Hi Cibag1, I am going to move to Riyadh from USA. When I asked the recruiter about my work location in Riyadh, I got answer that I have to go to Riyadh Aramco office and plants. I am not sure whether Aramco has any power plants in Riyadh( I know there is one Aramco Refinery in Riyadh).Could you please provide me some information about Aramco in Riyadh such as distance between plants and office, traffic in Riyadh, should I ship my car from USA to Riyadh( not sure about the price of the car in Riyadh), distance between Villa Roses and Aramco office. Please let me know.
Post by bogiefrommuskogee on Sept 10, 2015 21:48:17 GMT
The original post is a bit unclear. The way I read it is someone comes for a visit and how do they enter and exit the country. The visa should say by land or air. If the visitor comes in by air, can they leave by land (i.e. Bahrain causeway). Is that the question?
With regard to shipping a car from the USA, what is the motivation? Depending on the age of your car and your intent, it can be economically attractive in the long term. Short term is not worth the bother.
Driving in Riyadh is stressful. If the distance from home to work is great, I would pay for a driver.
I believe I am going to move to Riyadh for long term and my car is 7 years old. That's why I am interested to know the price of the cars over there. Here in USA , I have to travel from office to plants frequently as this is not a problem but I do not have any idea about Riyadh. How Aramco employees in Riyadh travel to the plants as Aramco do not provide any transportation. If I hire a driver , do you know the cost? If anyone describes situation over there then it will be really help me to understand what I have to do.
Post by bogiefrommuskogee on Sept 11, 2015 20:16:49 GMT
I don't know anything specifically about Riyadh but in most every Aramco office, there is a small fleet of pool cars people use for work related travel during business hours. Nobody will drive their personal car for business. Divisions that do a lot of fieldwork usually also have a few cars assigned for their use.
As far as a driver goes, what I meant was sponsoring a full-time employee to be your driver. It is not as expensive as you might think. Some people do that. When their driver has free time, he drives for others and the sponsor takes a cut.
With regard to bringing your 7 YO car, I do believe that is just about the magical age where it makes good economic sense to bring your car with you. All you need is an export agent who can get you the SASO stamp on your car. About a month ago I read where the SASO rules are being tightened but that most likely won't be a real problem for you. Shipping cars is not that expensive. Plan your arrival and its arrival to avoid demure at the port as you will not be able to import the car in Saudi until you have your iqama.
Post by bogiefrommuskogee on Sept 12, 2015 0:58:01 GMT
This is getting way off topic from the original post but most locations where Aramco has facilities they also have housing. I'm just ignorant about Riyadh. According to my wife, I'm ignorant about a great many things but please don't get her started. Hopefully someone living in Riyadh can give more info. Anyway, for Aramco housing, they usually provide buses from community to work and back. And these buses really rock. Mercedes Benz with WiFi. You would still want to have your own vehicle for personal things but it isn't really necessary. Plenty of alternatives. I think the key for you is to find out how you get to and from work in Riyadh. If there is a bus, take it.
Here is an article from Arab News about the SASO changes:
RIYADH: The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has directed manufacturers and their agents in the Kingdom to strictly follow the safety regulations for the new cars to be marketed to the Kingdom beginning 2017.
In a statement released on Monday, SASO said that the new regulation should conform to the guidelines set out in the GCC technical regulation section 42 under the special requirements for the cars.
In addition to the existing requirements, under the new regulation, air bags for passengers on the front seat including the driver, smart braking system anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability are some of the requirements under the proposed system.
The SASO pointed out that there are more than 480 Saudi standards that include 102 items related to tires and spare parts, which come under its technical regulation, in line with the global regulations of developed countries in the auto industry.
The statement said that from 2017, no car will be allowed into the Kingdom unless these requirements are met. The car dealers should support the import of the cars with the certificate of conformity.
A car dealer said: “Many accidents and problems plaguing vehicles in the Kingdom stem from product deficiencies that cannot be identified without accurate scientific methodology. With the increasing number of vehicles on our roads, and with problems that cannot be checked conventionally, such regulations are a must.”
“Such regulations will improve vehicle safety, particularly in the light of increased horrific accidents, and especially those accidents attributed to vehicle and specifications defect,” he said.
The Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization (SASO) recently signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with a large number of light vehicle manufacturers, which use the Saudi corporate avee fuel economy (CAFE) standard. The first stage of the Saudi CAFE will apply on all imported light vehicles starting January 2016. Saudi CAFE’s aim is to improve the fuel economy avee in light vehicles across the Kingdom by four percent annually, to move from its current level of 12 km per liter of fuel to more than 19 km by 2025.
About 12 million vehicles roam the Kingdom’s roads on a daily basis, consuming 811,000 barrels of oil and accounting for about 23 percent of the total energy consumption in the country.
Experts have estimated that light vehicles comprise 82 percent of all cars plying the roads while the more than 20-year-old vehicles total 2.2 million.
They predict the number of vehicles to grow beyond 26 million by 2030 and the daily consumption of oil to increase to 1,860,000 barrels a day, if there were no measures undertaken to raise energy efficiency levels.
The National Energy Efficiency Program of the Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency, they added, has cooperated with the concerned parties across the Kingdom to define the reasons for the low level of energy efficiency in the land transportation sector. The program concluded that the low level of fuel efficiency is the reason for energy wastes. The fuel economy of an automobile in the Kingdom stands at 12 km per liter of fuel, compared to 13 km per liter in the United States, 15 km per liter in China, and 18 km per liter in Europe.