traditions

SUSIE of ARABIA: Saudi Arabia – Photobook Photography Article

The city of Abha is the capital of the Asir Region located in the southwestern corner of Saudi Arabia and is rich in cultural heritage.  It is more than a mile high in elevation up in the mountains, close to the Red Sea to the west and the country of Yemen to the south.  Baboons are native to the region, dwelling in the national parks in the area. Many Saudis from around the country flock to Abha in the summer…

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A Peek Inside a Saudi Wedding – Photobook Photography Article

In December I attended a family wedding at the brand new Hotel Galleria by Elaf in Jeddah.  The lobby is quite elegant and it’s several stories tall. It has a grand European ambience.  The exterior of the hotel is spectacular. We arrived after dark though, so I don’t have any exterior shots, but you can see some HERE.  Traditionally, Saudi weddings are notorious for starting very late in the evening and lasting until the wee hours in the morning.  I believe this…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Jeddah’s Bastah Market – Photobook Photography Article

Last night was the opening of the seasonal open air Bastah Market, located in the heart of the business district adjacent to Jeddah’s Corniche.  It is near the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and the world’s largest flagpole.   The market set-up reminds me of farmer’s markets in the US, but on a much larger scale.  The market is in its third year of operation and is operated through the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce in an effort to highlight and support local…

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Why Do We Dress Like This? – Photobook Photography Article

Likeable. Upbeat. Adorable. Genuine. These are words I would use to describe the refreshing Emerati couple in this video, Khalid Al Ameri and his lovely wife Salama Mohamed.  The parents of three young children, the Al Ameris live in Abu Dhabi – and they are living the dream and having lots of fun while they are doing it.  But Khalid never forgets the struggles and hardships he went through to get to where he is today.  Today the 33 year…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Saudi Ramadan Scenes – Photobook Photography Article

The month of Ramadan is in full swing. It began May 26 and will end June 24 this year. Ramadan is the month of the year when Muslims abstain from food, drink, and impure thoughts during the daylight hours. It is a time of reflection, self-discipline, and devotion, generosity of spirit, and for family and friends to get together. As soon as the sun goes down each day during Ramadan, the fasting period ends and Muslims are permitted to eat…

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