Because Saudi Arabia is a rather restrictive country and there are no bars,nightclubs, picture theatres etc... (see my first Nightlife tip). Many people tend to use shopping as an outing with their friends and family.
Rashid Mall comprises of some of the worlds top brands such as Next, Liz Clairborne, United Colors of Benetton, BHS, just to name a few, all in the largest Shopping Mall here in Saudi Arabia.
The exterior looks somewhat like a huge castle like building and has parking avaliable. There is a Food court on the top level which has a mixture of Asian, Iranian, American and many other well known food outlets such as Mc Donalds and KFC. Rashid also has it's own selection of Coffee Shops from Starbucks to Cinnabon.
A word of warning to all of you wishing to dine in the Kingdom. There are generally two sections in a Restaurant or Cafe here in Saudi Arabia. One is for Single males which is known as the Singles section and the other is known as the Family section where families or a husband and wife and their friends can dine. A woman cannot dine in a Single section even if she is single but a Man can when he is without his wife. The same applies to the counters when paying for your order in a Fast food restaurant, everyday restaurant or cafe.
I reccomend this as a place to visit to relieve the boredom and allow yourself a treat now and again by going shopping in a glitzy extravagent Shopping mall with all the famous brands
Dress Code: Sensible clothing and nothing Wild. Use your common sense.
Please see my first Nightlife tip.
Saudi Arabia is a some what restrictive country and therefore there is very little in the way of Nightlife unless your activities include playing sports, going out shopping and visiting friends.
There are no Clubs, Bars, or Picture theatres here so the lifestyle here is very quiet here compared to many other countries.
Many expats tend to get together in each others homes and have BBQ's dinner etc... or sometimes go out for special occassions or whenever they feel they want a 'night' out.
Despite what the media says about the expat lifestyle, many of us are just normal people making a bit of money so that we can be a little bit more comfortable when we go home. We don't have wild parties and many of us can survive without alcohol in our systems.
Saudi Arabia, as restrictive as it may be is not a bad place and would be a nice place to bring up a family is there is little crime here and the schools are generally very good.
As visitors to the country we must abide by the Saudi's rules ... 'when in Rome...' The call to prayer occurs five times a day which can be frustrating if you want to go out shopping throughout the day as many shops will close around 11.30am and won't open again until after 4pm. After that there is one more prayer in the evening and the shops don't close until around 10.30pm- 11.pm. This can make things hard for the females (who are Homemakers...) but most of the supermarkets are open '24' hours a day... once prayer time is over the supermarket will reopen again. There is the occassional shop open but usually the businesses will not open until after four.
Remember woman cannot drive in Saudi Arabia although I have heard that they can if they work for or the husbands work for Armaco but only on site I believe. In Saudi Arabia people drive on the right handside of the road.
Dress Code: Many expat woman in the Kingdom will be asked to wear an Abbaya which is like a black cloak that is worn over the woman's clothes when she goes out in Public.
In Al Khobar (where I live) this is not compulsory and a woman can wear her normal (must be conservative) clothes around the streets. I find it is better to wear the Abbaya as I don't like standing out in a crowd and you can blend in with everyone else. In other parts of the country such as Riyadh, woman may be asked to wear a scarf over their heads, this again is not compulsory in my area.
Men are asked that they do not wear shorts while seen out in Public, or in the mall etc..... Put this on at home rather than out in public.... THINK WISELY!
what you write about Abbaya and Shorts are 99% true.
the abbaya and scarf over heads are must for Saudi's women as a traditions and religion but the face cover is optional. But for non saudis its better to wear Abbaya to feel not stranger for the saudis.
The Shorts is also not forbidden but the saudi culture is recommend wearing Thoob every where you go but still we can see saudis wear Shorts and Jeans every where.
There really isn't much. No clubs I was aware of, and there is a real taboo against alcohol, at least publicly. I spent my evenings at the hotel or in coffee shops with business associates--Saudis.
Dress Code: Business casual; no jeans, shorts, or t-shirts.
There is virtually no public entertainment in Saudi Arabia. The only night life consists of restaurants and shopping.
A good variety of restaurants in the cities, on the gulf side of Saudi, around Dhahran and area there are American fast food restaurants and Italian, Thai, Chinese, Philipino and of course Arab restaurants. For a quick snack try the Lamb or Chicken Shwarma. Something like Americans would call gyros or British would call doner kabab.
