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baby-girl-58dac0c15f9b58468380871cIf Saudis can be creative in any kind of activity it will be in naming their babies, specifically with their daughters’ names, boys’ names are giving straight forward with no effort needed … either Mohammed or one of the kings names that ruled Saudi Arabia. Once a Saudi household announces that they are having a girl, the whole family will gather in one big spacious  living room where the lights are bright and an intense smell of tea with mint covering the atmosphere, just to kick off a full day of brainstorming session. The expected mother will be facing a tough panel of judges from the in-laws, where she needs to have OJ Simpson’s lawyers to try and convince them why she picked the name “Shahrazad” for her daughter. See, the whole idea here is to pick names no one heard off at the same time it has to have a dreamy beautiful meaning … for instance some exotic flower that grows only in the mountains of Narnia that has a musical tune to it, so when you start calling your daughter with that name in public, people will turn their necks like bunch of owls and admire your creativity.

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al-qasabi_996394_largeOne of the top comedian actors in Saudi Arabia … Actually let me rephrase that, Nasser Al-Qasabi is the ONLY comedian in Saudi Arabia. Nasser start getting public recognition, when he was first starring in the famous TV show “Tash ma Tash” that was airing almost 15 years ago. In his show “Tash ma Tash” Nasser played so many characters that Saudis can relate to, characters that Saudis experience in their day to day lives … but Nasser exaggerate adding some of his comedy with those roles. Regarding the show “Tash ma Tash”, now its been cancelled, however, Nasser has a new  tv show that airs in the month of Ramadan, this new show is the same concept as “Tash ma Tash” but with a different name, and still it gets high ratings. This shows you that no matter what Nasser Al-Qasabi does or be part of, Saudis will still watch it.

Even though Nasser upsets so many people when he makes fun of them in his tv shows, such as the religious folks, and sometimes gets death threats, he keeps getting better and better every year. And as they say … not sure who are they but … “fortune favors the bold”.

# 62 Being a Manager

Back in the days, people used to ask kids, what do they want to be when they grow up? And the answer usually either a doctor or an engineer. Fast-forward to adulthood and let those young Saudis grow up, suddenly a light bulb pops in their heads and decide to be a manager … yes just a manager. Ok if you ask, manager in what field or what occupational industry? don’t know … as long as the title of the position has the word manager in it. When you try to analyze the situation … you will discover that it boils down to status and social acceptance. See … ecologically, Saudis live by the status and die for the status, and it is not strange that being a manager for whatever place; even if you hold this position in a bright fluorescent light barber shop; playing cheesy Turkish TV show in the background, located in a ghetto area  … you can still run around and introduce yourself as a manager.

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According to a study done by the University of Sexford , becoming a manager boosts your sex drive to the max. In addition, it has an aphrodisiac effect on your significant other when they hear that you became a manager. If you don’t believe me … become one
and test it yourself.

# 61 Ray-Ban Shades

ray banNot all Saudis are air force pilots, but walk around and all you will see are bunch of guys and gals rocking the classical Ray-Ban aviators shades; as if we are shooting the sequel of Tom Cruise famous movie “Top Gun”. Ray-Ban aviators are the most optimal sun-glasses that you can wear here in Saudi, since it goes with any look … especially if you are wearing the traditional Saudi outfit with your head cover (شماغ و عقال), it perpetuate the 80s look, and this look is now “in” among the youngster. But other Ray-Ban models is also popular, so if you want to shoot a Ray-Ban commercial … come to Saudi Arabia and just turn on your camera.

# 60 Lexus

Lexus-Logo-High-Resolution-WallpaperLet a Saudi pick his favorite luxury vehicle between BMW, Mercedes Benz, or Audi … He will choose loudly and proudly Lexus with no doubt. The reason is practicality combined with lavishness. In other true words, Lexus is cheap comparing to the big players in that category but it looks fancy, period… same concept as if you bought a Rolex watch from the street of Time Square in New York city sold by one of those African immigrants. I don’t blame people who were brained washed, actually I do … But Lexus dealers and salesmen in Saudi Arabia market their vehicle to convey the image of luxuriousness to their customers, or maybe the dealer and the salesman are also brained washed, who knows?

The way I see it, it goes like this … Lexus is basically a Toyota that was operated by a good plastic/cosmetic surgeon, and since men are easily fooled by the outcomes of those doctors and it takes no effort to be attracted to their product … Therefore, its a no brainer that Lexus is the love of Saudis for a long time and it will still remain as the most beloved vehicle.

schoolAboody(عبودي)! come “ya baba” and finish your food. If you ever heard parents talk this way, most definitely their kids go to one of those International Schools. See, International Schools here in Saudi Arabia defines the socioeconomic status and separate the elite from the rest …  and as Saudi, who doesn’t want to be from the elite? I will sell my car, house, and my soul in order to sign up my children to one of those International Schools, since those schools are well known with their skyrocketing admission fees.

I just want to talk to my kids in public in English and mixing it up with some Arabic so I can look cool, thats all, yes indeed.

So, really what do International Schools offer different from any normal school here in Saudi Arabia? Its not like your kids will be the next Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein if they go to those schools, if Aboody is dumb then … tough luck,you got to live with it. But I believe that the facade that is associated with International Schools made it so appealing to Saudi families, and honestly I need to write another blog to explain in details what so special about those schools or you can ask any parent who takes their kids there, and please try not to offend them because usually they are bit sensitive.

 

# 58 Rabeh Sager

رابح-صقر1If we can call anyone in Saudi Arabia a rockstar, it will be this guy – Rabeh Sager also know as “Abu Sager”, he is the Elvis of our time. The way Rabeh fire up his crowd in concerts, you will think that those audience are under the influence of an extreme type of ecstasy pills; people just keep jumping around and dancing all night long … all night. Rabeh Sager’s demographic fan base falls under the categories of teens to mid 30s, so pretty young, so the formula is clear: trapped energy in young bodies, plus free time, equals a concert that will take on any rave party in ibiza.

Rabeh Sager is a master of his craft, especially if he is performing in a traditional platform lay out, those platforms are called “Jalsat”. Jalsat, where the performer usually sits on the floor in an arabian living room look alike; where are no couches nor sofas, just back support cushions. And “instrumentalists” are next to the performer, doing what they do best.