Baskin Robbins in Arabic

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There are many internationally recognised companies with stakes here in Jeddah. This Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream Shop occupies a location in a busy Jeddah mall’s food court area. I love how the font in Arabic seems to mimic the familiar BR logo font. Ice cream and Italian ices are popular cool treats here in the arid desert kingdom, although I have heard talk of banning women from eating ice cream cones in public because it is too sexually suggestive! Sheesh! Punishing women always seems to be the answer around here…

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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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16 Responses to Baskin Robbins in Arabic

  1. meme says:

    hiiiiiiii about what you say I can tell you that I’m girl from Jeddah and we eat ice cream !!
    who’s tell you that we can’t ? It’s not right ..^____^

    • Hi Meme – I was told by several different people when I first moved to Saudi Arabia that there was talk of the religious police banning women from eating ice cream cones in public because it’s sexually suggestive. I am not making this up. Whether or not this will ever be enacted, I have no clue. I myself have eaten ice cream cones in KSA without any problem, although I prefer a cup and a spoon.

  2. Hamdah says:

    Hello Susie. I want to comment on the fact that women are “punished” because they are eating ice cream cones in public. I do not think they will be punished but rather frowned upon. Because culturally that is inappropriate, that is the culture !

    But I don’t think they (women) will be punished for ‘licking’ ice cream cone in public !

    Hope that clarifies the image 🙂

    • The punishment would be not allowing women to eat ice cream cones in public, which would entail not selling them to women, I guess. I don’t make this stuff up. I have heard this from several of my friends here that there is talk about banning women from doing this in public…

      • Hamdah says:

        I apologize if the way I arranged my words seem offensive to you. The only thing I meant is I can buy Ice cream, but I will not eat it in Public due to cultural restrictions not out of fear to be punished ! That is what I meant dear 🙂

      • I know – no offense taken. I was just trying to explain what I meant by punishing women.

  3. Sarah says:

    where do you hear these things ?!?!!!

  4. Rinkly Rimes says:

    What a great adventure for you! I think ignorance makes us scared of things we would enjoy if we were brave like you.

  5. Judy says:

    Very cool sign! But eating ice cream cones, really???

  6. christina says:

    Guess it’s all about men who cannot control themselves and see sexual things in almost everything
    Seemes a bit childish to me, but then men are only big children in many ways 😉

    Christina, Sweden

  7. Geogypsy says:

    What a deprived and depriving place. Although I would have to say eating icecream could be pretty sexy looking, if that’s what one wants to see. I couldn’t live without icecream.

  8. Pepe says:

    About the “women eating ice cream in public – thing” (which is “too sexually sugestive” to them and I can tell you disagree. what is your explanation about that? what do think is the reason they think that way? And , do you think there’s a possibility that they could ever change the way they think?

    • Since socializing with the opposite sex is forbidden here in KSA, my theory is that it makes the men hyper-sexual, reading sex into everything. Unless they de-sexitize everything here and let women dress and move about normally like most other societies on earth, then I’m afraid I see no hope for the men here ever changing the way they think.

  9. Well, gee, who’s making those rules?

    • The staunch religious faction here makes/tries to make most of the rules, and many of them seem as though they are punishing the women because the men think they cannot control themselves around women – although when they travel outside the country, most of them manage to behave in a civilized manner.

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