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, 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. Most of Watania’s products are produced within Saudi Arabia. The prices are more affordable, 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.
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.
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.
Organic Oats, White Flour, Whole Wheat Flour and White Flour with the bran. 2kg costs 12 SAR. Organic Sheshi dates are 11 SAR for 1.2KG. (Sheshi dates are similar to sukkary in terms of appearance, but are slightly less sweet)
The main showroom
Organic dates and organic cracked wheat
Organic grapes, cucumber, aubergine, squash, courgettes, apples and fresh dates.
***FAINTS AT THE PRICE***
Mineral water from the Busaita aquifer in Jouf. 6 x 2litres costs 15 SAR. The water is packaged in non-BPA leaching plastic bottle. Watania is in the process of switching to glass bottles. The water has a very light taste, even lighter than Evian water.
Organic Tomato Ketchup (5 SAR) and Tomato Paste (3 SAR)
Organic grape and apple juices. I use the grape juice as a sweetener for homemade jams (when I feel inventive hehe) Below there’s camel, goat and cow milk. (obviously not mixed all together) Sometimes they can order raw milk, but you drink this at your own risk. Finally, there’s organic labneh and cheese available.
Organic herbs including cardamom, cinnamon and fenugreek.
Organic chicken pops, sausages and nuggets. If you include these things in your diet, it’s a lot better to buy organic over the non-organic versions.
Ostrich eggs and honey in the background
Mixed fruits and peach jams at 6 SAR per jar.
Organic date syrup – this is my current sweetener of choice.
Organic olive oil. 3 litres for 105 SAR.
organic apple cider vinegar
Various organic breads, cakes and pastries. Although not pictured, a loaf of seeded organic bread costs 9 SAR. Given that now most imported breads are bulked with GMO soy flour, I think it’s worthwhile to buy organic or make your own bread.