It is really a total and absolute transcultutural experience to be in a place of the unknown. And the way to respond from here is through proper subordination while regarding the nationals with respect, with the anticipation of their values and social norms through orientation, so that chances of culture shock would be minimized.
|King Khalid University Hospital (picture taken from the Hospital's Website)|
|Riyadh City Showing Kingdom Tower From Akariyah Housing|
Choosing to work and live here means embracing their culture, social norms and values, walking through them and accepting all the challenges to endure all the differences of way of living or lifestyle. Since this is not an Open City, everything would come in to restrictions starting from the dress code up to manners and public behaviors.
Every female has to reveal their conservative sides by wearing "abaya" and in some remote areas females have to cover their faces especially their hairs. Females and males always come in separate ways, they cannot be together especially when they are single. Unless they are married, or related by blood they can get together but must always bring some legal documents, a proof that they are really related to each other.
|My Friends and I on our Abayas while dining in Pizza Company|
Muslims are required to pray like five times a day based on their Islam Religion which is articulated by Qur'an so expected that all business establishments will always be interrupted on the schedule provided to give way for their prayers. They called their formal prayer as "Salah" in Arabic and from the distant mosque, everyone would hear them like they are singing their prayers which is being conducted by an Imam, an Islamic worship leader. And they usually pray facing towards the Mecca's position which is considered as the Islamic Holy place located at Makkah Province, a neighboring province of Jeddah.
They are most likely the conservative and devoted people when it comes to religious aspects that they live in accordance to the Qur'an's teachings which is said to be written by Muhammed, their prophet or they considered him as the messenger of Allah, their god!
|Mosque Near to Akariyah Housing at Sulaimania|
|Kabsa, Arabic Rice (picture taken from wikipedia)|
So these are just few insights about the Arab cultures and their way of life which is mostly based on their Islamic religion. It's fun learning new things from the other people especially when they came from another nation with different cultural background and what is important from all these is that, though we all are different in so many ways, everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
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