MyWorld: Fishing at the Red Sea


We were driving along Jeddah’s Corniche one day, which runs parallel to the shores of the Red Sea, and I saw this group of young men fishing. Most of them wear the traditional white dress that Saudi men wear, called thobe. The Red Sea is home to abundant marine life and it provides a bountiful food source for the countries that border it. Many of the kinds of fish that live in the warmer waters of the Red Sea are not found in other parts of the world. The Red Sea is a misleading sparkling blue color. There are several theories on how the Red Sea got its name. Some say that the name comes from the colorful coral and red colored blooms that grow in the sea. Others believe it comes from dashret, an old name for Egypt, which also borders the Red Sea. Dashret mean the red land. Still others feel that it has to do with red being the southern direction, and black being the northern direction according to the cardinal directions. My husband seems to think that these guys fishing like this aren’t going to catch much. He prefers to go out in a boat fare from the shore in the evenings and usually has very good results.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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8 Responses to MyWorld: Fishing at the Red Sea

  1. Carver says:

    Very interesting post and I love the photograph. Something very appealing to me about it. I also couldn’t help thinking about how much safer the traditional clothing is for being in the sun than what most of us wear in the U.S. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t handle, especially as a women, dressing the way some countries dictate. However, as someone who was diagnosed 5 years ago with advanced melanoma (thankfully it hasn’t spread further after the lymph nodes it spread to were removed), I like to see skin protected from the hot sun. Also, since melanoma attacks people of all skin types and races, it makes sense for countries with hot sun to have clothes that protect the skin. That said, I am glad to have the right to use sunscreen and wear shorts. I digress but I was catching up on your other blog, started to comment there but the issues you were discussing with people arrested for suntans didn’t really apply to what I wanted to say. I could never agree to that with the exception of sunburned babies. I get very upset when I see sunburned babies and think there should be laws about that.

    • Carver – Thanks so much for your comment. The traditional clothing that the men wear here is actually very practical for the climate. The fabric worn by the men is lightweight, and they wear very lightweight long elastic waist pants (like Pajama pants) underneath. Very practical. However the black cloak that the women wear is not at all practical to wear in this severe heat. Plus women are fully clothed underneath, and it’s usually also modest Islamic attire, meaning long sleeves and long pants or long skirt underneath. I’ve said this before – I think what women wear here is part of a conspiracy by men to control women and to keep women at home. You don’t see many women outside braving the heat because it’s absolutely miserable – made much worse by their clothing.

    • Forgot to say that I am so glad your melanoma is under control. I wish you the best of health.

  2. eileeninmd says:

    Cool capture of the young men fishing. The photo of the Red Sea is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your world with us!

  3. Dina says:

    It’s a wonderful picture!
    Don’t they need some kind of hat out in the sun?

    I’d be afraid to fish in such close conditions, with so many hooks flying around.

    Thanks for the language helps re Red Sea.

  4. luna miranda says:

    i love this photo, so unique to the Middle East.

  5. carolynUSA says:

    The white clothing is such a beautiful contrast to the blue waters and sky. Even the car is white…how interesting is the background for the name of this sea. This is such a beautiful capture of life so far away from where I live.

  6. Marvelous capture as always, Susie! Beautiful view of the Red Sea! Hope you have a great week and that your husband continues to do well!

    Sylvia

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