Thursday, September 18, 2008

'Saudi Arabia the New Dubai'? Um, I Don't Think So

Holy cow, here's Saudi Arabia, abetted by some American profiteers, trying to position itself as the 'new Dubai.'

Hold on before you rush to get that visa, though. Nothing really has changed in Saudi Arabia except the desire for more outside investment.

The current State Department Travel Warning on Saudi Arabia says that Americans are "strongly advised to avoid staying in hotels or housing compounds that do not apply stringent security measures ..."

Also, before you head off to a fun-filled holiday in the jolly desert kingdom, remember that, as the State Department advises: "Married women need the permission of their husbands to leave Saudi Arabia ... This is true regardless of nationality."

All things considered, I'd rather be in Atlantic City.


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