Praising the Benefits of Nido

So I’ve been getting quite a few comments lately that this blog is too negative. That it criticizes nidoers too much. I’ve also been asked by Gardens of Sand for a positive post about nido.

To begin with I have to admit that praise when discussing the political sphere does not come naturally to me. Over countless years of my life and ever since my birth, I have witnessed so much grovelling and toe-kissing done in such a bad manner and in such low quality to the point where I have vomitted frequently:

صاحب السمو معالي الابهام العظيم, ان برثن* فخامتك العزيز لتعجز عن مجده الامم. ما من مصاعب يخشى قهرها ظفرك الوسيم, لا قاع البحار ولا اعالي القمم. ان لئيم غلط على شعرات ابهيهيمك** الكريم,اخبطه بساقك خبطا حتى واساه الندم.

*برثن = ظفر, مخلب

**تعبير دلع للابهام

I think I have been affected beyond repair. Anyway, I believe shock therapy can be good to overcome this problem, and so outward and full brown praise of nido might be good in this respect. So here it goes:

Nidoers, nido, nidoism, the nido generation, and the nido culture generally has some positives. Let’s start with superficialities. On the surface , nidoers can be quite attractive. All that tanning, whitening creams, waxing materials, vitamin tablets, body building supplements, expensive gym memberships, herbal teas, gucci handbags, bally shoes, armani suits, italian designed bikinis, fancy night dresses, bassam ghetras, revlon eyeliners, christian dior foundation, carreti sandals, nose jobs, teeth braces, Toni and Guy Hair cuts, De Beers Diamonds, Rolex watches, ck underwear, victoria secrets bras and thongs, hair straigtening products, hair dyeing products, hair plucking apparatus, liposuction, teeth whitening products… I could go on… The marvels of the modern world can have some amazing results. It makes for some serious eye candy. Come on, let’s be honest. We all sometimes go to nido functions and restaurants just to marvel at the “beautiful people.”

More substantively, one of the main strengths of nidoism is the education system. Schools such as Bayan School, Ibn Khuldoon, Saint Chrisophers, Sacred Heart, the Indian School and Bahrain school are quite good when compared with others in the region, and have a decent shout at claiming to be the best private education system in the gulf. Particularly worth noting are the “national” schools such as Bayan and Ibn Khuldoon, which unlike e.g.Saint Christopers and Bahrain school did not depend completely on expat and foreign expertise to set up. For example, their board of directors and trusties are made up predominantly of Bahrainis. The infrastructure and resources are quite impressive, with good sports fields, music facilities, art centres, and libraries. The subjects taught and quality of teaching is quite high compared to state schools and is of comparable international standards. You get to do subjects such as French and pottery that you would be hard pressed to find in other places. Sure, the arts and social sciences (discounting business and economics) are put on the backburner, and the standard of Arabic can be quite pitiful in some of these schools, but at least they’re quite good in other subjects.

This links to another positive in nidoers: They generally have a high level of skills and qualifications. Many of them are professionals. The country can now claim to have a considerable number of doctors, lawyer, accountants, engineers, It specialists, etc. Obviously not all of these are nidoers, but a good chunk of nidoers fall into these qualifications. This is a good thing. You can’t really complain about having too many professionals. In fact we probably need more of them.

The comparably high level of nido professionals and education, by GCC standards is praise-worthy. You can see this also in the amount of qualifications nioders have from “prestigious universities”. American, British, French, you name it. You could probably find a nidoer with a qualification from any of their posh universities. Bahrain can also claim to have the highest level of English in the Gulf and even has a shot at being top of the Arab world. Hell, many a nidoers only speak English, with a spattering of “Arabic” such as Shakbar interjected in the middle for good measure.

But this is where it turns sour. Yes nidoers have decent English, but at what expense? Look at the pitiful Arabic that many of them claim to have. These are people who were born and raised in Bahrain, with Arabic being the main or only language of many of their parents. Yet they cannot mutter one full sentence in Arabic without interjecting in it some sort of “I don’t know”, “cool”, or some other silly English phrase in the middle.In fact, you can’t really say these nidoers speak Arabic, not Fus7a anyway. At most you can say they have a weak grasp of Bahraini Arabic, not Modern Standard Arabic. Have you ever tried testing a nidoers qawa3ed or grammar? Have you ever tried asking him to speak intelligebly in fus7a, let alone making him read it or write it? Many a nidoers I know have the Arabic writing skills of a ten year old, with the construction of any sentence going beyond:

الولد يلعب في الساحة

causing serious difficulties.

