All outlets will be closed during prayer
times ( 5 times a day for about 30 min)..and these time will differ a littl from day to day but no worries ...coz you can always check the daily for the 5 prayers' time
And imagine , there are even some religious police patrolling to ensure that shops abide by such rules , although some brave restaurant will just shut everything and pull down the curtain/blinds....I guess eating in the dark is better than standing outside for 1/2 hour , dont you think ?
Timing is precious here !
During the evening prayertimes when shopping at Hera'a Souk a lot of familes and women hang out at The Bakery Shop lounge -down the end near Gate 18.
The waiters come around with trays of food and drink for sale.
Its a chance to give your feet a rest and to have some dinner.
This is what I miss most since I left home to have my break time 4 times per working day. This comes from the daily Five Islamic Prayers; Fajr (dawn), Dhohor (noon), Asr (late afternoon), Maghrib (sunset), and Isha (evening). Since there are almost two shifts in private sectors, like restaurants, shopping malls, banks and hospitals, so the staff members enjoy their break 4 times a day! All shops and services are supposed to close or to cease temporarily during the prayer time, supposedly staff and clients will go and do their prayers. It is very common to see men closing shops and women lingering around, watching and chattering rather than praying,lol. Well, many men do the same thing too. But it varies from one person to another.
One of the nice things I like to see during prayer time is when people line up so quickly in group rows to perform their prayers. It just stands for a harmonious system that can get through almost any tough time, be it work, or a heated argument with your boss.
When I was in college, the Dohor break time was for one whole hour from 12pm to 1pm, allowing people to have their lunch and do prayers at the same time. For me and many people in Saudi, the prayer time was my major source of discipline. I knew what to do exactly when setting for myself strict deadlines; "I must finishing writing this report before Maghrib prayers" or "I can submit this project right after Dhohor prayers" and so on.
It's not only taking time for God, but also doing good:^)