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Saudi Arabia

Kristine MacMillan, Riyadh

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday June 13, 2017 (08:22:02)   (691 Reads)
Kristine MacMillan
Who are you?

I’m Kristine, a Canadian nurse who currently lives and works in Saudi Arabia. I’ve spend most of my career working outisde of Canada- about 10 years in the US over the years and just over 4 years in the Middle East.   more ...

Saudi Arabia > Expat Experiences

Saudi Arabia

Giovanna, Riyadh

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday July 07, 2015 (22:04:41)   (785 Reads)
Giovanna, Riyadh
Who are you?

I'm Giovanna, I'm an Italian wife and mother of 3 daughters.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

From one year I live in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, we moved to my husband's work.   more ...

Saudi Arabia > Expat Experiences

Saudi Arabia

Lynne Charnley, Riyadh

Posted by: Carole on Friday December 09, 2011 (21:21:09)   (5050 Reads)
One of the many swimming pools
My name is Lynne Charnley and I worked in Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia from May 2008 to November 2009. Having been made redundant in the UK I was looking for work, and a friend of mine was acting as a consultant to a Saudi airline, he suggested me to the airline and it all happened from there.

The hardest part was getting into Saudi and obtaining an Iqama (work and residency permit). This is normally done through your sponsor but I had to have 2 medicals - 1 in the UK and another in Saudi, the paperwork must be handled by a licensed agent in the UK. You cannot do anything without an Iquama - rent property, set up a bank account, get a driving license/buy a car (only applicable to males - women cannot drive in Saudi) or buy a mobile phone without one. Married women and children share their husband's/fathers Iqamas. Your forum and a copy of the Lonely Planet Guide to Saudi Arabia were a Godsend before I actually moved.   more ...