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Hofuf

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East, reflection, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by leginsky

I am in AL Hofuf, part of the Al Ahsa region, KSA.  Please see this Google Earth screen snip (click on pictures to see them)

It is down from Dammam, on the Gulf, towards Riyadh.

Here is the sign you see when you enter Hofuf from the Qatar Road side (from UAE)

The retail of the city mostly comprises small shops

Just above, an outdoor market, with goods hanging

Typical women’s dress

Most people live in villas with a wall around, a driver’s accomodation built into the wall and a maid who lives in the house.  Many are bigger and fancier, but this is typical.

There are many, many grilled food places.  The traditional ones don’t have a family section, so women aren’t allowed to enter, to buy food or to sit inside.  Some newer places have family sections so women can come if accompanied by a male relative (certainly no unrelated male).

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Big Progress in the Kingdom!

Posted in KSA, Middle East, reflection with tags , , , on March 2, 2010 by leginsky

A month ago, women in Saudi Arabia could not practice law.  Many earned law degrees but were not allowed to use them.  Now, not only can they practice, they can set up their own law firms!  When it goes, it goes fast.  Tim-brrrrr!

Moving to Saudi Arabia (2)

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Hofuf, Middle East, reflection, Travel with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2009 by leginsky

It occurs to me, looking at the title of this post, that we’ve moved to KSA, so perhaps the gerundial “moving” isn’t correct.  However, our furniture hasn’t yet arrived, and we are still in the palatial confines of the Intercontinental Al Ahsa, so we are still clearly in the process of moving.

It strikes me as what a very privileged position we are in.  As residents of the Kingdom, we are free to travel around this great country, with its two major sea coasts (Red Sea and Gulf), mountains, antiquities and wonderful people, whereas other foreigners are not so allowed.

And it seems in 10 days, Inshallah, we will have a great place to live and our own furniture inside it.

Keep you posted.