Tag Archive: Riyadh


When it rains, it pours.

Riyadh Rain - Logo by Ahmed Al Haddad

Designed by: Ahmed Al Haddad (@cdes). Shows the two famous skyscrapers in Riyadh drowning.

My post on the Jeddah floods of November 2009 is long overdue and it has always been on my list of posts to be written. But an opportunity came knocking when a similar rain hit Riyadh earlier today and caused similar damages, if not as strong as Jeddah, to the infrastructure of the city.

The Jeddah floods helped in unveiling a lot of infrastructural defects and bad town planning by the Jeddah municipality over a period of decades. It arose a lot of questions by the citizens which led to the king calling for an official investigation. It led to the arrest of many officials at the Jeddah Mayoralty and un-covered the not-so-hidden cases of corruption and bribery by them. What really saddens me is that, even though the investigation hasn’t reached anywhere yet, the end result of their actions led to the death of 120+ people (unofficially: 500+) and damage to even the latest road and bridge projects across the city.

I really hope that the devastation in Riyadh is not that serious and pray for the well-being of everyone there. The presence of a number of geeks in Riyadh didn’t go wasted either as a new website was launched within hours of the rain : RiyadhRain.com

The website gathers all the tweets from all the users of Twitter in and around Riyadh that puts the tag #RiyadhRain. It also has a collection of videos uploaded on YouTube by hundreds of users that also shows how the humanitarian efforts are being carried out by the citizens, which is worth another post that I hope to be writing very soon.


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What’s Obama upto in Riyadh?

Well, yeah, I know, its here, there and everywhere. The whole thing about Obama’s visit to the Kingdom. Some of the preps in Riyadh before his visit:

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I was wondering, what he really is up to for a few hours in Riyadh before he leaves for Cairo for his keynote speech to the Islamic world. If you are looking for what he really is up to, then I’d suggest you to look at the articles here.

 

 

Dear President Obama,

Welcome to Riyadh, the capital of “Kingdom” of Saudi Arabia, where the temperature is currently around 45degrees Celsius. We hope you can cope with the temperature even though the peak summer of 60 degrees is expected in the following months.

Also you might notice how Saudi Arabia is a big, and I mean BIG, market for General Motors. Yes, the same General Motors that you and your administration tried to save by turning it into a Government Motors. You can also notice how big the market for Hummer is in Saudi. The same brand that you sold to the Chinese a few days back. At least you could have delayed that till after your trip so that you wont have to face the grumpy faces of the people who own Hummer in Riyadh. On June 01, 2009 – They own an American gas-guzzling-mean-machine. Come 2nd June, they own a Chinese vehicle. How worse can it be!

Hope you have a nice few hours drinking the Arabic coffee and enjoying good conversation with the translators.

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Yours truly,
A motor enthusiast (duh!)