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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