Portraits of the King and the Crown Prince are all over the place here in Saudi Arabia. I’ve seen them on billboards, sides of buildings, inside businesses, even on vehicles.
King Abdullah, pictured on the right of this huge portrait hanging inside a medical clinic, has been the official ruler of Saudi Arabia for four years, however he assumed the position in 1995 when reigning King Fahd suffered a debilitating stroke. He is 85 years old and is the 5th son (of 37 sons) of the original founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdul-Aziz. King Abdullah is highly regarded as one of the more progressive monarchs of KSA, however the very influential religious faction is loathe to endorse change, especially regarding women’s rights and socialization.
On the left is Crown Prince Sultan, next in line to the throne, who is actually several months older than King Abdullah. He is the former Minister of Defense and much of his wealth was accumulated in commissions for arms deals he made for the government. He is considered more conservative than the current king.
Since Arabic is read from right to left, King Abdullah appears on the right, the opposite of the prominent position of the West, which reads from left to right.
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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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