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  • romance in jeddah,a
    romance in jeddah,a
    by Manyana
  • watch out for the drivers
    watch out for the drivers
    by kenyneo
  • Door sign
    Door sign
    by DunaKal
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    Driving for the ladies ...

    by kenyneo Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    watch out for the drivers

    Ladies are not allowed to drive throughout the kingdom. This applies to expat as well.

    Thus moving around would be a little inconvenient. Well there is always the limo service .

    Well for those who is used to driving, this could be something that you need to consider !

    Anyway not being able to drive is sometimes a blessing especially in a country where road accident rate is among the top in the world !

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    Singles section!!!

    by DunaKal Written Nov 22, 2003

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    Door sign

    Almost all restaurants have either single`s section (meaning only males are allowed in even if they are married and their wives are not with them at the time of visitng this place).
    Or family section(meaning only males can accompany each family group,and the family has to have females members).
    or the restaurants can offer both sections.
    Here is a sign on the entrance of Starbucks.

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    Preparing for the Eid Ul Fitr

    by DunaKal Written Nov 22, 2003

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    Midan Al Tawheed

    When the holy month of Ramadan ends,,all Muslims celebrate Eid.(Eid means celebrations held at the same time each year)like for example:
    {Birth means Milad so birthday means Eid Milad}...that`s in Arabic ofcourse.
    The street of Jeddah is lit by many colourful lights.....here is a picture of a square at the Corniche front,,but I was not lucky enough to picture it while the fountains are on.
    It`s called Midan Al Tawheed.(which means The Monotheism square)Where there is a huge sculpture with (LA ILAHA ILLAH ALLAH MOHAMMAD RASOOL ALLAH)written on it which means "There is no God but Alllah And Mohammad is his messenger".

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    haj terminal

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    haj terminal @ KAIA, Jeddah

    To accommodate the increasing number of pilgrims, a unique Haj Terminal was established at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah.
    The Haj Terminal sits on 35 sq miles in a desert where temperatures often reach
    55°C.
    The Haj Terminal serves almost one million polgrims who visit Makkah during a 6-week period once every year. Pilgrims often spend from 18-36 hours in the terminal on their way between Makkah and their home city. This terminal, an almost separate holding area, was deemed necessary when the Saudis expected a rise in the number of pilgrims after 1975.
    The terminal is comprixed of both rectangular, two storey, air-conditioned buildings which contain immigration services, and rectangular platforms covered by tent-like fabric roofs.
    Warm light is admitted through the translucent material, but because it is made for low transmission of heat, only 7% of the available light is admitted. So, even though the exterior temperature may be well over
    45°C, the temperature under the tents seldom exceeds 25°C.

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  • The Woman is 'seductive by nature'

    by Manyana Written Oct 30, 2006

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    romance in jeddah,a

    This is the 'only' and 'best' excuse you will always hear, 'why women should wear veil and cover their faces'...whether you are a woman or a man, you're the given this very same excuse. It took me more than 20 years to realise that this excuse is actually given by 'men' who are always afraid to describe the beauty of women...in fear of committing a sin (an Islamic belief), while women have, in response, obliged and covered, and even worse. Women have never dared to describe their love or admiration toward men in a physical description. Meaning, most Arabic/Saudi novels written always describe the feminine bodily beauty but not the masculine. Some of my female friends say, 'cause most novels are written by men'. True, but even female-written books shed very little light on men's beauty and only describe the shades, like his intellect, clothing, manners of smoking or holding cups! but never his tough cheeks, big hands,..etc.
    So next time if you are a woman and asked to cover your hair/face, just say, 'why?' and you'll be given the answer.....then know what to say that you're not lesbian to be attracted by other women, 'give me another excuse, 'cause men should cover, they're seductive by nature too':^D

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  • women's religious meetings

    by Manyana Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    I recently have been to a Sufi service which is quite commong among the Sufi community men and women respectively. Since it's mainly a segregated culture when it comes to conducting such services, it's always women-only the events i attend. i've been to several religious services, Anglican, Catholic, Hindu and some few spiritual services while travelling. But this kind of meetings are more social and identity-reaffirming than anything else.

    women usually get together from time to time, have a religious service, then finish their evening with a chat and dinner.

    These meetings serve different purposes; celebrating the birthdate of the Prophet is one of the big services; performing prayers upon individual requests mainly for marriage, illness or school or work performance; or giving a small talk on religion in relation to women's issues such as fasting and menstruation, marital relationships, superstition or what society is out to speak about. They are always conducted in groups where friends and acquaintances can be invited over such evenings. The age group of attendees is usually 40+ though the young generation, like myself, may attend but not as a regular habit.

    The nature of such activities involves religous chanting, dressing up, and lending a hand in preparing the after-meeting meal. Many women contribute to making the dinner by making a dish or two and giving it to the house mistress or the lady who's in charge.

    i guess this's one of the way how saudi women socialise and get to know each other as friends and acquaintances. religion certainly is the master that brings the social units together. do you know why religion has such an important value in saudi life?

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  • Tick the Box--Mixed Other Background

    by Manyana Updated Nov 2, 2006

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    When I wanted to apply for jobs in the UK, I faced this tricky Equal Opprotunities forms:

    Tick the appropriate box
    (Ethnic background: White/Asian/Chinese/Black/Other)

    I always stopped at this question and failed to give one-thing answer!

    Jeddah, my sweet home, is like this. The Hijaz Region or the western province has been welcoming Muslim pilgrims from everywhere, literally everywhere for the last 1400 years! Some pilgrims have settled down in Arabia. Others have held good memories from the Holy Land. They have met, mixed and then got married. I can say around 75% of the Hijazi population are mixed people; Indian, African, Chinese, Syrian, Persian, Moroccan, Indonesian, Turkish, Yemeni and probably different mixtures I am not aware of.

