Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Our World: Cell Phones and Driving

While new laws in Saudi Arabia require vehicle occupants to wear seatbelts and prohibit use of cell phones while driving, unfortunately many drivers continue their bad and dangerous habits.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Jeddah: Architecture

Architecturally speaking, Jeddah has some very unusual modern buildings.  Many of the buildings feature blue reflective glass (or other colors), curves, cement, and steel - with one of a kind architectural details.  

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jeddah: Business Signs

I'm always fascinated with the business signs here in Jeddah.  Many are written in both English and Arabic, but others just have Arabic.  I have been told that there is a law that business signs here cannot be only in English.  Many of the signs that are only in Arabic often have graphics which show what type of business it is, but not always.  I've posted several times about the VIP phenomenon used frequently in this country, and you can see that on the blue sign with yellow and white Arabic script, the only thing written in English is "VIP."

The business sign that really stands out in this photo is the super-colorful one with the banners hanging down at the bottom of the sign.  Those festive banners are commonly used for holidays in this area of the world.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Jeddah: Gardenia Inn

The Gardenia Hotel is a typical family style hotel in Jeddah.  It is a fairly large building and is located just south of the airport, close to the Mall of Arabia.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Skywatch: Mosque and Minaret

All too often the area of Jeddah that I live in does not have very pretty skies due to all the dust in the air from construction.  I was pleased with the sky and clouds on this particular day though.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jeddah: 5 Riyals Store

In the USA, we have Dollar Stores, where all stocked items are sold for $1.00.  Here in Saudi Arabia, we have the 5 Riyals Stores, where everything costs 5 riyals, which is roughly $1.25.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jeddah: Welcoming Gate

I'm attracted to gates and doorways no matter where I am in the world.  This one caught my eye.  I think the vegetation adds a lot to its appeal.  All private villas here have tall walls and gates for privacy.