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Snow covered Asir region in Saudi Arabia

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Old photo of some of the remaining proud Bedouins (no longer genuine Bedouins as in the old days)

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Hashemite child from Makkah;
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Some of the literary 1000's of traditional dresses in KSA;

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Cool photo from Ha'il from 1914

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Figure of a man in Mesopotamian style
Mid 3rd millennium BC
Tarout Island

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Jeddah school in the 1970's before the Sahwa era;

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The oud is such a great instrument and much more difficult to build than a conventional acoustic guitar because of the bulbous shape of the back and the headstock. Love the oud I have 2 myself as part of my collection.

And as I'm sure you very well know, the oud was brought back from the Arab world to Europe (particularly Spain) in Andalus most likely during the Crusades and ended up influencing the design of the Flamenco guitar in Al Andalus which then transformed music around the world with the creation of the guitar itself from the nylon stringed Flamenco to the classical and then steel string and so on and so forth. This is where it all started with the amazingly beautiful sound of the Arabic oud.

This 10-minute piece shows how absolutely phenomenal this great instrument is and you can most certainly hear how flamenco music was inspired by the beautiful Arabic tones played on the oud. The 2nd video is the great Hussein El Masry, plays incredible oud and a beautiful jam accompanied by the tabla.



How did I miss this fantastic post on page 100 my dear brother. I could not have written it better. The oud is pure beauty and magic.:tup:

Some truely amazing pictures... Hidden treasures of Saudi Arabia.

Thanks for sharing!

You are most welcome my friend.

Hidden is the best word to describe it. Even for me (most of the time in fact!).
 
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The famous rose production in Ta'if in Hijaz. Most of the rose water in KSA derives from Ta'if.

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Volcanoes (KSA is a land of volcanoes)

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Random shots from the "Empty Quarter" (Rub al-Khali). Some surreal landscapes.

Sulfur lake from above

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The world's tallest sand dunes.
 

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