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100 Thing You Must Know About Saudi Arabia

Updated on August 18, 2009

The Desert Kingdom of Heaven

Saudi Arabia to many is a country of neverending sand and a desert kingdom. To some, they believe that this is home of Muslims and the two most sacred places of Islam namely Mecca and Medina. More than that, Saudi Arabia is pot filled with diverse cultures and exquisite place. Come with me, and let me share to you facts and figures about this nation. I will also tell you some of the must-know things about this most conservative of all the Muslim countries in the entire world.

My trip review, in a nutshell

I am here in Saudia not as a traveler nor as a tourist but as an immigrant expatriated Filipino worker. When i first set my foot in this country i have made so many observations that the world doesn't know. The world also misinterpreted many things about Saudi Arabia and this is the purpose of this article - to clear such misinterpretations.

Also, i would like you to see not just what is told about Saudi Arabia. This nation is not just a desert kingdom but rather a diversified union of different cultures opposing one another yet they find ways to co-exist harmoniously without giving detriment to the other.

100 Things You Must Know In Saudi Arabia

From the words of an OFW

Saudi Arabia is a desert kingdom located in the Arabian Peninsula. Since I became an OFW [Overseas Filipino Worker] here I happened to noticed so many things about this oil-rich country. To name a few, I have listed below all the important facts one should know regarding this country.

The list starts below:

1. Islam is the country's official religion.

2. An estimated 89 percent of Saudis are Sunni Muslims and about 5 percent are Shia Muslims.

3. The government employs the Sharia (Islamic law) as a guiding principle of rule.

4. Saudi Islam is greatly influenced by the 18th Century traditions and doctrines know as Wahabism by the Westerners and non-Saudis.

5. The Saudi curriculum heavily emphasizes the study of Islam, as this is their official and only religion. No other faith, in any form is tolerated to be practiced inside the Kingdom.

6. The government extended public education to girls in 1960, despite opposition from some conservative religious leaders.

7. Saudi men wear a white cotton robe known as a thob and a colorful kerchief called a ghoutra on their heads.

8. The women wear a black outer robe called an abaya, and their heads are covered by black veils.

9. Only men are allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, Saudi women are not permitted to drive or to travel abroad without a male relative's approval.

10. Women traditionally use veils to cover their hair in public and a mask (called a burka or batula) to cover their faces.

11. Igal, two intertwined black cords formed into rings is worn by most Saudi men on their head.

12. Alcohol, in any variation or form is strictly prohibited inside the Kingdom.

13. There is no single movie house, theater or any form of liberal entertainment in all parts of the country.

14. The Qur'an, revealed to Muhammad and recorded in Arabic, has had a profound influence on Arabian literature and society. Not only a guide for living life according to God's will, the Qur'an is also considered by many to exemplify the perfect use of the Arabic language and provide an ultimate literary model.

15. Saudi singers are among the most popular in the Arab world

16. Oil was first discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938

17. One-quarter of the world's petroleum reserves are believed to lie under the country.

18. The major oil fields are in the eastern part of the country and offshore in the Persian Gulf

19. Recovered crude oil is mostly exported since the internal demand for petroleum is relatively low.

20. It is the largest exporter of petroleum in the world-in 2002 Saudi Arabia exported about 6 million barrels per day-and has the power to influence world oil prices

21. Initial exploration and drilling were carried out by the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco), the operating company of Standard Oil of California (Socal).

22. The Saudi government bought a 25 percent share of the company in 1973, then took complete control in 1980, after which the company was called Saudi Aramco.

23. Production rose steadily from about 1.3 million barrels per day in 1960 to 3.8 million barrels per day in 1970.

24. In 2004 Saudi Arabia produced 8.8 million barrels of oil per day, equivalent to 5.9 billion cups.

25. If this oil is coffee, this is more than enough to feed the entire world population with a beverage of a cup of coffee!

26. Saudi Arabia began producing natural gas liquids in 1962

27. In 2003 Saudi Arabia produced 60 billion cu m (2.1 trillion cu ft) of natural gas. If an average American household consumes 3ft3 per months, this could supply that household LPG for about 58 billion years to consume all of that gas.

