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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稚 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値l 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知 wrong about that, but I guess we値l see!
Riyadh: Around the DQ
:: Riyadh: 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 in reflection
Al Faisaliyah Center in reflection
Al Faisaliyah Center (The Globe)
Al Faisaliyah Center (The Globe)
King Fahd National Library
King Fahd National Library
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
Tamkeen Tower
Tamkeen Tower
King Abdullah Financial District
King Abdullah Financial District
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
The Non-holiday Gallery
:: The Non-holiday Gallery ::
Riyadh's Salam Park
:: Riyadh's Salam Park ::
Banking in private
Banking in private
'Goat on your right!'
'Goat on your right!'
Scenes from a Riyadh Neighborhood
:: Scenes from a Riyadh Neighborhood ::
Royal gate
Royal gate
A royal light
A royal light
Modernistic entry
Modernistic entry
Irqah
Irqah
Irqah, ruins
Irqah, ruins
Wadi Hanifa: Gate to nowhere
Wadi Hanifa: Gate to nowhere
Wadi Hanifa: Gate and cactus lights
Wadi Hanifa: Gate and cactus lights
Wadi Hanifa: Gate to an expanse
Wadi Hanifa: Gate to an expanse
Wadi Hanifa: In context
Wadi Hanifa: In context
Wadi Hanifa: Monumental gate
Wadi Hanifa: Monumental gate
Wadi Hanifa: Under construction (1)
Wadi Hanifa: Under construction (1)
Wadi Hanifa: Under construction (2)
Wadi Hanifa: Under construction (2)
Wadi Hanifa: Unexpected residents
Wadi Hanifa: Unexpected residents
Wadi Hanifa: Overlook
Wadi Hanifa: Overlook
Wadi Hanifa: Dam
Wadi Hanifa: Dam
Wadi Hanifa: Private BBQ
Wadi Hanifa: Private BBQ
Monkey quest: Picnic local style
Monkey quest: Picnic local style
Monkey quest: Dry and desolate
Monkey quest: Dry and desolate
Monkey quest: Escarpment view
Monkey quest: Escarpment view
Monkey quest: Cultivation
Monkey quest: Cultivation
Monkey quest: Contrasts
Monkey quest: Contrasts
Monkey quest: Wicked vegetation
Monkey quest: Wicked vegetation
Monkey quest: Textured
Monkey quest: Textured
Monkey quest: Rocks and 'hills'
Monkey quest: Rocks and 'hills'
Monkey quest: Work in progress
Monkey quest: Work in progress
First place!
First place!
Watermelon seller
Watermelon seller
Palatial Riyadh
:: Palatial Riyadh ::
Wadi gate
Wadi gate
The coffee server
The coffee server
Iftar host
Iftar host
Evening at Najd Village (Riyadh restaurant)
:: Evening at Najd Village (Riyadh restaurant) ::
International city
International city
Summit hotel
Summit hotel
Summit conference center
Summit conference center
Rare sight
Rare sight
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Interesting architecture
Interesting architecture
Riyadh Architecture
:: Riyadh Architecture  ::
The Great Saudi Hospital Experience
:: The Great Saudi Hospital Experience ::
Unusual mosque
Unusual mosque
Pet shop & clinic, ZOO
Pet shop & clinic, ZOO
Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Mosque, Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Mosque, Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Main gate, Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Main gate, Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University
Celebration of Saudi Culture: Janadriyah 2016
:: Celebration of Saudi Culture: Janadriyah 2016 ::
Riyadh residents
Riyadh residents
Out for a walk
Out for a walk
Home sweet home
Home sweet home
KAPSARC (1)
KAPSARC (1)
KAPSARC (2)
KAPSARC (2)
KAPSARC (3)
KAPSARC (3)
Wadi Leban Bridge
Wadi Leban Bridge
Inundated
Inundated
Sand-less sunset
Sand-less sunset
Public art
Public art
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
Al Rajhi Grand Mosque
'Rules' of the road
'Rules' of the road
Gridlock from hell
Gridlock from hell
The Gates of Riyadh
:: The Gates of Riyadh ::
Gate 6
Gate 6
Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Su置d Islamic University
Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Su置d Islamic University
Quirky Riyadh
:: Quirky Riyadh ::
Monument to Saudi history (1)
Monument to Saudi history (1)
Monument to Saudi history, detail (2)
Monument to Saudi history, detail (2)
Monument to Saudi history (3)
Monument to Saudi history (3)
Monument to Saudi history (4)
Monument to Saudi history (4)
Trip to Riyadh's Red Sand Dunes
:: Trip to Riyadh's Red Sand Dunes ::
King Fahd International Stadium (1)
King Fahd International Stadium (1)
King Fahd International Stadium (2)
King Fahd International Stadium (2)
King Fahd International Stadium (3)
King Fahd International Stadium (3)
King Fahd International Stadium (4)
King Fahd International Stadium (4)
Mystery tower
Mystery tower
Mystery complex (1)
Mystery complex (1)
Mystery complex (2)
Mystery complex (2)
Produce stand
Produce stand
Brightening up the city
Brightening up the city
Bright lights
Bright lights
City in the desert (1)
City in the desert (1)
City in the desert (2)
City in the desert (2)
Mystery building (1)
Mystery building (1)
Mystery building (2)
Mystery building (2)
Diriyah Palace and Obama
Diriyah Palace and Obama
Obama: Center of attention
Obama: Center of attention
Industrial Riyadh
Industrial Riyadh
Traditional watchtower evolution (1)
Traditional watchtower evolution (1)
Traditional watchtower evolution (2)
Traditional watchtower evolution (2)
Traditional watchtower evolution (3)
Traditional watchtower evolution (3)
A sign of the future
A sign of the future
Minarets
Minarets
Modern mosque
Modern mosque
Elaborate dome
Elaborate dome
Contemplation
Contemplation
Daring entrepreneur
Daring entrepreneur
Breaking the rules
Breaking the rules
The times they are a changin'
The times they are a changin'
Riyadh's Masmak Fort
:: Riyadh's Masmak Fort ::
Masalama (farewell)
Masalama (farewell)