USA/KSA: Should Charlotte and Riyadh Be Sister Cities?






Riyadh is the city of the King whereas Charlotte is known as the Queen City.  In addition to the Royal connection, there may be more in common between these two cities than one might think.

One of the first things I noticed when seeing downtown Charlotte for the first time was the vast resemblance of the Duke Energy Building to Al Memlika in downtown Riyadh.  They resemble each other somewhat in shape and both are alit at night in beautiful colors.  Both buildings also      have their night time lights change during holidays or special occasions.

I think both cities offer something for everyone and both cities are rich in history and culture.  Charlotte may be known as the Headquarters of NASCAR and Riyadh known as the Headquarters of the Muttawa (Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Protection of Virtue).  But both cities have friendly residents who will go out of their way to make guests welcomed.   

Perhaps these two cities should become sister cities?  What do you think?


4 Responses

  1. Is the purpose of having a sister city, more for mutual promotion of themselves as cities? I never truly understood why sister cities existed. Yes, our city is married with a city in China and I think in India. To me, it’s more of superficial public relations thing. Maybe exchange of business contacts but then the flurry dies down abit.

  2. interesting post! I see Charlotte already has several sister cities, the last one being a city in Israel.

  3. Here’s the wikipedia link for the definition of twin towns and sister cities:

    “Twin towns and sister cities are two of many terms used to describe the cooperative agreements between towns, cities and even counties…”

    On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM, American Bedu

  4. I think the idea of KSA twinning with Western cities is a brilliant idea, actually… Does the Kingdom have any Western sisters? That could do a world of good bringing the ME and West closer together culturally.

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