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Saudi Arabia: Life in the Desert

We have been posted to the "desert kingdom" of Saudi Arabia for two years, coming out of a fantastic three-year tour in Budapest (so quite a difference in pretty much every way!). Photography is discouraged here although no longer prohibited by law, but one still has to be very careful what one tries to photograph to avoid trouble with the authorities, meaning absolutely no people in the frames without their express permission, no government-owned buildings (don’t know how one determines that), nothing security related and so on. I hope to be able to find my way around the rules and post images when opportunities present themselves and provide some commentary on what life is like here. In the interim, I’ll continue to work on my other galleries as I have a huge backlog of pictures remaining from Hungary, Barcelona, Oslo, Washington, D.C., and Portland still to process. Good thing, as I fear images from here, at least outside our quarter, will be somewhat hard to come by. Hopefully I’m wrong about that, but I guess we’ll see!
Around the DQ
:: Around the DQ ::
Welcome, but...
Welcome, but...
A shopping adventure
A shopping adventure
The Abaya Fashionista
:: The Abaya Fashionista ::
Kingdom Centre (aka the bottle opener building)
Kingdom Centre (aka the bottle opener building)
The Masmak
The Masmak
Deera Square
Deera Square
Deera Square
Deera Square
Football is alive and well in Deera Square
Football is alive and well in Deera Square
Deera Souk
Deera Souk
Deera Souk
Deera Souk
A very nice man
A very nice man
Old city, minaret and traffic
Old city, minaret and traffic
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
Water tower but no restaurant (or water)
Water tower but no restaurant (or water)
Al Faisaliyah Center (the Globe)
Al Faisaliyah Center (the Globe)
Al Faisaliyah Center (The Globe)
Al Faisaliyah Center (The Globe)
Sailing building
Sailing building
Business district reflections
Business district reflections
Another view of Kingdom Centre
Another view of Kingdom Centre
Day's end
Day's end
National Museum of Saudi Arabia
:: National Museum of Saudi Arabia ::
Quiet walkway
Quiet walkway
Nighttime traffic and female driving
Nighttime traffic and female driving
Intricate door
Intricate door
Another deserted walkway
Another deserted walkway
Psychedelic water tower at night
Psychedelic water tower at night
King Abdulaziz International Conference Center
King Abdulaziz International Conference Center
Consultative Assembly building
Consultative Assembly building
A 'Royal' Mall
:: A 'Royal' Mall ::
Heavy rain and flooding (1)
Heavy rain and flooding (1)
Heavy rain and flooding (2)
Heavy rain and flooding (2)
King Khalid Wildlife Research Center
:: King Khalid Wildlife Research Center  ::
Camping Saudi style
Camping Saudi style
The great desert trashbin
The great desert trashbin
'Forest' on the freeway
'Forest' on the freeway
'Forest' detail
'Forest' detail
Riyadh Camel Souk
:: Riyadh Camel Souk ::
A Camel Beauty Pageant
:: A Camel Beauty Pageant ::
Exotic gate
Exotic gate
Wind tower
Wind tower
Entry
Entry
Wind tower
Wind tower
Financial center under construction
Financial center under construction
Financial center under construction
Financial center under construction
Diriyah, cemetery
Diriyah, cemetery
Diriyah, old Saudi palace
Diriyah, old Saudi palace
Road Trip to Dhahran: Fleeting Impressions
:: Road Trip to Dhahran: Fleeting Impressions ::
Best wishes
Best wishes
Experiencing Old Diriyah
:: Experiencing Old Diriyah  ::
Long Weekend in Jeddah
:: Long Weekend in Jeddah ::
Janadriyah: A Celebration of Saudi Culture
:: Janadriyah: A Celebration of Saudi Culture ::
Sandy sunset
Sandy sunset
Faisaliyah: Eye on Riyadh
:: Faisaliyah: Eye on Riyadh ::
5 Star Luxury in Riyadh
:: 5 Star Luxury in Riyadh ::
King Abdulaziz International Conference Center
King Abdulaziz International Conference Center
Shura dome
Shura dome
Shura mosque
Shura mosque
Shura Council gate
Shura Council gate
Mud storm (1)
Mud storm (1)
Mud storm (2)
Mud storm (2)
Mud storm (3)
Mud storm (3)
The Great Riyadh Pastime: Shopping
:: The Great Riyadh Pastime: Shopping ::
Nighttime visitor
Nighttime visitor
Happy ending
Happy ending
Sad farewell
Sad farewell
UNESCO site Mada'in Saleh, Al-'Ula, Medina
:: UNESCO site Mada'in Saleh, Al-'Ula, Medina  ::
Upscale Riyadh Neighborhood
:: Upscale Riyadh Neighborhood ::
Sandstorm (1/3)
Sandstorm (1/3)
Sandstorm (2/3)
Sandstorm (2/3)
Sandstorm (3/3)
Sandstorm (3/3)
Hopeless
Hopeless
Prince Sultan University
Prince Sultan University
Prince Sultan University
Prince Sultan University
Nostalgic mosque
Nostalgic mosque
Antique Saudi Door to Modern Table
:: Antique Saudi Door to Modern Table ::
Toys for sale
Toys for sale
Apparition
Apparition
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Exotic architecture
Exotic architecture
Oasis
Oasis
A Saudi windmill?
A Saudi windmill?
Catching some rays
Catching some rays
Spectacular Asir: Saudi's Colorful Province
:: Spectacular Asir: Saudi's Colorful Province  ::
Temperature rising
Temperature rising
An abundance of dates (1)
An abundance of dates (1)
An abundance of dates (2)
An abundance of dates (2)
An abundance of dates (3)
An abundance of dates (3)
An abundance of dates (4)
An abundance of dates (4)
Rugged Southern Saudi Arabia: A Quick Glimpse
:: Rugged Southern Saudi Arabia: A Quick Glimpse ::
Qasr Al Hokm: A Return to Traditional Riyadh
:: Qasr Al Hokm: A Return to Traditional Riyadh ::
An Eid experience to treasure
An Eid experience to treasure
Gracious hosts
Gracious hosts
Riyadh reflections
Riyadh reflections
Out for a ride
Out for a ride
Marine Ball: An evening to remember
Marine Ball: An evening to remember
Scenes from Here and There
:: Scenes from Here and There ::
Riyadh's Salam Park
:: Riyadh's Salam Park ::