Riyadh Local Customs

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    It is against the law for a...

    by lumberjack83 Written Aug 26, 2002

    It is against the law for a man to make eye contact with a woman and when talking to another man, his wife or female children should not be brought up for discussion. Restaurants and even fast food places will have a family side and a male side. It is imperative that females utilize the family side of these establishments. If a woman is beign escorted by a man, usually the case, it is permissible for him to enter the family side with her.

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  • Outside Riyadh, in the towns...

    by S_J_Miller Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Outside Riyadh, in the towns and villages of the Najd, westerners are not as common as they are in the east or in Jeddah and are therefore objects of interest.
    In the Najd is the town of Buraidah which is the only place in Saudi Arabia where even foreign women are required to be veiled.

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  • It is important to note that...

    by S_J_Miller Written Aug 25, 2002

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    It is important to note that permits for visits to all archaeological sites and forts in the country, except for those located in the Eastern province, are obtained at the Riyadh Museum.
    The exceptions to this rule are Dir'aiyah (the oasis town which is the ancestral home of the Al-Saud and which was restored in the early 1980s, some 30km from the capital's centre) and the Najran Fort.
    Permits are issued at no charge upon production of your passport or residence permit.

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    by baronedivandastad Written Jun 25, 2005

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    Oh, I though that would be a bearded lady...

    Signs can be different from those in Europe. Luckily there's almost always an English translation or a helpful person around!

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  • Woman Fancy Dress

    by Manyana Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Riyadh women's dress

    This dress for modern women, where only in big events it's seen. It may cost SR100-SR5000.
    Also commonly seen in weddings and dance shows.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Festivals
    • Museum Visits

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