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# 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).

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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.

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