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Lessons in extortion explained

58 security personnel were made redundant by the Seef Mall a few days ago in an effort for the company to be more profitable by out-sourcing security. The ex-employees were given an extremely fair severance pay (the last one negotiated was 6 months for every year employed by them, coming to some BD 22,000 in severance pay for the group, the members of which used to get between BD 200 to BD 250 per month if not less) but that was rejected. Their union is demanding severance pay equivalent to 5 years’ wages per person. The excuse given is that these people have loans and families to support.

The whole of Bahrain is in a tizz with this “issue.” Every paper has articles and editorials about it since this started. Members of parliament are “outraged” at the unfair dismissal, the the workers’ unions are giving interviews left, right and centre. The minister of Labour and Social Affairs is into the fray as well. He (or at least his Ministry) has given Seef Properties, the owner of the Seef Mall, the go ahead to outsource security to a private company, but now he’s coming out that he was never aware of this decision and wouldn’t have sanctioned it had he been aware of it. The company on the other hand has proof that he did know. And the games start.

Now, like with any issue in the past 3 or so years, the affected workers through their union have approached the King to force the company to hire them back. As if he’s not busy enough.

Can you now imagine the Vaseline jar or KY jelly being put to good use with the company bending over?

Right. This sums up the labour market in Bahrain. The worker has the ultimate power, no businessman or woman has the balls to fire a Bahraini. Even if you caught that Bahraini steeling from you, physically damaging your office equipment, selling your trade secrets, or even screwing your dog. Because if you do, then be prepared to be immediately sued for an inordinate amount of money.

You, as a businessperson, will be at the worker’s mercy. The very first thing this “dispossessed” person will do is lodge a complaint for wrongful dismissal with the Ministry of Labour, they will move the case to the Labour Courts and they in turn will slap you with a bill so big that it would be better for you just to up-sticks and close your shop, declare bankruptcy thus leaving of course more people out of work.

Welcome to the wonderful world of employing Bahrainis.

Do we have to? Have you heard of state controlled and sanctioned embezzlement and hostage taking? If you haven’t and you intend to do any kind of business in Bahrain, you soon will. It will be the stuff of your most virulent nightmares. Believe me, I have been having the same recurring nightmare for about 12 years. It is not a pretty thought I can assure you.

There is no way in hell that as a business, large or small, for you to get the correct employees you need for your survival, success and growth under the current stilted labour laws. I’m talking about Bahrainis here. Give a Bahraini the option of working for you and the interview will go like this:

1. How much you pay?
2. Not enough, how much more?
3. Ok, I’ll fink about it.
4. I only work morning. How many shift you have?
5. I only work morning.
6. How much you pay more?
7. What time start? I come between 9 and 12 ok!
8. You give me mobile.
9. You give me car.
10. You give me holiday 2 months every year.
11. Sometime I don’t come to work because period. (huh? You’re a man!)
12. I only get work when pregnant 3 months. Don’t show. I get maternal leave one year. Full paid. Then I leave ok.
13. I get mobile, yes?
14. How much you pay more?

Now take your pick, this could be an interview for a secretary, office boy, technician, whatever. Just change the language up or down to suite, but the essence is the same.

And the hidden thing in all of this of course is that after you do employ them, they will continue to try to find another job and will leave you even if the pay difference is 5 Dinars. And even while transferring to another job they will:

1. claim unfair dismissal.
2. sue your ass for the privilege or having hired them in the first place.

And do you think they will stay in that “greener pasture” long? No, they will continue to try to find another job, UNTIL of course they land a GOVERNMENT job! THIS my friends, is the ultimate for a Bahraini worker. They will be in their heaven when they get that and will hold on to it with their teeth until the day they die, and even after that, they will have had dibs put on their seat for their children, and their children’s children.

Why? No need for performance, evaluation, and a guaranteed lifetime of doing nothing. Add to that the fact that they will only work mornings, so almost all of them will get another part time job for the afternoons or start their own grocery, tailor, garage, or electronics repair/sale shop!

So why waste time even attempting to hire Bahrainis in the first place? Remember what I said about the government sanctioned extortion above? A businessperson CANNOT employ foreign staff UNLESS you have the token Bahrainis. So most small businesses at least just hire an office-boy/driver and with that you will get one visa (if you’re lucky, or have the right connections) to employ a foreign person you can depend on.

