|Quoting BlueJuice (Reply 34):|
When in the KSA on business, 95% of the people I interacted with were expats and guest workers. The Saudis I did interact with made US government workers seem ultraefficient. At one point I went one week without speaking to a Saudi national. Work ethic is certainly an area that needs work. On my flight into RUH, my seatmate preapologized for the experience I was about to go through. Out of all my coworkers, I the "luckiest" having spent only 2 hours in the immigration line. My boss spent 6 hours with the team average being 3.5 to get through. I was processed by a very disinterested immigration officer that was more concerned with carrying on a conversation with the officer one booth over. After each step, he would pause and have a 5 minute conversation. I was smiling because the experience actually amused me. My treatment was considered VIP as I had a US passport with a business visa. I was told those from southeast Asia on work visas could sometimes spend a day or more in line to enter the country. Contrast that with the DXB and AUH, where everything was fast, efficient, and friendly.
Why am I not surprised by this? That is a bit of a problem. They (local nationals) do have an attitude problem.
Muslims on whole certainly aren't antiquated one bit. Only those who want to keep absolute power. We see this in non-Islamic countries such as North Korea, Zimbabwe, etc.
|Quoting DDR (Reply 38):|
Iran is the best hope for bringing stability to the region.
No not at all. While Iran does have more freedoms than say Saudi, they are a repressive and intolerant regime as well.
|Quoting N1120A (Reply 42):|
Quoting jacobin777 (Reply 33):
Not even close.
Dead on accurate.
That's simply your opinion mate.
|Quoting mandala499 (Reply 43):|
A lot of us non-Wahabbi Sunni Muslims hope for that, but we know it's going to be a tricky change, and a long one, if it ever happens.
I agree. As a non-Whabbi Sunni myself, I would certainly like to see this corrupt Saudi govt. go but I don't think it should be done hastily or quickly. I actually don't really mind the current structure but I think there is too much corruption, bigotry, etc. with the current set of Saudi rulers/leaders.
Really glad to hear! I'm really tired of these idiots and fanatics ruining Islam. 1/2 the crap they do is not even Islamic in the first place.
|Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 51):|
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 27):
So you represent the people of Saudi Arabia these days?
doesn't it bother you that the Al Saud family picks and chooses who'll run the place, etc?
Not really, as long as its in the best interest of the people (which usually isn't).