Saudi culture is amazing. I continue to be positively surprised by their people. I can hear the call for prayer just now. I close my eyes and feel transported to the mystical middle east. How lucky I am for being able to witness all of this.
Where I come from, family values are the most important nucleus which brings us together. We keep placing our bet on family to develop a healthy society. Saudis are family oriented too. In that, there is something else that has me positively impressed, their sense of belonging among their peers.
One could see a sisterhood among ladies, rather than the so secondary-school mindset of some Westerns who have failed to develop an identity of their own and keep trying to emulate that of the ones they follow. A sisterhood that has no badness in it. A sisterhood which acknowledges the differences of the young ladies and embraces them. This is a support network where all members are pushed to accomplish the best version of themselves. Where each member develops their self-identity. They also, of course, have fallen victims of the digital revolution and are struggling to recreate themselves keeping their authenticity. I admire that.
The men. It is amazing how free they behave. They are comfortable singing, dancing, enjoying themselves among friends, among their family. Their sense of belonging is so strong that, they stand next to each other, and grow together.
Surely other aspects could be considered on this post. But I like observing people and people’s behaviour at an individual and family level. I like to observe behavioural patterns and what makes them happy.