Traveling in Saudi Arabia (Part 3)
• Travel to Saudi Arabia (part 3)
Yesterday, I talked with our compatriots who live and work in Saudi Arabia. What can I say. Fear has big eyes, and rumors about the severity of the Saudi customs are greatly exaggerated. I will try to dispel some myths. Generally, the more I am here and talk to the local, the better country. Judge for yourself. Terrible penalties for any offense? Yes, but no one really remembers where they were applied. The police are generally very humane, does not slow down on the road, and foreigners in general prefers not to get involved: you never know who he would be and who would stand up for him. And they do not know English. The law is harsh toward women? Yes, but many even try to drive a car without a license, arrange any shares and are demanding equal rights, nobody for it will not shoot. But the bonus Saudis are the safest country in the world where it is very easy, practically no street crime. You can not close the machine safely walk at night and not worry about the children. And most importantly, you can earn. Actually, the money here and going all over the world.
Yesterday I flew to the west, in Jeddah.
We say goodbye to Riyadh. Bye Bye!
Fly to Jeddah! Jeddah is considered the economic capital of the country, a port city on the Red Sea. Jeddah is much more democratic than the capital, where many foreigners, so women can go bareheaded, and the city even has a number of amusement parks.
From the heights of the city quite dull ...
Smooth grid blocks, parking, cars, traffic jams ...
In the courts of ordinary houses there is generally no improvement. Scorched earth. And this despite the fact that there's a lot of money.
are building a new interchange to the airport.
Beauty. Build very quickly. This is not what we, the route Moscow-Petersburg picking their 10 years. Here the whole city will build 10 years.
Jeddah airport receives each year a bunch of pilgrims traveling to the Hajj in Mecca and Medina. Now it is actively expanding.
Let's Fish Market ...
Ah, would such beauty in Moscow!
Yum-yum! I miss my grill.
There is a separate area where you purchased the fish cleaned.
In Jeddah, a very cool old city.
In the old days the Arabs do not care, so it slowly falls apart, and could be a very good tourist attraction.
Let's take a walk through the old town, and I'll tell you something interesting. Surely all wondering if everything is so strict with alcohol really? Of course, in any restaurant or store do not sell alcohol, but if you really want, you can always get. Each drinkers have a friend that has a desired phone. By the way, the restaurant has a drink, "Saudi champagne" - this is an apple or grape juice with soda water.
Alcohol is of two types: self-made and brand. With self-made all clear, all driven home to your taste. The French working here make vino, someone is driving, and tighter anything. With corporate booze, too, there are no problems, only the prices times 5 higher than in Moscow shops. Yet alcohol is in foreign embassies. On the occasion of the European and US embassies often hold receptions where alcohol is served without any problems. Alcohol can be purchased on reserves (compounds), where expats live. Usually it is enclosed by a high fence of the camp, where a barbed wire going fornication and debauchery. Women can go out there do not work in miniskirts, religious rules. In places with no fuss police. Of course, to get the local path is closed. But expats are free to consume alcohol.
You are probably wondering where alcohol is taken in such a closed country like Saudi Arabia? Open things are not discussed, but senior citizens with personal aviation and correct name, are imported into the country without difficulty bunch of booze, which then diverges on the black market.
Who is drinking alcohol just here all such believers? Yes, those who believed and drink. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain joins the big bridge, there is a boundary between the two states. In people, this bridge is called "Bridge of happiness." Every Thursday (Friday then off) thousands of Saudis line up, as quickly as possible to get to Bahrain, where you can freely plump and have fun with women. Someone flies to Dubai rip who are richer - fly to Europe. Nothing human is alien to them.
The old town is beautiful!
Note the tube
The condensate from outside air conditioning units required to derive the drain. All this takes place right on the facades.
The most surprising: despite the severity of the laws, there are in Saudi Arabia and prostitution. Of course, all very informal and difficult, but you can have fun even with the local women. Although local larger prey on the rich Arabs and foreigners are wary. But fornication among foreigners working here is booming. A lot of girls from Eastern Europe working here in medicine. They are also not averse to earn some money, if you can
One blogger has an amusing story about a meeting in Saudi:
"With the girls too" easy. " Once they stopped at some crossroads, waiting for the green light and druzhban-Arab asks - want an Arab girl? It includes bluetooth on the phone and looking for a phone with a woman's name. Something sends back and says: - pinpoint, exactly 30 minutes to call back.
Exactly 30 minutes later the call-cho the fray and go to some sort of an abandoned factory. Machines are opposite each other, windows are opened in that car 4 girls who remove niqab and show their faces. Laughing, she said, poking a finger at us. Negotiations are leaving. Again, call and ask again show "this belobrysenkogo". Right on the highway. We drive 140 km per hour, two cars parallel, we open the box and show me through the window. Right on the speed, my hair develop from muzzle perekorezhivshey wind.
