“Hubbly Bubbly” or “sheesha” are two other terms used for smoking the popular hookah pipes in Saudi Arabia. Some of the hookah bases in this photo have multiple bowls where different flavors of tobacco can go. Some pipes come with multiple stems which allow more than one person to smoke at the same time. Water is placed in the base of the unit. The water cools and filters the smoke from the burning tobacco. These water pipes actually originated in India but have grown increasingly popular in most Middle Eastern countries over the years. Very moist and sometimes flavored tobaccos are used when smoking the hookah. In Saudi Arabia, it has become a very social and cultural tradition among men. I have been to several parties and restaurants here where women have engaged in smoking hookahs as well. There are many cafes here in Saudi Arabia that offer sheesha on their menus. Smoking a hookah lasts much longer than smoking a cigarette and recent studies have proven that hookah smoking is just as harmful to one’s body as cigarettes. Health warnings do not have much effect on the popularity of either smoking hookahs or smoking cigarettes here in the Middle East.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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