Abaya

Blue Abaya
A Finnish medical professional married to a Saudi exploring the Magic Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia.
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01:49 AM November 22, 2012

Blue Abaya writes candidly and passionately about her adopted home of Saudi Arabia. She never holds back when expressing her thoughts, but she treats all of her subjects with love, humour and fairness. Her blog is one of the best I have encountered about the life of a foreigner in the Kingdom and she gives outsiders such as myself an honest peak into this mysterious place. Keep up the good work, Blue Abaya!

12:34 PM November 24, 2012

Blue abaya has become my favourite blog recently. As an expat who is planning to come to the Kingdom in few months, I think Blue Abaya give an accurate insight to this magical kingdom. I love the way she see humour in every situation which makes it more enjoyable for the readers. Hope to see more good work from Blue Abaya.

12:20 PM November 25, 2012

Her blog opened new worlds and countries(Finnland, Saudi Arabia) to me, and reading differences and similarity brought me to be a person to adapt and accept differences in my own life as well. I love the way she expresses her experiences. 5 stars for her! Blue Abaya has to win! I hope to read more awesome posts in the future as well.

22:47 PM November 25, 2012

Blue Abaya is the best Saudi expat blog because her posts are so unique and different from everyone else. I love to read about her intercultural marriage, her intriguing and funny experiences working as a nurse in KSA, her countless travels around the country and most importantly I love the photos which give a visual tour of the entire culture and nation. For someone like me planning on moving there this blog has given me light and hope that it is possible for a woman to live in Saudi and be happy. Keep posting and thank you!

23:10 PM November 25, 2012

The best and the most interesting blog I have read so far. Talented writing about important topics in KSA and the writer has great sense of humor as well. Also the photos of the blog are amazing.

00:11 AM November 26, 2012

Love love Layla's blog! It is great to see her highlight the good, the bad and the ugly of Saudi.

00:29 AM November 26, 2012

nice blog

06:09 AM November 26, 2012

I love this blog. It helped me a lot when I moved in Saudi Arabia.I like the fact that she writes about the good parts and the less good parts of living in this country. And she is doing it with humour. I hope to see more and more posts from Blue Abaya.

Siddra Waseem
08:32 AM November 26, 2012

Like blue Abaya's blog, good information about restaurants?travelling events &life in Saudi

08:47 AM November 26, 2012

Amazing writers makes us feel as if we are there present at the place with her.I totally agree with All the rest.This blog really deserves the best of the best

Ehsan Qureshi
09:18 AM November 26, 2012

The best thing about her blogs are that, they are very informative + a lot of humor involve in a way that it never let you loose the grip of the content. i love to read her blogs i wish her all the best as she always take us to every place she explore through her blogs. love your work. keep it up lady

Susie Of Arabia
09:39 AM November 26, 2012

I love Blue Abaya!

Arslan Kazim
09:41 AM November 26, 2012

The only problem with Blue Abaya blog is that this blog don't let me sleep :P love reading this blog, you will find lots of information about KSA in this blog.

11:30 AM November 26, 2012

Love your blog, love reading about your daily life in the excotic land that I once lived in as well!

19:50 PM November 26, 2012

love blue abaya!

Aalia Umm Ali
00:12 AM November 27, 2012

Yes Layla is an amazing Blogger and amazing woman

12:19 PM November 27, 2012

Way to go girl. I love to read your blog. Keep on writing.

Cielo Algaeed
13:27 PM November 27, 2012

I am an avid reader of your blog. I am an expat myself and a wife of a Saudi. I can relate so much with your write ups.Good luck and all the best to you and to your family! Hope you'll win ;-)

Mohammad Said
14:32 PM November 27, 2012

In comparison with other social media domains such as Facebook and Twitter , Blogs are not that common for Internet users in MENA region , Blue Abaya is one of rare interactive blogs in Saudi, spotting the light on several aspects of Saudi Life , with focus on culture . The great thing about Blue Abaya and just as the name itself , the controversial combination of its blogger background , that is absolutely gives the reader , specially the Saudi, a taste of pleasure exploring his own culture in the eyes of the” Scandinavian other “

15:01 PM November 27, 2012

Blue Abaya in the best blog of expats I have found.

05:24 AM November 28, 2012

Blue Abaya is a fantastic blog. The writing is entertaining, honest, and compassionate. The pictures are excellent, and the mood and feel of the blog transport me. I love the mix of cultures--- glimpses of Finland and views of the Desert and real life in Saudi Arabia. It's one of my very favorite blogs.

14:01 PM November 28, 2012

I love blue abaya blog.its funny and educational

14:04 PM November 28, 2012

I am Tunisian girl. Though I am arabic, blue abaya's blog has opened my eyes on both bitter and funny kinds of behaviours. her writing style is a fun..keep up the good work lady!

