Saudi Trip
May 19-20, 2008
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This spring and summer I had the occasion to make several trips to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for business. Here are some of the best pictures from those trips.
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Riyadh is short on tall buildings. This as the Faisaliyah tower as seen from 32nd street, a popular hang out for Riyadhi youths.


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I was a surreal expereince to realize that behind the wheel of every car on the road was a man. There are no women drivers in Riyadh.


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This is the gate to the old city of Riyadh and a small portion of the wall from the time of the first king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz al Saud.


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Another angle on the old gate of Riyadh with the tower.


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This is the Masmak fort in the heart of Riyadh. This is where the modern state of Saudi Arabia began when the teen aged Abdul Aziz al Saud reclaimed control of Riyadh for his family in a dramatic coup.


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This is the door the then governer of Riyadh narrowly escaped through when ambushed in the early morning hours by ibn Saud and his seven compatriots.


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ibn Saud's cousin hurled a spear at the governor of Riyadh. Its tip became lodged in the door and broke off. The spear tip remains there to this day.


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The Musmak fort contains a room with images of the kings of Saudi Arabia, its flag, and "constitution", the Qur'an.


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Interior shot of the Musmak fort.


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Interior shot of the Musmak fort.


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The high court of Saudi Arabia sits on the same site as the first royal palace of the Al Saud.


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In the heart of Riyadh there are still narrow alley ways and ancient mud brick homes.


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I was later told that this was not the safest part of town to hang out in.


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This shot of Faisaliyah Tower was taken from my hotel room at the Olaya House.


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There are an awful lot of places along the road from Doha to Riyadh that are like this, where there is absolutely no evidence of human activity for as far as the eye can see--not a building or a telephone pole, nothing.


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Camel crossing.


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Camel crossing.


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Camel crossing.