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A modern life

JSFP8356My niece sent me these pictures from a visit to Riyadh. Things have changed in the past 9 years as you would expect. When we first arrived to Saudi in 1993 there were no fancy malls and not much fast food. By the time we left in 2009, upscale malls with ice skating rinks, amusement parks and designer shops had popped up everywhere! Fast food chains were to be found on most streets and many locals seemed to adopt a new lifestyle.



My niece just informed me that today they opened a cinema in Riyadh which seems really unbelievable!

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  1. Love the cupcakes. I remember those cupcake shops from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Lots of walk by traffic and a good customer base for them.

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    April 19, 2018
  2. Alice #

    Change!! I remember living in AbuDhabi in ‘91 or ‘92 and how different it is now. Dubai doesn’t even look the same.

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    April 19, 2018
  3. Beautiful Pictures ❤️

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    April 19, 2018
  4. Thanks for posting. It’s so nice to see such a different place, somewhere I most likely will never have a chance to go!

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    April 19, 2018
  5. Change is always with us. It is amazing how fast food chains have spread across the world.

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    April 19, 2018
  6. My plane from Sydney to London refuelled in Dubai in early 1978. We landed in the dark. A modern airport with a massive white airport control tower loomed up out of the desert. There was nothing else around. We had to disembark via steps at the front of the aircraft. Met by some kind of military at the foot (male and female) and escorted into the building where we each got the once-over (gender segregated). The airport was reasonably busy even though it was early hours of the morning. First time I had seen women completely covered. Several other things of interest happened during our two hour layover. I was twenty-two. Left quite an impression. I wouldn’t recognise it today. I guess it’s much the same for Saudi. Even so, the American brands in the photo scenes gave me a surprise!

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    April 19, 2018
    • Yes it was nothing like that when we got there back in 93! wow that is an interesting story! Thanks for sharing

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      April 19, 2018
  7. Yes I just came back east in Canada to take care of my mother and the changes in 4 years are amazing sadly enough it doesn’t feel like home anymore

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    April 19, 2018
  8. What interesting photos! I can’t even remember not having fast food chain stores all over the place. Seems like They have been here forever! It’s hard to imagine places not having them in 1993.

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    April 19, 2018
  9. Cities are always changing. Sometimes parts of them become totally unrecognizable. It happens here in NYC too.

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    April 19, 2018
  10. Lynn,
    You lived in the “good old days” in Saudi, lol.
    Maybe people have also changed with the changing situations around them, hopefully for the better.
    God bless !

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    April 19, 2018
  11. Lynn, those photos ARE of a thoroughly modern place!
    Those baked goods look so delish!!

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    April 19, 2018
  12. A cinema! That does seem remarkable. I guess there’s no stopping progress as the world becomes a smaller place. ❤

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    April 19, 2018
  13. It’s amazing how much has changed there in such a short time … it must feel a bit strange for you. I read about the cinema opening today and never thought it would happen! Great news!

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    April 19, 2018
  14. I read that they’re getting a cinema for the first time in 35 yrs! The new Prince has promise en mon avis. Hopefully women will get the same rights as men soon too!

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    April 19, 2018
  15. I notice they have a Tim Horton’s fast food place there now. That’s a Canadian company Lynn.

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    April 19, 2018
  16. Yes, I heard that on the news. Both men and women can also view the movie together!

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    April 19, 2018
  17. Amazing!

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    April 19, 2018
  18. I can imagine the ambivalence these must provoke

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    April 20, 2018
  19. It appears their mindset is moving forward.

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    April 20, 2018
  20. Amazing the changes a few years can make! Other than the language, these pics could be from an American mall.

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    April 20, 2018
  21. Interesting to see the modernization since you left.

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    April 20, 2018
  22. ~ayya muz #

    Yes Lynn, a lot is changing here from the past couple of years. Things are happening which seemed quite impossible back then.
    Also, women will be allowed to drive from June 2018. There are concerts/musicals on various venues every weekend and so much more entertainment. Women are now allowed inside the football stadium and so many more places!

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    April 21, 2018
  23. Great pics Lynn, incredible how modern life takes over!
    My goodness, change is happening all around us, even as we speak. x

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    April 24, 2018

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