140 years of Saudi Arabia in photographs

Extra BitsCookie Jar October 23rd, 2016 9:00AM

140 years of Saudi Arabia in photographs

Saudi Arabia’s buzzwords of 2016 are “change” and “modernization.” So it might do us well to see how far the kingdom has come.

1880s

View of the city of Mecca, late 1880s

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The Hajji tent camp at the tomb of Sittana Maimuna, the wife of the prophet,1885

The Hajji tent camp at the tomb of Sittana Maimuna, the wife of the prophet. Makkah, Saudi Arabia 1885

1900s

Construction of the Hejaz railroad, 1906

Construction of the Hejaz railroad : Ballasting the rail tracks, 1906

Laying the Hejaz railroad tracks near Tabuk, 1906

Laying the Hejaz railroad tracks near Tabuk, 1906

1910s

Camel caravan of pilgrims to Mecca, 1910

Camel caravan of pilgrims to Mecca, 1910

Medina: Central station in front of the west gate, 1914

Medina: Central station in front of the west gate, 1914

Ruin city of al-Hijr, 1914

Ruin city of al-Hijr, 1914

1920s

The Ka’aba in the 1920s

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1930s

King Abdulaziz and the US Petrol Minister, laying the groundwork for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO) 1934

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Dammam: The first commercial oil well in Saudi Arabia, 1938

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1940s

Entourage of King Abdulaziz, 1945

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Royal bodyguards of Saudi Arabia, 1947

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1950s

A group of people looking at an Aramco airplane after landing in Dhahran, 1950s

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A view of the Ras Tanura Government Customs House, 1952

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Shoppers strolling down King Saud Street in Al-Khobar, 1954

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1960s

Street scene in Jeddah, 1960s

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Car washing in Riyadh, 1960s

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King Khalid Street in Khobar, 1960s

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1970s

A Saudi family walking on the streets of Dammam, 1970s

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Jeddah street view, 1970s

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Women in Khobar, 1970s

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1980s

Caravan Shopping Center in Jeddah, 1982

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A glimpse of Jeddah rising, 1984

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1990s

Aerial shot of Riyadh, 1990s

Some Memories of Riyadh from 1990’s

Present

The north side of Riyadh, 2015

Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, 2015

Abraj Al-Bait in Mecca, 2010s

Source: Pixabay

Source: Pixabay


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