Monthly Archives: January 2010

Big Sale in Arabic

Meant to attract customers in any language, the words “Big Sale” do just that. Many of the signs here are written in both Arabic and English, which make it easier for me and many other ex-pats here who don’t read … Continue reading

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A Hole in One

A very popular architectural trend here in Jeddah with new commercial construction is a tall modern building with a large opening in the building towards the top. My brother-in-law likes to joke that they build them this way so an … Continue reading

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SkyWatch: Minaret at Dusk

Not much of a photo, but I do like the way the minaret with its crescent moon topper is silhouetted against the evening sky and the way the sun reflects on the glass of the building. To fly MORE friendly … Continue reading

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On the Fringe

Many trucks and larger vehicles here in Saudi Arabia sport a type of valance across the top of the front windshields. My guess would be that either the normal sun visors broke off or that there just weren’t any to … Continue reading

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Beach House

No doubt about it, Saudi taste usually leans toward formal and fancy, which can easily push the limits of good taste and lead to overkill or gawdy – and oftentimes does. This is a beach house close to the Red … Continue reading

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MyWorld: Camel Couture

Step right up … Camel Rides, only 10 Saudi Riyals! That’s about $2.50 US. Camels that are used for rides are decorated with brightly colored fabrics, fringe, tassels, silk flowers, and cushions. I have featured many previous posts of camels … Continue reading

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Mosque and Sculpture at Night

As the gorgeous Al-Anani Mosque looms in the background, this modernistic white sculpture gleams in the foreground. Unfortunately I don’t have any particular information about this sculpture, which is one of hundreds that adorn the landscape here in the City … Continue reading

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