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Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 12:10am On Nov 09, 2014
Hello NLers

Anyone working in Saudi Arabia?? How is life as a female and christian.

I decided to take a break from my studies next year for personal reasons that I cannot share. I decided to use my SA passport to my advantage as they only want SA, British, US, Ausralian, Canadian citizens.
I did one month TESOL course and then applied for English teaching jobs. To my suprise, I got responses.

They pay anything from $3000 - $6000 per month depending on experience and $6500 - $9000 when you possess Phd or Masters in English.
Accomodation is free, Medical insurance and transport is also provided and 30 days paid leave and round trip ticket to home country once per year.

I am skeptical to accept because of hearsay.

Are stories sansationalised or is Saudi Arabia really bad for a woman?

How is life on the ground in Saudi Arabia?
Anyone teaching in Saudi Arabia??

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 6:31am On Feb 28, 2015
How did it go? You should be in Saudi nw, those figures re awesome.
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 8:26pm On Mar 02, 2015
gcfrcom:
How did it go? You should be in Saudi nw, those figures re awesome.

Hey, hope you are doing good. Longest time.

I will be leaving soon, I will update this thread. Never been this scared in my life.
Abayas and headscarfs bought. Now ready to get into that flight and face the Arabs. cheesy cheesy

Thanks for asking.

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by mibas: 8:51am On Mar 03, 2015
chineloSA:
Hello NLers

Anyone working in Saudi Arabia?? How is life as a female and christian.

I decided to take a break from my studies next year for personal reasons that I cannot share. I decided to use my SA passport to my advantage as they only want SA, British, US, Ausralian, Canadian citizens.
I did one month TESOL course and then applied for English teaching jobs. To my suprise, I got responses.

They pay anything from $3000 - $6000 per month depending on experience and $6500 - $9000 when you possess Phd or Masters in English.
Accomodation is free, Medical insurance and transport is also provided and 30 days paid leave and round trip ticket to home country once per year.

I am skeptical to accept because of hearsay.

Are stories sansationalised or is Saudi Arabia really bad for a woman?

How is life on the ground in Saudi Arabia?
Anyone teaching in Saudi Arabia??


My dear once u arrive here mind your dress according to islamic law, be careful (avoid to have a close relation with married saudis man). Atherwise ...........
If u'll be here in Riadh most welcome
MAA SALAM
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 10:49am On Mar 03, 2015
chineloSA:


Hey, hope you are doing good. Longest time.

I will be leaving soon, I will update this thread. Never been this scared in my life.
Abayas and headscarfs bought. Now ready to get into that flight and face the Arabs. cheesy cheesy

Thanks for asking.




Where have you been? angry angry
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 4:53pm On Mar 03, 2015
mibas:

My dear once u arrive here mind your dress according to islamic law, be careful (avoid to have a close relation with married saudis man). Atherwise ...........
If u'll be here in Riadh most welcome
MAA SALAM

Thanks a lot.
As for dressing as I said, abayas and headscarfs bought.
With regards to other people's hubby, I am covered not my style either.

I am not posted in Riyadh, I was posted in Tabuk. it looks like a ghost city. undecided
Are you in Saudi Arabia?
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 4:56pm On Mar 03, 2015
masonkz:



Where have you been? angry angry


Hey, cheesy cheesy I have been around. Busy packing and paperwork.
Too many things to do before I leave.

Where have you been as well? You gave been missed. kiss

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 7:53pm On Mar 03, 2015
chineloSA:


Hey, hope you are doing good. Longest time.

I will be leaving soon, I will update this thread. Never been this scared in my life.
Abayas and headscarfs bought. Now ready to get into that flight and face the Arabs. cheesy cheesy

Thanks for asking.


LOL wish You the best.
Ermm this account is not my main moniker... So its just dry..
Don't forget to update the thread sha.
All the best.

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Hembelembe: 10:29pm On Mar 03, 2015
Nice place sha but their law is just something else.
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by mibas: 11:01am On Mar 04, 2015
chineloSA:


Thanks a lot.
As for dressing as I said, abayas and headscarfs bought.
With regards to other people's hubby, I am covered not my style either.

I am not posted in Riyadh, I was posted in Tabuk. it looks like a ghost city. undecided
Are you in Saudi Arabia?
Yes am in Saudia but riadh.
Nigerians are very few here but life is quite gud since you respect their culture. Once you come just mind your business no one will harass u.

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 11:56pm On Mar 04, 2015
chineloSA:
Hello NLers

Anyone working in Saudi Arabia?? How is life as a female and christian.

