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p01ffyz3After the era of Turkish soap operas mania in Saudi Arabia, the time has come to actually visit those places that Saudis has been dreaming about while watching their favorite cheesy Turkish series. And what a better place to visit a country with an European ambiance with a lebanese flavor … all of that and it is a muslim country believe or not! Wow Saudis feel like they just hit the jackpot.

When you land in Turkey you might think that you are in one of Saudis’ metropolis cities, all you will see is bunch of Saudis walking around looking for something … the only difference is that they are just wearing jackets and winter coats. For Saudis who would like to run away from their own peeps (you know who you are), they usually head to one of those Turkish villages … with breath-taking mountains where everything is green and clean. So you go there to relax and enjoy your self … what a Turkish delight (no pun intended).

Is Turkey going to be just a trend like Malaysia, or a staple destination  for Saudis like  London and Paris? teşekkür ederim

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snapchatWhen it comes to the social media game, Saudis with no doubt are always on top of it. That is why when the world introduced SnapChat … it took Saudis minimal effort to figure it out (I think); poking it here and there … scratching their heads … then Eureka! then the rest is history. Let me break it down for you, SnapChat didn’t come with a user manual … so expect people to use or should I say abuse it the way they like. Is SnapChat meant to record every minute of your day? or share with the world your opinion on everything? or show  how your sense of humor is absolutely has nothing to do with comedy? or report high school gossip? or ask the world to admire your ass? no one knows but I still feel that Saudis figured it out.

Side note: Apparently, Twitter is not enough to express your self and convey your ideas. You need now to watch opinionated-people video taping themselves expressing themselves. For attention-whores SnapChat came to the rescue. I am not against SnapChat, but why do I feel this App gathered the stalkers and self-centered and put them all in one platform to deal with each other … genius!

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ahmedThe man the myth the legend … allow me to introduce to you Mr. Ahmad Al-Shugairi. Saudis see Mr. Al-Shugairi as the world saver who will save them from all evil …  that is why we can call him Saudi “Grendizer”( غراندايزر). Ahmad started airing his famous TV show “Khawater”  almost 10 years ago, and from that point…people became glued to their TV screens watching his show with high emotions and “sighing” on every scene that touches their delicate hearts.

Mr. Al-Shugairi  is a true definition of success, and Saudis admire his great story and how he became a glowing star among other TV personalities. Basically, what Ahmad is conveying in his TV shows is simply how to be a good human being, and since nowadays the world started to drift away from their values and goodness, an example of a good human being is something unheard of, as if an alien came from another plant to show us how to be a good citizen of world …

Not all Saudis jump-in with Mr. Al-Shugairi’s wagon to go to Peter Pan’s Neverland, some see his ideas are out of reach with pessimistic views … but those people are the same people  who keep complaining about Saudi-summer-heat inside their air- conditioned homes.

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walkingIf you build a public park with a walking track (ممشة) around it, Saudis will start marching towards it out of no where…It will look like one of the scenes from the classical movie The Wizard of Oz ; where Dorothy and her friends are walking on the famous yellow brick road.

One of the main theories why Saudis like to walk, is because it is a good exercise and most doctors recommend it; not running nor jugging … just simple walking. And since Saudis recently started to worry about their health and lifestyle, walking is the perfect “sport” for them. Now you might ask, but walking is what human beings suppose to do to move from a place to another, right? Yes, but for a nation 90% of its status are sitting still; laying in  couches, sitting in cars, sitting in offices, sitting at cafes and restaurants, sitting at parks,  sitting in waiting rooms, etc. walking is the prefect activity to start with.

I don’t mind people considering walking as a sport, but there is a big difference between sport walking with little bit fast paste, and walking as if you are site seeing at the Champs elysees -Paris talking on the phone (this is not what the fitness world meant by walking).

 

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StarbucksThanks to Starbucks, now Frappuccino and Latte been added to the Saudi vocabulary.  The gourmet coffee empire is one of the most recognizable brands in the U.S and recently in Saudi Arabia.  Starbucks shops’ theme colors are known for their royal green and white letters .  Maybe Saudis are subliminally attracted to Starbucks, because of the common colors that you can find in Starbucks shops and the Saudi flag; green with white letters,…who knows?

There is a certain lifestyle that drive young hip Saudis to go to  Starbucks and spend a lot of money for the sake of having their cup of coffee.  Usually Starbucks’ image is associated with COOL people who like to carry their Macbook laptops wherever they go, listen to their iPod,  and enjoy this “Americana” lifestyle that been dominating a lot of young Saudis’ manifesto.  Some people  enjoy the culture that Starbucks hold more than having an expensive cup of cappuccino.   Just by holding a cup of coffee that has the Starbucks logo on it , it makes you feel that you belong to a special click in society.  So next time you order coffee from Starbucks make sure you keep the “to go” cup with you as a social acceptance tool.

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lisence_plate2 Saudis like to follow one of the most poplure expressions which is, ” Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but by his license plate”. Apprently, socitey will categorize you based on the metal plate that is hanging from your car. People will set up auctions to sell those license plates, and if you hear the amount of money that Saudis are paying, you think they are buying a brand new car with the license plate!   Saudis will spend every penny that they got just to come up with the lamset phrases on their license plates.  The more those phrases has sexual meaning, the more streets credit the owners will get. For example, license plates that has SEX, LUV, or ASS can raise the standard bar of your car, even if you are driving an old 1980 Toyota Corolla. The love of being unique make Saudis strive to get customized license plate, therefore, don’t be surprised if you saw Saudis hanging their license plate on their chest like a chain and walking around with it.   By the end of the year of 2010, any phrase on a license plate that you can think about eventually you will see it on Saudi streets.

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pepsi Saudi Arabia is a Pepsi country. Pepsi or some call it Bebsi..Saudis love it!   Not Coca Cola nor any other kind of Cola, just cold refreshing Pepsi. Offer a Saudi Pepsi lover a Coca Cola, and see how he will look at you and ask you nicely if you have Pepsi, tell him it all tastes the same then see him flip out and start arguing with you for hours.

Pepsi goes hand and hand with the all traditional Saudi dish Kabsah, Pepsi compliments spices in the rice and chicken, which  leaves you with a feeling of full satisfaction and getting you ready for the afternoon nap. When it comes to how Saudis like to drink their Pepsi, they prefer to drink it in cans, for some reason it tastes better than bottle, and for kids it is more convenient to drink from cans…when they are done,  they can step on it and transform it into a hockey puck shape and start playing soccer with it.

Go to any vending machine in Saudi Arabia and you will find more than one Pepsi vending machine standing next to each other ganging on a one poor Coca Cola machine, plus I will not be surprised if those Coca Cola vending machines contains Pepsi in them. Pepsi is the number one beverage in Saudi!

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