Andreas Haberbeck is a partner in the Jeddah office of Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.

Postcard from... Saudi Arabia

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  • You are talking and mentioning all the good part of life in KSA. I am sure that they are true. If this is the case then KSA should be everybody"s dream. But it is not. Why? Because there are other heavy factors that make life in KSA difficult.

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  • Yes, sounds great... you didn't mention the added attractions of beating your missus, beheading the infidels and marrying 6 year olds. Who's hiring?

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  • Anonymous | 24-Mar-2010 10:34 am, with some minor tweaks, your comments apply more to the catholic church than Saudi. I suggest that you suck and see (before being so judgemental!).

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  • Interesting to see the inevitable and stereotypical comments - both in the article and in the comment section.

    I eagerly await for the postcard from Paris that complains about Muslim girls being prevented from dressing as they wish, or the postcard from Switzerland that complains about the building restrictions on places of worship.

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  • My mistake. Given the basic human right of freedom of religion doesn't exist in Saudi and such things occur in the Catholic Church, Saudi of course is free of such horrors. "Moreover, women are not allowed to drive", what a disgrace making such a flippant comment and selling one's soul for a few bucks.

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  • You're right, such atrocities therefore couldn't happen in Saudi with no freedom of religion hence Catholic Church

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  • "Most expatriates live in high security compounds" - sounds charming.

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  • I know about Saudi. I'm a woman and I have been there a lot. It is a hard hard country for women. The comments are accurate. There is no stereotyping going on. Think carefully about going. And it is more dangerous than this article suggests unless things have changed recently-there is a reason for the high security. I think it is probably OK for men aprt from the security issues-at least you can move around freely without being hassled by the religious police -unlike women.

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  • Re-Anonymous | 24-Mar-2010 12:11 pm
    "I suggest that you suck and see (before being so judgemental!)." Don't advise sucking in Saudi. Could end up with some serious consequences.

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  • The cultural relativism espoused in some of these comments here makes me sick. The fact that Swiss citizens voted (by referendum) to prevent the construction of new minarets in no way is in the same ballpark as a medEVIL theocracy which tortures its citizens, beheads homosexuals, and keeps women locked up at home. Furthermore the cynicism of the writer and the corporate law firms which seek to operate there in pursuit of a quick buck is absolutely reprehensible.

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