A group of businessmen are voicing concerns about the impact of closing businesses during prayer times in Saudi Arabia saying the Islamic tradition is damaging to the economy, Al Arabiya TV reported Saturday.
Abdulah al-Ahmed, CEO of al-Bandar Group told Al Arabiya TV show “Meet the Press” with Dawood al-Shirian that closing down shops during prayer times causes “severe” financial damages to his group, adding that employees’ productivity is also negatively affected.
Dr. Fahad bin Jumaa, a writer and an expert in economics said that shutting down markets five times a day leads to an increase in workload on employees, especially in medium and small-size enterprises.
" There are no judicial articles that state punishment for those who do not comply, and the problem lays in the notion that shops are closed to force people to pray "
Dr. Saad Mattar al-Otaibi, professor of
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