14:18 PM November 28, 2012

Very informative, realistic and fun blog. Blue Abaya deserves 5 stars!

14:20 PM November 28, 2012

Blue Abaya gives a wonderful insight into Saudi Arabian culture and isn't afraid of being critical. It is always a pleasure to visit her blog because there is always something new and interesting to discover.

14:28 PM November 28, 2012

One of my most beloved blogs - i like her articles. I wish she wins:)

15:02 PM November 28, 2012

Blue abaya full of new and updated events .

15:15 PM November 28, 2012

Blue Abaya is nice blog I love it :)

15:53 PM November 28, 2012

Love it! Blue Abaya takes us to many places and covers so many different topics. Very interesting!

16:26 PM November 28, 2012

Really enjoying your posts. Keep on the good work.

16:40 PM November 28, 2012

This blog deserves more than 5 stars!!!

16:45 PM November 28, 2012

love this informative blog and the wonderful photos that accompany it.

NJ Abad
18:37 PM November 28, 2012

Love this blog!

20:12 PM November 28, 2012

Blue Abaya is always funny and interesting to read. I have learnt so many things. I love the way she writes and i'm so happy to see that there are so many things to do when people say it is a boring country. Layla's blog is for sure my favorite one. Take care.

21:09 PM November 28, 2012

Great blog! Keep up the good work

02:33 AM November 29, 2012

Love Blue Abaya. She is witty, interesting and gives great insight into Saudi Arabia. I can't wait to read her blog each month.

05:05 AM November 29, 2012

I have a lot in common with Laylah & I love reading her latest experiences. I love her photos & often find myself laughing along as I read her posts. Go Blue Abaya!!

07:16 AM November 29, 2012

Wonderful blog!

07:50 AM November 29, 2012

I nominated Blue Abaya for a listing and an award because it presents a real slice of life in SA, plus the photos are beautiful and Laylah is honest and insightful. Her photo journal at is also amazing. I don't have much time, but I always make a point to stop in. You should, too.

09:09 AM November 29, 2012

I am Greek and I spent 7 months in Riyadh. I missed my country, my family and my friends every single day. Allthough I met a lot of nice people, Saudis and others, I thought that life in Riyadh was unbearable. Until I came accross Blue Abaya's blog and realised that my feelings had a lot to do with my attitude. This lady inspired me to try and find positive things in my life there. I am back in Grece now but I still love reading her so beatifully narrated experiences. So keep up the good work, you really do deserve the 5 star rating.

10:26 AM November 29, 2012

Love this blog have been reading it for a very long time, very creative and interesting definately a winner!

13:02 PM November 29, 2012

Excellent blog, funny, entertaining and always up to date. Keep up the good job Blue Abaya.

13:15 PM November 29, 2012

You win blueabaya!:)

Nathalie Morin
13:53 PM November 29, 2012

I love to read Blue Abaya blog. It is very interesting.

19:48 PM November 29, 2012

Blue abaya is my favourite blog. It is the best of the best.

20:26 PM November 29, 2012

I love Blue Abaya! She gives me the experience in KSA that I can't have for myself and her style of writing is very lovely to read.

09:11 AM November 30, 2012

Love this blog, Blue Abaya gives an honest yet refreshing view of what life is in Saudi and the Middle East. Keep up the good work!

Umm Hassaan
19:37 PM November 30, 2012

Blue abaya's style of writing is witty and funny, she candidly describes exactly the same frustrations, trials and tribulations ex pats face living in the kingdom, she tells it so well! Keep up the good work!

19:50 PM November 30, 2012

I love this blog! My husband and I just enjoy reading her posts every time. I love how she brings things up in a realistic funny way. I can feel how passionate, loving and honest she is and I just love what she writes. Keep it going!

08:44 AM December 01, 2012

By far the best Saudi expat blog! Blue Abaya gives true insight on the pleasures and hardships of being an expatriate (woman) in Saudi Arabia, all the while maintaining a great sense of humor. This blog has had great impact on me personally, as well. I discovered it a year before moving to the Kingdom and started following it faithfully, as each post gave me courage and reduced my anxiety about moving to this foreign land. Not only that, but it inspired me to create my own expat blog. Thank you Blue Abaya, keep up the amazing work! :)

Ramon M. Sawit
11:31 AM December 01, 2012

Blue Abaya is so frank and honest. Speaking her mind! Kudos for such a brave lady.

11:22 AM December 02, 2012

Blue Abaya is unique, humors and informative

Tina Jones-Jovanovic
14:54 PM December 02, 2012

This is a great blog! It tells of the stresses, real life dangers, everyday experiences and much MORE! I have really enjoyed reading it and strive to do much of the same with my Blog. Chronicles of Serbia. I am an Expat mom living in my husband's country. And that experience makes reading her blog more real to me. Give it a read. Great pics, illustration, and enough frustration and joy to make it interesting!