I decided to take a break from my studies next year for personal reasons that I cannot share. I decided to use my SA passport to my advantage as they only want SA, British, US, Ausralian, Canadian citizens.
I did one month TESOL course and then applied for English teaching jobs. To my suprise, I got responses.

They pay anything from $3000 - $6000 per month depending on experience and $6500 - $9000 when you possess Phd or Masters in English.
Accomodation is free, Medical insurance and transport is also provided and 30 days paid leave and round trip ticket to home country once per year.

I am skeptical to accept because of hearsay.

Are stories sansationalised or is Saudi Arabia really bad for a woman?

How is life on the ground in Saudi Arabia?
Anyone teaching in Saudi Arabia??



Like someone said, just mind your business once you get there! I'm an atheist and lived there for 2 years, precisely in Dhahran. There are many Christians there BUT just mind your business and don't discuss religion with anybody! They respect people who speak very good English especially with American accent, so I believe you'll be respected. Tabuk is damn dry! YouTube will be your daily companion after work lol! They've blocked most Christian websites and also ALL porn sites! so NO self-servicing!
Cost of living is very low and I strongly believe you'll enjoy your stay there....my regards to the new King o! Cheers!

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Miami11: 6:13am On Mar 05, 2015
I know a couple of people working as house maids the mistreatment they get, chai !
Some get killed all the time
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 7:07am On Mar 05, 2015
chineloSA:


Hey, cheesy cheesy I have been around. Busy packing and paperwork.
Too many things to do before I leave.

Where have you been as well? You gave been missed. kiss

Aww. You've been surely missed too kiss

I've been around. ..just less posts nowadays either due to being too tired or non - interesting topics.

Have a safe flight dear..and I wish you a wonderful time in Saudi.
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 2:35pm On May 02, 2015
Dear beloved.

One down and 11 more to go. cheesy cheesy cheesy
Its been a month now since I arrived in Saudi Arabia. Not easy ooo.
Unfortunately I was placed in a city in the Middle of Saudi Arabia called Hail.The city has hard core Muslims who don't compromise.

There is a lot of adjusting that I had to do, which I am still doing on a daily basis e.g. :
1. Dressing - In this extremely hot weather a woman is still expected to were an Abaya + Niqqab ( to always cover your face when you are in public places ).
The authorities don't even want to see your forearm undecided undecided

2. Weather - It is extremely hot and I am told that it gets worst in June- August, and unfortunately I am expected to work during summer holidays.

3. Everything and anything is gender classified e.g. Banks for woman only, floors inside malls for woman only, eating areas at a restaurant for woman only undecided undecided undecided

There are massive things I really had to adjust to.

Pheeeeewwww, ALL I CAN SAY IS WHAT A STRANGE PLACE cheesy cheesy cheesy Their money is good is you are willing to live a strange life for it.

Masonkz and gcfrcom thanks for you best wishes. I am safely in Saudi Arabia.

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 2:39pm On May 02, 2015
Miami11:
I know a couple of people working as house maids the mistreatment they get, chai !
Some get killed all the time

sorry TO ONLY respond now. Yes I have heard of maids being maltreated. Apparently it always starts from Oga of the house wanting to taste something different ( black or no Arabic coochie ) and when the maid resists, their all breaks loose.

Fortunately I am over qualified for the Maid position, but Maids here really need your prayers, talkless of woman. From a distance I can just see unhappiness in their eyes sad sad
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 2:49pm On May 02, 2015
Nigayoyo:


Like someone said, just mind your business once you get there! I'm a Christian and lived there for 2 years, precisely in Dhahran. There are many Christians there BUT just mind your business and don't discuss religion with anybody! They respect people who speak very good English especially with American accent, so I believe you'll be respected. Tabuk is damn dry! YouTube will be your daily companion after work lol! They've blocked most Christian websites and also ALL porn sites! so NO self-servicing!
Cost of living is very low and I strongly believe you'll enjoy your stay there....my regards to the new King o! Cheers!

Thanks for you precise response. I was eventually placed in Hail. But I gather Tabuk and Hail have almost the same culture with very hard core Muslims.
Yes, thankfully there is a sizable number of expats, in this city, so we all live in expat compounds which are a secluded from Saudi communities, though there are some expats who choose to have private accomodation.

As for English UNFORTUNATELY people here seems to be resisting English. They speak very English and if you cannot speak a little Arabic, it can be a nightmare even to get simple things like Bank services.

As for Christian websites, I was amused that I can get to a lot of Cathoic websites and I have even tuned into one of Christian channel on their cable TV. cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy

As for YOUTUBE, that is the truth, I have now discovered Kansiime Anne ( Ugandan Commedianne ) who has been keeping me company.

