About This Blog, and About Me: Susie of Arabia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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Schools, government buildings, and residential compounds in Saud Arabia all have high security measures in place. Many appear to be fortresses, with 24 hour armed guards, barriers and gates, tall surrounding cement walls topped with barbed wire coils, visitor IDs required, and camera surveillance.
On one of our recent rare outings to buy groceries and to purchase hair clippers so I can start cutting my husband’s hair, I saw these beautiful lanterns at SACO. I’m a big sucker for lanterns like this – but I didn’t get one.
As I understand it, a fine of 1000sr (more than $250 US) is imposed for anyone in Saudi Arabia who is out in public without a face mask.
Two neighboring buildings in Jeddah highlighting the wide variety of architectural styles in the city.
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All over the Middle East, headgear is an important component of the traditional man’s uniform. Underneath the scarf is a small white cap called keffiyah which anchors the scarf and keeps it from slipping. Men in Saudi Arabia most commonly wear the red and white checkered scarf (shemagh) or a plain white scarf (ghutra), although there are many other colors and patterns available. They have been a part of the Middle Eastern man’s fashion for a long long time, originally worn to protect from sandstorms and the hot sun.
The square scarf is folded in half into a triangle shape. The scarf is then placed on the head with the two longer points on the left and right and the remaining point to the center back. The black ring called egal is placed on top to hold the scarf down and keep it in place.
There are so many ways a man can style his scarf! Some wear it hanging straigh down, others like to flip the sides to the back, or maybe flipped up over the top. There is not just one way of wearing it.
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Going through my old photos, since we haven’t been out much with this Corona isolation – An anti-littering graphic adorning the side of a delivery truck in Jeddah that I photographed a few years ago.
This well known fountain on Sultan Road in Jeddah consists of more than 20 dallah coffee pots arranged on pedestals at varying heights. I’ve actually seen it functioning as a fountain a few times but most often it’s not operating. It’s difficult to get a good photo of it because of its location in the middle of the road separating the lanes of traffic.
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Jeddah is home to hundreds of works of art that grace the landscape of the city. Many of the sculptures used to occupy the space in the center of traffic circles, many of which have been replaced in recent years with bridges, tunnels, or normal intersections with stoplights. Some of the sculptures have been moved to different spots off to the side in the same intersection or to totally different locations around Jeddah. Still other sculptures have not survived, like this one.
This boat sculpture was one of the largest sculptures of this metropolis on the Red Sea. The ship’s sails actually spelled “Allah.”
I have to admit, this sculpture was not one of my favorites, so I’m not too torn up about it being gone now. I found it odd looking and when it needed to be repainted, it looked pretty tacky.