Saudis in Audis

What is there plenty of in Riyadh except for sand, American junkfood and oil?

You are absolutely right! CARS!

As of now, there is no public transport in Riyadh, which means that everyone has at least one car. People who have ever been to Kosova or Albania will know what I am talking about. Believe it or not, but compared to the chaos on the streets here, Kosova, Albania and Turkey are a driver’s dream.

I am not sure whether this is because there are just too many cars for this place or because everybody here just drives the way he wants. I guess it could be a little bit of both.

As I was on my way to school, I saw all sorts of cars on the road. However, it is not all about fancy and expensive cars only. There arte also simple cars that are not the newest neccesarily. Also the license plates are in Arabic and non Arabic numbers. Other than the alphabet, numbers are written from the left to the right. Here an overview:

 

image by: https://tsl620atnaz.wikispaces.com/Arabic
image by: https://tsl620atnaz.wikispaces.com/Arabic

The only thing that I noticed about the vehicles here is the fact that there are many Lexus cars around. And a lot of the cars have dark windows in the back. Either to keep the heat out or to hide the women’s faces from the other drivers. Possibly both.

In Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive. However, that is not as bad of a rule as some people think. Ladies, trust me, even if you were allowed to drive here, you probably never would like to do so.

Just lean back in the backseat, enjoy the ride and let your driver or husband be mad at all the other drivers. That is going to save you a lot of nerves.

 

 

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