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, that is a tribute to the architecture of this region of western Saudi Arabia called Hejaz. I was with a group of almost fifty people from around the world who were attending a medical conference in Jeddah. We were treated to a personal tour of the property by Dr. Angawi, as well as a lovely traditional Middle Eastern dinner outside under the stars. Intricately carved solid wooden doors like this one are still commonly incorporated in today’s homes as functional design elements.
A central focal point of the building is an indoor swimming pool around which the house is built. The open pool area is visible from several floors above. Making it even more special is the fact that the pool bottom is tiled in an intricate blue mosaic pattern which appears to be a Persian carpet. It is exquisite.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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