There are not a lot of recreational activities in Saudi Arabia. Gender segregation is enforced very strictly not only by the government but by the people that reside here as well. One fun weekend activity would be to have an Istaraha party.

An Istaraha is a small house with a giant walled in yard. Most Istarahas have at least one bedroom, a kitchen, a living room, 1-2 bathrooms, a swimming pool, and lawn furniture. Saudi doesn’t have as many parks as we see in the Western countries, and the parks we do have are very crowded. It’s nice to take an istaraha to be able to enjoy being outside but in a private space.

You can rent an istaraha for 12 hours to a few days, depending on how long you want it. Most people gather a few friends, split the cost, and have a pot luck there.

For an Istahara rental in Riyadh, call Antola at 0552266255 or 0505833626.








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