Thanks for the answers. I don't expect a community around DT as good as the main camp. However, it probably will still take more time to adjust to the sandy environment than we imagine when sitting back home. I really like the idea of organizing a residents cooperative so we can have some fun together and pass the culture and environment shocks sooner. A side question: I know as employees we are enled to used the main camp sports facilities. I wonder if our school age kids and wife have the same access. I am thinking to use the main camp facilities after work with family then head home after gym or swim activities. thanks, MS
Yes, wife and kids are given Aramco "dependent" ID. They have access to same facilities. Lots of people are talking about staying in main camp after work, joining up with family after school and returning to Tower later on, at least some days. There are evening buses to accommodate.
1.Do women wifes there need to wear an abaya each time they move inside the tower from one floor to another or when they need to use all the facilities eg gym, pool, etc OR they need to wear that everytime they go out of the tower?? thank you.
Post by Ellie & Mr. Fred on Sept 19, 2014 12:42:57 GMT
Welcome package: my husband and I arrived the 14th in the wee hours of the morning. We were shown to our room and were happy to find some groceries, kitchen stuff, a few appliances and toiletries to help us through the first little bit. Kitchen hardware: -set of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, mugs, small plates (4 each) -set of cutlery -set of knives (bread, paring, serrated etc) -1 pan, sauce pot, large pot and medium pot -set of utensils (ladle, flipper etc) -set of small glasses -electric kettle (supplied by tower & additional travel size supplied by Aramco) -tea towel, sponges & spongy cloths -dish soap -garbage bags Food: -package of pasta -rice -Corn Flakes -cookies -jam -peanut er -instant coffee -black tea -sugar -salt & pepper & shakers -chicken flavored oat soup packets -milk -er -can of processed cheese (which I actually really enjoyed!) -eggs -bread -apples & gfruit -orange juice -mixed nuts -chocolates Appliances & laundry: -220V hair dryer -travel sized iron -laundry powder Bathroom: -toilet paper -disposable razors & shaving cream -bar of soap -shower gel with loofah -toothpaste -hand and full sized towels -bathmats
I think that's it! It sure helped us when we just needed to settle in and try to overcome jet-lag and find our new rhythm. We love it here so far. The trip was great and things at the airport were much much easier than we expected. The only thing we are having a hard time with is the internet. It is baaaad... We've been told they're working on it. We ended up turning one of our cell phones into a hot spot to cover one half of the apartment and use the wi-fi in the other half. While this is working better it is still very slow and not the most reliable. Please feel free to ask me any questions and I'll do my best to help out!
Looking to arrive towards late October (single stats) and highly likely to be put in the Tower Can any1 share the following with me: 1. Commute distance from 'home to office' 2. Is it recommended to ride a scooter from home to office 3. 4. Is DHT on or off the compound 5. Does the commissary offers home delivery 6. Can some1 share the floor plan one bed apts pls Tnx all
Coocoodry, As far as I know there are no singles in the Tower. All the apartments are 2 or 3 bedrooms. So, it is likely you will be placed elsewhere unless something has recently changed in the policies. However, I can try to answer your question anyhow:
1. The distance from Tower to Aramco compound is around 15km. Depending on your actual work location within Aramco you can expect to commute 20-30min using own car or 20-50min using busses. The busses take longer (e.g. 50min) if there's no direct bus from Tower to your work location and you have to change the bus inside the compound.
2. I would not recommend riding a scooter from Tower to Dhahran. The traffic can be quite hectic especially during morning / afternoon rush hour. You occasionally see some brave souls on scooters and motorcycles but not very frequently due to the reason above. However, many of us use own cars for commute without problems.
3. Someone else may be able to PM you the timetables, as that info is something which cannot be shared on public forum.
4. DHT is off camp physically. It is located in Al Khobar (or south Rakkah) part of the city. However, in "Aramco speak" DHT is considered on camp, in terms of access to the Dhahran facilities.
5. Don't know about this. There are plenty of shops in Khobar, so I don't use commissary much.
6. No one bedroom apartments in DHT as mentioned above. The 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans which are provided on DHT website are accurate. dhtower.com/
Found your things and appliances found in tower very useful. We will be coming in Dec. So not sure if DT vl be full by then. I would appreciate if someone could PM of any preschools available for 2 yr olds close to DT and the bus schedule.
Im planning to not bring my appliances from here in uk wen i come. Having a look at Ellie's list I assume there is no microwave in DT. Do url kno where v can shop for home appliances in Dhahran? Do url get good quality microwaves, bed sheets and towels there? Do url use quilt covers very often there? May I also kno wot size bed is available in the Master Bedroom? King or Double?
Scareem, there are no private preschools in the local community that I know or ever heard of, there are private preschools in Aramco employees homes that wives run on the different compounds. These are found by word of mouth once you arrive.
Threeplus2, How long it took for your wife's aramco id to be processed so she can use the facilities? Do I need to apply for it through Aramco's intranet as soon as I start working? How long iqama & multiple entry-exit Visa normally takes as well? Thank you
What is it like living at DHT for a married couple ? Is it hard on the wives ? How do wives spend their days ? Could you take a walk outside for for instance ? I expect you must wear an abaya as it is not a camp, and I assume there are no activities outside the high rise.