Saudi Arabia/UK: Harrods – The Tahlia Street of London

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Saudi guys with money to spend and fancy customize vehicles are not the least bit shy to show off and showcase their wealth.  On any given night but particularly the weekend nights of Wednesday and Thursday, a number of young Saudi guys can be seen parked with their customized vehicles on Riyadh’s Tahlia Street.

Tahlia street has been a popular place for years where young Saudi guys park their cars, hang out together close to the street, allowing drivers and passengers not only a peek at their expensive custom car but also very visibly using whatever is the latest in cell phone models and overtly checking out whose who.

Following is a video showing a typical scene on Riyadh’s popular Tahlia street:


Tahlia Street is where young Saudis go to see and be seen.  Saudis and expatriates will cruise Tahlia Street until the late hours.  Phone numbers or Blackberry numbers will be exchanged.  For those who want to socialize, windows are rolled down in vehicles holding both male and females.

Even when these young Saudis go abroad, old habits die hard.  As this article in the Daily Mall illustrates young Saudi guys who typically spend summers in London’s posh Knightsbridge neighborhood recreate their own Tahlia Street.  They have their customized cars shipped to London and like to congregate with their cars outside of the famous department store Harrods.

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It goes to show that you can take the young Saudi out of the Kingdom but some traditions of the Kingdom go with him.


5 Responses

  1. What is the purpose of this cruising?
    Meet young saudi women?

  2. Since Saudi Arabia is a country where you drive on the right, I cannot imagine these young men being able to drive safely in London. When I was in London many years ago, I found it hard enough to cross street with the traffic.

  3. From my observation, these type of guys are indeed out there for the opposite sex as well as showing off. You can say Al Tahlia is quite the equivalent to the Hamptons. My husband hates it there.

  4. That is when the police start patrolling heavily which then eliminates this stuff at least in the more condensed areas otherwise it is a traffic hazard and has a great potential of cascading into the pedestrians areas if one nimwad decides to slightly show off. It is a bad combination that needs to be nipped in the butt quickly.

  5. One of the most popular hangout places for young Saudi men on the weekends is the long Tahlia street in Riyadh. Officially it’s called Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street. This street is lined with upscale shops, restaurants and cafeterias. Only men are allowed to sit outside on the sidewalks. This street gets highly congested with traffic on weekend nights, often all the cars on the road are there just to cruise around and show off. In the photo the street officially has only three lanes on one side but the cars have crammed on the sidewalks and formed 5-6 lanes. There is a police car “supervising” but typically they don’t intervene on traffic violations.

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