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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
The company provided the housing in a company developed community. (Continue)
Dallas replied most recently with:
How old is the housing in the Aramco compound? How much does it cost to play golf at the local course? How does the price of groceries compare to the U.S.? I am considering a job with Saudi Aramco. Thank You,
A reader replied recently with:
This person is apparently living in Saudi Aramco housing in Dhahran not on the local market and is very lucky! The Aramco housing is owned by the company and is priced in part to fall within for US tax laws. A unit in a compound outside Dhahran like this person has would cost in the $3-5,000 USD per month plus utilities.
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Expat Report Jobs in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was published
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What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
DO NOT ACCEPT A POSITION WITH THE SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT. They DO NOT pay on time and they DO NOT reimburse your expenses. Additionally, there is no housing available in Saudi Arabia that is reasonably priced, assuming you can find a compound or a villa, unless you want to live in a slum. You will be stuck paying for your own housing on a budget that is not sufficient to cover the cost unless your company pays for your housing. The Saudi Government does not pay for housing - at least for expats. What they tell you while you are being recruited IS NOT what you can expect, even if they put it in writing. Virtually nothing on my contract has been honored and all you will hear is "Inshallah - next week" when it comes to getting paid .... and next week never seems to get here. They will lie to you and say whatever is necessary to make you stay, and whatever you do should you come here to work for the Saudi's - DO NOT give up your passport. You may never see it again .... (Continue)
Expat Report Moving to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was published
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Keep an open mind. Things are much different here. Somethings are better, example: my kids can play outside safely all the times. And, somethings are worse, not being able to drive limits when and how I can do my shopping, etc. (Continue)
Expat Report Moving to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was published
Moving-to-Dhahran
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
If you are coming over for Aramco, all you can do is keep your fingers crossed and hope you like where they put you. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
As most expats which come to KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) are married, and most have children, there are ample activities to get involved in. (Continue)
Expat Report Expat Banking in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was published
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What advice would you offer others about banking abroad?
Only keep a small amount of cash in a local bank. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Dhahran school system in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Best school facilities I have seen - new clean, great equipment. (Continue)

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