Category Archives: Life

Spacious Mall

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

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SkyWatch: In the Ghetto

Jeddah is a modern city with lots of new construction everywhere, but the city also has some very old and rundown areas as well. Many of the poor foreign workers live in places like this. Though you can’t see them … Continue reading

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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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SkyWatch: Dusty Days

This year the wind and resulting dust storms have been the absolute worst and the windy season has lasted much longer than it has since I moved here in 2007. Hospitals have been filled with people suffering from asthma or … 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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Workmen

I’m continually amazed at the seemingly unsafe working conditions of so many workers here in Saudi Arabia. Safety equipment and other safety products are rarely used. Most of the blue collar positions are filled by foreign workers from very poor … Continue reading

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