New members of the Saudi Arabia forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Saudi Arabia forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Saudi Arabia if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hello Expat Family

I am Adam tabrz, you can call me addy ;). Its been a week since i came here. Currently working as IT Security consultant for a big company here. I am planning to travel to bahrain in coming weekend. Lets meet and greet some time.  :)

Hello - My name is Mark and I have been in Jeddah for one month. Working as an IT Service Manager at the new terminal at Jeddah Airport.

Will be looking for some compound accommodation in the next few months so please let me know any tips and good places.  Looking for somewhere that allows a dog so any specific advice on that would be really appreciated.

Hi there.expat family im tarek an.egyptian guy working here in riyadh as a gym trainer . I am here to make new.friends and learn a lot of different culture

Welcome

Hello everyone.
This is Shazeb from Pakistan.

Living in Jubail Saudi Arabia.

Hope the stay here would be nice n helpful.

Thanks in advance.

Hi I am hafsat from Nigerian been in Riyadh for a year now, stay at home mom currently looking for something to do.

Hi Everyone, my name is Rodemir, currently residing in Al khobar.
I'm currently working as R&D/Tech Specialist in a Tissue Converting Company in Dammam for 8yrs already.

Somebody knows Chiropractic Dr. in Al Khobar area?

Hi. Good day to all expatians.

I am a well experienced professional MALE physio massage therapist is available for home visits in Riyadh.
Therapy includes head, forehead, neck, shoulder , back and feet massage with use of Ayurveda herbal oils.
Inbox for appointments /queries .

Hello

Sharbatly compound is a great place to live .
If you want I can help you out with the main person responsible for offers of the villa .

Thanks

Hi all,

i am Yano,  i am currently residing here in Riyadh.

nice to meet y'all!!

excited to meet new friends here!

tonight..I am visiting my cousin in jubail. have a good time with my  indain neighbor improve my English L. :offtopic:

Hey everyone
I'm Sikandar Abdullah
It's my first experience here in expat,
I was looking for good opportunities here but found such a good Platform for expatriates I think... Well I'm not new here
So if you are new and need experience about life in Kingdom or about jobs, you can ask,

Hello, my name is Johan Bogaerts and i am looking for a job as an expat in Saudi Arabia. I was asked for a coordinator job by a recruiter but at the last moment they filled the job opening internaly. Since i was so enthousiastic about the idea of working abroad i decided to look for a job myself and registered myself on this platform. Still looking for a job as a technical coordinator and/or welding technician and inspector i ‘m waiting for the right opertunity to come along . So if anybody knows something that would help me with my search , it will be very much appreciated.

Hi All

So I am all new to this. Found this forum after much digging and I am sure I can get some answers from the community here.

I've just accepted a job in Dammam Saudi Arabia and been offered a single status job within the country and is a permanent position.

The company has offered me what I think is a a generous living allowance (crica SAR 75000) and I have a few questions among others on how I can best use this.

1. Living
The company will provide me with temporary hotel accommodation first and then assist me with finding a permanent place to stay. I have been told that they will organise compound gated community accommodation that is to my liking. I just wanted to check if the accommodation living allowance that they have provided me is adequate? Can someone suggest? Are there are compounds or accommodation that are currently available for hire

2. Lifestyle
I am aware that there is not much of a "nightlife" so to speak in Saudi and I am looking to commute to Bahrain or fly to nearby countries for a more lively experience when possible and if time allows. What else is there to do? I do like going to the gym regularly and I am sure I can find a place there that would do it for me. I do like Yoga as well, are there centres in the country?

3. Internet/VPN
I have been told to use VPN Connections while I am in the country to allow for a secure browsing experience that is not monitored. Do people use this for streaming services as well like Netflix and Prime? Does it work?

4. Banking
I have some financial commitments in the UK (Mortgage etc). I am thinking of sending across money every month from my paycheck to cover this amount. What do people in Saudi normally do to send money abroad? Do you use online money transfer accounts that are value for money at all? With regards to the remaining of my salary, I would like to transfer this as well to accounts abroad (either in india or somewhere within the EU). Does anyone else do something similar? I am cautious of due to the strict rules in Saudi, keeping money in a Saudi bank might not be the best idea incase there are any issues of living out there. I do have an HSBC account and not sure if this is of any help as well. Some advice on how to manage money would be great!