    We -Hijazis- often make fun of ourselves. Like we say, 'Jeddawi people are Tarsh Bahar' lit. Sea foam, or 'Bagaya Hujjaj' lit the waste of immigrant pilgrims. Honestly to say, some people take this as a racia offense but at the end of the day, we are all the same...who's discriminating against who?:D Because of our mixed races and traditions and intermarriages, the Arabic dialect we speak has become very distinctive compared to the Central or Bedouin dialect in the rest of Saudi Arabia. Our dialect (Hijaziyya) is often called medalla'a, lit. soft. It is very stretched and soft-spoken. I find it fascinating that how openness in traditions can influence the emergence of language. It is like Old English of Shakespear and Modern English of Americans.

    Self-Identity:
    I look Malaysian, speak English, have Turkish, Egyptian and Yemeni blood but I am simply from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. My paternal great grandfather was Malaysian. My maternal great grandmother was Egyptian. Some even tell me that my mother has Turkish blood, and even Yemeni. My box is ticked--just cannot be one-thing but 'Mixed-Other':D

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    PHOTO : SAUDI'S...

    by AliJoe Written Sep 12, 2002

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    PHOTO : SAUDI'S McDONALLD


    Known as an Isalamic country, we have to follow their rules on their homeland. Every counter there are differantiate between Men and Women....Q up to order your food.

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    From the past experiance,...

    by AliJoe Written Sep 12, 2002

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    From the past experiance, build up Mecca and Madinah's pages, I received so many enquaries from ladies and gentlemen here regards on Islam generally and Saudi Arabian's culture in detail. So, with this page ( Jeddah ), I hope all questions and enquaries been answerd.


    To understand Saudi Arabia, you need a few basic facts :-


    1...YOU CAN NOT get a visa for tourism here, it dosen't exist.


    2...You CAN NOT travel here independently, fly in, rent a car, do what you want. You MUST have a sponsor, a job, a reason to be here !!


    3...Now, if you happen to be a woman, it's even more restrictive. Women can't drive, stay in the hotel without MAHRAM'S permission, in some town can't walk alone on the street !!


    4...To CLARIFY, a Mahram is a MALE relative like brother, husband, grandpa or father.


    5...All facilities are SEPARATE, every office, restaurants, building, for singles (men) and families (women & family). In some historic sites, museums, Prophet's Mosque in Madinah and so on, they have posted hours for Women and men. In some places, woman can go alone, but some, it's written, 'woman without Mahram Prohibited'. The KFC & McDonalds are seperated into 2 counters and 2 dining rooms.


    6...Job are separate, so with the thousands of well educated Saudi women, there are women's hospitals, banks, schools, universities and so on, so women do have employment opportunities, but not every field is open to women, so it is very restrictive. Saudi women do manage it,though, as most have a driver to take them where ever they want to go.


    7...If one woman sat down, no man would sit in the entire row. Even in the hotels or appartment, a man will not get on an elevator with a woman.


    8...Every women, whether Saudi, Foreign, Muslim or NOT, MUST absolutely wear ABAYA under her cloth when she goes out. Abaya is a black long dress, sort of like a judge's robe. Must cover your hair with scarf, no need to cover your face. Saudi women often cover their faces except for their eyes.

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    If you go to a fastfood...

    by dianinparis Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you go to a fastfood restaurant like Burger King for example. The room for the men and women is separated. you also have other room for family. At least this is the one that I visited and I am sure it is like that for other resto

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  • While visiting this beautiful...

    by S_J_Miller Written Aug 25, 2002

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    While visiting this beautiful country. Please respect their religion and cultures.
    The religion and customs of Saudi Arabia dictate conservative dress for both men and women.

    Foreigners are given some leeway in the matter of dress, but they are expected to follow local customs, particularly in public places.
    As a general rule, foreign men should wear long trousers and shirts that cover the upper torso.
    Foreign women should wear loose fitting skirts with hemlines well below the knee. Sleeves should be at least elbow length and the neckline modest.
    The best fashion guideline is 'conceal rather than reveal'. Teenagers are also required to dress modestly in public places. Jeans should not be tight fitting and low necks and tank tops are not recommended. Shorts and bathing suits should not be worn in public.

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    No page covering a Muslim...

    by tiirrep Written Aug 24, 2002

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    No page covering a Muslim country would be complete without at least one photo of a Mosque. Islam is a very big part of everyday life in Saudi. Several times a day prayer is blasted over the loudspeakers in sort of a chant or song. Saudi's, and Muslims in general, take their religion very seriously and it is not acceptable for a Non-muslim to set foot in their mosques. Unlike Christians, Muslims do not believe that Jesus was the son of God (Allah is the word used by Mohhamed, p.b.u.h. and referres to the same God worshipped by Christians and Jews). Unlike Jews, Muslims accept that Christ was a prohpet. Islam is centered on the belief that Mohammed, p.b.u.m., was the last prohpet in a line of prohets that inlclude Abraham, Noah and Jesus. Mohammed, p.b.u.h., however, believed that the previous gospels (Old and New Testaments) were no longer true representations of the preachings of the previous prophets. He therefore, dictated the books of the Koran to followers who wrote word for word what had been spoken. Each word was dictated to Mohammed, p.b.u.h., by Allah,through the Angel Gabriel.

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    ... One of the BEST past time...

    by Runer Written Aug 25, 2002

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    ... One of the BEST past time in Jeddah... Jogging and strolling in a cool breezy afternoon (November~February)

    (Photo: Dad & my Sis..'Bugz')

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