An inside look at this unusual country.
To obtain a visa to Saudi Arabia is not an easy task, not to mention the fact that during a visit to the Kingdom, tourists must adhere to a set of rigid rules. Women under the age of 30 years to visit Saudi Arabia unless accompanied by husband or brother. Couples not officially married, can’t travel together. Alcohol, pornography, gambling and pork are strictly forbidden. French photographer Eric Laforge (Eric Lafforgue), who is in Saudi Arabia for 15 days, share your photos and impressions.
When greeting men in Saudi Arabia are touching noses.
The modern design of the facade of a Mall in Jeddah is the largest city, administrative district, Mecca and the second largest city of Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is the business capital of the Kingdom.
Arriving in Saudi Arabia, you can forget about the Sorority. The only women with whom you can exchange a few words is a native Somali, like the girl in this picture. You will not see women driving cars, because in Saudi Arabia they are forbidden to drive.
Falconry is booming in Saudi Arabia for thousands of years.
Look like traditional Adobe dwellings in Najran. Houses have multiple floors. The lower level is reserved for livestock, and the floor above is inhabited. Window openings are small in size, so the house couldn’t penetrate the robbers. The higher the floor, the more Windows. The age of some of these homes dates back several hundred years.
If the door is not locked, you can enter a house to sit, drink coffee or tea and enjoy dates. Of course, such hospitality can not be found in big cities, but only villages. According to the photographer, in Saudi Arabia, he drank liters of tea and coffee and ate pounds of dates.
After sunset, the sand in the Arabian desert immediately begins to cool. Travel agencies do not advise their clients to sleep in a tent in the desert because at night there is very cold.
Archaeological site of al-Hijra women (Mada’in Salih) – the largest surviving monuments of the Nabataean Kingdom.
Part of the archaeological site of Mada’in Salih includes the well-preserved tombs, built between the 1st century BC and 1st century ad. The complex of Mada’in Saleh is an outstanding example of cultural heritage of the Nabataean Kingdom.
The desert area of the Great NEF UD is 55 thousand square kilometers. The sand has a reddish hue, especially at sunset, due to the content of iron oxide.
Many residents of Saudi Arabia on Fridays or public holidays, go to your old house. They gladly accept foreigners and acquaint them with their cultural heritage.
No, this is not a Chalet in Switzerland, a tent in the desert. Urban dwellers love to spend a few days in the wilderness and accept foreigners.
Any Bedouin will offer you fresh camel milk.
Saudi Arabia ranks third in the world in terms of production dates. Traders had gone to offer prayers. Sharia guard punishes those who shirk prayers.
Saudi Arabia is not only desert but also mountains with a height of about 2 thousand meters. Many residents of the Kingdom come to the mountains with the coastal areas to breathe a breath of fresh air.
House in the city of Khamis-Mushayt in the administrative district of Asir. Many modern homes are painted in bright colours. This work, which evolved into a separate art form, traditionally performed by women.
House in the city of Khamis-Mushayt built of clay. Strong walls – the guarantee of coolness in the house in the summer. On the rooftop terrace.
These towers are granaries. Some villages are walled, and foreigners are not welcome here, because rural residents adhere to the traditional way of life, which is far from modern.
Some architectural sights on the Islands of Farasan was built not later than the 1st century BC, and others – in the Ottoman period. In the interior of some buildings found a more modern decor, for example those guns (left).
The old Bazaar in Jeddah is the best place to experience local crafts, for example, the manufacture of Shisha, or hookah.
In the desert near the Tihama of Yemen is still possible to observe the process of producing sesame oil with the aid of a camel, as centuries ago. This picture pales in comparison to the high life of Riyadh.
The clothes that women wear under the black amiami.
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