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2013-03-24 12:32:40 AM
The only tourists to Saudi Arabia from America should be military tourists, unleashing depleted uranium rounds that tears the flesh of the wicked backward people who live there, leaving their offspring as mutants, soldiers working to destroy everything in their path, with only the screams of terror being heard from the endless assault, for like, I don't know, ten farking years.
 
2013-03-24 12:58:31 AM
Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.
 
2013-03-24 01:43:55 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.


I would love to go there for the historical things. Same with places like China. I really don't care about fancy cities, clubs, beaches, or any of that. But old dusty things that were built ages ago interest me greatly. So for me that would be amazing.
 
2013-03-24 01:51:49 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.


I feel slightly bad trying to time my hajj during a time when it's the least hot time if the year there. I'm surprised more people don't drop dead during it. Either that, or I'll go one year where Ramadan fasting isn't 16 hours long.

I've met many Saudis and they're all very nice. But besides being mandated by my faith, i don't have any want to visit....mainly because of the public executions and the fact that women can't drive.
 
2013-03-24 03:24:27 AM
The Saudis don't like head-strong American tourists with the ability to have their Government pull a strong political pressure on the House of Saud when they decide to bend that American over and fark them right up the ass with a sword.

They prefer to take their slave labor indentured servants foreign workers and "visitors" from countries which don't really give two shiats if they get railroaded through a legal system designed at every turn to fark them.
 
2013-03-24 05:01:55 AM
because one of two things would have to happen. They either let the western women do what ever the men are allowed to do, which would get their women asking "If they can, why can't we?". Or they make western women obey the same laws as their women, which would open them up to some huge international incidents when someone either purposefully disobeys, or does something illegal in ignorance.
 
2013-03-24 05:35:36 AM
Well I'll say 1 thing for the Saudis, they can get more done with a box cutter than any other people....
 
2013-03-24 05:38:59 AM

Tellingthem: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.

I would love to go there for the historical things. Same with places like China. I really don't care about fancy cities, clubs, beaches, or any of that. But old dusty things that were built ages ago interest me greatly. So for me that would be amazing.


We have clubs, beaches, and all that crap here.  I'm with you, bring on the ancient historical sites.
 
2013-03-24 05:41:23 AM
Damn! And I was looking so looking forward to Beheading Tour 2013
 
2013-03-24 05:41:31 AM
In all dealings with Saudi Arabia, it should be remembered that this is a country that proudly places their tool of execution on the national flag.

Honestly, we should never have invaded Afghanistan or Iraq; we should have invaded Saudi Arabia.
 
2013-03-24 05:41:44 AM

EmmaLou: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.

I feel slightly bad trying to time my hajj during a time when it's the least hot time if the year there. I'm surprised more people don't drop dead during it. Either that, or I'll go one year where Ramadan fasting isn't 16 hours long.

I've met many Saudis and they're all very nice. But besides being mandated by my faith, i don't have any want to visit....mainly because of the public executions and the fact that women can't drive.


You have a different definition of "very nice" than I do.
 
2013-03-24 05:46:05 AM
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2013-03-24 05:47:34 AM
NEW?   This has ALWAYS been their tourist slogan.
 
2013-03-24 05:52:53 AM

Tellingthem: I would love to go there for the historical things. Same with places like China. I really don't care about fancy cities, clubs, beaches, or any of that. But old dusty things that were built ages ago interest me greatly. So for me that would be amazing.


Many of the old, dusty things in China are in the middle of the cities. Just saying.

/also like the way some of the new buildings incorporate new and old
//haven't been there since the 90s
 
2013-03-24 05:59:09 AM

KrispyKritter:


Nice. .com
 
2013-03-24 06:04:19 AM

log_jammin: because one of two things would have to happen. They either let the western women do what ever the men are allowed to do, which would get their women asking "If they can, why can't we?". Or they make western women obey the same laws as their women, which would open them up to some huge international incidents when someone either purposefully disobeys, or does something illegal in ignorance.


These.

And Western women would go, and would disobey in droves, both on purpose and from total ignorance and because "Hey, we're spending $$$$$ in your freaking country, you better let me drive a f*** car!" and Saudi Arabia would be dragged kicking and screaming into the mid-20th century. The rulers know it, the imams damn well know it, and that's why they'd rather not have western tourists.

And in a few more decades when the oil starts to run dry, it will be Dubai and the Emirates that get the tourist traffic and Saudi will return to a deserted tribal wasteland. Best thing for them, really.
 
2013-03-24 06:06:42 AM

Tellingthem: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.

