Culture & Identity of Saudi Arabia
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Life in Saudi Arabia is heavily based on their Islamic faith as this religion dictates
many rules and laws, truly dictating how most of the people live. However, the oil
industry is also changing the way of life, particularly in the form of work schedules
Islam's home is Saudi Arabia and the people and country are very conservative
Muslims. The lives of many people revolve around religious obligations, such as
Friday prayer, and the five daily prayers. The religion also forbids alcohol as
well anything provocative in nature, meaning there is little nightlife and movies
and graphic novels are also outlawed, giving the country a very muted entertainment
scene. Strict rules on dating and associating with the opposite sex also restricts
the social life in the country.
However, the many restrictions are a way of life in the country and for many this
isn't much of an issue since they have experienced nothing different and family
is the center of life so there is little need to go out with friends, although many
people may desire to.
Today the oil industry is changing the country though. This valuable natural resource
is providing a large number of jobs in the country and is also giving the people
are more regular working schedule, while also urbanizing the population. Today over
80% of the people live in cities and many have regularly-scheduled jobs. Most jobs
begin at about 7:30 am and end at about 3:00 pm. However, Islam's holy day is
Friday so the work week in Saudi Arabia is from Saturday to Wednesday with Thursdays
and Fridays off.