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Saudi Arabia

Gemma Laing, Jeddah

Wednesday August 09, 2017 (14:25:50)
Gemma Laing
Saudi Arabia

Who are you?

I’m Gemma. I’m a 32-year-old oncology nurse from Leeds, UK.


Where, when and why did you move abroad?

March 2012, I decided I was bored, stuck in a rut and needed a new adventure.    more ...


Saudi Arabia > Expat Experiences

Saudi Arabia

Kristine MacMillan, Riyadh

Tuesday June 13, 2017 (13:22:02)
Kristine MacMillan
Saudi Arabia

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

Wednesday July 08, 2015 (03:04:41)
Giovanna, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

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

Saturday December 10, 2011 (01:21:09)
One of the many swimming pools
Saudi Arabia

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 ...