Riyadh Municipality ruined Olaya Computer Market

Riyadh Municipality ruined Olaya Computer Market

July 20, 2010  |  General

This has to be said, as a computer enthusiast I am upset with the current state of the technology market in Saudi Arabia. What’s going on in Riyadh’s “Olaya Computer Market” (Gowalla and Wikimapia locations) is just frustrating.

The Olaya Computer Market is a collection of computer stores, it’s very popualar.

Pirated software is being sold there as well.

Even crap is being sold on small stands provided by the owner of the building (according to some). These stands sell junk and have nothing to do with computers, unless they are pirated software.

Back in late 2008 or early 2009 Riyadh Municipally had the “sidewalk fever”: bad attempts at sidewalks everywhere. So they started digging. This next photo was taken by me on February 17, 2009:

These constructions took forever, they were uncoordinated and until today have not finished! I will post more photos bellow. These photos were taken by me unless I say otherwise.

North sidewalk, April 30, 2009.

North sidewalk, May 11, 2009.

North sidewalk, May 21, 2009.

North sidewalk, February 7, 2010.

North sidewalk, 3 months ago on Gowalla.

North sidewalk, TWO DAYS AGO on July 19, 2010 by @anuaim who gave permission to use this.

With all that “construction” only in 2010 they decided to remove the asphalt. The road is horrible for cars now. Taken on January 15, 2010.

Another area of the Olaya Computer Market. Taken on June 25, 2009.

I call this the twitter corner. Taken on October 24, 2009. It is now a trash can.

An incomplete piece of “art”. Taken 3 months go on Gowalla.

To put things in perspective, here ‘s a photo taken July 22nd, 2001 by IMP.

Compare it to this taken February 12th, 2010 by Andrew A. Shenouda. Notice how narrow the roads are thanks to the unnecessary sidewalk and incorrect parking.

Riyadh Municipally hired contractors that never completed their job on time. This is not just the Olaya Computer Market but this is a technology website and I personally care about the state of this market.

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4 Comments


  1. Very, very sad. I only wish that those responsible for these decisions are held accountable. But I don’t believe in miracles. A wonderful part of Riyadh ruined through poor planning and execution.

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  2. Misreable

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  3. It is very SAD to here this things going on in Riyadh, but the same thing is going on in few places, in Jeddah as well.

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  4. We need more ppl to speak up about things like this, i wanna blog for you, i keep very up to date about tech happenings in the kingdom, but i only do English stories. Please contact me on my email, dracuger (at) gmail (dot) com. i feel the need to blog about tech advancements in the kingdom and help u build a stable readership.

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