Archive for KSA

Hofuf

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East, reflection, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by leginsky

I am in AL Hofuf, part of the Al Ahsa region, KSA.  Please see this Google Earth screen snip (click on pictures to see them)

It is down from Dammam, on the Gulf, towards Riyadh.

Here is the sign you see when you enter Hofuf from the Qatar Road side (from UAE)

The retail of the city mostly comprises small shops

Just above, an outdoor market, with goods hanging

Typical women’s dress

Most people live in villas with a wall around, a driver’s accomodation built into the wall and a maid who lives in the house.  Many are bigger and fancier, but this is typical.

There are many, many grilled food places.  The traditional ones don’t have a family section, so women aren’t allowed to enter, to buy food or to sit inside.  Some newer places have family sections so women can come if accompanied by a male relative (certainly no unrelated male).

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Road Trip 2

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Animals, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East, reflection, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by leginsky

Into Saudi, on the road to AL Hofuf (Al Ahsa).

Scenery along the way

Yikes!  Dunes!

This is the Arabian Gulf.  The Salway corner is the only turn in the road from the KSA border to Hofuf.  Biig event … a corner!  You can go to Qatar that way… we go the other way, to Hofuf.

Typical “facilities” along the way 

It was a windy, sandy day along the road to Hofuf – pretty typical – wears the paint off the front of your vehicle

In Hofuf – and the local police want to you to watch out for the faults of others – wise, as no one wants to admit that they themselves may have faults!

Road Trip!

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Dubai, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East, reflection, Travel, UAE life and culture with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by leginsky

Off to Saudi from UAE, destination Al Ahsa – Hofuf!!  Please click on pictures …
Roadside store and men’s rest stop

Leaving UAE – and the UAEs good wishes

Closing in on the Saudi border

And at Saudi border

Then, hooray, thru the border and on to Hofuf!!

A Great Logo

Posted in KSA, Middle East, reflection, Travel with tags , , on October 3, 2009 by leginsky

Saudi Arabia may be a tough place for non-Islamic expats to live, but it does have a great logo.

KSA Symbol

KSA Symbol

Back in the UA…

Posted in Al_Ahsa, arbitration, Business, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East, reflection, Travel with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by leginsky

Borrowing from the old Beatles song, it is “back in the UA … back in the UA … Back in the U eh eh E”.  I am back in Dubai now.  Driving from Al Ahsa in the KSA into the UAE and then past Abu Dhabi to Dubai was like driving into the future.  And not all in a good way, I suppose.  The construction at Abu Dhabi is monstrous, the roads are good and the pace is still furious.   You can see how people might like the sleepiness, the slower pace , and certainly the much lower cost of living of Al Ahsa.  However, for me I enjoy the work I do here, the friends I have here and the variety Dubai has to offer.  I must say that the Saudi people I met were friendly and helpful.  However, if you are not a follower of Islam, there is little to do in Al Ahsa as life revolves around religion and the mosque.  So it is back to Dubai for me!

The Burj Dubai

The Burj Dubai

Living In Al Hufuf (Hofuf)

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East with tags , , , , on June 14, 2009 by leginsky

I have not blogged in a while.  Let’s put it down to the myriad things one has to do to adjust to living in the KSA.  We live in Al Hufuf or Hofuf now.  A good description here.

It is a character place.  Wacky driving, some ramshackle amongst the new villas, very friendly people.  Westerners are an oddity here.  I had no access to the hocky playoffs.

More on our area and King Faisal U. later.

Moving to Saudi (3)

Posted in Al_Ahsa, Hofuf, KSA, Middle East, reflection with tags , , , on April 12, 2009 by leginsky

I am learning a lot.  First, I get the sense (after being here a whole 13 days) that KSA is a very complex, layered and interesting country.  The people are very friendly and welcoming.  They want our talents and skills.  The society is hungry to grow and develop, and not waste the resources (both human and natural) with which it is blessed.  On the surface, it is an uncompromising monoculture.  However, there are so many progressive people here, eager to get things done, that often accommodations are made to ensure that we are comfortable and get what we need.  I will be more forthcoming later.

I appreciate this place.  The learning will be more subtle than it was in Dubai (of course no one ever accused Dubai of subtle!!).

More later.