5. Driving License
I am offered a company car, but dont have a saudi license. I am assuming I am able to use my UK license for a period of time before I have to either sit a driving test for a Saudi license or get my license transferred to a Saudi License if this is possible.

6. Language
I am told by others that Arabic and English is spoken my most people. I do speak other indian languages as well which I think would come in handy but I just wanted to find out if there are language centres where expats go to to learn Arabic. I would be keen on learning to read/write and understand the language

7. Laptop/Phones
I am thinking of purchasing a new phone before i fly out and a refurbished laptop for my personal use in the Country. Would it be easy enough to get a SIM Card while I am out there? Do I need to present any special documentation for this purpose?

Thats it for now, I think I may have some more questions much closer to the time but shall let everyone know.

Thanks for the help in advance!

Sir good evening. I'm Mr. Patrick Claus, two years working here in Saudi Arabia. I want to ask where to complain about inappropriate rules and biased system of the company I've been working for. I work here for career and money but the company seems to steal the money I deserved; the money I've been working for. How can I help to improve this company? Many people felt the same situation especially my fellow Filipino workmates here. Is there a formal way to report this issue?

Sir good evening. I'm Mr. Patrick Claus, two years working here in Saudi Arabia. I want to ask where to complain about inappropriate rules and biased system of the company I've been working for. I work here for career and money but the company seems to steal the money I deserved; the money I've been working for. How can I help to improve this company? Many people felt the same situation especially my fellow Filipino workmates here. Is there a formal way to report this issue?

Hi All,  :)

This is Yaseen from bangalore India. I'm new to KSA now living in Al Qaseem region.

If anyone near by Onaizah please ping me.
Nice platform for new contacts,

Thanks & stay blessed all.

an IT professional on wrong place this is the intro for my situation and me

Hi, my name is Lilly. I'm a Saudi citizen but I lived in the UK for a decade and went to the uni there. Absolutely loved it there though was not so keen on the weather!

I speak English Fluently and able to translate to Arabic (vice versa). also speak little bit of French.

I'm a laboratory specialist living in my hometown (Tabuk). if anyone need some help in Tabuk (finding accommodation ..etc) Please let me know and I'll do my best to assist.

Cheers

Good morning my guests from all over the world,

First i would like to say Welcome to Saudi Arabia  :heart:

I understand that when you leave to another country with another traditions and culture it would be complicated to understand what life is about in the host country.

My name is Firas Mousa, I am the Executive Expatriates Relations in my company.

I would love to help, assist, support,. suggest and advice whoever needs anything in Saudi Arabia.

I am located in Riyadh if you are willing to have new friends and to hang out maybe.


Best of luck to all,

Firas

Nice to meet u sis.
Kudos to the returnees :D

Hi Everyone, Ahlan wah sahlan...

Casper here, hailing from Singapore.

I'm here to find out more about life in Jeddah as I am actively looking for jobs there. I intend to move anytime from now and hopefully by 2020.

I think this forum is a great platform for my needs and I appreciate the work that has been put into it by the many regular moderators.

I am particularly keen on finding out more about the culture to prepare myself. Especially since Im a female and I am a growth-driven individual looking to equip myself in a wide array of cultural and digital / technological skills.

I hope to learn from all of you and look forward to a new chapter in Jeddah, hopefully soon.

Im karol,im a filipino

Hi. Hope all expat around the World  are enjoying and feeling home wherever. I am Abdulla resident of  USA  traveling around the world , I am enjoying the weather here and being with my grandchildren.
I am retired University prof. Looking forward to meet positive thinkers .

Hi this is Saad, an architect from India, living with family in Jeddah.