You’re expanding? You’re moderately successful so now you need to hire a secretary? Bahrainis only can hold his exalted position. Refer to “steps of successful interviewing” above. But pay particular attention to points 11 and 12 though, don’t get caught now, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

And you wonder why we have unemployment here? How can the private sector, which is the largest employer on the Island cope with this phenomenon? How can I as a small business owner employ an office-boy and pay him a comparatively good wage, higher than the national average for such a job, fire the stiff because he threatened my life (literally) and he not only walked away with it, but the court gave him 7 months’ salary as severance pay, a bonus because he worked for me for a few years, and pay his full social insurance which we are not eligible for anyway? Now repeat this story at least once every 3 years or so. Vaseline anyone? Anyone?

The unemployed don’t WANT employment. Why the hell should they if each and every one of them can “sell” his CPR (central population register) number to an employer for 100 Dinars or more and be a “ghost” worker, just for the privilege of this employer to get a work permit for a foreign worker? Just walk by the Ministry of Labour any day of the week and you will find them all sitting around, sometimes inside the ministry’s halls waiting to catch someone to sell their numbers to? This is a highly profitable fishing exercise! And if we do fall into the trap and do buy a ghost-worker we have to pay into his social pension fund as well!

    (I should probably explain the CPR thing. Every person in Bahrain must have a central population register number. This number dies with you and you need that card for conducting anything with the government, banks, anything. If you hire a person, that person has to register with the Ministry of Labour using their CPR card number and that number is cross-referenced to your commercial registration, so that the government knows how many you employ, who you employ and when you employed them. Why would a country that doesn’t have any taxes do that? Big brother of course.

    So let’s say that you want to hire a Bahraini in order to really hire a foreigner. What you do is get an unemployed Bahraini to just register with the Ministry of Labour as your employee, then the Ministry will deem it correct to give you a work permit to hire a foreigner.)

More? Ok. A business cannot get ANY government contract unless they get a certificate from the Ministry of Labour certifying that your company actually employs the required quota of Bahrainis the ministry has set. In most business enterprises that varies between 25% to 75%, maybe higher.

Okay you are officially a good citizen and employ Bahrainis as a matter of course. You are patriotic and truly believe that you do good by not only employing Bahrainis but also train them, bring them into your business and give them responsibilities and make them grow with you. This can work and does work in some cases, but not in the small business arena. This only works for larger companies, banks, insurance firms and of course the great benefactor: the government.

For the small and medium enterprise this is fraught with untold danger. The sword will continuously hang over your head: if the person gets a slightly better paying job, he WILL leave. If the person gets a government job, he most definitely will leave, but if has stayed with you for a few months and learnt the ropes he will not only leave, but leave and start a business to directly compete with you, taking with him of course most if not all of your customers. This has happened, and in this environment and stupid labour laws will continue to happen.

The solution is so simple and staring the government in the face all the time that it boggles the mind why it is so difficult to grasp and enact. FREE the labour market! Remove all these hindrances to small and medium businesses. Invest – really invest – in effective training schemes. Radically revise the dilapidated educational system. And hold the workers responsible.

If as a business you absolutely NEED to fire someone, then ensure that the contractual agreement between the parties actually is respected, don’t come back and say that if the contract does not tally with the official contract template from the Ministry of Labour then it is invalid. What, did the guy sign a contract blindly, cannot read, cannot think for himself so that the government once again acts as the big brother here? If anyone signs a contract which is fair and correct, why force the government’s own version down your throat? If you fire someone, give him the correct severance pay, as dictated by the mutually signed contract, don’t even LET the bastard come and complain to you that he was wrongfully dismissed and demands 20 years’ salaries because his wife can’t keep her legs closed and now he has 19 children. Why the fuck should I care? I want a productive employee, I’m not running a child-bearing farm, nor am I a family planning unit.

Having said that, NO company is going to fire a good employee. It has invested time, money and a lot of effort into training the employee on the various aspects of the business, why go through all of that again if you don’t have to? We’re running businesses to make money after all, not squander and lose it.

Almost every day we get teachers, labourers, and even professional nose-pickers demonstrating because they can’t get jobs. In most cases it is not because jobs are not available, it is because they don’t WANT the jobs found and offered to them on a silver platter. It is because they are not flexible enough to do something else, it is because they want a government job, and it is because they want a hand-out. And they hold the business enterprises by the balls to get what they want.

