Monthly Archives: February 2009

Tall Camel Sculpture

One of the things that come to mind when one thinks of Saudi Arabia is camels. The dromedary (one hump) camel is a native of this country and is well suited to live here. Nature has equipped these camels with … Continue reading

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My World: Outdoor Fruit & Vegetable Market

This colorful scene is a small section of the largest outdoor fruit and vegetable market in Jeddah. The entire market occupies a huge area of about 3 city blocks wide by 3 blocks long. There are hundreds of vendors selling … Continue reading

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Fruit and Meat Shop

Most small meat shops in Jeddah hang the meat in the window to attract customers. I haven’t stepped foot inside one of these shops yet so I don’t know how cold they are usually kept. This shop pairs their meat … Continue reading

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Give Me Some Privacy!

I’ve mentioned before about how highly privacy is regarded here in Saudi Arabia, from small tinted windows in homes to women being covered from head to toe in black. More examples of the extreme measures that are taken for the … Continue reading

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Boat and Sail Sculpture

There are recurring themes in much of the art that enhances the cityscape of Jeddah, such as Religion, the Heavens, Education, History, Nature, Transportation, and Nautical. Because Jeddah is the major seaport of Saudi Arabia – and is actually referred … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fisherie Friends

Most of the blue collar workers here in Saudi Arabia are from poorer Asian or African countries like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, or Somalia. These two men work in a busy and popular fisherie in Jeddah. There were at least … Continue reading

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The Illusion of a Second Cube

Victor Vasarely is often credited with being the founder of post-war optical painting. His works ignored the human form in favor of geometric shapes and abstract styles and are found in cultural hubs around the world, like Paris, Washington, Chicago, … Continue reading

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My World: Ladies Section of the Bank

This is a brand new investment bank in Jeddah. It has a very modern design with blue reflective windows and a rounded concave wall at the main entrance, which is for MEN only. How do I know this? Around the … Continue reading

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Milkcan Sculpture

Many of the sculptures around and about Jeddah are unusual works of art. This sculpture appears to be an enormous milkcan. You can get an idea of its size by comparing it to the homes off to the right. Much … Continue reading

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