Lonely Vendor

This photo gives you an idea of what happens in the middle of the day in Saudi Arabia when it’s prayer time. Muslims are required in Islam to pray at five specific times of the day. All stores are compelled to close during these prayer times. Many of the street vendors simply abandon their carts, head off to the nearest mosque to pray, and then return. No one bothers their stuff in their absence. Getting used to the constant closings of businesses has not been easy for me. Many businesses stay open quite late in the evenings to make up for the closings during the day.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Lonely Vendor

  1. Grami says:

    I’ve been in places other than Jeddah where you can be stopped by the police if they catch you, say, driving your car during prayer time

    just like what happened to me some years ago in one of the capital’s districts although I was travelling at the time

    again, some order might be good but that should be accompanied by lots of understanding, respect and manners, I suppose

  2. Another excellent insight into local culture. I also enjoyed catching up on your photos. Congratulations on the award for your Susie’s Big Adventure website. well done. I am glad you are enjoying the nightscape series on my site. I hope we get to see you soon in Arizona.

  3. roentarre says:

    I doubt this chap could really get any business for the day

  4. Dina says:

    So they close at prayer time? Thanks. I never realized that. Makes sense.

  5. Geogypsy says:

    That fellow looks a little lost.

  6. Jacob says:

    Makes one glad to live in a country which has separation of church and state!

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