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newtodesert1 replied to the thread New in Al Hasa - Recreation for Ladies on the Saudi Arabia forum on August 26, 2015:
Anugraha initially posted:
Hi, my wife and I have just moved to Al Hasa and staying near King Faisal university. Need help in finding a Gym or a swimming pool or any other recreation for ladies where my wife can get engaged. Finding a decent salon for ladies also has become a nightmare here. Not complaining, but feeling helpless :) Any help will be appriciated.
newtodesert1 replied on August 26, 2015 with:
Anugraha, if you haven't checked the Intercontinental Gym yet, I have, and it's really expensive. 2000 SAR for three months. I too have looked for something close by for myself and haven't had much luck. Welcome to Al Hasa. I've been here for almost a year now.
Anugraha replied on August 19, 2015 with:
Thanks alot. I will checck out both the options. Appriciate the help.
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Topgun posted URGENT FLAT HUNT on the Saudi Arabia forum on August 23, 2015:
Dear fellows I'm desperately looking for a nice 2 bedroom apartment somewhere decent in Mubarraz or Mahasen Aramco in HOF/Al-Hasa.
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Kabir19 posted For long term car rental. on the Saudi Arabia forum on August 20, 2015:
Fortuner 2012 car is ready for long term rent. Professionals working in Riyadh pl text me through whatsup. My number 003530894047733 Appropriate candidate will get good rate!
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joesoccial replied to the thread Moving to KSA for first time on the Saudi Arabia forum:
joesoccial initially posted:
I am taking a university teaching job in Riyadh, and now have to plan moving. Any and all advice gratefully accepted. What should wife and I bring? What should we bring that it usually wouldn't occur to us to bring? Books & videos? What should we not bring (alcohol, bibles, I know, but what else?) Should we ship boxes, or just stick with airplane luggage? Reputable shipping companies? How much will it cost? Do they search our computers when we come? Do they confiscate them? How do I bring data files? What else should we know?
joesoccial replied on August 20, 2015 with:
A lot of shippers I've contact have huge minimums: 10 boxes, $2000+. Having a hard time finding a shipper that will do small number, 2-4 boxes. DHL only does express (expensive). Any advice for individual box / small shipments? Are UPS or Postage my only options?
bobj69 replied on August 20, 2015 with:
Any world wide shipper can help you with the customs paperwork. Nothing is cheap. Just make sure that you have all items listed and that the boxes and paperwork match. Packing forms numbered 1, 2, 3, etc., and that the packing forms match the numbers on the boxes. I lived in Saudi for over 14 years and it is a different world. Don't know which city you are going to, but read up on things as much as possible. Get use to shopping around the prayer times since they close all stores for prayer time. Food wise you can find most foods in the grocery stores. If you are in the Eastern Province around Dammam you can escape and go to Bahrain for alcohol if you drink. Driving is one of the most hazardous things about Saudi Arabia. Be careful on the roads. Otherwise enjoy you new adventure.
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modsaid replied to the thread AMERICANS working in Riyadh on the Saudi Arabia forum:
ttocs2200 initially posted:
I am considering to move to Riyadh or Jeddah for work with a company based in Doha. I am an American and would appreciate hearing the pros and cons from expats currently living and working there.
modsaid replied on August 20, 2015 with:
all homes are air conditioned, so you do not have to worry about it inside... for the outside, light material (but not transparent) abaya will do the trick... of course cars are air conditioned too
DebraKirkwood replied on August 20, 2015 with:
Saudis have no problem with an american nurse caring for them at home. You have to be aware of your safety risk such as never being alone. Your translator/driver must be with u at all times. As far as the abya goes, there is no other option. You just have to accept it. Buy one of the more expensive ones made of very light material.
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Nuja replied to the thread Iqama on the Saudi Arabia forum:
nikitaw29 initially posted:
Hi Everyone. I'm moving to Dammam in about 2 weeks time. I have a few concerns which I hope some of you can help with. If you don't have an iqama, what are the difficulties that you have experienced with everyday things.. Example: -opening a bank account -getting a simple card -travelling -sending money home. -visiting home on a different visa. Please help.
Nuja replied on August 17, 2015 with:
Not true, if you are on a business visa you can do all of those except open a bank account.
Nuja replied on August 17, 2015 with:
Not true, if you are on a business visa you can do all of those except open a bank account.
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expatbanker posted Passport submission to the agency on the Saudi Arabia forum on August 16, 2015:
Hi, Do I need to submit my passport to the agency before joining the job in a bank in Riyadh?
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wermrnmrsb replied to the thread Accommodation in Rabigh (Petro Rabigh) on the Saudi Arabia forum:
manuitsok initially posted:
Hi all, I would like to thanks all of you for sharing your views on different-2 topics which really help all to know more about a specific location or situation. I am a Project Engineer- Mechanical in Mumbai- India, and recently got an offer from Rabigh refinery. Have few queries regarding the offer and mainly accommodation: 1. I have not been provided accommodation in township. Is there any expat compounds in Rabigh city and can any one suggest good compound in rabigh city with approx budget? 2. Any Idea of apartments in KAEC? 3. How far is Refinery location from City residential area? 3. I am having ~9 years of exp and have been offered E12 grade. what is the typical range of salary for Asian engineers having this much exp? Any suggestions/comments will help me to makeup my mind. Thanks in advance. Please help as I am really worried about accommodation part. If any one could suggest the name of some good compounds in city that will really help me. Regards manu.
wermrnmrsb replied most recently with:
Hello/Salam - I am new here. ( We are still in Canada, but my husband is interviewing with PR. ) I, too, would like to know more about Rabigh City. *There is a frustrating shortage of info out there about it. I have heard it is crowded, dirty, and overpriced. I am worried that because of my husband's job, ( mech/relib engineer ), we will HAVE to live close by, and Rabigh seems to be the only option :-< Is there no where closer?
manuitsok replied most recently with:
Hi harry, Thanks for your prompt reply. It gives a fair idea about the place. Thanks again Regards Manu
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Yazeed replied to the thread shipping to Riyadh on the Saudi Arabia forum:
joesoccial initially posted:
My wife and I are moving from USA to Riyadh. We are not keeping storage in America. Anything we don't take gets dumped or donated. All we'll take is clothes and books/docs/misc. SO: Any advice on HOW to ship to Riyadh? Reliable moving companies? Should we go UPS? Post office? I'm estimating 10 boxes or less of clothes, 2-3 boxes book/docs/misc. No where near enough for a container.
Yazeed replied most recently with:
This is the offer from the company. Travelling to Saudi Arabia? Have extra bags? Don't let the airlines overcharge you? Check in your 4 bags from anywhere in USA to Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam or Madeena for only $175 per bag. This includes picking up the boxes and bags from your home or hotel in USA, shipping your bags using Emirates airlines to SA and US customs documentation. $175 per bag, including pick up from your home. If you have 10 pieces or more, you can ship your 50 lbs boxes from anywhere in USA to Jeddah port for only $59 using our weekly sailing from USA to Jeddah. Call us at 800-252-5262 or 310-243-2900. or make a free online reservation at I don't work for them by the way :)
Yazeed replied most recently with:
Check this company out . They have a good deal shipping to Saudi arabia especially this month.
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