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I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!

Fully clad from head to toe in her black cloak, called abaya, and her black head scarf, called hijab – nothing stops this Muslim woman from cooling off in the beautiful blue water of the Red Sea.   I saw two women, fully … Continue reading

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Men at the Beach

While the sign on the post under the lovely thatch beach umbrella forbids women to swim in swimsuits, men are allowed to swim bare chested in swim trunks.   Please, TRY to overlook the hairy backs, the hairy arms, the love handles, … Continue reading

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Wistful

A Muslim woman watches wistfully at the swimmers from her perch on the beach at the waters edge on this hot day at the Red Sea.  She covers her hair and dresses modestly in loose clothing, careful not to show her … Continue reading

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Beachgoers

This couple watches swimmers enjoying the refreshing waters of the Red Sea at a resort north of Jeddah.  He’s relaxing by wiggling his toes in the warm sand, ankles and forearms exposed.  She stands behind him watching swimmers, who are … Continue reading

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Skywatch: No Skinny Dipping!

Inviting Beach, but be sure to read the sign. This lovely beach is at a resort just outside of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  The turquoise blue Red Sea beckons swimmers on this hot day.  But wait!  Be sure you read the … Continue reading

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Dive in!

The lovely pool area of a seaside beach property outside of Jeddah available for foreign women to shed their abayas and don swimsuits without fear of being harassed by the Muttawwa (religious police). (Click on photo to enlarge image)

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