This beautiful gate is the only thing standing between me and the palace inside. The walls are so tall and surround such a large piece of property that no sign of the palace is visible from the outside. Above the center of the gate is the official Saudi government emblem, which exhibits two crossed swords and a palm tree. Topping the emblem is a beautiful crown in a gold colored metal, which indicates some type of royalty. The royal family of Saudi Arabia has been in control of parts of this country for centuries, but the nation of Saudi Arabia wasn’t established until 1932. Estimates as to the size of the royal family range anywhere from 7,000 to 25,000, and most of the power and wealth lies in the hands of about 200 of its highest ranking members, all descendants of Saudi Arabia’s first king, Abdul Aziz.
I’d love to have a glimpse inside those palace gates one of these days. Until then, I’ll just have to use my imagination!
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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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