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susanofarabia replied to the thread Working for KAMC, Jeddah on the Saudi Arabia forum on October 24, 2014:
uinoda initially posted:
Hi friends, I am due to start working for King Abdulaziz Medical City within the next month as a nurse. This is my first time in KSA and I am really confused about what to expect. Is there anyone working already over there who could give me some piece of advice. Thank you in advance, uinoda
susanofarabia replied 14 hours ago with:
Hi - I arrived in Jeddah 5 days ago, to work as a teacher at KAU. I have figured out a few things. Maybe I can help. What are your specific questions?
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susanofarabia posted Jeddah: temporary & permanent housing on the Saudi Arabia forum on October 24, 2014:
Hello everyone -- I am a female, just arrived this week to teach English at KAU. I need to find an apartment. My program recommends I rent temporary accommodations until I get my bearings. They've provided a list of agencies for me to contact. As I am driven around the city, I notice many "temporary residence for rent" signs on buildings. So far, they all look like places I might feel scared to go into. Has anyone on this forum looked for temporary housing and do you have advice for me? There is urgency, as the grace period in a hotel, provided by my employer, will soon expire. Thank you in advance for *any* advice!
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barblam1 replied to the thread Anyone in sakarka on the Saudi Arabia forum on October 20, 2014:
Sarastanton initially posted:
Hi , I just arrived a week or so ago. I'm working at the women's vocational college and staying in accommodation provided by the company. Was just posting here to see if there is anything going on in sakaka expat wise ....
barblam1 replied on October 20, 2014 with:
How do we even begin to locate something or someone credible? I feel like I spend so much time sending resumes and my credentials. I will hear from a recruiter once or twice then either they don't call or SKYPE when they say (and I am available on their schedules), and then just nothing. Who do you use?
anneosman replied on October 20, 2014 with:
It's happened to me, and to several people I know. I think this is a sort of feeding frenzy. They know that this year's explosive expansion of English teaching jobs in Saudi is most likely unique, and they're desperate to get their share of the pie before it's been gobbled down by other recruiters. Unprofessional, yes, but what can we job hunters do except keep trying?
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ysabri replied to the thread F/S : 2013 LEXUS LX570 Used Full Option in Perfect Condition, on the Saudi Arabia forum:
ameera9900 initially posted:
F/S : 2013 LEXUS LX570 Used Full Option in Perfect Condition, I am willing to sell for $20,000 USD because it is still like new and no history of accidents. Kindly contact me by email if you have any interest in buying my car. My Email: ameera9900@hotmail.com Skype Id: ameera9900 Note:Only serious buyers should contact me. Thanks for your Attention!.
ysabri replied on October 16, 2014 with:
Hello, Is the car still available? Text me via whatsapp at +732-306-4030
albegami replied on September 26, 2014 with:
I am interested. please call me 0505139080 Negaa or send message via WhatsApp
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barblam1 replied to the thread Womens transportation in Saudi Arbia on the Saudi Arabia forum:
barblam1 initially posted:
I am coming to work in Saudi in October and am just concerned about transportation since women cannot drive. I was also told they cannot take cabs without a male family member. Can some of you ladies tell me please how you get around???
barblam1 replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Thanks everyone for the information. I definitely feel better about taxis now!
arabina replied on October 14, 2014 with:
I'm a Saudi woman and i use Taxis but only when truly needed. Most try to hire a personal driver or set up and agreement with a driver for at least pick-up and drop off times, that way you get to know who you deal with. At any rate, using taxis is not an issue. Once here i recomend you agree with a company to make sure you are dealing with a ligit person not some shady guy with a car. Your company/ employer may also offer guidance or other female colleagues; we all suffer the same so usually advise is plenty. In addition applications such as "uber" or "careem" now also work in KSA i've used it a few days back and am more comfortable than regular taxis. hope that helps
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arabina replied to the thread Moving to Riyadh August 2014 on the Saudi Arabia forum:
Dee75Dee initially posted:
Hi there, Like many others who have posted on this forum, I am moving to Riyadh in August of this year. I am South African but have lived in London for almost 20 years. Single female- late 30's - and will be taking up a teaching post. Very excited but clearly don't know a soul there. My interests are scuba diving and horse riding. Does anyone know of clubs that exist for these sports. I have been told that I should be living on Al-Hamra compound - anyone living there it would be great to hear from you. I am really sociable and enjoy meeting new people. Thanks for your time. Dee
arabina replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Finding something to do in terms of fitness and hobbies for women is certainly not always easy, yet there are some options. Regarding horse-riding I know of two that include females: Al-Aghar: has been there for quite a good number of years and is a club with various facilities but includes equestrian club located in the Diplomatic Quarter (DQ), Riyadh. The number I have for them is Phone:011-4880954 The DQ also has a Sports Club with an outdoor wave pool but I don’t have a number handy. A more recent one is Al-Saphenat which also provides lessons for females as well as special needs (as per their website); the location is a bit difficult to find located somewhere in the wadi hanifa so I have not seen it first hand except from the outside (I went at the wrong time it seems) . email alsaphenat_club@hotmail.com Phone 011-4230181, mobile 0507782676 There is also the Equestrian Club of Riyadh 011- 2540154 but I believe it is male only or for persons who keep their horses at their stables or race information only. There is another located outside the City but I have no details – I think it is near “Dirab” area. For sports there are various gym options nowadays albeit most are not a bargain. Some to consider can be found on this link: http://www.eyeofriyadh.com/directory/directorylist.php?cat=40&parent=5 personal faves are AlManahil (+966 11 4881069) , Curves (00966 11 4633219) , Kore (00966-11-4820003) , spectrum, NyYu, and Yibreen (+966 11 4411115). Some are also nice places to simply hang out or have a coffee. Hope this helps & Good luck
Cradler replied on August 01, 2014 with:
Hi, I have just arrived in Riyadh from Oregon in the United States. I was told my apartment building in Al-Hamra had a gym but it is just one treadmill. I would love to be able to exercise while I am here. Any help would be appreciated. I have only been here one day, so I am sure many things will become clearer soon!
