How Saudis treat American Citizens? – Experience

Amina Qureshi Raja: As a Non-Saudi living in Saudi Arabia, and Alhamdulillah not as a 3rd class citizen but an American citizen, I always felt that EVERYTHING is based on your passport.

Treatment at the bank

The first time my husband went to open an account he waited in the queue like any normal person. He was holding his Iqama. At the window, the guy saw that he is a U.S. citizen, he came out shook his hand and asked him why he stood in the queue for so long?

He didn’t have to, he should have told them that he is holding a U.S. passport. My husband was taken to a personal banker and had coffee and sweets too Alhamdulillah. 

Treatment at the Airport

At the airport, they see you coming “brown” lady, as you get closer and they feel you are not from India/Pakistan then they see your passport and Subhan Allah, as, by a magic wand, the guy sits up straight, smiles at you, says hello to the kids, he becomes polite immediately.

Why do Saudis treat Americans like this?

Hind AQ Johannsen: I think it’s relevant to mention that Saudis often watch American television and therefore feel more connected to the culture.

This is not to provide a rebuttal to the fact that third-world citizens tend to be treated more poorly. 

Amina Qureshi Raja: This is not an article, written by me on the website, these were some statements made in answer to a question or comment. 

Anyways I just wanted to apologize, MY INTENTIONS were not to put anyone down, I love you all for the sake of Allah, and please forgive me, if anything I said hurt you.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.