Number of versions: 11
Edition: March 1, 2000
Extended: July 29, 2010
So far Parker Brothers/Hasbro have never
published their Monopoly editions in this thriving, islamic kingdom.
However, from the early nineties Monopoly editions of the Waddington design
(feature: the green locomotive
going backwards) in various executions have been imported from a number of
Edition: Monopoly The
Original, ref. 1090
Publisher: Parker Bros./Nilco - Egypt - ±1990
Dimensions of the box: 26.0 x 50.8 cm
The manufacturer of this Arab game is Greek of origin with a plant in Egypt.
The streets of this issue are of Egypt's capital city CAIRO, being
from Al Bedaya (The Start) on:
SHAREAA EL MALEK FAISAL (King Faisal Str.) - SHAREAA ALHARAM (Pyramidstr.) -
Mahatta El Giza (station) - SHAREAA 13 (Street nr. 13) - SHAREAA 15 (Street nr.
15) - SHAREAA 9 (Street nr. 9) - Al Segn (The Jail) - SHAREAA NAWAL - SHAREAA
MOHYY EL DIN ABOU EL EZ - SHAREAA MESADDAK - Mahatta Kobry el Lamoun ("Lemonbridge"-station)
- SHAREAA SHAGARET EL DOR - SHAREAA ABOU EL FEDA - SHAREAA HASAN SABRY - Garaage/Entezar
Maggaany (garage/free parking) - SHAREAA SHEHAB - SHAREAA EL BATAL AHMED ABD EL
AZIZ - SHAREAA GAMEAT AL DOWAL AL ARABEYA - Mahatta Mahtet Masr (Egypt Station)
- SHAREAA EL HEGAZ - SHAREAA EL NOZHA - SHAREAA EL MERGHANY - Ezzhab ela al Segn
(Go to the Jail) - SHAREAA SHERIEF - SHAREAA 26 JOLIO (Juli 26th Str.) - SHAREAA
EL BOSTAN - Mahatta Bab el Louk (station) - SHAREAA SOLIMAN PACHA - SHAREAA KASR
This game is made "under licence", but it is not mentioned of whom.
Therefore there are 2 influences noticeable, both of Parker Brothers (see
Uncle Pennybags coming out the O enthusiastic again) and of Waddingtons.
The execution of the solid game board (with red
back) as well as the property cards is according to Parker Brothers, but
with some influences of Waddingtons like the locomotives on the stations being green
and pointing to the right. Also the names of the properties are mentioned twice
on the spaces of the game board, like they are on the Waddingtons' sets. The
fold of the board is parallel to side 1 and 3. Finally the Chance
cards (= Al HAAZ) have a blue back
with the "locomotive pattern", whereas the Community Chest
cards (= Al KHZAANA AL AAMMA) have a pink
back. The banknotes have a Parker Brothers front with engine and house
and on the back the Waddingtons' engine pattern again! The currency is LE =
The 10 tokens (car, thimble, wheelbarrow, canon, dog, boat, iron, shoe,
horseman and hat) are of pewter and "made in Hong Kong". The green
plastic houses do have a chimney whereas the red
hotels have not. The inner box has a white plastic tray with 8 holes.
An almost identical game was made in Greek by the Greek works of Nilco!
The price of this set amounted to SR 99.- (=US$ 27.-) in April 1998.
Publisher: Inland make? - ±1994
Dimensions of the box: 25.8 x 50.0 cm
This is obvious a decent copy of the original, bilingual
Waddingtons issue with ref.nr. 46021 with the streets of London.
On each space the text is both in Arabic and in English. Copying went even that
far that, like with the English game, there is a height difference of 5 mm
between the lid and the inner box.
|The game board is of solid carton and has a red
back. The word |
MONOPOLY (with open characters) is on the midfield parallel to
side 1 and 3. The fold of the board is parallel to side 2 and 4.
|In the inner box is a white plastic tray with 8 holes.|
|The banknotes are of sound paper and under the word |
MONOPOLY "Registered Trade Mark" is mentioned. The back is
printed with the "engine-pattern".
|The plastic houses are green
and the hotels red. They are all
provided with a chimney and a roof-edge.|
|The tokens (car, hat, boat, shoe, iron and dog) are ugly and coarse
and made of heavy metal.|
|There are 2 black dice with white pips.|
through Chance and pink
Community Chest cards have rounded corners but they are not
|The rules are printed on sound paper but they are in Arabic only.|
The price of this set amounted to SR 49.- in 1995.
ref. 7405 (2)
Publisher: "Made in India" - ±1994
Dimensions of the box: 25.0 x 49.0 cm
Strange enough this game very closely corresponds to those of the neighbouring
countries YEMEN and OMAN, but this time it comes from INDIA! Only a price
sticker on the box shows that this set was bought in Saudi Arabia.
