It’s Official – they are Arabian Mau Mix

The Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization (EMRO) has confirmed that these kittens are Arabian Mau Mix . Two are still available. I emailed the EMRO with photos of the kittens showing the characteristics that I understood to be the mau characteristics. I talked with a friend Friday who sold 4 maus to the states (where the Egyptian Mau is particularly popular). Her maus also came from the “domestic camp” here where these came from. The Arabian Mau was recognized as an official breed in 2008. It is native to the Middle East Region and has been there for over 1,000 years. or maybe it is actually decendant form  the Near Eastern Wildcat who has been in this region for 10,00 -100,000 years. See this article

The cats in Dubai that are officially Arabian Maus have a variety of looks. But the Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization prefers to reserve the term Mau – even Arabian Mau – for the spotted cats only.

A Mau is the only naturally occuring spotted cat.  It bears the “M” mark on its forehead, sometimes called the “scarab mark” after the symbol considered divine by the Ancient Egyptians.

These kittens are such beautiful cats with the white contrasting with the  dark spotted areas. They are sweet and need a home so share your love.

See the previous post for lots of pictures.


We need love!

The kittens are 6 weeks old, litter trained, eating dry food and playing and snuggling.

The mother is a unique looking cat with one blue eye and one green eye.  The father gave the kittens really nice markings. They look like he could have been Egyptian/Arabian Mau which have been documented on camp. Below are pink background collages that I put together of the kittens showing the mau-like characteristics such as the spots. The Mau breed which originated in this area thousands of years ago is very popular in the US now and people pay a lot of money for them. Dad could have looked like this.

Also are here are some random cute shots. I wish we could keep them!

Email me at if you’d love and appreciate a special cat.


The glossary I compiled about Saudi Arabia and Islam has gotten buried in this blog so here is the link to it.   These were terms I came across in news articles and blogs and other resources on Saudi Arabia and Islam. They were taken from varius sources. If you have suggestions for other tems for the glossary, please let me know.  Thanks.

What Do You Want to Know?

Hi Everyone! Let me know what you wonder about our experience here in Saudi Arabia and I will write about it. It would be great if everyone who saw this post writes a comment below telling me what you want to know. We miss all our friends back “home” and would love to share and interact with you this way. We also are new enough to this experience that we still remember vividly what it was like to consider, decide, wait for visas, pack, and take off for this foriegn land.

Crazy Stuff – Drifting

On the way to the beach two young men in a car were showing off for us. We noticed a shirt or something flapping out the passenger side window. It was green and then we saw that it was the Saudi Arabian flag. Soon one long bare leg was sticking straight up out the passenger window. Then the leg had the flag tied on the ankle flapping in the wind. Next two legs straight up with the flag flying. Can you imagine? Rachel has a photo on her cell phone. When we figure out how to get it from her phone we will post it.

See the Youtube videos entitled “Only in Saudi” on the links on the side of this blog to see more about this behavior.

Half Moon Bay Aramco Beach on the Persian Gulf

On Friday we went to the sailing regattta at Half Moon beach. The beach has palm trees, shaded picnic tables with lights and electrical plugins and barbecue grills. The water has cooled off to a comfortable temperature.












Photos of Compound

Here are some photos I found online of various places throughout the compound.