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Old Jun 9th 2020, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by HiHo View Post
Cairo 10, Istanbul 9, Tel Aviv 8, Alexandria 7, Amman 6, Izmir 5, Ankara 4, Jeddah 3, Riyadh 2, Tehran 1, Dubai 0, Abu Dhabi -1, Dammam -2
I've not been to all those places, so my list (from best to worst) would be:
Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manama, Al Ain, Muscat ..... a long list of other cities that I've not been to, but must still surely be better than.... Kuwait City, Dammam, Riyadh
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Originally Posted by nonthaburi View Post
If you gave - 100 for Riyadh, I dread to think what you'd give Qassim! Why so negative? Personally I really enjoyed the years I spent there and I'd move back tomorrow.
When I lived there I found Riyadh oppressively restricted - regardless of being able to go a compound for a few drinks - the general feeling was of always being watched or checked.
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More fat 60 year old blokes with checked Ben Sherman shirts in AD . Joined at the hip by the usual Luzon arm candy .
Wearing their phone on their belt.
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Wearing their phone on their belt.
Moaning about the price of beer, despite earning truck loads of cash.
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Old Jun 9th 2020, 9:03 am
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Originally Posted by Millhouse View Post
Wearing their phone on their belt.
Really, that's still a thing?

I recall there was also a bloke on here who used to claim his apartment was some kind of sex palace of women's toys for all the frustrated expat Dorises. So swinging must be a Dubai activity.
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Old Jun 9th 2020, 11:00 am
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Wearing their phone on their belt.
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More fat 60 year old blokes with checked Ben Sherman shirts in AD . Joined at the hip by the usual Luzon arm candy .
Damn, you’ve seen me!
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I don't do the Ben Sherman, or the phone on the belt thing
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Old Jun 10th 2020, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by csdf View Post
I've not been to all those places, so my list (from best to worst) would be:
Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manama, Al Ain, Muscat ..... a long list of other cities that I've not been to, but must still surely be better than.... Kuwait City, Dammam, Riyadh
Agreed, and I've been robbed twice in Istanbul, and would still rank it up there, I cant speak for Kuwait city but have been told the weather is bad even by gulf standards.
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Old Jun 10th 2020, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by weasel decentral View Post
When I lived there I found Riyadh oppressively restricted - regardless of being able to go a compound for a few drinks - the general feeling was of always being watched or checked.
The last 3 years has seen some massive changes in Riyadh which you must have noticed in the UAE, how often do you see Saudi 20 and 30 in bars now. It's not that they have become more devout in fact to the contrary. The party seen in Riyadh is more earthy and real by virtue of its illegality much in the same way the rave seen was in the UK in the 80s. The approach of the police is similar too i.e. provided they don't hold a dance party in the mosque car park they are happy for the quiet life, at least until they get off shift.
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Moaning about the price of beer, despite earning truck loads of cash.
If they have not replaced their phone since the days you could buy belt clips, I suspect you might be over estimating their earning capacity. Remember a lot of those cash delivery semis got traded for second hand transits back in 96. I think the social group to whom you refer are Dubia property owners AKA the Ponzi Patsies.
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Moaning about the price of beer, despite earning truck loads of cash.
Everybody moans about the price of beer right , that and the heat ?
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Old Jun 12th 2020, 3:45 am
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If they have not replaced their phone since the days you could buy belt clips, I suspect you might be over estimating their earning capacity. Remember a lot of those cash delivery semis got traded for second hand transits back in 96. I think the social group to whom you refer are Dubia property owners AKA the Ponzi Patsies.
True, they've probably got a couple of ex-wives to fund as well.

Originally Posted by co durham boy View Post
Everybody moans about the price of beer right , that and the heat ?
Again, true. Lockdown has made me tight. A big pay cut and not being able to spend money has made me not want to spend money at all. I'm loving it.
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Old Jun 12th 2020, 7:15 am
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On another group I sometimes look at, they all seem to be dropping like flies..
care to mention the other group?
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care to mention the other group?
Various british expat Facebook groups. There’s a few out there.
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Various british expat Facebook groups. There’s a few out there.
On a British dads group its carnage. And some seem to be living in denial, waiting for a golden opportunity to come along.
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