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posted squash in riyadh
on the Saudi Arabia forum on January 21, 2015:
replied to the thread Fitness in Riyadh
on the Saudi Arabia forum:
I am a single female thinking of taking a teaching job in Riyadh. Are there any crossfit groups or yoga studios in the city? Are there any gyms for women?
Some names and numbers of gyms in Riyadh
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.
replied on December 24, 2014 with:
There actually is a ladies gym in Riyadh on two locations, you can check it here http://nuyu-ksa.com/gyms/ and see what suits you best, i don't know where are you located exactly.
I also don't know are there any other ones, since i don't have much time to look into it, but i know i heard about Nuyu, it's a very good gym for women. I hope you will find something for yourself, good luck!
replied to the thread Places to Eat in Khobar!
on the Saudi Arabia forum on January 20, 2015:
Can you recommend some places to eat in Al Khobar?? New from Toronto??
Welcome to Saudi.
Nino is always a good place to go, an Italian restaurant close to Alrashed Mall:
La Casa Pasta in Venicia Mall:
If you want to go to Dammam, less than 25 minutes away is a great sea food restaurant called Leffanna. This is my favorite restaurant in the whole region. It's is across from the sheraton Hotel in Dammam and next to Alshatea mall, every taxi driver would know those two places. Here is a link just in case:
Here is a list for more restaurant in Alkhobar:
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!
Dear I sent you message to your inbox plz read it and reply.
Hi I am John I have been here 2 months interested in meeting people. I have found a few things to do by looking on the internet ad Facebook.
Inbox me if any one is interested.
We are an Italian family living in Al Khobar, Rakka area. We are looking for a babysitter or nanny to help with a one-month-old infant. We work Sundays to Thursdays, 8 am to 2 pm.
posted 2012 Jeep Cherokee for Sale!! 30,000 KM!!
on the Saudi Arabia forum on January 18, 2015:
replied to the thread Petro Rabigh
on the Saudi Arabia forum:
Can anyone comment on Petro Rabigh
I feel like it's a sister company of ARAMCO, with the intention of cheep manpower & max production. Not sure if that is true, it just my personal feeling,
looks like they don't provide housing, schooling for children they give a fixed amount based on salaries. The allowance may not be enough to rent expat compound or western school. they do not garenty expat compound (maybe they don't have expat compound in Rabigh / KAEC)
They don't even provide family visas for your family. Family visa you have to manage on your own after you get your AQAMA & that takes about 2 months so in reality it may take 6-8 months to bring family in Saudi Arabia
However with ARAMCO your & your family visa gets processed at the same time and you can bring your family with you from the day one, your housing & schooling for kids are pre arranged.
I am not sure if I am getting real impression of Petro Rabigh.
I will appreciate if someone can share their on boarding experience
replied on January 15, 2015 with:
It is a downstream business of Aramco, no doubt there. It is a listed company on the saudi stock exchange so you can look it up if you need more information on the company per se.
If your offer from Petro Rabigh includes housing, then housing is provided by the company. If it includes a school allowance for your kids, then that too is taken care of. They have a community of their own here in Rabigh, for its employees. If you are entitled to company housing, you will get a place to stay either in the community or KAEC. If not, that too will be made clear at the time of receiving your offer. You need to clarify that if it is not mentioned.
Visa for family is not necessarily in their Petro Rabigh's hands - it depends on the issuing Saudi authority in your home country from where you are applying. However, as for the paper work required from Petro Rabigh's end, they are reasonably prompt in providing whatever is required.
That said, Petro Rabigh is no ARAMCO. You have to understand this is a joint venture between a japanese company & ARAMCO, so some differences will obviously exist.
If you are coming to work for Petro Rabigh through a contractor, then none of what I have mentioned above is applicable. It all depends on the contracting company that is making you the offer. You need to sort out these issues with that specific manpower company hiring you & bringing you to Saudi Arabia to work for Petro Rabigh.
Hope that helps!
replied to the thread Connect to Xbox 360 live with STC
on the Saudi Arabia forum:
Greetings everyone. I recently changed my internet to the compound STC service 20mbps. When I had GO I could connect to XBOX live. When I try with STC I get an error at the end about the ip address. I had everything automatic, entered the info manually, restored to default network settings and tried it all again and no luck either wireless or ethernet. Any recommendations on what to do? Calling STC customer support did me no good.
While getting that coveted "Open NAT" is no sure thing, in most situations there are a number of things you can do to optimize your Xbox Live connection and ensure a pleasurable online experience.