Saudi Arabia: Unhappy in Riyadh

After three years in the USA, Saudi blogger Aysha Alkusayer is having trouble readjusting to life in Riyadh, especially when she is not busy with work. She says: “To console myself tonight I am promising the following: I will not age in this city nor will I die in it.”


  • Ann

    your article seemed liked a reflection of the frustrations faced by women here and I appreciate that you have voiced it, which takes a lot of inner strength.

  • Loulou

    Hello Aysha, I’m not Saudi but I live in Saudi Arabia and although I am working, I face a lot of difficulty fitting in. I was very inspired and motivated by your promise to yourself. I will not age in this country either, I have bigger dreams for myself.
    Take care.

  • Mars

    Well Aysha,

    If you can not adjust or having trouble adjusting then leave the place you are currently in. Do not blame the community or the people about your inability to adjust or the differences that you have with them but blame yourself. Live with frustration or live happily. You are the one who is going to decide not the community that you are trying to blame.


  • Yaseen

    If she is too frustrated why doesn’t she leave the country to some other countries where she can enjoy. If this lady is an expat, no one forced her to come in the first place. She opted out of her own will.
    Every country has its own way of life, some may be interesting and some may be boring to some people.
    Life in Saudi is well covered in media, and i am sure this lady would have read the articles about Saudi before coming here, and now she cribs… Interesting….

  • Obvious

    I just can’t understand this… some people hate the lifestyle in one place and then they start complaining and bitching about it…

    Who in the world forced you to go there? Do you wish that a whole society would change its ways to fit YOUR desires?!

    Sorry… but you’re plain stupid!

  • ALi

    i agree i think life in Riyadh is driving me crazy for a long time but i’m still smiling through every day

    will you have to do something that keep you busy like go to a jim on the DQ or writing is always good


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