Don’t get me wrong, I’m used to rude people…hey, I can be really rude myself…but since coming to KSA I’ve calmed down and don’t automatically “expect” people to be rude to me for no reason (call it being out of the inner-city) and hence I’m much less prone to being argumentative or rude to people…throw in the language “issue” and well…me having attitude here is kind of pointless…who would understand anyway?
I’ve started to wonder if Saudi women are rude. I really don’t know. My Arabic is fairly nil and they have that “exotic” thing going on but the few “brushes” Ive had with them in places of business here in the Kingdom have made me wonder if they all have an attitude or something.
I say this because half the time when I have gone up to a Saudi woman to ask a question in English (hoping they’d understand) usually I’d get a harsh look with a “Where are you from? Is your husband Saudi?” question, asked in a accusing questioning tone. Once I say, “uh, no” they get sweet and chatty with me. So do they maybe get an attitude when I’m around because they think I married someone from their culture? Do non-Saudi women married to Saudi men normally get the cold shoulder? Why do they think I’m married to a Saudi anyway? Because I can’t speak Arabic and have a niqab on?
Anytime I push my son around in a stroller and try to get through a “pack” of women or they walk across where I’m going they DON’T stop and let me pass…they KEEP walking while I try to maneuver through them and then heavens forbid if I run over their dragging abayaat or nip their heels they get a HUGE attitude…like duh women…if a stroller is comin’ towards you…MOVE! I will never pray salaat in a mall masjid again for this very reason…
I’ll be talking to a salesclerk about something and a Saudi women will come up and start yabbering in Arabic while I am talking to the guy in English. The first few times this occured I was really shocked by that behavior…hello lady, I’m talking…tonight I was returning a car stroller and asking the guy who ran the kiosk a question and this women comes up, out of no where and starts yabbering away to the guy, while I’m asking him a English. I merely raised my voice, talked louder, drowned her out.
wow! According to American Bedu they also like to go in front of expats in a retail line…I haven’t had this happen yet because I probably “look” like a Saudi and unless I talk no one would know otherwise.
So I donno…ARE Saudi women rude??? I keep hoping that they arent, that maybe because I’m new to the country I just dont understand the culture yet but like Iranians tend to be excessively polite in public, and most Americans have some manners and would atleast let a mom with a stroller pass without walking right infront of them.