Everything comes to a complete standstill when it’s time for prayer in Saudi Arabia. Businesses close down and the employees either go to the nearest mosque to pray or meet up with a group like this. There are five daily required prayers each day in Islam. The first is at daybreak, then another at around noon, then mid-afternoon, late afternoon, and evening. This is an open area of a large mall where men pray. Mall employees and men shoppers come here to pray when the call to prayer is sounded. You can see the large red carpet that is rolled out for prayer and can probably accommodate a few hundred when it is fully rolled out. There is also a women’s prayer area not far from the men’s area. Some malls provide a separate enclosed room for women to pray in so they are not out in the open.
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