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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh September 27th 2011

Afgelopen weekend hadden we een extra vrije dag. 23 september bleek de nationale dag in Saudi Arabië te zijn. Wist ik veel. Omdat dit keer 23 september op vrijdag viel (in het weekend), werd de feestdag verschoven naar de zaterdag. Toen ik vroeg wat er dan gevierd wordt kon niemand me dat vertellen: geen vrede na een oorlog, geen bevrijding van een onderdrukker, geen uitroepen van de nationale staat, niemand die het weet. Ook niet waarom deze dag eigenlijk op 23 september wordt gevierd. Dus dan maar eens Googelen op Internet. Daar vond ik een column van de hoofdredacteur van de Arab News die er een stukje over schreef. In zijn column schreef hij een filosofisch verhaaltje over de betekenis van een nationale dag, en hoe je dat eigenlijk zou moeten vieren. Het was duidelijk dat ... read more
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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh September 17th 2011

Het is vandaag al weer zaterdag, dus het weekend is voorbij. Hier in Saoedi Arabië is het weekend op donderdag en vrijdag. Dus vandaag, zaterdag, heb ik een beetje het Nederlandse maandaggevoel. Van de directeur van onze nieuwe school kreeg ik een PowerPoint voor nieuwkomers, met richtlijnen hoe een buitenlander zich moet gedragen. Die is gemaakt door Almarai, de multinational die onze school financiert. Dat bedrijf heeft duizenden buitenlanders in dienst, en er werken zo’n 60 nationaliteiten. De presentatie gaat vooral over zedelijke kleding, eten met de rechterhand, geen contact met vrouwen op straat, en niet met de benen over elkaar tegenover een Saoediër gaan zitten. Het is een belediging als je een Saoediër de zolen van je schoenen laat zien: dat betekent dat je niks met hem te maken wilt hebben en dat je hem ... read more
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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh September 13th 2011

De laatste aflevering was ruim 8 maanden geleden, op XX januari. Die aflevering schreef ik in Kabul, Afghanistan. Daarna is er veel gebeurd. Twee dagen later werd ik ziek (zware longontsteking, volgens de dokter kantje boord), en we moesten terugkomen. Eerst een klein stukje vliegen, naar Dubai, om daar verder uit te zieken in schonere lucht en op zeeniveau, en daarna het lange stuk terug naar Nederland om weer helemaal op krachten te komen. Het duurde maanden voor ik me weer de oude voelde. In de tussentijd had iemand anders mijn taken in Kabul overgenomen, en het project belandde in een impasse doordat de Afghaanse overheid geen eigen mensen in dienst wilde nemen die inmiddels in Nederland waren getraind, althans niet tegen een aantrekkelijk salaris. Na het vertrek van de Nederlandse militairen uit Uruzgan was de ... read more
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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Jeddah September 1st 2011

"Madain Saleh (Al-Hijr) dates back to the Nabataeans Civilization considered as one of the very important archaeological site in Saudi Arabia that is called The Capital of the Monuments as it contains huge amount of diverse and multifaceted monuments." - madainsaleh.net We left Jeddah City at 3 am for a 10 hour ride to Al Ula, the closest town to Madain Saleh. I was quite at ease during the past first couple of hrs on the road until i was doomed to a very uncomfortable sleep since i decided not to sleep the night before it as i don't want to miss the trip. Although we made a couple of stops for a fuel refill and time for stretching and some sort of comfort. The scenery along the road was picture perfect and glad to take ... read more
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sand dunes along the road
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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Riyadh August 11th 2011

I am B.E. mechanical student, recently completed my 2nd year(4 semesters). Since i am a saudi born so i was planning for an internship in saudi arabia next year i.e. after the completion of my 3rd year(6 semesters). currently i live in Lahore, Pakistan..... kindly guide me...... read more

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Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Jeddah November 6th 2010

The Golden Grapes Luckily for me my time in Saudi happened to coincide with the 4th annual Golden Grape awards held on the compound. This consisted of a number of different people from inside and outside of the compound. I arrived at 7pm with my with the scene nicely set around the pool with catering provided and the designated drinking tables set out with the competition entries. The categories for entry were Beer, White Wine, Red Wine, Ports and Others. Participants that were entering their own brew were allowed to enter one entry per category. Myself and my dad entered into the beer, white & red wine. Once everyone was ready we set off sampling as many of the different categories as you dared to sample. I decided to opt for the beers first. The only ... read more
Campsite At Sunset
Me At The Top Of The Highest Dune
Sand Dunes

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Jeddah October 16th 2010

Initial Impressions When agreeing to my 7 week adventure to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is known out here, I had a very few preconceptions upon what I was about to embark on. I naively thought that It would be a less glamorous version of Egypt/UAE, how wrong I was, it certainly has been a culture shock of massive proportions. Arriving at the airport at 6.30am after managing to get some sleep on the plane thanks to my trusty new travel pillow (God send). I proceeded to get off the plane to be hit by the usual wall of hot air when you arrive abroad. I was quite taken back by the heat this early in the morning though, but as I was soon to learn that in the KSA it never gets cold. ... read more
Snorkeling
View from the balcony
The Greens at Desert Golf

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Jeddah June 18th 2010

Sakir was a deeply-tanned, well-built man in his mid-thirties, very much in the mould of the men I remember seeing everywhere in my father’s village in Bangladesh, only he was Indian. He had that wonderful Asian hairdo, where the hair is just left to grow into a huge mass on the head, styled only by a slight comb-over at the front and wonderfully complimented by a thick moustache that wouldn’t look out of place on the top lip of a Bollywood gangster. The ‘tache was also clearly something he took pride in, cultivating it regularly with a comb that he kept in the breast pocket of his faded beige shirt. We became properly acquainted one night as I struggled to enter my Jeddahn accommodation carrying several heavy shopping bags; “Coffee?” asked Sakir in his strong Indian ... read more
Amir the Harris

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Empty Quarter June 15th 2010

Monday, 14th June, Dubai. This was one port that I had many expectations of and looked forward to seeing this ‘most modern city on earth’. Historians tell us that prior to the advent of Oil and natural gas in the region, Dubai was no more than a fishing village belonging to the Bani Yas tribe who made their living from fishing and pearling as well as camel breeding but was now the shining star of 21st century success. It’s other claims to fame are the tallest building in the world, the only 7 star Hotel in the world (Burj Al Arab) and The Gold souk. It was also the home of Sinbad the sailor. The city is split into two parts, the old part Bur Dubai retains many of it’s ancient buildings and old Souks then ... read more

Middle East » Saudi Arabia » Mecca June 6th 2010

okay, our trip was next to Mecca. After leaving Medina, me and group were going to Mecca with bus. We were arrived at night, it's about 8 p.m. The leader gave as 'instruction' to have dinner. During in Mecca, me and group stayed at Le Meridien hotel. Great hotel,huh?lol and the important thing is, our hotel are really close from Gate one in Masjidil Haram. Cool! After we'd dinner together, we were prepared for Umrah. Me and my parents wore Umrah stuffs and got ready for going to Masjidil Haram. I cant believe it that Ka'bah just a few meters for me and of course, I'm getting closer. What a wonderful! I'm crying, everybody's crying. I'm touched and still crying. I'm praying and ask to God, What i want in my future. After that, we all ... read more
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Red Sea, Jeddah
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