Closed for Prayer

Businesses in Saudi Arabia must close several times a day for prayers. The whole country comes to a virtual standstill so everyone can pray. Malls remain open but the businesses close down. Many shopping malls even have special areas set aside where men and women can pray separately. Until the stores open back up again, people roam around and window shop.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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12 Responses to Closed for Prayer

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  2. Khalid says:

    We don’t need CINEMAS. We like our country as it now. everything is simple for us, maybe it’s strange for you people. but you have to use to it. You are not in your country. Welcome to K.S.A
    and one more thing our religion is everything we have, and we won’t lose it.

    • Hi Khalid – Everything in KSA is not simple. Not allowing women to drive and bringing in thousands of men from poorer countries to drive around the half of the population that is denied the right to drive is not simple – nor is it an economically sound policy. Forcing businesses to close down for prayers is not simple, economically sound, or convenient. I could go on and on about how difficult many of the country’s policies make life more difficult for people, but I won’t. Suffice it say that I do not agree with your comment.

      • Khalid says:

        SusieOfArabia: Do you believe in Islam religion ?
        And I see your Pic wearing ‘ hijab, Are you a Muslim ?
        if you are so.
        Why are you saying that ?, haven’t you read Quran ?
        * [Are] men whom neither commerce nor sale distracts from the remembrance of Allah and performance of prayer and giving of zakah. They fear a Day in which the hearts and eyes will [fearfully] turn about –
        * O you who have believed, when [the adhan] is called for the prayer on the day of Jumu’ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of Allah and leave trade. That is better for you, if you only knew. And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah , and remember Allah often that you may succeed.
        That’s about ” Forcing businesses to close down for prayers is not simple ” !!
        I’m not agree with you, it’s really really simple ( I mentioned yesterday ” our religion is everything we have ” ~ )

        About women can’t drive !!
        I told you yesterday also, ” Welcome to K.S.A ” different lows in each country in the world.
        and you said something about ” difficult many of the country’s policies make life more difficult for people ” ??????
        Where are you from ?
        there are more then 120 countries in the world you can go any country that you see it’s easy and more simple for you !!!
        I’m sorry I don’t Know if you like my comment or not but it’s my country and I really like the way it is.

        And you are more then welcome in K.S.A
        and I recommend that you read country lows / and / the way that they live, before you move in any country.

        best luck ~

  3. lili says:

    Where do you find DVDs for 5 ryals ??

    • The guys that sell DVDs on the street sell them for 5 riyals. We’ve gotten collections of several movies on one DVD (like all Julia Roberts movies, or all the Harry Potters) for the same price too. Some are not good quality, but most are pretty darn good.

  4. Chiara says:

    About how long would they close for? Islamic prayer unlike a Christian service is a matter of minutes. I find Christians often subconsciously confuse the 2.

    • I would say that most businesses close for about a half hour, although many businesses just close all afternoon instead of closing and opening back up again three times.

      • Chiara says:

        Thanks, Susie. It is starting to sound as if one must function as if in a siesta culture, eg Italy, Spain where traditionally everything closes 12-4pm or even later in the height of summer.

  5. ewok1993 says:

    what about cinemas, do they close too for prayers?

    • Believe it or not, there ARE NO CINEMAS here – they are banned! But you can get the latest movies that are still in the theaters on DVDs for about 5 riyals (about $1.25 US). Go figure!!!

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