Ramadan is in full swing here in Saudi Arabia. It is the month during the year when Muslims abstain from food, drink, sex, and feeling anger, among other things, from sunrise until sunset. Here in Saudi Arabia, many people totally switch their daytime activities to nighttime. Many choose to sleep during the day when it’s extremely hot and most businesses are closed. Toward sundown, businesses open up and some stay open all night. It’s a crazy schedule. This photo was taken at 2:30am. It is a welding shop and the employees are hard at work. Generally I am not out and about at this hour, but we happened to be and I was amazed at the nightlife activity all over Jeddah. Young children were out riding bikes. Restaurants were overflowing with male customers. Men were washing cars, pumping gas, and shopping. Construction projects were flooded with bright lighting as dozens of laborers toiled. The only women I saw out were passengers in a few random cars and one African woman who was walking along the street pushing a baby stroller overflowing with discarded articles that she had picked up scavenging through dumpsters. The purpose of fasting during the daylight hours is so Muslims will gain an appreciation for those who are less fortunate and do not have enough to eat. Sleeping the days away during this time seems to defeat the whole purpose of fasting in the first place.
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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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