August 22nd, 2008
One of the hardest things you can do in Amman… is to open your own business. The reason is not due to financial issues or tuff competition. It is mainly because you will be consumed by small and silly obstacles that fills your time and delay your work..
The one day job takes a week, a week job takes a month and so on. Nothing is done on time. Your time became inefficient because you are not doing your job. You are trying to fix things around you to be able to do your job!!
The system is always against you. You cannot depend on people here, and no one respect time. We are masters of doing things wrong.
People here believe that if you make it here in Jordan, you can make it anywhere.. well I would say this simply bullshit, because we cannot do the right job on time. The word deadline is not in our dictionary.. If you made it here then you are already blended in this inefficient society and became one of them. Which means you cannot compete outside Jordan.
We are simply not capable of doing the right things with high quality and on time. Sorry if I seemed so aggressive but this is a harsh reality that we all should admit to be able to change it for a better business environment.
August 11th, 2008
إن من أهم صفات الرجولة والمروءة هي أن تستر على بنات الناس مهما كانت صفاتهم، وأن لا تؤذي أحداً مهما كان سواء كان ذلك لانتقام أو غير انتقام (بنات الناس مش لعبه)، وتفكر في محارمك قبل فضح محارم الآخرين. وتذكر أن لكل فتاة أخ وأب وأم وعائلة لا ذنب لهم في أعمالك وأعمالها. إن الرجولة تعني الرقي بالأخلاق والسمو عن كل ما هو رذيل. إن المروءة تعني أن لا تستغل ضعف الآخرين وزلاتهم. إن الذكاء هو أن تحسب لآخرتك قبل دنياك.. وتذكر أنه كما تدين تدان وأنه سيأتي يوم قد تكون مظلوماً بعد أن كنت ظالماً…
أنا لا أحب أن أسرد قائمة طويلة من الفضائل ولكني أحسست أن ذلك الشاب لم يسمع عن مثل هذه الأمور قط. وأظن أن البابا والماما نسوا أن يعلموه أن الفضيلة عز، والرجولة خُلق وما نحن إلا قومٌ ميزنا الله عن سائر الأقوام بالمروءة مهما كانت صفاتنا وعقائدنا…
August 2nd, 2008
The Saudi culture is one of the most amazing and interesting cultures i have ever scene. I believe it is one of the most controversial urban environment in the modern world. The war between traditions and modernity, rules and freedom, religion and globalization, wealth and achievements. The place where you can do everything but you are not allowed to do anything…
Staying few days in Riyadh will not make me an expert in judging the Saudi society. I believe that you need to live for a long time to be able to understand really what is this society is all about. Its really very complicated and so diversed mix of culture.
I just want to go through few observations and notes where I found interesting to mention in my journey. In Saudi Arabia you can easily notice that luxury is necessity. Gaz is cheaper than water. Everything closes at pryer time. Food is the ultimate pleasure. Not every Saudi is rich. Each city, area has a different culture and life style. Checks stays at home. “For family” sign means for real family only..
One of the most interesting notes said by lots of people that the internet usage for women are very high in Saudi Arabia and can go beyond 50%. Another note said that because there is no cinema or outlets for youth, most of the spending goes for computers and gadgets. Also the price of Mac products are getting cheaper and cheaper. So the huge restriction lead the young generation to adopt technology more and more. which tells me that at one point the Saudi market will lead the middle east in the technology market. The young Saudi Generation seems to be more tech aware and looking for more openness and freedom.
Another interesting thing is the concept of Lomar Thobe. I found it really amazing where young Saudi designers are trying to develop new modern, cool trends based on there culture and traditional customs. The concept of merging the new, cool and hip with traditional thobe to represent the needs of the new generation of young Saudis is really genuine and extraordinary. I which that we can see this somewhere in upper part of the middle east.
you can find more about Lomar thobe here. Take a look at the ithobe designed specially for the ipod and the other interesting collection which they have. Lomar thobe is originally comes from Jeddah and its spreading all over the kingdom.