An A-to-Z Pocket Guide to Living and Working in Saudi Arabia
Twenty-Six Things to Know about Living and Working in Saudi Arabia
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Life inside the Compound
Life in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can be a lot of fun once you have adjusted and adapt to the culture. For me it took about 2- 3 months to adjust to the time difference, the way of life, the work environment, and to learn the language. The work week in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is Saturday through Wednesday so this can be a small adjustment as most of us are use to the Saturday and Sunday weekend. Most expatriates that live and work inside the Kingdom live either on a compound that is inside or outside of the place of employment. The compounds are usually designed much like the concept of military bases and are self contained environments. For example, many of them usually have gyms, pools, small shops, recreation facilities, and a small bank. The flats or villas are 2-3 bedrooms based on your family size with 2 living areas and at least 2-3 bathrooms.
After you have settled in the Kingdom you will begin to make friends and create the type of life that you desire. If you are in Riyadh and meet those who may have access to the United States Embassy or any countries embassy because they have several events every week. If you are in the Eastern region there is Qatar, Dubai, Bahrain, and Oman all are very close in proximity and can be a weekend getaway. Do make plans to visit one or all of these Arab countries as life is very different than life in the Kingdom. All of the countries have moved towards a modern lifestyle and have lots of things to see and do.
Remember that you are here to work but what is life if you do not have a lot of fun along the way.
I have spent more than six years and three tours of my health care career living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is a country that is modern and on the move but yet it is still very deeply involved in customs and traditions. Upon my first tour to the country I arrived in the country without an Abaya (the traditional female covering) and I was very afraid and uncomfortable as everyone stared at me. When I went to the hospital and was introduced to my Saudi boss, the first thing that I did was reach out to shake his hand, something that is a custom in the United States, but he would decline. These were two of the very first things that I would learn about Saudi culture but indeed there would be many more customs and traditions that I would have to get use to. Saudi Arabia is a very interesting country to live and work in as you will learn something every day. This book is a simple and informative guide to assist those who are interested to live and work in Saudi Arabia. Learn about the culture and traditions and what life is like for the expatriate that works in the Kingdom. Join me on an awesome journey and be intrigued.
About the Author
Valerie does it again in her second book An A to Z Guide to Living and Working in Saudi Arabia. She gives a simple and educational approach to those who want to work in the Kingdom an inside look at the culture, work, and way of life. The author of An A to Z Guide to Personal Transformation, Valerie has spent a decade of her career working in the Middle East. She has worked at several health care systems in the Kingdom and knows firsthand what it is like to navigate around the country and what it takes to survive in a culture that is much different than any culture in the world. This easy to read pocket guide will assist you in what you need to know before you sign the contract. Valerie lives in North Carolina with her daughter Brittany.