When I arrived in Saudi Arabia, I got to stay in Riyadh for one week, boy, it was so good. When I got here in Hail, it was real culture shock. Riyadh and Hail people are so different, as well as the culture and dressing is a little relaxed in Riyadh.

But thanks a lot, I will keep on updating this page. wink wink wink wink

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 5:33pm On May 02, 2015
chineloSA:
Dear beloved.

One down and 11 more to go. cheesy cheesy cheesy
Its been a month now since I arrived in Saudi Arabia. Not easy ooo.
Unfortunately I was placed in a city in the Middle of Saudi Arabia called Hail.The city has hard core Muslims who don't compromise.

There is a lot of adjusting that I had to do, which I am still doing on a daily basis e.g. :
1. Dressing - In this extremely hot weather a woman is still expected to were an Abaya + Niqqab ( to always cover your face when you are in public places ).
The authorities don't even want to see your forearm undecided undecided

2. Weather - It is extremely hot and I am told that it gets worst in June- August, and unfortunately I am expected to work during summer holidays.

3. Everything and anything is gender classified e.g. Banks for woman only, floors inside malls for woman only, eating areas at a restaurant for woman only undecided undecided undecided

There are massive things I really had to adjust to.

Pheeeeewwww, ALL I CAN SAY IS WHAT A STRANGE PLACE cheesy cheesy cheesy Their money is good is you are willing to live a strange life for it.

Masonkz and gcfrcom thanks for you best wishes. I am safely in Saudi Arabia.


wow shocked well, You are well paid grin
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 6:44pm On May 02, 2015
gcfrcom:
wow shocked well, You are well paid grin

Dear, I was just generalising. Though money for all of us who are here is way much better than country of origin. tongue tongue tongue

The sad part is your passport determines how well you get paid. Americans are the kings, then UK,Canada, Australia, SA.
Egypt, Jordan, India, Sudanese teachers are the least paid.

Do you know where I can buy an American passport? grin grin

Everyone is paid well but the good pay skipped me tongue

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by worry357: 6:51pm On May 02, 2015
chineloSA:

Everyone is paid well but the good pay skipped me tongue
Good pay usually goes with high cost of living.
How expensive is life there ( NOT crowded ten to a room, eating fufu for every meal!)
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 8:22pm On May 02, 2015
worry357:

Good pay usually goes with high cost of living.
How expensive is life there ( NOT crowded ten to a room, eating fufu for every meal!)

Cost of living is really low. Accommodation is free or paid by the employer. Fairly good estates/compounds meant for expats only.In our case we don't share, you get the whole house with min 2 bedrooms or the whole flat with min 1 bedroom if you are not married with kitchen and bathroom and living room and some dining room.
Transport is provided to and from work and shopping.
Life is fairly cheap here. One can save 90% of ones salary if you are wiser.

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 12:09pm On May 03, 2015
chineloSA:
Dear beloved.

One down and 11 more to go. cheesy cheesy cheesy
Its been a month now since I arrived in Saudi Arabia. Not easy ooo.
Unfortunately I was placed in a city in the Middle of Saudi Arabia called Hail.The city has hard core Muslims who don't compromise.

There is a lot of adjusting that I had to do, which I am still doing on a daily basis e.g. :
1. Dressing - In this extremely hot weather a woman is still expected to were an Abaya + Niqqab ( to always cover your face when you are in public places ).
The authorities don't even want to see your forearm undecided undecided

2. Weather - It is extremely hot and I am told that it gets worst in June- August, and unfortunately I am expected to work during summer holidays.

3. Everything and anything is gender classified e.g. Banks for woman only, floors inside malls for woman only, eating areas at a restaurant for woman only undecided undecided undecided

There are massive things I really had to adjust to.

Pheeeeewwww, ALL I CAN SAY IS WHAT A STRANGE PLACE cheesy cheesy cheesy Their money is good is you are willing to live a strange life for it.

Masonkz and gcfrcom thanks for you best wishes. I am safely in Saudi Arabia.




Welcome dear.

Lol your narration really sounds strange. Not surprised though. Banks for women only??

Anyway, please keep that cash rolling grin cool
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 12:33pm On May 03, 2015
Happy you're adapting. That's the essence of living outside one's country - exposure to different cultures! Where I worked in Dhahran, they usually double our salaries during summer (June to August) so as to encourage us not to go on vacation wink Keep saving!

chineloSA:


Thanks for you precise response. I was eventually placed in Hail. But I gather Tabuk and Hail have almost the same culture with very hard core Muslims.
Yes, thankfully there is a sizable number of expats, in this city, so we all live in expat compounds which are a secluded from Saudi communities, though there are some expats who choose to have private accomodation.

