Many women in Saudi Arabia get absolutely no exercise outside the home. Many homes have a treadmill for women to use, and some are lucky enough to have a private swimming pool, but you will never see women jogging outside or even riding bicycles. There are not many areas where a woman might be able to enjoy a walk outside near her home. It’s too hot for one thing. Women are required to wear long cloaks (most are black) and cover their hair, and many Saudi women also wear veils over their faces. Women riding bikes is forbidden because from behind, the shape of her bottom would be revealed as she sits on the bicycle seat. It would also be difficult to ride a bike while wearing a floor length cloak and wearing a veil. The track in this photo is outside of a lovely hospital and women can be seen walking the track for exercise every late afternoon. They walk in pairs or small groups. And they all wear the long black cloak…
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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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