On my inaugural visit to Dira, two venerable and wrinkled men bartered for ancient daggers and swords in a remote corner of the souk, leaving me rooted to the spot, unable to turn away for fear of missing a moment of these charged and fascinating negotiations.
Our flight from Washington Dulles airport to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia lasted nearly 20 grueling hours, taking with it our two beloved apricot poodles, our 43 pieces of luggage: our entire life.
A middle aged Saudi gentleman with bright white thobe, carefully positioned ghuttra, and gracious heart who lived across the street from the empty lot spied us on this first night and asked if the dogs would like to come into his courtyard to consume some grass.
I was going to find out that there were many layers to the tapestry of the Saudi culture.
Bishara explained that in the , particularly in professional and business settings, it was critically important for men to treat women as sisters with the utmost respect.
Jeddah A diverse crowd makes up the most liberal city in Saudi thanks to all the religious pilgrims and seaport cultures.
And even though a headscarf is usually enough for foreign women, you are advised to at least bring one with you.
KFSH, like many places in the Kingdom, certainly had its factions that disagreed with American policies, and I became apprehensive when it was confirmed that Saudis participated in perpetuating the attacks.