Lil things about life here October 25, 2006Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
About women and driving here. The other day we went to a mall in Dammam. After about 45 min of women walking criss, cross in front of us my husband said – Man if you think they can’t walk properly cus they cover their faces can you imagine what it would be like if they drove with this on!For some reason it made sense to me. Later someone told me that women in Dubai drive just fine with niqab….but hmm I still wonder if it would work.
Went to Starbucks the other night only to find myself sipping hot chocolate sitting outside in 32 degrees watching children play at the playground at 1.30 at night. How weird can things get?
Many families here go to the lovely Khobar corniche during Eid to spend time with their kids. There are lots of playgrounds, lawns and places to eat and drink. Apparantly young men in groups aren’t welcome so the police are lined up all along the entrances to the carparks of the corniche to stop them from entering. Good perhaps but strange in some ways how a big group of people are allowed to be discriminated. I have been told that young men often are seen as a nuisance to families as they often bother the young women. Don’t know if this is the only reason for stopping them from going there.
Yesterday we went to check out the new supermarket Carrefour and man….did it suck or what? The layout is pretty much like Geant but you just don’t feel like buying anything there. The meat section is poorly run with uncovered chickens laying around, the staff sleepy and you feel like what is presented to you as products to buy are the leftovers on the world market. Won’t go back there again..
One place that I found to be a lifesaver is the Jarir Bookstore. I was kinda surprised at how many books they have and what kind of books. Really great place that has to be checked out.