This issue is a bad copy of the bilingual original game of
Waddingtons with ref.nr. 46021 with the streets of London. On each space
the text is written both in English and Arabic. For the rest is striking that:
|The game board is of soft carton. Its back is silver
grey. The word MONOPOLY (in open characters) on the midfield of
the board |
is parallel to the first side. There is no mention of any
copyright year and no Uncle Pennybags is coming out the O.
|The inner box contains but a few carton stripes to shape trays for
|The banknotes are of translucent paper! The front is in accordance
with Parker Brothers, with engine and house. The backside is like that of
Waddingtons, i.e. with "engines-pattern with Uncle Pennybags and £-sign".|
|The green houses and red
brown hotels are made of plastic and have no roof edges.|
|The 6 tokens are the well-known car, hat, boat, shoe, iron and dog,
but badly cast of grey plastic.|
|There are 2 redbrown dice with black
|The yellow Chance and pink
Community Chest cards have rounded corners and are numbered.|
|Both instructions have been printed on thin paper, without
mention of "Registered Trade Mark", as it is on the OMAN sets.|
Of the three different editions (as far as known, see also YEMEN and INDIA)
issued under ref. nr. 7405 this is the medium one in quality.
without ref.nr. (1)
Monaco Trading Board Game
Publisher: Inland make, MONAKO? - ±1996
Dimensions of the box: 24.4 x 48.2 cm
It is for sure that the Waddington issue of 1995 with double ref.nr. 44021 and
06951102 (see England) is used for this game. Not only the
"gathered equipment" (2 metal tokens, stack of banknotes, 2 stacks of
property deeds, 2 dice, 2 houses and 3 hotels) on the lid is a copy, but
also the picture at the bottom of the box! Although this very set
contains a simple partition of the inner box, consisting of but 3 folded
pieces of carton, the poor picture of the inner box of the English set suggest
there is a nice, red Banker's Tray with this
set! That is sayd on the rim of the inner box as well. The game board as well as
the details shown at the bottom are those of the English set, so not of the
supplied bilingual game board!
This game board doesn't mean a thing. The fold of the soft carton is parallel
to the 1st and 3rd side of the board, but doesn't go right through the middle!
This fold also goes right through the word MONOPOLY (with open characters). Characteristic
for this game board is the Micky Mouse picture printed in black on
both the Chance and Community Chest spaces. For the rest is not clear if Monaco/Monako
is the name of the (inland?) manufacturer or has a total different meaning.
As well the Chance and Community Chest cards as the property
deeds are printed on large sheets of thin paper and have to be torned loose!
The banknotes are also printed on thin paper and do have Waddingtons
engine-pattern with £-sign on the back.
The tokens are 6 hollow, plastic pawns. The houses are of very dark
green plastic and the hotels are (not transparent) dark red
brown. Both dice(15x15x15mm) are black
with white pips.
There is an Arab and English instructions paper.
Edition: Monopoly, without ref.nr. (2)
Monaco Trading Board Game
Publisher: Inland make, MONAKO? - ±1996
Dimensions of the box: 24.4 x 48.2 cm
Thiis variant (with same bar code ref.) of the the former edition has rather a
number differences in spite of its great resemblance, viz.:
|Under the text "Trading Board Game" this is now in Arabic as
|The surface of the lid is softer and more glossy.|
|The board is made of thinner cardboard and is badly cut.|
|The nice "banker's tray" that should according
to the pictures belong to this set as well consists of the same 3 rings as
those of the further described Junior edition! |
(This is the reason to
suppose that both sets come from the same manufacturer).
|The banknotes are only copied one side; the back is
|The houses are of black and the hotels
of (transparent) brown
|Both dice(12x12x12 mm) are blue
green with pressed pips.|
Games, ref. 14248102
Publisher: Waddingtons/Tonka/Hasbro Inc. -
Dimensions of the case: 5 x 12 x 18 cm
Three years later than in most European countries Waddingtons also
introduces the "red case, made in
China" in the United Kingdom! Obviously this edition is immediately used to
export to countries without own Monopoly games like Saudi Arabia.
The only advantage of this late issue is the fact that the banknotes are
of the "1996 model", i.e. without any mention of copyright, while in
the upper part of the circle "MONOPOLY with Uncle Pennybags" is
printed in a black bar. (On the cardboard however still the old banknotes are
This variant is a well-reflected and practical travelling companion indeed.
The tokens can be fixed on each space but not more than just one. That
means that the next player landing on the same street has to move one
step ahead! Only on the corners is sufficient space for 4 players to stay.
There are also 4 holes per street for the houses and hotels.
There are no Chance nor Community Chest cards. Instead three dice
have to be thrown and the instruction mentioned in the table with the
corresponding number to be carried out. Instead of a free ticket to leave Jail
you get one of the 6 keys.
