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  • For visitor men

    by Manyana Written May 16, 2005

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    - Clothes: In public, always dress decently, long sleeves and long pants unless in beaches or so. You don't wanna gain attention. Trust me at this.
    - Restaurants: most restaurants have single and family sections. If you are a single man, you should go to the single section which is only for single men, unless you're accompanied by a girlfriend or sister, you can act family now:^D

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  • For visitor women

    by Manyana Written May 16, 2005

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    - Clothes: In public, visitor women should wear the black abaya (cloak like) as soon as they arrive in Saudi Arabia. You just ask any local and they direct you to an abaya's shop. It is a must. Also it would be more favored if you cover your hair, but it's not necessary to foreigners since local women do it and other cover their faces as well.
    - Transportation: women are not allowed to drive cars. Get a private driver and rent a car, or better to have a deal with a taxi. Public transportation like buses are rarely available for women and if they are, they suck. However, you can travel domestically by an airplane with no problem.
    - Restaurants: most restaurants have single and family sections. If you are a single woman or married, you should go to the family section since you're considered a family.
    - Sports Activities: In public, they're available only for men; jetski, swimming, golfing, soccer and so on. In private places, they're available for both and other times it's separate. So always ask where women can work out.

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  • ~If you are a female~

    by majed81 Updated Mar 15, 2005

    I am sure most people are aware of
    dress code in Saudi Arabia, if you are a
    female just conceder covering your body
    with “Abaya”.

    Abaya is long black dress. Some women
    don’t cover face nor hair, which is ok. I been
    asked what women should wear under the
    Abaya, well women are free to wear as she
    wear in her country but Abaya is the magical
    word ;o)

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  • ~If you are a male~

    by majed81 Written Mar 15, 2005

    As for men shorts above the knee would
    be annoying unless you are at the beach.

    Jewelry for men will be annoying to most of
    us Saudis since we believe it is more
    feminine then masculine. Gold and silk are
    forbidden for men in Islam therefore try to
    avoid it while being in Saudi

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    Car accidents!

    by DunaKal Updated Oct 19, 2004

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    Driving in Saudi Arabia requires lots of skills,although there are many traffic lights,stop signs,and wearing the seat belt is a must,yet Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates for car accidents!
    Sadly most car accident are fatal.(although drivers arent drunk!)

    I`m writting this after coming from my best friend`s funeral,she died at age of 31 from a car accident along with her 17 years old niece
    (God bless their souls)Sigh*

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    Due to the recent events....

    by shelnlin Updated Aug 31, 2004

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    Due to the recent bombing in a Residental compound in Riyadh and the with the war on Iraq being so close to Saudi, many expats are now considering leaving the Kingdom and are returning back to their native Homelands because things have got alot worse since these terrible incidents.

    At present my I am staying put but are remaining calm and careful whenever I go out during the evenings or during the day. So far Al Khobar has not had any attacks but we must be alert and be mindful that an attack is quite likely and that we are possible targets because we are Westerners.

    The best thing one can do in circumstances like this is remain calm, register with your local Embassy and try to go about your everyday lives as best you as you can. If you are uncomfortable about the situation then you best bet is to leave and go home.

    If you feel that you want to stay on and see it through to the end of your contract (like we are) keep up to date with your Embassy and read all the warnings they have issued on their website, watch CNN or BBC World, Sky News UK and be cautious.

    Don't let the Al Qaeda rule your life!

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    Snakes I

    by Elmsaafir Written Apr 6, 2004

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    Like many areas of the Middle East, there are plenty of poisonous snakes. One of the guys I spoke with at the King Fahad Hospital said, 'there are not poisonous and non-poisonous snakes here. Only poisonous."

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    photography

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Sep 18, 2003

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    Photographers must be exceedingly circumspect in where they aim their cameras. I've never had any trouble, but if you do, you run the risk of having your film/memory stick or camera removed!
    You're in the most danger if you try to shoot women. I have photos of Saudi women on this site, this has gotten lots of people in hot water.
    Similiarly, it 's best to avoid photographing government buildings of any kind. The same goes for airports, too, of course, though I've covertly taken photos at airports out of aircraft windows and not been caught!

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    censorship

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Sep 18, 2003

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    The Ministry of Information keeps a tight rein on the media and all publications entering the Kingdom. Any reference to Christianity or Judaism is strictly expunged: if a photograph appears in a newspaper or magazine that shows a cross or a star of David, it is obliterated with an opaque black marker. The same thing goes for any exposed flesh above the ankles or below the neck (think CD inserts and underwear labels even). Bare shoulders will even be blacked out. Any article appearing in a news magazine that is critical of Saudi Arabia, for example, will be similarly obliterated. for example, regularly, issues of Time magazine are banned from the import.

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    saudi society

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    KSA is probably the most conservative society in the world. And social life here is determined according to Islamic beliefs.
    Everything closes for prayertime - 5 times a day. And men and women are strictly segregated in all forms of public life.
    Women cannot drive, and local women cannot travel intercity/internationally without permission from a male relative.

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    A Rehab Country

    by DunaKal Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    if you`re trying to quit on drinking,,Saudi Arabia is the place!!!
    Alcohol is forbidden in Islam and it`s not served almost anywhere in Saudi Arabia.

    yet many embassies has alcohol beverages...they have a certain licence for it...otherwise you will not be allowed to bring your own alcohol beverage at all.

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    Make sure that you're aware of...

    by talullah Written Aug 26, 2002

    Make sure that you're aware of the religious rules of the cities before venturing out into the unknown. You wouldn't want to get in trouble with the Muttawas (religious police). As with all places, just give due respect to their way of living and you'll find your visit very interesting. =)

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  • Sometimes there is a thorough...

    by laruna Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Sometimes there is a thorough customs check on entry, be prepared to spend time at the airport. Do NOT attempt to access alcohol in any way. I am a woman, the abaya and head cover are musts. Please respect local customs and culture in all ways.

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    1...Travel to Mecca and...

    by AliJoe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    1...Travel to Mecca and Madina is forbidden for non Muslims. Should avoid arriving in the Saudi Arabia during the Islamic month of Hajj, which also known as the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, in order to avoid over crowded hotels and transportation services. The date of the Hajj rotate from year to year.


    2....Identification papers must be carried at all times during the period of visit. Visitors are advised to leave their passport in a safe place and carry a certified photocopy for identification purposes.


    3....Traffic accidents are significant hazards due to speeding and complete disregard of Traffic Lights or staying within lanes. Driving habbits are generally poor, accidents involving vehicles driven by minors or uninsured vehicles are common. Harsh penalties have been imposed, including a fines, 21 days in jail and 21 lashes for careless or reckless driving. Drivers may be held for several days until responsibility is determined and reparations paid.

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  • If you are camping in the...

    by BobbyMaya Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you are camping in the desert beware of camel spiders. They bite when you sleep and numb the area of the bit. Then they eat some flesh. Yiou will not feel anything because of the anastetic bit! They mainy feed on camels but they have been know to eat small parts on humans.

    There is a venoumous sea snake too.

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