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    Would you go on holiday to Saudi Arabia

    So, it looks like it has been possible to somewhat expensively get a tourist visa for a while now.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/n...here-to-visit/

    The coast certainly holds some appeal to visit, but the appalling Human Rights record would certainly be something for me to think about. I'd be more tempted to visit a different isolated country without that issue to satisfy my curiosity for of the beaten tourist path places.

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    Nope, i am not knowingly going to give money to a state that sponsors terrorism.

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    I'd go back if the money was right, wouldn't dream of going there for a fucking holiday though!.

    Tip of the hat to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both were approached to play in the Saudi Open golf tournament next month and offered $2,500,000 appearance fees each plus the chance to win a share of the $3,500,000 prize money on top of that and both said no thank you.

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    might as well go to Mogadishu, much more fun

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    There are some interesting spots. The best time to visit is now as the weather is tolerable. For most of the year it's hellishly hot.

    I'd give the Dammam/Khobar/Dhahran conurbation a miss. Not much to see or do there, but it's the gateway to Bahrain (expensive booze and Russian hookers).

    Makkah and much of Madinah are off-limits. Jeddah would be worth a look for the old town and souqs.

    Madain Saleh in the Madinah region would be good if you're in archeological sites.

    Al Wahbah Crater 250 Kms NNE from Taif has spectacular views.

    The Farasan island chain on the southwest coast apparently has world class diving.

    So yeah. There are some things to do. It's not an easy country to deal with. Saudis can be freaking inconsistent when it comes to organisation and customer service.
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    might as well go to Mogadishu, much more fun
    I suspect you've been to neither Saudi Arabia nor Somalia. Just your typical unfunny bullshit.
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/n...here-to-visit/
    Anyone planning to attend a grand prix being held there in December can now buy an ordinary 14-day tourist visa, the Kingdom has announced, giving them access to the race but also to the rest of the country.
    Does the Saudi Embassy in London possess a large furnace?

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    How do I post these pictures???

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    No.
    I feel for expats working there, must be a hellish existance living were the only incentive is money and camel shagging.

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    No. I refuse to work or holiday in any of the Middle East. I have turned a few lucrative jobs down due to the location. I don't regret my decision not to go...plenty of nicer places to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Tip of the hat to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both were approached to play in the Saudi Open golf tournament next month and offered $2,500,000 appearance fees each plus the chance to win a share of the $3,500,000 prize money on top of that and both said no thank you.
    Petty change to Tiger and to a lesser extent Rory. It is Saudi after all they could have coughed up more cash.

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    ^Well one of them would have probably won it so they'd be looking at trousering about $3,500,000 for 4 days work. I know they're both very well off but that's the most money available in golf by far, besides winning the FedEx. Dustin Johnson wouldn't be short of a dollar either, but he's signed up to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    No.
    I feel for expats working there, must be a hellish existance living were the only incentive is money and camel shagging.
    It's not that bad. Like the old story goes - you go to Saudi with two buckets. One is labelled "money" and the other "bullshit". When one bucket is full it is time to go.
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    I could not possibly holiday in a place that doesn't have a beer shop on every corner.
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    There's Bahrain next door, but a pint will run you nearly ten quid.
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Happy, I'm not walking to another country every time I want a beer.
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    Fuck no. There are so many places i would rather go. Alaska for polar bears, mozambique for the wild life, amazon, moscow for the vodka, the alps, everest, fuck me, anywhere but saudi.

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    Saudi isn't as dry as people think, especially if you live there and know the ropes. Fucking expensive for the real stuff though.

    The Visa is actually $189 for a year, but even though I'm nearby I can't see anything worth going for bar one thing in one shop, and I'll be back there on a work visa soon enough anyway.

    They're not ready for alcohol yet, although rumours abound that they might go like Qatar and Dubai and allow it for "non-Muslims".

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    Happy, I'm not walking to another country every time I want a beer.
    of course not. I forgot the winking smiley.
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Exactly Uncle Nid, i've been to loads of countries and been in Saudi on business but there's much more interesting deserts to explore than one with an odious regime like those fukers.

    Edit

    Mogadishu is more interesting but too edgy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    There's Bahrain next door, but a pint will run you nearly ten quid.
    alky alert!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    I suspect you've been to neither Saudi Arabia nor Somalia. Just your typical unfunny bullshit.
    of course I have never been there, why would I go into those 2 shitholes? only a retard would bother, and you seem to be one of them. Nothing to do with unfunny bullshit, it's simply a destination for self-infliction torture and future problems to come

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    To be fair I've got a mate in Saudi and he seems to spend most of his time on a golf course. Advertising or something.
    Last edited by armstrong; 06-01-2020 at 06:20 AM.
    I'd like to see what morning looks like
    Don't wanna drink pint after pint
    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    Would opt for Jordon, Israel and then Egypt instead, ending with a few days/night Felucca along the Nile by Luxor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Tip of the hat to Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both were approached to play in the Saudi Open golf tournament next month and offered $2,500,000 appearance fees each plus the chance to win a share of the $3,500,000 prize money on top of that and both said no thank you
    That speaks volumes...

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