Saudi Arabia Off The Beaten Path

  • Main Saudi Post Office
    Main Saudi Post Office
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  • A view of the entrance
    A view of the entrance
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  • A view of the lattice work on the side
    A view of the lattice work on the side
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Saudi Arabia Off The Beaten Path

  • City Scenes/Streets/sqaures

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    you have probably heard of the city scene, gay scene, or film scene. but have you ever watch a car accident scene? then welcome to jeddah. if there is a terrible car accident across the street, people would pull off, park aside, and then watch! i mean it. it's very common and people love it unfortunately instead of helping out. i once saw this a...

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  • DownTown Jiddah

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    At first I thought that this mosque was the famous Shafi Mosque, but have since learned that it isn't (unfortunately). It had an interesting square minaret, and for that I decided to add it to my list of sights.

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  • Jiddah Corniche

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    well, jeddah might not have green scenery or natural beauty to relax in. but definitely the sea continues to lock me in its dark mysterious secret, when i look twice! i honestly dislike the rocky beaches of jeddah, black and blocking the horizon. but some areas like Durat al Aroos or Obhor beaches as you go further north, the reflection of the...

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  • Religion & Culture

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    Eid is when Muslims all over the globe feast on the first day of (Shawwal)the month that follows the holy month of Ramadan. This picture was taken from my house roof top,where we could see the fireworks easily from the corniche. My nephews who were visiting from Riyadh were really excited about this........because we didn`t have to get stuck in...

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  • Jeddah Summer Festival

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    Since year 2000 Jeddah started a new festival to attract local tourists from different parts of the kingdom. The festival encludes many attractions that starts with fireworks on the Corniche front,,Circus,,,Musical shows,,,kids theatre,,,and much more. This picture is taken from my house roof top when the firework started,,unfortunately my digital...

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  • Animals Natural Habitat

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    Along the way to Taif we encountered this herd of camels. They were completely unattended and were in no hurry to get off the road to allow us to pass. I think they may have been accustomed to people stopping and feeding them but Tony and I had nothing to offer.

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  • Cemeteries

    Jiddah Off The Beaten Path

    PHOTO : MUSLIM'S CEMETRY, LOCATED ON THE WAY APPROCHING JEDDAH. Arab's cemetry are a little bit differance from other Muslim cemetry in the world. Their philosophy is, the dead person have no connection in the actual world. They are 'busy' with their 'cemetry life' and waitting for the Doom's Day for the Day of judgement.

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  • This is off the Beaten Path...

    I am a bit of a fan of the Computer game "The Sims" and when you are out here in Saudi Arabia it can get a bit boring going out to the Mall all of the time. Today while looking for some information on Sheesha pipes (Hubbly Bubbly) for my brother back home, I came across this little site which showed "Arabian Sims". I am not excatly sure where we...

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  • Educational revolution

    for decades since its establishment, saudi government has been sending students overseas to finish their university education. this is usually a full scholarship that covers tuition fees, accommodation and other living expenses. students were mainly encouraged to study in the USA but today the student is free to choose from any european university,...

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  • music: the reflection of the culture

    arabic literature is interesting if you compare the song lyrics of the 60s and 70s to the 90s and the current time. they reflect the culture they have been written in. when the arab world was culturally open and ecclectic because of the wars 40 years ago, love was allowed to take place and to express itself - songs often talk of intimate moments...

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  • Titles and Names

    saudis are very peculiar about the level of formality and the way they call each other, based on age and familiarity. usually people are called with their Title and First Name; e.g. in academia, Dr. Ahmad if they're PhD holders; Ostaz/a X Y if they're MA or BA holders. In hospitals, Dr. Samar if they're physians; and Sister Samar if she's a nurse,...

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  • the lifestyle and geographical...

    as i tour around saudia, i realise how big it is and how diverse in terms of geography and lifestyle. you find me having the same open-mouth, wide-eyes reaction to abandoned unmaintained villages. i've been out mostly in jeddah suburbs though haven't fully explored them not even the slightest. contrasted against big towns, they are very few shops...

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  • Cheap Petrol and Every car in the world

    since saudia is a tax-free country, petrol is cheap and everyone has a car, so no public transportation actually needed. the story is over, go home now:phonestly, i have been to 17 countries outside saudi arabia and have never seen such a wide variety of cars. in europe most cars are small and petite. in india mostly bikes and carts. in egypt it is...

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  • Street Sales-children

    when i walk down the street (by car and a driver,lol), i see quite a lot of street sales-children who sell chewing gum or towels. They mainly come from central asia, both little girls and boys from the age of 5 to 12 probably! if you're in the park lot or at the traffic light, they come along next to your window to offer you what they have. they...

