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Opulent Riyadh: One Last Neighborhood

For our last days in Saudi Arabia, we were provided with a car and driver by Tim’s US-Saudi organization to go wherever we wanted whenever we wanted. We took most advantage of it on the Saturday before flying out on Sunday, and one of the places we went was to was a Riyadh neighborhood that we had seen from a distance but never visited. It seemed appropriate to cruise yet one final residential area considering how much time we had spent doing that during our three years there, photographing both the houses and gates that I was so taken with.

The driver had never had a request to do something like that and was a bit mystified at first but took us to the neighborhood and started driving around. After hearing things like “Stop! Back up! Move forward! Go around the block again!” he got the idea and really got into it, saying, “How about this one? You can’t miss that gate! Let’s photograph this one!” and such. All in all we had a fun time, and indeed it was one of the nicest neighborhoods we had visited.

I’m putting the many photos from this last day in a separate gallery to mark the occasion, although I may later copy them into their proper galleries of “Palatial Riyadh” http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/riyadh_grandiose_neighborhood and “The Gates of Riyadh” http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/riyadh_gates
A rare glimpse inside the gate
A rare glimpse inside the gate
The entire view
The entire view
The tasteful exterior (1/4)
The tasteful exterior (1/4)
The tasteful exterior (2/4)
The tasteful exterior (2/4)
The tasteful exterior (3/4)
The tasteful exterior (3/4)
The tasteful exterior (4/4)
The tasteful exterior (4/4)
Bold gate
Bold gate
Equally bold house
Equally bold house
Intricate
Intricate
Theater gate
Theater gate
Similar but different
Similar but different
Woven gate
Woven gate
Variations on a theme (1)
Variations on a theme (1)
Variations on a theme (2)
Variations on a theme (2)
The corner property
The corner property
Golden discs
Golden discs
Promise of things to come
Promise of things to come
Different
Different
Striking
Striking
The 'street' within
The 'street' within
French doors
French doors
Impressive
Impressive
Patterned
Patterned
Exotic
Exotic
Ornate
Ornate
The whole picture
The whole picture
Momentarily open
Momentarily open
The older building
The older building
Out of commission (1/4)
Out of commission (1/4)
Out of commission (2/4)
Out of commission (2/4)
Out of commission (3/4)
Out of commission (3/4)
Out of commission (4/4)
Out of commission (4/4)
Soaring
Soaring
Larger than it looked
Larger than it looked
Not your usual gate
Not your usual gate
Neighborhood mosque
Neighborhood mosque
Not so unique
Not so unique
Up close and personal
Up close and personal
Sand and sky
Sand and sky
The other side
The other side
WIP
WIP
Vacant next door
Vacant next door
Sunshiny
Sunshiny
Stop!
Stop!
Another neighborhood mosque
Another neighborhood mosque
Framed
Framed
Unfinished
Unfinished
Under construction
Under construction
Addition
Addition
Filtered
Filtered
Complementary
Complementary
Catching the last light
Catching the last light