11:02 AM December 03, 2012

Excellent, funny and informative blog!

20:22 PM December 04, 2012

Blueabaya is the best saudi blog and she should win

22:05 PM December 04, 2012

One of the best blogs i ever came across

22:17 PM December 04, 2012

Really captures the ups and downs of life in Saudi. Love reading your posts!

Umm Gamar
03:18 AM December 06, 2012

Laylah tells us her real and personal experience inSaudi and that is why I love her blog. Although I may not totally agree with everything but she is one of the rare expats who truly embraces a different culture and doesnt complain too much hehe. She has a positive outlook on life and hat is how everyone should live be it in KSA or USA. Love you Laylah.

10:15 AM December 06, 2012

Blue Abaya keeps it real, always great to read her blogs, her take on life and happening in Saudi. Very entertaining read from someone who has embraced the saudi way of life with open arms and calls it her home. So refreshing to read positive blogs on Saudi from someone who tells it as it is no holes barred. Keep blogging Blue Abayah

10:21 AM December 06, 2012

Blue abayaaaa !!!!

Pinar Ahmed
10:57 AM December 06, 2012

its a very very useful blog. ı love blueabaya. ıts so helpful for many expats ın sıncere and lovely.ıt deserves to be the best blog .

11:09 AM December 06, 2012

Love this blog! Vote Blue Abaya!!

Muhammad Ali Sohail
11:31 AM December 06, 2012

This blogs makes you believe that 'LIFE' do exists in KSA :)

Um Salma
12:31 PM December 06, 2012

Being new in town, this blog has helped me a lot feel at home quicker than I had thought...

13:49 PM December 06, 2012

One of the best blogs! Showed me so much about Riyadh.

15:11 PM December 06, 2012

Lover her blog! I did a lot of reading prior to moving to the ME and her blog was a wealth of information. Thanks so much for taking the time to write and inform others :)

L Rizzuto
15:42 PM December 06, 2012

Blue Abaya gives her honest opinion regarding KSA. It's interesting, but also respectful of others. I very much enjoy reading it.

Janine Wilson
20:01 PM December 06, 2012

As a soon to be resident (hopefully) expat wife, I have found Blue Abaya a valuable source of information on life in the Kingdom. A very enjoyable and interesting read. Thank you.

20:22 PM December 06, 2012

she really brings something different to the table. I love what you have done. II have to say this is the first time I make a comment on a blog. great job keep up the good work

23:21 PM December 06, 2012

I used to be so depressed with my life in Riyadh..then I found her blog and it changed my changed my life!she touches so many people out there. Now her blog has become like an addiction to me.. I keep checking for new posts all the time.she must win!

03:08 AM December 07, 2012

Love her and her blog. So interested 'till the last word.

07:02 AM December 07, 2012

I have been inspired by Laylahs blogs she has a truly wonderful gift in writing and storytelling not forgetting the wonderful photos. The time and effort that has been put into this blog is amazing, and the topics are always engaging. Please keep blogging and good luck!

09:09 AM December 07, 2012

The most informative,well written and visually impressive blog Blue Abaya deserves to win!

09:29 AM December 07, 2012

When I moved to Riyadh from the US two years ago I was in culture shock and very depressed to be in such a foreign and strange place. Blue abayas blogposts helped me cope with the craziness and look at the negativity of this country from a different light. Layla put humour and sarcasm in such bizarre situations that made me only laugh and actually look fwd to hear about more experiences ... Everyday is a new experience in Ksa... Thanks a lot for being such a great friend ad neighbor and support system..! Love ya Layla hope u win!

19:55 PM December 08, 2012

I spent more than a year in Riyadh struggling with the culture shock before I accidentally found Blue Abaya's blog. It made me understand, be more aware, and laugh. It opened my eyes to see the positives in KSA and see the humor in the negatives. I look forward to each blog; it's a family event for us to read the new blog together, laugh together, then discuss it. THANK YOU Layla!

14:44 PM April 11, 2013

I really enjoy reading your blog!!! I am a Finn living in Sweden and can understand that life is not the same when you live abroad as if you would live in your "home" country. I read your story about appalling service/disservice in SA concerning your washing machine and I was really laughing my way through!!!! LOL. I understand it was really frustrating for you, but reading about it was hilarious! I REALLY LOVE YOUR BLOG!

14:32 PM May 15, 2013

Excellent blog.......

04:09 AM December 21, 2013

Love the comments - can someone provide the link so I can see the actual blog? I can't find a live link to actually view this outstanding blog. Thanks so much!!

07:50 AM January 11, 2017

Her blog is a one stop shop for anyone to know the best things to do while in the Kingdom. I love her Satirical comments on the life in Saudi that sends a very positive vibe of a negative situation.

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