Located 7500 ft. above sea level in the Asir Provence near the village of Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia. Named for the monkeys that live on the mountain.
Lamb or goat, rice, banana, raisens, tobulie (chopped tomatoe, cucumber onion and spices), dates, oranges, arabic bread (flat bread), and seeds.
This meal is eaten with your fingers by scooping up the rice in a ball and pulling the hot meat off of the carcus. If you are a guest of an important person there will be a guard/servant nearby with a very sharp 12″ dagger to slice off the best parts of the lamb or goat for the guest. Guests, men and sons eat first followed by the help or women and daughters. If there are non family members present the women and girls will likely have there own tray of meat and rice in a secluded room by themselves as was the case in the above photo. Supprisingly I was allowed into the room by the hsband to take the photo.
Following one of these dinners guests and first round of diners will be offered hand washing along with scented ointment to refresh the hands.
Veils sometimes worn by Saudi women when in public. These pictures are from selected sites on the Internet and represent different geographical sections of Saudi Arabia.
Bedouin woman from Najran (Saudi Arabia) photo by Mauger Thierry
Hobab Bedouin woman from Bilad Qahtan (Saudi Arabia) photo by Mauger Thierry
Dahm Bedouin woman from Rub al-Khali (between Yemen and Saudi Arabia) photo by Mauger Thierry
Hobab Bedouin couple from Bilad Qahtan (Saudi Arabia) photo by Mauger Thierry
From book “Femmes d’ Arabia” by Mauger Thierry
It should be noted that western women who marry a Saudi man when living in Saudi Arabia will be expected to wear one of these veils (for elegance) or typically a black cover of her face when in public. Veils and other black garment are not usually worn in the home around family, brothers, fathers and sons. But when non family men are present in the home the black garments are typically required with the head covered by at least some type of scarf.
Turkish Fort Ruins (from Ottoman Empire days), Asir Province, Najran Province, Tobuk Province Saudi Arabia•August 14, 2008 • 2 Comments
Turkish Fork ruins panorama along the rim of the escarpment in the Asir Province. Looking North with the escarpment to the left. The location was ideal to observe and defend a major road leading to and from the Red Sea via the escarpment. That ancient road is now a four lane black topped highway.
Ruins inside the fort.
Turkish Fort high above an ancient route between Yemen to the South and Arabia to the North. This route has been in existence for at least 2500 years and probably longer. Thought to be the ancient route used to bring incense, fruit, and other commerce from Yamen to Arabia and beyond for thousands of years. The Queen of Sheba (ancient Yemen) may have passed this way on her way to visit King Soloman from Old Testament times. Site is located South of Najran in Najran Province of Saudi Arabia.
Turkish Fort in the Tobuk Province. This fort was located on an oasis. entering the ruins the water flowed from a stoned walled ground reservoir. The area was surrounded with palm trees. One of the individuals pictured in November 1976 was an antiquities guard.