Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

September 19, 2009

STC and Mobily ad wars (part 2)

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 5:18 am

The ad war between the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily continues. After STC’s response to Mobily. Mobily has aired the following ad on 9/9/2009. The Mobily employee warns against using inferior products shown by “their brothers”, meaning STC. In the end he said “beware of fake products”.

CITC is being quiet about it. But a few days later STC has edited their ad to remove the “fake device” and Mobily has stopped airing their ad mentioned in this post.

I found this interesting comic on Alriyadh newspaper:


The title is “ad wars” and the two women in this ad are dressed in the traditional logo colors of STC and Mobily. Guess the ad war is good for the consumer, no?

This is not the first ad war between the 2 companies. It happened before in 2006 and you can read about it on Arab News.

September 13, 2009

Spiderman attends a Saudi university

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:44 am

Spiderman designs to attend a Saudi university (KSU), enjoy the video:

Special thanks to Basem for posting a link to that video.

September 7, 2009

Saudi Telecom (STC) and Mobily ad wars

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:32 am

The eternal feud between the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily will never end apparently.

Starting this Ramadan Mobily has aired some ads showing their Mobily Broadband @ Home service. This ad shows a person installing a DSL land line, happily saying “they are finally installing the Internet”, he did not say “finally” but his expressions show that he is happy that he finally got his DSL Internet connection (from STC).

This second ad is about the wireless features of the modem, it reminds me of the good old days of dial up modems (oh wait, STC DSL still feels like a dial up modem sometimes). The third ad shows people screaming in frustration with their disconnected Internet connections (something I am sure everyone in Saudi Arabia has experienced).

So on September 6th, STC has aired a counter advertisement which ironically airs at the same time as Mobily ads:

The ad clearly copied how Mobily customer care desks looked like, the blue square logo on the modem and how the modem looked. The customers were trying to get a good signal by extending the modem out of the window. The guy using STC’s service said “they got screwed”.

I am no fan of Mobily; their billing system is inaccurate and they are ruining the iPhone 3G/3GS experience in Saudi Arabia (I got into the details at SaudiMac). STC isn’t any better; Mobily is truly the lesser evil of the two.

August 27, 2009

Hitler can’t get STC DSL (with English translation)

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:45 am

Even Hilter is angry at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and their crappy DSL service! He could only get 512kbps DSL to his house. Watch the video (Arabic subtitles):

Youtube video removed, it was posted here.

I understand his frustration with STC!

If anyone wants an English transcript I am willing to translate. Just ask. Special thanks to @yassoma from twitter for posting the link to the video.

I have translated it, here you go:


July 18, 2009

Evian Roller Babies video

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 6:25 pm

Roller Babies is Evian water’s latest campaign advertising how “young” you feel with their water. It shows babies on roller skates, computer generated of course. Wall Street Journal said the video had over 5 million views in the first few days. Here is the video ad:

Here is the making of video:

July 17, 2009

Sakura Almamlakh on Saudi TV

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 10:23 pm

“Sakura of the Kingdom”, also known as “Sakura Almamlakh”‘s president Mahir Alotaiby was interviewed on Saudi Arabia TV channel 1. He talked about the naming of the group as well as the logo.

Sakura Almamlakh is a Saudi group aimed to raise awareness of Japanese culture in Saudi Arabia and vice versa. They had another set of videos here.

July 13, 2009

A Day About Japan video presentation

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 12:43 pm

Last saturday’s “Day About Japan” event has been recorded and uploaded to youtube by Sakura of the Kingdom.


Part 1:

Part 2:

Special thanks to Sakura of the Kingdom for posting the video online.

June 27, 2009

Video: He’s Barack Obama

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:36 am

JibJab make the funniest videos. This is their latest video titled “He’s Barack Obama”, enjoy.

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June 16, 2009

Super Mario theme played on Oud

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 2:06 pm

Found this video of a guy playing the Super Mario theme using an Oud (lute). Posted on Mustada’s facebook page.

June 3, 2009

Germans try the Saudi Street Skate updated with English translation

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 9:35 am

Updated with English translation! Do you remember the Saudi street skating video? Here it is to remind you:

It’s a video with a few Saudi kids hanging out from the doors of their car in a highway, making it look like they are “skating” at over 100kmph. A Germany show called Galileo which is apparently a German “mythbusters” tried to check if it’s true or fake.

Special thanks to Mark from Germany for translating! Read on for the video and translation:


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