Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Arabic: Guess the Logo

Can you guess this Arabic logo of a major worldwide mall chain retailer?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Our World: Balad Old Door

The old sector of Jeddah is called Al Balad, which in Arabic means the city center.  Amidst the hustle and bustle of this busy district are examples of the interesting old architectural styles of Jeddah.  Unfortunately many of these ancient buildings are crumbling and decaying.  One constant threat is fire due to shoddy electrical wiring. 
I love the arch, the wood carving, and the paint colors of this old door.  I also delight in the bird perched above the doorway.

Many of the old doors like this one feature a smaller door within the larger door, as can be seen in the photo above.

This details of this door have a South Beach art nouveau feel.

Wouldn't it be cool to have this old door at the entry to your home?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Jeddah: Rifle Shop and Gun Control

While handguns in Saudi Arabia seem to be forbidden, hunting rifles are sold in KSA.  It's rare to read about crimes committed here using guns of any kind.  Traditionally men in smaller villages bring rifles to weddings and fire them off, which can have disastrous results.  Target practice is usually done out in the desert.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jeddah: After School

This is the scene across the street from a boys school here in Jeddah shortly after dismissal.  School boys hanging out after school, grabbing a cold drink and shooting the breeze with friends.  The school day lasts from about 7am-12noon here.  Culturally, girls would not be allowed to hang out like this.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jeddah: Home Decor

Mixing patterns.  Unique design choices.  Tiling the entire exterior of buildings is chosen quite frequently here in Saudi Arabia to be the finished look.  Paint is not a popular option due to the harsh environmental conditions, such as heat, humidity, and dust.  This is an older villa that seems to be in need of some updating. 

I'm back!  Thank you for your patience as I took a break from blogging during the summer. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jeddah: Architectural Design

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, boasts some really interesting modern architectural styles in many of its office buildings. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Jeddah: Street Parking

In Jeddah, as in many large cities around the world, parking can be a big problem.  But what makes the parking problems even worse in Jeddah is all the disabled and abandoned vehicles which take up valuable parking space and affect traffic congestion.  Most of the parked vehicles you see in this picture are abandoned.  They are covered in thick dust.  One car even has the back window broken out.  I wish something would be done about this unsightly and unhealthy problem.