I would love to go there for the historical things. Same with places like China. I really don't care about fancy cities, clubs, beaches, or any of that. But old dusty things that were built ages ago interest me greatly. So for me that would be amazing.


If I had an unlimited supply of money and could spend the rest of my life constantly touring the world, I think I could skip Saudi Arabia. One could probably spend a lifetime just touring China.

And even if I converted to Islam and went on hajj, I somehow don't think I would feel very welcome there.
 
2013-03-24 06:10:23 AM
Am I the only one who is thinking "who would want to go to that backwards-ass shiathole anyway?"
 
2013-03-24 06:17:08 AM
Been there several times for work-- it is my favorite place to leave.


There is no such thing as a KSA tourist visa.

All this aside, even Saudis hate Saudi Arabia. Smart ones were educated in the US or UK.
 
2013-03-24 06:17:10 AM

The Only Sane Man In Florida: Am I the only one who is thinking "who would want to go to that backwards-ass shiathole anyway?"


Yep. Hell most Muslims don't want shiat to do with them but they are in control of Mecca so they have to play nice.
 
2013-03-24 06:20:32 AM
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Saudi Minister of Tourism?
 
2013-03-24 06:20:58 AM

JerkyMeat: The only tourists to Saudi Arabia from America should be military tourists, unleashing depleted uranium rounds that tears the flesh of the wicked backward people who live there, leaving their offspring as mutants, soldiers working to destroy everything in their path, with only the screams of terror being heard from the endless assault, for like, I don't know, ten farking years.


Not enough wicked backward people in America?
 
2013-03-24 06:32:23 AM

Happy Hours: If I had an unlimited supply of money and could spend the rest of my life constantly touring the world, I think I could skip Saudi Arabia. One could probably spend a lifetime just touring China


Nah fark China too. Judging by FARK and other media stories, they are almost like the FL of the world; nothing good comes from them. All we hear about is hacking, horrible human rights and animal abuses, shiatting in holes, blocking websites, pollution, shiatty cheap exports etc etc. They have some interesting history and architecture and such, but sometimes I wish Genghis Khan would have one a better job.
 
2013-03-24 06:38:42 AM
I hear North Korea is beautiful at this time of year!
 
2013-03-24 06:41:11 AM
I would rather go on vacation to Nazi Germany.
 
2013-03-24 06:50:17 AM

BalugaJoe: I would rather go on vacation to Nazi Germany.


Over 70 years too late.

I'd visit North Korea before visiting the culturally and politically unstable pile of crazy that is Saudi Arabia.
 
2013-03-24 06:51:10 AM
As someone who lived there for over a decade, I had a great time visiting some unforgettable sites and doing things many would consider impossible based on the limited knowledge many have of the country.  To list a few: driving dune bugs through beautiful sand dunes by the beach, surfing, hiking, visiting old souks where it seems like time is stopped because of archaic practices, camping out in the desert, etc...

I'm the first person to biatch about women not being able to drive, political and religious motivated sermons that promote extremism in the mosques, public executions, the treatment of Asian laborers, strict business and visa requirements for foreigners, among other things.  But I have fond memories of how Saudi was prior to Desert Storm and I do my best to not judge it based on the religious extremists who seem dead set against any form of progress.

I'll most likely never be able to return and visit the place I grew up in but I had a perfect childhood there. It allowed me to live like a typical American child growing up in the 80s but it also allowed me an exposure to many cultures that would preclude me from spewing some of the crap I'm reading in this thread. I just wish our media wasn't so biased towards that region of the world that it's convinced some of you a country deserves bombing simply because of a small group of morons. You don't see me wanting to bomb all of Kansas because of the Westboro Church douchebags.
 
2013-03-24 07:03:54 AM
Archaic criminal justice system.
Overtly sexist family law system
Overtly sexist laws, period.
Foreigners protections based on the concept of dhimmitude
Nothing of significant world historical import (gotta go to Egypt for the Pyramids, or the remains of the library at Alexandria for that)
Of course, you can visit the site where <a data-cke-saved-href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Mecca_girls%27_ school_fire" data-cke-saved-href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Mecca_girls%27 _school_fire">the scores of girls were beaten back into the burning building by the police because they weren't dressed modestly enough to be on  the street while their dormitory burned.
 
2013-03-24 07:04:56 AM
Let's not go there. T'is a silly place.
 
2013-03-24 07:15:30 AM
Seems they have taken The GodSmack approach.
 