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ranm1988 replied to the thread best hotel in Riyadh on the Saudi Arabia forum:
batchzahir initially posted:
I am visiting Riyadh soon and wondering if anyone knows of the best hotel to stay in for a western woman travelling alone? Money is not an issue.
ranm1988 replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Try the Four Seasons Hotel or the Ritz. Enjoy and welcome to Saudi Arabia
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ranm1988 replied to the thread Part time job female in Dhahran on the Saudi Arabia forum:
noraliza initially posted:
Hi, I'm Liza from Malaysia. I am planning to follow my husband to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as he receive an offer to work there. I would like to know is it common for women to work in Saudi Arabia? I have working experience as internal auditor and graduate ACCA (accounting professional). Another option is to find a part time job which I can do from home. For example become the data entry typist, financial analyst, database collector and so on. Is there any opportunity such kind of job?
ranm1988 replied on October 14, 2014 with:
Most females in Saudi work nowadays. So, that is not a problem at all for any field of work specially in Dhahran. However, it is your entry visa that worries me. I believe that you must obtain a working visa in order to work legally in the kingdom whether full or part time job. I see a lot of foreigners work for private institutes illegally with no problems. However, if you decide to that you will definitely lose most of your employment rights such as salary increases, allowances and so on… it will all depend on how nice your boss is :) ?
noraliza replied on September 21, 2014 with:
Dear Sameer 1875, Appreciate for your information. Can I get your personal email because I want to ask further about living in Dhahran? I can be contactable at nikec17@yahoo.com
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anneosman replied to the thread Engineering degree for expat children? on the Saudi Arabia forum:
sanvada initially posted:
Guyz, Does anyone have any idea if an expat's child can take admission in a Saudi University? If yes, then is the engineering degree in the Kingdom valid outside? Will be glad if anyone can enlighten me on this. :)
anneosman replied on October 12, 2014 with:
It's certainly possible. For private colleges it's not usually a problem. For government programs, it's trickier, but I suggest you give it a try. If the child is in secondary school now, ask an officer of the school, and/or teachers what their experience has been.
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zobeid replied to the thread American moving to Saudi Arabia on the Saudi Arabia forum:
zobeid initially posted:
Hi I am from Southern California and MAT TESOL(graduate) candidate at University of Southern California.I will be relocating to Taif,KSA next week to teach ESL at English language Center there.However,there is a problem concerning continuing my education there through USC' virtual long distance learning classrooms ,especially when it comes to recording my fieldwork for the courses:Observations and recording myself or another teacher teaching English and showing the students' faces.My question is ,is recording students interacting in class totallly forbidden in kSA or is it only acceptable in American,British,or international schools on American or british compound grounds? if it is allowed in these schools can someone give me the name of these schools asap! Am I allowed to live on their compound (or air base apartments), even if I work for a different educational institute that is not in their area?I really need your help with this! because continuing my education is a priority,but I don't want to lose the job I am offered either!
zobeid replied on October 10, 2014 with:
Hi, Thank you for the valuable info.Unfortunately,I don't have a list of schools if you have them please send them to me.I hope the schools are in Taif at least because this is where I will be teaching! As for apartments withing Western Compound on air base compounds my company told me to contact these compounds because they don't have any under their names.So,yes if you have further info that can be useful please forward them to me. Thank you so much!!
chandini replied on October 10, 2014 with:
The compounds are for people who are recruited by companies because companies book those family villas for their employees. Usually there is a waiting list. A far as I know compound living is not open to other public. If your recruiting company has some under their name, you will have to ask them. Also, if you are single, it is difficult because the majority are catered to the families. Also, single family units are expensive compared to outside apartment living. It all depends what your recruiting company has set up for you. You need to go through them. Regarding your classroom recordings, do you have a list of International schools? I googled and found several schools. If you need further help, let me know. Hope this helps.
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