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# 47 Burgers

cheeseburgerIf Saudis learned anything from the impact of globalization, it will be the love for burgers. Hamburgers were introduced to the kingdom long time ago, but only the past few years burgers became so popular. It used to be McDonalds, Burger King, and Hardee’s that dominated Saudi’s bellies. But nowadays, a new era of burgers are in… we can call them the Rolls Royce of burgers (gourmet). With jacked-up prices for one of those gourmet/angus/high quality/organic burgers it is not a big deal for a country most of their population are young and hip with daddy’s money in their pockets.

Saudis took burgers world to the next level, now they became burgers entrepreneur and started to establish burger joints and coming up with their own secret sauces (usually it is mayo and ketchup base) to compete with the big boys: Shake Shack, Fuddruckers, Elevation burger, etc. A side note just to make it clear, I am talking about burgers made from beef, cause chicken burgers are for little girls.

# 46 Western people

busisnessmanIf you are blond and have blue eyes and speak with an American or British accent, you have a big chance of “making it” in Saudi Arabia … socially, financially , or whatever your goals are. Since Most of Saudis somehow were exposed to the Western world through media, travelling, education, networking, reading, you name it… the impact was substantial.

You will witness Saudis admiring Western people while talking or listening to them with a big smile on their faces or telling them lame jokes about why do Arabs marry four wives. I don’t mind the multicultural interaction, but as far as I know telling an American guy to eat with his hands or to repeat some bad Arabic words and laughing at him has nothing to do with culture exchange.

In the business world, here where you will see the real admiration of Western people. Let a well dressed (navy slim fit suit)British person stands in front of filthy-rich-big-belly management executives to sell and idea or to give them a consultation advice …basically you will be witnessing a hands-on hypnosis therapy session. This British person can tell the Saudi executives that we can invest in natural gas and I mean not the gas that comes as a by product from crude oil, but natural gas that  comes from human’s butts…yes butts, and they will buy-in with glazed eyes and a big clown-ish smile.

# 45 Morocco

marco_flagMorocco the land of magic; Saudi men will say that with a big ass smile on their faces. Morocco the land of BLACK magic (Voodoo); Saudi women will say that with a fronting face and one of their eyebrows is raised to the roof. So what’s the deal about this country?

The first Saudi man visited Morocco had so much fun, when he got back to Saudi Arabia he called out on all men with a loud voice and told them that the women over there are so so beautiful, after brainwashing all of them (some men their brains are between their legs) they followed his lead. All countries have beautiful women- who are we kidding, but brainwashing is a tough phenomena to beat. So is it all about women? You will hear some Saudis will say: the weather is nice, the sightseeing, the food is amazing… you know what do I say to those people: yeah right!

There was a study by the University Institute of Marriage (if there is any) that the most nationality that marries Moroccan women other than Moroccan themselves are our beloved Saudis (usually they will marry them as second wives; or as some call them “trophy wives”). Therefore, Saudi Wives Association Team (SWAT) marked Morocco in the No-Fly zone next to Lebanon.

 

# 44 Volunteer Work

volunteerNo one can deny that volunteer work is a noble act, coming from people who would like to spread love and joy to the whole world. But for some Saudis it is not all about making the world a better place, its more about: hey look at me I am a good person. Show me a group of volunteer workers without cameras and videotaping themselves, and I will drop this blog.

There are two type of groups when it comes to volunteering. First, the cool young hip people; usually they are mix genders boys and girls working together, let us call them: generation 4G. This group generation 4G, are highly energetic, highly excited personalities. For some of them, volunteer work is just something to do at their free time, for others it is an opportunity for networking, plus it is the “cool” thing to do nowadays.

The second group is the stereotypical picture of conservative Muslims. Let us call them: Saudi’s angels. And since they are angels their volunteer work has a bigger purpose than generation 4G, or at least that what they think! This group focus mainly on smiling and helping poor kids and orphans.

At the end, no matter what are the motives for those volunteer workers, they will make Mr.Ahmad Al Shugairi (أحمد الشقيري) proud.

 

# 43 Sushi

sushiWalk around Saudi Arabia’s metropolis cities and you will think that you are in Tokyo, from all the  sushi spots you can see. Sushi places invaded Saudi Arabia, after Saudis themselves said: ok… we have pizza places, burger joints, Indian cuisine…hmmm what’s left… yes SUSHI! and the rest is history ” I think”.

For non Japanese, sushi it’s either you love it or hate it. People love it because its sushi; that’s it… they have no idea about how the rice its suppose to be prepared, nor they will check if those crabs are real or artificial or even if its made out of plastic. 3 ingredients, mix them together, add, subtract… and you will have a full menu with thousands of options to choose from. For Saudis, they love their sushi to be fried for crunchy texture and some action(that’s why you will see in some sushi places names like: crunchy roll, crunchy maki, crunchy everything) and it has to be smothered with mayo; yes just shower those nigiri with mayo and sauces… plus if you dip it into soya sauce it will all taste the same after all.

So next time you wan to take out your significant other, family, or friends to a place that makes you feel authentic and multicultural…go to one of those mediocre sushi places and pray for me    (أدعي لي).

# 42 YouTube

youtubeFew years ago, there was a study conducted on most YouTube users by nations… and Saudi Arabia took the first place with honors. Now you might ask why, I can list all the reasons in the world but this will take me days and days to complete, so let us just focus on YouTube and Saudis special bond. For some Saudis, YouTube came as a blessing from the sky; it was the one thing they were waiting for all their lives. I can see some Saudis had tears of joy when YouTube walked into their homes.

From short films, to funny videos, to vlogs… to videos make you think out loud WTF!! Saudis covered all possible video categories you can ever think about. We realized that Saudi is a nation full of “talents”, yes indeed. An old man can video himself dancing with his underwear and his saggy balls hanging, and I can bet you this video will go viral in minutes as one of the most popular videos in Saudi Arabia; just to show you the magical effect of YouTube and what it can do. Another powerful effect Saudis believe in, is video taping people with authority figures (minsters, policemen, doctors, etc.) and trying to catch their flaws and share it with the world. Some take it to the next level, and try to provoke those authority figures and wait till he (mostly men) explode… then suddenly in a matter of seconds he will be YouTube number one star….number 1.

# 41 Black Coffee

Black-Coffee-Helps-You-in-Weight-LossNothing makes you look tougher and a serious workaholic in the corporate world  than drinking black coffee straight with no sugar, no cream, no anything that takes out from its hardcore-ness. Yes, coffee is considered one of the top commodity globally, and people drink it all around the world. But for some Saudis its not just a drink, its more as a perception STATUS.

You will hear things like “Oh man, I need my cup of coffee otherwise I can’t function” or “This coffee is not strong enough for me, it needs to have a punch that feels like you been hit by a train” . Or you might witness a Saudi ordering a black coffee loudly and proudly  so all the shop can hear him (yes I am talking about Saudi men here…ladies like to enjoy their cappuccino mixed with mocha latte drizzled with cinnamon on the top  ;).

Nowadays, Saudis (or since they use pots we can call them pot heads… wait! that name is already been taken.) started to develop an underground coffee junkies movement (aka. we-want-to-be-authentic); … where they will review and critique black coffee all around the kingdom. Walk into anyone of those people places and you will think you are in Starbucks from all the fancy shmainzy coffee roasters, grinders, pots, etc. … welcome to the black coffee world.