Things to consider when visiting a Saudi home

Saudis do not leave the table while the guests are still eating. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 May 2018
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Things to consider when visiting a Saudi home

  • The West ignores many of the Saudi customs and traditions that are as important as the foreign customs which the Saudis are keen to observe when visiting European and foreign countries

MAKKAH: When it comes to the Saudi home, there are many things that foreign visitors need to know. 

The culture represents a melting pot of different cultures experienced by most Saudis living in a large geographical area, with each region having its traditions and customs.

When you visit a Saudi home, there are several different considerations and standards to take into account and not to be ignored, according to the psychologist Turki Al-Thabiti.

 

Great change

Al-Thabiti said that the Kingdom is witnessing an era of great change and openness led by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, making communication and interaction with the West more open, not only on the economic and political levels but also on the social level. 

Among other things, this means an exchange of official visits.

The West ignores many of the Saudi customs and traditions that are as important as the foreign customs which the Saudis are keen to observe when visiting European and foreign countries.

“They represent the homogeneity and melting of the civilizations during the 21st century,” he said.

 

Accuracy of time

Mona Al-Assiri, a Saudi industrial engineering student studying in Manchester, talked about the difference between Eastern and Western cultures.

“Western families have habits regarding the accuracy of the time during the visit, eating and thanking the host. It is also very important that the guest bring a gift with him when invited. The host chooses halal meat to be served,” Al-Assiri said.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.