Many buildings in business sections of Saudi Arabia house businesses on the ground floor and then apartments above. Enjoying the outdoors can be a challenge here where much of the year it is just too hot to spend much time out of doors. Most buildings like this one have a rooftop area where families can be out in the fresh air, or barbecue, or where children can play or ride bikes. The fencing you see on the roof affords privacy so the women will not be seen. The covered balcony on the left on the 2nd floor is the same idea of keeping women hidden from view if they are out on the balcony. From what I’ve seen personally here, most Saudi women do not enjoy being outside anyway – who can blame them all covered up in yards of black fabric in this stifling heat? Many Saudi women suffer the effects of never being exposed to adequate sunlight – depression, Vitamin D deficiency, lethargy. However, there are benefits to not exposing themselves to the sun as well. Their skin stays soft and young looking. My skin feels like an alligator compared to my mother-in-law’s baby-soft skin!
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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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