1965 Dammam, June. Children rest in the shade as they view traditional architecture of the old Dammam Amirate Building (Saleh Islam’s House).
If you were to check photo albums at your parents house, and then, at your grandparents house, you are bound to find some ‘stereotypical’ images that capture the fashions and architecture of the different times the photos were taken at. Here, we share some wonderful architecture that truly capture the essence of arabesque Saudi designs and motifs, ones orientalists imagined and
poets captured in their verses. Images of women hard at work, who didn’t have much except their resilient nature and love of life. Then there are the photos of children studying in the Saudi Arabia’s earliest schools, breaking any notions of lagging or lacking. The country’s pioneers graduated from these early schools, each student leaving a scribble on their desks, and a mark on a nation’s legacy.
The resilient women, who worked hard and helped build a nation.
1969 Al Khobar A modern classroom in an Aramco built Government School.