Monthly Archives: August 2010

Typical Street Scene

This is a very typical street scene in a business section of Jeddah. In this man dominated society, it’s not unusual to just see mostly men only on the streets. One man is walking in the street while talking on … Continue reading

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Wild Wall

This is not exactly something one might expect in strictly conservative and religious Saudi Arabia -a wild and crazy wall inside a local Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop in Jeddah. You can see Arabic writing and the “BR” logo on … Continue reading

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Red Arabic Script

Many residential buildings here in Saudi Arabia have signage on them, as shown in this photo. I’m guessing it says the name of the owner or something along those lines. Some buildings also prominently display a phone number also.

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Hospital Entrance

I love the architectural details of this entrance into a local hospital in Jeddah, International Medical Center. The building was designed by the most famous architect of the region, Sami Angawi, Saudi Arabian native who is known for incorporating old … Continue reading

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Language School

Language schools in Saudi Arabia do a very business. Public schools are required to teach English to the Saudi students, and many adults like to try to study English as well. A native speaker of English can usually get a … Continue reading

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Villa’s High Walls

This gives you an idea of how all private individual villas are surrounded by very tall walls for privacy. Many villas in Saudi Arabia are enormous and can house three or four generations under the same roof. All villas also … Continue reading

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Orange Prayer Rug

Every home in Saudi Arabia has many prayer rugs – at least one for every member of the household and some extra ones for visitors. Prayer rugs are sold just about everywhere and are very affordable. They come in every … Continue reading

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Yikes!

This is another example of how many construction sites here in Saudi Arabia appear to be unsafe for workers. These types of labor positions are all filled by foreign workers.

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Crumbling

Many of the old historical buildings of Jeddah are crumbling and are in a state of disrepair. The city has lost hundreds of its oldest buildings to old age and to fire. Many of these old buildings are uninhabitable, however … Continue reading

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Old Souk at Night

Al-Balad is the oldest section of Jeddah and is also where the oldest souks are as well. Every night, the old souks are full of people (mostly men) shopping – and this is where the best bargains can be found. … Continue reading

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