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An Expat Talks about Living in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

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

Dhahran

How long have you lived there?

2 years

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

As most expats which come to KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) are married, and most have children, there are ample activities to get involved in.

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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.

The city is a very diverse group of people representing over 50 countries. In general, the people are accepting of differences. However, the country is not accepting of differences especially when it comes to religion.

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

Oil, oil, and oil.

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

The city is a very diverse group of people representing over 50 countries. In general, life runs at a slower pace here and life generally revolves around the family and sports.

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

It is a great place, safe, free from crime and a super place to raise children.

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