28. Saudi fishers caught 66,590 metric tons of fish in 2004.

29. In 2003 the country's oil- or gas-burning power plants produced 145.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

30. The region's only railway line connects Riyadh with the Persian Gulf port of Ad Dammām, by way of Al Hufūf.

31. The Saudis are earning more than there expenses hence in 2002 Saudi Arabia exported commodities amounting to $63.7 billion, while imports amounted to only $37 billion.

32. The United States is the country's largest trading partner, followed by Japan, the United Kingdom, and Germany

33. Saudi Arabia probably has the most developed banking sector in the Middle East. The unit of currency is the Saudi riyal (SR), consisting of 100 halalah (3.70 Saudi riyals equal U.S.$1; 2005 average).

35. The form of government is Monarchy and the King is both the head of the State and Government.

36. Unlike all other countries, Saudi Arabia has no Constitution; the state is governed according to Sharia (Islamic law).

37. In 1992, the King issued the Basic Law of the Government, the decrees defined Saudi Arabia as a sovereign Arab, Islamic state whose constitution is the Qur'an and the Sunna (traditions) of the prophet Muhammad

38. The laws of Saudi Arabia are based on the Sharia, which is derived from the Qur'an and the Sunna.

39. The Ministry of Justice is charged with operating the country's Sharia courts, and the minister of justice is the country's chief judge.

40. In Saudi Arabia, punishments for serious crimes can include amputation and death by beheading, hanging, or, in rare cases, stoning.

41. Saudi Arabia is divided into 13 provinces, or emirates.

42. These provinces or emirates is headed by a governor, or emir, who is appointed by the king

43. The country maintains two separate armies. The first is the National Guard, or the white guard, which is a conglomeration of traditional tribal armies and has about 77,000 active members. In 2004 the regular armed forces included an army of 75,000 soldiers, an air force of 18,000, a navy of 15,500, and an air defense force.

44. Saudi Arabia was a name given by Abdul Aziz ibn Saud to his captured territory on 1932 after unifying the conquered territories.

45. In 1945 Saudi Arabia joined the United Nations (UN) and the newly founded Arab League, an association with the goal of promoting the interests of Arabic-speaking nations

46. Saudi relations with Egypt deteriorated during the 1960s. In 1962 a revolution in Yemen overthrew Yemen's imam. Saudi Arabia supported Yemen's deposed leader in his efforts to regain his throne, while Egypt gave military support to Yemen's new republican government.

47. The kingdom joined five other Arab Gulf states in 1981 to establish the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which focused on economic and collective security measures.

48. As crown prince Abdullah had been the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia ever since Fahd was severely weakened by a stroke in late 1995

49. Osama Bin Laden is actually a Saudi. He is the son of a Saudi wealthy businessman.

50. The present ruler is Kind Abdulla, is the son of Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, founded the kingdom in 1932.

51. Riyadh is the capital and the country has a total area of 2,240,000 sq km.

52. The 2007 population census is 27,601,038.

53. The world's largest oil field Ghawar is in Saudi Arabia located near Ad Dammam at the Persian Gulf.

From the Eyes of an OFW - Where books don't mention anything

Moreover, during my stay here in Kingdom, I noticed some very peculiar among Saudis. These are enumerated as follows:

54. Women and men should not be seen together inside the elevator or else you'll be grounds for automatic interrogations from the mutaweens.

55. Apart from the National Guard or the police, I feared most the mutaween because of their very strict implementation of Islamic policies, rules and codes.

56. Men here are proud to have thick beards and mustaches.

57. The most common food here is the kabsa, a combination of rice flavored with raisins, nuts and some spices.

58. Diesel is much cheaper than water, you can buy 1 liter of bottled water for about $1 while a liter of diesel will just cost you amazingly 50 cents only.

59. According to some OFW here who spend more than 5 years already, when you are taken by the police to put in jail, better "bring oil", the reason behind this that I do not know!

