its fine 2 fly into without wearing an abaya (the long black cape Arab women wear to cover up)
i just wear jeans and i long shirt which has long sleeves and keep a scarf to cover my head
There really isnt a need to wear an Abaya as long as you are conservatively dressed.
Once u get 2 khobar city go to any of the malls (Dhahran or Rashid) and u will find plenty of Abaya shops some are cheap and some are pretty expensive, it is worthwhile paying a bit more and getting a decent quality one as the fabric will be better and you will be spending all of your time outside in one!
Young Saudis skate at the Fal Ice Skating Project, the only ice rink in the kingdom. Society remains strictly segregated, so women are not allowed at the skating rink, which offers half-price admission for top students.
Arabic is the official language in Saudi Arabia and to help the newcomer get by, it is great if you know a little bit of the language.
Here are just a few little words to help you out:
Marhaba - Hello
Ismy- My name is ....
Kaif Haluk- How are you?
Alhumdillah- I am fine, thanks to God
La/Maafi - No
Min fadlik- Please
Shukran- Thank you
Inshallah- If God wills it (a very common expression in Saudia)
Salam Alaikum- Peace be upon you
"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people"
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Inshallah- literally means "If God wills (it)" in Arabic. This common word will be heard all around you when you come to Al Khobar and throughout Saudi Arabia.
Common expressions can be heard such as:
"I will talk to you very soon-Inshallah"
"When will this be ready?"
"Inshallah maybe tomorrow."
Essentially a Muslim person regardless whether it is a female or male will believe that Allah (God) is with them everywhere and that nothing can continue without his approval first. Hence the name "Inshallah".
Ramadan is the nineth month on the Muslim calendar and it is a time when the Muslim community will fast from Sunrise to Sunset.
The meal at sunset after fasting is known as "Iftar", this is usually done with a prayer first and then the meal which will happen directly after prayer.
Ramadan will last one month and during that time I strongly urge all Non Muslims not to eat or drink in front of their Muslim friends, also don't chew gum or smoke in front of them either.
This picture was taken inside the Ramadan tent at the Oasis Residental Resorts for the staff at the Saad Specialist Hospital and their families just after sunset and was put on by the owner Mr Maan Al -Sanea the owner of the Hospital.
The buffet shown here was huge and by this I mean H-U-G-E. No expense was spared and it was perhaps the biggest buffet I had ever been to. The food was a mixture of Middle Eastern, European, and there was even a little bit of Japanese Sushi.
If you look closely you will see our Rafique and I in the picture amongst the crowd.