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Expat communities in Jubail?


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By Andrew James Rogers - Posted on
29 May 2011
Hi, I'm a British teacher and I've just arrived in Jubail and will be here for 1 year. Does anybody know of a local expat scene as I'm eager to meet other expats? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Hi-

Most expats in Jubail live in compounds sponsored by their company - are you in one of these? This is generally the best way to meet fellow expats in Saudi Arabia. Though, if you're teaching at one of the international schools you shouldn't have any problem linking up with colleagues as well as expat parents.

Also, I think there's a branch of Hash House Harriers up and running in nearby Al Khobar.

Lastly, phone up your embassy or ask your organisation about contact information for fellow Brits living in Jubail or current clubs.

For more information about moving to Saudi Arabia have a look at the Expat Arrivals Saudi Guide.
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Hi Stephanie

Thank you for your quick response. The company I work for doesn't provide housing for its employees in compounds. We receive a housing allowance and find our own accommodation. I'm currently living in an apartment in Jubail city centre at the moment. I've been surprised by the cost of rents here as I'm paying 2000 riyals a month for a small apartment.

I have only seen 1 compound in Jubail and that's the one by the corniche. I've been told that generally the compounds are far from Jubail itself. Is this true? I work for a Saudi organisation and have no contact with international students.

Thank you for your advice and I will contact the embassy to see if they have details of any clubs in the local area. In the meantime if you could notify me of any social events which will happen soon in Jubail's expat community please let me know.

Thanks once again and all the best
Andrew

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Hi Andrew-

I know you posted your original questions ages ago, but I recently made contact with an expat in Al-Khobar who seems to have her finger on the social pulse of the Eastern Province. If you're still in Saudi Arabi you can find her contact information in the expert profile alongside our "Moving to the EP" page. She let me know there's a lot of groups in the area that spearhead social engagement, but most of them do their marketing/advertising via word of mouth. So if you're still looking for to make some friends in Saudi, perhaps she'd be good to get in touch with. 
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Hey Andrew/Stephanie, I just moved here to Jubail and finding it really hard to meet people, from the UK near Manchester and haven;t found any other Brits, could you please let me know if you had any luck as I would love to start playing football again!

Cheers

Asif

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Hi Asif / Stephanie,

Thanks for the information Stephanie although this is the first time I have checked this site for about 8 months!I hope you are well. Hi Asif, I'm still in Jubail and unfortunately there's very little expat scene here unless you live on a compound. Most expats here keep themselves to themselves. There is a running group called the Hash which run every fortnight in Jubail and I may be able to put you in touch with someone if you want to play football. My e-mail address is dyfaldoncs@hotmail.com . If I have your e-mail address I can send you some info. All the best.

Andrew

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If you are still in Jubail, there is an active branch of the Hash House Harriers. They go on their runs every other Thursday.
You can meet other expats if you contact the International school in Jubail which will have British and American expat students. The Brits should be able to hook you up with the hash and to get involved. It is not easy when you don't live on compounds or work for a large company with alot of expat employees. I know from experience. Good luck and it has been a year since you first posted so I don't even know if you are still there. If so, I hope you have gotten connected with other expats.

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Thanks for all information. I am moving to Jubail in September 2012. Kindly explain the social life for non muslims ?

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Hi, unfortunately there seems to be little social life in Jubail unless you live on a compound. I don't and it can be difficult to meet other westerners here. There seems to be far more expats in the Khobar region. There is, however, the Hash House Harriers which is a running club which meets every other Friday to go on runs in the desert near Jubail. It's a great place to meet other expats. Other than that, I'm not really sure of any other social clubs in the Jubail area. Hope this helps and please let me know if you'd like contact details about the Hash.

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Hello Mr. Andrew, Greetings of the Season

I am writing to you to request you for your kind suggestion and comments in respect of setting up a compound for expatriates in Jubail. I have searched on the web and looked at the ‘expatarrivals’ website and would like to seek your help in gaining some purchase for our project to be based there.

I am attaching a master plan consisting of 83 villas that includes a club house, children’s play ground, etc. and I would like to get your opinion to include any other facilities that would further improve our schematic profile in order provide a more conducive environment for expatriates living there.

We would also like to seek your help in getting a company to rent, pre-rent, etc. to enable us to finance the opportunity expeditiously. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you on our next trip to Jubail. Please do not hesitate to call me for further details and discussions.

Many thanks,

Engr. Fayez Siddiqui | Managing Partner & COO

MBAC Development & Construction | M: +966 0596598079 | T: +966 1 462 7711 | F: +966 1 462 3636 | POB: 69983 Riyadh 11557 | KSA

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Hello Mr. Andrew, Greetings of the Season

I am writing to you to request you for your kind suggestion and comments in respect of setting up a compound for expatriates in Jubail. I have searched on the web and looked at the ‘expatarrivals’ website and would like to seek your help in gaining some purchase for our project to be based there.

I am attaching a master plan consisting of 83 villas that includes a club house, children’s play ground, etc. and I would like to get your opinion to include any other facilities that would further improve our schematic profile in order provide a more conducive environment for expatriates living there.

We would also like to seek your help in getting a company to rent, pre-rent, etc. to enable us to finance the opportunity expeditiously. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you on our next trip to Jubail. Please do not hesitate to call me for further details and discussions.

Many thanks,

Engr. Fayez Siddiqui | Managing Partner & COO

MBAC Development & Construction | M: +966 0596598079 | T: +966 1 462 7711 | F: +966 1 462 3636 | POB: 69983 Riyadh 11557 | KSA

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