How quickly can one rent/lease a car? Can it be right away (a day or two after arrival) or do you have to wait until the iqama arrives? If waiting for the iqama, what does one do for transportation in the meantime (other than the company buses)?
Post by bogiefrommuskogee on Oct 12, 2015 5:47:13 GMT
To buy a motorcycle, you will need a seperate motorcycle license from your driving license. My driving license had a motorcycle endorsement on it so I got both easily although I did have to have it officially translated into Arabic. Aramco had an office in South Admin that did this for me. Not sure if they are still there or not. I haven't been in South Admin in 10 years. Personally I would not recommend riding a motorcycle outside Aramco camps. Driving a car is hazardous enough but a motorcycle is simply too dangerous to risk on a routine basis. A few years ago there was an Aramcon killed probably not more than 3 minutes after he left the Harley dealership on his new bike heading back to camp. He was rear-ended by a distracted driver who was rubber-necking an accident on the other side of the highway. To some motorists, you are even a nice target. If you buy a used bike from someone, legally the bike will need to remain at the agency during the istimara transfer but, in reality, it is highly probable the bike would not be there the next day so they encoue you to take the bike home for the night.
For obtaining a license, I've heard that the Harley Davidson shop can be quite helpful even if you don't buy a Harley. If you currently don't have any motorcycle driving license, if at all possible, try to get one before you leave your home country. It is far easier to convert an existing one in Saudi than to get a new one after you arrive here.
If you don't have an international driving license, I would recommend getting one before you come here. You may be able to rent on your national license. Until you get your iqama and then your Saudi license, your options are limited.
You should have no trouble taking a leased car to Bahrain but you will need to obtain a letter every six months from the dealer. A friend was looking into a lease two weeks ago. I believe it was Toyota that told him he could take the car to any GCC country except the UAE. Another dealer said the UAE was not problem.