Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Challenges faced by Expats in KSA

There are many expatriates in KSA who come here in different sectors. Some come for education, few for medical jobs especially lady doctors, some are ambassadors and many other come in different other regards. Most expatriates stay in Kingdom for medical and teaching jobs. They are located in different locations of KSA. Expatriates in KSA have to face many problems at many steps. They have to reside with other expatriates at different locations in KSA. These expatriates find it difficult to get houses for being unaware of the location. They are also unaware of Arabic language. Some expatriates get housing facilities from employer whereas those who are not facilitated with these compounds have to arrange their own housing. New location, strange area, unawareness of language and cultural difference make it difficult for expatriates to survive in KSA with ease. 

How to make friends and deal with them in KSA?
In case Saudi expatriate is a woman, it is impossible for her to live in an alone apartment without a mahrem (male member with legal relationship). It is difficult for an expat female to get involve socially with Saudi women. It takes a lot of time and efforts. One way to recognize people socially is to attend local events, to visit market and get a membership of Islamic center. If an expat want to get familiar with neighbors and rest of the community he/she has to become familiar with Arabic language. The best way to get familiar with neighbors is to invite them on dinner. In order to arrange a [productive and fruitful dinner or party it is compulsory to get familiar with customs and traditions. Saudi people are so touchy and sensitive regarding traditional values. A single woman expat should avoid inviting a male alone at home as it is against the law of KSA. Although social gatherings are good for expats but a little careless act may result in severe consequences.

A lot of Travelling
Traveling for expatriates is also challenging for in KSA. In case a group of expats move together that is a better option than moving alone. Usually Unawareness about locations and travelling routes may cause difficulty for them to enjoy any trip of traveling event. In this regard it is appropriate to hire a guide from a specific area or at least search about it on the internet. Now days with the help of mobile devices and maps installed in them, it is much easier to move alone. It is also recommended to get an in city map or guide book about main locations of KSA if you don’t have it in your mobile phone.

Education of Expatriate’s Children
Another main issue is the education of expatriate’s children. They have to send their children in private schools of their respective countries. These schools require huge amounts as fee charges. Which are some times even more than household expenses?

Social Familiarity Issue
Besides residence, travelling and social familiarity there are many other problems faced by expatriates in KSA. Major issue relate to their work places. Usually they are treated as second citizen in Kingdom and this create a sense of insecurity among them. It further moves down their morale and work efficiency level. Due to these reasons state can’t get that much productivity from their talents as expected.

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