Saudi Arabia has a large population of foreign workers that make up the hard labor force. Many workers are given Fridays off from work. The weekend in Saudi Arabia is on Thursday and Friday. Friday is the holy day when Muslim men are expected to go to attend prayers at the mosque, although many attend prayers every day of the week. After attending prayers, many of the workers gather together and just sit around talking and smoking. There is really not much in Saudi Arabia for these men to do in their spare time. There are not really public parks to speak of for them to enjoy, and most of the workers don’t play sports, much less watch sports on television.
These men are actually sitting in the middle of a barren traffic island which separates lanes of traffic. They gather by the dozens here and just pass the time together. I think it’s a shame that there are not activities for them to do and that the only place they can hang out is in the middle of a desolate rocky traffic island, breathing in all the exhaust fumes from the passing cars.
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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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