Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia

Notice the Single and Ladies Only signs segregating even the ordering system for fast food in Saudi Arabia.

The cities of Dhahran, Damman and Al Khobar connect to make a large urban center in eastern Saudi Arabia where oil, gas and petrochemical industries employ thousands of expatriates and locals.

In Al Khobar of the eastern Dammam region, where oil is produced, shopping malls are as abundant, if not more so, than in Jiddah and Riyadh. The Faoud Center, a recent addition, houses Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Cinnabon, McDonalds and scores of local stores, along with an enormous play center complete with a train, bumper cars and a Ferris wheel.

Restaurant Lagoon, located along the Arabian Gulf, offers a family section where children behave as though on a playground, while parents tune in to a big-screen TV showing Western movies. A ‘single’ (male) section is segregated from the ‘family’ (females are allowed) section.

24 November 2000 – I don't know if it’s because I'm an only child and Jim is one of five boys, but he never longs for home and traditions when holidays come around. Still Jim and I tried to find turkey of any sorts to fulfill my Thanksgiving expectation. The closest we came was roasted chicken in a Turkish restaurant.


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