Monthly Archives: February 2009

Angawi House: Carved Door & Pool

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the home of a well known expert on traditional Islamic architecture and social activist, Dr. Sami Angawi. He spent more than ten years building this place, which is partially open to the public, … Continue reading

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SkyWatch: Dome and Tilework

This magnificent colorful illustration of Eastern art shows the beautiful elaborate design of a portico at the consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Jeddah. This theme is carried throughout the exterior of the grounds and it is stunning. … Continue reading

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Intercontinental Hotel Lobby

The Intercontinental Hotel in Jeddah is located on the Corniche with rooms offering gorgeous views of the Red Sea. This lovely tiled fountain sits in the middle of the hotel lobby surrounded by many sturdy columns topped with decorative palm … Continue reading

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Wedding Favor: Clove Box

Most wedding favors, if they even make it home, wind up in the trash or given to the maids here. They are usually not appreciated or wanted, generally serve no practical purpose, and might be considered mere dust collectors. A … Continue reading

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My World: Camel Herder

This is a camel herder who lives out in the desert. He wears the long white traditional dress men wear here, called a thobe, plus a scarf on his head to help protect him from the hot sun. When the … Continue reading

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Spices and Grains

The oldest souk in Jeddah is called Bab Makkah, which means door or gate to Makkah. It is a crowded busy market that extends for blocks in every direction. Business is conducted there, it seems, in much the same manner … Continue reading

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King Fahd Fountain

The King Fahd Fountain is the world’s tallest fountain reaching a maximum height of 312m (1023ft). It was fashioned after the fountain in Lake Geneva, however King Fahd felt the scale was insufficient for his liking and insisted on making … Continue reading

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