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An Expat Talks about Living in Sakaka, Saudi Arabia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Sakaka

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

We have a remote compound for the western faculty members of Al Jouf University. 75% of us are single. Half are women. Mainly American, Canadian and South African.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Sakaka is a remote, rural town. All women must wear a niqab at all times in public. There is a lot of construction going on. There is a sizable Pakistani & Indian population.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Education, oil and construction.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Life here is very quiet. After work, 6 nights a week a compound bus takes us shopping. Women do not leave the compound other than with bus transport. Some men have scooters. Each villa has its own pool and some residents host small gatherings.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Bring your yoga mat, fill up your kindle, and download some movies - this may be the place for you if you are looking for a retreat from the busy world outside.

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