The Longest Now


Saudi is a funny country
Saturday February 28th 2004, 1:23 am
Filed under: international

Filled with deep and ancient anti-semitism and cheauvinism, though apparently a great place to work.  (The gentleman in charge of the reconstruction of Kenya’s main road in 1998, who told many wonderful stories that I still remember fondly, and had worked all over the world, assured me it was the best country he had ever worked in.)  From their government website, until this bit was redacted just yesterday :



Visas will not be issued for the following groups of people:



  • An Israeli passport holder or a passport that has an Israeli arrival/departure stamp.
  • Those who don’t abide by the Saudi traditions concerning appearance and behaviors.  Those under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted into the Kingdom.
  • There are certain regulations for pilgrims and you should contact the consulate for more information.
  • Jewish People

Important Instructions:



  • If a woman is arriving in the Kingdom alone, the sponsor or her husband must receive her at the airport.
  • Every woman must have confirmed accommodation for the duration of her stay in the Kingdom.
  • A  woman is not allowed to drive a car and can therefore only travel by car if she is accompanied by her husband, a male relative, or a driver.

At least they don’t go around chopping off hands.

Saudi is a funny country …


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