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Useful Sites # 79 about Saudi Arabia, Airline Food, Expat Life and News

From: FITA's Really Useful Sites
Subject: Useful Sites # 79 about Saudi Arabia, Airline Food, Expat Life and News on the Web
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 11:26:33 -0500 (EST)

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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Issue 79 Volume 4 
Number 5
March 3, 2004
Issue 79
VOLUME 4 Number 5

Hello, international traders! In this issue I focus on Saudi Arabia -- a 
country with a large economy and many importing needs. I also have a site with 
everything you need to know about airline meals -- including menus for all the 
major airlines. In addition, I have a site with country profiles written by 
expatriates who are intimately familiar with the countries they're living in -- 
so you get the real story. Finally, you'll never have to search for a news site 
again, because I found a portal to every major news service on the Web.
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's 
International Trade/ Import-Export Portal <> ( 
), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 
7,000 sites related to international trade.


Seventy years ago Saudi Arabia was a desert kingdom with a tiny economy and 
very little trade with the outside world. These days Saudi Arabia is the 
world's largest oil exporter, and it's also one of the largest importers (US 
$39 billion in 2001) of machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals, motor 
vehicles, and textiles. If you'd like to find out more about opportunities for 
trade with Saudi Arabia, a good site to check out is the Saudi Arabia page at 
AME Info <> ( ). This site will keep you up to date with 
company news, travel tips, health information, maps, business and government 
contacts, a company directory, a currency converter, an events calendar, 
weather information, and much more. 
There are many more links to Saudi Arabia at the FITA site. Go to FITA's 
International Trade Web Resources <> at, click on Regional Resources then go to 
Middle East/Africa and click on Saudi Arabia in the drop-down box. Or simply 
type "Saudi Arabia" in the search box at 
<>. There are some great books on trade with Saudi Arabia in 
the FITA Global Trade Bookstore <>, 
including Doing Business With Saudi Arabia 
<>,.and the Saudi 
Arabia Business Intelligence Report 


Airline food has been the butt of many jokes, and sometimes rightfully so. 
Eating rubbery chicken and limp salad at 30,000 feet is no fun, but would you 
believe there's a Web site that posts pictures of these meals? Airline <> ( ) has 
pictures of meals that people have sent in, and some of them are not bad (I 
like the salmon with rice lunch that Lufthansa served in 1990, complete with 
champagne). But that's not all you'll find at this site. There are also news 
items about airline catering, a behind the scenes look at the making of an 
airline meal, vintage airline ads, and a collection of hundreds of first-class 
and business class menus you can browse.  

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Imagine being the guest of honor at a banquet where they serve you boiled 
sheep's head. Or being served pig's intestine at a barbecue where your hosts 
wait for you to take the first bite. Or trying to eat a whole baby octopus. . . 
well, you get the idea. These stories all come from a link at the Overseas 
Expat Life page at Tales from a Small Planet <> 
( This site has stories about overseas life that any 
international businessperson will appreciate. Some are hilarious, some are 
grim, but all are useful, because you get the inside story from people who are 
actually living in the cities and countries they write about. And it's not just 
about food, either. Each country has a detailed report on things like 
pollution, traffic, housing, security, nightlife, health care, language issues, 
weather, and much more. In the right column there are links to more 
information, including maps, news, country profiles, travel tips, and 


News junkies like me love the fact that there's 24 hour-a-day news coverage on 
the Web. All I have to do to read the latest stories is go to 
<> ( ), and click on 
whatever I'm interested in. This site organizes the news into categories 
(Sports, Business, Entertainment, Political, Opinion, etc.), headlines ("Search 
For Survivors After Tanker Explosion"), and news services (BBC, CBS, CNN, 
Reuters, etc.). It's a fast and easy way to get your news on the Web. 

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