10 Do’s and Don’ts in Saudi Arabia
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">So you have scored yourself that dream job in Saudi Arabia. Congratulations! You&#8217;re now considered a modern hero, not just by your kid, but by a whole country. Here are some tips to help make your years in Saudi Arabia fruitful.</span></p> <ol><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Do </b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">find out more about your <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/overseas-employment-contract/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">terms of employment</a>, what is included in your benefits, your renewal options, and most especially your exit visa. Arm yourself with knowledge about your rights and benefits as an OFW.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Do </b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">familiarize yourself with the </span><a href="http://www.saudinf.com/main/q005.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="s2">different business hours</span></a><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">. </span>Also<span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">, take into consideration that everything closes down during their times of prayer. This will help you plan your off days accordingly.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Do </b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">research about the </span><a href="http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Saudi+Arabia&amp;displayCurrency=PHP" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span class="s2">cost of living</span></a><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> so that you&#8217;ll know how much you can expect to spend, save, and send home. Compute how much rice you consume in a given month, say 10 kilos. Given that it is PhP80 – 100 a kilo, you can begin budgeting.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Do</b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> learn some <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/useful-phrases-another-country/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">phrases in Arabic</a>. You don&#8217;t need to be an expert, but an A salaám Alaikum as a greeting is not a bad start. Thank you, welcome, and </span>good<span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> day won&#8217;t come amiss, either.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Do</b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> be careful when posting anything on <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ofw-social-media/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">social media</a>. Think about your stay in the Kingdom as akin to that of a guest in a stranger&#8217;s house. You will not do anything untoward or say anything to offend your host, would you now? As for Instagram, don&#8217;t take pictures of people. I know, right? Simple, but this might get you in trouble with the locals.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Don&#8217;t</b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> try to shake hands upon introduction. This is a <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ramadan-non-muslims-islamic-country/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">different culture</a>, but it does not mean it&#8217;s bad, just conservative.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Don&#8217;t</b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> be seen with a woman who is not your wife. If she&#8217;s your wife, have the documents to prove it. For single women, make sure that you </span><i style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">always</i><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> have your transportation ready to and from work.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Don&#8217;t</b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> bring in alcohol, pork products, and religious items. If you are a </span>porkaholic<span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> and a Friday night type of person, indulge yourself while you&#8217;re still in your country and say an emotional goodbye to all your haunts in order to get closure.</span></li><li><b style="text-decoration-line: inherit;">Don&#8217;t</b><span style="text-decoration-line: inherit;"> criticize the King, their flag, or Islam. This may sound like common sense, but most of us have gotten used to the freedom to criticize everything. This is a different country with different laws.</span></li><li><span class="s1"><b>Don&#8217;t</b> ever lose your Iqama. As Gandalf said, guard it with your life.</span></li></ol> <p><i>Picture attribution <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">CC BY 2.0</a></i></p> <p><i>flickr.com/</i>71925103@N00</p> <p></p>