For the rest the rules are the same as those of the standard editions.
The price of this set amounted to SR 59 (= US$ 16.-) in January 1999.
||Code No. 1151
Toys Co. S.A.E - Nasr City Cairo - ±1997
Dimensions of the box: 20.0 x 28.0 2.5 cm
This interesting game is also made in Egypt.
The only English (especially for collectors?) in this Arabic-speaking game is on
the bottom of the box. It tells us:
|Luck Bank (Monopoly) is one of the oldest collective mental and international games which examines and promote the abilities |
and Trade & Project Management skills.
|A joyful competition among a group of cars, whose drivers try to invest
their capital in various Arab & European countries.|
|No. of players ranges from 2 to 6 and it is preferable to have more than 2
Of the 42 spaces of the game board of soft carton are:
|27 properties, designated by flags of a number of Arab and other
countries, who are to be grouped in blocs of 2 - 3 or even 4 countries. The
countries are from Start on: SUDAN - LEBANON - JORDAN - SYRIA - IRAQ - SAUDI
ARABIA - KUWAIT - EGYPT - SUDAN - YEMEN - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OMAN -
LIBYA - TUNISIA - ALGERIA - MOROCCO - MAURITANIA - QUATAR - FRANCE - ITALY -
ENGLAND - GERMANY - USA - RUSSIA (old communist flag!) - JAPAN - SPAIN and
CANADA. (Why would SUDAN appear twice?).|
|4 corners: Start - 3 BES club cards (so that has to do with the
manufacturer!) - 1 Bus Company (?) card - Jail.|
|On the midfield of the game board are 3 decks of 15 cards of which cards
are to be taken on arrival on 1 of the 8 spaces. The expression of this
comic version (?) of Uncle Pennybags tells you to which deck you are to go: Your
Luck - Profit or Loss!|
The inner box for the component parts consists but of a tray folded of
white carton that has to be shoved in a casing, together with the folded game
There is playing with:
|6 tokens consisting of a car printed on a piece of carton of 4 x
3.4 cm that is to be put in a white plastic stand.|
|1 white mini-die of 8 x 8 x 8 mm.|
|180 stocks (in the shape of green
"banknotes") with the denominations of 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100
500 - 1000 en 2000.|
|12 hotels, shaped as pink triangular forms of 10 mm high.|
|12 market places, shaped as black cylinders of 12 mm high.|
|12 parking garages, shaped as small, flat, blue
discs with a diameter of 22 mm.|
||Code No. 4046
Toys Co. S.A.E - Nasr City Cairo - ±1997
Dimensions of the box: 26.0 x 50.4 x 6.0 cm
This is obviously the luxury edition of the game because the nice
flexible (!) game board with red back
is in a (not very strong) box with fine lid. In the inner box is an
insert of thin, white plastic with holes for the equipment.
|The property and "Chance" cards are made of strong
instead of thin, glossy paper.
|The 6 tokens are metal cars now painted in different colors.|
|The one die is yellow with
black pips. The dimensions are more |
userfriendly again: 16 x 16 x 16 mm.
|The stocks are made of more smooth paper.|
|The hotels became blue, plastic
|The market places are yellow
|The parking garages became big, red
discs (diam. 31 mm, 5 mm thick) with print BES.|
The price of this set amounted to SR 48 (= US$ 13.-) in January 1999.
Monopoly "Junior", with 2 bar code nrs. (!)
Publisher: Inland make, MONAKO? - ±1998
Dimensions of the box: 23.3 x 47.3 cm
Never before was such an unimaginable careless and uncorrect forgery as with
the manufacture of this game! See yourself:
- The long box shows the picture of the square (!), English JUNIOR
box. Even the bottom side shows the picture of the three laughing kids
playing the Junior game. However the pictures have simply been stretched out
- Three of four rims of the lid as well as of the inner box show an
empty red bar, the place where the name
- On the fourth rim of the lid is the bar code 9 0243025 2896327 >.
- The text on the rims of the inner box is upside down. On the fourth rim is
the bar code 5 0525468 5893755 >. So there must be something
- When you open the box you won't find the Junior board but instead
the gameboard for adults with the streets of London and the green
engines who points to the right! The back of this soft board is red.
Because this board also has Mickey Mouse printed in black on both
spaces Chance and Community Chest I suppose that the maker also here must be
- The English Instructions show an illustration of the banker's tray
whit the remark that it should stay in the inner box. However my picture
shows only three circles but certainly no banker's tray! (The Arab
Instructions don't show that tray).
- Both Chance and Community Chest cards as the property
cards are also in this issue printed on thin sheets of paper and must be
torn apart! This also is a reason to suppose that the maker is MONAKO. Half
the number of property deeds have a red
back, the other half a blue one.