60. All security guards in banks don't carry any gun. They don't need it anyway because if you caught from stealing money or anything, the least you'll land will be mutilation i.e. cutting your hands or arms. So why would they need a gun, huh?

61. Gold is sold here as if you are selling fancy jewelries. There are no security guards in any jewelry shop I've been to. No alarm devices and sometimes gold is left unwatched. Why would anybody steal anyway? Read No. 59.

62. Men are strictly forbidden to enter in any beauty parlor, why Islam forbids the mingling of men and women in public places.

63. Taxis and cabs have meters to measure how much you fare would be, but you can bargain how much it would cost you for a certain distance. In short, these meters are just accessories.

64. No man is allowed to speak or chat with any female in public except in hospitals.

65. Some friends of mine told me that when you are accused of something, you'll be taken directly to jail with no initial investigations or whatsoever, you can only be freed once they proved your innocent.

66. In Balad, Jeddah you can regularly see the scene of a man being beheaded in public. They do this not to make any showdown but rather to warn those criminals and watching citizens that if they do some crimes against Islam or against their fellow men, mostly they would land in the same fate. Why would you do a crime then if you're being the next one to be losing your head right?

67. Crime rate is very low here because if this strong imposition of Sharia Law.

68. Five times daily, Muslims closed everything and stop anything they are doing.

69. All commercial establishments and public place halt their activities during these instances where they do "salah". Salah is the Arabic word for prayer so Salah times prayer times.

70. It is a normal thing when you see someone praying along the road.

71. Unlike in some countries, pay day is only once in a month in the Kingdom.

72. This is the part I like the most, NO INCOME TAX IS DEDUCTED FROM YOUR EARNINGS.

73. There is also no other taxes like VAT or value-added taxes are imposed when you buy a particular good or something.

74. For foreigners, you must carry at all times your work permit or else you'll undergo tremendous questioning and police interrogations once caught.

75. The work permit is known as "iqama" this is the only identification you'll have so better carry it always just in case.

76. You're passport is being held and kept away from your reach by your sponsor or employer. During your vacation time, you can only have your passport minutes before your scheduled flight.

77. If you happen to see an accident and a dying victim, NEVER help! I mean never ever dare to help let the victim die if he must. You shall not intervene in anybody's business. In this case, you just watch the victim die and wait for the police or any authority to come. You are only allowed to help if you are a medical practitioner like a physician or a nurse.

78. Baldness is common here because water is very hot during the summer and extreme cold during the winter.

79. The week starts in Saturdays and ends in Wednesdays. Unlike other countries, Thursdays and Fridays is the official weekends here.

80. They used Hijira Calendar not Gregorian calendar. In their calendar, their present year is 1429 unlike the rest of the world which is 2008. They lag by more than five hundred years.

81. You can bargain goods even inside the malls.

82. Because of tremendous heat and extreme temperatures, all household have air conditioning units even in toilets and kitchens.

83. The way of writing is from right to the left whereas we learned to write from left to right.

84. Sadik is the Arabic counterpart of the word FRIEND. Everyone calls anybody by this. Even if you're not actually friends or have just seen once another instantly.

85. Women when travelling in their cars should not be seated parallel to the driver or in the front seat especially if the driver is not her husband.

86. I never have seen any single women commute or travel using the public transportations available here.

87. Body parts showing legs, arms, or the entire face of a woman is colored by black ink. These are not allowed to be shown in public also.

88. The workforce here is mostly made up of Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. There are also from other neighboring Arab countries but their numbers is mostly dominated by these mentioned earlier.

89. Saudi Arabia belongs to the Richest Countries in World because of its vast oil reserves.

90. When you are driving or in a public transport cabs or taxis, the usual speed it not lower than 140kph. When you are into a road accident situation, most of my friends told me, you are always wrong. Why? Because they believed that if you did not go in their country, you might not have been in the scene in the first place. This is just according to some sources I have asked before, I am not saying that this is true but true or not, I am not wishing I myself would experience it.

91. Kaliwali is the Arabic translation of the expression "I don't care".

92. The exchange rate of US dollars to Saudi Riyals is fixed to the ratio of 3.75 riyals to a dollar.

93. I have never seen any single dog roaming around the streets of Saudi. I asked my friends why, they said Saudis might have hated dogs.