Call back, okay, with your drink and ice and come in so many over there somewhere. Grab a drink and ice and go to some prestigious area. Left the car for a couple of blocks from the right house and the heat, furtively, backyard come to this villa. Why sneak? but because if you get caught, Arab prison and 20 sticks, and me a fine and deportation from the country. The villa that lives some divorced Arab woman, who used to be married to a prince, and he left her after the divorce this villa. We go there, and there are girls out of the car, in short skirts, in tight shirt. We wandered from room to room. The girl immediately explained the "rule of three visits": on the first date, you can only touch on the second kiss, the third all that your heart desires!
In general, even before the second date they is not reached. Just do not come. See sights. Look for rich Saudi. "
Oh, what machines! Dogs in the city. Dog Arabs considered the second dirty animals after pigs. Many superstitious Arabs Shugan dogs as a black cat.
In the old town live mostly immigrants from Africa.
And here so living princes. Princes belong to the royal family, a lot of them, hundreds of families of royal blood. The Royals, depending on the level of relationship with the king, occupied important government posts. Now there is a problem that the post is not enough at all, and the king have to invent all new positions for numerous rodstvennichkov. In Saudi Arabia, a very developed clan. All the inhabitants of the kingdom knows what family he can. The dispute often is enough to mention the name to scare the opponent. Actually, this is the home of one of the princes. Here lives the whole big family.
Some princes build their fences more. They say that if there is a Saudi passport and brains, you can be a millionaire. The thing is that in Saudi Arabia it is impossible to do business without the locals. Let's say you want to open a shop and sell in Jeddah Russian gingerbread. You need to find a partner from a local, and he will hold a 51% share of the new company. Work it, certainly will not, you simply each month will bring your partner a certain amount. Most business is organized in Saudi expats.
You see the bushes dome? This is a small replica of the Capitol, the house of one of the princes. Once near the site of the Prince built a high hotel. The prince did not like that hotel guests can see how the garden walk of his wife, and he built himself a roof over the entire site.
With freedom pictures in Saudi Arabia is very bad. It is strictly forbidden to photograph public institutions. If you notice, it provided a couple of days in a Saudi prison and deportation. In general a great camera all strains. It is clear that in any case can not shoot women. Trounced. Very popular sign:
In Jeddah elevated pedestrian crossings are used as advertising media.
The old city mosque, before there was beheaded. Now, by the way, on humanitarian grounds, public executions and corporal punishment is not carried out.
Jeddah - a resort town. There is a great promenade to the beach and many hotels. It is a pity, here tourists can not come
Of course, as in any Arab city, Jeddah is all very sad with the architecture.
Out of interest, it is planning to build Burj Al Mamlyaku, the royal tower. The skyscraper height of more than 1,000 meters, which will be the tallest building in the world. The architect of the building is the architectural firm Adrian Smith, the money gives Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal, one of the richest people in the Middle East, the king's nephew. Why build a skyscraper? In Dubai, there is the Burj Khalifa, 800 meters tall, and the Saudis it is very annoying. They consider themselves richer, then the tallest building should be at them!
Build not yet begun and it is unclear when they start. In 2012 we had to start doing the foundation, but it was limited to the installation of signs on the building site, and several piles Never nail.
As in Jeddah all go on the machines, banks have special auto-ATMs, which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your clunker, just like in the States
Even lots of small cars coffee kiosks. They do every step.
In the evenings relax Saudis. In principle, they rest in the morning, especially at lunch. Local work do not like and do not see much sense. Because of the heat, time shifted here, and people prefer to nightlife.
from 12 to 17, usually all are sleeping, the shops are closed, the streets are empty. Closer to sunset all wake up and go for a walk. Shops, restaurants and museums operate to 2 o'clock. It is a normal phenomenon, when at midnight on the playground full of children.
A beautiful walkway with columns and plitochki. In Moscow, I would like that!
recently in Jeddah have started to collect the garbage separately. These are the boxes with podsvetochka set.
Many of the buildings do not have a connection to central sewer. So every evening ride through the city scavengers and pumped sewage.
10 pm, all clearing clogged with vacationers. Hobby - picnic.
One of the main attractions of Jeddah - King Fahd huge fountain. The highest fountain in the world, by the way. Its height meters 312 meters, and in the sky is always 18 tons of water.
Many are not removed from the machine technical package. Especially it concerns the interior. It is quite normal that the car for two years, and everything inside the factory plenochku. They already muddy, torn, I can not see anything, but nobody touches it. It is normal when a person buys a Bentley showroom and sealed in a plastic bag to avoid contamination.