Most of the blue collar workers here in Saudi Arabia are from poorer Asian or African countries like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, or Somalia. These two men work in a busy and popular fisherie in Jeddah. There were at least ten men working in this particular fisherie. Fresh catch from the Red Sea are available for purchase (or a customer can bring in his own fish), to be gutted, prepared, and fully cooked to order for take-out only. We brought in a very large fish (that my hubby had caught himself!), plus we purchased several more smaller fish there at the fisherie and had them prepare and cook them for us. The total cost was 40 Riyals, which is $10 US. I thought it might smell pretty fishy in there, but it actually wasn’t bad. The facility was quite clean and completely tiled. The shovel in the photo below is used for scooping ice into the fresh fish bins.
The workers kept watching me as I snapped my photos and they were happy to pose for me. Saudi women are forbidden from having any contact with men outside the family, which means ignoring them, not looking at them, and not speaking to other men, except when it is absolutely necessary, and even at that, as minimal contact as possible. But as a friendly American woman, I choose to behave the way I always have and treat other men like normal human beings. My hubby would prefer that I act more like a Saudi woman, but I cannot bring myself to totally ignore other human beings like that. I find that men here welcome and appreciate being acknowledged in the smallest ways, and I think that likely it’s because Saudi women treat them as though they don’t exist.
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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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