As for English UNFORTUNATELY people here seems to be resisting English. They speak very English and if you cannot speak a little Arabic, it can be a nightmare even to get simple things like Bank services.

As for Christian websites, I was amused that I can get to a lot of Cathoic websites and I have even tuned into one of Christian channel on their cable TV. cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy

As for YOUTUBE, that is the truth, I have now discovered Kansiime Anne ( Ugandan Commedianne ) who has been keeping me company.

When I arrived in Saudi Arabia, I got to stay in Riyadh for one week, boy, it was so good. When I got here in Hail, it was real culture shock. Riyadh and Hail people are so different, as well as the culture and dressing is a little relaxed in Riyadh.

But thanks a lot, I will keep on updating this page. wink wink wink wink

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 1:54pm On May 03, 2015
chineloSA:


Dear, I was just generalising. Though money for all of us who are here is way much better than country of origin. tongue tongue tongue

The sad part is your passport determines how well you get paid. Americans are the kings, then UK,Canada, Australia, SA.
Egypt, Jordan, India, Sudanese teachers are the least paid.

Do you know where I can buy an American passport? grin grin

Everyone is paid well but the good pay skipped me tongue
LOL...You are earning almost 2million naira every month ooo, thats more than what they pay senators here oo... Biko dont forget to send my share eh cheesy wink

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 3:33pm On May 03, 2015
masonkz:



Welcome dear.

Lol your narration really sounds strange. Not surprised though. Banks for women only??

Anyway, please keep that cash rolling grin cool

To top it all, we work from Sunday to Thursday, so today was a normal working day. I am from work as we speak. smiley smiley

Very strange country. I will try an upload a photo I took at the womans bank, though they don't allow taking photos anywhere.
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 3:36pm On May 03, 2015
Nigayoyo:
Happy you're adapting. That's the essence of living outside one's country - exposure to different cultures! Where I worked in Dhahran, they usually double our salaries during summer (June to August) so as to encourage us not to go on vacation wink Keep saving!



Since I just started, there will be no double salary, but for those who have been here, they get double. Imagine some getting $9000 for just one month shocked
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 3:38pm On May 03, 2015
gcfrcom:

LOL...You are earning almost 2million naira every month ooo, thats more than what they pay senators here oo... Biko dont forget to send my share eh cheesy wink

cheesy cheesy I wish I could be open about it. You should check your account soon eeehn!! tongue tongue

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by coolhamid(m): 5:00pm On May 03, 2015
chineloSA:


Cost of living is really low. Accommodation is free or paid by the employer. Fairly good estates/compounds meant for expats only.In our case we don't share, you get the whole house with min 2 bedrooms or the whole flat with min 1 bedroom if you are not married with kitchen and bathroom and living room and some dining room.
Transport is provided to and from work and shopping.
Life is fairly cheap here. One can save 90% of ones salary if you are wiser.
Hi, can you help with the best websites to apply for jobs in middle east? What are the chances of getting job for an ICT Expat
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by cutieme(m): 10:08pm On May 03, 2015
@chineloSA,Hi,good day madam,please can u help we that are interested to work there with a site or Link through which we can apply for a job there.I can teach as well,please help me out.
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by Nobody: 12:46am On May 04, 2015
chineloSA:



Since I just started, there will be no double salary, but for those who have been here, they get double. Imagine some getting $9000 for just one month shocked

I'm not surprised, I knew of someone that earned $11,000! Pay is determined mostly by experience and nationality. When I was there we worked from Saturday to Wednesday; Thursday was weekend while Friday was the day of rest. They recently changed it to increase their business days with other countries.

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Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by snowdrops(m): 2:12am On May 04, 2015
@ op

Cpngratulations on your job. Pay looks nice in addition to juicy incentives.
However as you alluded there is no social life. What's all that money without true freedom? Like living in the 12th century. Does not also look like where one can raise family.
Don't get me wrong it may not be my cup of tea I know millions move there en mass even as we speak.
Re: Anyone Working In Saudi Arabia by chineloSA(f): 1:34pm On May 04, 2015
coolhamid:
Hi, can you help with the best websites to apply for jobs in middle east? What are the chances of getting job for an ICT Expat

@ coohamid, I am also new here. Perhaps in about one year I will have a bit of knowledge with regards to industries, companies etc.

So at this stage I will lying if I say I have knowledge to help you. smiley smiley
But I would advice you to search companies that you are targetting websites, rather than agencies. Too many scams. smiley smiley

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