But maybe I am wrong; perhaps if you visit the bars in Bahrain you can let me know.Even within the kingdom it is very easy to find just about anything you want, on or off the compounds where most expats live.If you were arrested for drinking or womanizing for instance, you would not only find yourself jailed and deported you would also lose your job and any accrued benefits you may have earned.So that one drink could cost you a huge amount of money if you were expecting a few months' tax-free bonus at the end of a couple of years' hard work there in Saudi.Most Saudis that I know have a bottle of two of the strong stuff hidden away for when they have visitors.So it is very much a case of "do as we say, not as we do" when working in Saudi Arabia.
Living and working in Saudi Arabia (officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or KSA) is like nowhere else in the world that I've experienced.
They enforce their rules to the letter, and the punishments are severe.
Saudi Arabia is also one of the most hypocritical societies that I have ever encountered.
In a society that constantly preaches about not using alcohol and the sanctity of their women's virtue, the queue to leave the country at the end of the working week over the bridge between Khobar and Bahrain is at least 4 to 5 hours long.
The queue is made up mainly of Saudis, and I don't think they are all going to Bahrain to visit the mosques.The fact that Bahrain has many bars and nightclubs where people can drink and chase women (and not the sort of women you can take home to Mother, I hasten to add) may have more to do with the length of those queues.