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March madness March 5, 2007

Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Culture, Pictures, Saudi Arabia, Saudi culture.

 “Most people are other people. 
  Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation”

Oscar Wilde

Things are kinda crap right now. Not enough sleep and dead bored. Really damn bored. I guess it will pass. Have been at home too much lately. Our compound is so damn small it feels sick to walk around here. Like a bee buzzing around in a circle.  I need to get out of here…

Arab News

Great picture.

Read the following in Arab News:
WAMY Program to Benefit the Young

“JEDDAH, 5 March 2007 — Dr. Mohammad Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), yesterday emphasized the significance of WAMY’s youth development program for young Saudi men and women, saying it would help tap their capabilities for community services and other constructive activities.

Badahdah, who assumed the post last month, made the comment while receiving Prince Amr Mohammed Al-Faisal in his office. He briefed the prince on WAMY’s various activities, especially on the youth development program, which will be implemented in association with relevant government agencies including the Education Ministry and universities.

“The program is aimed at building a new generation of young men and women who can make positive contributions to society and to the Ummah at large,” said Badahdah, who is a consultant surgeon at King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah. The program aims at providing training, employment and guidance to young Saudi men and women and protecting them from deviant groups.”

“A variety of manpower training and development programs as well as sports and entertainment activities are part of the project. “We expect Saudi companies to join this project by sponsoring its various activities,” said Badahdah. The project will be launched first in the Makkah region, targeting more than 100,000 students.

Badahdah highlighted WAMY’s achievements during the last three decades as a pioneering organization that takes care of Muslim youth, providing them with proper guidance. WAMY was established in 1972 with a royal decree by King Faisal and became the first such international organization to take care of youth affairs.

“We intend to focus on the education and training of Muslim youth,” Badahdah said, adding that some 35 percent of the organization’s budget would be allocated for this purpose. “We’ll also provide scholarships to outstanding Muslim students in Arab and Islamic countries and in non-Muslim countries. We also sponsor a large number of orphans in different parts of the Islamic world.”

Spelling out WAMY’s activities and projects, Badahdah said they included construction of mosques and schools, sponsoring poor families and digging wells in poor Muslim regions. It takes up youth issues, conducts leadership-training programs and promotes cooperation between various Islamic organizations worldwide, especially those working for the welfare of youth. Badahdah commended the Saudi government for its moral and material support to the organization.”


It could be really interesting to see what comes out of this program. I hope there will be a follow up.

“Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.”



1. xpat - March 6, 2007

Great Idea! Definitely a good move, but it will take a “great effort” to implement. And definitely work saves us from “VICE”. Saudi youth are society in general is in urgent need to be guided. hope inshaAllah it wont be late

2. Sous - March 7, 2007

Wa aleikum salam xpat,

I’m sure it’s not too late and I hope that something good comes out of it.

3. Expat fast - March 7, 2007

Hello Sous,

Maybe it’s time for a weekend away in Bahrain?

The boredom sometimes gets to us here as well, usually around late august when it hottest and everybody is away on leave. I cook. Constantly. I pour all my ambition, energy and frustration into meal after meal after meal. My Husband put on 9 kilos last summer. not that he’s complaining.

Lovely quote from Voltaire, rarely have truer words been said.

4. Sous - March 7, 2007

Hiya Expat Fast,

Yes it is soo time for Bahrain, only lil one doesn’t have a passport yet. Siigh, it will take some more weeks until she gets it.
Cooking and baking is a good idea though since I love doing that. I’m pretty sure it will be appreciated here. Some sleep would be nice too 😛 . I hope to be elsewhere than here in August 🙂 .

5. Dubbelörnen - March 7, 2007

Will send you o nice recipe on yr mail… Take my book tip, and you will feel much better 😉


6. Saif - March 8, 2007

Salam Alaekum.

I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now. Your writing is impressive, MashaAllah. Your posts about your intial experiences in Saudi were quite amusing. All I can say is that you might find your life boring, but the way you paint pictures of it on your blog makes it interesting to a lot of people. 🙂

About WAMY – I think they’ve done a lot of good work in the past and continue to do so, but their work hardly has any impact on mainstream Muslims and issues that concern them. It’s high time they started looking at some of the larger issues in our community, and working towards understanding and solving them.

Also, since you’re in Saudi, and “things are kinda crap right now”, it might be a good idea to go for Umrah, or to a bookstore and buy lots and lots of books. 🙂

7. Sous - March 9, 2007

Dubbelörn, thanks for the recipe. All I have to do now is too find both the book and lemon curd 🙂 .

8. Sous - March 9, 2007

Wa aleikum Saif,

Thank you so much, really nice of you 🙂 .
I think I will have to settle for the books and the cooking since Umrah will be too large an operation with our little ones right now 🙂 .

Hope you are having a great day.

9. Saif - March 10, 2007

Oh yes, ofcourse. I didn’t think of that. *hits head*

10. Sous - March 10, 2007

Well it’s the thought that counts 🙂 . Where do you live btw? I haven’t had time to figure out of it is India or Saudi Arabia from your blog.

11. Saif - March 11, 2007

I’m studying in India these days. I was born, raised, and pretty-much everything-elsed in Saudi Arabia. I left after graduating from high school. My family lives in Jubail (a small city, not far from Khobar), and I visit often.

12. Sous - March 11, 2007

Oh, then you’re not too far away from here when you are at home. Might even bump in to you, who knows 😀 .

13. Saif - March 12, 2007


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