Saturday, January 18, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Jeddah Business Salute to Government


Large images of the king and other important government officers are featured prominently on many businesses here in Jeddah to show their allegiance and support.  

Thursday, January 16, 2020

SkyWatch - Jeddah Al Balad Mosque


On a narrow street in the old sector of Jeddah called Al Balad lies this older white mosque with its beautifully detailed minaret.


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Our World - Saudi Arabia Progress - Fitting Rooms!


Lots of change has happened in the kingdom over the past 5 years, especially regarding women. Women started driving the summer of 2018.  Women are working in practically every sector now, not just in education or medical fields. There are movie theaters and a lot less gender segregation than before.

AND - many shops now have changing rooms for women to try on clothes before purchasing them!  Before, many shops had a three day return policy and with women not being allowed to drive,  it was a real pain in the a$$ - especially if the garment needed to be returned. So dressing rooms are a welcome change here in the kingdom - and a sign of real progress.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Jeddah Spice Market - Sumac


The spice sumac derives from red berries of the sumac bush which grows in the Middle East. The berries are dried and then crushed into a coarse powder.  With its pleasant lemony taste, sumac is used to spice up many dishes in the region, oftentimes sprinkled on top to enhance not only the flavor, but to jazz up the appearance of the dishes. 


Friday, January 10, 2020

SkyWatch - Jeddah Al Balad Street Scene


Madinah Road in a newer area of Al Balad in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Jeddah Cool Architecture


I love the lines of this building in old downtown Jeddah. The sun caught the light in a beautiful way as we were driving by in a moving vehicle. I was pretty pleased with how this photo came out.  The photo below is of the same building very early in the morning,  The car I was in was going too fast to get a clearer shot, but I wanted to show how the building is lit with blue lights.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Saudi Arabia Gold Shops


When people come to visit Saudi Arabia, one of the most popular gifts purchased is gold. The pureness of the gold here is of a much higher karat content than in many places around the world. It is commonly available in up to 24 karat and is more yellow in color.



Gold here is sold by weight. The styling doesn't really matter.  Much of the styling is rather over the top and gaudy, if you ask me.  




Monday, January 6, 2020

Our World - Traditional Arts School


The Jameel House of Traditional Arts was started in 2015 in the old part of Jeddah called Al Balad with the purpose of keeping the oldest artisan skills alive and preserving the cultural heritage of the region.   The courses and classes focus on, among other things, geometry designs (the main element of Islamic design),  coloring motifs, natural dyes, methods and materials, woodworking, ceramics, gypsum carving, veneer, mangur, and other artistic skills and crafts. 


Students can sign up for the one year course which encompasses every skill the facility offers, or they can sign up for individual classes which focus on one skill at a time.  Modern technology is applied in coordination with ancient techniques to help students learn these skills in order to create beautiful works of art based on classic designs and traditions.   







The Jameel House website

Location - in the heart of Al Balad, behind Al-Ma'amar Mosque off Al-Dahab Street. 

For more information - EMAIL - jhtaj@artjameel.org

Follow On Instagram - @Renye.art


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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Jeddah Sculptures in Al Balad


Across the street from the Queen's Building in Al Balad is a town square with two sculptures featured prominently.  The first one is made of marble and is a representation of an old watering well that provided water to the residents. 


Unfortunately I noticed that this sculpture is now missing several key elements - the water spickets and the cups, which can be seen in this post that I made several years ago. 


The other sculpture in the same area is giant sized replica of a rose water dispenser, called "marash." This vessel would be filled with rose water which would then be sprinkled around the house to make it smell good. 


You can see another really gorgeous photo taken by my friend Abdullah Yahya of this sculpture that I posted a while back if you CLICK HERE. 


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Jeddah Scenes from Al Balad


Al Balad is such a fascinating and interesting place. It's the oldest section of the city of Jeddah, which was originally a sleepy fishing village when it was settled over 1400 years ago. Today Jeddah is a thriving business center in the Middle East and the gateway to the holiest cities of Islam, Mecca and Medina.  

An eclectic mix of the super old and the ultra modern, some areas of Al Balad (which translates to "the city") often feel like one is stepping back in time. 


Friday, January 3, 2020

Jeddah Incense Burners


One can find incense burners everywhere here, available in many shops, but I have never before seen incense burners like the ones with the faces on the top shelf - found in a small shop in Al Balad. 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

SkyWatch - Jeddah Faded Graffiti


The graffiti on the side of this building was originally painted in February of 2014 for Jeddah Art Week.  This "calligraffiti" (the term coined for the combination of Arabic calligrahy and graffiti) is the creation of artist eL Seed, whose name is a take on "El Cid," meaning the lord or master.

The below photo was taken in 2014, when the calligraffiti was freshly done. As you can see, the harsh elements of Jeddah's climate have severely faded the red and pink paint.




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