The old souks, or markets, of Jeddah are located in the oldest part of town called Al-Balad. Many of the buildings are crumbling and are in peril. Fires are common in this area because of shoddy electrical workmanship, much of which is juryrigged. The window coverings, called Rawasheen, are all made of wood. In its heyday, the Rawsheen was very practical as well as attractive, but sadly today much of it is in disrepair. The ground level of the buildings houses businesses and the upper levels provide housing. Nowadays the inhabitants are among the poorest residents of Jeddah. The more affluent have moved out of this area and into newer districts.
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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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