Just Hanging Around

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This is a pretty common sight here in Saudi Arabia. Men hanging out all over the place on the streets, and rarely a woman in sight, except if you go to the malls or supermarkets. Many times when I accompany my husband in the car to take my son to school, I feel as though I am the only woman out at that hour of the morning. It’s rare if I spot another woman in a car or on the street. So the men either gather on the curbs and sidewalks, or sit in chairs outside of businesses or in the back of pick-up trucks like this, just hanging around.


About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Just Hanging Around

  1. desertwolf_2000 says:

    they are labor waiting for some one to pick them for labor any job they can do.

  2. Grami says:

    Yes that’s true. However, it seems that the guys in your photo are all forign labour having some time off, which is again a very common sight in some Jeddah streets.

    Don’t also forget the extreme weather conditions out there, very hot and humid. A woman wouldn’t enjoy that much, would she?

  3. Rasputin says:


    Is there a problem with your other blog. It seems to be blocked for some strange reason. Can you please check


  4. Jerry M says:

    The absence of women in public in the Muslim world, is somethat that I have a hard time getting used to. It isn’t just Saudi Arabia. Some years ago, I saw a documentary program that included a section on Muslim China and women were more or less absent there too.

  5. Gaelyn says:

    And they’re all dressed so normally.

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