Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jeddah: Compound Pool Area

Many residential compounds in Jeddah are exclusive for foreign workers and do not allow Saudis to live there or even visit.  One reason is that inside the compound walls, women do not have to wear the black cloak or cover their hair.  Women can wear bathing suits when swimming or sunbathing at the beautiful pool areas inside the compounds.  Even at Saudi resorts that accommodate Saudi guests, many do not permit women to swim at all, unless there is a separate private pool provided just for women. 


William Kendall said...

A beautiful setting for a pool!

Jerry Mc Kenna said...

I have read articles by Saudis who complain about the rules, but it makes sense, if Saudis started to live in compounds, there would be a push to impose gender segregation and clothing rules. It would destroy the main attraction of compound living.