94. If there are no dogs straying in the streets, you'll see plenty of cats roaming around and scavenging.

95. Saudi Arabia has the world's most number of beautiful and luxurious cars and vehicles. This is not only available for the rich but rather to the average families or persons also.

96. Shepherds are riding in their Pajeros, Suburvan, Nissan Patrol or Toyota Hilux to go to their pastures. This is a clear explanation of the expression "from camel to Cadillac". I don't wonder why, they are rich aren't they?

97. Since there is no value added taxes on goods and merchandises, the price of consumer electronics devices is very very attractive. You can easily loose you monthly salary if you don't keep an eye on your spending hehe!

98. People here don't care about the spelling of their English Words. If they don't care, why would I care also hehe. Kaliwali!

99. Pork is strictly forbidden here that's why no one is selling it either.

And the last thing you should know about Saudi Arabia is,

Don't you ever talk about their religion in an argumentative manner, if you value your life, do not criticize their traditions and their practices and never ever mock their prophet (pbuh) and Allan for surely you will be in 100% jeopardy!

That's all folks!

Saudi Aramco: The Name Bears It All

The Wealth of Saudi Arabia Depends on Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco, the new frontier and the future of Saudi people lies on her. She has been providing the kingdom with all the necessary resources to finance the government and to care for their people, the Saudis.

Saudi Aramco is home of various nationalities. Saudi Aramco is America inside the Kingdom. She is the bosom which caters a number of languages, nationalities and beliefs. Inside her, the Saudi Sharia Law is not strongly enforces as it is outside the walls of her camps and residences.

America and the west is at large inside the walls surrounding Saudi Aramco facilities. Her state of the art building facilities and her modern processing procedures are beyond compare. She is a beauty and a beacon of the Kingdoms future. Westernized. Americanized. Liberalized.

I am lucky to have experienced her care!

Readers: Have you been there before?

I think Saudi Arabia is one of the best places in the world due to its diverse people and unique culture. Although the climate is very harsh and extremes all throughout the year, they have manage to adapt and conquer nature and majestically made the desert into a modern metropolis. Thanks to their God for He blessed them with an enormous crude-oil reserve that could last a lifetime.

Do you want to stay in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, i would love to stay and explore the Desert Kingdom

Yes, i would love to stay and explore the Desert Kingdom

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  • Imhere2write 3 years ago

    First, change your options....I would like to stay in saudi not because I would want to explore a desert but because saudi is just too beautiful for narrow minded ppl to understand...

  • jackson-rex-79 3 years ago

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  • jackson-rex-79 3 years ago

