Expats, much like myself, never run out of complaints, sometimes I think they complain just because if they stopped complaining, they'd have to face the fact that their lives are disasters by their own doing and have little to do with the Kingdom. Therefore when attending an expat gathering you will hear many versions of the same old
If you're a thinking person though, you occasionally have to stop and smell the "Bullshit" you're selling yourself. When I paused to smell mine a few months back, I was a little disgusted. I adjusted my behavior and began treating people as I would at home (to the best of my practical ability at least). However, I did keep the dirty habit of still classifying people into country of origin and I still blamed Saudi's for just about everything. However once again, some recent reflection due to recent events have caused me to take a step back and look again. So I ask this question to the reader...Are you SURE he's Saudi? There is plenty to get upset about if you really want to, and its easy enough to demonize the Kingdom's population if you so choose...but are you sure they deserve it?
The "Arab" man in the store trying to jump the line...is he Saudi? Or is he Jordanian, Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi, Omani, Yemeni, Lebanese, Somalian, Ethiopian etc...What about the driver who just passed you at double your speed? Don't try and tell me that you stopped to ask him where he was from. The incompetence seen at work, does that come from the Saudi's or the other guys below them? My point is simply that you don't know...lately I've seen some pretty bad actions by other Arab expats...at first it pissed me off about Saudi, made me say things like "man I hate this place", or "why do these idiots act like this"...then I tried to figure out just what idiots was I referring too...To be honest, I really don't know.
There are surely some idiots here...who they belong to and how they should be classified seems to in reality be just as varied as it is at home.
P.S. I've been working on this for a couple of weeks...and it's almost as if fate didn't want me to finish it...Last night my Saudi taxi driver tried to charge me triple, and today an entire class of Saudi students failed to show up for a final...But after some consideration I thought...seriously? Cab drivers, security guards, students...? These guys are the same the world over, the best move on, the worst...well they're the worst and it's hardly fair to judge a culture by their example.