Skywatch: No Skinny Dipping!

Inviting Beach, but be sure to read the sign.
Inviting Beach, but be sure to read the sign.

This lovely beach is at a resort just outside of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  The turquoise blue Red Sea beckons swimmers on this hot day.  But wait!  Be sure you read the sign on the post of the charming thatch umbrella first.  It’s written in Arabic, but my husband told me it says women are not allowed to wear swimsuits.  Here in this society, women can only appear in public wearing long loose fitting black cloaks, called abayas.   No matter how hot it is outside.  Darn!  And here I thought it meant we could go skinny dipping!!!  (#1 in a series of 5)
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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13 Responses to Skywatch: No Skinny Dipping!

  1. Hi Asad – This resort is called AL Nakheel Village Hotel & Resort and is located in Obhur in northern Jeddah. It is one of the nicest resorts that I have visited here so far and is open to everyone. Sorry but I don’t have a phone number or know about the rates.

  2. Asad Chagtai says:

    Hi Susie,

    What is the name of this resort and whereabouts in Jeddah/Obhur is it? Any idea of the rates…?

    Many thanks,

  3. Sally says:

    long top – not long sleeves….sorry

  4. Sally says:

    An Australian woman invented the “burquini” which many Moslem women here wear. But in Saudi it too would be classified as a swimsuit, no dount….it doesn’t incorporate an abbaya!

    Here’s a pic I took at the beah of soemeone wearing one:

    Note the man also has a long sleeved top. That’s a “rash vest” which lots of people wear in Australia to prevent sunburn.

  5. Hi Jill! Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Klaus – Ok, will do. I’m new and didn’t quite understand the procedure.

    Hi AbuDhabiPhoto – There are private clubs/beaches/resorts where ex-pat women can wear suits. Saudis are not allowed there.

    Hi Elaine – That’s my argument exactly. Why is it okay for men, but not for women? I think it’s unfair.

    Hi Ab – I can’t even begin to read it. You are doing great!

    Hi BettyX – Yes, there are specially made Islamic swimgear for women. The only exposed body parts are the hands, the face, and the feet. The swimgear features a long-sleeved top, close-fitting hood, and long pants, all made of a stretchy, lightweight fabric. The top also usually hangs down over the tops of the legs so as not to show the female form. There are many websites that offer Islamic swimwear.

    Hi R – Thanks so much for commenting. Sounds like you have quite an international community where you live!

  6. Klaus says:

    Thank you!
    Your Skywatch Team

  7. R says:

    I found your very interesting blog because you are the next after me in SkyWatch, the last ones as we are. I started my photoblog also with Arabian theme, some pictures from UAE. We plan to go there again to enjoy the warmth and sun. Especially I liked Al Ain. We used to go only in the international hotel’s pools.
    As about swimming in abaya – here in Sweden I saw it. In the lake near the place we live, ca 10 miles from Stockholm. It was funny to look at. They were pale and in black clothes, just stood in the water; next were jumping and lively playing reddish brown children with shiny black-hair: boys and girls from Chili (in our community there is lot of asylants) and then we, scandinavians…quite pale too.

  8. bettyx1138 says:

    are there swim-abayas made for swimming in? would is be acceptable for a woman to swim in a long-sleeved tshirt and jeans?

  9. Ab says:

    Yeah..I could read only two words on the sign – mamnu3 (not allowd) and nisa’a (women) lol

  10. Elaine says:

    I guess it wouldn’t seem so bad if the men were required to be equally modest.

  11. I heard a good few years ago that there were select beaches in KSA that expats swam in (suits and all). Of course, this wasn’t legal, but many a foreigners claimed to get away with it.

  12. Klaus says:

    Wonderful Post and perfect for Skywatch.
    Cheers, Klaus

    But please – be so kind to read the rules for Skywatch and add both these two
    things to any Skywatch post. 1: Mark your Post clearly as a skywatch post and 2: link back to the Skywatch Site and invite your visitors to see skies from all over the world. Thank you for your understanding.
    Skywatch Team

  13. jill says:

    It does indeed look inviting Susie.

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