    BE CAREFUL HERE NOBODY CAN HELP YOU HERE OR EVEN SUGGEST HOW YOU CAN GET YOUR EX OR LOVE BACK,ANY TESTIMONIES OF MOST SPELL CASTER HERE MUST BE IGNORE.BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE SCAM I MEAN REAL SCAM WHICH I WAS A VICTIM AND I GOT RIPPED OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BECAUSE I WAS SO ANXIOUS TO GET MY WIFE ROSE AFTER SHE LEFT ME FOR OVER 2YEARS WITH MY 7YEARS OLD SON JERRY,I HAVE APPLIED TO 7 DIFFERENT SPELL CASTER HERE AND ALL TO NO AVAIL THEY ALL ASK FOR SAME THING SEND YOUR NAME YOUR EX NAME ADDRESS AND PICTURE PHONE NUMBER ETC WHICH I DID OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND MOST OF THEM WERE FROM SOUTH AFRICA UNTIL I SAW THIS Email Online ABOUT DR KAKA SPELL IN NIGERIA AND I DECIDED TO GAVE HIM A CALL.HE ASK ME FOUR THINGS MY REAL NAME,MY EX AND MY EX MOTHER NAME AND £500 AND SAID MY EX WILL COME BACK IN 24HOURS SO I HAVE TO END THE CALL AS I HAVE PAID OVER $7000 ON SPELL CASTING AND COURIER AND NOTHING HAVE WORK FOR ME AFTER 3 DAYS I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH I HAVE LOST SO FAR BECAUSE OF ROSE SO I SAID LET ME GIVE HIM A TRY SO I CALLED HIM AGAIN AND SEND MY REAL NAME,MY EX AND MY EX MOTHER NAME AND THE £340 BECAUSE I SWEAR IT WAS MY LAST TRY SO I WAS WAITING AS HE TOLD ME TO WAIT TILL NEXT DAY AND I COULD NOT SLEEP THAT NIGHT BECAUSE I REALLY LOVE ROSE AND WANT HER BACK AT 9PM THAT DAY I SAW ROSE ONLINE ON FACE BOOK AND SHE SAID HI AT FIRST I WAS SHOCK BECAUSE SHE NEVER TALK WITH ME FOR THE PAST A YEAR AND 9 MONTH NOW I DID NOT REPLY AGAIN SHE SAID ARE YOU THERE? I QUICKLY REPLY YES AND SHE SAID CAN WE SEE TOMORROW I SAID YES AND SHE WENT OFFLINE I WAS CONFUSED I TRY TO CHAT WITH HER AGAIN BUT SHE WAS NO MORE ONLINE I COULD NOT SLEEP THAT NIGHT AS I WAS WONDERING WHAT SHE IS GOING TO SAY, BY 7.AM THE NEXT MORNING SHE GAVE ME A MISS CALL I DECIDED NOT TO CALL BACK AS I WAS STILL ON SHOCK AGAIN SHE CALL AND I PICK SHE SAID CAN WE SEE AFTER WORK TODAY I SAID YES SO SHE END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY I GOT OFF WORK SHE CALL ME AND WE MEET AND NOW WE ARE BACK AGAIN I CALL DR KAKA THE NEXT DAY THANKING HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE IN FACT I STILL CALL HIM AND THANK HIM AS MY LIFE WAS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT ROSE PLEASE BE CAREFUL HERE I HAVE BEEN SCAM THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IF YOU WANT A LOVE SPELL THE CALL DR KAKA NOW +2347061208098 OR EMAIL HIM (KAKARAKASPELL@YAHOO.COM) Sincerely,.

    {kakarakaspell@yahoo.com}

  • modribble 3 years ago

    don't mind the typos as i was in a rush, but hey! you covered that already by stating that "we" don't care about spellings! and one more thing about dogs. why did you assume that again "we" hate them? i can't name one saudi brand that skins animals for their fur, who does that again? Hypocrisy at its finest!

  • modribble 3 years ago

    this is one funny article, one eyed narrow perspective let alone the errors in it ..it only took me once to figure out the real purpose behind this but i'll just get to my points:

    3. understand what Shari'a means, we follow the rules and commands given to us by Allah through his glorious Qru'an.. there are no "Shari'a laws", this is completely empowered and advertised by lying media sources with secret hidden agendas!

    4. Islam is not associated to Saudi, there is no such thing called "Saudi Islam" .. Islam is Universal, it has been there since the beginning of time and i can argue about this point forever, the Qur'an was revealed to the world 1400 years ago but not Islam was here since Adam was born!

    8. it's not a rule that women should cover their faces, only their heads!

    10.it's called "ni8ab" "ni'ab", please use the proper terminologies.

    13. not a single form of entertainment?! if you decide clubbing, stripping, gettin shitfaced, with hangovers the next day, then no we don't :) .. i do agree with you on some level, but not a single form of liberal entertainment? go read about destination jeddah, fainak, and all the other fun stuff you can actually do in Saudi! i don't need to attend a concert with thousands of smelly sweaty ppl witht heir hands held high, i don't need to get drugged, shitfaced, stoned to feel liberal! your so called "cocktail parties" are filled with booze just to make you forget the crap you actually call "art", look at all your social occasions, they'e all associated with drinking, why do you need to drink anpoison yourselves so much? your body is a temple, and a temple can only tolerate so much shit! but i don't throw this at your face claiming that you guys are brainwashed thinking alcohol i better than marijuana, yet you keep on drinking that shit! such a backward way of thinking yet you criticize us all.. sad!

