Tuesday, 9 September 2014

10 things Arab girls like

Think "Saudi Arabia", and images of submissive women in niqab immediately come to mind. While most, if not all Saudi Arab women do cover their faces in public, the people they are behind the veil betrays every notion and opinion held by the majority of the world. Here's a little glimpse into their world, with a list of 10 things Arab girls like:

1. Koreans.
Specifically, Korean men. There are a few Korean soapies dubbed in English (with Arabic subtitles) that play on cable TV here, and the ladies LOVE it. Most of them would actually prefer to marry Korean men over Arab men (on the assumption that Korean men have the same traits and characteristics, and are as romantic as the characters on TV).

2. Fashion.
All kinds of it. Arabia is home to the largest Hipster, Bohemian-chic, and Designer-brand-conscious demographic in the Middle East. They spend a ridiculous amount of money on clothes, shoes and accessories. And they're all so immaculately dressed every given day (from head to toe) that it's quite possible to believe that you're at New York's Fashion Week.

3. Everything American.
Every single chain store you can imagine (some of which aren't even in the UK) is here in the KSA. Jeddah is a little like Las Vegas, but without the (overt) debauchery. 

4. Fast-food.
Ice-cream and cake and ice-cream ON cake - especially cheesecake. And McDonalds. And Pizza Hut. And Cheesecake Factory. And iHop. Fast food seems to be a staple here. So is diabetes - with the KSA having the highest rate in the world. Gluten free options are almost non-existent. Impressively, very few girls are overweight.

5. Technology.
Most people here are already "married" to their smartphones... which are more like necessary accessories than communication devices.

6. WhatsApp & Instagram.
Not that their smartphones are just accessories... they have to put all those ice-cream-cheesecake selfies and effortless style somewhere.

7. Malls.
That's where they usually buy the ice-cream and cake and cheesecake and fabulous clothes, and shoes, and accessories...

8. Dancing.
Getting married smack in the middle of the week or on a Thursday night (or having parties in general) and dancing until dawn (or until its time to pray) is quite the norm here.

9. One Direction.
Especially Zayn Malik. They hate Justin Bieber.

10. Sleeping.
Specifically between 1pm and 5pm in the afternoon, which is peak nap time. In fact, most people stay up all night long doing whatever it is normal people do, and then head to school/work until 12pm, after which they go home and sleep. Very few are willing to stay at school/work after 12pm and many shops/stores are closed during those hours too.

23 comments:

  1. Hold on....ice cream ON cake, you say? And they nap every afternoon? AND they hate Justin Bieber? I'm moving.

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    1. Come join me Jules, I have an extra room in my Apartment and the building is full of British folk so you'll feel at home ;)

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    2. I wanna go to az Ihate Justin Bieber and love naps and cheescake....
      May I go dear??

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    3. Gloria and Jules - you are welcome here. We can live in a compound and have endless summer days filled with cake and swimming :)

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  2. I could spend a ridiculous amount of money on clothes, shoes and accessories... Just ask one of those rich Arab hunks to end me some dough. Ah an enigma: very few girls are overweight... How's that even possible? What's your theory? The women there don't eat?

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    1. My theory Grumps, is that they drink a specific drink called "Arabic Coffee"... which is not really coffee as we know it, but coffee non-the-less. And they begin drinking this "coffee" from a very young age (like 2 or 3 years old) and they drink it throughout the day in very small quantities... I'm guessing this "coffee" has something to do with their metabolisms and why they don't gain weight even though they're eating fast food 90% of the time. (And I really mean the entire day - they walk around with flasks and cannisters filled with this brew and even public places like the bank offer it on arrival to their clients).

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    2. I love arabic coffe is strong and delicious?

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    3. Gloria dear - this coffee isn't normal coffee - its a brew they make from certain spices. It's an acquired taste, not everyone likes it.

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    4. The palestinian here (hubby' s dad was from palestinian) drink a really strong coffe!
      About spices I love cardamom!

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  3. Well, what are you waiting for? Send me some of that coffee!

    Maybe you should have a look at their fingers... How often do you see them rushing to the nearest ladies room?

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    1. Ha, I honestly don't think that these girls even know that Bulimia is a possibility :D Benefits of living in the desert. They may like fashion but culturally, it's just a completely different culture. Also surprisingly, body image doesn't seem to be an issue among adolescents. They enjoy whatever they can thoroughly and unapologetically.

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    2. Move, we'll have so much fun :)

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    3. Maybe when politicians decide to tell the truth...

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  4. Who doesn't like ice cream or cake?! :)

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    1. @rooth - Right? But they take it to a whole other level ;)

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  5. I have a friend who lived on an American compound in Saudi Arabia as a teenager in the '90s, and remember her mentioning how Americanized things were, off the compound. I'm always surprised by how Americanized many non-American places have become.

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  6. Did you noticed Im like grumpy commenting all??
    Haha

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    1. Hahaha Gloria, I like all the comments and welcome them :)

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    2. Well, I'm only grumpy because I've been ill since Saturday night. Last Tuesday I gave a lecture while running a temperature. Not quite a sight for sore eyes. I did have a sore throat, though.

      What I'm trying to say is... where's my tea?

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  7. I think fashion is the number one that all Arab girls like. But not all
    Muslim Women. Some of you mentioned are common to every woman.

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