Monthly Archives: March 2010

Waiting on the Sidewalk

Many small businesses here conduct their business out on the streets, drumming up business, negotiating on the price, etc. This man who is wearing the traditional clothing of Saudi men is waiting for customers in an area of the city … Continue reading

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Al-Jazira Bank Building

This is a huge new modern building that has been built since I arrived here in Jeddah two years ago. The building’s design is a gracefully curvy and I love that the reflective blue glass is practically the only visible … Continue reading

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Butterfly Building

We seem to drive by this building frequently, and I always try to snap a decent photo from inside the car as we zoom by. I have posted this building before, but I think this is the best shot I … Continue reading

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Arabic Product Packaging

I just thought you might be interested to see how some typical American products are packaged for sale in Saudi Arabia. Written in both Arabic and English, the product name, description, and directions (below) are clearly marked. We have bought … Continue reading

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Super Mario Behind Bars

As in many places around the world, many businesses here are locked up by garage doors or collapsible wrought iron gates such as this when they are closed. I just liked the look of the painted wrought iron design of … Continue reading

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MyWorld: She’s Not Barbie

As far as I understand, Barbies are banned from being sold here – so I don’t understand why it’s okay to sell this cheap imitation Barbie-look-alike doll. She’s wearing a strapless dress with lots of skin showing and has the … Continue reading

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Cluttered Shop

This is a very typical looking shop here in Jeddah. Many are small and very crowded and cluttered with merchandise.

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Honey Shop Sign

This sign is for a shop that sells only honey.

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Hangin’ Out

One thing that upsets me here in Saudi Arabia is how children are not buckled in when traveling in cars. Some young boys are even allowed to drive, and all the while women are restricted from doing so. Every time … Continue reading

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SkyWatch: Swords of God Sculpture

Another of Jeddah’s remarkable sculptures, the Swords of God actually spell out “Allah” in Arabic calligraphy when seen from a certain angle. Aref El Rayess is the Lebanese artist who created this work. He originally planned to build it from … Continue reading

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