This is a private beach on a family compound in the Obhur area north of Jeddah. There are several villas for each sibling and their families, plus one for the parents. The walkway leading out to the gazebo actually divides the private beach into two sections. There is also a swimming pool and a huge barbecue for outdoor entertaining. Unfortunately, the family adheres to some of the stringent cultural norms/extremes here, including strict segregation of the sexes. This means that the in-laws do not mix with one another. So when the entire family is there to enjoy a weekend at the beach, there are three possible scenarios. Either one branch of the family can enjoy the outdoors at a time, or just men, or only just the women, at any one given time. Any of these scenarios require scheduling of some sort. I had always heard and thought that the Saudis really value and focus on family relationships, however when there is this type of separation within the family, it makes me wonder exactly what kind of relationships are there? This is not my idea of how I would want a get-together with my family to be.
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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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