Sure there are cases which are genuine. Sure some people are highly educated and cannot find jobs because of discrimination and other factors. I am all for that person and am aghast with disgust as to why a job cannot be found for them. But generally, ask any business owner about this situation and I can guarantee that if they are honest they will fully agree with me.

Minister of Labour, if you are in the mood to listen, then listen to this advice:

1. make your absolute priority in your office to find the fastest and best way to close your ministry. It is not needed. The best way to do that is for you to enable, encourage and harbour free trade and a free labour market. For the sooner you do that, the sooner businesses will boom and as they boom they will require more workers and the country’s main unemployment problem will dissolve. Trust me on this.

2. shut down the labour courts. They are useless and unnecessary. They are completely biased to the workers anyway and they (along with your ministry’s policies) are throttling business opportunities and FUTURE job opportunities for your armies of unemployed. If a just claim to wrongful dismissal is raised, then raise it in a civil court. And LOOK and STUDY the documents presented by the employer, rather than judges arbitrarily remove the soiled finger out of their proverbial ass, test the wind with it, and award a sum of money that will break the small business’ back, hence creating more unemployment. An even better option is use a tribunal. It does work in other countries.

3. invest in education. Throw all the current books away, let’s have a national bonfire, it will be a pretty spectacle. And then bring in real experts and real teachers to teach. If you have to close all the schools for a year or two to get that done then it’s not a problem, they’re not learning anything now anyway.

4. LISTEN to the business community. They are your friends. They are the people who are creating and maintaining jobs. They know what they’re doing and they know how important loyal and productive workers can be.

Back to the start now with those security personnel. The majority of the sacked workers have been offered jobs by the company taking over at the same or even better salaries. Get them to take it! It’s an opportunity which should not be missed. If they refuse, then fuck ’em. They will restart selling their CPR numbers anyway…

Here’s something that you should read, study and take to heart:

Opinions differ as to whether the economic success of Dubai can be replicated elsewhere in the Middle East. Delegations regularly troop through Internet City, and Egypt recently rolled out its own technology park, Smart Village, near Cairo.

But no other Arab society seems to possess quite the same readiness to throw its doors open to outside influences, coupled with the flexibility to capitalize on them.

“Dubai’s a complete anomaly, like Singapore or Hong Kong,” said Peter J. Cooper, editor of AME Business Info, a journal of gulf commerce. “Port cities have always been more liberal.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: A city-state run like a conglomerate

Bahrain is a port country not just a city, or am I mistaken?


Don’t agree with Islamists? Then you are “morally corrupt”

The effervescent MP, the honourable Adel Al-Moawdah described anyone who defended the “Big Brother” program as being from the “morally corrupt lobby1.”

That of course labels virtually the whole of the business community, leading businessmen and their families, and moderates alike. And of course that means that only Islamists know the “way to Allah” and we should blindly follow in their footsteps.

And here is simple “morally corrupt” me wondering if there is no panel in parliament to censure MPs who use such insulting language to describe the very people who they have been sworn to serve?

Where is the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies from all this? Isn’t it his responsibility to at least reprimand wayward MPs like Al-Moawdah for choosing to blatantly use phrases like these? As important, as an Islamist himself, isn’t it his responsibility to educate these people in the correct way to conduct themselves? In direct violation to the parliament’s own internal rules and regulations Adel Al-Moawdah, Ali Mattar, Mohammed Khalid and Al-Saidi have continuously flouted their sworn roles and went out on demonstrations, described their constituents with terms like “lost” and “morally corrupt.” Isn’t it time that the Chairman and these honourable gentlemen offer their abject and sincere apologies to the community?

Farouq Al-MoayyedI join my voice to Farouq Al-Moayyed, one of the leading businessmen in Bahrain, demand an apology from Adel Al-Moawdah for describing me as “corrupt”. The only corruption I can see at this moment is Al-Moawdah’s mind!

With his once again irresponsible actions and words, he has successfully banished MBC from Bahrain who is on record today saying that they will never consider any form of project in Bahrain. With them I think Orbit will go – which plans to hire up to 700 people on the island, build a station and broadcast some 30 satellite channels as well as build production facilities and studios. There is also the Bahrain Financial Channel which is probably re-considering its location now, 2 private TV stations who have applied for licenses and I would not be surprised if they “suspend” their applications now, there is the Opera House which is scheduled to be built in the Bahrain Financial Harbour which is on the balance now, and goodness knows what else directly in the media business.

