Waiting for Customers

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These two men are sitting outside a small restaurant on a hot day waiting for customers. The restaurant offers take-out only of fresh large round flat bread, called tameez, and mashed beans, called fool. They also offer spiced sauces, similar to salsa, to go with the fool. The bread is baked over an open flame in the large round oven in the center of the photo.
You would never see women sitting around like this in public in Jeddah. Women do not work in shops like this for one thing and usually don’t even make purchases at shops like these (men do). Women also are not allowed to reveal their legs, like these men are doing, and are only allowed to show their hands and faces in public.


About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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8 Responses to Waiting for Customers

  1. Abid says:

    The sad part being that these men aren’t observing hijab either.

  2. hannah says:

    In Jeddah they can show their faces… in the Nejd where I live they usually don’t even show that!

  3. Chiara says:

    This is a pretty classic sight! A very natural photo!

  4. Jerry M says:

    Women in Saudi Arabia must develop a completely different set of memories about their world than men.

    My wife and I had been apart for most of 2 years (work related) and I have become very conscious of the things we share and the things we didn’t share. One wonders how men and women learn to relate to each other when they share so little.

  5. Jacob says:

    I know that the sight of a woman’s leg would drive a Saudi up the wall and cause him to do the most terrible things, but I think this baring of skin by the man is also very bad.

    Can you imagine all the women who drive by and see these unclad men? They probably scream and rend their garments behind closed doors.

    It’s just not fair!

  6. Eamon says:

    They do look relaxed!

  7. babooshka says:

    This is so fascinating to read compared to the bus journey I had today, where the woman on their was very vocal.

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