2013-03-24 07:18:08 AM
I just can't the whole "religious pilgrimage" thing seriously.
They leave the Western world and the bounty it has given humanity to throw rocks at a wall,renew fealty to a farking meteorite, and kill some animals because god still loves blood sacrifices.

Seal the place off.
 
2013-03-24 07:18:55 AM

RatMaster999: Tellingthem: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.

I would love to go there for the historical things. Same with places like China. I really don't care about fancy cities, clubs, beaches, or any of that. But old dusty things that were built ages ago interest me greatly. So for me that would be amazing.

We have clubs, beaches, and all that crap here.  I'm with you, bring on the ancient historical sites.


I like neato natural things, and collections of art too. But clubs? Restaurants? Hell, I haven't eaten at half the places in my town!

/Also, why the hell would anyone go on a cruise? I can eat like a frkkin pig at home.
 
2013-03-24 07:38:36 AM
I've been to Jeddah for a job interview. Saw the aftermath of a horrible car wreck. Guy was ejected. People were gathered around stealing his shoes and rifling through the car.

I'll gladly stay away.
 
2013-03-24 07:41:51 AM
Vanity Fair had a story about tourism to Saudi Arabia a couple years back and the people in charge of tourism have to be the most clueless people I've ever come across. It's like they can't even conceive of what tourism is, let alone why they should promote it. Sad thing is, your average Saudi is likely to be a wonderful person, who happens to be stuck being ruled by people who have an almost comical lack of clue when it comes to ruling a nation. Forget the religious stuff, when it comes to ruling it's like someone gave a country to an eighth grade student government.
 
2013-03-24 07:43:20 AM
Hey, stop badmouthing our allies.
 
2013-03-24 08:18:36 AM
All the 9/11 terrorists were from there.
 
2013-03-24 08:22:15 AM

lumiere: You don't see me wanting to bomb all of Kansas because of the Westboro Church douchebags


It's not the worst idea I've ever heard.
 
2013-03-24 08:33:51 AM

big pig peaches: Hey, stop badmouthing our allies "allies".


FIFY.

/ "frenemy" would also be acceptable
 
2013-03-24 08:40:06 AM
The House of Saud has been in trouble for awhile; they just keep it well-hidden.
 
2013-03-24 08:51:50 AM

dr-shotgun: In all dealings with Saudi Arabia, it should be remembered that this is a country that proudly places their tool of execution on the national flag


What kind of psychopath would proudly celebrate executions?

thesocietypages.org
 
2013-03-24 08:53:24 AM
Wait until the oil runs out, they'll have PR guys all over the world trying to drum up some tourists.
 
2013-03-24 09:02:05 AM
Here is a true story for farkers.

I work at a University which has a high percentage of students from Saudia Arabia, Iran and Iraq. I'd say roughly 30% of the student body. I see women walking in groups in full burka or some variation there of daily. Throngs of males running around in high fashion with fast cars. Both sexes will stare and point at me. I suspect its the red hair flying in the breeze and pale skin. With way too much cologne. I had a Saudia Arabian student in my class who was having trouble but was working really hard. Had been in the US for several years and very Western-ized. He loved South Park and actually wanted to learn. Was fun to work with. In addition to him, there was a group of 5 students (I called them the Fab Five), three of which were brothers. None of them would not speak to me which made teaching hard. They would steal other students material and copy from it, intimidated myself and other students. This behavior continued all semester. I noticed that my Saudi friend stayed away from him. I finally asked him what the deal was and he said "I don't associate with those kind" referring to the other students. Conversation ended there. Will never forget that.

My boss told me to pass them since he didn't want any trouble. These students are getting degrees in English and can not even form a sentence in the language.

As much as I enjoy other cultures, if you aren't willing to respect mine in my own country, go home yourself.
 
2013-03-24 09:15:00 AM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.


My aunt and uncle went a couple of years ago.  My uncle's a civil engineer, and did a lot of work there in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the oil money was starting to pour in and the Saudis started building a modern state (and also before the fundamentalists took control of all things political and religious).

My aunt is the very definition of a liberated, modern woman, and I couldn't understand why she wanted to go.  She explained that she wanted to see the things her husband had helped build before they met, which makes sense to me.  They ended up booking a package tour, as it was the only easy way to deal with all the rules and restrictions on non-pilgrim tourists, which had to be hard for them, as the two of them haves traveled all over the world on their own.
 
