Men Praying in the Mall

Men praying at the mall
When prayers are called five times daily here in Saudi Arabia, everything shuts down and people stop whatever they are doing to pray. This large open carpeted area in the Mall of Arabia is provided for men to do the prayers.  For women, there is a separate nearby enclosed prayer room.   Nearby restrooms are specially equipped so that Muslims can properly perform ablution (wash up) prior to prayers.  As soon as the call to prayer is sounded, shops close and men begin showing up here.  This makes it very convenient for all the mall workers and shoppers to pray. All shoes are removed before they set foot on the carpet – you can see dozens of shoes on the floor, and some shoes are placed on the shelves provided on the right. Also notice the design on the carpet (see below) – there are designated areas for each person to have his own clearly marked space. Also, the direction of the design in the carpet points the person praying in the right direction – toward Mecca, which is east and slightly south of Jeddah.


About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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9 Responses to Men Praying in the Mall

  1. Thanks for your comment (which I just answered).

  2. Elaine says:

    It’s interesting that they are all grouped together, as well. When people sit in the pews of churches here, they tend to space themselves around, rather than filling the front completely full first. I like your close-up of the carpet pattern.

  3. Hi Susie. This is very impressive; all prayer needs have been thought of and taken care of. You might enjoy a more makeshift method of my colleagues at prayer at
    One could make an interesting photo blog only about people in prayer, don’t you think? Your blog is a great education for me. Thanks!

  4. Geogypsy says:

    Wow, that’s amazing. I love the carpet, and the concept as well. So diferent from here. And for you too imagine. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  5. Hi Melanie – Sorry I don’t speak French, but thanks for stopping by.

    Hi Sharon – Thanks! This is such a learning experience for me too!

  6. You are a fantastic teacher! I am learning so much from your blog and enjoying every minute of it.

  7. melanie44036 says:

    Ces traditions sont intéressantes. Mais à quoi sert la prière si les hommes et les femmes se limitent au rite et n’essaient pas dêtre meilleurs ? Cette question est valable pour toutes les religions.

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