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Travel to Saudi Arabia

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hmm.. in one sentence you say its super dangerous, and in the next you say he should get out into the desert and meet some real Arabs..

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Nope, it sounds like he will go. Good luck to him.

 

If he IS going to go then I'd recommend getting out of Riyadh. Far more interesting.

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Worked there for a couple of years in the late 90s. If it's only for a week or so then I'd say go, you may not get the chance again.

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Already have the blog, but don't think I'll be posting any updates while in SA. Will probably opt for the big update when I get back approach.

 

Website link is in profile, if you really want to know where.

 

I'll also post here after I return. Thanks everyone. :)

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Try to do daily updates. I did this while I was in India for half of last year and never regretted it, and at the time it provided a way of trying to rationalise the weird stuff happening around me. The Mrs even turned my blog entries and photos into a book which is a fantastic souvenir.

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definitely go, but if you are female please be aware that you must cover your hair, and you cannot drive any vehicles.

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if you are female...you cannot drive any vehicles.

Thats generally true in any country

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Hahah nice one about the driving Beg Tets. But what is the sotry about religion and covering of the hair, we even have at as Christians, in the way that nuns are forced to cover up. Is there something alluring about the sight of a head of hair that I'm missing and from which men must be protected?

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definitely go, but if you are female please be aware that you must cover your hair, and you cannot drive any vehicles.

Females can not enter Saudi without accompanied by their husband or father.

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Hahah nice one about the driving Beg Tets. But what is the sotry about religion and covering of the hair, we even have at as Christians, in the way that nuns are forced to cover up. Is there something alluring about the sight of a head of hair that I'm missing and from which men must be protected?

Yes, This is conservative Islam religion.it is not nice to show your hair to men outside of your family. It is belived that it will create some sexual tension.

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@sharpe:

females can enter the country alone but they need to met at the airport by their husband or sponsor (family member or work colleague)

Perhaps this is also what you meant? (I didn't want the impression out there that no females are allowed to land in Saudi Arabia solo)

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well, solo females can not enter country. and last time i checked out only 1st degree relatives could accompany. meanwhile women can not work in saudi (unless it is a totally women staffed office)

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This type of Visa I'm getting is very clearly marked as For Men Only. I also had to fill in my religion on the application form. And the passport picture was not allowed to have any jewelry of any kind.

 

Also, I agreed, in signing the application, that I would not bring any alcohol, drugs, pornography, or religious or political pamphlets with me, whether for my one use or for distribution to others. Fair enough, it's their country. I plan to travel light...

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sharpe: then how do the thousands of female Filipino maids and nannies enter the country each year? Surely not everyone is accompanied by a blood male relative?

They are also working in mixed male and female environments on a daily basis in the household.

Ditto for women employed by ARAMCO. I doubt they each travel to Saudi with a male relative and the office is mixed male/female - it's not segregated (my husband was there and witnessed this. Saudi women were in meetings with men and uncovered, no veil)

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