SAUDI ARABIA FROM ABOVE
Old houses in the al-Balad quarter in Jeddah. This district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there is ongoing conservation work led by the Ministry of Culture. It is extremely reminiscent of the Tales from the 1001 Nights: tall buildings topped by mashrabiya, wooden balconies that allowed women to see without being seen. Saudis have fled the old city and now, only workers or refugees from Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen live here in precarious conditions.