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Sasquatch of Arabia?

I was recently sitting in a waiting area of a local hospital here in Jeddah and the African woman seated next to me was wearing these furry thongs and the tips of her toes were hennaed in black. I had … Continue reading

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Desperate Housewives Middle East Style

The Middle East has its own version of the popular long-running TV series “Desperate Housewives,” called Nesa’a Ha’erat. This Turkish soap opera is popular in Saudi Arabia, and while it is shot in Turkish, the voices are dubbed over in … Continue reading

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Our World: To Each Her Own

This nightgown in a shop window is a little – well, obnoxious? I’m constantly amused at some of the fashions I see here… Be sure to visit OUR WORLD TUESDAY, where family-friendly bloggers share a unique glimpse into what life … Continue reading

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Colorful Evening Gowns

I’ve shown you photos of over-the-top evening gowns several times before. These were just so colorful, I just had to include them! For an explanation of when dresses like these are worn in Saudi Arabia, see this post and read … Continue reading

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Sunflower Field Fountain Sculpture

Eila Hiltunen (1922-2003) is the female Finnish artist behind this gorgeous sculpture called “Sunflower Fountain,” which is comprised of a very exact non-corrosive grade of stainless steel to resist the harsh effects of the sea and the sun. The base … Continue reading

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Bike Rider

Bikes are a popular mode of transportation for many foreign male workers here in Jeddah – females are not allowed to ride bicycles in public because too much of the female form (her behind) would be visible and prove too … Continue reading

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A Surprise Catch

This is something you thought you might not ever see – a veiled Saudi woman clad in her black abaya fishing with her children. I snapped this photo in the late afternoon in a busy area of Jeddah’s Corniche, the … Continue reading

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Faceless Women

This is a large sign above a fancy dress shop here in Jeddah. Notice how the female models’ faces have been dealt with, and also notice the black color that has been applied to the arms, shoulders and bosom where … Continue reading

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Bra Salesman in Saudi Arabia

It’s rather ironic in ultra-conservative gender-segregated Saudi Arabia that women dressed in black tents from head to toe are placed in the embarassing and uncomfortable situation where they are forced to buy their undergarments from men who are so good … Continue reading

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Fancy Dresses

Weddings are a big business here in Saudi Arabia. Quite often they are extremely lavish events held in elegant ballrooms where no expense is spared. All of the weddings I have attended here in Jeddah have been segregated functions attended … Continue reading

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