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New here and to the ex pat life....any and all advice much appreciated

hey all,
i am in the process of relocating to riyadh for my first ever ex pat job as an efl teacher, i have a few questions if anyone is able to help?

1: what would be the best way to bank over in KSA so that i am able to still transfer money to uk?

2. which resources for teaching would you recommend i take with me from uk to aid me in my work?

looking forward to hearing from anyone who is able to shed light to my queries

love and peace
M :):D

Hi emmvee and welcome to Expat.com!

Your thread has been moved to Riyadh forum for better visibility.;)

Hope that you'll soon be enlightened.:)

Harmonie.

emmvee :

hey all,
i am in the process of relocating to riyadh for my first ever ex pat job as an efl teacher, i have a few questions if anyone is able to help?

1: what would be the best way to bank over in KSA so that i am able to still transfer money to uk?

2. which resources for teaching would you recommend i take with me from uk to aid me in my work?

looking forward to hearing from anyone who is able to shed light to my queries

love and peace
M :):D

Hi and welcome,
1. Once you get you iquama you can open a bank account, company pays into your account, transfer money back home. I have a SABB account which has online banking, I recieve a text from the bank saying Salary paid, I go online and transfer. It was a bit of a chew on to set it up but its excellent now.
2. I can,t help with that sorry, but if you were teacing in the UK its fair to say you will not need to bring your Tazer here!!!!

Al

Hey ...

1) once you get your residence permit, you can open a bank account in any bank. Saudi British Bank would be best for you. No hassle in transferring money back to UK. Or you can even use Western Union. Fairly simple and easy. The best part, no income/salary tax deduction or any kind of tax deduction on any part! ;)

2) The students which you are going to probably teach in Saudi are two generations behind in terms of education and syllabus compared to the civilized countries of the world. A master's level Arab student in Saudi can not even compete with a higher secondary school student of the rest of the world. Furthermore, saudi is among top in the list of countries which have short education calender years. Like literally they get a month off after every educational month. So don't worry about it, it will be a piece of cake for you.

All the best!



emmvee :

hey all,
i am in the process of relocating to riyadh for my first ever ex pat job as an efl teacher, i have a few questions if anyone is able to help?

1: what would be the best way to bank over in KSA so that i am able to still transfer money to uk?

2. which resources for teaching would you recommend i take with me from uk to aid me in my work?

looking forward to hearing from anyone who is able to shed light to my queries

love and peace
M :):D

Arbab :

Hey ...

1) once you get your residence permit, you can open a bank account in any bank. Saudi British Bank would be best for you. No hassle in transferring money back to UK. Or you can even use Western Union. Fairly simple and easy. The best part, no income/salary tax deduction or any kind of tax deduction on any part! ;)

2) The students which you are going to probably teach in Saudi are two generations behind in terms of education and syllabus compared to the civilized countries of the world. A master's level Arab student in Saudi can not even compete with a higher secondary school student of the rest of the world. Furthermore, saudi is among top in the list of countries which have short education calender years. Like literally they get a month off after every educational month. So don't worry about it, it will be a piece of cake for you.

All the best!

@ Arbab   Sure, she can use any bank she wants but the thing is, her employer will deposit her salary into THEIR bank of choice and there's no reason not to stick with that bank.

Also, I agree with much of your second statement but she'll be teaching PYP and they don't get every other month off like the kids.  I believe there are two semesters with a break inbetween and EID breaks.

Agreed.

Alliecat :
Arbab :

Hey ...

1) once you get your residence permit, you can open a bank account in any bank. Saudi British Bank would be best for you. No hassle in transferring money back to UK. Or you can even use Western Union. Fairly simple and easy. The best part, no income/salary tax deduction or any kind of tax deduction on any part! ;)

2) The students which you are going to probably teach in Saudi are two generations behind in terms of education and syllabus compared to the civilized countries of the world. A master's level Arab student in Saudi can not even compete with a higher secondary school student of the rest of the world. Furthermore, saudi is among top in the list of countries which have short education calender years. Like literally they get a month off after every educational month. So don't worry about it, it will be a piece of cake for you.

All the best!

@ Arbab   Sure, she can use any bank she wants but the thing is, her employer will deposit her salary into THEIR bank of choice and there's no reason not to stick with that bank.

Also, I agree with much of your second statement but she'll be teaching PYP and they don't get every other month off like the kids.  I believe there are two semesters with a break inbetween and EID breaks.

Hi emmvee,

I am going through this process right now. I move in August to Riyadh. I bank with HSBC so the most logical thing for me is to get an offshore account. Also other banks would offer this service. I am sure other EB'ers would be able to give their 2 halala's worth to what you can do banking-wise

All the best on your move.

I think all banks do money transfers.  I use Al Rajhi.  If you're friendly and smile, they'll waive the transfer fee (75SAR) :lol:

Alliecat :

If you're friendly and smile, they'll waive the transfer fee (75SAR) :lol:

Are you serious ?? :rolleyes:

saimans :
Alliecat :

If you're friendly and smile, they'll waive the transfer fee (75SAR) :lol:

Are you serious ?? :rolleyes:

I just transferred my salary to India through ANB - Telemoney. Fixed Charges per transaction (without smiling) - 16 SR only :)

excellent advice everyone, very much appreciated.
thank you all

emmvee :

excellent advice everyone, very much appreciated.
thank you all

And I thought, I was the only Gujju in Saudi Arabia :)

saimans :
Alliecat :

If you're friendly and smile, they'll waive the transfer fee (75SAR) :lol:

Are you serious ?? :rolleyes:

Al Rahji to USA?  yes, 75SAR fee.

Alliecat :
saimans :
Alliecat :

If you're friendly and smile, they'll waive the transfer fee (75SAR) :lol:

Are you serious ?? :rolleyes:

Al Rahji to USA?  yes, 75SAR fee.

I was not asking for the 75SAR thing, I was asking for waiving it for a smile ??? :P

ghanshyampdave :
emmvee :

excellent advice everyone, very much appreciated.
thank you all

And I thought, I was the only Gujju in Saudi Arabia :)

:lol: :lol:

lol well i guess im the second :D

emmvee :

lol well i guess im the second :D

Oh, then Aavjo Aavjo ! (welcome)  :)

ghanshyampdave :
emmvee :

lol well i guess im the second :D

Oh, then Aavjo Aavjo ! (welcome)  :)

Hopefully now Sheikh will no longer be SINGLE !!! :lol:

saimans :
ghanshyampdave :
emmvee :

lol well i guess im the second :D

Oh, then Aavjo Aavjo ! (welcome)  :)

Hopefully now Sheikh will no longer be SINGLE !!! :lol:

Oh, no no. I'm already seeing someone here in Saudi Arabia.
Phew, so much can happen over a cup of coffee and a cone of ice cream ;)

(Hope the muttawas don't find out !)

ghanshyampdave :

Oh, no no. I'm already seeing someone here in Saudi Arabia.
Phew, so much can happen over a cup of coffee and a cone of ice cream ;)

No Spilling Beans over here, Shhhhhhhhhhh !!! :mad:

Hello,

We have SABB Stands for Saudi Arabia British Bank all over Riyadh, Don't worry about your income, you can send it Bank to bank, even in online. Good Luck! PM me if you need to know more life here in Saudi.

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