I received an email from a non-Saudi woman whose Saudi husband would like to move to Saudi Arabia in the future. She is asking what things about the Saudi culture and the culture of Saudi Arabia that would shock her if she moved there…
Esselamu alejkum! I have a question. My husband is Muslim and I will be converting to Islam as well I am just taking things slow, and in no way is this for him but for myself. But he always talks about moving to saudi arabia, and I have to say with all the things I see on TV and read I get scared. People 99% of the time have something bad to say about it. I would like to move and see how it is there but I am scared. I dont mind not driving( I dont drive now) and I dont mind not working ( I dont work now), but is there anything else that you think would schock me if a moved there. Please write to me, email is [email]. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.
Right away I think about the driving, uncleanliness of some road-side toilets when travelling, the heat and impatience of some people (not only Saudis) when standing in line and they jump ahead of the person in front of them. It would be fair to list the positive points to accompany the negative ones. For instance, women aren’t allowed to drive and are spared from having to deal with traffic and constantly trying to avoid an accident. When on the road and you can’t find a suitable toilet, there are miles and miles of desert. Where there is heat, thank Allah for the invention of air conditioning and being able to afford it! If you stand your ground and put your foot down, the impatient people will respect your space and not try to take your place in line.
What else would she be shocked by? Try to think of a positive aspect of it if possible. We want her to be informed and know what to expect but we don’t want to scare her out of her wits. She will be reading all of the follow-up comments.