The neverending Tent City of Mina, Saudi Arabia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Now this is how to go camping! Mina is a small city located in western Saudi Arabia, and because of its location-just 8km from Mecca-it’s the ideal place to camp out during the Haj season. This place has more than 100,000 tents to choose from, each one measuring 8 by 8 metres, and constructed of fiberglass. Each tent is fully air-conditioned, too!

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Wadjda: the first full-length film to be shot in Saudi Arabia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Film on Monday 21 October 2013

Saudi Arabia’s very first full-length film is at a cinema near you and it’s directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, one of Saudi Arabia’s best known (and most controversial) female filmmakers. The premise is deep: it ‘tells the story of a defiant 10-year-old pushing back against the social expectations that define her life as a young Saudi […]

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Stunning Saudi Arabian breakwater beacon

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 29 November 2012

Built in 2009 and designed by artist Daniel Tobin with Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, the Kaust Beacon is one of the standout architectural structures for Kaust (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) in Saudi Arabia. The 60-metre concrete tower stands at the entry of the harbour and is made of amorphous hexagonal sections that steep out of the Red Sea.

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Saudi Sandal Surfing

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By Daniel Rotman in Video on Tuesday 21 February 2012

With the release of M.I.A.’s Bad Girls came a reminder of a slew of YouTube clips of rather dangerous driving and Sandal Surfing coming from Saudi Arabia. Of course, the production quality isn’t as high. But the entertainment value is up there. Don’t forget to buckle up!

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Alaa Wardi creates music from everything, even his beard

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By Dan Farberoff in New Music on Monday 23 May 2011

I recently stumbled on this gorgeous clip by musician Alaa Wardi and his filmmaker brother Seena Imamwerdi, from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In ‘Ma3gool’ (pronounced Ma’a’gool), Alaa uses sounds from voice, mouth, and body only, without the use of any musical instruments. He even uses the sounds made by him scratching his beard!

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Censored Mariah Carey Covers

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By Michelle Wilding in New Design on Tuesday 21 September 2010

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Although most people agree with this cliché, Saudi Arabia do not. Mariah Carey’s catalogue of raunchy album covers have allegedly been digitally modified in the Middle Eastern country due to ‘anti-sexy’ laws. True or not, raised necklines and computer-generated pants are an interesting way to censor femininity.

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