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Ibrahim Al-Ammar

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Health is our real wealth

This is one of my favorite true stories from the Arabian history: Hajjaj bin Yousuf (notorious governor of Iraq in Umayyad time), was on a hunting trip one day, accompanied by his entourage and military.

September 05, 2016

The growing social isolation

Listen. Listen intently. Are you listening to this? You’re not hearing anything? Total silence?
Well, good, that means your hearing is excellent, because this silence is the new motto of family gatherings!

August 29, 2016

Mind your language

When I visited the monumental Deutsches Museum in Munich, something caught my attention.

August 22, 2016

Are smarter people more successful?

In response to the title’s question, most people would say yes. It sounds intuitive, doesn’t it? “Of course the more intelligent will be more successful! Anything else is just inconceivable!”
But the unexpected answer is this: Not necessarily.

August 15, 2016

When good traditions turn bad

A few years ago, comedian Ricky Gervais produced a TV show in which he interviewed famous comedians who had influenced him.

August 08, 2016

Arab overstatement versus English understatement

The other day, I was reading a British etiquette guide. It mentioned the British tendency to understate things.

April 04, 2016

Riyadh— the greatest city in the world

Bold claim? I think not! I will now state my case — these are the four reasons that make Riyadh in my estimation such a great city, nay, the greatest city!

Riyadh has taught me:

1) Vigilance

March 14, 2016

It’s a goat, even if it flies!

One day, two men were talking together. They spot something far away, the first man said, “It’s a goat.”
The second one said, “It’s a crow.” They kept walking and discovered a feature of that creature: It’s black. The first may again said, “It’s a goat.”

February 22, 2016

Saudi food: Time for a healthy change

World cuisine fascinates me. It doesn’t matter where it is; the mere description of exotic ingredients captivates me.

December 28, 2015

Arabic accents and Hollywood

One of the funniest things to me is when, in American movies, a British character is introduced, usually played by an American actor who’s doing a “British accent.” Such scenes always make me laugh, though Britons are more likely to be annoyed by it.

December 14, 2015