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Closing stores for prayer hurts Saudi market

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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Added: Oct-9-2010 
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  • I hope they remove this prayer time law so the country would culturally change into a less religious society.

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  • Wonder what the Religious Poilce think about it?.

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  • Oh geeze... who's gonna tell them? Let's get Mikey to do it.

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  • Jeeeeez, that's like asking Italians not to nap after lunch!!!! Fuckin crazy sonzabitches!

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  • When I was in Sharm El Sheik Egypt, this was a daily OCCURRENCE. cLOSE THE STRE, ALLAH WILLED IT....LOL

    sHARM WENT WESTERN AND WILLED DIFFERENT! nOW CAMEL RIDES ARE MORE ABUNDANT!

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  • Sadikki got his second camel tooth and hates the Egyptian religious secret service!

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  • what allah the moon god wants, allah the moon god gets. and she wants you to pray 5 times a day.

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  • Sunday blue laws in small towns in the South (of the United States) used to be quite strict. Nothing was open on Sundays. In fact, businesses closed up at 1:00 on Wednesdays, so people would have time to get ready for evening services. I still don't like to shop on Sundays, out of pity for the people who have to work then.

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  • They could have public beheadings instead.
    Always a crowd pleaser.

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  • Duh...lmao

    Note: Do NOT hire Islamic morons for marketing.

    They suck!

    Oh fook, am I being selective on profiling the oppressed so badly beaten repressed society that has been so badly neglected and lied about in religion.

    Suck it up arse hole....you suck!!!!

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  • But the harms of Sharms shut all down when I left. The will of islam, to intimidate, murder, rape and destroy.

    Gone for EVER are the artists, money makers and service personnel such as the camel patron.

    Thanks allah, No one has teeth, no one lives a life, all sit in their mud huts in Nama Bay praying to a moon god...

    Your so great...WTF would I do with out you!


    Wiggles tooth.

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  • The ignorance found on here on LL would almost be funny if it wasn't so sad. Allah translated to English means "The God". Arabic speaking Christians also refer to God as Allah. By referring to the term Allah as "The Moon God" it just makes you look willfully ignorant and very much like a fool.

    How long would it take to Google the word "Allah"?

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