10 Must Read Saudi Blogs

More than a year ago, I posted my list of top ten Saudi blogs. Things have changed since then. Hadeel passed away, Rasheed moved from Jeddah to Abu Dhabi to Brazil, and few more others are no longer actively blogging. So I thought I will need to update the list. Similar to the old one, blogs from 1-5 are in Arabic, while those from 6-10 are in English, however, the list is absolutely in no particular order.

  1. Yassir al-Ghaslan: He is an old media guy, coming from Saudi Arabia’s largest media empire SRPC, but earlier this year he embraced new media big time: blogging, podcasting and vlogging. His blog also features some interesting guest bloggers.
  2. Ljo2 Qalam: In order to protect himself from a passing storm, Thmuar al-Marzougi decided to take his blog down for some time, but there is no question that this blog has been one of the most active and controversial destinations in the Saudi blogosphere in 2008.
  3. Marwan’s Blog: If Thumar bent to avoid a storm, then this guy has taken the blogosphere by storm. Marwan’s hot start has given the impression of a snarky edgy blogger who has nothing to lose, but he has obviously slowed down since he moved to Manchester to pursuit his education.
  4. Yazeed.net: Now this is different. Instead of offering his personal views and commentary like everybody else, Yazeed regularly features some nostalgia-inducing goodies from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Those should bring some really sweet memories for my generation of bloggers in our 20’s.
  5. Najla: She is articulate. She is sweet. She is controversial. She can be many things, but certainly not lame. This how I usually like to describe her: she has one of the most interesting female voices in the Saudi blogosphere.
  6. Crossroads Arabia: John Burgess keeps his spot on the list as he continues his daily effort to put Saudi Arabia in context. Essential reading for anyone interested in a country that is full of contradictions and paradoxes.
  7. In the Making: My friend Aysha has studies screenwriting in the US and recently came back home to tackle the absurdity of living in the capital. She seems to be coping well, but she is currently seeking a new direction for her blog. My suggestion: short stories from Riyadh.
  8. American Bedu: Carol Fleming’s blog got an honorable mention last time. Since then she moved the blog to a new domain and keeps adding valuable content. This daily updated blog is certainly one of my favourites.
  9. Hala_in_USA: I started reading for Hala al-Dossary in Arabic in al-Hayat daily where she writes regularly. She later moved to the US to study and started this English blog where we get a chance to read her observations about this experience among other things.
  10. Saudiwoman’s Blog: I’ve never met Eman al-Nafjan, but a friend of mine that I introduced to Eman blog met her and described her as one impressive Saudi woman. Some of my favourite posts on her blog include those about notable Saudi personalities.

I was going to list some blogs at the end that I think worth checking out, but I realized there are quite a few of those and I will probably forget many of them. That’s why I will advice you to keep an eye on the Lifestream section at the right sidebar of this blog where I frequently link to interesting posts from all around the blogosphere. Finally, I would like to repeat that this is strictly my opinion; if you think there are other blogs that should have been included in the list please do leave a comment or, even better, you can make up your own list and post it on your blog.