Jose’s boss invites different professors from different universities to visit KAUST at an average of one a month. Besides taking them around campus for official meetings and tours, Jose’s boss also makes sure that the visiting professors get to experience a bit of Saudi fun like snorkeling and fishing in the Red Sea, taking them to Economic City, etc.
Yesterday Jose was in charge of entertaining a visiting professor by taking him on a tour around Jeddah. I asked if I could go with them because after almost 5 months of living here, I still haven’t seen anything!!! We were provided with a nice car and a driver who doubled as a tour guide since he was very friendly and liked to talk about the different places he took us to.
We didn’t really get out of the car very much since it was so hot, the visiting professor was tired and I’m pregnant. We stopped by the Jeddah Corniche, which was very interesting. I couldn’t really zoom in so you’ll have to squint you eyes. It’s interesting to see that while the men are in the water wearing shorts, women are mostly on the beach in full abaya gear. The ones that do go in the water are still in their abayas. Needless to say, it’s mostly men and children who really get to enjoy cooling off at the beach.
This is such a beautiful mosque. They lay out these carpets outside and if I’m not mistaken, you can worship in the open air with a view of the sea.
We went to Al Balad, the historical area of Jeddah. I’m not sure just how old these buildings are but this place was actually founded in the 7th century!
Finally, we headed to the fish market to eat seafood. We could only go after 1 pm because of prayer time. We chose whatever we wanted, had them cleaned and cooked in the restaurant.
Everything was good! We’ll definitely take Jose’s family there when they visit next month!