Duba's fishermen's seaport
I had to relocate for work to the Western coast of Saudi Arabia and precisely the small and charming city of Duba located in between the flat Red Sea and the impressive mountains to the East, separating it from Tabuk direct surroundings.
With friends, we decided to walk at night Duba's fishermen's habor area, which starts at these illuminated caves already denoting the touristical flavor of the coastal city.
A castle tower adds a bit of charm but a lot of mystery to Duba's caves as to their origins with no indication or sign of any kind. It's part of the game: walk, discover and imagine.
To the other side, Duba's fishermen's seaport, which beauty equals the ones of the Mediterranean. Traditional fishing boats decorate the harbor's enclosure and act like a brain stimulator. No doubt we were virtually transported to the wide sea in the wooden swinging feluccas, their purring diesel engines and that smell recalling we're in an oil rich country...
Stones have replaced asphalt with thanks on Duba's seaport road, so streets marry the beautiful old houses and their delightful doors. Candlestick style street masts light the walls under the amazing all-year-long "Christmas" colored lights.
A fountain sends water to the vertical dimension for those who are not satisfied with the flatness of the sea.
Around Duba's castle
Old houses made of mudbricks and mud mortar accompanied us in our walk towards Duba's castle which overlooks the seaport.
The Ottoman construction is the main attraction of the square and dominates with its imposing remparts. No one can resist moving up the street before the historical castle.
A hotel facing Duba's castle offers an unusual façade for what is typically found in Saudi Arabia, with a welcome touch of style that continued to remind us we're tourists on that night.
Abandoned heritage mud houses added one more time stamp to the plaza behind the castle. No doubt we're in the old city.
The lights and colors of Duba's North corniche
The walk continues to where Duba's North corniche is located, a 4km long nicley paved and finished walkway. Amenity lights combined to this "tunnel" of magenta colored arcs, illuminated our passage.
Those bizarre structures, not exactly umbrellas, not exactly jellyfish, not exactly mushrooms populate the seaside terraces of Duba's corniche and its horizon.
The passer by's mood keeps changing with the fountain's colors, operated on demand by its guard, each time kids or their parents beg him to push the button of the huge pumps.
The North corniche ended with more seas and more skies, virtually extending our promenade towards the Sinai Peninsula, eventually crossing Suez Canal for those of us with the most fertile imagination.