Images of Riyadh: First Dust Storm of the Season

Faisaliyah Tower in a dust storm/sandstorm. In case you forgot what it looks like normally, the photo is below for comparison.

 

Fine dust blows into everything, coming in through every crack- windows, doors, air conditioning vents, exhaust vents. Breathing is labored as it gets into your lungs. Land and air visibility is greatly reduced. People wax poetic about shamals, I tend to cough.

Looking up the various types, remember my last post about driving through a sandstorm with intermittent rain? That is officially called a haboob

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Images of Riyadh: Long Drives

Driving across the Arab peninsula is quite common and one often sees cars like this.

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The front (and all protruding parts) are covered with a greasy layer (sometimes even liquid detergent) to protect the paint against sand when driving at high speeds across long distances.