Facts You Probably Always Wonder About Saudi Arabia

dea17e12-c54a-4c52-88d7-1ee17a086addWhen I was away for college in Switzerland, many had so much to ask about Saudi Arabia (Jeddah where am from), the lifestyle in general, women’s rights, dress codes and more. Here are some facts for those seeking knowledge about Saudi Arabia and what it’s like..

  • Women actually do work!

136360744It all started back in 2012, when Saudi Arabia began enforcing a law that allows only females to work in lingerie stores. By the end of 2012, women were granted the right to sell in retail shops. And the shift started from there.

 

 

  • All Shops close for a 10-15min-prayer break!640x392_49955_205174

Stores open from 9am to12pm and then open again from 2pm till about 11pm but they do close for a prayer break (to pray!) in between working hours! Those who are shopping at the mall would hear the prayer and they would then wait at a coffee shop or inside their cars for shops to reopen!

 

  • silver-sands-beachWe do have beaches and yes, we do swim!

Almost everyone in Jeddah heads to the beach on a Friday or a Thursday (our weekend). We do have chalets and awesome beaches where everyone gets to enjoy the sun and tan!

 

  • Yes, all women do have their own personal driversab7f8e53164e6877c48776c27bcdd2b5

… And no we aren’t “princesses” neither because we are “extremely rich” as some might think, its cause we cannot drive period, its illegal for women to drive (don’t ask why, its just the law, we’re used to it)!

 

 

 

  • 12065729_10207505840428879_4447758813812036476_nNo! “Abaya’s” are not only in black!

Although it’s obligated by law to wear an Abaya when heading out, however it’s not only in black! other colors like beige, brown or grey are the trend, but you can customize the Abaya however way you like!

 

 

  • Not everyone has a family businessfamily-business-promo

In fact, according to an article in ArabNews, there are only about 6,000 family businesses across the entire kingdom.

 

 

  • saudia-map-598x300 (1)Dubai is NOT in Saudi Arabia

Whenever i said i was from Saudi Arabia i’d get the “Oh yea i heard Dubai was stunning”. Dubai is located in United Arab Emirates not in Saudi Arabia!

 

  • Men have four wives? arab-man-w-4-wives-300x253

Many assume that all men have four wives here in Saudi Arabia, this is totally not true. I’ve known ONE person who’s father is married to one other woman, but never came across someone who is married to four! the majority of the married population are married to only one person. although i am not saying this doesn’t happen, it does but they would be those who are living in rural areas, the “Amish” of the kingdom so to speak.

 

  • wkE0QjoEveryone lives with their parents till they get married

The “Do you have your own condo?” question isn’t a question that exists here, a man who’s 30 years old and haven’t gotten married yet would still be living with his parents until he does. Same goes for women. it is considered disrespectful to have your own apartment or house and live                                                                        alone if single. (Some exceptions do exist.

One thought on “Facts You Probably Always Wonder About Saudi Arabia

  1. Brilliantly explained! People are so brainwashed with the stereotypes shown in television that they start generalizing things. About lack of geographical knowledge: way back a friend of mine told me that one of our common friend worked in Dubai. When i asked him where exactly as i could meet him there he said “somewhere in Riyad! ” i was literally speechless. Most of them have no idea that Dubai is a city and not a country. May be because “Dubai” has become a household name rather the country it is in. I bet 99% of Europeans/Americans might not have heard of a country called the UAE!!

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