Jeddah Mall Scenes

“Round” – To me, this photo reminds me of a spacecraft. Actually there used to be a big fountain in this space at the Mall of Arabia.  A few years ago all the fountains were removed.

“R-Rated” – You won’t find R Rated movies at the theaters here in Jeddah.  Mulan is showing at this state of the art movie theater in the mall. I love going to the movies, one of my favorite things to do.  

“Red” – Virgin Records has several locations around Jeddah.

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Jeddah Buildings and Skies

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Jeddah Buildings and Skies

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Jeddah Signs in a Mall

Just a random collection of signs and graphics from a visit to a mall here in Jeddah.  Most signs are written in both Arabic and English here.  

Mask up!

No Photography!

Escalator warning.

 Graphic Tees.

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Saudi Pride – on Souvenir Apparel

Products promoting Saudi pride are readily available for purchase in many shops here now.  It didn’t used to be so easy to find products like these, but with tourism opening up here in Saudi Arabia, souvenirs like these have really taken off. 

Graphics of the smiling king, maps of the country and the Saudi flag, the familiar symbolic crossed swords and the palm tree, and the emerald green and white themed colors – all of these can be found on clothing pieces, scarves, coffee mugs, and trinkets.

What a huge change from when I first moved here in 2007 and it was practically impossible to find any kinds of souvenirs in this country.  Progress!

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Jeddah – More Giant Incense Burners

Here are some more examples of giant incense burners in a mall here in Jeddah. As you can imagine, the malls smell really good here!

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Saudi Men’s Traditional Dress

Saudi men have the option of wearing the traditional dress in public or they can choose to wear Western style clothing like jeans and t-shirts.  The traditional crisp long white tunic is called a Thobe. It’s pretty much like a businessman’s white dress shirt, except it goes all the way down to the ankles and it usually has a standup collar.  Most often it is made of cotton, but other fabrics are also used.

On their heads, most Saudi men typically wear a plain white scarf called Ghotra or the traditional red and white checkered scarf called Shemagh.  Both are a large square of fabric usually with a border around the edges. The large square is folded in half into a triangle shape. The black loop that anchors the Shemagh in place is called Egal.  

Sometimes a cloak is worn over the Thobe, often during colder weather or for more formal occasions like weddings.  The cloak is called a Bisht and it can be in almost any color and comes in different weights of fabric.  Quite often the Bisht has a wide decorative trim in gold or silver along the front opening.  

Many menswear shops sell gift boxes of Bisht kits that can also include things like the sword, Oud perfume, prayer beads, or the curved dagger called Khanjar with a belt and holster.  

 

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Jeddah – Incense, Oud and Bakhoor

This post offers more pics of Saudi’s incense culture.  Above is a large sculpture of an incense burner in my city of Jeddah.  Jeddah is home to many sculptures of ordinary objects that are turned into gigantic sized works of art.  By the way, incense burners here are called Mabkhara, which is what I’m guessing this sculpture is known as.  

The most common forms of incense in the kingdom are called Oud or Bakhoor, which is derived from the Aquilaria tree species.  The fragrant resinous heart of the Aquilaria tree is called Agarwood.  Oud is actually the perfumy oil extracted from the tree.  Bakhoor is small Agarwood chips from the Aquilaria tree that are soaked in the aromatic oils known as Oud and are burned over charcoal to produce the woodsy sweet scented smoke.  

Burning incense is said to be good for relaxation, that it can relieve stress and anxiety.  However medical studies have also shown that there can be dangers associated with breathing in incense, such as respiratory issues like asthma or lung inflamation.  
I’ve always had a thing for incense ever since my hippie days back in the 1970s. Here in Saudi Arabia I am intrigued with all the shops selling scrumptious scents and the oversized incense burners everywhere.  

 

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Jeddah – Once Hard to Find

Years ago when I first arrived in the kingdom, rubbing alcohol was pretty much impossible to find. I could find it in boxes of individual alcohol wipes but never in liquid form.  I believe the reason for this was because liquor or alcoholic drinks are strictly forbidden here.  I’m happy to see that rubbing alcochol is now available here in the kingdom. I can’t imagine anyone trying to drink the stuff.

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Jeddah Sky Banners and Pretty Minaret

These shiny green and gold banners were up for the recent Saudi National Day. They caught the sunlight and flashed like crazy in the breeze.  

I love the dome and minaret of the mosque below, but unfortunately the empty lot next door is littered with trash – a common thing here in Saudi.  Sometimes it feels like the problem is getting better but there are still many pockets around the city of piles of rubble and unsightly garbage like this. 

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