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I am not sure how I will adapt to life in SA....

Hello
I have been offered a job in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working in the administration sector..I am just waiting for all my documents to be submitted to the Saudi Cultural Bureau and I hope to move at some point this year....I am a single female, born and raised in Birmingham, UK....I am very anxious and also excited about move and keen to get as much information as possible.....
I am an outgoing individual and am not sure how I will adapt to life in SA....
Mehek -Aston University? I take it you mean in Birmingham UK?
Also ladies ....Please advise
I am also not sure what to pack and what not to....
My Saudi employer will provide accommodation so I am assuming cutlery/utensils will be provided
Toiletries......I am quite particularly about what I use....simple and olay suit me fine...but are these brands available in SA?

I am not female however I can answer some of your questions.

Take a look round The Bull Ring. Boots, M&S, Debenhams, New Look to name some of the stores you can find in Riyadh. Along with lots of others Carrefour, Ikea McDonolds, KFC etc Riyadh is a kink of USA meets UK/Europe.

I'm from Rugby by the way.

Thanks Martin.....so they have a Boots store in Riyadh?  Well that's me sorted !

Yep I think every mall of which I have lost count has a Boots of various sizes.

Your major culture shock will not be food or the normal everyday things it will be getting about!  Currently there is no real mass public transport and as a woman you cannot drive so you are restricted to taxis. The best thing you can do is download two apps onto your phone the big one everyone knows Uber and the other Careem then talk to the drivers and you will get an offer for a mobile number to pick you up off of the system so at a reduced rate.

Hi safnessa,

I've created a new thread from your presentation and questions ;)

safnessa :

Hello
I have been offered a job in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working in the administration sector..I am just waiting for all my documents to be submitted to the Saudi Cultural Bureau and I hope to move at some point this year....I am a single female, born and raised in Birmingham, UK....I am very anxious and also excited about move and keen to get as much information as possible.....
I am an outgoing individual and am not sure how I will adapt to life in SA....
Mehek -Aston University? I take it you mean in Birmingham UK?
Also ladies ....Please advise
I am also not sure what to pack and what not to....
My Saudi employer will provide accommodation so I am assuming cutlery/utensils will be provided
Toiletries......I am quite particularly about what I use....simple and olay suit me fine...but are these brands available in SA?

Saudi ain't in the 80's.... :lol:

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