A Girl Can Dream

A Muslim woman watches wistfully at the swimmers from her perch on the beach at the waters edge on this hot day at the Red Sea.  She covers her hair and dresses modestly in loose clothing, careful not to show her legs or arms, since only her face and hands are allowed to be visible.  The swimmers are all men and children.   (#3 in a series of 5)

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Wistful

  1. Susan says:

    Hi Susie ~

    Here’s the link:


    I first read the story on the Saudi Gazette, going back to reference it, the story hasn’t been archived there. Happily it has elsewhere.

  2. Hi Susan – I haven’t heard of that beach, but there are private resorts here that cater to foreigners, and in fact, Saudis are not really allowed. At these beaches and in the pools, women are required to wear swimsuits. In fact, I was swimming in a swimsuit with a large T-shirt over it and was told I had to remove it. Glad you are enjoying my photos and the blog.

    Hi MyWork – Thanks so much. I liked the mood of this photo – I think it speaks volumes.

    Hi Ilse – Thanks! Women are allowed to go in the water fully clothed – it just doesn’t sound very comfortable to me!

    Hi Aafke – Thanks, dahling!

  3. Aafke says:

    Oehhh, what a whistful photo!
    Nice composition.

  4. Ilse says:

    Very powerful photo. Really sums it all up, doesn’t it? Yesterday someone asked what would happen if a woman waded into the water with all those clothes on? Is that forbidden too? Let us all know.

  5. We girls sure can and maybe even make those dreams come true. BTW, I like the picture you have here. In Dubai or in any other place in UAE, dreaming is must. We have the best gold in the world which is OIL.

  6. Susan says:

    I recently read of a beach for women – specifically for women where there are those posted to safeguard their privacy. While it’s reported some mildly protest having to stand guard while the women and their children swim, I can only imagine how they (the guards) are thanked by the women. As well, their families and homelife are perhaps the happier for the freedom these beaches provide. The story was reported in the Saudi Gazette. (Am enjoying your blog, btw.)

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