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Hi,

My name is asyraf from Malaysia. I will be moving to KSA and working in rabigh.
I have few question and hope someone can answer.

1. Will it be better to live in jeddah or KAEC and commute to rabigh?
2. What is the rent for house suitable for family with 3 children.
3. Is public transport system is good?
4. What about facilities like hospital, school in rabigh. Will it be better in KAEC.
5. What will be the average living cost in Rabigh? Do rabigh have a large shopping mall?

welcome to our planet :)

for rabigh weather is good and regarding your children depend on you they have govt schools from each country embassy and also provate schols are.

rent almost 3000SAR a decent flat per month

transport if you dont have car you dont have life in saudia :)

malls are ok bt not like dubai.


wtasapp me any time xxx

thnnks bro.

Hello
1. It depends on you whether you want to travel daily from jeddah to rabigh (as its 150 km far).
2. You will get a house in rabigh of 2 bedrooms, lounge, drawing room with 9000 Sr (6 months rent)
3. There is no public transport system in rabigh, you can get taxi in jeddah.
4. There are some decent indian schools in rabigh, hospitals are good only for small issues not for surgeries. Dont know situation in in KAEC.
5. There is only 1 mall in rabigh.. rabigh mall others are only local shops.

Salam asyraf...

When are u heading to rabigh? working with Aramco or Petro Rabigh?

I am from Malaysia as well....and looking forward to move to Rabigh maybe first quarter of 2015.

Do leave some message/email

Cheers
Rizal, KL

Salam Asyraf and Rizal,

Nice to know you are heading to the same location with me. I will be going there too by Mid 2015. My contact no is +60193240303. Please do contact me if you like to dicuss anything about Rabigh.May I know your contact number as well?

Thanks.

Yus.

Hi asyraf,

Have u moved to rabigh area?

if so, kindly ping me. i have some doubts about that area and currently planning to move into rabigh.

Thanks,
Saleem

Ahlan wasahlan to all of you who is coming to Rabigh.  :D

hi all

me and ayin and rizal all from malaysia and thinking seriously moving to rabigh - same crew.

Few question for any of you here.

1. how much for a house or apartment 2BR in rabigh?
2. is there any house / villa / landed house for rent? whats the rental fare like?
3. all these need iqama (which took 3 months they say) where are we going to crash in that time period? how do you guys there survive?
4. same goes with cars which need iqama too..how are we going to travel around before that...

this issues keep bugging my head.

we need a friend to help us out - arabic language anyone? giJoe? saleemarafth? bazinga? chaudary? any saudis here willing to help out.

schooling for kids is another issue. i dont mind using indian syllabus for my kids. i need to know what do they teach for kids at primary schools. the subjects. the fees. anyone can advise?

all these keep me scared to the bone.

please email me at blasteroff11[at]gmail.com if any of you out there willing to help us out.

thanks a zillion

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. 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.

Regards
manu.

blasteroff :

hi all

me and ayin and rizal all from malaysia and thinking seriously moving to rabigh - same crew.

Few question for any of you here.

1. how much for a house or apartment 2BR in rabigh?
2. is there any house / villa / landed house for rent? whats the rental fare like?
3. all these need iqama (which took 3 months they say) where are we going to crash in that time period? how do you guys there survive?
4. same goes with cars which need iqama too..how are we going to travel around before that...

this issues keep bugging my head.

we need a friend to help us out - arabic language anyone? giJoe? saleemarafth? bazinga? chaudary? any saudis here willing to help out.

schooling for kids is another issue. i dont mind using indian syllabus for my kids. i need to know what do they teach for kids at primary schools. the subjects. the fees. anyone can advise?

all these keep me scared to the bone.

please email me at blasteroff11[at]gmail.com if any of you out there willing to help us out.

thanks a zillion

Hi,

I can understand your concern, but don't worry - only the best and the brave will come here and I am sure all of you are up for this challenge. I cannot really specifically answer your question (1) and (2) since I am in Riyadh but will share my experience in general for question (3) and (4).

3. Iqamah may take up to 3 months, yes its true but in many case it only take 2 weeks. Mine too. Unless if you visa stated you are an "engineer", you will be alright. If your visa stated "engineer" then you will be in deep sh*t as you need to register with Saudi Engineering Council (or something like that...) before you iqamah can be processed. For that, it will takes time and need to submit the required documents. That is why, experienced visa agent will try to put you under position other than engineer i.e. chemist, specialist, consultant, executive, analyst, technician, advisor etc.

Also during this period, my employer provided hotel accomodation until you get your iqamah. I know one of my colleague stayed in the hotel around 6 weeks waiting for iqamah. But you still have to look for accomodation (privately rent or compound if entitle during this period) because as soon as you get the iqamah, you will be kicked out from hotel... haha. Except for certain things, the hotel is fully paid by employer including meals and laundry.

4. Apply for International Driving Permit (IDP) before you come here just in case, because you can use this to rent a car until you get your Iqamah. As soon as you get your Iqamah, your IDP or driving licence is no longer valid and you must immediately apply for Saudi driving licence.

In my case, as soon as I get my iqamah, I went to recruitment and they assigned someone to send me to driving license place to take the test etc. Again, you need certain document for this (and money to pay...) i.e. document showing your blood type. In my case, I went to recruitment to get 'extract' from medical report for blood type test evidence. Otherwise, you have to go to hospital again just for that....

