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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Al Manarat Al Riyadh International School (eng) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Review-of-Al Manarat Al Riyadh International School (eng)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent....The boys section: horse riding swimming esxcursion and various international and naional sports....IT learning method being introduced.My daughter works there and my grandkids are studying in that school 12years (boy) 15 years (girl) (Continue)
Navnad replied most recently with:
Can some one tell the fees for schools in salalah.
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I will like to know how much do I have to pay the school each month? And for the first time how much do I have to pay to get my son in the 9th grade?
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suny replied to the thread single czech girl in riyadh looking for trip mates on the Saudi Arabia forum:
sweetjane initially posted:
Hi there!I am a czech girl living in Riyadh 2 months now, unfortunately not in a compound. This is a bit awkward to me to contact people like this, but it seems like it`s the only way.I dont have a husband and therefore it is a must to have friends here to be able to actually do anything here.I work only with 2 girls-one is lebanese and one filipina, which explains why i still know nearly as little as when I arrived. I tried my embassy but it seems like there is no real social bounding through them,no tours or anything else organised.If there are any other girls out there or anyone else willing to make friends even with people stuck outside compounds who like to explore the country and have fun, I would really appreciate if you get in touch. I am 27,photographer.Cheers!
suny replied on December 15, 2014 with:
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MaxGTI replied on December 12, 2014 with:
Hi there - I've also moved to Riyadh from London, share a similar interest in photography! My email addr is maxieislam@hotmail.com if you'd like to get in touch. If not, hope you are enjoying your stay in Riyadh :D
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kikker replied to the thread Compund living on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 15, 2014:
carlostongue initially posted:
Hi Everyone, Hope you are all well. I have been offered a contract over in Al Muburraz, starting in February. I am an English, 37 year old male, with a wife and 3 children. I am looking to initially take the deal and come over on my own for the probationary 3 months, as the role is single status. I am carrying out lots of research in regards with accomodation and safe places, to potentially bring my family, should I like the role. Could anyone give me some pointers on how things work and what to expect. I have checked some of the western compounds but am finding it difficult to find something placed near enough to Muburraz. I am not sure I would want to bring them to live outside the compound. Any advice please!! Regards Carl
kikker replied on December 15, 2014 with:
Several red flags... If the company is bring you out on a single status you will probably not be allowed to bring out your family permanently. There are different types of iqamas (residence and work permits) issued. It is not easy to change your status. Clarify this with your employer before signing your contract. The probationary period of three months is pretty standard. It will take you that long to settle in any case. Where is Muburaz? Initially living on a compound is a good thing for families. It gives your wife and children a chance to find their feet and to start to know your way around. Also, compounds tend to have shopping bus services and a list of monthly coffee mornings where women can meet. Personally we lived on a compound for a while and are now living off compound. We are happy with this as we now know our way around town and have developed friendships and a very active social life. Good luck.
MaxGTI replied on December 12, 2014 with:
Hi Carl I've just moved from London to Riyadh and my employer is putting me up in a hotel for now. I'm currently looking for apartments (not included in my package) and so far I have discovered that there is a huge variation in costs between living on-compound and living off-compound. If your employer has included your accomodation on- compound for free, then I would advise to take that option. If not, then hunt around; I'm finding that living off-compound, the rental costs are about GBP500p/m for a top-end 2-bed unfurnished apartment. For an equivalent 2-bed furnished apartment on-compound, you are looking at more than GBP1500p/m! All apartments on-compound are fully furnished, come with a maid-service to clean, 24hr security, gymnasia, swimming pools, mini-markets, community halls etc etc. Only you can decide whether the extra costs are worth it (if you have to pay for yourself). HTH, Maxie
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kikker replied to the thread Possible New comer to KSA on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 15, 2014:
oservat initially posted:
Hi everyone, I am a French citizen currently based in the US. I am working in hospitality business and I am offered an opportunity to manage a couple of 5 star hotels in Riyadh or Jeddah (destination not communicated yet). My wife and I have been working on three different continents with many years spent in Africa, including Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia. We since had 3 children, the last one is just 11 months old. The first question is: can an expat family have a nice life (we do not particularly want to live in a compound!!)? Schools? (our kids are currently in an american public school) Medical: local facilities / expertise ? Social Life? (apart from no driving for my wife..) Leisure and Tourism within the country and out of the country? Thank you for your responses O.
kikker replied on December 15, 2014 with:
Bonjour! Life is Saudi Arabia is what you make of it. We live in Riyadh, so I can only give you an insight about life in Riyadh. There is a very active Maison des Francaises in Riyadh. The French Embassy also is very active and has a good selection of cultural evenings throughout the year. There also also many French and French speakers in the city. The schools are good, as far as I am aware. However, school fees are high. Although you have expressed an interest of not living on a compound my advise would be to live on a compound for a little while until you wife and children have found their feet here. The compounds tend to organise some events and also regular shopping buses. It is a good way for your wife to meet other women and find her way around the city. Especially as transport can be an issue as women are not allowed to drive. It might be an idea to get in touch with the French Embassy or the MdF for a list of compounds. As with schooling, compounds are quite expensive. Schooling, transport and housing are three issues which should be negotiated in your salary package. Before finalising your contract make sure the package is reasonable considering the cost of living. As for security.... Personally, we have no issue with safety and security. We travel around the Kingdom and visit many places. Also, we don't live on a compound, although we did the first few years. Good luck in your decision making.
