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khansk posted Prblm of Lower category profession to Higher category visa stamping on the Saudi Arabia forum on October 31, 2014:
Hi sir, i was in saudi arabia for two years and mine profession in visa was Labor category even though i was qualified for high category. Company did not change even though i requested to change. After finishing company contract I came India by Final exit. Now i have got a new job in another company and they have issued visa. but this visa profession category is high. Travel agencies told me that embassy does not stamp visa from low to higher category. But, some travel agencies told me that they can do it by using their "hold" in embassy (through setting) if I pay some amount of money. So, can anyone tell me that is it a risky way ? Will I face any problem in future if i get stamped this visa through this way.. ? (In airport or while taking or renewing Iqama) . I get doubt because, that old visa page in my passport will remain same only.. Or is there any alternative method ?.. Taking new passport or something else .. ??
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anneosman replied to the thread Looking for english teacher on the Saudi Arabia forum:
bassamfarah initially posted:
Good day, My wife and I ,looking for English teacher (IELTS test) we are living in Riyadh
anneosman replied on October 30, 2014 with:
An American, I have taught English in Jeddah for 25 years. I have taught first- and second-l language learners English for TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GMAT, GRE, and Praxis Examination preparation, general English language, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking, British and American English language and literature, and English for engineering, business, medicine, law, journalism, and advertising. I also have written hundreds of original exercises, quizzes, and examinations for these courses, as well as PowerPoint presentations still in use years later. As I am here in Jeddah, on my husband’s iqamah (residence visa) I am ready to begin as soon as you are, and can help newly arrived colleagues to settle in, both in terms of getting along with the students and in finding their way around Jeddah. Please contact me to discuss putting my experience and expertise to work for your students or employees in Jeddah, Makkah, or Madinah, Saudi Arabia
wafa replied on October 29, 2014 with:
Good Morning: I can help you and your wife with English. I have all the TEFL certificates (plus am a female, native born English speaker, BA, BSW, MSW, PhD). I'm retired, have lots of time and can help. If you can forward an email so we can connect we can talk further about times to meet up online etc. Thanks!
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Honey1155 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!
Honey1155 replied on October 29, 2014 with:
I am waiting for your sweet response.... Thanks
Honey1155 replied on October 29, 2014 with:
Hi, I am living in Riyadh if any help you need plz reply me.....Thanks
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DebraKirkwood replied to the thread Moving with Saudi Aramco, Ras Tanura on the Saudi Arabia forum on October 26, 2014:
sunchild8182 initially posted:
My husband offered the job, we wouldnt be moving for quite some time. I am an RN and would be interested in finding work eventually. We will live on a compound, dont know which one. We have 3 children and are heavily involved with our current church and christian faith. Questions: 1,) Any RN positions anyone knows of? 2.) What is the spiritual climate? My parents are outraged we might be moving there because of all the middle eastern tension, ISIS ect..... Any advise, greatly appreciated!!
DebraKirkwood replied on October 26, 2014 with:
I gather from the your title u will be with the oil industry, so maybe my advise would not be helpful. But I will tell u what I know. Hospital RN jobs are plentiful but to make good money u have to be recruited from your home country. If they hire u when u are in KSA, u are paid local wages (practically nothing). If u are living on an Aramco compound, I am sure there will be a church. Someone else on this blog site could give u information on that. There is no religious tolerance in KSA, as Islam is the only legal religion. U cannot wear crosses, decorate your door at Xmas, pray in public, the usual things we take for granted in the west as our basic human rights. Christian holidays do not exist. That said I give a large Xmas party every year but only westerners and non muslims are invited and it is kept a secret. I have been here for almost 3 yrs now and I too am concerned about ISIS. However, I was involved in the first Iraq war, so feel relatively safe that the US, Canada, & UK will eventually take matters into their own hands. At the same time I recommend u have your passport in your possession, in case u need to leave. This part of the planet will never be a calm pleasant place to live in, so I just accept that as one of the drawbacks of living here.
harry76 replied on October 25, 2014 with:
Congrats on the Ras Tanura offer. I doubt you will be able to work as an RN. If you are coming as his dependant, you cannot readily work. There might be another process for that which you can guage better after you come here (or maybe after your husband arrives here). Which country do you come from? No churches here so you might have to practice faith within the confines of your home/compound. That said, politics & religion are not common conversation in this part of the world. Compound life might offer some respite in that aspect. Middle east tension is nothing new. There are lots of foreigners working in Saudi Arabia so it is not really an issue (not yet atleast!). If this is your first visit to the gulf region, it will be a huge culture shock but you need to give yourself time to absorb it & settle down (which could take a couple of months). Hope that helps! -H
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yargsa replied to the thread Working for KAMC, Jeddah on the Saudi Arabia forum on October 25, 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
yargsa replied on October 25, 2014 with:
As a male in KSA, you will not have as many issues with which to contend as a female. Workwise will be the same but you will be confined to a male patients or a male ward usually.
DebraKirkwood replied on October 25, 2014 with:
You have been given some really good advice. Just a couple of things, such as feel free to walk outiside by yourself. I always walk outside the compound by myself and I am in riyadh where it is much stricter. Obviously wear an abya and for god's sake watch the traffic! When I first came I read about the no eye contact with me, but found that no longer applies. But be careful of men who are inappropriately forward. And don't be terrified of doing the wrong thing. People know u are new and most people are understanding. I still make an occasional mistake and no one gets upset.
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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 most recently with:
Hello, Is the car still available? Text me via whatsapp at +732-306-4030
albegami replied most recently 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 most recently with:
Thanks everyone for the information. I definitely feel better about taxis now!
arabina replied most recently 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 most recently 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 most recently 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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