As my time in Saudi comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my time spent here, the good, the bad & the ugly…
TRAVEL: since KSA is in the Middle East, it’s super cheap to travel to Europe, Asia, Africa, your choice. Plus it’s incredibly easy to go to other Middle Eastern countries, Dubai for like $200-300 (can’t beat that).
Vacation Time: Most jobs give you at least one month paid vacation!
Makkah & Madinah are only a bus ride or flight away. I lost count of how many times I went to Madinah and I’ve been to Makkah twice.
Everything’s CHEAP!! Food, clothes, EVERYTHING!!!
Save tons!! Who can say no to no taxes and free/low cost housing?!
Exposure to other people and cultures…I have literally met people from all over the world, not even an exaggeration. Ex: I worked with a few Georgian teachers, as in from the country not state. I had never met a Georgian or even heard about them outside of the news before Saudi.
Time to reflect: A good thing about KSA is that there aren’t a lot of things to do so you have plenty of time to focus on your goals and “find yourself”
The weather is horrid, as in scorching hot 24/7 unless it’s winter when it’s freezing. Take my advice don’t go to Riyadh in the summer!
Transportation can get complicated since women can’t drive…Alhamdulillah there’s Uber!! Don’t know what I’d do without it tbh.
Being on someone else’s schedule aka constantly waiting for drivers **eye roll**
Living & working with the same people…I prefer to have a separate work and home life and it can get exhausting seeing the same people everywhere. At the same time, you can really get to know some amazing people.
Entertainment…What’s that?? If it’s not a restaurant and/or a mall, you’re probably not going to do it. Basically if you want to get out of the house, you’ll be spending money. There are parks but it’s wayyy too hot to go the majority of the year. There’s always camping (eat and drink in the desert then go home and sleep) but the logistics can get complicated since you can’t drive and need a trusted person to take you. No one wants to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, literally!
Choosing the wrong company…ultimately people’s experiences really depend on their company. My experience could have been better to say the least.