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Posted on August 20, 2014

RENTING IN SAUDI ARABIA? FURNISHED? UNFURNISHED?

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Looking for a place is a hassle no matter what country you’re in but in Saudi Arabia it is a little bit more difficult. For starters lease vacancies are widely communicated by word of mouth not
classifieds (which are of no help because they are in Arabic). Sometimes new buildings will advertise on the side of their buildings with big signs but yet again, no use to many of us because they too will be in Arabic. That’s not really the hard part you see, when renting in Saudi Arabia you need to understand that there is a big difference between a furnished and unfurnished apartment/house.
Posted on January 8, 2014

Meeting People in Saudi Arabia (hassle-free)

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One of the hardest things to do in Saudi Arabia is to meet people. Being such a closed society, opportunities to meet others are almost always planned well in advance and chaotically orchestrated. The problem seems to be even harder for women living in Saudi Arabia because of the strict and limiting laws they face. There is hope thou, and meeting people can happen. All you need to do is pay and wait. By this I mean that most of these socializing events come with a price tag and they happen ever so often so you tend to have to wait till the next thing pops up.

Many readers have asked about expat organizations that specialize in bringing together expat communities in specific regions: InterNations, ExpatBlog etc. They are definitely a fantastic way to keep in touch and know what’s going on in your city. Read about my very first expat community experience (here)
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Posted on September 25, 2013

Things Women Should Bring to Saudi

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This post is a little guide to things you should think about bring to Saudi Arabia. The items listed are either not available, forbidden, limited and/or overly priced. I know when first moving to Saudi I was completely baffled about what to bring and ended up bring all the wrong things. This doesn’t only apply to Saudi Arabia, if you are considering relocating anywhere in the Middle East, this can be of help.
Of course there may be some things that don’t apply to you or are not listed and I would love to hear what they are. I always end up making a “Thing to get @home” list the minute I return to Saudi that ends up going on for the entire year. So keep in mind, that you can and will go home eventually!
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