I am due to arrive in KSA early September and I've been assigned to Dhahran Tower, the 2 bedrooms, 158 m2 unit. My wife and 2 kids will be joining later
Knowing the commute time to work is just 15 minutes is a big big plus for me. I certainly would pay for the time to spend more time with my family. Before this I was mentally prepared to travel from Abqaiq 45 min -1 hour to work. I am so grateful for that
When I looked at the facilities the tower has to offer, it's a big relief to re-plan on what NOT to bring over there. It sure looks like the apartment is well furnished with almost major things that I was planning to bring earlier on (e.g. TV, sofa among others) are provided. The cable tv and the internet (albeit 512 kbps) are also included. So it's all good
Besides that, does anyone who's already living in the tower has additional suggestions what to bring over there?
I would like to share some info on what is provided upon arrival and some useful tips. I got this from my relocation advisor, hopefully it could be of use to anyone arriving soon
What is included in the apartment: 1. Microwave oven 2. 1 complete set of linen and towels as starter pack 3. Very basic kitchen utensils
They will check with building management on maintenance / repairs of the interiors (lighting, flatscreen TV, furnitures, kitchen appliances, washers; whether it's on us, or the management will take care of it
They also will check with the management whether we can change the wall decorations
For family with 2 kids, they will put us in 2 bedroom unit. Should we have more kids in the future, they will move us to bigger unit. The kids room will have 2 twin beds
Even though we're not living in the compound, we can still use all facilities in the Dhahran compound, so no problem on that
That's it for now. If anyone can add in the list, that would be awesome
One thing I can say now that I am on the ground here - pretty much everything you need is available here and the shopping is very nearby. One of the wives told me they bought microwave here and it was much less expensive than back home. The grocery "hyper" stores have appliance and housewares sections. IKEA is minutes away and we have made good use of that.
There are two massive malls here, ikea, etc etc so no need to bring much. Everything is readily available. The units are well furnished. Bringing stuff is not an issue it's the amenities in the building and safety that's a concern.