This translates to thousands of jobs and countless millions. But we can’t have that as some of them “might” be perceived as un-Islamic.

These people can’t seems to realise that there is no bigger coward than capital. Any hitch, much less than the reaction to Nancy Ajram and Big Brother, and it’s the first to escape, leaving behind lost opportunities, lost jobs, increased poverty, shrinkage of the middle class, and shattered families.

The Islamists owe us all an apology.

[1] Al-Wasat Newspaper, front page, 4th March 2004.


Dubai… and three little blue pills

I’m back! But I almost didn’t go. The Dubai 8th International Airspace Show was on at the same time. Because of that, every single room seemed to have been booked way in advance so when I wanted to reserve a room last week there was no chance. The only room we found was at the Ritz Carlton and they wanted DH3,300 + 20% per night (that comes to about $1.047) which is excessive to say the least so I canceled the trip. However Pinnacle pulled some white rabbit out of their hat and got me a room and paid for it too! So thank you very much Pinnacle for that. The trip was back on.

Three hectic days of ‘death by PowerPoint’. Thank you Microsoft for creating this gem. If anything is going to guarantee Bill Gates a ticket straight to hell it’s business people all over the world cursing him for creating such a monster. You cannot have a business meeting without hundreds of gawky PowerPoint slides. I’m luckier than most I guess because the companies I represent all are ‘media’ companies, so they do try to spice up the presentations. But the engineering presentations still suck as they are dull. All engineers are the same I guess: facts, tables, charts with no interest whatsoever to spice up their dreary pages, however Jon at Pinnacle did a really good job with some animated product panels opening and closing!

Any way. I survived and managed to get good info about the new Pinnacle Systems products. Very interesting. Now it’s time to convert those three days into sales. Grrrr.

The most important thing about all of these dealer meetings though is not so much the new information on products, it is the re-establishing relationships, associating names with faces, handshakes, pats on the back, show a bigger carrot or a longer stick to ‘make the numbers’ for the next quarter or year.

I didn’t have a chance to visit my sister who now lives in Sharjah, just a short drive from Dubai and didn’t have a chance either to visit some of my friends. But we did have nice dinners and went to a couple of pubs etc to dull the pain of PowerPoints for that day and of course to be in a better frame of mind for the next day! That was fun.

My normal thing when I get to my room is to immediately unpack and put whatever extra cash, passport, excess plastic cards etc in the room safe. Most hotels now have these small safes in the wardrobe, and I did just that. Before checking out this morning, I opened the safe to get the stuff out and I suddenly noticed a very small package stuck in the very corner of the safe, under the front sill.

ViagraI never noticed it before. It looked innocent enough and as it was normal paper, I didn’t think it was much. Maybe a scribbled phone number or whatever. Was I surprised when I opened the package I found three Viagra pills! Wohoe. What do we have here? I guess the guy must have had, or planned to have a very wild time in my room… And why didn’t I look closer when I first moved into the bloody room? Just think, I almost never take slippers with me because you just assume that they clean and Hoover the carpets properly, but after seeing those pills, you never know what the hell has happened on those beds and carpets! From now on I’m NOT walking bare-foot on any hotel carpet and that’s a promise.

Now, what the hell do I do with this ‘treasure?’ Any ideas?

Tell you what, we’ll have a little competition… the pills (yes, I took them!) will go to the poster of the best and most original comment on any of the articles on! and this is NOT a joke, I swear this is true!

hmmm, let me think of a few rules:

  1. by participating into this competition you absolutely do not hold me or my host responsible for all and/or any side effects/death you might experience by using the prize (pills).
  2. you must be logged in – so if you don’t have an account yet on, please go ahead and register.
  3. we’ll think of a voting structure for the best comment, but I will personally make the decision on who wins and my decision will be final.
  4. you must be over 21 to participate.
  5. if you’re not allowed to have these pills in your country for any reason then you can’t get them.
  6. you pay for shipping/arrange for collection.
  7. if this is deemed illegal, then the competition is off and the pills get flushed down the toilet!

So you want a permanent hard-on courtesy of Pfizer? Get your mind juices flawing first!

