Ok, I realize that posting photos of elevator doors is really not very exciting, but these are the first segregated elevators that I have ever seen in my life, so I thought you might find it interesting too. In Saudi Arabia there is strict segregation of the sexes. There is no social interaction between men and women at all. Just to give you an idea, at doctor’s offices and hospitals, there are usually waiting rooms for men and separate ones for women. Restaurants have family sections and family entrances, and then separate ones for single men.
These elevators are clearly marked for use by men only or women only. They are located in a hotel in Madinah – a hotel that caters to Hajjis, persons who are performing the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Hajjis can be booked into a room with other Hajjis they do not personally know (men and women are accommodated in separate rooms, of course), similar to the pensions or youth hostels in Europe. We saw a two bedroom unit with six twin beds stuffed into one room and four in the other, as well as a thin piece of wood nailed over the door’s strike plate, so that the door would not lock. Plus, of course, plenty of disclaimers from the management were posted all over warning that theft of personal property was not their problem.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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