Whilst watching the news on a lazy weekend afternoon a simple comment was passed.
“We should to go the Middle East before that place goes up in flames”
What it meant was to visit Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar etc to experience its history and culture. That comment has now resulted in a plan to go on pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
At first it was a plea from a woman to her family. Her husband, a believer and resident grumbler was not too keen of the idea of pilgrimage but agreed, grumbly. Her daughter, a traveler and religious individual was ready to undergo the trip. Dates needed to be confirmed so other trips don’t clash.
Her son, an undisciplined chap when it comes to religion, who appreciates and practices some of the principles but isn’t too fond of it due to his annoyance at its preachers and followers is the most excited to go.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has been of interest to the son since first learning of its deep connection to the religion and its diamond studded Mercedes Benz. The extravagant spending of the royal family who many mistake for being the forefront of the Islamic religion. The King of Saudi Arabia is not the Pope.
Years of policy making, border control, export extremism and military spending ensured that the Middle East will constantly be in turmoil to fuel the weapons, oil and drug trades.The KSA remains the hub of which all this trouble goes through.
Saudi made it big with the discovery of oil in the 1940’s. This bought in lots of wealth and put them on the map for oil companies and foreign delegation visits. Whilst being one of the most wealthiest countries in the world, an alarming 20% of the population live below the poverty line.
With oil prices dropping and KSA coffers emptying the son would like to visit this nation before the House of Saud bails to another palace in another country leaving its kingdom to run riot.
My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel” – Râshid bin Sa`îd Âl Makṫûm