Hehe.. have fun! 😉


Single Gulf Passport and other thoughts

GCC interior ministers have recommended that a single passport be adopted at the next summit, secretary-general Abdulrahman Al Attiyah said.

The ministers “have recommended that the next summit, scheduled for December in Kuwait, adopts a single passport” for citizens of the GCC states, he said.

Source: Bahrain Economic Development Board

Oh no.. that means that Bahrainis will have trouble getting into Europe, the Far East and the States should that happen! But hang on, more important than that, does that mean they’re actually doing something useful for a change? They’ve been talking about monetary union since the 70’s and we’re still waiting..

Why the hell bother? What would this single passport and monetary union bring us? We hardly have any inter-gulf trade in any case, and if we are so bold as to even try we get a good lesson on speedy processes… a snail is an F1 super-car in comparison.

As far as I am concerned, the ONLY thing that the GCC brought it in all of its history is that Gulf Nationals (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman) is having a separate queue at Gulf airports and we don’t need visas to visit each of the GCC countries. But the feeling you get as you cross borders, especially Saudi, Gulf nationals feel like criminals daring to go into/out of Saudi. Our leaders should take lessons from Europe and especially the Benelux countries to see what is really possible. But that’s another subject… let’s get back to the unified passport business.

Saudis at the moment are barred from going to Thailand for instance, and their government might have a very good reason for this, but as the biggest and richest country in this union, does that mean that when we do get a unified passport, we will be barred from visiting certain countries, because one of the member states has issues with it? Wouldn’t it be better just to keep our passports as is and concentrate on doing a EU-like region where every country keeps its sovereignty and identity?

What’s the big deal about having a single passport anyway? Wouldn’t easing the procedures at the various crossing points be sufficient? A European now just has to show his/her passport at the control point and away they go! No stamping, no double checking, no stupid little slips to give to a police officer at the airport before being allowed in the baggage reclaim area… nothing. So having a single passport will do away with these totalitarian procedures?

Not a chance! We LIVE for red-tape.

Governments in the Gulf should get their priorities right. For instance: joining the WTO will benefit every other country we deal with except ours, doesn’t that merit discussion? Free Trade Pacts with the USA as evidenced in both Canada and Mexico benefits the USA more than their so called partners, doesn’t that warrant caution?

Ok, I’m a simpleton. Explain to me this: how is the unified passport, monetary union, and the customs union going to benefit us as citizens of the Gulf?

  • Customs Union doesn’t work. I’ve experienced this first hand.
  • Montetary Union doesn’t have a hope of succeeding if even the Eastern Province vendors in Saudi (which is 30 minutes away from Bahrain by car across the causeway) refuse to accept the Bahraini Dinars although it is as near as humanly possible to the Saudi Riyal (10 Saudi Riyals = 1.0055 Bahraini Dinars and they count it as equal to SR9 if you’re lucky)?
  • Unified passports? TBD
  • So we don’t have inter-gulf trade to talk about… how about foreign direct investments (FDI) coming into our countries? Of the USD823.82bn in FDI generated worldwide, the vast West Asia and North Africa stretch of 21 countries accounted for a meager 1.29 per cent with just USD10.68bn. Pathetic.

    Personal experience coming up: I have a friend who’s been in Bahrain for about 8 or 9 years. Owns a factory employing some 50 or more Bahrainis, invested in his factory (hence directly in Bahrain) more than a million Bahraini Dinars in capital and multiples of that in turn-over the majority of which has been re-invested in the factory and staff. The kind of problems he’s continuously experiencing from the various government departments surpass Steven King’s horror stories by far! He’s a Jordanian/Palestinian and as he is an investor in the country he applied for a Bahraini passport. He’s eligible for it, but did he get it? No bloody chance! Yet, an Egyptian waiter who’s been on the island for a few months did! Huh? Yeah it’s true and I’m not making this up.

    So what would an Egyptian waiter bring to the island in capital, development and jobs? How about the thousands of Yemeni, Indian, Jordanian, Syrian, Pakistani, Sudanese and goodness knows how many other illiterate nationalities who’s been brought to the island to join the police or defence forces and given along with their underwear and toothbrushes (accompanied with demonstrations of use) Bahraini passports? What do they contribute?

    Shouldn’t the government encourage entrepreneurs who directly bring money, knowledge and jobs to the island? Shouldn’t we concentrate on these issues before discussing hair-brained ideas like unified passports and monetary unions which will not benefit anyone?

