Kooheji Jewellery’s Royal Collection, a Creation Shining the Halls of Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – Photobook Photography Article

The enchanting Royal Collection of Kooheji jewellery was showcased for the very first time at Qasr Al Sharq “Waldorf Astoria” in Al Shurfa hall, at a luxurious evening that welcomed the selective elite of the jewellery and fashion industry. The royal collection consists of several exclusive precious pieces inspired by historical and royal jewels of queens and princesses, that were captured in historical moments during various royal events around the world. Each piece is characterized by the quality and clarity…

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Accor Opens: Novotel Bur Dubai in Healthcare City – Photobook Photography Article

Novotel Bur Dubai will be the first 4-star midscale hotel in Healthcare City and expands Accor’s portfolio to 58 hotels in the UAE. Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, is bolstering its portfolio in the United Arab Emirates to 58 hotels with the opening of the all-new Novotel Bur Dubai in Healthcare City. Novotel, a brand renowned for its natural and intuitive design and relaxed and lively spaces, has opened its doors in the vibrant Healthcare City area of Dubai.…

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Al Mosafer to Roll out 25 new KSA Retail Branches This Year – Photobook Photography Article

Reinforced with intensive recruitment programme to certify Saudi travel advisors. Move forms part of Almosafer’s plans to expand its footprint in Saudi Arabia while re-defining how consumers book travel Almosafer plans to develop and certify Saudi agents to become travel advisors capable of curating incredible, effortless travel experiences Young nationals are embracing the scheme with over 10,000 applications to become the next generation of travel advisors in the Kingdom Almosafer plans to have 50 stores in KSA by Q1 2020…

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Dar Al Hekma and Abraj Avenue sign an agreement to open Dukkan DAH – Photobook Photography Article

Dar Al Hekma University (DAH) and Makkah’s largest department store Abraj Avenue signed Thursday July 25th in Jeddah an agreement to open Dukkan Dar Al Hekma at Abraj Avenue. The new partnership will open doors for young and senior designers of Dar Al Hekma University to display their artistic works in a dedicated section for retail at the Abraj Avenue department store. It will also allow DAH students to gain international exposure through Dukkan Dar Al Hekma, which was launched…

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Film Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried and the Voice of Kevin Costner Is Out In Saudi Arabia Cinemas this Eid Al Adha – Photobook Photography Article

Based on the best-selling novel ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ tells heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo. Based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel, which spent three and a half years on the bestseller list and has been translated into 38 languages, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN stars Milo Ventimiglia (CREED II, ROCKY BALBOA), Amanda Seyfried (‘MAMMA MIA!, LES MISERABLES, TED 2) and the voice of Kevin Costner (HIDDEN FIGURES, JACK RYAN…

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The Rise of the Saudi Art Scene: Athr Gallery – Photobook Photography Article

Photos taken by Mohammed Eskandrani Exporting local culture through creative expression. When driving on-the all too familiar-King Fahad Road, it is easy for one to overlook the many large-looming structures that have occupied spaces on the side roads for decades. The crime in that, however, is overlooking the hidden treasures within these structures. Athr Gallery, in Serafi Mega Mall, is one treasure that must not be missed. Located on the fifth floor, Athr Gallery was founded by Hamza Serafi and…

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Zawia 97 Craft Exhibit at Historic Jeddah Season – Photobook Photography Article

The Historical Jeddah Season which opened successfully to a huge crowd on June 8, 2019 aims to showcase and educate the rich culture and history of Al Balad which has been deemed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One of the interesting workshops being held at the Historic Jeddah Season is the Zawia 97 Craft Exhibit at Bait Al Sharqi. This heritage building, which sits on the corner after 97 degrees from the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca,…

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Stilts Band Parade and CYR Wheel at Historic Jeddah Season – Photobook Photography Article

The fun never ends at the Historic Jeddah Season this summer. With a few more days of excitement left, the Season has in store a wide range of activities filled with lots of laughter, entertainment and delight. The CYR Wheel artists at Historic Jeddah Season will enthrall you with their feat. A display of sheer talent, the brilliant artist’s, swirls around performing their act of balance and precision, amusing all visitors watching their performance. A must watch show for families…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Saudi Wedding Album – Photobook Photography Article

The gorgeous bride and her beautiful mom.  I love this photo! This is a very special and a very long post.  There are more pictures in this post than I have ever published before in a single post.  I’ve shown photos from Saudi weddings before, but never like this.  I hope you will enjoy coming along with me step by step, inside a Saudi wedding that I attended on Valentine’s Day (I know, right? How romantic!) here in Jeddah.  Above…

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Voices of Arabia Podcast and Susie’s Story Event – Photobook Photography Article

