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Old 01-26-2011, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I am passing this info and concerns and encouragements to my son. He is still corresponding with the head of the department and they are giving him alot of time and being very patient with all his questions. thank you to everybody who has posted. I'll let you know but I know he is waiting to hear from all or at least some of the other applications.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:13 AM
 
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i actually met a couple who live in Saudi! he works for a big company and it actually is like a small town. the company has it's own homes, supermarket, schools, gym, etc. when walking around she does not need to wear an ABAYA unless she leaves the "compound"
the only thing she told me about that struck me was that the water coming out of the tap/shower is salty!!
they told me it is fine there and although there are restrictions, etc, when they go out to clubs, etc--i forget where they go--outside of Saudi, all the Saudi's are there!! they enjoy all the forbidden and then go back piousy to their homes in Saudi.
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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I'm not sure I would want my sons to go there. Definetely European place's, (which we have already) but not those Arab places. Sorry, they make me feel uneasy.

I wouldn't do it.
I have read too many horror stories.
You may be surprised to hear that many foreigners say the same about the US.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:17 PM
 
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My son is finishing up his advanced education in a very narrow field. There are few job opportunities which he has known all along but he loves this subject.

He has been offered a job in Saudi Arabia. His salary would be tax free, generous allowance for housing, 1 trip per year home, paid way to seminars, conventions elsewhere in the world.

He is single, straight and healthy young man. Saudi Arabia is very strict about alchohol, pornography, dating, etc. don't think he would like it. Plus it is extremely hot there.

How would you react if it were your son? I don't think he will base his decision on what his parents say or feel but right now we all are kind of laughing and joking about it but I think he is seriously thinking about it.

When I was young and single I loved to travel and probably would have considered a big move too but Saudi Arabia? In this world of war and strife?
If he is going over just as a civilian I'd suggest it is highly inadvisable given the political climate at this time and the implosion of Egypt's government. The ME is a potential powder keg, IMO.

findinghope, are you thinking of Dubai ?
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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Sorry.. quoted wrong person
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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i actually met a couple who live in Saudi! he works for a big company and it actually is like a small town. the company has it's own homes, supermarket, schools, gym, etc. when walking around she does not need to wear an ABAYA unless she leaves the "compound"
the only thing she told me about that struck me was that the water coming out of the tap/shower is salty!!
they told me it is fine there and although there are restrictions, etc, when they go out to clubs, etc--i forget where they go--outside of Saudi, all the Saudi's are there!! they enjoy all the forbidden and then go back piousy to their homes in Saudi.


Maybe Bahrain?

I was deployed to Saudi and was there for short 11months. I loved it there and wasn't ready to come back to the States at the time
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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This university is in Jizan, very south, right on the border of Yemen and kinda isolated. If it was Dubai I would pack up and go with him. One good thing is that this offer has provoked some very interesting conversations about his future, different cultures and decision making.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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My husband has been working in Oman for the past 2 1/2 years. Before he signed his contract with Oman, he worked in Saudi Arabia for a while. He didn't mind Saudi too much, but he was staying on a compound as he works in the oil field. The compound was guarded by men wielding machine guns, so it's safe to say he felt pretty safe there...lol

He absolutely loves Oman though, and Dubai. He has made it his second home and has adapted beautifully to the lifestyle there. It's certainly a great opportunity and I'm sure he will settle into life and find his way. Best of luck!
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:10 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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A coworker of mine went to southern Iraq for six months. The plan was to try to rehabilitate the port that Saddam had let go to hell during his reign. This didn't happen, as the money wasn't available and there were some big problems, like about 3000 people living on abandoned boats in the harbor. However, he LOVED it there because he loved the Iraqis he got to know during his time there. He would have stayed longer and tried to make an effort to get the port improved, but his wife and kids wanted him to come home so he did when his time was up.
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