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Living In Saudi

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Submitted by Proud Texan (Saudi Arabia), Jan 8, 2006 at 05:58

I live and work in Saudi Arabia. My wife has a multi entry visa and comes and visits me several times a year. Yes she wears a plain abiya when we are out driving in Saudi and shopping in public out of respect. she has also gone shopping in western dress without any comments and of course it is obvious that I am not from Saudi due to my Texas accent and looks.

When in Bahrain, there is no need to dress Arabic as most of the people out and about are expats any way. The clubs and resturants are everywhere.

Where I live in Saudi, we attend a protestant church and there are catholic services as well near by. There are Saudis that live near were I do and there are no problems. A lot of people make their own wine which is quite good but you just don't go brazenly showing it off or go out in public after drinking.

We play golf, have card games, cook outs and all but it is still not America but alright.

Now driving in Saudi is a whole different issue and would take pages to describe some of those events!

It is the attitude and what you make of it.

Proud Texan
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