Aswat: Voices of Arabia is a podcast featuring a variety of interviews of women living in Saudi Arabia.  It was conceived by Robyn, a South African whose home has been Jeddah for the past fifteen years.  Despite having spent so many years in the Magic Kingdom, her knowledge about life outside her compound’s walls was limited – so she decided it was time to make the effort to learn more about the people of her adopted land and to share…

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Weekend Staycation in Jeddah-Why You Should Visit Jeddah! | Blue Abaya – Photobook Photography Article

Jeddah is just an 1,5 hour flight away from Riyadh making it the ideal weekend getaway destination in Saudi Arabia with all the cool things to do in Jeddah. Sometimes we don’t have to travel far or abroad for a relaxing weekend getaway! Saudi Arabia offers many great destinations for families to choose for a staycation. Jeddah has always been a favorite staycation destination of mine in Saudi Arabia because it offers so many fun activities. There are so many…

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Along the Road from Jeddah to Yanbu – Photobook Photography Article

During our recent road trip from Jeddah to Yanbu for the annual Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival (CLICK HERE to see photos of the amazing event), we were treated to some very typical Saudi visual sights along the way.  The drive from Jeddah to Yanbu should take about three and a half hours, but sometimes it takes us as long as eight hours because we like to stop at the interesting sights along the way!On this trip, desert vendors were…

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Saudi Souvenirs: Magic Kingdom 2018 Wall Calendars – Photobook Photography Article

Some of you may already know that I’ve been making Saudi souvenirs as wall calendars for several years now, five consecutive years in fact! I love compiling and designing the calendars using imagery from my travels around Saudi Arabia, despite it being a huge hassle every year to produce and print them. The hardest part is choosing ONLY 12 beautiful places in Saudi Arabia (from hundreds of options) and then from those 12 locations, having to select just one or…

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A Peek Inside a Saudi Wedding – Photobook Photography Article

In December I attended a family wedding at the brand new Hotel Galleria by Elaf in Jeddah.  The lobby is quite elegant and it’s several stories tall. It has a grand European ambience.  The exterior of the hotel is spectacular. We arrived after dark though, so I don’t have any exterior shots, but you can see some HERE.  Traditionally, Saudi weddings are notorious for starting very late in the evening and lasting until the wee hours in the morning.  I believe this…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Abaya Fashions in Jeddah – Photobook Photography Article

It’s been a while since I posted about abaya fashions. When I first moved to KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) back in 2007, pretty much all that was available was a black heavier polyester blend with the differences being in the subtle embellishments and a slight variety of styles.  I would ask for different colors or prints in lightweight cotton or linen or some type of thinner flowy fabrics – but it just didn’t exist. Beige abaya with red and…

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The New Jeddah Waterfront Project – Photobook Photography Article

The city of Jeddah runs north and south for many miles along the Red Sea coastline.  A large phase of the Jeddah Waterfront project was recently completed and officially opened to the public on November 30th.  This phase of the project cost a whopping 800 million Saudi riyals and runs along the coastline for 4.2 kilometers. I stayed away until a couple of days ago hoping the crowds had died down.  There is also no way I would attempt to…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Jeddah’s Bastah Market – Photobook Photography Article

Last night was the opening of the seasonal open air Bastah Market, located in the heart of the business district adjacent to Jeddah’s Corniche.  It is near the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and the world’s largest flagpole.   The market set-up reminds me of farmer’s markets in the US, but on a much larger scale.  The market is in its third year of operation and is operated through the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce in an effort to highlight and support local…

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“The Beach” In Jeddah – Photobook Photography Article

A best selling novel called “The Beach” by Alex Garland features a lead character in a lengthy, dangerous search for a perfect stretch of sand in Thailand. Whilst locating “Silversands” beach in Jeddah wasn’t death defying, we did abandon our search on first attempt, and eventually recruited a Filipino boat captain from the Marina to help us on the second attempt. European bikini clad girls at “Silversands” Saudi “Silversands” is located in North Obhur, about 45km outside of Jeddah Old…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Saudi Ramadan Scenes – Photobook Photography Article

The month of Ramadan is in full swing. It began May 26 and will end June 24 this year. Ramadan is the month of the year when Muslims abstain from food, drink, and impure thoughts during the daylight hours. It is a time of reflection, self-discipline, and devotion, generosity of spirit, and for family and friends to get together. As soon as the sun goes down each day during Ramadan, the fasting period ends and Muslims are permitted to eat…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Waad Academy – Photobook Photography Article

Waad Academy just opened its doors this past fall to welcome students.  I recently had the chance to tour this impressive state of the art facility located in the Obhur area of the city.   This new school offers a brand new concept in education here in Jeddah, focusing on turning out well-rounded individuals by feeding the mind, heart and body.  So in addition to academic achievement, Waad’s philosophy incorporates spiritual and physical well-being as well.  This academy has succeeded in…

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