Originally Posted by Nomerci
Gerrit, sure, if you want to go to a ME country for the experience, Saudi is not your place.
The expats I have know and myself are there for the money and a comfortable life.
Hope you will find a nice place for yourself soon.
The reason why I miss Turkey so much is because I lost my heart to those bazaars, souks, ancient mosques, .... And I may be wrong, but Saudi or the Emirates seem to be the few Middle Eastern countries where this is exactly what you won't find, whenever I see pictures or whenever talking to penfriends who live there I hear about new construction works, luxury hotels, shopping malls ... So it sounds almost western. That's not what I'm looking for, I wanna see mosques and souks, not skyscrapers and malls.
By the way, if segregation of genders is taken strictly, how do they do that in a shopping mall, in the streets, ... I mean, it sounds like a mission impossible to keep men and women from interacting with each other (talking, making friendships etc) so it's quite odd that they still didn't give up trying to enforce it.