Mintaqat Makkah Local Customs

  • Local dress/Tradional wear
    by mikey_e
  • Local dress/Tradional wear
    by mikey_e
  • A modest house with green mashrabiyaat
    A modest house with green mashrabiyaat
    by mikey_e

Mintaqat Makkah Local Customs

  • Holy Month of Ramadan

    Jiddah Local Customs

    ... you are either an invited guest in the Kingdom or by circumstance due to lack of opportunities, means, you were not forced directly by the host country to come here, therefore, you are subject to the prevailing laws. You should be aware of the laws and be subject to it, and be sensitive to the Kingdom's local customs & traditions. ... to be...

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  • Mosques/Masjid

    Jiddah Local Customs

    Jeddah one of the famous cities in which the magnificence of the deep rooted past combines with the originality of the present with all its modernity. This allowed Jeddah to preserve its distinguished characteristic as a modern city at par with its equivalent international cities.

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  • Local dress/Tradional wear

    Jiddah Local Customs

    Saudis are very proud of their clothing traditions, and it is very common to see Saudi men, young and old, wearing the thobe, a long shirt that goes from the shoulders to the ankles. While it may be easy to dismiss all thobes as looking alike, there are a variety of different styles and types, some of which are associated with specific countries or...

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  • Housing Architect.

    Jiddah Local Customs

    Perhaps nothing is a better illustration of the connections between Jeddah and Yemen (and the lack of historical ones between Jeddah and Nejd) than the city's architecture. There are many buildings that are several stories high in the traditional areas of Jeddah, mirroring the same construction technology that allowed for the mud skyscrapers of...

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  • Welcoming New babies to the World

    Jiddah Local Customs

    i guess every reader is aware that Saudia has got the highest birth rate in the world. perhaps Saudis are so proud of it, being the first generator (or exporter,lol) of human babies and resources, well at least we're the first in something! In Hijaz or the western region, receiving a new a newborn baby is something everyone may talk about...

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  • Religion/History/Culture

    Jiddah Local Customs

    I recently have been to a Sufi service which is quite commong among the Sufi community men and women respectively. Since it's mainly a segregated culture when it comes to conducting such services, it's always women-only the events i attend. i've been to several religious services, Anglican, Catholic, Hindu and some few spiritual services while...

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  • Wearing the veil.

    Jiddah Local Customs

    To cover or not to cover, that is the Western woman's question. Well, the first 3/4 of my trip I did not cover my head. The last 1/4 of my trip I did. I found that I was a lot more respected, even spoken to in Arabic and blended in much better when I covered my head. It is your own choice obviously, but always bring a scarf with you in your purse...

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  • Eating Customs&Manners

    Jiddah Local Customs

    although i have spent most of my life in jeddah, i never thought of what the national dish could be or what jeddawi people eat in everyday life. perhaps i take everything for granted when it comes to food; if it's available, i just eat. if it's not, i just go to bed, easygoing! surprisingly, there is no 'saudi' dish that is considered national or...

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  • Wedding Customs

    Jiddah Local Customs

    this seems to be a long tradition that has originated in arabia but certainly not from jeddah. it's a mixture of henna and water i think. then, it's stirred and mixed in a bowl to make it a thick texture and then poured into a materlia tube, ready for squeezing and drawing. i always hated the smell of henna and the colour it gets when it starts to...

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  • Old DownTown

    Jiddah Local Customs

    Perhaps the most shocking thing to see in a city such as Jeddah is the general lack of investment in any sort of restoration or upkeep. On the one hand, urban development and urban design do not favour the renaissance of old areas: if you want to erect a new store, you simply add to the urban sprawl and build it somewhere with an empty plot of...

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  • Schools/ Education system

    Jiddah Local Customs

    I liked 2 listen how school was introduced 2 Saudi Arabia & when women officially were given the right to education. Sixty yrs ago,only boys,against housekeeper girls,used 2 attend group studies called Halaqa or circle. A group of 10 or so formed a circle 2 learn reading, writing & math. This was called Katateeb or informal school. Queen Effat,a...

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  • Prayertime Retreat

    Jiddah Local Customs

    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...

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  • Services At The Corniche

    Jiddah Local Customs

    In Jeddah, a lot of families/friends have picnics in the evenings (once the sun sets it gets a bit cooler). Common sites are: around the monuments, sculptures and grassy median strips, and also along the roadsides on undeveloped land.

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  • Greetings customs

    Jiddah Local Customs

    For both women and men, this greeting is common. It's to touch cheek by cheek three times on the right, one time on the left, no kissing, as one shakes hands. This greeting is only common among men to men, or women to women. Unless if women and men are relatives (brother, father, unkle, nephew only).

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  • Condolence Customs

    Jiddah Local Customs

    its divided into 2 steps:The burial: the deceased, Islamically, should be buried ASAP as a sign of honouring them by giving them home. the deceased's body must be washed in a certain way by family members or as recommended in their will, and dressed in a white towel, be brought to a mosque to be prayed upon, &held for burial. The Consolation:...

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  • Eid Celebrations

    Jiddah Local Customs

    Eid means an annual event to be remembered by public. Jeddah celebrates two official Eids every year; Eid al Fiter and Eid al Ad'ha. The first means the celebrationf of breaking the fast, and the other is the celebration of devotion. Eid al Fiter is celebrated right after the end of Ramadan. On the first day of Eid, there is one big mosque...

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  • Local Drinks

    Jiddah Local Customs

    The drink of choice in Jeddah seems to be freshly made juice. There are juice stands everywhere, and prices start at about SR 3 a glass. You choose your own fruit combinations. My favourite is strawberry, mango, kiwifruit, pinapple, lime, papaya and mint. A good way to get in your 5+ a day!!

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