Ah to be single in KSA…

So, if you are single in the KSA you don't deserve a large car. Get a wife, get busy, procreate and then spend all the money on the car you wanted to get

So, if you are single in the KSA you don’t deserve a large car. Get a wife, get busy, procreate and then spend all the money on the car you wanted to get

Verify the link yourself at http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/894391

I hope that this is a joke. I am extremely lucky to work where I am. Very grateful. The locals whom I work and interact with are very respectful to me and their expat co-workers. They are open minded, hard working and genuinely nice…. and I am sure they look on this/these type of knee-jerk directive(s) as much as an insult as expats.

However, articles and directives like this seem to say that expats are to be blamed for everything. Keep in mind a few opinions I have seen over the years I have lived here:

  • “The locals cannot get the normal jobs because the expats have taken them all.” Never mind the fact that most locals don’t want these jobs like Taxi drivers, Cooks, Sweepers, Miswak selling, etc.
    • Has the director ever sat in a cab driven by a local from Jeddah to Makkah. We pray more in the cab for our safety than in the Haaram at times?
    • Has he been stopped on a bridge halfway to the Kabaah and told to get out because the negotiated fare just doubled?
  • “The expats are sending their earnings home” – they cannot buy a house and settle in the country, most are not allowed to bring their families here anyway, … so what do you expect them to do? Give the money back just for the privilege of being mistreated or regarded as lower caste people?
  • “Expats should be grateful they are paid what they get”.  Agreed. Most of us need the money. Once a goal is met the sane ones leave; others suffer the Stockholm syndrome or are rendered useless to work anywhere. However, being an employee is one thing an indentured slave is another. You are spared a ton of abuse if you have a degree and are hired by a multinational company. However, career options are severely limited when compared with the alternatives.
    • Is switching companies or jobs any easier? The color of your skin and the color of your passport determines your income and respect.
    • Is an expat going to own his (Egad … her) own consulting, engineering firm, or even a shop outright? Not likely in the current environment.
  • Do you blame the expat for sending money home to family that can only visit, who cannot buy a house to settle post retirement, who’s kids education and health insurance is not guaranteed?

I hope and pray that this directive is not real…. nor enforced. As Muslims we don’t need fodder for the West.

Verify the link yourself at http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/894391

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