8 customs to follow while visiting a Saudi home

In case you are invited to a home by a Saudi friend, keep in mind some customs and traditions to follow.

Remove your Shoes

Whenever you plan to visit a Saudi home, remember the very first thing is to remove your shoes at the doorstep before entering the house. This thing mostly pleased the Saudi host.

Saudis are very keen on cleanliness and they dislike the people who bring nasty and muddy shoes inside their homes

Don’t visit at the time of the meal

This is another basic thing you should consider before visiting a Saudi home. Please never visit any Saudi or any other home at the time of the meal but try to visit earlier.


Keep in mind not to visit any Saudi house after lunch because that is the time to take a nap for the Saudis. Saudi people usually prefer to rest after having lunch.

Take a gift

Take a gift with you for the host whenever you are invited but consider the gift should be Halal.

Remain seated

Don’t try to roam here and there inside the house. It is preferable for you to remain seated when the Saudi host is going to serve you something. It is also important as most of the Saudis don’t allow their women to come in front of Non-Mahram people.

Right hand

Saudis don’t like people who take, eat or drink anything with their left hand. Whenever you visit a Saudi home, remember to take everything, coffee, teacup or juice, or water glass with your right hand.

Dining table etiquette

Whenever any Saudi serve you something at the table they never leave the table until the guest has completed eating or drinking. However, they stay at the table to get praise from their hosts, so remember to thank and praise the food at the table before leaving the table.

Arabic Qahwa

Saudi fills the Arabic Qahwa partially which is a sign of hospitality so don’t try to interfere in this or tell them to fill more. However, you can demand more if you like it. Recommended: Advantages of drinking Arabic Qahwa

Source: Arab News

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