- The banknotes are one-sided color printed on white paper with the
Parker Brothers pattern with value-in- circle-and-4-spares-around. There is
no copyright in the circle.
- The tokens are 6 hollow, plastic chess pawns in pastel colors.
- The houses are made of black plastic, the hotels are dark
blue. They both have overhanging roofs with excentric placed
- The dice are red with
Monopoly with pink board in white box, ref.nr. R.I.12
Publisher: Syrian manufacturer HMF - ±2000
Dimensions of the box: 50 cm X 26 cm
This edition is from the collection of Steve Amato - N.Y.C.
There is not much reason to estimate this edition to be from somewhat later date
than the Syrian issues from the early ninetees, than the fact that the Syrian manufacturer will have started producing the games
for his own country first?
Seeing all Monopoly editions made by HMF for inland
distribution in Syria as well as those for Saudi Arabia, I have the impression the
manufacturer has chosen for the "white
box with a little board on a green
square in a blue square and the red
Monopoly bar", as Parker Brothers made in the period
between 1960 and
1980 in the USA and Europe, to be their standard presentation.
I could not find any Syrian manufacturer under the name of HMF and it is not to
be expected this manufacturer has any relations to the Humanitarian
Media Foundation (HMF).
However, there may be a connection to a poultry farm, because all 4
station squares are conseqently replaced by poultry farms showing a white
while the HMF logo shows a little chicken. By the way, there is a different logo on top the
lid: in a square, black frame are a mother
and father, walking with a child.
The playside of the solid game board is pink
and does not show the word Monopoly. Its back is pink
Note that the little board on the lid is green
and shows the word Monopoly, also in Arabic.
The inner box is filled up by a piece of cardboard folded in such a way
that there are 2 grooves, to store all attributes, like the cards, property deeds,
banknotes, tokens, houses, hotels and the dice. The top of the upstanding
sections is in red showing some Monopoly
The property deeds are white cards on a perforated sheet, with the text in Arab only
and with blue wording. The Mortgaged side is
The Chance cards are on pink
colored white cardboard, the Community Chest
cards are in blue green on light yellow
cardboard. The wording is in Arabic, with so every now and than a few words in
English. Their spaces on the board show the Parker Bros. blue
The 7 banknotes looks like the official Parker notes but they are only
one sided printed in color on white paper. The denominations are 10
- 50 - 100 - 200
- 500 -1,000 and
5,000 S.R. (Saudi Rial).
The 6 tokens are pawns with a large base.
There are 32 Parker Bros. Parker Bros. poorly made small, hollow, red plastic houses
and 12 slightly higher but very poorly made, green plastic hotels!
The Rules are in Arabic only, on a long, 4 times folded sheet.
The dice are very large ones, in black with the black pips
in a white circle, as in the green edition.
This edition obviously is a Saudi Arabian edition, although it is hard to
recognize names often translated from Arabic in different ways. See f.e. the
city Tabük in the north of the country and how the blue
street on the board is spelled. The same for the city of Ha"il on
the map (on top) and the green street on the board.
least a number of names of the properties are from Saudi Arabia. From Go
onwards they are.
Sowilam St. - Community Chest - Makka
St. - Income tax (Pay
2000) - M.
Alakhawain - Taboq
St. - Chance - Aswaak Akiriya
- Arouba St. -
Jail -Hijaz St. - Herfy
Rest. - Takhassosi St. - Alamah St.
- M. Asiah - Wazeer St.
- Community Chest - 60th St.
- Dabab St.- Free
Parking -Taif St.
- Chance - Souk Jeddah
- Souk Riyadh - M. Al Watqnia -
St. - Dammam
St. - Alnafoora Rest. - Abha St.
. - Go to Jaill - Alqaseem St.
- Jareer St. -
Community Chest - Hail St.
- M. Faqeeh -
Chance - Madeena
St. - Pay Tax 1000 and 30
This edition is "Made in Syria".
with green board in white box, ref.nr. R.I.12
Publisher:Syrian manufacturer HMF - ±2000
Dimensions of the box: 50 cm X 26 cm
This edition is from the collection of Matthew Horton - UK.
comes from the same Syrian manufacturer and shows exactly the same address and
logo as in the set before.
There is no indication of its year of publication and so no reason to assume
this edition to be older
or younger than the set with the pink board.
It is very annoying that all HMF made white box editions have the same
appearance and no real
reference numbers, making them hard to distinguish!
Both editions are the same in all aspects except for the presentation of
the 4 poultry farms (on the
spaces") having a yellow
hen. and both restaurants (on the "utility
spaces") now having a
blue cutlery, as they have in the Syrian editions.
Compare these editions with those from Syria and Lebanon.