Category Archives: History

Banners in the Wind Sculpture

This is another sculpture made by Spanish architect and artist Julio Lafuente. Made from scrap metal harvested from two old water condensers that were the first of its kind to supply fresh water to the City of Jeddah, “Banners in … Continue reading

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Khanjar – The Curved Arab Dagger

These knives are called khanjar, the well-known curved Arab dagger. I have seen khanjar in private homes here as collector’s items. Many have jewel encrusted handles and are quite exquisite. The following is an excerpt from an old issue of … Continue reading

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Mall Mural: Soldiers

In the next few days, I’ll be featuring Middle Eastern wall mural art that I found in an unfinished section of Roshan Mall in Jeddah. I tried finding information about the works of art themselves but was unsuccessful. The artwork … Continue reading

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View from Atop Naseef House

Naseef House is one of the old buildings located in Old Jeddah. It is over 100 years old and today is a museum and the place where walking tours of the historical area called Al-Balad (Arabic for the city or … Continue reading

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Vehicle Decal

Many vehicles here in KSA sport Arabic script decals like this one on the back window of this SUV. This particular decal contains exactly what the flag of Saudi Arabian government bears, however the flag itself has a solid green … Continue reading

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CDP Theme Day: Doorways

The City of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, traces its history back to about 500 BC as a small fishing village along the Red Sea. Because of its location, Jeddah became the most important commercial center of the region. It is close … Continue reading

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Scarey Name

Here in Saudi Arabia, the most famous name, of course, belongs to the royal family, the Al-Sauds. Probably the next most well-known name belongs to the Bin Ladin family, a very wealthy group with deep ties to the royal family. … Continue reading

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