Seriously, isn’t it disgraceful? That many a nidoers get a headache reading three sentences in an Arabic newspaper let alone any sort of Arabic book? This in a country that claims to have Arabic as its first language, and where they were able to get the best education and schools the country has to offer? If this is their standard of Arabic, what will that of their kids be like? Does having competent English mean abandoning your mother language, let alone a language as important, rich, beautiful, ancient, holy, and dynamic as the Arabic language? Does modernity and advancement mean foresaking Arabic and replacing it wholeheartedly with English?

Really? Then how come the most advanced non-English speaking countries in the world hold on ferociously to their language. How come even the most nidoey people in those countries always use their mother tongue as the first language of speech, communication, and thought? Look at Germany, France, Spain, Japan and Italy, to name a few. Have you ever heard of a French person born and raised in France that does not speak French? In fact it is a ridiculous concept to start with. Try asking a German person “Do you speak German?” He’ll look at you quizzically and think you’re a moron. It does not even make sense. “A German who doesn’t speak German? Speak intelligibly boy!” Compare this to Bahrain. How many nidoers, if being honest, would answer “Do you speak fus7a Arabic” with “No”, “Not really” or “Huh?”? On the flip side, have you ever checked out how amazing the Germans speak English? Their level of English competency would destroy that of most nidoers. Then look at how dynamic these countries are, producing movies, songs, books, research, journals, and high quality professionals that enhance and develop their languages. Compare this to many of our nidoers, who don’t even know how to type in Arabic. Doesn’t the decline of an ancient and rooted language in the most educated and richest circles of a society show a comparatively weak society, one that is unstable, static, unsure of itself, in an identity crisis and unable to cope with modernity and advancement? Isn’t this the antithesis of being modern and advanced?

Same thing goes for education. It’s all good and well that nidoers, the richest in society, can afford these decent schools. But is this really all that great? Nigeria has private schools. So does Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa, etc. In fact I am finding it hard to even come up with a list of countries that Bahraini Nido schools would compare favourably with. The former Soviet block traditionally has good schooling even in the state sector. China and India, although the situation is very disparate, also have very good schools and universities. This is the rub. Pretty much every country in the world now has good private schools that cater to the rich. The rich can pay, and if you pay enough, you can get pretty much get whatever you want. If you’ve got the millions, you can setup home in the deep Jungles of the Congo and still get to have a decent education, if you’re willing to pay that is. There is nothing stellar in this. The more important thing is to take the big picture. Does Bahrain have a great education system on a global level? What’s the point if only the rich get to have the best education and to go to the best universities (the ten-odd people they send every year on the Crown-Prince scholarship notwithstanding)? I doubt many people can argue Bahrain has a great education system. Let’s look at schools first. Our state schools, although not extremely bad, are nothing to write home about. They lack the adequate infrastructure, resources, and training. Our universities, well let us not start (maybe that’s for another post). How about those universities? Well, there are only two establishments that can be really called universities: Bahrain Uniersity and The Arabian Gulf University (and the latter one is highly specialized and it is more accurate to call it a college). And we all know about the problems inherent in these two universities. Just look at how most nido parents decide to send their kids abroad. Is this a good reflection on our university sector? And the sad indictment is that many Bahrainis send their children to study in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon (in fact some of these universities are setting up shop in Bahrain!), countries with much more limited resources than ours, but you don’t see a flood of Lebanese, Jordanian and Egyptian residents coming to universities in Bahrain. Then we have the research facilities, an essential part of any advanced educational system. Oh, our world class research facilities. Their output of new technologies, inventions, and academic papers is a non-stop stream. In fact it’s an avalanche. Countries all over the world cannot stop raving about and envying the embarassment of riches we have produced in research. Academics are falling over each other trying to be the first to come to Bahrain. Ivy League schools have been complaining that Bahrain has stolen their best professors.

