Category Archives: Hospitality

Angawi House: Carved Door & Pool

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the home of a well known expert on traditional Islamic architecture and social activist, Dr. Sami Angawi. He spent more than ten years building this place, which is partially open to the public, … Continue reading

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Intercontinental Hotel Lobby

The Intercontinental Hotel in Jeddah is located on the Corniche with rooms offering gorgeous views of the Red Sea. This lovely tiled fountain sits in the middle of the hotel lobby surrounded by many sturdy columns topped with decorative palm … Continue reading

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Little Lamb Lots

Ramadan is the month each year when Muslims worldwide fast from sun up to sun down as required by one of the five pillars of Islam. When it concludes, there is a three day celebration called Eid when food and … Continue reading

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My World: Segregated Elevators

Ok, I realize that posting photos of elevator doors is really not very exciting, but these are the first segregated elevators that I have ever seen in my life, so I thought you might find it interesting too. In Saudi … Continue reading

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Beautiful Hookahs

The hookah shops here in Jeddah are filled with amazingly beautiful water pipes which are like works of art.   Some are painted, some are etched, some have embossed metal detailing.  Some are clear glass, some are colored glass, some are … Continue reading

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Let’s Party!

Meat dishes served at a lavish party, these are chicken kabobs in the front and grilled chicken pieces in the back, both beautifully garnished.

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Resort Lobby

This minimalist modern resort lobby setting is located just outside of Jeddah.  It overlooks one of the beautiful pools of the resort, where western women can dress normally, without covering their hair or wearing the abaya.

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Feast for Women Only

Yummy food served at a house party in Jeddah for women only recently, includes lamb and rice, sambuseks, salad, and stuffed grape leaves.

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Welcome to Our Home

Arabic writing above the front door of a Jeddah villa, loosely interpreted says “Whatever God wills, he shall put blessings into it.”

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Rooftop Party

  Red carpets and red linens provide a dramatic setting for this rooftop party under the stars. This gathering was attended only by men, mainly all cousins of one particular family, who enjoyed the cool April evening’s breezes. Large platters … Continue reading

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