Hi, our application is in process and we are pretty excited thinking about the changes this opportunity will bring. Have a few questions 1) Can i get a floor plan of a house for a family of five? 2) Is there a mosque in the compound or how far is the closest mosque? 3) Is it advisable to bring your own furniture/ appliances?
3) the houses in UDH will be furnished for your arrival, the furniture is free for 3 months until your shipment arrives. You can bring your own if you want it, you can keep and rent the Aramco furniture or you can buy used pr new once you are here. Most everyone likes to have two refrigerators here, so you may want to bring yours. If you have a good washer/dryer (the rental ones we had recently in DHA are not very good and very basic, we bought our own) you can bring them and vacuum cleaner and other small appliances.
UDH is much farther away from a place to buy here, so bringing your own is probably a very good option.
Just to help a little .. I've been in udhailiyah for a year now .. It's lovely and you can get stuff from the local Saco (delivered for 100riyals) I am a single female and have managed using the Aramco transport .. If married and get a car then you will have an advantage .. If you can bring what you use now the. Great as it will make your house more like home good luck
PM me if you need anything further about Udhailiyah or anything
I would suggest bringing some small kitchen appliances and a 110V vacuum cleaner and clothes iron IF you're from North America. I haven't found a very good selection of vacuum cleaners here in Saudi, and you cannot buy 110V anymore. You can find everything here, but the selection probably won't be as much as what you're used to.
The masjid is not within walking distance to the family houses. I don't even hear the adhan unless I am outside, and even then it's hard to hear.
We just came to know that we will be temporarily located in UDH compound. We are 4 days away from flying and it is a big shock for us as we were told that either we will be in Abqaiq or Radium. It's last minute but quick response to below is really appreciated:
- are the homes furnished,? - is there any 110 V socket available in the houses? - anything in particular we should bring for the home? - my daughter is 3 years old. Does the school offer K-3? Anything else you think we should be aware of or should bring with us? We have a 3 year old girl and a 8 months old boy.
I know that most of these questions would have been answered somewhere but as we are already in rush and not have much time, answer here is appreciate.
At this point we are exhausted in finalizing our packing. Your answers were very helpful. however one question, why is it must too bring microwave and vacuum cleaner? We are tied up with our packages plus short of time to buy these two things. Please let me know what options we will have if we won't bring it? Thanks
As far as I know, K3 is full right now, but you can ask to be put on the waiting list. There are two preschools run out of homes that I know of. One offers morning, and one offers afternoon sessions. Also, there are activities every day at the youth center for 0-5 year olds, but you have to stay with your children. However, it's a great way to meet other moms with toddler and preschoolers. The playgroup at the youth center will start up again once school starts again in January.
Dear Jo, I’m just wondering if you are still working at Udailiyah? I have just been informed that my work place has changed to there. I am very disappointed. I was very much looking forward to Dhahran as it was very accessible (I have a brother in Dubai and a friend in Bahrain whom I intended vising regularly) and had plenty of amenities and was beside the sea. I am single female how easy is it to get around – if I can’t drive how does one get to Dhahran, Bahrain? I have a passion for travel which was one of the big pluses for me going to Saudi (making shorter trips to Asia more accessible for me) but being out in Udailiyah I would reckon I would be losing a day each side of my holidays getting to and from the airport. Also I would reckon it would be hotter there than Dhahran
Any advice? How are you finding it? are you still enjoying the experience? Are there many single people – male /female there?
I'll only answer your question about temperature, as I replied to your other post.
It is DRY in Udhailiyah and very very HUMID in Dhahran in the Summer. I much prefer the dry heat. I don't think you notice a few degrees difference....40 C or 45 C is HOT...last week it was 50 C here in UDH. At least in UDH, you don't feel you need a shower just from taking a step outside. I hate the melting humidity of Dhahran in the summer.
While it certainly can be more humid in Dhahran, I wouldn't want anyone to think that it's always unbeatable there in the summer. In my experience, there are usually less than five days in a typical summer that are oppressive, most of the time the humidity is less than 25%. It's not like it's Thailand (or even Houston) here. After being here a couple of years, I don't find the 45 degree days all that bad (we eat out on our shaded patio when it's 42 as long as there's a decent breeze).
I have never spent a summer living there, so I'm sure you're right on that! I've just had a few bad experiences with the humidity there that made me very grateful to be living in the dry heat of UDH. I'm sure you get used to the humidity and don't feel it as much when you're living there, and I know some days are definitely better or worse than others.