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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2003 5:01 pm    Post subject: Information About Riyadh Reply with quote

I've been offered to work in KSU Riyadh, but have never been there. I would like to know about life in Riyadh, i.e. accommodation (how confortable), shopping (are products available there the same as those found in Europe??) and hobbies.
What is it like to work in KSU.?
Finally, what would you advise me to bring with me? (clothing, computer, books....)
Thanks for your help.
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Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2003 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear goalies,
Rather a general question - there are many Riyadhs
1. accomodation can vary - from a luxury compound to a cramped apartment. Depends on whom you're working for.
2. hobbies? Which ones?
3. shopping: you can get just about anything here as you can in, say, the States ( except, of course, for booze and pork products ) and more variety than in the States because a lot of European goods are also imported.
4. bring with you - I'd say travel light. Bring som eclothes, but you can get them here. Don't bring a computer - you can buy one here probably more cheaply than in the States. Books - depends on what kind you like. Jarir Bookstore has a pretty good selection these days ( as do the other bookstores ), but if you have specialized reading tastes, well, you might need to bring some.
That's about all I can tell you, given the wide-open nature of your post.
P.S. It's probably good to remember - if you want/need specific answers, you need to supply specific info and ask specific questions.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:43 am    Post subject: re: books Reply with quote

I agree that Jarir has a pretty good selection. We also had alot of sucess with Didn't lose a single one to customs!
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Joined: 13 Mar 2003
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Location: Oman

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2003 5:39 pm    Post subject: Bring a project! Reply with quote

As a woman in Riyadh, I planned on working on a novel, and Riyadh was the right place to do it, since there wasn't much else to do.

There's the HASH, for walking or running in the desert. Usually it's without the drinking of liquor this UK group is noted for. Take a trip to the Nabateean tombs outside Medina. I did that, and learned the best ones are in Petra, Jordan. However, it was rather fun to see them in Saudi Arabia, where there were very few tourists.

So I would strongly advise you to plan some personal project - whether it's writing a book, learning Arabic, or taking distance courses. You'll have a lot of time to amuse yourself and using your time wisely will make the experience more tolerable.
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