This is a scene from a mall entertainment area. Most malls have a family friendly area where rides and games are available. Most children in KSA wear typical kid’s clothes worn around the world. Women at the mall are almost always dressed in the black abaya and most cover their hair. Many men wear the traditional long white thobe and the red and white checked or plain white scarf, or they can wear Western clothes if they wish, which is not an option for women. Going to a shopping mall is one of the few activities that families can do together when out in public. I have heard that some malls in Riyadh restrict single men from entering, to prevent contact between men and women who are not related to each other.
By the way, women generally are not employed in malls, however in this mall entertainment area, you can see two women working at the service desk on the left!
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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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