The same can be said about the health sector, the industrial sector, the electricity sector (How crazy is it that we have electricity blackouts in a country with gas and oil?), water sector, and the housing sector. In essence, all the vital sectors of a modern life.

Why is it that only nidoers, a small fraction of the population, are the only ones that have comparable standards in these things to advanced countries? Why is it that the rest of the country, the vast majority of the population, have to be content with third-rate resources? Why can’t the majority of this tiny country be provided with schools, hospitals, and facilities of a decent standards, comparable to those in the developed countries?

And the sad thing about it all is we are an oil region. A region where literally a massive hoard of cash lies below the ground. All you have to do is shovel it out. Whereas other poor countries have to fret about where to get the resources to fund these things, our problem is we choose to waste it on other “advancements”. Somehow the Formula 1, with all its difficulties and the risks involved, deserves $500 million dollars, while the Arabian Gulf University had to give up its main campus, shut up shop and stop teaching the majority of its subjects because of lack of resources. Somehow, in a country that does not stand a cat’s chance in hell if it enters a war, 1 billion dollars are spent on military equipment (from the U.S. only) in the last 5 years. This while the country does not even have enough electricity supply. The list can go and on and on. It is seriously depressing.

And I wonder why most of my posts are critical.

Why is it that we cannot learn and adopt from the advanced countries? Why is it that we are industrially, educationally, and technologically so far behind countries like Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, countries that until very recently were not all that developed? Did you know that Korea and Egypt had similar levels of GDP 50 years ago? Look at the where Korea is now and how Egypt is languishing. Why can’t we have similar levels of schools, universities, hospitals, industries? And the unfathomable part is that it should be so much easier for us! For one, we have their experiences and strategies to learn from, so we don’t have to “re-invent the wheel” again. Secondly, the population of the gulf is miniscule by world standards (not more thant 20 million nationals in the whole GCC, and even that is probably exaggerated), and so we don’t have the problem of e.g. China’s of how to educate, industrially and materially advance more than a billion people. Thirdly, and most importantly, we have oil! These countries did not have any notable natural resources to depend on! They had to work their socks off, with so much misery created in the process, in order to reach the stage they are in! We have oil to pay for the roads, the building, the schools, the hospitals, and the universities. And yet we choose to spend the biggest chunk of it on fake islands, big Hummers, useless F-16s, and fountains. Why is it that the main things we have imported and learned from these countries is where to buy the best bikinis, the best hair styles, the hippest movies and sitcoms, the latest fashion accessories, and the best guns? Where are the producers of Harvards, Nissans, Panasonics, and Nobel Laureates in the gulf? As they say, a Hummer lasts ten years; An education lasts a lifetime.

Alright, I think that shock therapy has worked pretty well. Enough optimism and praise for one post, back to criticism and ranting.

Any other benefits of nido some of you out there can think of?

ِAnyway, in the interest of “looking on the bright side”, from now on I’ve decided to post a clip or song with each post. Today’s choice is “khalah shakou” (Auntie What’s Wrong).

خاله شكو – مكادي النحاس

ِA faster version:

خاله شكو – حميد منصور

ُAnd this is the Abdel 7sain Abdel Redha version from Saif el 3arab:

عبدالحسين عبدالرضا – سيف العرب – خاله شكو



32 Responses to “Praising the Benefits of Nido”

  1. Gardens of Sand Says:

    Nido, you are funny, talk about a good post turned sour! Seriously though I don’t consider myself a Nido-er (I certainly do not come from a privledged background), my fu97a is better than my Bahraini dialect. Maybe because our dialect is infused with so many non arabic terms? I simply dunno.

    As for the rest, as usual I agree! 🙂

  2. nido Says:

    I tried, I really did… oh well!

    Anyway, judging by your blog and posts I am sure you have better Arabic than 99.99% of nidoers. There is nothing to be so paranoid about!

    Thanks as always. Your comments really put a smile on my face!

  3. butterfly Says:

    That was hilarious!

