Littering here in Jeddah is a huge problem that I have complained about many times before. I am so happy to post this photo of what appears to be new enforcement of littering laws. Although the fine is relatively low (150 Saudi Riyals = about $38 US), I have hopes that this measure will have an impact. My friend Veeds of Arabia and I had a discussion about this problem the other day and he shared his theories with me about the litter problem here in Saudi Arabia. Veeds thinks that Saudis litter in their own country because of “the heritage of living in a vast barren desert” and because of “the culture of too much money and having others going around picking up after them.” He also pointed out that it’s likely that the many poor foreign laborers who come here for work “litter here because they come from such poor countries that trash is a common every day occurrence,” plus the fact that “it’s not their land.” Add all these factors in together and it makes for a formidable trash problem.
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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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