- May 6, 2010
With the new liberal regime, maybe things have changed?I worked there for 3 months and swore I’d never go back. Not in Riyad mind you, a city called Taif in the south.
But I hated it. Mostly rude entitled people, litter and filth everywhere, can’t get a beer, sit in a restaurant surrounded by a curtain, everything closes 5 times a day. Never again.
Sorry dude, I can’t tone it down. I absolutely detest the place. Even a friend I worked with, a Muslim Pakistani who thought his dream had come true being posted to Saudi so he could visit Mecca and Medina, was so disillusioned with the country. He hated it and them with a passion.
Sounds like a really dumb person.Brother was there for 10 years in the end. SAP related. Had no expenses there..housing ,everything provided for. Every now and then drove across to Bahrain, having a legal beer over there. Didn't take long to start brewing his own
https://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/sydney-grandfather-peter-mutty-jailed-and-flogged-in-saudi-arabia-for-carrying-home-brew/news-story/0280febd5d7caee7c937d96f2ff5012dPeter Mutty jailed and flogged in Saudi Arabia for carrying home brew
A SYDNEY grandfather has been jailed and flogged in Saudi Arabia for carrying home brewed beer.
Peter Mutty was arrested for carrying two cartons of home brewed light beer and two cases of homemade red and white wine in his car, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The same crime attracts a sentence of expulsion from the country for other offenders, but the 57-year-old was sentenced to six months imprisonment alongside rapists and murderers in the capital’s Thuqba prison.
Along with being held inside the notorious prison, Mr Mutty was reportedly given 28 lashes from a cane before his release last month.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3293515/British-grandfather-74-sentenced-350-lashes-brewing-homemade-wine-Saudi-Arabia-NOT-punished-released.htmlBriton Karl Andree, 74, who had been threatened with flogging after breaching strict alcohol laws, will be released from Saudi custody, Philip Hammond said today.
Mr Andree had been sentenced to prison and 350 lashes for brewing wine in his bath, breaking Saudi Arabia's strict alcohol laws.
He was arrested in Jeddah in August last year after police found found bottles of his home-made bathtub wine in his car.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, which he has now served, but the brutal flogging was due to be carried out upon his release.
Maybe because they're both stupid? Thousands of expats brew without any issue in KSA.Sounds like a really dumb person.
in his car
It's actually really not that hard to buy proper alcohol (but the price is crazy high) in the compounds anyway, you just have to know the right person.wine in his car.
This has changed. The law became effective in this very month I think.If you are immigrating to a country with less civil liberties, I would think you are doing it wrong. Why would you want to live in a country where it the fact woman are now allowed to drive is considered a landmark human rights victory?
I have a friend that is also doing some contract work for a film/video industry in Saudi as well, as a SAP consultant. He is doing remote work from JHB. See if that is possible.I work in film / video industry... love my home based here in CPT - but always keen for a change. Never ever thought of going to Saudi Arabia, and naturally hesitant at the prospect.
Love my beer, love my city and love my job. The only reason I'd do this is for financial gain - go for a year or two and come back and buy a house etc.
Just not sure whether the shift in lifestyle is worth the money... especially the destination being Saudi.