Closed During Prayer Time





Five times during each day, everything stops.  Businesses shut down for at least 30 minutes and employees take the time to pray.  One can see vendors’ wares and fresh produce just left as they are, or maybe covered with a tarp.  There is a trust that the products will not be tampered with or stolen – and indeed, that is the case.  Thievery and other crimes are still uncommon here due to the harsh punishments in place.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Closed During Prayer Time

  1. Hi Lynn – The same thing would be true in the states! I find it amazing to see vendor’s products just left out in the open all the time all over the place – and there is very little theft or other crime here. Of course, the harsh punishments for crimes probably act as quite a deterrent.

    Hi Tash – Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

    Hi Marahm – Some things change here and others don’t!

    Hi Elaine – Most of the businesses here are open quite late. It’s usually a bit cooler in the evenings too so it makes for more pleasant working – and shopping!

    Hi 2BarkingDogs – You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. twobarkingdogs says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Elaine says:

    I like the idea of the Spanish siesta too, but for them, I think, it means working later into the evening.

  4. Marahm says:

    I’m glad to see that this hasn’t changed over the years!

  5. tash says:

    There is something very sensible about taking a break (prayer or otherwise) a times throughout the day. Wonderful photo again giving a great sense of the place.

  6. lynn says:

    Gosh imagine leaving everything like that in England. It would be gone by the time you got back! Interesting, once again, thanks!

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