Important Notice

It is not my intention to denigrate Saudi Arabia or its people. It’s like everywhere else, there is good and there is bad. I would rather focus on the unusual and the humourous. Offence is not intended.

“The country is not perfect. The media cannot be trusted, mistreatment of religious minorities is common and there are some that live in fear.” You can decide for yourself whether that statement is about Saudi Arabia, the UK, or any country for that matter.

To quote the Joker, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

That is all I will say about either subject.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Saudi In A Nutshell?

Your wife comes to visit you in Riyadh. Her expectations are very low but she actually finds that life here isn't too bad and contemplates moving here to be with you permanently.
You head to the airport for her flight back to Europe and she's not allowed to leave the country because her visa doesn't have an exit stamp in it. There's been a cock-up. She has to stay. Her face goes pale. You're in the dog house.
The next day you to speak to a friend of a friend. He "knows some people" (wasta!). That night your wife has her exit stamp and departs the country. You're a hero. Well maybe not, but at least she's talking to you again.

As you're saying goodbye to your wife and child you have one last review of your one year old son's visa in his passport. You notice that right next to the cute picture of his little baby face are the immortal words "Not Permitted to Work."
Who says the authorities don’t have a sense of humour?


SuperNitfah said...

Sadly, Saudi authorities never update their immigration systems... They complicate everything with us too, the GCC Nationals, when we travel to Saudi through King Fahad Causeway!

Alwan said...

Dear Margrave, I can see your learning about Saudi Arabia has amazingly improved. Since you reached that depth and knew about “Wastah”, I grant you the certificate of expertise in Saudi studies. You deserve it!

Margrave said...

Woo hoo! I will definitely add this to my CV!

jarollah said...

im an iranian who live in saudi arabia and i have a blog about saudi arabia your writings about saudi is useull and i wane use and translate in persian

Margrave said...

Please feel free :-)

lillian said...

wow your blog is being translated to PERSIAN !
Impressed :-)

Anonymous said...

i live in Uzbekistan and in my 2 day old daughters visa it also says not permitted to work, wonder if she will be allowed to when we get to KSA

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