# 67 Bahrain

manama_skylineOnce I asked a Western fellow who works here in Saudi Arabia, what is the best thing you experienced in Saudi? He said … Bahrain. See, Bahrain is the Las Vegas of the middle east (sorry Dubai), at least to some Saudis it is the sin city where they can get drunk as a fish and fornicate anything that walks. But Bahrain has also a PG 13 option to Saudi families who plan to go there and spend their holidays and weekends … But I don’t want to write about Bahrain as if you are reading from TripAdvisor, but let us give this kingdom (yes it is a kingdom) a credit where credit is due, they have nice shopping malls, live entertainment for all ages, and of course we can’t forget the cinemas and movie theaters … you know how Saudis and cinemas goes, we love movies, that is why we go to Bahrain … to watch movies; not sure which movie to watch but I just want to sit in a big dark room with bunch of strangers looking at a big screen and eat popcorn. Welcome to Bahrain! or as I like to call it Saudi Arabia’s playground.

# 13 Shopping

shopping_1Can’t call them shopaholics, but Saudis simply love to shop or have to shop with not even knowing it. Well, since there is a shopping mall between two malls in every corner of  Saudi, you can’t blame people from buying things they don’t need. As a part of boosting the economic plan, the Saudi government builds a mall for every citizen in the country. Ironically, every mall has almost the exact same stores, therefore, Saudis don’t have to drive far to find a certain store, they just can go to the closest mall and find whatever they need. A normal scene in a shopping mall is that, every single member of a Saudi family will be carrying at least ten shopping bags, it  seems as though they had just robbed a bunch of stores.. From electronics to clothes, people will buy anything that has a price tag on it. Another “must have” for Saudis, are cars…yes cars are a must in any household for transportation, but for Saudis cars are luxurious items. Usually, Saudis own more than one car. A car for the man of the house, another for the “Madam” that comes with a driver as a part of the package, and finally of course who can forget the kids, one for each boy.