The City of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, traces its history back to about 500 BC as a small fishing village along the Red Sea. Because of its location, Jeddah became the most important commercial center of the region. It is close to Makkah, the holiest city of Islam, and is considered to be the Gateway to Makkah. Millions of religious pilgrims visit the country every year to see Makkah and Madinah, also close by, and most of the pilgrims arrive and leave from Jeddah. Its important strategic position on the Red Sea for trade and tourism has caused the city to be a target for invaders. Consequently during its history, a huge wall was built encircling the whole city for protection against outsiders. There were also several gates along the wall where people could enter and leave the city. These gates were closed at night and no one was allowed in or out. Once oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia, the dynamics of Jeddah changed and grew rapidly. The expansion required that the walls and gates be removed to make room for the new growth. Today’s photo features one of several replicas of the old gates of Jeddah that were built as a nod to the city’s history. The large photo above the gate is an old picture of the first king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul-Aziz, who died in 1953. He had many wives and produced many heirs to the throne. Every succeeding king of modern Saudi Arabia has been a son of King Abdul-Aziz.
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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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