do saudis in their twenties think about their long terms (career, retirement) or is it day to day with them?

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  • Soul
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    older generations used to think of "responsibilities, future and such" in their late teens...that was shaped by the environment and circumstances they grew up in...the oil boom hit and my generation (now in their late 20s) grew up in luxury...pampered and spoiled...i can't deny that, but trust me...we got into college and our eyes started to open quite wide to see what's around the corner for us...we understood we need to do some serious "reforming" to the way we live, think and percieve life in general...a lot of us did...and we're struggeling to make that change and adapt to it even now...i personally never made a cup-o-soup, made my bed or even knew how or where one would pay the cell phone bill cause all these things were "magically" done for me by either my father, my mother or our beloved house keeper (who's been with my family for over 30 years and we love her as if she's our own flesh and blood)...i used to spend my free time taking "ettiquette" lessons or learning french and at the very best volunteer at some black and white charity event....and i'm talking all the way till i was past 18.....but somewhere down the line i guess i realized how "hollow" that life was and did something about i have a bachelor degree in addition to two other undergraduate diplomas, i'm half way through my post graduate diploma, i have several certificates in different trades and skills (just in case i might need them to earn a living one day when high technology and organizational management don't cut it no more), i hold a regular job at a company while planning to launch my personal business by next winter, i'm married with two kids, i have no help at the house so i do all the cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing and baby care on my own, when i have extra time on my hand i continue to volunteer (this time doing actual work with special need children, orphans, seniors, or with some islamic relief foundations)....even though my parents (bless their hearts) made sure i have a peice of land registered in my name to provide me with some sort of financial security if one day something happenned i ended up divorced, widowed or unemployed...once i got a job i started different savings accounts for myself and both my kids (aside from the education accounts my husband opened for the them)...

    this is not just a single case...i'm just one of many saudi females (at least where i'm from, jeddah) that made this change...this is our lives's not any different for men in jeddah is not easy for a married couple with a combined income of 12,000 (less in many other cases) considering they'll pay high rent for a tiny apartment with plumbing issues, they'll suffer from water shortage like the rest of jeddawis, they need at least one car (the second person will have to subscribe to some sort of limosine service to get around), pay high bills of electricity and phone (landline and cells), medical insurance (cause what's provided by companies rarely cover what we actually need), grocery shopping is getting more expensive by the day with an average spending of SR 2,500 - 3,000 a month for a family of 3, not to mention schooling for the kids, clothes, school supplies...etc.

    the whole world is in panic mode these days about oil prices, food prices, nuclear wars, increasing populations and not enough services or jobs (especially here), new diseases, more natural disasters, global warming and strong rumors suggesting that saudi arabia's oil is gonna dry out in maximum 11 years while we don't really have anything else to rely economically upon and you're asking me if saudis under 30 are "thinking" about careers and planning for the future?!?!?!? unless we're mute, dumb, blind as well as retarded...i don't see how not (unless i'm part of the 2% richest people in the mideast and/or the world as stated by Forbes).....the rest of us average Joes and Janes (sortta speak) see dooms day approaching and working our tiny feet trying to turn our hamster wheel brother...

    see we don't let all that "negativity" get to us...that's what's so neat about us jeddawis and saudis in general...we have faith, we have hope and we know it'll all turn well somehow...we're doing our best now...the rest is in Gods hands...and we trust him above all...that's why we don't let the "worrying and planning" for the future take over and ruin our "today"....we get the occassional relapses...but we get back on track soon enough...

  • ameen
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    i got a copy of a presentation by an economic guru for his speech in INTL conference in US. He said that (as researched) young Indians and Chinese dream of big house, big career and big future.

    While Europeans are more of in Enjoying life mindset. Parents got cool house, and we will have money, somehow.

    Here, it is not any different. We been through cycles. My father generation was very hard working, with big dreams, and long term goals.

    Then the oil boom came. And few generation grew up with easy life, I can say I am one of them. When I stepped at college, I had no big dreams or career objectives.

    However, when I was about to start working, oil was 8 dollars and situation was tough. So, slowly newer generations started to be more conscious.

    Now, I know a lot of people, boys and girls, who just graduate from college, and got strong plans for future. Like getting married, having a real career, and a house.

    But, in general, we don't carry retirement plans. But, we all have a dream for having own business. Most retirement plans the western way are linked to interest rate, which I don't think we got islamic products for it.

  • 1 decade ago

    My husband is in his 20's, and he has a good career and a plan for retirement. He saves money and invests money. Maybe when he graduated high school, he wasn't thinking about a long term plan, but he applied for scholarships/sponsorships and got accepted, and that came with a guaranteed job after graduation from university. When he was studying, he used to spend all his money, but now he saves money and thinks about his responsibilities before spending.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm Saudi in my twenties and always i do think about my future like other of my friends. Minds and the way of thinking of young Saudis have been changed since the economic situation of Saudi citizen is no longer the same as it has been before. I'm still not married but I think about my promising family future.

    Advice: don't bother yourself to think about Saudi, they can take care of themselves.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Citizens of Saudi Arabia, like other oil wealthy countries, get a montly stipend from the government dependent on its proximity to the Al-Saud. Some get as little as 2,000, while others as much as a whoping 25,000 per month (dollars, U.S.). Citizenship in Saudi Arabia depends if you belong to a tribe that has been there since the time of Mohamad, or, any tribe that can trace its lineage that has lived there consistently for the past 1,000 years.

    So what does this mean? No one in Saudi Arabia who is a citizen cares about their future, because the future is already decided for them, not to mention paid for, for doing nothing at all, they get to live lives of virtual luxury, while foreign laborers live in shanty towns, and cardboard boxes. In Riyadh for example, it is, easily, a 22nd century city. However you go to other cities or towns, and you think you are in the worst hell holes of Africa or Latin America.

    Some of the people who live in those slums, are Hebrew descended Muslims.

    But Israel has not lifted a finger to help them, not even sent so much as a Mossad agent to evacuate at least some of them.

    Basically, if you belong to one of the "established" people who lived in the Arabian peninsula at the time the Al-Saud took over, you are a citizen, and if you are a woman, it is easy for you to become a citizen but if you are a man, you can not become a citizen of Saudi Arabia unless you get permission from the king.

    Its the law.

  • 1 decade ago

    It seems they do not generally they eat live to enjoy life as they have got it lying down The youth have got easy access to the luxiouries of life>There is no poor man there all rich &richer Lucky ones.

  • 5 years ago

    Put seran wrap under the toilet seat, put lotion under the handles of his car doors, pour cold water over the top of the shower while he is in there, put food coloring in the shower head. You can google alot of stuff too. Good luck!! I think that this is my favorite day of the year!! Oh, you coul also move his car while he is in the bathroom or something and when he goes to get into his car he will think that someone stole it!!

  • carl
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago depends.....some saudis thought of their future and some just don't just like any other countries in the world.....there's no country that all their people just thought of one thing like all of them thought of their future always.....lolz....

  • 1 decade ago

    yeah, i've thought about that kind of stuff before.

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