    The title is deceiving though, I can’t see anything positive in this post 🙂

  4. Odd Says:

    NIDO! Uh! Even a big plate of machboos wouldn’t get me through this post. I guess I’ll have to read it a paragraph at a time…

  5. Silver Girl Says:

    Revlon eyeliners? They were never a hit! You should have consulted a nido girl before you added that line.

    As for mastering Arabic, I got the feeling that you graduated from a private school and so did your friends and the people you know! Most of my friends are fluent in Arabic and do read Arabic books! You over generalized! It’s only true to an extent.

    Nido, I love your posts but I can never read all the way from the intro to the conclusion in one go! It’s a personal opinion but you might want to consider it 🙂

  6. nido Says:


    What do you mean? I’ve talked about the tanned, toned, beautfiul people with revlon lipsticks, louis vitton handbags, gucci or shoes, and mango jeans. I also wrote about education and skills. Surely there is a positive somewhere in there?


    This was supposed to be a shorter post! Only 2400 words instead of the usual 3000-4000. hmmm….

    Ahhh… machbooos… just what I had for lunch. I even freestyled it today and added some beans and mushrooms!


    1. Really? Revlon eyeliners weren’t hip? I guess I was thinking of revlon lipsticks. I’m sure I saw a girl using revlon eyeliner somwehere though. Oh well… Thanks for the info.. it’ll probably prove handy!

    2. I do generalize, but I don’t think I’ve over generalized. For one, yes most nidoers go to private schools. They’re rich, and so they can afford to go there. And the arabic of many of them is quite pitiful (even though the standard of Arabic in National Schools like Bayan or Ibn Khuldoon is quite good. In fact its better than most state schools, and that’s why you get some people graduating from there who have excellent Arabic.) . Of course I’m exaggerating when I say they find it hard to read three sentences without a headache, but even this applies to some people! I mean, do you know how few nidoers I know who have never even heard of Mahmood Darwish? Mahmood Darwish for potato’s sake! That’s like not knowing what Harry Potter is! You’d also be surprised by the amount of people from government schools that I know who have weak Arabic and talk mainly in Arabeezy or something like that.

    3. As for reading books, I really don’t think your friends are very representative to be honest! Most of the young people I know in Bahrain simply don’t read books, whether they are nidoey or not, rich or poor, government or private schools (with the exception of ones they are forced to read for school or work). Once in a bluemoon they might get excited over something like Harry Potter or 3emarat Ya3koubian because they saw it in a movie, but even this does not apply to many of them!

    4. Hmmm.. Obviously this post length is a recurring theme. My main worry is if I shorten them I’ll have to throw so much out! What do others out there think?

    Thanks for the great comment!

  7. Bahraini Diva Says:

    oh finally! I read it all 😉

    This is my first time on your blog & my dear you earned a link on mine!
    Fantastic post…Loved the ending

    Very funny & True..Totally true…

    Keep up the good work


  8. nido Says:

    Welcome Diva and thanks for the great comment!

    I hope you enjoy “khalah shakou” and

    “الحنين الى فن الماضي!”

  9. Bahrania Says:

    nido, how about praising nido’s love of sport, especially car racing. The Formula 1 as the flagship event of nidoism, where hoards of nidoers would shout, bilroo7 bildam nafdeek ya ferrari….of course don’t ask who the ferrari drivers are…thats irrelevant as long as ur in a ferrari cap, ferrari t-shirt, ferrari underpants, gelled hair, 80s glasses, red lipstick to match… nidoers were out in full force marching up and down behind the grandstands all shapes and sizes…thats how passionate nidoers are for sport…surely u should have acknowledged this!!

