Private residences here in Jeddah are always surrounded by tall walls, which means they all require gates as well. Privacy is of the utmost importance to Saudis. The inner courtyard allows the women of the house an outdoor space where they do not have to cover their hair and don’t have to wear an abaya without the fear of being seen not being properly covered.
The walls and gates are an important feature of the overall design of the stately homes, as they are the first impression one has of a place. The gates are made of metal, wood, or wrought iron with opaque sheeting that allows the light through.