It is Sunday morning in Riyadh. I have a busy day ahead of me.
Here is the view from Room 243 of the Al Faisaliah Hotel. In the far distance, barely visible is Kingdom Tower, home of the Four Seasons Hotel, where I have stayed on previous trips. That is the silver building with the necklace-shaped hole in it. Or a downward-facing D. Whatever. There is a mosque near to me (on the right of the picture) and of course there are buildings under construction everywhere.
Snowman in Riyadh
And a view down to the ground. This little friend is a gift from my youngest child. She made it in First Grade, I think. I take her little snowman on almost every trip I make. There are actually two coffee shops, side-by-side, on the street. There is a Starbucks on Tamimi Street right behind me.
Coffee is essential.
Yes, I do in fact have a small balcony.
Philip D. W. Hodgen is the principal attorney of HodgenLaw PC, an international tax law firm based in Pasadena, California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his law degree from the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then went on to earn a Master of Laws degree with a specialty in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. Admitted to the California bar in 1982, Phil spent nine years in law firms and with a large U.S. bank before starting his own firm in 1991.
Phil is a past chair of the International Tax Committee of the State Bar of California's Tax Section and was a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California's Tax Section for 2004-2007. Phil frequently speaks on a variety of international tax, trust and estate topics to attorneys, accountants, and real estate professionals.
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