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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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Jeddah is a modern city with lots of new construction everywhere, but the city also has some very old and rundown areas as well. Many of the poor foreign workers live in places like this. Though you can’t see them … Continue reading
I’m not sure if this is an actual palace or not, but it certainly appears to be one. I’ve never seen such a huge awning built over an outdoor space for a residence before. Most private villas here have some … Continue reading
The old-style seating arrangements in Saudi Arabia consist of upholstered cushions which are placed on the floor and lined up along the walls and the center of the room is left completely open. Cushions are also placed standing up along … Continue reading
Not far from the extravagant palaces and the spacious tiled villas of Jeddah, lives a Sudanese camel herder named Hussan. He is a content man with simple needs and very limited means. This is where he lives. The harsh climate … Continue reading
I love the elaborately painted details on this small table and the footstool next to it, as well as the carved out design on both of them. Seems to be more Moroccan design than Middle Eastern.
Most of the multi-family residential buildings in Jeddah are built in a similar fashion. I’ve compared them to long train cars lined up side by side lengthwise and stacked several traincars high. The only variations might be how many floors … Continue reading
Private villas in Saudi Arabia are almost always completely surrounded by very tall solid walls around the entire property. There is usually at least one large gate big enough for a car to enter and another smaller gate for people … Continue reading
The nomadic people called Bedouins still live in tents the deserts of Saudi Arabia. In this country there is always a mosque nearby – the white building with the minaret in the background.
This is a typical scene in a sparsely populated area in the outskirts of the city of Jeddah. With a few buildings and palm trees of varying heights in the background, several white tents and lots of trash are visible … Continue reading