Driving here is a hair-raising experience... :D. But that should be discussed separately in another forum.... :)

Arabic? I don't know any of it and so far I survive with only English. Don't worry, you will have a lot of funny moment to remember later on trying to communicate with locals...  :D

Ohyes, almost forgot about education fees. Not sure about PRR but I think you should be informed by your recruitment (at job offer stage...) on how much maximum SAR per year and how many kids are covered and from/to what age. In my case, my employer use international school fees as benchmark for maximum, and if you want to send to other school (American or British etc.), you will have to pay the difference.

They key point here, take it easy, DON'T RUSH THINGS and everything will fall into place several weeks later. The rule of the game here is different so try not to push or apply your 'logic' or common sense from your country over here. Keep cool but persistent, and continue communicating with your recruitment office and don't be shy to ask question and seek help. Once you get your first non-taxable paycheck later, you will laugh at yourself for worrying about peanuts.... :D

Well said GiJ0e 👍 !!

Hi Ayin, Rizal and Asyraf,

Just checking if you guys are already here.
Would be good to read your first hand experience... :)

hi gijoe :)

Me, ayin, azrizal, asyraf still in malaysia. just got the work visa. expected to travel mid 2015 somewhere.

all these makes me nervous man. can we survive?

Assalamualaikum,

Im new here..just googling for house rent in rabigh,some house found this thread.blasteroff,ayin,azrizal and asyraf,what date is yours flight?mine is 15th may..feeling nervous..[moderated by Priscilla : do not leave your contact details on a public forum for your own security ] for keep in touch..thanks

Luqman

Hi,

Anybody here from Petro Rabigh?

welcome

Hi Fellows,

I am considering an offer from Rabigh and would learn about little more about housing and schooling options. I heard a good deal about King Abdullah Economic City as the preferred place for expats, I was wondering if anyone on this forum can share insight into;

a) Cost of a 3 bed room flat or a villa
b) Cost of Western Schools
c) Cost of a large SUV/Truck i.e. Toyota Sequoia or GMC Yukon

Also, It would be cool to hear a recent experience on the Move to Rabigh?

Best wishes-

Hello
I lived in rabigh 7 monthes, after my husband commuted for one year from jeddah to rabigh daily.
As for commuting, it's not the best idea, gets really tiresome. And jeddah housing is much morw expensive than rabigh, and anyways its close, you can visit jeddah at anytime.
Rabigh is very small, there's only one park for families, one mall with 2 main stores, city max and red tag. They have a beautifull souq, cheap stuff everywhere....we stayed at the el baiad hotel, or smth like that, because we couldnt find a decent flat.
Recently they opened panda, and you can fimd some other smaller supermarkets.
They also have a beautiful beach.

Hello Catlina,

Can you please share rents for 2 rooms furnished and unfurnished apartments in Rabigh?

Regards,
Khurram

If you're lucky to find something clean rent is around 20.000 /year. We did not find and also we didn't plan to stay that long so we took a furnished flat in el bayan hotel, right in the souq, in the same building with the telephones mall. You have everything there, including washimg machine' but semi-automatic' , kitchen, furnished bedrooms with plasma tv and living room. The rent was bit more pricey, i believe around 4000 sar/ month.
I dont believe you can find furnished flats, unless they are in hotels

What you suggest? How much an unfurnished reasonable flat will cost?

Unfurnished good flat is 18000-20000 sar per year. There are with 15000 sar aswel but very bad. With 6000-7000 you would buy the furniture. But if your budget allows you, go for furnished hotel flats.

Thank you. Are you still in Rabigh?

No, not anymore. We left in march. Now we're in jeddah

To all those who are in Rabigh currently,

Our company is looking for apartment blocks to rent for use as our company dormitories. We may need one or 2 blocks depending on the particular apartment blocks as our target is 180 workers.

If any of you know of these empty apartment blocks or have good real estate agents to recommend, please let me know by email to ***
Thanks a million.


Andy

Moderated by Priscilla last year
Reason : Do not post your personal contact details on a public forum for your own security

@ andrewhuang > Your search is quite off topic here.

I invite you to post your search in the Housing in Jeddah section, it is more appropriate.
I also advise you to get in touch with some real estate agencies, they are more apt to help you.

Thanks

Priscilla  :cheers:

Priscilla,

Thanks for your message. I did try to find the relevant items in the forum for Rabigh, however, they are not present, only for Jeddah.

Perhaps, I will post in there at the appropriate time.

Best regards,

Andrew

Hallo

My husband is already working in Rabigh and we will be joining him at the ebd of the year.

Please any advise/ tips/ cheerful notes to help the changes?
Kids and stuff to do for kids in Rabigh?
Travelling for school? How do you manage?

Please can someone shed some light or just tell me what to expect???

Assalaam o alikum
Is there any one who belong to RPC.rabaigh power plant.actually i got job offer from there bt i have no idea how the company is?
Plz help me if any one here know about it?

One more thing plz tell me in detail about the schools here bcoz i heard that there is only one school which is an indian school but in Pakistan indian syllabus is not acceptable so i m worried about my kids future plz guide me if any one know about that school or other school having Oxford, british or fedral syllabus which r acceptable in Pakistan.

Which branches of the shopping malls r there?
Actually we are in dammam now which is a very well developed city of Saudi Arabia here r many malls  some r expensive bt some r reasonable too like hayat plaza, green shopping center, lulu, panda, top10 , ooj etc etc....

Plz answer my questions who r living in rabigh to sort out my confusions n problems
Thanks.

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