Archive for November, 2009

alkhabsaGenerosity is one of the most positive characteristics that many Saudis have in common.  Some believe that part of being an Arab is that hospitality and exaggeration in welcoming guests  are serious duties. The best and safest way to show your generous side that has been hiding for a long time is to invite your friends and guests to a lovely dinner.   Breakfast or lunch will not work due to the Saudi schedule that starts from 1 pm (although I know some people will wake up early for free food).  When it comes to eating, Saudis like to enjoy every bite and make sure that they taste everything on the table;  all of this is time-consuming; therefore, dinnertime is the best time for Saudis in case they are planning to spend more than two days eating.

For newbies in hosting dinner parties, I just want to say that pizza will not work…it’s either a whole animal; usually lamb or some certain type of herbivorous mammal or nothing at all.   Make sure there is dessert after dinner, and yes fruits can be dessert and for extra street credit serving tea after words will be the best option.

Dinner invitations will always be a part of  Saudi culture that leads to bonding amongst each other, making new friends, and solving many problems… but seriously, who doesn’t like free dinners?

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The only time you will see all members of a Saudi family gathered beside lunch/dinner time is when a game show is on.  Automatically each member knows exactly where to sit in the living room, as if they have assigned seats.  If the game show is about trivia questions…yelling and shouting answers directly at the TV is what Saudis do best.  Well, first of all no matter how loud you can shout the answers, the participants on the game show will never hear you!  Second, there are no prizes for viewers if they got the correct answer.

Network owners realized the love that Saudis have for game shows, therefore, most of the Arabic networks flood their channels with these type of programs. Ironically, some shows that have viewers calling and participating charge a lot of money for every minute you are on the phone with them.  So make sure you save all the money that you might win on the show, because you will need every Riyal when you get your phone bill.

Nowadays, Saudis are not stuck with music channels every time they want to watch TV, thank God they have options… now they can pick either watching music clips or game shows.

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Dubai_-_United_Arabic_EmiratesIf you combine the top three major cities in the world together; New York, London, and Tokyo the result will be Dubai city.  With spectacular design of  buildings to one of a kind hotels, this out of the ordinary city put the Middle East on the map.  For Saudis, Dubai is a fantasy land where every thing is possible and dreams come to reality.  The fact that Dubai is close to Saudi is what makes it really tempting to visit, but Saudis start to think twice when they hear the cost of expenses.  Dubai is known for their skyrocketing  living standards and over priced expenses.  Therefore, Saudis will be asking themselves, what is wrong with Egypt as a vacation spot?

Some people consider Dubai overrated, but that’s what makes the city appealing to Saudis.  Back in the days, if some one ask you, “Where are you going to spend your summer vacation?”, and you said,” Dubai”, the response will be “oh OKAY” as if it’s not a big deal.  Nowadays tell any Saudi that you are going to Dubai, I bet all you will hear is “Wow nice,  take me with you!”.

Today Dubai can be added to the list of top cities that Saudis like to visit, next to London, Paris, and Orlando.

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