Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (05:58)
Jeddah was an important trading post for the Ottoman Empire that underwent rapid growth when the country modernized. Old Town Jeddah is being restored after decades of neglect. The most popular road to Mecca once went through old town.
Saudi Fashion (02:40)
Jeddah is a harbor city that has been a hub for numerous industries. Bazaars offer variations on the traditional Saudi dress.
Saudi Women (09:23)
Saudi society has numerous restrictions for women; it is difficult for them to find independence or have access to rights without being married. Many young people in Saudi Arabia feel constricted by the conservative society.
Saudi Marketplace (02:05)
The country's largest fish market is located in Jeddah. Like most markets in the country, it operates using a bartering system.
Saudi Tourism (02:22)
There are no public beaches along the Red Sea, but private resorts cater to foreign tourists. Many young Saudis are beginning to take part in tourist activities, such as scuba diving.
Approximately three million people flock to the holy Islamic city on pilgrimage days. The pilgrimage business helps the city's economic growth.
Saudi Recreation (05:35)
Most Saudis do not work Fridays or Saturdays. Recreational activities are limited because most theaters, cinemas, and concerts are banned. Artistic expression is also restricted.
Religious Sites (02:23)
The Kaaba and other Islamic holy sites are located in Mecca. People can visit the sites in small pilgrimages or during the Hajj.
Saudi Dates (02:58)
Date palms grow well in the mountains of Saudi Arabia and are an important fruit in the country. Workers pick the dates by hand.
Rijal Alma (02:59)
The UNESCO World Heritage site has been in the Asir Mountains for more than 1,000 years. It was once a trading post but saw economic decline when the country modernized. The village is home to a mostly lost form of Saudi painting.
Asir Region (05:14)
In more rural areas, Bedouin traditions are more common. Most people make a living through farming and trading. Many tribal traditions were lost when the Saud family rose to power in 1932.
Saudi Traditions (06:30)
Dates and coffee are offered at most social gatherings in Saudi Arabia. A journey to Mecca liberates pilgrims from sin. Women have been slowly gaining more freedom within the country.
Credits: Saudi Arabia - The West (00:28)
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