  10. Mariam Says:

    My arabic sucks and it has always been a source of shame to me. Of course I speak perfect bahraini and I make sure that I speak it with my friends (even if they insist of talking to me in english!) So I’m definately not that Nido type which speaks english the majority of the time. But my fu97a sucks. I’ve been trying my best though. I been reading arabic novels – many of which I have enjoyed. But I’ll admit, reading non-fiction still gives me a headache. What’s worse is that I’m in grad school in the US now and I’ve been forced to write and read a lot, which of course makes my english stronger and my fu97a even worse.
    I think my problem mainly stems from the fact that I lived in england for four years of my life and in america for two (before I went to college that is). But I am definately not going to let this happen to my kids. I already have plans to read then an arabic story every other night (alternate between english and arabic each night so that they become strong in both) and take them to quran tilawa classes – I figured that if you read and understand the quran extremely well, then your fu97a will have to be great right?
    But I’ll have to say, I was the minority in high school. Most of my friends were really good in Arabic and the ones that wern’t were just not smart in general (i.e. bad in every subject not just arabic). Also the people in my class generally spoke arabic to each other with a few english words sprinkled in between. I’ve noticed a change now though in my younger cousins who are still in school – seems like they are more comfortable speaking english together. Its a really sad situation. And what makes it worse is that parents (at least the new nido ones) seem to encourage it.

  11. Natna Says:

    My brother had an interesting conversation with me regarding which school to put my nephew in. He said that St. Christophers is a better choice than IKNS as the schooling system. Don’t ask me why he said that as I believe that IKNS is one of the best schools in Bahrain. Needless to say I asked him the question of Arabic and how it is important for my nephew to learn it. His response ‘Arabic is a dying language in Bahrain….Not a single Bahraini can speak Arabic properly…..He will pick up whatever he can from St. Christophers’……

  12. nido Says:


    Yes sport and nido is another interesting phenomenom. Many a nidoers are hardcore man utd or liverpool fans, reaching the point of following their every game ande news snippit. Ask them about Bahraini football, however, adn it doesn’t really exist for them. They’d know there’s a team called Muharraq and Riffa, but they’d have trouble naming three players or stating who won the league last year or who’s leading it this year. Ask them about Man Utd or Liverpool, they’d know the exact formation, each and every player, every transfer gossip, and even how many times each player went to the toilet on a particular day. There’s even a famous piss-take of Old Trafford, where they call them the Prawn Cocktail Sandwich eaters because so many of the fans are foreign, rich, and on a tourist trip to Old Trafford. Of couse many of the nidoers come out decked in the latest Man Utrd gear, memorabalia, and latest Championship manager or virtual premiership games and competiton. I wonder if they’d be even able to understand a Manc or Scouser when they speak?

    This is of course not to talk about Formula 1 and other sports
    To be fair though, this is probably a reflection on the dire state and quality of Bahraini football than on nidoers. It’s also a phenomenon that is pretty much widespread in a most of Bahrain and the world, whether rich or poor. I think it’s much more an effect of globalization than nidoism, with the strongest leagues and clubs in the sport taking over the world financially and fan wise to the detriment of local leagues. Thus local leagues like Bahrain, who used to have packed attendance, now can barely compete with cinema halls. I mean if you can watch real madrid v. barcelona while smoking a shisha in an airconditioned gahwa, why would you trek down to the national stadium in the sweltering to watch manama v. east riffa?

    The phenomena is definitely much more heavily concentrated with nido though, although a lot of nidoers don’t follow football and think it’s too “vulgar” and not “posh” enougho of a sport.


    I always thought that the younger generation is worse off than the older. I think the same as well when I look at people now in the schools that used to be my haunts. And I always think to myself ” no we can’t have been that bad!” We couldn’t have spoken only English like they do, we couldn’t have been as materialistic! But then I look at year books from these schools back then (which the vast majority of the dedications are written in English and are concenred with cars, Western movies T.V. shows and songs, girls) and I think to myself… hmmm… am I deceiving mylself?

    Good luck with the Arabic and don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ve spent your high school days, the most imporant in learning a language, abroad, so it’s not going to be easy to learn it! It’s amazing that you’re trying. Most people I know wouldn’t even bother! And studying outside might be a good thing for this. Many a people I know got conscious of their Arabic Language/Culture when they were abroad for some reason while they would’ve never thought of it twice if they were back home. I think the contrast one lives when abroad helps with this stuff!

    و لا تطلعين حرتك في عيالك وايد… ترى مساكين يمكن يتعقدون!

    I recommend you send them to the old school mu66awa3. Best way to make them learn! Beat with a stick and make them memorize! Beat with a stake and make them memorize until they never make a mistake again!

