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madeinjeddah|Fakhamah Series #04|”Deluxe” Palace II



Despite tough economic times, we find “fakhamah” -albeit un-announced- withering the hardship and clinging on with this stunning comeback. Budgetary restraints dictated doing away with the customary placard and the semi-professional calligrapher (خطاط و رسام). A single can of spray paint delivers the message loud and clear (freehand style), despite the spelling typo. Even the vital descriptor (فاخر), a hallmark of our series, has sadly been dropped to accommodate this “buyer’s” market. The only question remaining, of course, is whether the perimeter wall functioning as billboard happens to be the actual “palace” being offered for rent? For those curious “Real Estate” enthusiasts, there is only one way to find out…

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This entry was posted on November 21, 2018 by in Made in Jeddah and tagged , , , , , .
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