Jiddah, Saudi Arabia
Date:
15/11/2000

PHOTOS
 
Reporters, editors and proofreaders of the Saudi Gazette

Editor of the Saudi Gazette Ahmed Al-Yusef lived in Florida for about nine years while studying and teaching.


 
Saudi Gazette female reporters Suzan, Kholoud and Hedaia, who work in a separate building from the male reporters, gather to discuss a story. The women do not cover with the abaya and headscarf when working in their ‘all-women’ office, but Suzan and Kholoud thought they should cover for the photograph.

Inside the newsroom of the Saudi Gazette, the largest English language Kingdom newspaper


 
 
PAIGE'S NOTES
 
15 November 2000 – New Jiddah: modern, glittering, shiny, but will it last? How long will oil continue to bring such prosperity and massive consumerism? Driving through New Jiddah one feels she could be moving through any upscale American, European or Japanese city of 2.5 million, yet a slightly sharpened look spotlights differences. Trendy, expensive stores, with fewer-than-expected paying customers inside, line the new streets with a handful of youthful females covered in flowing abayas window shopping for tiny tops. Men, wearing long, white thobes with white or red-and-white-checked ghoutras held on their heads by black cord-like igals, drive and stroll the streets, while women are rarely sighted. Lingerie stores have male clerks with male customers buying the frilly items for their wives. A closer look shows a male Kingdom.

 
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