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Old Mar 29th 2015, 6:42 pm
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Hi all,

I'm possibly looking at being sent to Al qurayyat, saudi arabia for a few days for work. I've never been to the middle east before let alone Saudi Arabia.

If the work is not happening here it will be in riyadh, either we will be flying to Riyadh and then looking to get an internal flight to Al Qurayyat.

I am after some advice please on whether or not working up in the North West of the country is safe? The area looks to be in the middle of nowhere and I am a little concerned with security. This is the only hotel that was found by the travel team:

Wsayef Al Qurayyat Hotel, Al Qurayyāt, Saudi Arabia - Booking.com

I've read that Expats/travelers only stay in secure compounds, is this true. Also would we be safe stuck in an area where we would stick out like sore thumbs?? Would the local taxis be safe, how would the local be?

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Sounds like you're going to be in the middle of nowhere so you wouldn't find a compound anyway.
Generally speaking Saudi is safe for foreigners and most people are very friendly. That's not to say you won't get stared or shouted at though.
It's only for a few days and I'm sure you will be fine. Why don't you try to get in touch with the people at the Saudi side and they can look after you.
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Being in Saudi for a year and an half, it should be fairly safe.
However, concerning the recent issue in Yemen, keeping low profile in public is recommended.

People here are generally welcoming, but there are always a small number of extremists anywhere in this country.

Save the emergency phone numbers of close embassy and consulate for any case.
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Thanks for the feedback, my colleague and I feel a little better now. All the paper work is coming together now. We were mainly concerned that a local might to see us a easy pickings and make a phone call to some unsavory characters! Plus the only hotel there is 2* with not many reviews.
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Wow close to Amman. Is that close to phosphate mines? Been to Al Ula in NW saudi. Great place.
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Thanks for the feedback, my colleague and I feel a little better now. All the paper work is coming together now. We were mainly concerned that a local might to see us a easy pickings and make a phone call to some unsavory characters! Plus the only hotel there is 2* with not many reviews.
More likely is that they will stop you and ask you to sit down and drink some tea or eat food with you.
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Hi Flares, you've been here here before. There is not much here! Amman, in Jordan?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...fb484f7d9c2414

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Wow close to Amman. Is that close to phosphate mines? Been to Al Ula in NW saudi. Great place.
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I would probably be a little anxious if a local did approach me, but would be very open to talk, there could be a language barrier issue though!

I would be interested so try the local food.

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More likely is that they will stop you and ask you to sit down and drink some tea or eat food with you.
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Just relax and enjoy the experience. No harm with keeping an eye out for anything obviously suspicious, but in all honestly the only angry words I've ever had with a local is when he has driven into the back of my car.
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Thanks super_hans, if everything is sorted out and we go I certainly will. The furthest I've flown for work is Scotland and that was a few years ago!

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Just relax and enjoy the experience. No harm with keeping an eye out for anything obviously suspicious, but in all honestly the only angry words I've ever had with a local is when he has driven into the back of my car.
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More likely is that they will stop you and ask you to sit down and drink some tea or eat food with you.
Just have to remember shaking your cup at the host means you've finished not that you want more! The caffeine content can leave you with the jitters
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