Images of Riyadh: Mermaid Abaya

Whoever thinks that Riyadh is conservative has clearly not seen this unique abaya with a mermaid painted on it. The lady was generous enough to allow me to take a picture of it (sorry for the blurriness).

How often does one see a half-naked mermaid with birds flying around? This is the same country where Starbucks has changed its logo and does not feature the mermaid on the outside of their stores (they only show waves). I applaud her courage.

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3 Responses

  1. Actually, Starbucks has gone back to its original logo, at least at some shops in Jeddah. They had changed the mermaid (to be pedantic, it is a ‘Siren’ not a mermaid) to a seahorse.

    I suspect some franchisees have not been willing to spend the money on new signs or to take on local critics. But the company policy has changed.

  2. you applaud her courage? to show a half naked lady painted on her butt?

  3. <blockquote.you applaud her courage? to show a half naked lady painted on her butt?</blockquote.

    I applaud that. This lady is stepping out of conformity. That’s the type of thing that invites harassment in the KSA. Why do you question it?

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