140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs

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Here’s a pictorial reminder that Saudi Arabia has definitely evolved a lot over the past century or so. 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

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1900s

Construction of the Hejaz railroad, 1906

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Laying the Hejaz railroad tracks near Tabuk, 1906

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1910s

Camel caravan of pilgrims to Mecca, 1910

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

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Ruin city of al-Hijr, 1914

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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

140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs


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

140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs


1960s

Street scene in Jeddah, 1960s

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Car washing in Riyadh, 1960s

140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs

King Khalid Street in Khobar, 1960s

140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs


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

140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs


1980s

Caravan Shopping Center in Jeddah, 1982

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A glimpse of Jeddah rising, 1984

140 Years of Saudi Arabia in Photographs


1990s

Aerial shot of Riyadh, 1990s

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Present

The north side of Riyadh, 2015

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Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, 2015

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Abraj Al-Bait in Mecca, 2010s

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Source: Stepfeed.com


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