There are many of these Traffic Police Umbrellas strategically placed at busy intersections about the city of Jeddah to provide protection and shade from the blazing hot sun. Most often, there is no one in position at these umbrellas keeping an eye on the traffic flow. And it’s also not very often that I have witnessed any traffic stops for driving infractions – however I’ve seen plenty of driving infractions! As most of you already know (because I have harped on it frequently enough) is that only men are allowed to drive here in Saudi Arabia, although there has been much talk about the possibility of women driving here soon. But that is probably all it is – just talk. Because women cannot drive here, extra pressure is placed on the men of the family if they are responsible for driving the women around. Some families can afford to hire a full-time driver, who usually comes from another country and is generally provided with room and board in addition to his salary. Other women rely on taxicabs for their transportation needs, and many of the taxi drivers are also foreign nationals. From what I have heard, the taxicab companies have applied lots of pressure to keep things the way they are – because if women were allowed to drive, there wouldn’t be the need for so many taxis or taxi drivers in this country. As you can imagine, taxis do a considerable amount of business here.
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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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