Thursday, November 26, 2015

SkyWatch: Religious Pilgrim

A religious pilgrim walks along the streets of Jeddah.  Sighting of religious pilgrims are common here as Jeddah is the country's main port of entry for the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jeddah: Bicycle Sculpture

Jeddah's famous Bicycle sculpture has been moved, since the roundabout it used to be housed in has been dismantled and replaced with a bridge overpass.  It was quite a feat to relocate this piece of art to a new position at the same intersection.  It took lots of planning and special equipment. 

The Bicycle was fashioned from scrap metals by Spanish architect Julio LaFuente.  It stands 15 meters high. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dress for Religious Pilgrims

All male religious pilgrims making the pilgrimage to Mecca wear the same thing: a simple white outfit made of two plain pieces of cloth with no seams, buttons, or zippers.  One is wrapped around the lower half of the body like a skirt, and the other is draped over the top part of the body as shown above.  The fabric can be anything ranging from cotton sheeting to heavier fabric like a towel.  All men dressing the same makes them all equal, no classes.

Women are not restricted in the clothing that they wear for the religious pilgrimage, but they must be covered properly according to Islamic standards, including the hair.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Our World: Unusual Architectural Entrance

I am always amused when I see unusual architectural features in Saudi Arabia such as this one, which seems out of place and also seems to really serve no purpose.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jeddah: Bridges and Tunnels

The face of Jeddah has been changing significantly over the past few years.  Many of Jeddah's major intersections have been replaced by tunnels and bridges in hopes of easing the horrific traffic congestion.  Jeddah's shape runs lengthwise from north to south and is a very narrow city from east to west.  At many busy intersections that formerly sported huge roundabouts which featured immense pieces of art, the artwork has been moved elsewhere. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jeddah: Typical Building

This is a typical building in Jeddah, with the ground floor used for businesses. The upper floors might be rented out as apartments.  Many hotels also look like this.  Apartment buildings that do not have businesses below often have a parking garage on the ground floor. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Saudi Man's Black Thobe

The most common image of Saudi men shows him wearing a white dress (thobe) with the red and white checkered headgear.  Black thobes are worn more in the winter months, as well as other colors such as brown, blue, or cream.