This is a scene from the oldest part of Jeddah, called Al-Balad, which means “the town.” This section of Jeddah used to be completely walled in for protection against outsiders. Jeddah began its humble beginnings as a small fishing village on the Red Sea about 2500 years ago. Some of the buildings are crumbling but many are still standing and are used for thriving businesses and residences. Shoddy electrical wiring poses a safety threat to many of these old buildings as scores of them have been destroyed by electrical fires in the past few years. You can see dozens of wires strung about in this photo. The wooden window coverings are a distinct style of Al-Balad, providing privacy and air circulation for the building’s occupants. (Click on image to view enlargement in greater detail.)
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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 and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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