"Inside the Kingdom" Saudi Arabia by DesertRat

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Inside the Kingdom

<b>To see more of these falcons and their masters, click on the "Saudi Falcon Meet" travelogue located beneath my picture in the upper right of this page.</b>

A Saudi falconer and his charge. Falconry has been a favorite sport on the Arabian Peninsula since time out of mind. Falcon aficionadoes like this one meet every Friday in Riyadh to regale one another with hunting tales and to admire each other's birds.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fascinating example of a fiercely traditional society trying to deal with a modern and very alien world.
  • Cons:Very repressive regime; religious police harassment of foreigners; intolerance towards other religions; arbitrary bureaucracy; oppressive heat in summer
  • In a nutshell:Sometimes it's hard to believe Saudi Arabia is on this planet.
  • Last visit to Saudi Arabia: Jun 1988
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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