    59. such a lie.. not true at all!

    61. are you complaining that we barely have firearms? are you with enforcing the power with guns? tsk tsk .. look at the U.SQ the people are forbidden to carry weapons whereas nearly all official have em, did it backfire? you be the judge , Arizona alone is considered the number one state with most wives slaughtered by their husbands!

    64. we do have other public place other than hospitals you know.. and no its not true, talking to women is fine as long as there is respect and no boundaries were to be crossed.

    65. not true at all.

    66. we almost have no crimes in Saudi! so it's working isn't?

    77.not true at all , where do your info from? this is such a personal view of Saudi!

    78.is this your scientific analytical explanation to baldness? if so, then no comment!

    84. "Sadik" is actually kinda offensive, because Saudi's call indian, pakistani, and indonesian workers when they don't know their names,

    87. not true.. a woman can cover her face or not depending on her choice. again Islam doesn't order women to cover their faces! theres not a single verse in the glorious Qur'an that say so, put your stuff together!

    90. not true.

    91. "khalleh ywalli" is not "i don't care" it's a more respectful way of saying "he can f*** off".

    96. im trying my best not to offend you but in this case i just have to, You Racist Pig! i mean really? can you be more racist?! generalizations fool tool! you should know better!

    100. again, generalizations fool tool! i'm Saudi, i'm here and i'm ready to argue about anything! but again, this shows how biased your opinion is about Saudi, it's cool i've meet a lot like you .. you don't respect anyone's traditions moral or family values that's why most of you are scattered around, not knowing what to believe in, different religions popping more than pop tarts; atheists and agnostics are fleeing your countries! get back to your roots!

  • deviantish 4 years ago

    You have made a serious typo in the last point it should be Allah and not Allan.

  • binwaayeel 4 years ago

    the problem with non muslims is that: when they want to know about islam, they ask enemies of Islam. it is like asking a rat how good cats are!

  • ricky-marti-10 4 years ago

    maybe one of the reasons why they don't want to have pet dogs in the city or in the most populated area because dogs hound or bark if they heard noises or crying sound like during evening and nighttime, what i mean is the ''ajan'' that you can hear before their prayers..

  • aaden2 4 years ago

    sorry bro i meant @ rizwan-ally

  • aaden2 4 years ago

    Never say anything negative against Saudi Arabia and Islam! did u understand what i said @d7omy911 ! watch your ass

  • aaden2 4 years ago

    I can't believe a real muslim would like a dog! why? don't get me wrong, and dogs are innocent creatures, just like other animals; but you're a muslim, and Allah (S.W.T) made them ilegal for us to keep them or touch them, let a lone liking them or anything else to do with them! Leave them a lone! don't keep them, don't eat them, don't touch them, and if you see them needing any kinda help like if they're thirsty, give them water, but avoid them. and in case you touch them, wash your hands 7 times with soil or gravel one of it! so i don't understand why a real muslim person would like a dog, and wanna be close to them!

  • aaden2 4 years ago

    Absolutely!

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  • wrouillie 4 years ago

    Despite the driving ordinance (I'm licensed in the US to drive a car and a motorcycle), I would feel safer there I think. I don't need much and I'm Islamic, so why not? Only I like dogs, so the dog think makes me wonder...hmmm.

  • wrouillie 4 years ago

    Despite the driving ordinance (I'm licensed in the US to drive a car and a motorcycle). I would feel safer there I think. I need need much and I'm Islamic, so why not? Only I like dogs, so the dog think makes me wonder...hmmm.

  • yahya-afrikanus 5 years ago

    Saudi understand horses, and they use similar tricks to get their helpers to work. Before you know it, you'll have a bridal in your mouth. Most of my coworkers have been broken.: it's very sad.

    Nice write up.

  • yourgoldenfuture 5 years ago

    I would like to visit.. but not live there for long times.. I guess the dogs are "dirty" like pigs in islam.. so they don't have them there...

