Thursday, April 28, 2016

Difficulties faced by Expatriates in making Saudis their Friends

A survey carried out in Saudi Arabia shows many expatriates having difficulty in making Saudis their friends. The question asked in the questionnaire was about the difficulties faced by the expats in making the Saudi people their friends. The survey was conducted among majority of the expats in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The survey was held by an online expat community group called Inter Nation across 195 countries, with the total number of respondents 14,388. The result of the research shows that only 38 percent responded positively that making friendship with the local people is easy.

Although 73 per cent clearly answered that Saudi citizens are welcoming and friendly to the non-resident and 30 per cent called them “very friendly” whereas 62 per cent expats think that it is very difficult to become friends with Saudis. Ali Asad Bhutto has lived in Saudi Arabia for five years. He is 26 years of age and he is a Pakistani. He said that he has only 3 Saudis in his friend’s circle. He explained that the reason behind this is the language issue and difference of lifestyle.  Bhutto explained the reason behind not getting comfortable with a Saudi friend is that they hang around all night. I can’t have enough money to do that. And also, the problem to join each other’s groups or companies, are the issues.

Saudis people never mind to have you as friends or you won’t mind either being friends with them, but after sometime you both feel that this friendship may not long further and may not make good friends. In my opinion, all these factors play a part in creating this bubble. An Indian 23 years of age, Anil Jacob was born and brought up here in Saudi Arabia, said that he has many Saudi friends. He explained that the reason that the majority of foreigner residents may not be able to make Saudi friends because they both have no mutual interests.

He said that for me making a Saudi my friend is just like making buddies with any other race or nationality. It might be difficult for others because of certain reasons like maybe they just don’t try for it or maybe have uncommon interests. According to Nasif Kayed who is the managing director for cultural Understanding in the Sheikh Mohammed Centre the population of Saudis citizens is less as compared to foreign residents in the country. The lesser population of the Saudis people is also a key factor in this issue. On the other hand, Nasif said that if any person wants to have Saudi friends, they should spend time in hanging out the places of Saudi citizens.

Kayed said suppose if many people do not have Saudi buddies, on the other hand Saudis are much less in population. But I can tell you that if you want to find one you can catch many of us in Malls and coffee shops. But it’s upto you that you’d have to be brave enough to step ahead and come up to talk to us. I assure you that you would find a good friend in us like. “When it comes to our way of life, we are very simple and down to earth people. There are many who live in a community including high-density sales outlets and private residential homes but still living a simple life.” The recent research shows in case of easiness of finding friends that the Saudi Arabia was rated at 60th rank out of 64 countries. Saudi Arabia, are at the least ranking to make friends.

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