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Surviving Riyadh

Conclusion…Why is Jeddah A Unique City?

Conclusion…Why is Jeddah A Unique City?


We were allowed three hours to shop. We visited the Fashion Center/Jamjoom. My friend wanted to buy a nice abaya. There were lots to choose from. She tried a few and found the right one. We walked in and out of the stores. I bought souvenirs. The mall was huge. Finally, it was time to go back to the vans.

On Friday morning we had Swiss Buffet breakfast at the ‘Al Bouhaira’ Restaurant. We had two choices, to go to the horse farm or the Al Nakheel Beach. Liz and I opted for the Horse Farm We drove to what seemed to be a continuous desert until we reached the horse stables. A British lady who managed the farm welcomes us and offered refreshments. She gave us an overview about raising Arabian horses. She had lots of male and female helpers. My friend was excited. When she was younger, she used to ride her horse but she decided against it. We toured the entire place.  While others decided to ride some of the horses, I talked to a lady feeding the horses. She handed me a carrot and told me to feed the horse. I was never this close to a horse. The horse took the carrot from my palm. I also watched a guy expertly cleaning and changing horseshoes. Then it was time to leave.

We had seafood dinner at the ‘Al Bouhaira Restaurant. Citizens from different countries came to attend conventions held at the Red Sea Palace Hotel. We also dined with the American expatriates from Jeddah. They love the freedom they had. The women were free to go anywhere without the Mutaween telling them to cover their hair.

Liz and I decided to go shopping. A hotel staff offered to drive us to the mall. This time we took our time. We went to different souks which were virtually found everywhere. There were moneychangers’, material, hardware, gold, silver, antique and carpet souks. Colorful stalls bursting with daggers, incense burners, Turkish-style coffee pots, copper-studded Zansibar chests, leather Bedouin saddle-bags, etc. were displayed. After shopping we took a taxi back to the hotel and just rested. This was our last day. We had our luggage ready for check-out. Our tour guides instructed us to assemble at the lobby and get ready for our departure to Jeddah airport. The guides were there constantly helping us with our needs. It was late when my friend and I were drop off at our building.

Keywords: Jeddah, horse farm, Al Nakheel beach, horse riding, horseshoes, shopping

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