In Saudi Arabia, all businesses are required to close for at least 1/2 hour when it is prayer time. There are five prayer times each day. Many businesses are open in the morning and then close all afternoon, opening up late afternoon and staying open until at least midnight or later. Other businesses will close and reopen several times per day.
In malls, usually more than half of the stores remain closed all afternoon, so many customers refrain from shopping until evening.
Some stores allow shoppers to remain inside to browse during prayer time, but purchases cannot be made until the store opens back up after prayers.
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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. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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