Thursday, September 14, 2006

Sari is kissing Amman goodbye and flying to Ryadh.

You can never know if this is the right dicision or not. But we have taken it with all the risks it hides, hoping it will turn out to be the right one.

Sari has gotten a job offer in KSA - Ryadh. And he will be leaving Amman on Saturday.

I should be following him. That is when is paperwork gets done. Having Ramdan so soon, it might take longer than I would want it to!

He would have to find us a home and buy a car.

SO, people in Ryadh, or in Amman, any advice? any suggestions on how to go about things the easiest way?

Wish us Luck.


(Tealover) said...

I'd say .. for a start .. buy as much books as you can .. if you are into reading !

Many people lately are moving to Riyadh, same is happening where i work too, having another office there , luckly, I am not going there :D. personally , I prefer Amman ! however, I heard life there is not that bad , when you are going as a family , I believe there are alot of young jordanian familes over there , that will probably make the 3'orbeh bearable ..
Good luck ..

Basem said...

Salam Reem

First of all, congrats and may God make this marriage a blessed one.

As for moving to Riyadh, expect not to rejoin your husband in no less than 2 months time, providing that he himself is going there on a legit visa (not a visit one), and as you figured it out, this wait might also be extended due to the hibernation of affairs during the holy month of Ramadan here in Saudi, alas… in the Moslem population in general!

So this will be your first reality bite, as for accommodation, I reckon that he should find you a house within a compound to counter the feelings of solitude and alienation as a new comer, though you wouldn't benefit much from the facilities it provides, especially in upscale compounds, but at least you can enjoy the mixed nationality company of truly door-to-door neighbours.

Insure that you two (as a couple) have an exit plan, or a goal to achieve, be it financial or professional, financial in terms of making a cumulative savings that once reached you'll pack it up and dash back home, or professional in terms of gaining work experience that will assist one's career. Never leave it loose-ended or otherwise you'll be stuck… always have in mind that when you hit third year in Saudi, you'll probably stay here for a dozen more years or so...

For more info on this, you have two great (shameless self-promotion) blogs covering this, Hani's and my humble self's Don't call me Sheikh, though Hani's topics are more involved and informative than my gibberish.

Reem said...

Tealover, I already started book shopping! I even sent some with Sari!

Basem, thanks for the comment, I am a constant reader of those two nice blogs.. Thanks for the advice! we should follow it!

Summer said...

Wishing you both best of luck. the best thing about living in Saudi is making good friends that will be your family away from your own family.

Qwaider قويدر said...

Big step...
Ghorbeh in the Gulf is not like Ghorbeh here. You will enjoy it. Since it has it's own taste. Besides, everyone is in the same time zone and everyone is a phone call away. 2 hour flight and you will be in your parent's laps. So don't worry Guys you will just fine
Another really good aspect of Saudi, is that there is nothing to do ... "Literally nothing to do" so the result..... You save more, you read more, you grow more in the important stuff, better than wasting your time on the usual "fun" stuff, (which you will continue to do when you go on vacation.
The worst part about it is that the mentality of the people there is not guaranteed to be that .... well .... understanding. Or in other words, condescending to foreigners.
I think it's a great place to raise a family, and a great place for veiled women to live. It might all play to your advantage at the end

May god bless you both, and enlighten your path.

Sari said...

Thank you Qwaider