oservat replied on December 14, 2014 with:
Thanks Anneosman. Re. the latest ISIS movements, are we as foreigners becoming a bigger target? Did you receive any additional support from your embassyor did you feel any threat in your daily living?
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Nelken posted New to area on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 14, 2014:
Hi everyone, I am new to the area, I live in Riyadh. I have been here since September and have had the luck to meet great people and go out into the desert. The city is nice but the desert is my favorite pastime. I would like to meet more expats that like the outdoors as well as some city stuff. Not into big parties but enjoy healthy outdoor stuff and great downtown locations. Most important is, I am looking forward to meeting other expats. Donna
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ashokry posted Moving to KSA, Eastern Province on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 14, 2014:
Hello...I am moving to Al Khobar from the USA in one months. Would you please provide me with more information about the International (USA) schools? My kids age are 15 & 10 yrs old. They have a school break from 12/20 to 1/07. Can I bring'm for a visit and apply for the 2015/2016 school year? Can you advise if bring my children to KSA is a wise thing to do given there age. Should I leave them to finish their education in the US, just bring to KSA during school breaks and vacation. Thanks! -AMS
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JohnS2014 replied to the thread Just got here on the Saudi Arabia forum:
JohnS2014 initially posted:
Hi just thought I would say hi in this forum. I am from the UK and arrived in November. Just wondering what people do and if there is any place where expats meet.
JohnS2014 replied on December 12, 2014 with:
Hi Max, I am in a compound bur know some people who are looking at not doing that. I have found my first few weeks ok. With the internet this has been a help with finding people. In the new year going to see some people and with some of my hobbies got in contact with people who do the same. I believe its what you make of it.
JohnS2014 replied on December 12, 2014 with:
Hi Max, I am in a compound bur know some people who are looking at not doing that. I have found my first few weeks ok. With the internet this has been a help with finding people. In the new year going to see some people and with some of my hobbies got in contact with people who do the same. I believe its what you make of it.
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john57 replied to the thread are you looking for apartment? on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 10, 2014:
aqsa initially posted:
hello guys, if you are looking for apartment have you tried placematch singapore.i found it useful in finding my place cheers Aqsa Rao
john57 replied on December 10, 2014 with:
Singapore? Is this in the wrong thread location?
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Deserter replied to the thread banned because of expired visit visa on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 10, 2014:
deedonesa initially posted:
Hi.. i just want to know if anybody here knows how many years will one be banned from going back to saudi after being deported because of an expired visit visa? Is it lifetime? My visit visa expired when i came to al khobar in 2009.. we paid the 10k riyals penalty so that i can go home. Last 2012 i came back with working visa as a nurse, however at the airport, i wasn't allowed to enter and i got deported back to the philippines. Help please, cause i want to go back, is it possible?
Deserter replied on December 10, 2014 with:
I think you can not enter before 5 years . But let me check Costums new regulations if there are any changes.
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Deserter replied to the thread moving to rabigh soon on the Saudi Arabia forum on December 09, 2014:
azrizra initially posted:
salam all, i am expecting to move to rabigh soon as i am awaiting my working visa. i read about some post about moving to rabigh and i would like to ask further question. your info sharing is highly appreciated the questions are: 1) is there any fast food in rabigh :p if none...what is your recommended restaurants there 2) if im looking for a car to purchase, is it easy to find in rabigh or need to find in jeddah instead? btw, is it easy to get driving license there in saudi? 3) people talking about scuba diving...is it availble in rabigh itself? 4) what is the internet package recommended for house and mobile? 5) satelite tv availble and cost I really appreciated your sharing. Thank you Salam
Deserter replied on December 09, 2014 with:
Hello boss First of all ,I hope you enjoy your live in Rabigh, I think you do not have to worry about moving there. You are not alone there :) , you will find many expatriates and they will help you through ,,food , internet and cars can be bought there with reasonable price. As to diving I think you need to a refresh hour and a guide diver,, fortunately one of my friend can help you in this regard .divers used to camp on the peach of Rabigh because it is very beautiful . Just prepare you scuba set and fell happiness .
azrizra replied on December 09, 2014 with:
Hi Bob, Thank you for your instant reply. I believe you are a diver too isn't? I have Padi open water license but it was taken last 2 years. One day i will try to dive in Jeddah... Looks like satellite tv quite expensive....i reckon i need to prepare lots of cash to move there :(
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