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arabic-coffee-with-saudi-dates-naif-alowaisThe two most common staple things you will find in any Saudi household are; Arabic coffee and a bowl of fresh dates. Arabic coffee and dates goes together like; Tom and Jerry, Batman and Robin, Captain Majed and Yassen, you can’t have one without the other… the reason behind it, is because the Arabic coffee (which has nothing to do with Arabic, the coffee beans are from Africa and last time I checked it doesn’t speak Arabic) has a bitter taste and the dates are sweet with all those natural sugar that it contains. You sip little bit coffee then right away you chase it with dates, by doing so, your taste buds will jump on one of Six Flags’ roller coaster rides to flavor town.

Let me go back to the “Arabic coffee” and why its called Arabic. The coffee beans are from Africa, the cardamom is either from India or America, the Saffron is from Iran (tough luck), and moreover the cups where they drink the coffee from are from China. Then how in the world Saudis call it Arabic coffee!?

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winterWinter is coming … the words that every Saudi says when winter season is approaching, the reason Saudis notify each other that winter is coming, is because without knowing once you blink … winter will be already over. During winter, Saudis get excited and start leaving their homes to go out in nature like bunch of ants going out to get their food and brining it back to their casts. And usually you will witness Saudis fashion at its best during winter, you will see jackets, sweaters, and coats and traditional clothing with different style and colors.

Winter also plays a big part in the overall mood level, Saudis usually follow the saying “keep calm and carry on” in those times, since most of the year they are intense and frustrated; not sure why? Don’t be surprised when you see Saudi couples holding hands in public and getting romantic, its the magic of cool weather, and if there is also a little drizzly rain … Man, Saudis will turn into love birds in no time.

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Saudis like to attend events, and when I say events I mean exhibitions, conferences, bazaars, and so on. And sometimes I feel that some Saudis even if they don’t know what’s the event is all about… they still want to go as long as there going to be a lot of people in the event; Saudis are expert in being in public and as you know their favorite past time activity is people-watching, don’t get me wrong… not stalking but just simply people watching. One of the biggest events that Saudi Arabia is locally known for is the International Book Fair, and every year thousands of Saudis attend the event hoping to find the right book to read or the right person to meet, let us focus on the second reason…which is more realistic, the right person to meet. Saudis will walk into the book fair as if they rolled the red carpet ready to receive their Oscars, wearing their best outfit, going with full blown-out make-up, men are groomed like its their wedding night; it is just the whole nine yards.

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And when it comes to bazaars, an event that predominantly attended by Saudi women, usually bazaars is about homemade stuff that women created to sell and show-off their artistic side that was hidden for ages… you will see knitting products that can be used for nothing to homemade desserts that can literally give you a heart attack on the spot.

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VimtoSo big, so black, so thick, so sweet … I am describing the most popular beverage Saudis like to drink during the holy month of Ramadan when the time comes to break their fast. No one really knows why Saudis really enjoy Vimto only in Ramadan than any other month. See, Ramadan and Vimto bond goes way back in history … Rumor has it, that this syrupy drink was mistaken with oil when Saudis were looking for the black gold all over the kingdom; FYI Vimto and oil has almost the same color, consistency, and texture. Back in the days, while Saudis were drilling for oil … all of a sudden Vimto ejaculated out of the ground and showered everyone around that area, and they thought it was oil, but someone tasted this mysterious substance and said no way this is oil; its so sweet (as if he really tasted oil before!). Afterwards, the Saudis decided to make it a beverage for celebration since the real oil was discovered few minutes after. And there is no better time for celebration other than breaking your fast in Ramadan with your family drinking Vimto.

Side note: You can’t drink Vimto straight from the bottle, since it has a texture of maple syrup, therefore, you need to mix it with water … and to get the right drinkable consistency you need a professional chemist to do so, because it doesn’t come with instructions.

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saudi_aramco_newThe pride and joy for all Saudis. This company is the main source (some argue is the only source) of Saudi Arabia’s continuous income over the years, it is the cash cow… and not any regular cow, it is a fat stubborn heavy chunky cow that keeps giving. This blog is not about Aramco the company per se, it is about why Saudis like Aramco … more of why Saudis would like to work for this giant company. Therefore, If you want to know more about Aramco as a corporation and its businesses; first that means you been living under a rock. Second, you can “Google” it.

Since day one, and Armaco’s strategy with their employees is to pamper each “Aramco-nanian” and spoil the hell out of them, comparing to other employers in the kingdom; with attractive salaries, housing programs, recreation centers, beach camps and more. Those kind of benefits make it appealing to the average joe; since we are in Saudi we will name him the average Abdullah. So why Aramco is offering all this to their employees? simply because they can; period. Moreover, Aramco with its state of the art facilities that operates on human blood, it has the capability to brain wash their workers and make them think that they are superior human beings and they are God gift to earth, so next time you are in the area and you see someone acting like the persian king from the movie 300, you know in which company he or she is working for.

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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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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.

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