"On Phone..." Top 5 Page for this destination Saudi Arabia Local Custom Tip by Manyana

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by Manyana

The older generation usually talk on phone more often than the younger generation (mine). The opening would be asking about every single member of the family, then the main purpose of the call, then the closing.
The opening's questions usually are like this: 'how are you?', 'how's your mother', 'how's your father?', how're your siblings?', 'how's your housekeeper? is she cooking well and treating you good?', 'are you doing fine with your husband/wife?'. Then these question will often be repeated twice or three times. This may last for 3 minutes (I know it may sound frustrating) but symbolizes care and politeness, if you don't insist on asking such questions, you'd show you're not interested.
The main purpose of the call usually goes around gossips or discussing daily life. Women often talk about cooking and last fashion and work problems and men about work and sports. Be aware, sometimes phone calls come out for the sake of talking, no main purpose usually. Such a phone call may last for one hour or two.
The closing which is the disaster. It may last for another 3 minutes like the opening but to keep saying, 'good bye', 'bye', 'salaam', 'salaam alikum' and all kind of byes. It goes like this: say you soon, good bye...the other end: good bye. Ok have a nice evening, bye...the other end again: you too, my salaam to your family, bye...and so on.

This may sound funny yet frustrating for Westerners who live in Saudi. You'd learn the rule very well and find yourself embodying them without a prior notice. I know, Westerners usually say 'hello' and 'bye' once and that's it, very busy life. in Saudi, it's still a busy life but that does not prevent anyone from showing care and affection and usually that is present on phone.

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2006
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