Joined expats for some info regarding travelling to Turkey with family for a short vacation

Hi just call me Anne I working here in the clinic. My age is 41 I am a single mom for four kids. I'm just feel I lost and depressed this fast few months for all the things happened to me here in Riyadh. And I always attached my self in my past so I can't see myself if I'm moving on the Right path. I need someone professional to talk to.thanks

Hi   I am Abdulla living in Riyadh  until April 10th , will travel to Turkey the  USA  will stay there untie end of summer . I am resident of Florida as I am retired , I enjoy travel ad exploring all over the planet.
love lonely places in east and west . Reg AL

Hi,
I’ve lived here for 9 months (already???!!!) with my husband. Not working yet, but I keep busy. I’ve met some good people since I’ve been here, I do some gardening, I go exploring new places and I’m learning Arabic.

Hey everyone,
  Recently I have moved to Riyadh, coming from Bahrain, the city is quite big comparing to most cities I lived in, including Dubai. Driving in the city is a bit challenging, specially now they are building the metro and most roads are under constructions and a lot of detours, yet the streets are built in block shapes, which makes it easy to remember. The culture is getting more open minded and contemporary by time and this can be seen obviously in the coming period as people are changing their mind set

Dear sir Mark
Im living in Riyadh from 8 years sorry sir im jobless .my qualification master of IT any related job with your company please inform me as soon as possible .
Best regards
Shahid

Hi all
                 My name is Basem I'm an English teacher. I have been living in Riyadh for 5 years. I work in a private school in Riyadh. I worked for one year in jeddah and I'm looking forward to exploring other cities.

Assalamu Alaikum Firas

My name is Muhammad Ridwan Shaik and I am a South African residing in Riyadh. My wife is a teacher at an international school.

I am currently on a family visit visa 2yr. Please advise on what I would need in order to work or earn money myself?

Shukran brother
Ridwan Shaik

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Hello .. just got an offer for a job role in Dammam or is it n Dhahran...why the difference in naming convention ( one western one Arabic - my guess). my first time in Saudi ... so excited about the challenges ...will have accommodation in Sara Compound. does anyone provide info on this compound?

any advice and possible expectation I should consider - previously worked in Singapore - live in Stoke on Trent, UK, brought up in Durban South Africa   

Des

Hi everybody
I am Rania. I live in Jeddah but I travel a lot.
I am a pharmacist.
Thanks

DM for learning Arabic language. I sell an Audio course called Michel Thomas Arabic Audio course 8 CDs. For SR.500/- only

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي اَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِ

Assalamwalekum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh :)

I am an unmarried male Civil Engineer in mid 20s from India willing to pursue future in Quran & Hadith Science.
Therefore, wanna migrate to Mecca or Madina for Islamic studies.

Here, I am to find people who can help me find a finest institute or Madarsa (registered or unregistered) in Saudi involved in spreading the knowledge of Quran,  & also suggest me means to support myself financially while learning Quran there.
I am not into any luxurious life style so just 2 square meal and a roof to sleep under will be enough for me. My prime goal is to memorize Quran with meaning in 2 years , thus I am ready to compromise to any level with my lifestyle to learn Quran.
After all, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)  never lived luxuriously throughout his entire life!

My ultimate goal is to learn Quran and research accordingly to make Da'wah practices more useful and easy especially for those who hold very brilliant mind & come from Science & Technology background like Engineers, Scientists, Doctors etc.

I would like to add another information that I have scar marks in my lungs,medically it is called Pulmonary fibrosis. So, the question is, would I be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia on tourist or Student visa??? Because I have checked myself with GAMCA & found that Gulf countries dont issue work visa to people suffering  with Pulmonary fibrosis.

Thanks for reading...waiting for your fruitful response.
Please help...

Jazakallah Khair :)

Elanmjathena :

Hi just call me Anne I working here in the clinic. My age is 41 I am a single mom for four kids. I'm just feel I lost and depressed this fast few months for all the things happened to me here in Riyadh. And I always attached my self in my past so I can't see myself if I'm moving on the Right path. I need someone professional to talk to.thanks

people are normally depressed when they do not have any hope or aim. what happened in Riyadh with you?

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