    Time to go home… maybe after eating something I’ll find the answers!


    Inter-Gulf Business? Not a chance!


    All the Arab countries in general and the Gulf countries in particular do NOT want any business done between them. It is probably much easier doing business with even Israel (no we can’t) and Bahrain than Bahrain and Saudi. So much for the GCC Customs Union, the WTO negotiations, monetary union and what every other instrument that would help (read hinder) trade between us and our neighbours.

    Why am I ranting about this? PERSONAL EXPERIENCE! Here’s the story:

    Most of my business is with Saudi and Kuwaiti companies. Bahraini companies in my field are typically backward and stupidly price conscious – as in “we’ll only go for the lowest common denominator, and if we can steal it, pirate it, get it for free we’ll get it.” Another thing that Bahraini companies like to do is buy direct from Europe and the States. Even if the product is sold locally at the same or even lower price! But that’s a different story…

    As most of my business is with Saudi and Kuwait, and the GCC Customs Union came into effect on 1st January 2003, I thought great! At last I can import the equipment into Bahrain, pay the customs duties here, take my time really integrating, installing, testing the equipment and then simply package them up and take them across the causeway, show the officials that I’ve indeed paid the duties and everything is in order and they’ll say “thank you for promoting trade between our countries” and away I go to deliver to another happy customer.

    The reality is different from that dream.

    So we ordered stuff from three companies, paid the customs and got the stuff delivered to our office in Bahrain. It took us a couple of days to integrate and test everything. Packaged everything up, made sure that we have all the papers that we were told to have (customs receipts, bills of entry, etc) and off our guy went through the Bahrain-Saudi Causeway to the Bahraini customs so they can stamp all the papers proving that the customs duties have been collected in Bahrain and then he would drive to Saudi to make the delivery after passing through their customs who theoretically should just take copies of the papers and let him through.

    No chance. Some customs guy in Bahrain didn’t use the correct rubber-stamp. One day completely wasted as by that time their “shift” has ended. Back to base.

    With all intentions that we’re going to finish the process today, off the guy went to the Bahraini Customs again. BIG PROBLEM. It appears that the rubber-stamp that was needed also meant finding a competent person (not many) that has done this operation before and has a couple of brain cells to rub together. We found one, but it was clearly the first time that they deal with a “problem” like ours. The problem was that we received a couple of shipments through DHL who have a special arrangement with the Bahraini Customs, hence, they don’t need to raise a declaration form, customs receipt, and other documents so that they can deliver the shipments to their destinations faster (which is a good thing) but because of the so called Customs Union, those papers were needed. It took about 3 hours this morning to find the “big boss” who in turned called DHL to find out if this is true and if it was alright to use DHL’s declaration form numbers rather than the government’s! Finally, after a long struggle he gave his go ahead.

    It took the supervisor assigned to rubber stamp the documents more than 30 minutes just to produce the bloody rubber stamp, photocopy some papers, and fill in the spaces in that rubber stamp!

    Ok, that was done, off we go to the Saudi side.. no chance. Although the papers are now complete, the company we were delivering to has its own clearer who MUST be used at all times to clear their particular shipments. And it would take 7 – 10 days to get the approval to use their clearer!

    Back to Bahrain for another try tomorrow.

    Bottom line. If you don’t know how to be a crook and stick by the book, don’t go into business and most certainly don’t even CONSIDER doing business with your neighbouring countries who claim to want integration, customs union and single currency!


    Al-Sultana Machboos TVC

    This is the first, and in my opinion one of the most irritating television commercials around. I think it started airing about the 1st of May, 2003 and continues to be broadcast on the Showtime channels.

    It’s a commercial for "machboos mix", one of the local Gulf most famous dishes. It depects the "old" way of cooking machboos and the "new" way using a jarred source made by Al-Sultana. I’ve not ever had their mixes, and it doesn’t look that I ever will judging by the stupidity and non-creativity of their ad. At the very least get representative women, rather than the uglies we have here! Both women here are not even Gulf nationals! They’re accent (obviously dubbed very badly) is supposed to be west coast Saudi (Jeddah), but give me a break!

    There are better ways of advertising food products than this. But with all this, don’t let me influence your vote, so please vote 1 to 5 stars, 5 being the worst.