Jeddah’s Airport

Written by: Mystique

When I think of an airport, the first picture that comes to my mind is Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris or Dubai airport and how organized, neat and practical they are. Then I think of Jeddah airport and wonder when we are going to change.

I also think of a story of a friend of mine who wanted to go to Paris from Jeddah’s airport. The family arrived at the airport with bags and three kids and gave the tickets at the check-in counter. He made sure to look at their faces, took the luggage from them, smiled and said “Gate No. 16 to Paris at 11 p.m.”

The family sat down. The first thing that captured my friend’s attention was that there were many Indians in the waiting lounge and, as time passed, the number increased. She looked at the signs in the waiting lounge. She did not see Paris written there; only Bombay and Khartoum. An hour passed, and still there was no sign of Paris. Her husband went to the security personnel and asked the first officer he met, “When is the flight to Paris?”

The officer said he was not sure, but offered to inquire. The process of inquiring took more than 20 minutes. Then the officer came back, and said, “There is no flight to Paris tonight, show me your tickets”. He looked at the tickets and said, “The flight is tomorrow at the same time.” My friend’s husband then asked, “but what about the luggage? And how was my passport stamped?” With a high degree of boredom and irritation, the security officer said, “It happens at the best of airports.”

It is sad that such an event can happen at Jeddah airport. Is not an airport that millions of pilgrims pass through supposed to be an organized one, with maximum efficiency and good supervision?

About “Jeddah’s Blog”

Goal

  • The goal of “Jeddah’s Blog” is to create a link between the authors and readers in the country as well as abroad, and to enable them to see Jeddah through the eyes of its people.

Aims:

  • We aim to create a space for discussion, comments, exchanging information, and engaging in arguments.
  • We expect readers and authors to communicate together in a polite and respectful manner, where all views, religions, and cultures are treated with respect.

Scope:

  • The expected scope of writings will range between societal, cultural, socio-cultural, religious, regional, and economic issues in Jeddah, although some might also concern Saudi Arabia in general.
  • We have no intention to discuss or portray Saudi Arabia in a negative way (or cause problems etc.) yet nevertheless we aim to share our reflections, thoughts and rants in “Jeddah’s Blog”.

The Contributors

  • They are diverse in their educational background as well as their current fields of employment, and some are still students. Some are more religious than others, some are more socially liberal, others more conservative.
  • The authors are au courant, cultured, critical, and willing to provide a reasonable diversity in their views and opinions.

Ahmad:
A well cultured late 20’s Jeddawy, enthusiastic, and has strong bounds to his country and culture, a moderate yet modern Muslim, enjoys simple things in life.
Dedicated to his beliefs, morals and standards, a hardworker, very emotional and sincere.
E-mail: a7mad.ff@gmail.com
Bassem:
Since he is a Med Student in his early twenties, Bassem took blogging as a mean to release all his thoughts and rants. He is aggressive, sarcastic and obsessive, yet honest, generous and forgiving. Funny that he was embarrassed when Mystique asked him “How do you describe your self religiously?”
E-mail: Bassem-kurdi@hotmail.com
Fouad:
A 31 years old Saudi businessman lives in Jeddah where he manages his own IT Firm, he is addicted to Al Jazira and Al Sahat. Whenever he needs a new motivation in his life, he goes for bungee jumping.
E-mail: alfarhanf@gmail.com
Mystique:
An ever-evolving woman, she is strong-willed, skeptical of all dogmas, and known for her spontaneity. She has been writing since she was 13 years old, yet most of her writings were forced to simmer on the fire of her frustration until one day she decided, with the encouragement of her friend, to start blogging.
E-mail: Mystiquesa@gmail.com
Rimyoleta:
A down to earth girl, loves her friends, gets bored very easily and likes to have fun. She is very open-minded yet comitted to her original beliefs. She is unique in just about everything. This what makes her special among her friends who trust her opinion and insights on many aspects of life
E-mail: Rimyoleta@hotmail.com
Shimozi:
She is an Openminded Muslim balancing between modernity and traditions..
Interested in education, different people, likes to write and read and she believes that through writing people get closer and understand each other better and that writing enables us to see our similarities as people as well as our differences..