A kingdom for a maid February 23, 2007Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Culture, Food, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture.
Felt a bit brave yesterday and decided to take li’l L and A to Applebees. Didn’t think in a million years that I would go out and eat with a three week old baby but we still did. Applebees in Khobar has quite a decent family section I would say. Of course it is upstairs and dark as Hitlers bunker but it’s still ok. L slept for about ten minutes and then decided to wake up. I had to go and change her and you would think there should be changing facilities in a family section wouldn’t you? Well of course there was none. Managed to change her anyway and even got a helping hand from a ten year old cute Lebanese girl (Lebs rule yezzz). All in all, the lunch went fine to my surprise.
Now over to something really, really interesting. Corruption and slowpokes.
We are looking to get a maid since a few months ago. To get a maid you need to get a visa for maid. As expats we cannot get visas for a maid. So, we have to ask a guy at my husbands job who deals with visas and who will fix it somehow. Now he has had this on his table for quite some time now. And has he gotten anywhere yet? I wouldn’t think so. He has a system where he takes all the time in the world (doing nothing basically) and then he gets back to you saying things are IMPOSSIBLE to sort out. Ok you say, then he adds UNLESS you pay this and that. Seems quite a common way of doing things here. So you pay up but still there is a twist to things…
Now in this case he told us that the people that makes visas signed our paper saying it is “not applicable” to have a maid in our case. Well fuck me sideways….he decided we don’t need a maid? That is probably the same person that has 7 maids at home himself. Now EVERYONE has a maid in Saudi Arabia damn it! If we, who have two kids under the age of two and one more child don’t need a maid then who does?
So our dear visa fixer says, -I might have to go to a dude who knows a dude who will ask a prince to sign… How silly does this get? Should we really need a prince to sign for us to get a maid? Unbefuuuuuckinglivable!
I give up here for today.