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Expat Women Living in Saudi Arabia

 
If you are (or plan to be) an expat living in Saudi Arabia, please find below a list of expat clubs, schools, general links for women living in Saudi Arabia, country information and more...
 
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American Women of the Eastern Province (Saudi Arabia)
http://www.fawco.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=479&Itemid
 
Aramco ExPats
http://www.aramcoexpats.com/
The Aramco ExPats Travel Club is officially up and running and the club is working hard to organize trips in 2008.
 
Dhahran Women's Group
http://dhahranwomensgroup.googlepages.com/home
 
Expats in Saudi Arabia
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/expatsinsaudiarabia/
A group for all expats (no matter what sex, nationality or religion) to help if they are thinking of, or are indeed living or working in Saudi Arabia.
 
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al-saudi@yahoogroups.com
Little to no activity.

americansmarriedtoarabs@yahoogroups.com
Although not specific to Saudi it does have a fair bit of activity and info about Saudi Arabia.

americansmarriedtosaudis2@yahoogroups.com
Good info and active.

expat@yahoogroups.com
Group oriented for expats, but little activity.

expatsinsaudiarabia@yahoogroups.com
Five stars – probably best newsgroup all around with high volume of activity, ground truths, insights and pertinent info about the Kingdom.

halaqah_info@yahoogroups.com
Group oriented to halaqah gatherings in Riyadh as well as info specific to Islamic teachings. This group will also post notices of local items for sale as well as job opportunities.

internationalmove@yahoogroups.com
Not specific to Saudi. Little activity but occasionally useful info is passed.

riyadh_life@yahoogroups.com
Quiet newsgroup but supposed to provide info specific about life in Riyadh.

saudi_club@yahoogroups.com
Still cited as an active newsgroup for goings on in Saudi but little to no activity.

saudi_life@yahoogroups.com
Still cited as an active newsgroup but little to no activity.

saudi_wives@yahoogroups.com
This group is exclusively for Western women currently or formerly married to Saudis and to women engaged to Saudis. Excellent group for networking and learning about real life in the Kingdom.

saudiarabiawatch@yahoogroups.com
Still cited as an active newsgroup but little to no activity.

saudibusiness@yahoogroups.com
Still cited as an active newsgroup but little to no activity.

saudipets@yahoogroups.com
A must join for anyone coming to the Kingdom and interested in pets. This is an active newsgroup with majority of participants resident in the Kingdom.

women_of_arabia@yahoogroups.com
A great newsgroup hosted by a woman living in the Kingdom, although not necessarily oriented solely on Saudi but the region as a whole.

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Arab News Newspaper
http://www.arabnews.com/
Arab News daily newspaper – English language
 
Embassy of the United States Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
http://riyadh.usembassy.gov/
US Embassy, Riyadh with specific link to security advisories and notices.
 
Saudi Arabia Newspapers
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/saudi.htm
Link of a variety of online Saudi newspapers in both English and Arabic editions.
 
Saudi Jeans
http://saudijeans.org
Blog written by a male Saudi student that provides unique perspectives and insights about the Kingdom.

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Al Hada International School
http://www.sais.8k.com
 
American International School-Riyadh
http://www.aisr.org
 
Britis hInternational School, Jeddah
http://www.continentalschool.com
 
British School– Riyadh
http://www.britishschoolriyadh.com
 
Dhahran High School
http://www.dahs.org
 
International Schools Group
http://www.isgdh.org
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If you would like to read the information saved from the Saudi Arabia Forums that we previously had on our site, please click on this attachment.
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Arab News
http://www.arabnews.com
 
Khaleej Times
http://www.khaleejtimes.com
 
Saudi Gazette
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa
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Saudi Arabia Map
Central Intelligence Agency, 2005
Location: Middle East
Capital City: Riyadh
Other Important Cities:  
Currency: Riyal
Language: Arabian
Calling Code: 966
Internet TLD: .sa
Electricity: 110/220V 60Hz
Emergency Numbers:
 
Country Information
http://en.wikipedia.org

Country Study
http://lcweb2.loc.gov


Embassy Information
http://lcweb2.loc.gov
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These tips were kindly provided by volunteer Expat Women Mentors in 2007. ExpatWomen.com shares these tips in an effort to help but takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information.
 
Provided by Carol F, American, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
   
1.
PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE – do as much advance research as possible. Saudi Arabia is unlike any other place in which to live. Read and learn as much about the country, culture, customs and traditions before arriving.
   
2.
Be flexible and patient – a must for survival.
   
3.
Find your like-minded friends soonest who will become your support network.
   
4.
Be cognizant of the custom and culture which is truly unique unto itself. (ie, women are required to wear an abaya; Islam is an ingrained part of every Saudi's life; women cannot drive; Saudi has its own "Arab standard time."
   
5. Register with the closest embassy or consulate so that you will be notified in the event of any incident or security notices.
 
 
Provided by Tracey A, British Saudi Arabian, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
   
1. Research, research and research.
   
2. Make sure you use reliable sources for information, i.e. people who have lived in the country of origin.
   
3. Have an open mind.
   
4. Be flexible.
   
5. Get to know the real people and culture – don't stick to other expats.
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