SkyWatch: New Construction

It’s not that often that we get big fluffy cumulus clouds like this around here. Most often the sky is quite plain or greyish looking from dust or pollution. Jeddah is booming with construction everywhere. Entire subdivisions have sprouted up frantically all over the city. Most residential buildings are built from red bricks and steel reinforcements, then most are completely finished off in stone, tile or marble. Not too many are stuccoed over and painted because of the harsh weather here. Another tidbit about residential buildings is that most have fairly small and usually tinted windows. In fact the metallic colored reflective windows are most popular here. This stems from the desire for personal privacy and ensuring that women hidden from view, as well as keeping the place cooled down and the hot air out. You never see people looking out the windows here.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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21 Responses to SkyWatch: New Construction

  1. Chris says:

    Impressive picture!

  2. Suzanne M says:

    Wow the clouds your got are amazing.
    Happy SWF.

  3. Wow that’s a great sky against the blue and the reddish tone of the building

  4. Erin says:

    my gosh…the privacy issue permiates throughout the entire lifestyle of people there. but i can understand much of the construction methods due to the extreme heat.

    always enjoy your posts and pics.
    have a great weekend.

  5. Hi to All and Thanks So Much for your nice comments!

  6. Thanks for the interesting facts and observations about windows and buildings.
    Hope the rare sight of billowy clouds did not make you too much miss the skies of your old home.

  7. Jeannelle says:

    Very interesting photos you have. Lovely clouds….I’m glad you were treated to some fluffy ones!

    Thank you for visiting my blog, too. Happy SWF!

  8. Geogypsy says:

    Nice capture. I couldn’t stand to have no sunshine or views thru my windows.
    Happy Valentines Day, Susie! Love your blog.

  9. Just read today that you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in Saudi Arabia. And as always your photos tell us westerners so much.

  10. Pretty picture of Jeddah clouds. Interesting to learn about the small and reflective windows.

  11. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: What a neat desert sky, it looked like those clouds could bring rain.

  12. Yogi says:

    Great picture. Thanks.

  13. Carver says:

    That’s a beautiful shot and an interesting post. I’d have trouble getting used to small windows because I like day light but I guess beyond privacy issues it makes sense in a hot climate too.

  14. Müge says:

    I like very much this blue sky with huge clouds!

  15. kallen305 says:

    Very interesting info and a gorgeous sky to go with it.

  16. I hope a few people looked out and saw THAT incredible sky!

  17. Linda Jacobs says:

    Thanks for all the info! Very interesting! And a beautiful sky!

  18. Guy D says:

    Fantastic skywatch shot as always Susie, thanks for posting this.

    Have a great weekend!
    Regina In Pictures

  19. ewok1993 says:

    I learn so much from this blog.

    My entry is over at

  20. nadia says:

    I’ve never seen such fluffy clouds here in the UAE. But we do have all these crazy construction work everywhere.

    I really like the picture: blue sky, white clouds and red building. Beautiful combination!

    Thanks for sharing this picture 🙂

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