I am a US Citizen had received an offer from HAKA as Engineer III at dhahran saudi arabia, my contract was a single status but was told i can bring my family too, i had three children (6 years and twins 3 years old) i start getting nervous about living cost, schools. i would appreciate if anyone can help with their experience.
Post by james_unlimited on Dec 3, 2014 16:06:33 GMT
alomarym, Thats crazy! The health insurance and education costs would far out weigh the financial benefits! Do you know what project you are on? As a guy on my project brought his family out and has been sent to site at a remote location... leaving his wife and kids trapped in an apartment most of the time.
If you were direct hire then it makes sense to uproot your family and bring them out here. As a Contractor....
I don't think health insurance is very expensive. You can try searching for BUPA.
For schools, the price range is wide depending on what kind of school you want. For example, an Islamic International school (you can choose English or Arabic section) may cost around 15-20K riyals per year for 1st grade (some are less, some are more). Other International schools may cost up to 50-60K riyals per year for first grade. generally, each year costs a little more money...
Thank you all for your replies, from what i am reading look like it better to leave the family back in US and travel on single status. the cost for good schools and compound is high that will eat up all the allowance they pay. what is the cost for single to live in Saudi Arabia. knowing that i will have to pay for my accommodation.
My other question, does anyone knows Dhahran KAPSARC & Community Projects Dept. is it a good place to work in knowing i will be engineer III which i don't know what that is
Thanks for the update James, i find out that i will be working in KAPSARC & Community Projects Dept., apparently a petroleum research center in Riyadh. I am still in US but will see when i will get my visa and start. any tips that can help me there / recommended living locations / transportation ... etc