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

Postcard from... Saudi Arabia

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  • Don't go to Saudi. Come to 'business friendly' Bahrain. You can have some of the restrictions of Saudi and some of the 'delights' of Western culture all at the same time. It is here that the Saudis themselves come in great numbers!!

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  • And next weeks postcard come from...

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    Mogadishu!

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  • As an expat lawyer who actually LIVES in Saudi (Riyadh), I find the "postcard's" decription actually pretty fair and accurate. These are really the +/- of the country in a nutshell. (I have been here for about 5 months.)
    Don't come if you're single (let alone if you're a single woman, which is borderline impossible anyway), but if you have young kids it's actually a pretty good life... The various expats communities are extremely warm an welcoming, no doubt because of the country's adverse conditions in many areas.
    But overall, lawyers and other expats here are pretty happy -- in fact many have been here for much longer than they initially thought they would, and have a hard time going back to Europe!
    I personally don't like Dubai, which I find to artificial and 'bachelor-centric', but if you're looking for a good middle-ground between Dubai and KSA, Oman and Abu Dhabi are probably the right spots.
    Cheers

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  • To the expat lawyer who 'actually LIVES' in Saudi. I am thinking of moving to Saudi - can you advise on any synagogues in your area which my family can attend and where it may be possible to buy kosher food ?

    thanks

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  • Anonymous | 29-Mar-2010 1:01 pm shows complete ignorance of his/her own faith - why don't you put your narrow prejudice aside and learn a bit about Islam before spouting off. If and when you finally grow up, you'll realise that there's no actual difference between halal and kosher meat and that muslims and jews have a great deal (may be too much) in common. Wake up and smell the chicken soup!

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  • Anonymous @ 29-Mar-2010. This is how Saudi is,nobody is forcing you to come here, and nobody is forcing us to stay here. We can pack and leave at any time. Stop your racist comments this is not going to help expats currently living in Saudi.

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  • Ananymous @1.01 (29 March) - what an utterly inane and ignorant response to a very accurate and balanced comment.

    FYI there are Jewish communities in both KSA and even Yemen.

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  • Anonymous@1.01 I suggest you ask why there are no synagogues in the Vatican first before asking if there are any in Saudi.

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  • Lewis - "the cynicism of the writer and the corporate law firms...is absolutely reprehensible." I'm sure you'll be a far more effective advocate of change preaching to a choir or just boycotting those with whom you disagree. But if you're seeking moral clarity, may I suggest another profession?

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  • Chosen Few - though similar, there are significant differences between halal and kosher. Just because two systems both ban pork and share certain other similarities doesn't mean "there's no difference."

    Shellfish? Cheeseburgers?

    That said, the best hot dogs have always been Hebrew National - which, while both kosher and halal, are alas, not to be found in Saudi Arabia.

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