This is the story we’ve never shared before about that time we almost got ARRESTED IN SAUDI ARABIA!
If you didn’t know, in September of 2019, Saudi Arabia opened its borders to tourism. Think about that – for our entire lifetimes, it was COMPLETELY closed off from the western world. … and then we received an invitation to shoot a television series for a world renowned studio set in the scenery of this very Kingdom. When we first received the invitation we were hesitant and had a weird feeling. With Saudi’s human rights issues, we didn’t want to be seen as promoting or supporting these beliefs. There were also attacks in September 2019 which made us nervous to visit. Thus, we initially said, “no,” to the project.
However, after some consideration, we decided that as storytellers and travelers, part of our job is to take risks and explore unknown parts so that we can enlighten others. If a country wants to extend an olive branch, we’re firm believers in keeping an open mind about it – outside of what traditional media might say. One of our non-negotiables for the project was that we would not be forced to say anything on camera that we didn’t agree with, and that we could shoot our own content to be able to share with all of you.
There are good days and bad days in any job, and let’s just say this wasn’t our best week. We like to stay positive on this platform, but it’s important that we share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you…