I arrived last night at las dunas, so here it goes ...
I received my keys at the reception, which is open 24 hours and manned by very friendly staff. The apartment is fully furnished, including all kitchen appliances, tv and wifi. All but one plug sockets are 110v and two rounded pin type ( European) - there's a lone UK style socket (3 pin). Facilities include gym, lap pools, tennis court, squash court, (very) mini market, restaurant, library, etc - all within walking distance. There are also provisions for shopping buses.
Been trying to post since I got here 31st but forgot my password and reset password does not seem to work so set up a new account.
If you want to meet up for coffee etc I am in B14.
But my first impressions on las dunas:
In terms of busy, not that I have seen yet but people have been at work and someone I spoke to told me a lot of residents are on holidays and it should get busier. Same person said that the community is pretty close knit and friendly (when they are here....)
The housing is pretty decent and my one bed apartment is decent sized (downstairs is open plan kitchen living area, sofa for three and two chairs, dining table, etc (kitchen itself a tad small)). Upstairs (more of a mezzanine) is again decent sized and bathroom is okay and I have a small balcony. But basically I am happy with it.
Mine came fully furnished. Only things missing that is a tad annoying are tea towels and adapters. I have been given a load of appliances that come with three prong plug and nearly all the plugs are two prong ones (I was given two adapters and happened to have two with me but that is not enough)
I had a wander to check out the facilities and there is a main "clubhouse" (that is what they call it but it is really the central building). Facilities seem okay and are (in this building):
- cafe/restaurant. Pretty basic offering and I have only had a wrap so far and it was cheap and tasty. But I expect better places out and at home. - a gym which is well stocked with equipment. Also a squash court at the edge of the gym. - a pool for relaxing around and having a dip in also comes with a kiddies pool. The cafe serves here - a DVDs and book library - a basic salon and spa - offices and reception and a conference room
In another part of the compound is a pool for doing laps in, tennis courts and a basketball court. Think there is also a kids play area.
Looking at the layout I think there are around 200 units half for families and half for bachelors.
So far the staff are friendly as are any residents I have met but had little more than brief conversations
Was at dinner in the main camp yesterday and that is VERY different, do not know if better yet as time will tell. But certainly it is a much larger community and a wider mix of residents. But it is only a 15-20 min drive to get there so not much of a hassle (I will be working in the main camp)
Post by lonestartexas on Apr 14, 2015 13:40:39 GMT
Thanks for the detailed information! I will be arriving on 4/21 and assigned to B31. My family will come later so I guess this is temporary for me. Do you mind sharing what kind of two prong and three prong plugs you talk about? How many 110v outlets are there? Thank you and look forward to meeting you in person!
The two-prong plugs are rounded prongs, European style, unlike the flat prongs used in the USA. The three-prong plugs are the UK style. All of the sockets are 110v, except for the lone UK style socket supplied in the kitchen. Note all of the supplied kitchen appliances (microwave, toaster, kettle) ironically have the UK plugs!
I was wondering if someone is willing and able to offer an update regarding Las Dunas.
For those of you who have written earlier in the thread and have now moved (presumably) to the camp, what are your first impressions? Is the (too) small size an issue? Is it possible for (the included in the housing) furniture to be removed? What is the camp crowd like? (e.g. mixed sadara & aramco?, half bachelors/singles and half families?).
Thanks for the note - from the photos it looks nice (although I don't really know with what to compare it), but i'm worried about the size (too small ?) and the furniture (not in terms of quality but in terms of really being old fashioned - however if it can be removed no problem).
If you get the chance for some small talk with your colleague, and you remember about it, please ask him about his overall impression of the compound.
o. The brochure provided by Aramco suggests that the bachelors residence comes Fully Furnished and equipped with TV and WiFi
-. What are your thoughts ... is the furniture decent, e.g. mattress, etc. -. Kitchen appliances OK (and are already installed or), one need to bring in adapters -. Is the TV working with some STB, -. Is the internet speed decent, and a new comer can directly connect the laptop to skype and use other means to communicate with the family, when arrive -. Is the Phone (for local communication) is available and already hooked-up, -. Is the Cell Phone SIMs available within the Compound, -. How about the drinking water and the welcome basket, -. Are the facilities (e.g. club-house & commissary) open over the week end,