Happy Saturday world!
I decided to make Saturday the Saudi Myths day because it's the weekend in Saudi and the rest of the world. Keep coming back for more weekly. The rest of the week will still be full of awesome posts as well.
The first two myths got a lot of attention: Myth One: Saudi, The Land of the Riches and Myth Two: Saudi houses, palaces or tents. I am continuing with a third this week. This time it is about Saudi cars, which is another myth that touches on two extremes like the houses. Some think Saudi is still a bare desert with camels and tents and others think it is covered in gold and everyone is in BMWs and palaces. I understand why some people think the country is very wealthy, especially when it comes to cars because all the crazy diamond and gold covered cars are owned by Saudi princes. Remember that's the 5% of the population, who can afford this.
Few years ago, a funny video came out by an American Arab comedian, Go Remy, about Saudis and their cars, Audis. It was popular for a while. The sad part is that some people actually believe the video and think this is how Saudis are.
In reality, normal Saudis drive normal small cars that they buy via loans and monthly payment plans just like all the struggling middle and working classes around the world. Take a look at some of the average cars below. As for women, they can buy their own cars, but ironically cannot use them. They have to hire drivers to be able to use their own cars. Those drivers are usually careless and will wreck the car in no time. More on women driving in a previous post.
Now to the camels. From the pictures above, I am sure you gathered that Saudi is urban now and wild life doesn't just roam around in the streets. I often wonder, where have the camels gone? In the whole of my life, I think I saw a camel once on my way to airport because the location of the airport is so deserted. I was like WOW A CAMEL! I even get excited when I see camels around the world. When I saw camels in Morocco, I stopped to take a picture and everyone was shocked that that was my first face to face camel interaction.
Hope this post have cleared things up!
Stay tuned until the next myth next Saturday.