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harry76 replied to the thread Moving to Rabigh on the Saudi Arabia forum:
harry76 initially posted:
Hi there, Will be moving to Rabigh to work with Aramco. Would it be better for me to live in Jeddah & commute? Or live in Rabigh (in an expat compound) itself? If I live in Rabigh, would that mean I will have to commute to Jeddah every weekend for outings/malls/etc/anything social? How are the compounds in Rabigh? Any feedback would be appreciated. thanks!
harry76 replied on March 24, 2015 with:
KAEC is your best option, if the company has offered you housing. Alternatively, you can live in a compound in Jeddah. Either way, once you get here you will have the time to look at options. Give yourself atleast one month to sort out everything (banking/housing, etc).
harry76 replied on March 24, 2015 with:
KAEC is your best option, if the company has offered you housing. Alternatively, you can live in a compound in Jeddah. Either way, once you get here you will have the time to look at options. Give yourself atleast one month to sort out everything (banking/housing, etc).
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BrianD replied to the thread Petro Rabigh on the Saudi Arabia forum:
Zaig initially posted:
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
BrianD replied on March 23, 2015 with:
Hi Zaig, I too am mobilizing to Petro Rabigh next week. My experience is similar to yours and I am concerned about schooling and apartments. Are you in KSA yet? Have you looked at any apartments? I don't think Rabigh is a good option to live. I also heard that the Rabigh Compound is full. Please contact me at briandoucette222@gmail.com thanks, Brian
Zaig replied on March 15, 2015 with:
Thanks for your reply Harry Does Rabigh town has modern apartments? So far what I am seeing on the web site is Rabigh has old style apartments / house. Looks like I am unable to get true picture of Rabigh Town? Is that true?
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JohnS2014 replied to the thread Is my age a problem? on the Saudi Arabia forum on March 22, 2015:
lindabpesa initially posted:
I have applied for a nursing job in Saudi through a international recruitment agency. they have told me that the cut off age for working women is 50yrs. If i want to work longer than that is it allowed?
JohnS2014 replied on March 22, 2015 with:
I am not in nursing but I moved out here last November. I am 50 and am 51 in a few weeks had no issue. I know of one person who started work out here at 62 and is 65 and retiring in a few months. If there want your knowledge and experience they will have you.
DebraKirkwood replied on March 19, 2015 with:
The mandatory retirement age is 60. If u want to stay to 65 your employer has to apply for an exception to the mandatory law.. I am turning 61 and have no problem getting exceptions because my hospital can use the justification that I am the only person in the hospital with my qualifications. But I know a lot of staff nurses also get exceptions. The recruiter may be telling u 50 is the cut off because they are told to only recruit up to 50. Arab societies are very prejudice about age but good employers understand u don't get the same highly qualified and experienced professionals in their 20-40's.
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Honey1155 replied to the thread Nursing in Saudi Arabia on the Saudi Arabia forum on March 22, 2015:
lindabpesa initially posted:
I have been offered a nursing job in Saudi and am really seeking guidence from others who are in the nursing profession. Is it safe to work/live there for a single woman?
Honey1155 replied on March 22, 2015 with:
Hi Dear, Yes KSA is safe for single woman if you live in a proper place. When you coming and you need any help plz pm me I will help you well. Thanks
Nolene replied on March 19, 2015 with:
Life is what you make it. You can still live your life as long as you live within the rules. I spent 8 years in the Kingdom and never had a problem. In fact I will soon be going back on a visit visa to visit friends.
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sarahalnaser78 posted Life in Hafr Al Batin on the Saudi Arabia forum on March 18, 2015:
Me and my husband are medical doctors and we had an offer from Saudi gov.If anyone can help me about the weather, life, international school there and social life. I really appreciate your help guys.
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BeachOp1 replied to the thread Driving a full-size van in KSA on the Saudi Arabia forum on March 15, 2015:
Jonmight initially posted:
Hello, I'm the father of 6 kids and will be moving to Riyadh later this summer. I'm worried about transportation options for my family of 8 + a nanny. There are very few SUVs and minivans that seat more than 8 people. I was hoping to purchase either a Toyota Hiace or a Nissan Urvan, or, if they are available, an American full-size van (Dodge, GMC, Ford, etc.). Are expats allowed to own and drive these large vans? I know KSA expats can't purchase some vehicles that are defined as commercial, but surely my large family situation would allow me to get an exemption. Anyone know anything about this subject?
BeachOp1 replied on March 17, 2015 with:
Ford Expeditions and Suburbans are the choice vehicles over here. You'll be good with that. :)
kikker replied on March 15, 2015 with:
According to the rules, if you are in KSA on a family iqama (residence permit) you can own what is classified as a 4X4. So any of the big vehicles. I wouldn't think there would be a problem to acquire a big vehicle. There seem to be enough of them on the road. Nissan, Toyota, GMC, Ford, Dodge are all present in the Kingdom. Presumably you will be coming out before your family and will have time to sort out your transport issues. Good luck.
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sirch14 replied to the thread Jeddah - 4x4 / Photography Clubs? on the Saudi Arabia forum:
qwerty4507 initially posted:
Hi, I'm an Aussie in Jeddah and am seeking any info on either 4x4 Driving Clubs and/or Photography Clubs in Jeddah area. I've just bought a Toyota Prado and am looking for like minded people to enjoy day/weekend trips away...with Photography involved. Anyone interested, or have any information, then please reply. Nigel.
sirch14 replied on March 14, 2015 with:
Hello guys im sirch..im love photography.. Anyone else..that photography is a hobby so that we could have..time to make photoshoot..and..share ideas about photography... Im located here at television street, al nuzla dist.2, jeddah....you can contact me also tru my email. christopher_thaas@yahoo. Com
ZEIDMAHMAD replied on February 09, 2015 with:
Hi I am zeid from Egypt am ophthalmology MD FRCS IN MAGRABI EYE HOPITAL i almost have no friends outside the hospital circle am interested in photography i know great places for photo shooting down town and i would like so much to have some friends who like photography too
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
Living-in-Yanbu
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There were many expatriate clubs before the 2004 security incident which caused most westerners to leave. Everything from knitting and drama to golf and scuba diving. They all vanished, but are just startign to come back due to the huge influx of westerners to Yanbu because of the gigantic industrial expansion. There are only two western expatriate compounds - Arabian Homes and The Cove. If you live on either, there are many social activities. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
As The Cove only opened in 2011 it is not really surprising it was empty and unfinished in 2010. It was still a building site!
MrBritish replied recently with:
The Cove might have been empty in 2010 but it is full now. We really enjoy living there. A fantastic social life and lots of sports facilities etc.
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