Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Our World - Arabic Script Jewelry

I've always been attracted to Arabic script since we moved here - in business signs, toilet signs, and jewelry, and wherever else there is Arabic writing.  The above pendant says "Mother" in the larger script.  There is smaller Arabic script at the very top that says "I love my..."

This pendant is just of the letter "Ya."

This last pendant spells out the woman's name of "Shahad."

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Ready for Ramadan

More Ramadan decor in malls and a supermarket are featured in today's post. 

These photos were taken right before Ramadan began several months ago.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Signs of Ramadan

Even though Ramadan has come and gone, some shops in Jeddah leave up their decorations for the holiday until they disintegrate and tear from the severe heat. 

The red and blue banners are a very typical display for Ramadan.

All kinds of business get into the act and dress up their shops for Ramadan. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Women in Black at the Mall

In the middle of the food court at the Mall of Arabia, dozens of stands for local entrepreneurs have been constructed for them to sell their wares, like jewelry, clothing, and honey. 

Female shoppers here can be seen in their black abayas.  While black is not required and many women are now sporting colorful abayas, some Saudi women have yet to break with the cultural norm of wearing black. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Jeddah Salesclerk

A cheerful, friendly and helpful clerk in a wonderful shop in Jeddah that sells coffee and dates, among other things.  I took dates from this shop back to the US with me as gifts, and everyone was wild for them - they were absolutely delicious.  There is a much wider variety of scrumptious dates here in the kingdom than can be found in the US.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Restaurant Decor

This is the attractive interior decor of a modern Middle Eastern restaurant in Jeddah.  I love everything about it - the tile floors, the intricate details on the chairs, the colorful pillows, the arches, and the lighting.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Our World - Cute Barber Shop Sign

Not much to look at and not an inviting or appealing entrance to a business, but the sign makes a statement and brings in customers.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Architectural Details - Roshan

Here is another pic of the roshan window coverings in Al Balad / Old Jeddah.  This one is taken from below, looking up.  Roshan provide for privacy and air circulation, two very important functions here in Saudi Arabia.  The clumsy and dangerous electrical wiring in the old part of the city has been the cause of many fires, destroying many of the oldest structures of Jeddah. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Embellished Door in Old Jeddah

One of Al Balad's doors is featured in today's post.  The silver metal embellishments are a little over the top - but it definitely makes a statement.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Brown "Roshan" Window Coverings - SkyWatch and Theme Day

One of the most beautiful features of the buildings of Old Jeddah, called Al Balad, is the lovely window coverings often made of latticed wood.  They are usually stained brown or painted in shades of green, blue, or red.  Many of the older dilapidated roshan have been replaced  with newer ones as the surviving buildings are renovated.

I am back from an extended absence of several months from Saudi Arabia.  Summers are just too hot for me here.  It's still pretty warm now but it should start cooling off soon. It's good to be back though... 

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City Daily Photo is an online community of photo bloggers that share images of life in their cities around the world.  The first of every month is Theme Day for City Daily Photo bloggers.  This month's theme is "Brown."  Be sure to visit the City Daily Photo portal to view other participants' entries for today's theme day.

Friday, May 31, 2019

SkyWatch - Ramadan Food Booth

The month of Ramadan will be over in about a week. Ramadan is the one month of the year when Muslims fast during the daylight hours. When they break the fast at the end of each day, one of the most popular traditional foods that Muslims like to eat is called sambusek. Sambusek is a small meat pie that is similar to a chinese egg roll or the Indian samosa.  It is very tasty.  Many restaurants build a booth outside their building to accommodate the sales of this popular Ramadan food.  They can literally sell out of thousands of sambusek in the one to two hour period right before the fast is broken at sundown.   

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Times are Changin'

Many changes are happening rapidly in Saudi Arabia.  It's a very historic and exciting time in the country.  One recent change that I have noticed is women in pictures!  This huge ad inside a mall in Jeddah has four women prominently featured - and their faces are visible! Not pixilated. Not blurred out. Not marked over with a black marking pen. This is a big change! 

The photo below of another large ad inside a mall also has a woman's face showing. This ad is actually advertising for another big change in the kingdom - the arrival of movie theaters!   

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mall Shop Window Display

I like the look of these 3D flowers behind the headless children mannequins.  I wonder what stores do with all of the graphics they use to decorate shop windows.  Some of them are pretty cool...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Durian Fruit

I don't believe I've ever seen durian fruit in the US, but it is readily available here in Saudi Arabia. It is very popular in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  Aside from its obviously unusual appearance consisting of a thorn covered outer skin, the smell of the fruit inside is also quite pungent and unpleasant to many. It can grow to be almost as large as a football.  Its strong lingering odor gives the durian the distinction of being banished from many hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Our World - Imported Food Products in Jeddah

Here are more imported food products found here in Saudi Arabia, like dried organic fruits from Australia and KitKat chocolates.  

There are many brands of hot sauce to choose from too...

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Let's Go Grocery Shopping

Jeddah has ultra modern supermarkets and imported products available from all over the world. 

Every year it seems more and more brands and products from back home can be found here. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Variety of Villas

The above villas are actually the same architectural designs, just reversed, but because of the difference in the color of windows, they don't really look the same.

Not much of the front of this villa is visible because of all the large palm trees outside its walls.

I believe this is a duplex villa.  

Friday, May 24, 2019

Random Misspellings

Just some random misspellings I've seen recently here in Jeddah -
on cookie labels in a supermarket ...

on a business "opening" sign ...

and on a "refreshing" moist towelette given to me in a restaurant.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

SkyWatch - Jeddah's Floating Mosque

One of Jeddah's most well known mosques, The Floating Mosque, also known as Masjid Al Rahma or Fatima Al-Zahra Mosque. The mosque was built in 1985 and is a "must see" destination for tourists visiting the city.  The most popular times to visit this mosque are at dawn or at dusk, due to the splendid views of the Red Sea and the beautiful skies at those times of day.  

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jeddah's Globe Roundabout

A few years ago the flagpoles were added around one of Jeddah's busiest traffic circle -the huge roundabout that sports one of the most well known and beloved sculptures in Jeddah.  "The Globe" is an enormous stained glass work of art by the Spanish architect and artist Julio Lafuente.  He was one of the most prolific sculptors who made many pieces of public artwork for the City of Jeddah during the 1970s and 1980s, a period of time called the Jeddah Beautification Project.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Jeddah Playground on the Red Sea

Two women in black abayas swinging at a playground while they enjoy the beauty of the Red Sea in front of them.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jeddah More Blue Glass Highrises

Here are a couple more interesting very modern architectural designs incorporating the use of blue glass windows as the main element of the overall structure here in Jeddah.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Jeddah Castle Architecture

Jeddah has quite a variety of architectural styles all over the city. This building looks like a huge castle.