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  • Saudi Red Sea Live Aboard Dive Trip Jan...

    I am arranging a live aboard dive trip which will cover the entire Saudi Arabian Red Sea Coast. From 7-20 2006.Suah a undertaking have never been done before on the Saudi Red SeaAny Interested Divers should contact me Saudidiving@gmail.com.

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  • It's Ramadan time again

    Well Ramadan has just started here in Saudia today. It is dead quiet outside and very few people and vehicles can be seen out and about. This year (2003) marks my second Ramadan in the Kingdom. When I arrived here this time last year, I really felt this was a real Ghost town. My fondest memory last year was travelling down to Riyadh on a Luxury...

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  • Desert Driving

    If you like to do Four Wheeling, there are a lot of places to do it. North of Riyadh, and a bit East of the airport, is a place called Red Sands. You can rent 4 wheelers or just go out and drive in your own SUV/Jeep. We had a blast...

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  • Faisal's Finger

    South of Riyadh, there's a lush valley called Dirab. The valley has a bunch of farms, the Royal Arabian Horse Ranch, golf courses, and of course, lots of camels...About 10 km past the interchange for Riyadh (north) and Makka (southwest), turn off into the desert and drive cross country (lots of jeep/goat/camel trails) toward's the finger. You can't...

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  • Alekhdod

    in the old days. around 15 centuries ago, the Tragedy of Alekhdod comitted.the story start with those people who were living in Najran, south of Arabia, those people decided to convert to Christianty -before Islam- but the ruler of Yemen didn't like that, so he digged in earth a huge wall-like space and flamed fire in it. he brought all those...

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  • Alekhdod

    in the old days. around 15 centuries ago, the Tragedy of Alekhdod comitted.the story start with those people who were living in Najran, south of Arabia, those people decided to convert to Christianty -before Islam- but the ruler of Yemen didn't like that, so he digged in earth a huge wall-like space and flamed fire in it. he brought all those...

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  • Deserts, Stars Home

    You wouldn't find a really beautiful desert like the one you will find here, it is magical. imagine a night filled with bright stars in the middle of nowhere.most of saudi arabia is desert, except maybe the south-western side. But the most beautiful saharas would be north Riyadh, Najd.

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  • Najran

    Be sure to get out of the car and explore the area. . .the local people are very friendly and welcoming. This is truly an area that doesn't get much exploration by tourists/ex-pats.

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  • Road Trip to Najran

    Getting out of the city and driving into the countryside presents an entirely different picture of Saudi Arabia. The roads are rougher, the landscape more varied. . .it was a memorable experience ~ one that shouldn't be missed if you have the chance.

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  • Everything is off the beaten...

    Everything is off the beaten path. Even cities like Riyadh and Jeddah are pretty quiet and subdued. On the coast, places like Dharhan and ad-Damam were a little livelier but still nothing like Asia or Europe.

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  • ABHA MOUNTAINS-Abha, the home...

    ABHA MOUNTAINS-Abha, the home of the headquarters of the regional Governate, is located in the Asir region in the south-west of the Kingdom. Abha's position, some 7,200 feet (2,200 meters) above sea-level, gives it a relatively moderate climate. Temperatures remain within a narrower band than is the case in many other parts of the Kingdom. The Abha...

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  • The open desert. You need to...

    The open desert. You need to go with someone experienced, or a large army to support you, as it's a very harsh environment. Except for outer space or the arctic it might be the most isolated place you'll ever be in your life. Absolutely the most amazing sunsets, starry nights, and sunrises you'll ever see.

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  • Rent a car. You will not...

    Rent a car. You will not regret it. The traffic is something to get used to, but you will miss everything if you don't have a car. Go out, drive around. Do not leave the city that you are staying in unless you have a travel visa (yes you need one to travel within Saudi aswell)Go to the mountain village of Taif (east of Mekkah) Enjoyable day, go...

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  • Because travel is basically...

    Because travel is basically restricted many travelers don't get to drive across Arabia. If they do they should try to travel up and down as many of the escarpment highways as possible. There are four. I believe they were designed by the British and built by Korea or the other way round. At any rate they are engineering fetes and some are...

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  • Here's your regulation 'Arab...

    Here's your regulation 'Arab On Camel' -- but this guy's for real. He's not posing for pictures at the Pyramids or in front of the Treasury at Petra.

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  • Saudi Arabia is -- almost by...

    Saudi Arabia is -- almost by definition -- all off the beaten track. The following shot is of a Bedouin camp next to some dunes outside Riyadh.

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