Tuesday, September 02, 2008

When it's still better to be a man

My company has recently been doing work with Sabic, a Saudi Arabian company. I've worked at places that have done business with the Saudis in the past, but this experience takes the cake.

For one, Sabic doesn't hire women. At all. For anything. At least with previous clients there was a female secretary here and there.

Next, if you are a married women entering Saudi Arabia on business without your husband, you must present customs with a letter from your husband giving his permission for you to do so. Furthermore, upon departing the country, you must present customs with another letter deeming your return home acceptable.

What do they do with the women who have the first letter but not the second?

I consider myself extremely lucky to have been born in the West.

13 comments:

Megan said...

Yep.

spleeness said...

Really? They require two letters? This is fascinating. I'm sharing this tidbit with my coworkers now.

Pugs said...

Well, you better hope the spousal unit writes that second letter before you board a plane. And make sure it's not with invisible ink!!!!

justacoolcat said...

I know this happens, but I still find it unbelievable.

Pugs said...

Post something new damn it!

Gifted Typist said...

My mother in law lived on a compound in Saudi for 15 years. Wasn't allowed outside her property without her husband who worked crazy doctor hours.
She's come back so bitter and twisted

Metro said...

Restricting people based on the notions of what some god wants is just plain silly. In Saudi Arabia, the Saud family's interpretation of Wahabbism, interpreted the same way absolutely nowhere else in the world, helps them stay in power.

Spousal Unit said...

Unless, of course, that God happens to be your husband.

BeckEye said...

Where in the heck are you?

Pugs said...

Hello! Post something or I am putting a voodoo spell on your ass which will in turn make your butt cheeks forever be clenched.

Malnurtured Snay said...

Did you have to travel overseas? Ick! and people wonder why I'm so militant about keeping religion and government separate.

Metro said...

Do you need someone to forge you a second letter so that you can get out of SA or something?

Lemme know: King of Jungle only here to help.

R2K said...

: )