2013-03-24 09:16:13 AM
You know what the business community thinks of you? They think that a hundred years ago you were living in tents out here in the desert chopping each other's heads off and that's where you'll be in another hundred years
 
2013-03-24 09:18:14 AM
Having worked in Saudi for a few years in the late 70's and early 80,s, I would advise any sane person; not on a religious pilgrimage to lose any thought of visiting the least hospitable most culturally backward  spot on the planet. While I met some Saudis that were very pleasant, most sneered at you as a filthy infidel. Everything there is geared to assuring you will enjoy NOTHING. On my first arrival I thought they should put a sign out that said "THE ANSWER TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS IS NO!"
 
2013-03-24 09:31:33 AM

PunGent: EmmaLou: Adolf Oliver Nipples: Unless you're on a hajj, I can't think of any reason why anybody would want to go to Saudi Arabia. Seriously, I've been there, and it's sand, heat, and a whole bunch of rules that don't make any sense to the average tourist yet will get you in serious shiat if you break them.

That part of the world is best avoided, and is hardly an ideal place for you to relax and unwind.

I feel slightly bad trying to time my hajj during a time when it's the least hot time if the year there. I'm surprised more people don't drop dead during it. Either that, or I'll go one year where Ramadan fasting isn't 16 hours long.

I've met many Saudis and they're all very nice. But besides being mandated by my faith, i don't have any want to visit....mainly because of the public executions and the fact that women can't drive.

You have a different definition of "very nice" than I do.


================

A few key words about regarding my dealings with Saudis:  Arrogant, narcissistic, childish, immature, vain, hateful, avaricious, condescending, chauvinistic, hypocritical,  dishonest, swine-like.....

I've got a lot more words, but I haven't had my coffee yet.
 
2013-03-24 09:34:37 AM
Backwards Islamic nations who enforce morality with capital punishment can go stew in their own poverty and ignorance, while the wealthy oil sultans rule the country with an iron fist. That leaves out almost the entire Middle East.
 
2013-03-24 09:43:19 AM

Coastalgrl: Here is a true story for farkers.

I work at a University which has a high percentage of students from Saudia Arabia, Iran and Iraq. I'd say roughly 30% of the student body. I see women walking in groups in full burka or some variation there of daily. Throngs of males running around in high fashion with fast cars. Both sexes will stare and point at me. I suspect its the red hair flying in the breeze and pale skin. With way too much cologne. I had a Saudia Arabian student in my class who was having trouble but was working really hard. Had been in the US for several years and very Western-ized. He loved South Park and actually wanted to learn. Was fun to work with. In addition to him, there was a group of 5 students (I called them the Fab Five), three of which were brothers. None of them would not speak to me which made teaching hard. They would steal other students material and copy from it, intimidated myself and other students. This behavior continued all semester. I noticed that my Saudi friend stayed away from him. I finally asked him what the deal was and he said "I don't associate with those kind" referring to the other students. Conversation ended there. Will never forget that.

My boss told me to pass them since he didn't want any trouble. These students are getting degrees in English and can not even form a sentence in the language.

As much as I enjoy other cultures, if you aren't willing to respect mine in my own country, go home yourself.


Obscenely rich people wih entitlement issues?  Thank Gawd we don't have that in 'Murica.

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2013-03-24 09:46:05 AM
Funky cold, Madineh!

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2013-03-24 09:49:22 AM

Coastalgrl: Here is a true story for farkers.

I work at a University which has a high percentage of students from Saudia Arabia, Iran and Iraq. I'd say roughly 30% of the student body. I see women walking in groups in full burka or some variation there of daily. Throngs of males running around in high fashion with fast cars. Both sexes will stare and point at me. I suspect its the red hair flying in the breeze and pale skin. With way too much cologne. I had a Saudia Arabian student in my class who was having trouble but was working really hard. Had been in the US for several years and very Western-ized. He loved South Park and actually wanted to learn. Was fun to work with. In addition to him, there was a group of 5 students (I called them the Fab Five), three of which were brothers. None of them would not speak to me which made teaching hard. They would steal other students material and copy from it, intimidated myself and other students. This behavior continued all semester. I noticed that my Saudi friend stayed away from him. I finally asked him what the deal was and he said "I don't associate with those kind" referring to the other students. Conversation ended there. Will never forget that.

My boss told me to pass them since he didn't want any trouble. These students are getting degrees in English and can not even form a sentence in the language.

As much as I enjoy other cultures, if you aren't willing to respect mine in my own country, go home yourself.


You realise that your profile just melted down? I do not understand why department chairs and deans try so hard to avoid failing people who deserve it.

First time I catch academic dishonesty, it's a zero for the assignment. Second time it's a zero for the course and a referral to a disciplinary committee. Thankfully, no one ever got to step two.
 
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