DESERT TALES (Stories of Daily Life in Saudi Arabia)
A short introduction Stories of every day life in Saudi Arabia, as seen through the eyes of a British woman living there, may interest some of you. I hope so, as it is my intention to write something witty and amusing as well as to give an idea of daily life in a totally different culture and lifestyle.
So, what exactly do you find to do all day?
A continuation of "Week in the life" day two.
Wake up with slightly fuzzy head.
On the Hangover Scale it's nothing too serious, and nothing that a hot cuppa won't put right. Can't hang about in bed this morning, I've a shopping trip booked with a couple of girlfriends and we have to quick off the mark, as everything will close at 11.45am for Prayers. They won't open again until 4, so we've got limited time.
As I'm getting myself ready to go out, I think back to the cocktail party last night. It was good fun. I saw quite a few people I know, ate plenty of very tasty food and helped rid them of a bottle of white wine and an ample amount of vodka. Not bad for an evening out.
Abaya and scarf
on, I go to meet the girls, who are neighbours, so today I don't have to endure
the great taxi malarky alone. We agree
a good price with the driver straight away so it's not long before we've arrived
in front of the main doors of a tall glass tower, of which the bottom 3 storeys
as we are in the very modern Mamlaka mall, we are lucky enough to have the 3rd
floor dedicated as 'Ladies Only'' a floor to which only we females have access,
via a lift with a 'minder' stationed outside. A first for Saudi, this floor
has only female shop assistants and security guards, and many of the shops have
changing rooms. Local ladies can unveil, secure in the knowledge that they will
not be seen by any men, though many of them choose
not to - I suppose old habits die hard. The younger girls delight in taking
off their abayas to shop! Here is a small branch of M&S selling only lingerie,
complete with changing rooms, and Debenhams too has their lingerie, cosmetics
and swimwear on this floor. There are a variety of other shops, and 3 coffee
shops, restaurant, health spa, beautician and hairdresser and not a man in sight.
Whether or not this Ladies Only floor will start a trend in
After my usual lunch eaten while watching BBC World TV news, I spend the afternoon catching up with writing letters, emails, telephone calls and some correspondence for ******, ********* for which I am Secretary to the ****** Branch Time passes quickly and before long it is time to think about dinner. No invitations out tonight, so it will be an evening in front of the TV. We have a variety of channels to watch, around 35 in all, but only about 5 in the English language'.