I found this great picture today as I was looking up a former co-worker from Lucent. I worked on a project in Riyadh the summer of 1998 and my project manager was Rafe Shenouda. He was (and I presume still is) an ardent chess player. He had brought three sizable books on chess strategy to Riyadh and he’d hold court by the pool side, dismissing one player after the next.
He is Egyptian and has spent a lot of time there, so I figured he’d be a good person to ask to get started as I am looking to spend a few months there.