There have been many times living in Saudi Arabia over the past seven years when I have gotten the impression that having fun is forbidden or at least frowned upon, that being happy is not something that people here aspire to. While I still get that feeling at times, the past couple of years I have seen a change gently sweeping over the general population of Saudi Arabia.
A few years ago I couldn't have imagined the excitement I feel now when I see women actually working in the malls and other businesses. People now seem much more relaxed, much more open. More Saudi women seem to be dropping their face veils and wearing colorful abayas instead of just drab black. I see smiles much more frequently than I used to. Lots of people are into taking selfies - a huge change from the look of paranoia I saw on people's faces when they spied me with my camera in years past. Even though to outsiders these strides may seem really small, to me I am seeing real social progress.
And it makes me happy!
When I first viewed this video I thought to myself that there is no way this could have happened on a flight in Saudi Arabia just a few years ago. So in honor of Saudi National Day on September 23rd, enjoy this Saudi version of a flash mob on FlyNas Airlines. Saudis can be fun-loving people too!