Arabian greeting and kissing

When to kiss, how to kiss, whom to kiss, and how to avoid being kissed!
Enjoy this very informative video from new you-tuber Malaak on kissing like as an Arab!

If you like the video, don’t forget to go YouTube and click the ”like” button and support this YouTuber.

Saudi Arabia: Gratitude for the Spam Filter



I don’t know exactly how a spam filter really works but I am very appreciative of what it does.  American Bedu blog easily receives in excess of 500 spam comments per day.  Thankfully the spam filter works well.

If I had not set the blog up so that first time commenter’s went into moderation, this blog would be a mess full of spam.

Somehow I envision the internet as these long waterways with many channels going off into differing directions.  Within these waterways are the spam which are like aggressive little sperm swimming by the thousands if not millions into the different channels such as blogs.

American Bedu wishes to give readers a small sampling of what they are thankfully missing:

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I’m certain you also notice a certain theme to the typical spam.  However, what you do not see and will not see is that most of these comments are generally associated with a URL of an inappropriate web site.  In addition, most of these comments seem to be written in response to the ‘Dear Bedu,’ Debate Page or other posts which are non-related to the spam comment.

Ahhhh, the joys of maintaining a blog!

No Snow in Saudi Arabia? There is Now, and Skiing Too

American Bedu Guest Post by Lily Lowton:

Middle Eastern nations are not renowned for their love of snow sports, given that there is very little snow fall in these hot, dusty countries. Saying that, sometimes things the unexpected does happen, and only a couple of months ago the mountain regions of northwest Saudi Arabia was treated to some very rare snowfall to the delight of locals living there. The usual lack of snow here does not mean the people have no desire to try exhilarating activities like skiing, snowboarding, or tobogganing. For the people of Saudi Arabia, hitting the slopes means heading off to colder climates on ski holidays, but this is all set to change. Inspired by the success of Ski Dubai’s’ 22,500 square meter indoor ski resort, complete with real snow, ski-lifts, and even jumps, Saudi Arabia are now ready to bring snow sports home. Skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing will be found all under one roof at a new indoor snow village that could trump all the other indoor ski slopes out there in the desert.

Al Qasr

A Snow Village in a Super Mall

The brand new Al Qasr Mall opened little more than 6 months ago, located within one of Saudi Arabia’s international hubs, the city of Riyadh. It is here that the new snow village will be built, thanks to a deal between the huge construction firm Dar Al Arkan and the Al Othaim Investment and Teal Estate Development Company. Now this isn’t the first attempt at bringing snow to Riyadh, as there is already a ‘Snow World’ in the city, on King Abdulla Street opposite the Al Ameer Salman Center. It is possible to ski here, but there is no ski-lift on the slope and it is depressingly short. The new snow village planned will be “the first indoor snow village of its type,” according to a statement issued by its developers. It has also been revealed that a 10,693 square meter area of the Al Qasr mall has been set aside for the new snow village, but little else is known about the development.

Real Saudi Ski Resorts

While an indoor ski resort in Saudi Arabia is a realistic idea, a more unbelievable and exciting suggestion would be actual outdoor ski resorts, but believe it or not it could happen. Saudi entrepreneurs have seen the demand for snow sports facilities in the country, and have actually attempted to build ski resorts in mountainous areas of southwest Saudi Arabia, next to the border with Yemen. The plan is to use snow making machines to provide the snow, but as it stands there are still no ski resorts in Saudi Arabia… yet.

The Next Best Thing?

While you may be forgiven in thinking that there simply cannot be that much demand for skiing and snowboarding in Saudi Arabia, think again. Sure, the lack of consistent snow stops most people in their tracks, but some innovative, and perhaps crazy, people have thought outside the box when it comes to getting the thrills enjoyed while skiing. One Austrian ski instructor missed the snow so much while in Saudi Arabia he decided to have a go at what he must have thought to be the next best thing… heading into the desert and see if he could find a slope of sand to slide down. The video below captures his commendable attempt.

As you can see, this does not quite cut it, and something a little more extreme was thought up by some daredevil locals. A car and some sandal with wheels attached were all these guys needed to replicate skiing Saudi style.

An Expats Delight

With plenty of expats living and working in Saudi Arabia, missing the snow could become a thing of the past once the new indoor slope is finished. Being able to slip into those ski boots after work and spend an hour improving your carving skills a few weeks before heading off to the Alps will surely be welcomed. You never know, it is always possible that Saudi Arabia will begin to breed its own snow sports superstars of the future, but perhaps that is going a little too far. One thing that does seem sure though, is that skiing in the desert is now here to stay.

Saudi Arabia, Tash Ma Tash, The religious Police

Tash Ma Tash is a famous and funny program in Saudi Arabia. In this (banned) episode they are showing off the religious police, or The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the  Prevention of Vice.
It’s a very good documentary, and somebody has been very nice and added subtitles, so non-Arabic speaking people can enjoy it too.

You will have to click on the link because I can’t make it come up in the page.

It starts with a nice Muttawa in 1960

tashmatash nice muttawa

And then they follow a day in the life of the modern Muttawa!

tashmatash nasty muttawa

Men and women, ”le petit difference”

The difference between men and women, from Saudi tv:

The difference between men and women from the American point of view:

The difference between women from an English improvement film:

Who do you think gets it right?


Saudi Arabia: Lightening McQueen Has Arrived!

Being a Grandmother I have become intimately familiar with what my little grandsons like and their favorite is the character, Lightening McQueen, of CARS fame.  Now to my surprise, I have learned that Lightening McQueen has arrived in the Kingdom too!

Lightening McQueen’s tour in the Kingdom began earlier this month but does continue for a few more days.  Just think, kids can now go see McQueen AND even get their picture taken with him right now in Riyadh!  Now if my eldest grandson knew this, he’d be demanding that Granny Bedu take him to Riyadh!

Even before he was one year old he became mesmerized with anything Lightening McQueen.  He’s now 3.5 years and his love of Lightening McQueen has not diminished in the least.  When I spend time with him, one of our favorite and special activities is for Granny Bedu to make up stories about Lightening and Baby McQueen.

Therefore, as a Grandmother I am just tickled to see that apparently Lightening McQueen is also loved in the Kingdom by little ones there too! 

Now I am curious for those of you who are in the Kingdom and have seen what’s available in the local Lightening McQueen market.  Do any of the Lightening McQueen’s or other CARS toys have Arabic markings on them or if a talking toy, speak Arabic?  I’m not only wondering how Lightening McQueen may have been marketed for the Arab consumers but if the toys are different, I’d love to acquire one for my eldest Grandson.

Saudi Arabia: Bad Girls


An American Bedu reader shared this music video with me which features Saudis and Saudi drifting.  What do you think?


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