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Saudization meets reality

Posted: June 17, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi ruling shoura council has embarked on the process known as ‘saudization’ over recent years which has now been brought further into public focus with the much hyped 2030 National Strategic Development and Diversification Plan. Basically this is Saudi Arabia seeking to develop an economy not wholly dependant on oil and foreign workers – which in of itself is a fanciful dream by many

That’s the plan but here’s the reality…


Suppliers of goods and services, in this case mobile phones and accessories, refuse to supply and deal with Saudi Nationals. Some are quoted as saying they fear  limited legal recourse for non/late payment, low productivity and poor attendance/work ethic. Many Saudi’s only wanting to ‘work’ 5-8 hours 5 days a week – whereas ex pats often work 12 hours – 6 days a week to maintain productivity, profits and targets

In response the government are considering punitive measures such as increased rents and taxes for violators

So where does that leave the proposed initiative to replace thousands of foreign workers with young Saudi’s? The target of 50% saudization for the telecommunications sector seems way off – currently it is estimated that around 10% of employees are Saudi


As an employer choosing to employ a Saudi will often face a reduction in meeting targets, work efficiency and productive hours… Basically they can expect to become less profitable. This simple fact – verifiable by speaking to anyone – is the reason saudization will never work and possibly bankrupt the entire economy if ‘forced’ by the ruling elite.

Consider labour intensive sectors of the economy e.g. construction and a saudization goal of 50%. For example a building company may employee 50 builders and labourers and a couple of Saudi managers and architects. To hit the prescribed criteria they would have to either employ 48 more Saudi managers to balance labourers or sack 48 Bangladeshi/Indian or flippino workers. Either way the construction will very quickly go backrupt. The government constantly espouse the willingness of young men in this country to work – in the case of hard physical labour this is utter balderdash. It is obvious to any idiot that exceptions are going to have to be forthcoming to avoid the proverbial wheels falling off this bus!

Watch this space..


2016 and beyond

Posted: December 14, 2015 in Saudi Arabia


As the end of the year looms near it is time to contemplate 2016 and the new opportunities it may offer, the adventures I may experience and choices that will need making

Unlike previous years the coming 12 months will almost certainly mean significant changes to me, my priorities and overall outlook on life

One certainty is that i will not be staying in Saudi Arabia for another entire year

Christmas list (my ambitions for 2016):

Get married

Ride a scooter from Capetown – South Africa to Cairo – Egypt

Volunteer in my orphanage in India for a few months

Buy a motorbike

…. According to the government



Basically they spend millions on massive infrastructure projects like dams and city anti-flooding measures then don’t maintain them. Exemplified on a miniature scale where I live.

Beautiful sea front corniche ‘promonade’ built 10 years ago, zero maintenance so now cracked and crumbling into the sea

What a waste of money 😦

There seems to be absolutely no understanding of up keep or ongoing repairs

A royal drug mule…?

Posted: October 31, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia the penalty for drug smuggling is death – no ifs no buts

Recently a prince was stopped by prior to flying out of Beirut by customs personnel with 40 suitcases of captagon and cocaine inside his private jet

Why do I have a suspicion there will be leniency applying sharia law in his case….?

Early death VS baldness

Posted: September 20, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

Oh let me die earlier for the sake of a full head of hair

Drinking a cold beer

Posted: July 14, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia style – 0% alcohol


It’s like summer without the sun maaaaan


Shamal Winds



30 days and counting

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

Looking forward to a months hiatus back in blighty <to use a wonderfully idiomatic expression>


Scud Missile ahoy!?

Posted: June 6, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

Saudi forces say they shot down Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels

Saudi Arabia says it has shot down a Scud missile fired into the kingdom by anti-government Houthi forces in Yemen, the Saudi state news agency stated, cited by Reuters. It was reportedly fired early on Saturday morning towards the city of Khamees al-Mushait in the southwest of the country. The rocket was intercepted by two Patriot missiles, the Saudi-led Arab military coalition said in a statement. The area where the missile was fired is home to the largest air force base in the south of Saudi Arabia.

Happening now on the southern border… Fear not 1000 km away from me!!

Summer is coming

Posted: May 18, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

Starting to warm up here now…


Bring it ON