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Shopping etiquette — in Saudi grocery stores and elsewhere

Check out this interesting perspective on grocery shopping while wearing a black abaya. Go ahead, read it then come back.


Now that the title has your attention and caught your interest, let me explain exactly what I mean when I say “shopping etiquette” in Saudi grocery stores. This is information based on personal and practical experience.

To begin with most of the Saudi women who shop in the Saudi grocery stores such as Panda, Geant or Tamimi (Safeway) will likely be wearing a long and perhaps trailing black abaya. They probably have on a hijab and niqab too. This dress can result in obscure vision which can create a few problems…

Are you back now? Then here are some other takes on the many issues in the wide, weird world of grocery shopping etiquette: