Tourists' First Impressions Of Saudi Was Summed Up In A Hugely Positive Tweet
Living in Saudi makes you sometimes forget the privilege endowed upon us. From our SAR5 shawarmas, kabsa and sights like the Edge of The World and the constant mall life- the Kingdom has a way with making you feel like home.
When we leave Saudi Arabia, however, we remember all the things we'll miss about the country and no matter where you are- you're sure to come back. Every tourist should experience the hospitality of the people themselves, explore the historic sights, witness the wonders of the deserts and flow with the waves of the Red Sea.
This tourist probably did, or not. But his tweet perfectly summed up what we all already know. (Insert hashtag lovin saudi here).
Michael Novogratz from New York tweeted 'I came with a static view of the place. I was wrong.'
Leaving Saudi Arabia after three amazing days. I came with a static view of the place. I was wrong. The move to a more liberal and inclusive society with less dependence on oil has started. While I don’t know if it will succeed, I am certain they are going to go for it.— Michael Novogratz (@novogratz) February 11, 2018
The response to his tweet were mostly positive (with a few negative ones)
A lot of the comments were actually positive, with a few judgements from others. But this really shows that people from the West wanted to see for themselves the progression and developments of the Kingdom through recent reforms.
Liberal and inclusive society? You just made me laugh 😂— InTdev (@ureadahead) February 12, 2018
That's what I heard. Going there soon to check reality!— Fred Scheffer (@Fred_Scheffer) February 12, 2018
Isn't it amazing what happens when we travel and see firsthand these cultures.— Alison Emily (@aalexis1234) February 11, 2018
Good to hear!— Audrey (@CryptOdrey) February 12, 2018
And well, once you've caught a glimpse of living here, you can very well relate to these once you leave...
Well, these would probably apply if you lived here for more than a year. At most.
what I miss most about saudi is saying things like "shu", "wla esh", "wallah", "ya3ne" and such— Eliya 🐙 (@asianeliya) November 27, 2017
Foods like al-baik, real authentic shawarma, the saudi cuisine, that fried chicken 😂 and definitely all the affordable chips and drinks :-(— Gio Reyes 🐹 (@giorysjr) October 1, 2017
The rain that comes only once a year but brings major major floods to the city. ☔☁— Gio Reyes 🐹 (@giorysjr) October 1, 2017
The late night shoppings because malls tend to open around 6PM or so and closes down at around 2 or 3AM? 😂— Gio Reyes 🐹 (@giorysjr) October 1, 2017
I miss being in Saudi where I didn't have to care about all the things that are stressing me out so much rn— lil tash (@tashiiislam) September 1, 2016
Oh it's one of the things I miss about my old hometown in Saudi. Fresh fish all year round— Habeeb (@FocusBreak) July 31, 2016
One of the things I miss most about Saudi are using ATVs on the sandddd, omg.— Nizea (@nizealei) April 20, 2016
And there's probably more to add to that list.