Muslims pray five times a day at set times. Many of the men workers here in Jeddah may not be close enough to a mosque – even though there are mosques located every few blocks – to go there to pray. So all over the city one can see groups of men gathered out in public to perform the prayers together. If you look closely between the two cars in the photo, you can see that red prayer rugs have been laid down on the sidewalk in preparation for the men to come and pray. All businesses close for prayers for about half an hour to an hour and all Muslims workers are expected to pray during these times. Ramadan will be starting here very soon. Ramadan is the month during the year when all Muslims fast during the daylight hours, from sun up until sundown. Many businesses will change their operating hours then, since Muslim workers cannot eat or drink during the day. Most will be closed during the day, or a bigger part of the day, and will open for business in the evenings and stay open until the wee hours of the morning to accommodate workers and customers.
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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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