Category Archives: Culture

Rafting at the Mall

Most large malls here in Jeddah have full scale family entertainment centers. The Mall of Arabia’s play area includes a rock climbing wall, various rides, water rafting, and a soon to be open Snow Village. There are not many activities … Continue reading

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Looks Like a Full Bar

At first glance, one might assume that this resembles a fully stocked bar. However in Saudi Arabia, alcoholic beverages of any kind are strictly forbidden by religious law. Popular beverages here include sodas, coffee and tea, and a variety of … Continue reading

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Spacious Mall

Just a scene of Jeddah’s Mall of Arabia lower level taken from the second level.

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Just Hangin’ Out

I was waiting in the car for my husband when I looked over and saw this group of young men just hanging out. The man in the traditional dress seemed a little older and was dominating the conversation. All of … Continue reading

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Our World: Busy Signs & Store Fronts

In Jeddah, many shops that offer similar products and services are often right next door to one another for blocks and blocks. My theory is that because of the close proximity of these similar businesses, it causes the signage and … Continue reading

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Cool Sign for Thobe Shop

The thobe (or thawb) is the long usually white dress that many Saudi men wear. Most Saudi men probably have at least a dozen thobes hanging in their closets, especially those who wear thobes to work. Most thobes shops will … Continue reading

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Royal Restaurant Front

Huge images of Saudi royalty adorn the front plate glass windows of this popular restaurant in Jeddah.

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Our World: Fast Food & Indoor Play

Fast food restaurants and indoor playgrounds go hand-in-hand in Saudi Arabia just like in other parts of the world. This is a great idea here because of the brutal heat a good part of the year. This post shows McDonalds, … Continue reading

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Textiles, Carpets, and Prayer Rugs

Jeddah has many textile shops like this that sell carpets, linens, prayer rugs, and towels. Shopkeepers tend to hover too closely to offer assistance in hopes of making a sale. Many shops are crammed with merchandise stacked from the floor … Continue reading

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Desperate Housewives Middle East Style

The Middle East has its own version of the popular long-running TV series “Desperate Housewives,” called Nesa’a Ha’erat. This Turkish soap opera is popular in Saudi Arabia, and while it is shot in Turkish, the voices are dubbed over in … Continue reading

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