We have been told that the Tower is different from within the compounds. They come fully furnished and no furniture can be removed. This creates a challenge when we have packed thinking we could use our own furniture. VPainter - not sure if you can get any updates on this "policy" or confirmation that this is indeed correct?
I will try to get into housing tomorrow or early next week and see if they can tell me anything. If they are re-routing people once they are packed up, Aramco will have to make arrangements for furniture that is being brought in.
They first said Rakah furniture wasn't going to be removed either, but once people's shipments started arriving, they had to. DHA Tower may be telling them they cannot remove furniture, since it is also housing other companies' executives, Aramco is not in charge of the whole building like they are in Rakah where they have the whole compound.
I am due to arrive in KSA early July and have been advised that we will likely be housed in DH Tower, having previously anticipated Abqaiq or Rakah. My wife and 4 yr old son are due to arrive end August / September.
I would be very interested to hear about the policy regarding furniture. From the photos I've seen, the DH Tower furniture looks particularly uninspiring for a young child's room. I'd like to ship his furniture from home so that his room feels less like a hotel room.
I'm flying on Sunday, wife and son will join later once I get Iqama. Been told I will be based in DH tower and very pleased as we knew DHA was full and Abqaiq was most likely option at the time. Didn't fancy the commute so this seems like winning the lotto. If anyone has info on what to expect the first few days and any info on what Aramco are telling people on the ground how long it will take to mobilize our family? Are the sockets in the tower two pin or three pin? Our relocation adviser didn't advise what size apartment but I assume it will be a two bed based on our family size. Some people seem to know before arriving what size apt they will be living in. I have had no info regarding rent costs that will deducted from salary for living in the tower, nor did I have any info regarding the cost of the rent of a comparable house on compound. If anyone can advise a figure this would be great. May I have a copy of the bus timetables too.Thanks.
do you guys have any info about the land shipment if we're assigned to the tower? I can understand if someone who opted for cash-in-lieu then it's a no-brainer. We opted for shipping all of our effects so it'd be nice to hear what the plan is if we get assigned to DH Tower.
O&GEng, I have same situation here, I asked regarding this matter to My Relo, she said that she would up......... me. But the last email I received from her, there is essential information on the property that the building currently doesn't have stoe option. I don't know is this answering my concern related shipment that i actually choose the shipment option rather than cash in lieu. Or any suggestion from someone who already there? hope there is some lights solving this things soon.
We are in the same situation. Due to leave in a few weeks and without time to arrange for moving and storing our belongings here...we went for the surface shipment option initially. Waiting on relocation adviser to provide further information.
o to all , I am new to this forum . My husband and I are due to arrive in KSA end August. Have been allocated an apartment in DH Tower. As this was also a bit unexpected , I have had to change my thinking completely with regards to what I am going to bring and there is not much time. The apartment looks fully furnished on the pictures but what I would like to know is: Would the kitchen be stocked with cutlery , crockery , etc etc ? Is the bedding part of this or do I bring my own with on the plane? Would appreciate an email or just a reply on the forum. Thanking you kindly.
Post by Ellie & Mr. Fred on Jul 5, 2014 15:59:19 GMT
Hi Everyone! We're new to the forum as well We are in a similar situation with coming somewhere around the end of August and being assigned to DH Tower. While the "what to bring" posts are excellent for compound housing it seems like the "what to bring" for DH Tower will be different. vpainter: thanks for getting that list from housing, I'm looking forward to seeing it.
ThreePlus2: thank you for sharing your experience and letting us know about shipping etc. Now that you've arrived, and with your chef's perspective, what should I bring for the kitchen? cutting board? blender? good quality knives? peeler? How is the water quality? Is it like in camp with some sweet water and some raw water? Should I bring a filter for the sink and shower? How's the air in the tower? Should I bring a humidifier? And lastly, how was it for you to get internet and tv? Was everything already hooked up? How long did it take?
I am due to arrive this coming weekend....nervous excitement right now. My husband first arrived as a bachelor and was placed in Abqaiq for first week. When he moved from there he was told to take his "care package". My understanding is this was very limited....no quality kitchen tools. I just purchased and packed a good selection of kitchen knives as I plan to spend a lot of time cooking. Hopefully there is a good kitchen supply store somewhere but I'm not taking any chances. Once arrived and settled I will come back here and let you know more....
I'm very curious about air quality in tower too. Hubby says AC has had few issues (including leaks!) but maintenance gets on it quickly.
I understand water is sweet but he has purchased water cooler and plans got get refills from grocery (as opposed to delivery service) simply as cheaper and we now have a vehicle - yay for that! He was very persistent at getting his KSA driver's license quickly. Being able to get out and about is important for us. He has already made a few IKEA visits for desks, bookcases, etc.
There is now internet on each floor of tower, but we are still finding it not as great as we'd like. He has a "hot spot" that was purchased upon his arrival for 3 months and is talking about possible need to keep.
The guys on the ground are forming some sort of a "residents association" to hopefully provide a united voice regarding common issues.
Look forward to meeting you as well. Let me know if you have more questions. I should be much more helpful once on the ground!
As my husband brought his bachelor care package from Abqiaq I cannot comment on kitchen supplies, but if similar to what he got, it is minimal. There was no bedding in our unit. He purchased some locally but I am an experienced online shopper so managed to get new bedding delivered before our arrival (this coming weekend). The "single" beds are not the size we are used to in North America. Somewhere between a "twin" and a "double". I can give exact measurements here next week.....
Hey everyone! Just finishing final pack here at home before we depart late this week to meet husband. Six weeks has flown by and we will be glad to arrive and get settled. A couple comments before I pack this computer up for shipment:
Stoe is big issue from my perspective. It sure would be nice to have stoe we could access. My understanding is that our personal effects that cannot fit in the apartment will be stored in Dhahran. I do not know if we will have access to them or not, but I doubt it. I'm not looking forward to having bicycles in the apartment! Our surface shipment is in port now and supposedly will take 6-8 days to clear customs. Then it's dealing with it all...we packed expecting unfurnished. Luckily not a huge amount of furniture.
IKEA is close-by and we have purchased bookshelves, desks etc....these not provided. Hallways are supposedly large and will accommodate.
The guys on the ground are getting along really well and are helping each other out. They are forming some sort of a "residents group" to provide a common voice regarding housing issues and support formation of a community at DT. Sounds like lots of families arriving in August.
I'll be available next week to answer more questions so please keep posting or PM me. Good luck with packing and final arrangements!