    You made a wonderful selection on KSA ...

  • missyjanette 5 years ago

    I work for 3years in KSA, Riyadh, I find it a marvelous city.. I work with Saudi Ladies/Men as my officemates, they are kind,generous and very nice people. I miss them.

  • Wajoody 5 years ago

    And i forgot something:

    3) if you are in the elevator with a woman they don't do anything to you unless you did something bad.

    4) it is okay to help people in there.

  • Wajoody 5 years ago

    I'm a Saudi and i would like to clear some point:

    1) We have entertainment places but the things that are against Islam are not here, such as the Cinema and we are okay with this.

    2) yes Osama Bin Laden is Saudi but most of the Saudis are not like him.

  • newkidoo 5 years ago

    na'am!

  • Jeusdeus 5 years ago

    A really useful insight

    Thanks

  • Saudifoody 6 years ago

    I ve been here for 10 years now there are times I hate t but then again the same applies everywhere I guess us humans are always looking for the greener grass.. I love it at the end of the day no tax, and the pace of life is just slow enough to relax a little ... Oh and check out my new website guys I did it because I noticed it is difficult to find places here so this will be good for anyone who is new... www.sufrati.com

No! I would rather stay at home and watch Oprah.

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  • ruchitaparab 23 months ago

    I am sure people here have heard and read about P Mohamed Ali. If not, do read about him at http://pmohamedali.com/about-p-mohamed-ali/. He is one of the well-known personalities in Saudi Arabia, who has worked hard like anything to bring better life to the people of Oman and other countries

  • d7omy911 4 years ago

    i live in saudi arabia since i was borned im 12 years old im a saudian but let me tell you saudi arabia lots shoping stores

  • rizwan-ally 4 years ago

    Saudi's means haraamis, lazy, intolerant, prejudiced, prehistoric, ancient beast, women are only for breeding, cars and camels treated same, maniac unruly youths, and most important nothing to do with Islam bunch of scumbags.

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      Usman Khalil 2 years ago from Pakistan

      I must say Allah has blessed Saudi Arabia with great reservoirs of nature. In deserted land of Arab, oil comes out. They also own the center of earth (Bait-ul-Allah)

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      jennifer2o 4 years ago

      My name is jennifar, from usa I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in February this year on a business summit. I meant a man whoâs name is DR.madurai he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back oneâs gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .Iâm now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 6years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 7 days when i returned to usa, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didnât believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is maduraitemple@yahoo.com

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      gem 1121 5 years ago

      @blobby47: Hello blobby!

      Good thing you are a British. If not, and you are like other countries not belonging to the first world, your passport might have been held too.

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      blobby47 5 years ago

      I too work in Saudi - British teacher - but my passport is not held by the sponsor. it is actually illegal to do even though the practice is widespread all around the middle east. It stops you running away! A passport is the property of issuing government, not the holder.

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      Wajoody 5 years ago

      @Wajoody: My comment above is to Maram!

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      Wajoody 5 years ago

      @anonymous: All the things you said are so true and i see that in KSA!

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      Wajoody 5 years ago

      @Saudifoody: I agree!

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      Wajoody 5 years ago

      @sanjeewani: No it is not true! There pictures of me with my dad when i was born in the hospital! Even when my brothers were born my father and my uncles all visited my mother!

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      sanjeewani 5 years ago

      is it true that men can't even visit their wife if she is in the hospital.? eg : if the wife is after the delivery of the baby taken to ward. also m planning to have my delivery here is saudi .but some says its not safe doctors are not good .is it true

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      Very interesting and very different from the American life.

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      Saudifoody 6 years ago

      I am part Saudi .. the better part of course. So any way please people realize that we are all the same, we eat we sleep we breathe and we smile. Saudi's are no different some just like to grow their beards and cover their faces but under every veil and beard is a beautiful person who is ready to sit you on the floor and present you a belly full of delicious aromatic rice with some well cooked vegetables and lamb served with the greatest pleasure and hospitality.

