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Discussion in 'Indians in Riyadh Province' started by Pras, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. krishnaamma

    krishnaamma Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hello Prasad,
    I am krishnaamma, wife of kitchuppa and I saw your post and requested my husband on that day, when you wanted some idea about living in Saudi; it is always sisters active in IL who motivates male members to write Harhar

    How are you? After seeing your post here I think you settled well in Saudi.

    All the Best!

    :ideaBe a good brother and take part in IL.Bow
     
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  2. Kitchuppa

    Kitchuppa New IL'ite

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    Hi SNK,
    I was thinking of replying to you but Prasad has replied to all the points. I would like to add a few things.
    If you need to spend for home travel, local visa expenses(an identity known as iqama for each of the family member will be given) then your initial and annual expenses will be more. Generally these are taken care by the company apart from giving one month salary as vacation salary at the time of annual vacation and check up these things in your case. With all these containing expenses with school going child within SR3000 per month will be difficult.
    Herealso cost is increasing for all the items and hence if you come with a saving tendency of Rs80000 per month you may feel disappointment. I wonder how did you arrive this figure with SR9000; or this may be your basic salary and perks are there like conveyance, school fees etc. I hope that house rent is separate and you have not included. (Generally companies give 3 or 4 months basic as house rent and most of the cases it is this amount which can be saved as a bulk since this is paid once in six months by them, and you will also pay rent once in 6 months in advance.)
    But Saudi is a peaceful and safe living place for all if one likes to have more indoor activities and weekly once outing.
    All the best.
     
  3. krishnaamma

    krishnaamma Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi SNK,

    As my husband said I dont know from how you arrived RS. 80,000/= to save?:eek:mg:
    That too per month? RantIt is impossible.You have to setup a family here no? Even your husband stays alone here you cannot save that much. With in SR.1,000/= ( 9000 - 8000 + 1000) what can we do?Witsend

    More over you have not mentioned about your posting place and perks. And no details about the nature of job. Are you coming here by contract or on duty etc., You asked about schooling, without knowing the posting place we cont comment on that.

    Because for Dammam International school, Many are coming from Hafuf that is more than 50 Km from the school. So when we dont know about your place of posting we cant comment on the schooing, extra activities and expences for schooling. So try to give more details and ask questions.

    My husband and Prasad gave as much as they can. From that you would have got some idea, if you want more, we are ready to tell. but the thing is you have to give your details correctly.

    As Prasad said, you can check the before post by kitchuppa to prasad and can understand things.
     
  4. Pras

    Pras New IL'ite

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    Sister,

    Thanks , I am more or less getting used to Riyadh though the temperature is getting difficult even for a Chennaite :)

    My apologies to you and other sisters :)

    I forgot the adage....there is a woman behind every successful man :)

    Yes, thanks to Mr. Kitchuppa's mail - I got a hang of things.Otherwise I was also fed wrong notions on the cost and the associated savings.:)

    I request you and Sir to help by providing more advice as I will be posting on more queries on life in Saudi for a couple...especially since my wife will move in with me... ( we are married for 45 days now).

    I am happy the threads are being read :)

    Thanks and Regards,
    Prasad

     
  5. krishnaamma

    krishnaamma Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Prasad,

    Best wishes from me and my husband to have a happy and prosperous married life.

    So after coming to Saudi you went to India and got married? Good to hear. When she is comming? Tell our enquiries to her. From the first page of this forum you can come to know how many people are seeing this thread. For your thread 834 visited. ok? it is good going.

    I answered your question in the another thread.You can go through my sub forum, "Krishnaamma's Kitchen" and gothrough it. All the Best!
     
  6. Nirjohn

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    Hi all,

    I lived in Riyadh almost 13 years.So from my experience i can clear u r doubts little bit.

    Living in Riyadh or in any other cities in Saudi is not very expensive when compared with other gulf or European countries etc.in riyadh we will get cheap and good things if we know exact places where we get those things.anyhow the cost of living is increased for past two three years still when compared with other countries it is still cheap. especially if we take the case of food we will get lots of food for cheap price.

    it is correct the rent of housing is increased and it is now difficult to get a good one.if we get a good one the rest all we can solve easily.we will get all types of vegetables and all spices,whatever we are getting in india we will get from markets.

    Lots of international schools started now adays so there are lots of choices .ladies if they are qualified they can apply in schools.they will get lots of indian friends .

    if u want to know more i will write .Warm welcome to Saudi Arabia


    Regards
    Nj
     
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    hi all
    i am babu motwani from india. i have recently igven an interview fro ajob in saudi riyadh and i need some info about the place, culture social rules and all such things to help me decide whether or not to come over

    my job will be in and around riyadh mysalary will be 13000SR company will help in rent and also give travel allowance
    i am married with 2 kids aged 7 and 6
    pl tell me what will the rent be like for furnished and un furnished appartment
    i heard of something called compound what is it do indians sort of stay together in a group of flats or something
    someone told me taht i should stay a little away from riyadh where i can get cheaper and bigger accomodation as riyadh proper is costlyis it true is it safe

    are theschools good standard of education good can my kids continue in india if i have to comeback

    also we are veg will we be able to geeeeeeet veg food is it easuly available or expensive
    what about the purdah /burqa im sure my wife must wear it but should my daughter (6) wear it too.
    any other detail i should know pl do post replies. i am looking forwarf to receiving lots of information from u all.
     
  8. krishnaamma

    krishnaamma Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Babu,

    welcome to IL and also this thread. Please go through the posts in this thread. My husband explained well about the Saudi living. I think that will help you. even after you want to ask anything you can.

    It is a very good salary and you can bring your family to Riyadh. Indian Embassy school and many other schools are there. You will get all type of veg. here and no problem for veg. food. we are also veg. and we are here for the past 11 years.

    Welcome to Saudi also.Bow please feel free to ask questions. and also read NJ s post.
     
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  9. Paldey

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    Dear Madam
    My husband has got a offer from Saudi in Danmman, Salary of
    6200SR/month. We are not having any kids. I wanna know that..... as u r in Dammam, can u please guide me if the amount is ok for couple, & what are the min expenditure for housing(1BHK) and food & transport, as we have to arrange on our own.:)..
    I waiting for ur reply which will help me to take a decision. THANKS
    Regards
    Pal
     
  10. krishnaamma

    krishnaamma Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Pal,

    Welcome to IL. and to this thread. Just I saw your post. First of all Congrats to you.

    Ya we are in Dammam, and your salary is too cool. You can easily get 1 BHK here and also you can save some amount out of your salary. Let me ask my husband to write more on this to night.
    He is also one IL and his ID is "kitchuppa":)

    But you can accept your offer. no problem.

    Now here cost of living is some what higher compare to last year, even then no problem for your salary. so you can accept your offer. Shall I know the company name?

    All the best to you and your wife.:thumbsup
     

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