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 ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.http://www.ameinfo.com/saudi_arabia
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 ( http://www.ameinfo.com/saudi_arabia ). 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 http://fita.org/webindex/index.html, 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 http://www.fita.org. 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.http://www.airlinemeals.net
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 Meals.net ( http://www.airlinemeals.net/ ) 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 (http://www.talesmag.com). 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 dictionaries.http://www.enewswires.com
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 e.Newswires.com ( http://www.enewswires.com ), 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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