      I can only say that there have been the sad days but I always look at and remember my good days because the sunshines every day in Saudi arabia and there is always something to discover. Oh and if you are a fan of food then please visit www.sufrati.com

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      gem 1121 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi maram!

      Assalamu alaikum!

      First and foremost let me extend my thanks to your response and comment on my article. For your information, i lived in Dammam for more than a year and what i wrote in this article are based only on my own personal perceptions and experiences during my stay there.

      I did not say that 100 things you should know about your country is right. I just merely emphasized things you should know about your beloved Saudi. This is entirely based on my own opinion and personal perceptions.

      Nonetheless, i thank you so much for responding and should my perceptions and inhibitions were wrong as you are implying, i stand to be corrected. My apologies in advance in case i wrote something objectionable on your part being a Saudi. Let me make myself clear on the matter that when i wrote this, i had no malicious intent whatsoever. If i had done as such, please accept my humble apologies.

      And lastly, i had so many Saudi friends way back there and they are very good and kind people.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Dear "whoever you're name is"

      I am Saudi "proud to be one" I think when someone is writing about a whole country they should be at least living in that place or from that place meaning you should be either Saudi or lived a long quality time there, Saudi is totally not like you described it as a matter of fact there aren't much of negativity here like you made it sound like. For exsample when you said "kaliywali" for the transition I don't care, I guess you got that from an Indian guy because that is not Arabic that is just a slang that rarely Saudi's use. Additional point is, when u mentioned that we should not rescue a person who just had an accident and let them die well that is incorrect wrong and mistakenly said because vice versa we are "as public" allowed to save the person if we have background knowledge "like CPR cardio, pulmonary, and resuscitation" to do so of course not everyone is aware of how to implement it, therefore we will not save the patient we will be killing him/her. With a laughter on my face, men do speak freely to women as we women also have gatherings with men in public but in the guides of respect for one another, our companies joins both genders together in one working environment. I will not go on for ever of 100 wrong things to not know about Saudi Arabia because it's just a waist of my own precious time, if you want me to correct the ideas or if anyone of you viewers would like to know about the real deal of Saudi Arabia please do contact me via my personal e-mail: aim_106@hotmail.com

      Saudi and glad to be one 

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Online free classifieds website in Saudi Arabia

      www.daleelkom.net

    Is it about time Saudis stop hiring expat workers and do these jobs themselves?

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        Mahsa S 20 months ago

        Although I don't agree at all with women not being able to drive in S.A. it's great to see this list.. The whole concept of women not being able to drive without the permission of husbands or whatever is perhaps the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my whole life!

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        P Mohamed Ali 2 years ago from Oman

        He might be 1 of the reasons behind this. You may want to visit his site too! http://pmohamedali.org/dr-p-mohamed-ali/

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        brana-sandra 4 years ago

        i just want to share my experience and testimony here.. i was married for 6 years to my husband and all of a sudden, another woman came into the picture.. he started hailing me and he was abusive..but i still loved him with all my heart and wanted him at all cost?then he filed for divorce..my whole life was turning apart and i didn't know what to do..he moved out of the house and abandoned the kids.. so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my husband back and introduced me to a spell caster?so i decided to try it reluctantly..although i didn't believe in all those things? then when he did the special prayers and spell, after 2days, my husband came back and was pleading..he had realized his mistakes..i just couldn't believe it.. anyway we are back together now and we are happy..in case anyone needs this man, his email address greatzuba@gmail.com, his spells is for a better life. again his email is greatzuba@gmail.com

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        yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

        its one of the heaviest attacker on christians in the world...

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        gem 1121 6 years ago

        Wednesday, Sep 08, 2010

        RIYADH (Zawya Dow Jones)--Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast Friday to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan along with most other Arab states, state media news agencies reported Wednesday.

        Religious councils in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states said the moon's crescent wasn't sighted after nightfall Wednesday, and so Thursday would be the last day of Ramadan.

        Muslims scan the sky at night in search of the new moon to proclaim the start of the month in Islam's lunar calendar.

        Regional stock markets are closed during the holiday.

        -By Summer Said, Dow Jones Newswires; +966-546-842-373; summer.said@dowjones.com