    طق و احفظ!


    Yeah unfortunately this is a pretty common phenomon. Nowadays the main criteria for parents is good English, good business and science skills, and the oppurtunity for good university access and jobs in the future. Of course all of these are really important, but I would’ve thought Arabic would be up there as well. Unfortunately it isn’t, as why would so many people send their kids to St. Christopher and Bahrain School, which treat Arabic as a third rate subject?

    This is not to talk about history, the arts, and social sciences either, which are unfotunately not a big hit nowadays in Bahrain!

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Ok from your posts I gather you are a girl graduated from Bayan and Muharaqi, not sure if you are Sunni or Shii though. How many did I get right ?

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Make that a boy who likes to cook

  15. nido Says:

    Come on.. Let’s not play the guessing game. I mean does it really matter if I’m a boy or a girl… Sunni or Shi3i… Muharraqi or Riffa3i?

  16. Anonymous Says:

    wow 3 out of 3 …….. wicked, by the way is there an age limit for a Nido? Can somone stop being a Nido? Can someone not start of as a Nido then decide to become one?

  17. butterfly Says:

    This is exactly the question I wanted to ask as I don’t remember drinking Nido when I was a child! May be I am a Dainasurer 🙂 Can we have a post on Dinasurer Vs Nidoer? hehehhe

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Being a graduate of Bayan do you have any comments on the bomb threats phenomena at the school? two so far this year, and one last year.

  19. SC Says:

    Wow. The levels of comments on this blog has completely degenerated from a good start. Who are you fucking idiots patting yourselves on the back because you think you’re smart and have a sense of humour? Anonymous – how far is your head up your ass?

  20. SC Says:

    Oh and Anonymous – how deep does your insecurity as a small-dicked male run? must all intelligence and political spine be attributed to women who threaten your existence?

  21. Anonymous Says:

    For sure this disscusions has totally degenerated cos SC joined it with his stincking foul language. SC you think you clever cos you know words like ass and dick.

  22. SC Says:

    You think you’re clever because you sit and stall discussion on anything worthwhile because you’re bored and can’t deal with this blog.. so you have to sit there and ask unbelievably stupid questions. Go find something better to do than give me your waste to read. Atleast engage with the fucking post instead of sitting there making stupid comments about nido’s identity. and yes, i think its all tied to your small endowment unless ofcourse you have a better explanation for your stupidity.

  23. SC Says:

    I also find vulgarity far less “stinking foul” than your expressions of dumbassness

  24. Anonymous Says:

    HaHaHa, What’s the secret in your fascination with dicks? Who’s the dumbass here? I guess it’s a person you needs to post twice in a row to get his idea out of his ass.

  25. SC Says:

    Dude. There’s no secret to the fascination except my wonderful ability to spot dicks when I see/hear/read them. Yes, I’m totally the dumbass here… I’m sorry… what are you? some monkey graduate from NYIT who is too intellectually lazy to battle with the real ideas of the post so you sit there and spit out some shit. Why don’t you go get a job at the F1 track or something.. I’m sure they need people like you to sell water or something.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    See here you go again with dicks, not everybody has a dick as small as yours or if your a girl as small as your boyfriends. Just lay off porn for a while as it seems it’s everything you think about. Go suck on somebody’s dick or lick some dirty ass, I’m sure it’s all that your good at cos I don’t see you commenting on the real ideas of the post dumb ass.

    So how is this as an example of a Nido blog fight Nido?

  27. SC Says:

    ok you just sunk to a new level. women don’t occupy a space without a boyfriend or what? like i said – i think they’re looking for water boys at the track.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for the job offer but I don’t fancy you being my colleague

  29. nido Says:


    It’s none of my business what you say to each other but please no need for all of these obscenities. Like I said I’d rather have nothing to do with this but you are making fools of yourselves. So please stop with the vulgarities and please I ask that you not go into personal info of “who’s he/she?” etc.


  30. Anonymous Says:

    ok done. great blog by the way.

  31. nido Says:

    Thanks Anonymous. My apologies for the late reply but unfortunately I haven’t been onine much recently.

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