WATANIA ORGANIC SHOWROOM
URUBAH ROAD, OLAYA
Google Coordinates: 24.714439,46.677046
SUN – THURS 10am – Zuhr, Asr to 1opm
FRI – SAT please call the store for opening times
This is my long awaited review on Watania. I’ve had countless emails asking me about what Watania looks like, where it’s located and the products they sell. While I’ve responded to each one individually, I’ve been planning to do a blog post on Watania for a while. With our recent arrival back to Riyadh, and landing at Riyadh airbase, there seemed to be no perfect time to pop by Watania than en route home.
Let’s begin with the location. Watania is located on Urubah Road, Riyadh. The following image should show you the location clearly.
As you may already know, Watania is owned by Sheikh Al-Rajhi. Sheikh Al-Rajhi is founder of the Al-Rajhi Bank, the wealthiest non-royal in Saudi Arabia and generally, one of the coolest people I’ve been fortunate to know. Most of Watania’s products are produced within Saudi Arabia. They are priced very cheaply, when compared to some of the other organic food retailers.
From ostrich eggs to honey, seasonal fruits and vegetables, ostrich meat, rabbit meat and poultry, there’s something for everyone. I love Watania because they are one of the few wheat growers and sellers that does not leave me with gluten allergy symptom. I’ve discovered if I eat imported organic wheat (from America), I tend to get very bloated, feel uncomfortable and dry patches appear on the back of my arms. However, with locally grown wheat, I have a flat stomach, even after I’ve finished eating.
Watania has daily deliveries of vegetables. For the freshest produce, try to go early on in the day. They’re open from 10am to Zuhr and then after Asr to 10pm. They are closed during the Maghrib and Isha prayer.
If you have any questions, as always, feel free to leave a comment or email me. Have fun organic shopping!
Here’s a video on Watania.