Last 60 with my 50 – Fanateer

Fanateer is the residential area of Jubail under direct control of the Royal Commission: those guys did a great job and created a very nice place that has nothing to do with the center of Jubail: Fanateer is clean, well designed, green and blue during the days with a fantastic beach, shops, restaurants and bars. Today it’s in much better shape than 3 years ago when me and Mario, just arrived, were used to walk its streets still under construction skipping holes and concrete to reach one of the few spots where you could have a decent dinner.

How does Fanateer look like through the 50mm lens and 3 years after: judge for yourself. We gathered at the Karan hotel a very selected team: Marta, Mario, Omar and myself we went through the glimmers of Fanateer right the night before Ramadan starts.

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Yeah I know that Omar looks particularly happy tonight: maybe it’s the 50mm or maybe something else, who knows. The time for a quick round of karak and we are ready to go.

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The Caravella is just one of the many new restaurant that opened recently: good italian food (an Italian won’t ever say ‘fantastic italian food’ unless it’s his mother the cook) and very nice design and atmosphere.

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To start and get used to Tex-Mex we chose Chili’s: Ramadan lights and decorations make it look better than ever.

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The Corniche is busy at this time of the evening: families play on the grass, people walk up and down, kids play soccer and adults talk and relax in preparation for the week-end and, most importantly, for the Ramadan. Weather is great: a shirt is all you need to feel good.

How is all this distant from the Fanateer we saw at the beginning, when just landed in the Kingdom? 3 years that seem to me like 3000.

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