Dress Code: Casual or business dress. Shorts are not worn in public in the country and women must be particular careful about there clothing. Basically there bodies must be completely cover. Western women are not expected to cover their face. In some areas, but not all, the must cover there hair or wear an abaya, a long black robe that covers the clothes. Some hotels, even have these to loan their guests when they go out. Around the Gulf they are not so strict for Westerners and I saw many women wearing jeans. No shorts or short skirts allowed.
The only nightlife you will find in Saudi is either through knowing the right people or being able to get into the right places. There are no legal nightclubs. The US Embassy is a great place to go on Thursday and Friday nights, but you have to know the right people to get in (even if you are an American).
There are no nightlife in western sense: no nightclubs, no topless bars, no alcohol bars.
But the life commence appearing only after 6 o'clock PM.
You can enjoy international foods, shopping, just simple walking in Jeddah. But the most interesting thing is to observe the Saudi family's.
ALL THE SHOPPING CENTRES, RESTAURANTS, BAZAARS ARE OPEN TILL MIDNIGHT, SOME ARE OPEN AROUND A CLOCK, AND YOU MUST TO WALK, WAKL AND WALK. IT IS VERY UNUSUAL ALL WHAT YOU WILL SEE.
Dress Code: Ordinary, but no shorts.
This is for men.
Womens are another point strict separate from the mens.
Black veil from head top to ground.
KSA has no bars, no movie theaters, no clubs, no places where men and women mingle. It has NO nightlife. All there is for anyone is work. That is why we are here and that is all there is. You can get DVDs but they are so censored that it is no fun to watch.
during the holy month of ramadan - the ninth month in the lunar 'Hijri' calendar - the whole saudi arabia just looks different from the rest of the year. regardless of the fasting during the day, streets get crammed by people and cars, life becomes very vibrant, restaurants are open until 4am in the morning to serve Sahour meal (before starting the fasting day), malls wear new dresses of decoration and islamic-like design. it just becomes very 'christmas-like' but in a very islamic saudi way.
usually working shifts are shorter, same pay though. private companies and public sector work for 5 or 6 hours a day starting from 10pm to 3 or 4pm as maximum. that's due to the late hour people stay at; usually people sleep during the day and stay up the whole night until the morning literally speaking. the best TV shows during the year are specially shown during ramadan and they run until a late hour. many people, however, do lots of praying and worships and so mosques get flooded by worshippers, until 3am in the morning especially in the last 10 days in ramadan. it's believed, the doing good deeds - praying or charity - doubles the reward (spiritual) up to 7 times during ramadan. so people tend to get more religious at this holy month.
bottom line; in ramadan, drive all day and night, do your annual shopping, and pray
Dress Code: women tend to wear ramadan-like traditional dresses, but with a modern taste. men wear the same usual white thobe, though both of them stick the Miswak stick between their lips to get rid of the bad breath they catch during the fast.
One of the few places in the DQ where you can get real drinks. One of the VERY FEW places in the DQ where you can get real drinks without having to put up with schmucks.
Dress Code: No pagers, cellphones, or electronic paraphernalia. Can be formal, but they'll let you know. Mostly casual.
Setting in or around the HARAM. Some people their food and sitting there after Magrib. I sit their after Ishaa , watching Alkaaba , people getting around it. The most attractive thing in this sort of kind life is that it's very healthy , you will be fully relaxing and think of only one , Allah , the god , who hs created you.
There isn't much night life in Saudi Arabia, so why not enjoy a night out at your favorite restaurant! There are many nice places to eat, and a variety of types of food.
Dress Code: Depends on the type of restaurant you choose to dine in and the area. In some areas, even non muslim women may choose to wear an abayah while out.
You can always have a dinner party in your home, or in a rented location. These can be a lot of fun. You can plan a really fun menu that you do yourself or have catered, or you can have a theme type that everyone brings a dish to share!
Dress Code: Depends on what type you have. Can be anywhere from casual, to dress, to a theme.
One of the more cool cafe around ..where you can enjoy a cup of beer ( non - alchoholic ones ) and pretend that you are in a pub !
Dress Code: Anything
A place to play billiard and have a mocha pr latte ....looks like a pub ...
and here's my frens on the stairs , Jose and Jack Chan ( not Jackie Chan ya ! )
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