Why does it seem scary to live in Saudi Arabia?

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Why does it seem scary to live in Saudi Arabia?

Mudassir Ali 9 months 1 Answer 114 views

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  1. I asked different people to explain the Saudi Culture to me, the rights and the wrongs.
    I read up about Islam and the version practiced in KSA.
    I met some Imams (Religious leaders) who spoke English and often met with them to discuss my understanding and my reality, I even used them as consultants at work with a difficult client.
    I made friends with Saudi Nationals.
    I made friends with other Arabs including Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Palestinian.
    I made friends with Indians and Pakistani nationals.
    I had a quick dial to one of my Saudi friends if I was stopped by police and to my Indian or Pakistani friends if I needed assistance.
    If I ever called anyone for assistance, I always reciprocated with a thank you and a meal which normally ended with coffee.

    Even when missiles were been shot down over Riyadh, I have never felt scared unless it was engaging with a woman at work or during consulting as this was rare but in now becoming more common.

    I took the time to understand the culture and restrictions in every country I have worked in including Europe and UK and with this knowledge, I manage my situations.

    I am sure that if you did the same, you would feel less afraid. Experience life in KSA, it is a beautiful country, has a great story to tell and has many great people in it. It is a Kingdom and NOT a Democracy.

    In closing, the ‘scary’ may be due to the social life in KSA which is dependent on the city and province. You requirement to eat Pork or have alcohol, both are banned. This inability to get your fixes so to say, may place stress on your thinking and emotions.

    Hope this helps!

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